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Rajeev Suri is Nokia New CEO
i. Finnish firm Nokia, which recently sold its mobile unit to Microsoft, has appointed Rajeev Suri as the company's new CEO and President.
ii. Mr. Suri joined Nokia in 1995 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the company. Since October of 2009, he has served as CEO of NSN, the former joint venture between Nokia and Siemens that is now fully owned by Nokia.
iii. Risto Siilasmaa, who has been serving as the interim CEO, will now return to his role as Chairman of Nokia's Board.
Note: Nokia finalized the 5.4 billion euro ($7.5 billion) sale of its struggling mobile phone business to Microsoft on Friday.
Retired Air Chief Browne named envoy to Norway
i. Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) N A K Browne has been appointed India’s next Ambassador to Norway, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Tuesday. Air Chief Browne had recently retired.
Note: Present Air Chief is Arup Raha
UN & IOC sign historic agreement on sport for peace & economic development
i. The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee has signed a historic agreement to use the power of sports to promote peace and economic development.
ii. The move is described as one which strengthens collaboration between two of the world's major organizations
iii. IOC President Thomas Bach yesterday told a UN event celebrating the strengthened relationship that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was right when he said Olympic principles are United Nations principles.
iv. Both the UN and Olympic charters, call for international cooperation to promote peace, a better life for people around the world and preserving human dignity.
v. Secretary-General Ban said the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the IOC was a logical and historic step after years of ever closer collaboration in using sport to promote development and peace.
v. The agreement calls for joint sporting initiatives between the IOC, national Olympic committees, international sports federations, organizing committees and international athletes and the 193 UN member states, UN agencies, envoys and goodwill ambassadors.
Telecom Tribunal clears 3G intra-circle roaming pacts
i. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) today ruled in favour of private telecom operators by saying that 3G intra-circle-roaming (ICR) does not violate condition of licence agreement.
ii. A TDSAT bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam quashed all penalties imposed by Dept of Telecom on Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone for providing the 3G facilities through ICR agreements under which they had agreed to acquire customers in area where they did not win spectrum.
Note: DoT had issued notice to telecom operators asking them to stop 3G ICR service and imposed penalty,cumulatively amounting to about 1,200 crore Rupees.
Russia assures America that it will not invade Ukraine
i. Russia has assured America that it will not invade Ukraine, with the US warning that continued aggression would isolate the country further and result in more diplomatic and economic pressure.
ii. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who made a call to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoygu yesterday, also emphasised that any diplomatic engagement must include the government of Ukraine.
iii. Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby said, Hagel repeated his call for an end to Russia's destabilising influence inside Ukraine and warned that continued aggression would further isolate Russia and result in more diplomatic and economic pressure .
iv. According to Kirby, Shoygu reiterated his assurance that Russian forces would not invade Ukraine to Hagel.
Ukraine, Slovakia sign deal on reverse gas supply
i. Ukraine has signed an agreement with Slovakia on reverse flow of natural gas deliveries, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Monday.
ii. According to the deal, Kiev could annually import around 8 billion cubic metres of gas from the European market through Slovakia, Yatsenyuk said.
iii. The deal inked by Ukrtransgaz, the transport arm of the state-run Naftogaz firm, and Slovak pipeline operator Eustream, stipulates that Kiev is due to start reverse gas imports through Slovakia in October.
Supriya Mondal qualifies for Youth Olympics
i. Swimmer Supriya Mondal has qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympics by winning a gold medal in the 200m butterfly event at the Dubai International Aquatic Championships in Hamdan.
ii. The 17-year-old swimmer clocked 2:03.93s, achieving the ‘A’ qualification mark and will compete in the same event in the Youth Olympics, to be held in Nanjing, China in August.
iii. Mondal had earlier won silver in 100m butterfly with a timing of 56.45s and followed it up with a gold in 50m butterfly clocking 25.67s, achieving the ‘B’ qualification mark in both the events.
iv. Mondal had earlier won silver in 100m butterfly with a timing of 56.45s and followed it up with a gold in 50m butterfly clocking 25.67s, achieving the ‘B’ qualification mark in both the events.
New version of Facebook Messenger allows video sharing
i. Facebook has released a new version of Messenger for iOS devices, which allows video sharing and faster photo messages.
ii. According to CNET, the version 5.0 of Facebook Messenger includes a new messaging interface allowing people to see a single row of icons that will allow them to insert multimedia content quickly.
iii. Facebook assures that Android users will get a similar version of the app soon.
iv. Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is taking a three- tiered approach to mobile with Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger.
World Bank: India became third-largest economy in 2011 from 10th in 2005
i. India emerged as the world’s third-largest economy in 2011 from being the 10th largest in 2005, moving ahead of Japan, while the US remained the largest economy closely followed by China, latest figures have revealed.
ii. “The economies of Japan and the UK became smaller relative to the US, while Germany increased slightly and France and Italy remained the same,” according to data released today by the International Comparison Program (ICP), hosted by the Development Data Group at the World Bank Group.
iii. The relative rankings of the three Asian economies — China, India, and Indonesia — to the US doubled, while Brazil, Mexico and Russia increased by one-third or more,” the report said.
iv. The world produced goods and services worth over $90 trillion in 2011 and that almost half of the total output came from low and middle-income countries, it said.
v. “China and India make up two-thirds of the Asia and the Pacific economy, excluding Japan and South Korea, which are part of the OECD comparison. Russia accounts for more than 70 per cent of the CIS, and Brazil for 56 per cent of Latin America. South Africa, Egypt, and Nigeria account for about half of the African economy,” said the report.
vi. At 27 per cent, China now has the largest share of the world’s expenditure for investment (gross fixed capital formation) followed by the US at 13 per cent.
vii. India, Japan and Indonesia follow with 7 per cent, 4 per cent, and 3 per cent, respectively,” the report said.
Switzerland, Norway are world's most expensive economies
i. Switzerland and Norway are the world's most expensive economies, followed by Bermuda, Australia and Denmark, according to a new ranking by the World Bank.
ii. The economies with the lowest prices are Egypt, Pakistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Laos, according to a review of economic data which seeks to compensate for exchange rate effects and measure spending power across countries.
iii. The United States, the world's largest economy, was in relatively affordable 25th place, lower than most other high-income countries.
iv. The richest countries, or those with the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita on a purchasing power parity basis, were Qatar, Macao, Luxembourg, Kuwait, and Brunei.
v. Eight countries, including Malawi, Mozambique and Liberia, had GDP per capita of less than $1,000
Bank officers' body to mark May 1 as 'Demands Day'
i. The All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), a national body of banking sector officers, has decided to mark May 1, which is internationally observed as Labour Day, as Demands Day this year.
ii. Specific to the body's demand is the implementation of regulated working hours and five-day-a-week working schedule for the Indian banking industry.
iii. In a statement, the AIBOC said,"The five-day working week will not have any impact on the customer service or any inconvenience to the general public in the midst of technology advancement and enhanced digital delivery of banking services."
iv. The body added that the RBI as well as many of the central/state government offices also work only for five days a week.
v. AIBOC said it had already represented the matter to the Indian Banks Association, Mumbai, and urged the government to consider its demands.
Doyen of Bengali theatre Khaled Chowdhury dies at 95
i. Noted theatre personality Khaled Chowdhury died in Kolkata this morning after a prolonged illness ii. He was 95 . Khaled Chowdhury was known for brilliant stage craft in Bengali theatre.
iii. His drawings and paintings are also lauded by different circles . Khaled Chowdhury received Padma Bhushan, Kalidas, Siromoni and Sangeet Natak awards for his outstanding contribution in the field of theatre.
Dilip Shanghvi named among Asia’s richest self-made billionaires
i. Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries’ Dilip Shanghvi has been named in the list of Asia’s top ten wealthiest self-made billionaires, topped by Hong Kong business tycoon Li Ka-Shing, according to Wealth-X.
ii. Shanghvi, ranked seventh, is the only Indian on the list with a net worth of $13.5 billion, while Li Ka-Shing topped the chart with a fortune of $29.4 billion, ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm Wealth-X said.
iii. Shanghvi founded Sun Pharmaceuticals in 1983 with five psychiatry products and a marketing team of just two persons.
iv. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company and the Shantilal Shanghvi Foundation.
RCB to offer fans free Wi-Fi connectivity during all home IPL games
i. Fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore will be provided with free Wi-Fi internet connectivity during all the home IPL games of the team at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
ii. RCB will be providing free Wi-Fi connectivity for all fans at Chinnaswamy Stadium on all days when the home team is playing in Bangalore,” said a media release from RCB.
iii. “RCB becomes the first IPL team and the first cricket team in the world to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity for fans at a stadium using a customized network of specially laid fibre-optic cables.
Sharath Gayakwad won 2 Bronze, 1 silver at IDM Berlin 2014
i. Paralympic swimmer Sharath Gayakwad won two Bronze and one Silver at the IDM Berlin 2014.
ii. He won Bronze Medals in the 200m Individual Medley (2:44.06 seconds) and the 100m Butterfly (1:09.67 seconds) and won the Silver Medal in the 100m Breaststroke.
iii. Niels Korfitz Mortensen of Denmark won the Gold Medal and Oliver Hynd of Britain won the Silver Medal respectively in the 100m Butterfly, S8 category.