Veteran director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards. The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including five regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels. Film writer Imtiaz Hussain, known for his works in films like. . . . .
Two Indian activists have been named among 20 finalists from across 53 member-countries for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2018 for their work in the field of gender equality. Mirnalini Dayal has been recognised for her work as a campaign leader for 'Health Over Stigma' and Yogesh Kumar as the founder of social enterprise. . . . .
As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media and was just days after she became the first transgender model on the catwalk at the. . . . .
Xi Jinping was re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China's rubber-stamp parliament, days after it scrapped the two-term rule for the Presidency and allowed him to have a life-long tenure. Xi was also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the overall high command of the. . . . .
Nepal’s first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was re-elected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. She became Nepal’s first woman president in 2015. Bhandari was elected twice in parliamentary elections in 1994 and 1999. Capital: Kathmandu Prime minister: Khadga. . . . .
Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died at the age of 76. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance. . . . .
Within just six years of its launch, Vijay Shekhar Sharma has taken the e-payment platform Paytm to a level where only a few Indian companies have reached. The 39-year-old billionaire, with a net worth of over $1.7 billion, has now made it to the prestigious Forbes list of billionaires. The entrepreneur is also. . . . .
Indian women's Twenty20 cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur joined the Punjab police as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora pinned the. . . . .
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo. Chaturvedi flew a MiG-21 Bison in her first training solo sortie, in Jamnagar, Gujarat. She is from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh. She was declared as the first combat. . . . .
Pune-based Indian long-distance swimmer Rohan More swam across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes, becoming the first Asian and the youngest to complete it. After waiting for a long time due to bad weather conditions, Rohan finally got a chance to swim on February. . . . .
Indra Nooyi, a global business leader and the chairman of Pepsico, will be the first independent female director of the International Cricket Council. Nooyi will join the world cricket body’s Board in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC independent chairman, following the unanimous confirmation of her appointment.
Top US HouseDemocrat Nancy Pelosi made history on 07 February 2018 by delivering the longest address to the chamber in at least 108 years, speaking for more than eight hours about protecting young undocumented migrants from deportation. In her speech, Pelosi called on lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act. She. . . . .
Syed Mahmud Hossain has been appointed Chief Justice of Bangladesh barely three months after Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned from the post. President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath for Hossain as the 22nd chief justice of the Supreme Court in Dhaka. Justice Miah was. . . . .
Shailendra Kumar Joshi has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Telangana State. decision The decision was taken by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Joshi, Special Chief Secretary for Irrigation and Catchment Area Development (I&CAD) department, took charge from the outgoing Chief Secretary, Shekhar. . . . .
IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia took over as the Director General of the black cats' commando force National Security Guard (NSG) after the retirement of chief S P Singh. Lakhtakia, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Telangana cadre, was till now serving as Special DG in the Central Reserve Police. . . . .
Acclaimed Ottanthullal artiste Kalamandalam Geethanandan passed away while delivering a performance at Avittathur, Kerala. The 58-year-old theatre artiste and film actor collapsed on stage in the middle of the act. He was given first aid and rushed to the hospital. However, he could not be saved.Geethanandan had given. . . . .
Vijay Gokhale will take charge as the next foreign secretary, succeeding S Jaishankar.A 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Gokhale is currently serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India's Ambassador to China before moving back to the MEA in New Delhi. Gokhale will have a two-year. . . . .
Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been named as the new governor of Madhya Pradesh. The President of India is pleased to appoint Smt. Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. She will replace Gujarat governor Om Prakash Kohli, who currently holds additional charge of the office. . . . .
An international survey has ranked Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top three leaders of the world. An annual survey by "Gallup International" has put Prime Minister Modi at number "three" among the global leaders. The respondents in the survey, which was conducted among the people across 50 countries, had rated. . . . .
The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra unanimously recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court. She will be one of only seven women judges that the top court has had so far since independence. At present,. . . . .