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Daily News Digest, 12th May 2016

Shashank Manohar elected as the chairman of International Cricket Council

  •  Shashank Manohar has been elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He is the former BCCI President.
  • He took the charge with immediate effect for the tenure of two years.
  • After the reforms by the ICC, the new Chairman must be an independent candidate with no formal links to any other cricket body.
  • Mr. Manohar resigned as President of BCCI recently.

Mphasis appoints Yesh Subramanian as its Senior VP, head of Digital biz

  • Mphasis has appointed Yesh Subramanian as Senior Vice President and Head of its Digital business.
  • In its new role, he will be responsible for driving top line growth through both strategic and new accounts, building scalable and replicable next generation digital solutions, and building Mphasis’ digital brand.
  • Subramanian joins the Bengaluru-based company from Persistent Systems, where he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Business Solution for Platforms.
  • He is an MBA in marketing and strategy from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Indian Railways to constitute Mobility Directorate, Non-Fare Revenue Directorate

  • Indian Railways Ministry has decided to constitute two Directorates.
  • Railway Ministry aims for the creation of cross-functional directorates to focus on different areas.
  • Mobility Directorate will be constituted to focus on areas like speed enhancement.
  • The Directorate will handle work such as identification and prioritization of train corridors for raising speed and identification of the path for timetabled freight trains.
  • Non-Fare Revenue Directorate will be constituted to focus on areas for enhancing revenues by 10 percent to 20 percent from Non-Tariff sources.
  • It will handle advertisement at stations, commercial exploitation of vacant land, and advertisements on coaches.

President presents National Florence Nightingale Awards

  • Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nursing personnel in Rashtrapati Bhavan on International Nurses Day.
  • The National Florence Nightingale Awards are given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services rendered by the nurses and nursing professionals in the country.
  • The Award carries a cash award of 50 thousand rupees, a certificate, a citation and a medal.
  • The International Nurses Day is celebrated all over the world on 12th May every year.

Three-day international Vichaar Mahakumbh inaugurated in MP

  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has inaugurated the three-day International conference- Vichaar Mahakumbh during Simhastha fair at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The people from all walks of life and society will participate in the Vichar Mahakumbh.
  • It is an effort to discover the solutions to various national and global problems from the perspective of traditional values of life.
  • The conference will hold discourses on various aspects of human welfare like Values, Religion, Spirituality, Environment, Science and Women's Empowerment.

Italy approves same-sex civil unions

  • Italy’s lower assembly has granted final parliamentary approval to a bill.
  • It will legalise same-sex civil unions and end the country's status as the last Western European nation not allowing them.
  • The authorities had long faced calls to change the status quo, including from their constitutional court and the European Court of Human Rights.
  • However, past reform proposals were blocked by the Vatican and conservative politicians.
  • Rome approved the reform in a 372-51 vote, with 99 abstentions.

Indian-American teacher Revathi Balakrishnan named as Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year 2016

  • An Indian-American teacher Revathi Balakrishnan has been honored by US President Barack Obama at the White House for her excellent work in the field of education.
  • Revathi Balakrishnan, a gifted teacher at Patsy Sommer Elementary School was also named 2016 'Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year'.
  • Currently, she is teaching math classes in third through fifth grade.
  • He will now represent Texas in the 'National Teacher of the Year' competition.
  • Balakrishnan has taught at 'Sommer Elementary' for six years before teaching at Forest North Elementary for three years.
  • Originally from Chennai, Balakrishnan was a systems analyst with Liberty Mutual, managing databases and programming for about 12 years before becoming a teacher.

Jharkhand plans to implement reservation in contractual jobs

  • Jharkhand government has planned to implement caste based reservation policy in contractual jobs in government and it's undertaking.
  • The provisions of reservation roster and recently declared domicile policy will be implemented in contractual jobs, which would normally be for three years, and can be extended up to five years.
  • If the need for any contract post is felt even after five years, then the process would have to be started afresh.
  • The requirement for the interview is done away for the junior posts. However, written exams could be conducted.

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