Current Affairs 22nd January, 2016: ACC Approves Appointment of Ashok Kumar Mehta as PS to President of India

Current Affairs 22nd January, 2016: ACC Approves Appointment of Ashok Kumar Mehta as PS to President of India

 Atulesh Jindal Appointed the Chairman of CBDT

22.1.2016: Atulesh Jindal is appointed as the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes.   His appointment is approved by the appointments committee of cabinet.  He will succeed A K Jain as Chairman.  Jain completes his term in the end of January, 2016. Jindal is an Indian Revenue Service officer of 1978 batch.  Jindal is going to retire in July this year and he will be in the position for about six months.

ACC Approves Appointment of Ashok Kumar Mehta as PS to President of India

22.1.2016: Ashok Kumar Mehta is appointed as the private secretary to president of India, Pranab Mukherjee.  He is presently the commissioner in Kolharpur, Maharashtra. He belonged to Indian Revenue Service Officer, 1987 batch.  He will succeed Rajneesh who was working as private secretary to the president since 2012.

Rahul Thakkar of Indian Origins wins Oscar Awards for Technical Achievement

22.1.2016: Rahul Thakkar is named one of the winner of scientific and technical awards by Oscar awards.  He shared the award with Richard Chuang. He will be handed over the award in annual scientific and technical awards presentation in Beverly Hills which is schedule for 13th February.  Other Indians who won Oscar awards are Bhanu athaiya, Satyajit Ray, Resul Pookutty, Gulzar and A R Rahman.

Free WiFi Launched at Mumbai Central Station

22.1.2016: Google’s free WiFi service is launched by Railway minister Suresh Prabhu. Mumbai central is the first station to get this facility.  Suresh Prabhu said that more than hundred stations in the country will get this facility by this year end.  The project to provide free WiFi service to four hundred station across the country was announced in 2015 when the prime minister of India visited Google headquarters in US.

Nai Manzil Scheme Launched for Girls in JK

22.1.2016: Nai Manzil, a skill development scheme for girls is launched for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir.  This is launched in three institutions in the state – University of Kashmir and two Madarsas in Pampore and Bandipora.  Saffron processing, embroidery, computers IT, electronics, food processing and other programs will be offered to the trainees and they will given a stipend of Rs. 4,500.