Current Affairs Pocket : 16th Jan. 2019

Government launches two national science channels DD Science, India Science

  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Doordarshan (DD), Prasar Bharati launched two science communication initiatives –DD Science and India Science.
  • While inaugurating the two key initiatives, Union Science & Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that it is a watershed moment not only in science and technology communication but also in developing the scientific temper of the society.

Manu Sawhney Appointed New ICC CEO

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Manu Sawhney has been appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organization before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson in July following the ICC World Cup 2019.

Yu Wensheng Wins Franco-German Human Rights Award

  • A detained Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has won a Franco-German human rights award for his ‘exceptional contribution’ to the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Yu Wensheng, who is in pretrial detention on subversion charges, has been held incommunicado by authorities in Jiangsu’s Xuzhou city for more than a year. His wife Xu Yan received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law on her husband’s behalf from the French and German ambassadors to China.

India’s 1st CWG Boxing Gold-Medallist Mohammed Ali Qamar Appointed Women’s Team Coach

  • Mohammed Ali Qamar, the man who won India’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in boxing, has taken over as the chief coach for the country’s female boxers.
  • He has replaced veteran Shiv Singh. Qamar, who is set to turn 38, is also the youngest person to land the job. Qamar’s CWG gold came in the 2002 Manchester edition in the light flyweight category.

Chennai’s Gukesh Crowned India’s Youngest Grandmaster

  • Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh became the 2nd youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, 7 months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in June 2018.
  • Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest-ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and 7 months in 2002.

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