In a historic election two black women competing to become mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, voters in Chicago chose Lori Lightfoot to become the first black woman and the first openly gay person to lead the city as its mayor.
Saudi Arabia will fund the construction of a $1 billion sports city in Iraq as well as open four consulates. Riyadh has been courting Baghdad in efforts to boost economic and trade ties and fend off Tehran’s influence in the region. The sports city would be located in Baghdad.
The Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, has added yet another feather to his cap. The actor was conferred an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy by The University of Law, London. Earlier, Shah Rukh Khan had received two honorary doctorates from The University of Edinburgh and The University of Bedfordshire.
Private lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank has approved a scheme of amalgamation with lndiabulls Housing Finance.
The genius of K L Saigal, his timeless compositions and the golden era of Indian cinema have been brought alive in a book on the legendary singer. Kundan: Saigal’s Life & Music, authored by documentary filmmaker and former DDG of Doordarshan Sharad Dutt, has been transcreated in English by Jyoti Sabharwal of Stellar Publishers. Dutt won the National Award (Swarna Kamal for best book on cinema) in 2005 for the original book in Hindi. The book released on the 115th birth anniversary of Saigal.
Shahid Afridi’s biography is called Game Changer and its hitting shelves on April, 30th. That certainly is good news for fans and book readers alike. The book has been penned by Wajahat Saeed Khan, a journalist.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has received the In-Flight Connectivity license from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for enabling in-flight and maritime connectivity (IFMC) within Indian airspace.
Vikram Kirloskar took charge as the new President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Kirloskar is the Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd, and Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
IT industry body Nasscom has appointed WNS Global Services Group CEO Keshav Murugesh as its Chairman for 2019-20. He takes on the position from his previous role as Vice Chairman of Nasscom, succeeding Rishad Premji (Wipro) Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member).
Femina Miss India 2017 runner up Sana Dua will be the brand ambassador of Jammu and Kashmir election department for general polls.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honoured with the Zayed Medal, the UAE’s highest civil honour. The medal, awarded to kings presidents and heads of states, was conferred upon Modi for boosting relations between the Emirates and India. Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping have also been conferred with the honour.
Indian Football Team climbed two places to move to 101 rank in the FIFA rankings. The top three positions are unchanged Belgium remained on top with 1737 points and World Cup winners France(1734) in the second spot ahead of Brazil (1676), in third.
Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has unveiled his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Singapore with his mother Hiroo Johar. He became India’s first film-maker to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Singapore.
Phayeng Village in Imphal West district of Manipur has become India’s first carbon-positive settlement. A village is given carbon-positive tag if it sequesters more carbon than it emits, slowing accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and mitigating effects of climate change. Phayeng Village is scheduled caste village of the Chakpa community.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sought closer working relations with the Interpol to widen the scope of its fight against corruption in the sport. The idea is to ensure that players are better educated about the corruptors and Interpol’s vast network would be helpful in this.
Vipin Anand took charge as the Managing Director of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
Shri Rakesh Malhotra has been appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon. He was presently working as Consul General, Consulate General of India, Melbourne.
Former Bollywood actress Mayoori Kango is now Google India industry head. Before joining Google India, Mayoori has worked as a Managing Director in Performics which is part of Publicis Group.
The biggest-ever military exercise organised by the Sri Lanka Army – Exercise Western Shield – with the largest-ever contingent of infantrymen is scheduled to begin on July 1, with the support of other service regiments and Navy and Air Force troops.
South Korea will launch the world’s first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks on 5th April 2019. Until now, no mobile networks have offered nationwide 5G access. On April 05, 2019 all three of South Korea’s mobile networks namely KT, SK Telecom and LG UPlus will go live with their 5G services.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nicholas Koumjian of the US as head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. Koumjian brings to this position over 35 years of experience as prosecutor, including almost 20 years of experience in the field of international criminal justice.
The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to India at an estimated cost of USD 2.6 billion.These choppers are considered as the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.
Dr Pawan Munjal, Chairman of Hero MotoCorp – the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters – was felicitated by the Asian Tour with a Special Achievement Award for his contributions to Asian Golf. At the ceremony, leading Indian golfer Shiv Kapur presented a special salver to Dr Munjal.