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  Indian IT company Mindtree Ltd has announced the appointment of Debashis Chatterjee as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Also, S.N. Subrahmanyan, the CEO of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) has been appointed as non-executive vice chairman.
Source: The Live Mint

  HSBC has announced the departure of its Chief Executive Officer John Flint. Noel Quinn, the head of HSBC’s Global Commercial Banking unit will replace John Flint as the interim CEO.
Source: The Hindu

  India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty scripted a piece of history by breaching the ‘Chinese Wall’ of reigning World champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, with a victory in the men’s doubles final of the Thailand Open badminton championship in Bangkok.
Source: The Hindu

  Formula One Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record-extending seventh time and surge 62 pointsclear in the championship standings.
Source: The Hindu

  A series of historical decisions which includes the scrapping of Article 370 & Art-35-Aand the introduction of “J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019” were taken today during the session of Rajya Sabha. Article 370 was providing special autonomous status to the Indian state “Jammu & Kashmir” which will be no longer applicable from today. The Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order 2019 made by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind was published. Once this order was tabled by the home minister, it came into force immediately and supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order 1954. All the provisions related to the state of Jammu & Kashmir mentioned in the order will apply to the state. With the above proceedings, Home Minister moved a resolution in Rajya Sabha that all clauses of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will not be applicable in the state. With this, Union Government scrapped article 370 and 35A in J&K and introduced a new bill named “J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019”.
  • J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019:
J&K Reorganisation Bill 2019 was moved by the Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. The bill bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into 2 new Union Territories, one with the legislature and the other without the legislature. The 2 Union Territories will be Jammu and Kashmir division and Ladakh. As per the bill, the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir will have a legislature the same as that of Delhi and union territory in Ladakh will have no legislature, same as that of Chandigarh. This is a great decision taken by the government of India to ensure the welfare of the people of Kashmir and India as a whole. This step will help to cure India from terrorism, Army issues among others.

  National Academy of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, celebrated its 65th Foundation Day in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Culture and Tourism Minister. The Minister also inaugurated art camp and artwork and painting exhibition and released a book – Mithila Ki Lok Chitrakala. Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art was established in New Delhi in 1954 by the government to promote and propagate understanding of Indian art, in and outside the country.
Source: The News on AIR

  Veteran Gujarati journalist, author and columnist Kanti Bhatt passed away. He also worked as writer and editor in various Gujarati publications like Chitralekha, Mumbai Samachar, Janshakti, Sandesh, Yuva Darshan, Jansatta, Vyapar and Abhiyan.
Source: The News on AIR

  Cricket commentator Anant Setalvad, who used to draw pictures of the game’s progress on airwaves with his fine command of the English language, from the mid 1960s through to the 1980s, passed away . Anant was the commentator for All India Radio (AIR) in Ranji Trophy and other BCCI tournaments and also for Test matches.
Source: The Business Standard

  French inventor Franky Zapata is 1st person in history to cross the English Channel on the jet-powered hoverboard.  Zapata completed the crossing in 22 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 110mph (177km/h) flying 15-20 metres (50-65ft) above the water. Zapata made the 35-kilometre (21.5 miles) crossing from the French seaside town of Sangatte to St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, England.
Source: The Guardian

  K Sivan, chairman, Isro, laid the foundation stone for Space Situational Awareness Control Centre at Peenya in Bengaluru. Isro has set up a directorate of space situational awareness and managementaiming at protecting high valued space assets from space debris close approaches and collisions. The control centre would facilitate the intensified activities foreseen for SSAM, in view of increasing debris population and operational space assets. The control centre would host a range of activities pertaining to the protection of Indian space assets from inactive satellites, pieces of orbiting objects, near-earth asteroids and adverse space weather conditions.
Source: The Times of India



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