Thursday, April 16, 2015

#daily #current #affairs

Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as new Ambassador to France
Senior diplomat Dr. Mohan Kumar has been appointed the India’s next Ambassador to France. He will succeed Arun Kumar who was recently appointed Ambassador to the United States. Mohan Kumar is a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Ambassador of India to Bahrain. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a doctorate (PhD) from the reputed Sciences Po University in Paris. In his over 30 years IFS career, he had served at served at various posts and had handled variety of interesting and challenging assignments. Mohan Kumar had served Deputy High Commissioner at the Indian Diplomatic Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2001. He also has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Paris for 3 years.

Canada to Supply Uranium to India for 5 Years
Canada has agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to India under a $254 million five-year deal to power Indian atomic reactors. The agreement for uranium supply was signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper after comprehensive talks in Ottawa, Canada. The agreement comes in line with the Canada- India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement that took effect in 2013. As per uranium supply agreement, Canada’s Cameco Corporation will supply uranium to India for next five years starting from this year. These supplies will be under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. Canada is the second-largest producer of uranium globally and is the third country to supply uranium to India after Russia and Kazakhstan. It should be noted that in the 1970s, Canada had banned exports of uranium and nuclear hardware to India after it was alleged that India had used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. However, Canada- India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement signed in 2013, Canada moved away from ban and agreed to supply uranium to India.

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai sworn in as first lady judge of Sikkim High Court

Mrs. Meenakshi Madan Rai was sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court. Governor of Sikkim Srinivas Patil administered the oath of office to her at Raj Bhavan in Gangtok. After taking oath of office, she took charge as judge. With this Sikkim High Court again got its full strength of three judges after a gap of about one year. It should be noted that Mrs. Rai is also the third High Court judge who hails from Sikkim.