Friday, May 15, 2015

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Harbhajan Kaur Dheer becomes first Asian elected mayor in UK
Indian-origin councilor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer of Labour Party became the first Asian woman to be elected as mayor in United Kingdom. She was elected as mayor of Ealing Council in London by succeeding councilor Tej Ram Bagha. It should be noted that Ealing Council is located in the heart of west London and serves the residents and businesses of London’s third largest borough. Harbhajan Kaur Dheer was born in Punjab in 1953 and has moved to Britain in 1975. She had obtained a degree from Social Sciences at Kingston University in 1995. Till 2003, she had worked as Mental Health Professional and had passionately advocated rights of children and elderly including those with mental health issues. Her husband Ranjit Dheer is presently councilor of Ealing Council and is a former Mayor of Ealing from 2001-2002.

SC issues guidelines to regulating Government Advertisements
Supreme Court (SC) issued a slew of guidelines on regulation of public advertisements. This guidelines seeks to prevent ruling politicians at all levels from misusing tax payers’ money to enhance their image or of their parties as it is against democratic principles. This judgment was given by SC Bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Pinaki Chandra Ghose on a PIL filed by Common Cause, a registered society.
Guidelines set by Supreme Court
           Ban on the use of photographs of ministers and party leaders in the government
            advertisements released by government institutions and autonomous bodies.
           Only photographs of the President, Prime Minister (PM) and Chief Justice of India (CJI)
            can feature in the government advertisements with their prior approval.
           Besides, the photos of late national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru
           can be used in these advertisements.
           Henceforth, official advertisements should not carry the name of any political party,
            political symbol, logo or flag.
           In order to regulate the issue of public advertisement and to keep check  on framed
           guidelines to  prevent its violation, Union government must constitute a three-member
           committee.

Tejaswini Sagar wins gold at Under-15 World   School Chess Championship
Tejaswini Sagar from India won under-15 category of World School Chess Championships in her maiden attempt. In the ninth and final round played at Pattaya, Thailand she defeated Kavinya Miyuni Rajapaksa of Sri Lank to win gold medal. In this championship, Tejaswini scored seven points out of nine by winning six, drawing two and losing one game. Irina Barbayeva of Russia won the silver medal in this category. While, top seed Nur Abidah Shanti of Indonesia won the bronze medal. Apart from Tejaswini, Anand Nadar bagged the silver medal in under-15 open category while Saloni Sapole also won the silver in under-17 girls’ section for India in this World School Chess Championship.

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13. It was bestowed on scholars who have made outstanding contribution to the development of Classical Tamil language and literature.
Tolkappiyar Award for lifetime achievement in Classical Tamil was given to SV Shanmugam for year 2011-12 and R Krishnamurthi for year 2012-13.
Kural Pitam Award was given to Eva Maria Wilden of Germany for 2011-12.
Young Scholar Awards was presented to E. Ezhilvasanthan, K. Jawahar and K. Iyyappan for 2011-12 while for the year 2012-13 was given to R. Venkatesan, A. Sathish, M.R. Devak, U. Alibava and B. Jaiganesh.