Important Person in News- Current Affairs July 2015 Month
Sivanadane Mandjiny, an Indian-American Chemistry professor at the University of North -pi, Carolina (USA), was named UNC Pembroke’s recipient of the UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching on May 11, 2015.
- The award winners will collect a commemorative bronze medallion and a $ 12500 cash prize. Annually, the Board of Governors names one professor at each of the 17 UNC campuses to receive the award.
- Mandjiny joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 1996 as a teaching associate and earned tenure in 2006.
- He became department chair in 2011 and continues there. He is a native of Tamil Nadu.
Mhairi Black, a 20-year-old student has become Britain’s youngest lawmaker to the 56th British Parliament on May 8, 2015, since Christopher Monck entered Parliament in 1667 at age 13.
- She defeated one of the country’s most senior politicians. She was elected as MP from Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) to House of Commons i.e., lower house of UK Parliament from Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Mhairi Black is a student at the University of Glasgow and currently in her final year of a Politics and Public Policy degree.
- In UK, people wishing to stand as an MP must be over 18 years of age and be a British citizen or citizen of a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland.
- Manabi Banerjee, a transgender who has been teaching for 20 years, will now head the Krishnanagar Women’s College in West Bengal as a Principal.
- She was chosen through the usual selection process on May 27, 2015.With this selection, India has for the first time appointed a transgender as the Principal of a college. Banerjee is expected to start her new job on June 9, 2015.
- India’s transgender activists hailed the appointment as a proud day for a community that usually faces discrimination.
- According to the Forbes’ 12th annual list 2015, SBI Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI bank head Chanda Kochhar, Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and HT Media Chair Shobhana Bhartia are among the world’s 100 most powerful women.
- Miss Bhattacharya has been ranked 30th on the list, followed by Kochhar on the 35th spot, Mazumdar-Shaw 85th spot and newcomer on the list Bhartia is on the 93rd spot.
- Two women of Indian-origin PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi and Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior also make the list.
- Tanishq Abraham, an 11 -year-old Indian-American schoolboy graduated from American River College in Sacramento (ARC), California, alongside 1800 students with three associate degrees in Maths, Science and Foreign Language studies.
- Abraham, a native of ‘ Sacramento, is the youngest to graduate. Abraham last year became one of the youngest ever in the USA to graduate high school.
Shivani Agarwal/ Maharaja Pandit
- Shivani Agarwal from Indian Institute of Science and Maharaja Pandit from University of Delhi are the two Indians have been named for the prestigious Radcliffe fellowship of Harvard University.
- Shivani, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow has been selected for learning to make choices in the era of big data. Pandit, the Hardy Fellow, has been selected for his project life in Himalaya.
- They are going to begin their one-year fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute in September, 2015.
- Radcliffe Fellowship is considered as one of the most prestigious honors for faculty.
- Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President has been sentenced to death on May 16, 2015 as a government crackdown against his supporters continues.
- He was deposed by the military in July, 2013 during huge street protests against his rule and he has been imprisoned ever since.
- He was accused of plotting with foreign militants to free Islamists and supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in raids on several jails.
Harkeert Singh Saini
- Harkeert Singh Saini, a 44-year-old Indian-American policeman has been awarded the prestigious ‘Top Civilian Supervisor of the Year’ award for his efficient services to the Houston Police department in the United State of Texas in the 2nd week of May, 2015.
- Saini is a graduate from Deshbandu College in New Delhi. He hailed from Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He go to Houston in 1998, joined Police Department in March, 2000 and was subsequently promoted as an office supervisor in the following years.
- Tejaswini Sagar from Aurangabad, India Won her maiden world title bagging the gold in the under-15 category of World School Chess Championship that played at Pattaya, Thailand on May 14, 2015. Tejaswini defeated Kavinya Miyuni Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka in the Final. She scored seven points out of a possible nine, and winning six, drawing two and losing one game.
- Barbayeva of Russia had to be content with the silver medal while top seed Nur Abidah Shanti of Indonesia wont the bronze medal in this section.