Current Affairs, News & Facts of 14 May 2016

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  • Vijender Singh beats Andrzej Soldra to win sixth pro fight

    Vijender Singh beats Andrzej Soldra to win sixth pro fightIndian boxing star Vijender Singh registered his sixth straight professional boxing victory with a Technical Knockout over Poland's Andrzej Soldra in a Super Middleweight contest at Boltan in UK.

    Vijender Singh will now contest for the World Boxing Organisation's (WBO) Asia title  on his home turf in Delhi.

    Soldra is the most experienced opponent Vijender has faced so far with 12 wins out of the 17 bouts he has fought so far. Five of those wins have come by knockout.

    Vijender Singh had previously won all his five fights by technical knockouts in only 14 rounds of action.

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  • Nirankari spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh dies in road accident in Canada

    Nirankari spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh dies in road accident in CanadaIndian spiritual leader Baba Hardev Singh, current leader of the Sant Nirankari Mission, died in a road accident in Montreal, Canada. He was 62.

    Hardev Singh  was in Canada to attend spiritual meetings as Nirankari International Samagam (NIS) was scheduled to be held in June in Toronto in Canada.

    About Baba Hardev Singh : 

    Baba Hardev Singh also known as Nirankari Baba was born on 23 February 1954 to Gurbachan Singh and Kulwant Kaur in Delhi.

    He completed his schooling from Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, a boarding school, in 1963 and than graduated from Delhi University.

    In 1971, he joined the Nirankari Sewa Dal as its primary member but after the assassination of his father Gurbachan Singh, who was then head of the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, Hardev Singh succeeded as the ‘Satguru’ of the organisation.

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  • Goa's Aguada Jail To Be Transformed Into A Tourist Attraction

    Goa's Aguada Jail To Be Transformed Into A Tourist AttractionThe Aguada Central Jail, Goa’s erstwhile prison, which no longer houses prisoners since May 30, 2015, will now be transformed into a museum.

    The Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s (GTDC) will convert the jail into a historical and heritage centre in a Rs. 25.8 crore project.

    GTDC will join hands with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), a group of heritage enthusiasts and freedom fighters to execute the project.

    The museum will  include light and sound shows depicting Goa’s freedom struggle. Historical landmarks will be marked out for tourists to observe.

    The four-hundred-year-old Aguada fort dates back to the Portuguese rule in parts of India. The cells of the Aguada Central Jail stand on the site that once formed the citadel of the hilltop Fort Aguada.

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  • Fatma Samoura named first female secretary general of FIFA

    Fatma Samoura named first female secretary general of FIFAFIFA president Gianni Infantino, has appointed 54-year-old Fatma Samoura - a Senegalese UN diplomat with no experience in soccer administration the first female secretary general of FIFA.

    The appointment is part of changes made by the sport’s ruling body to move on from a major corruption scandal and restore its battered reputation.  

    Samoura would replace Jerome Valcke who was banned for 12 years earlier this year due to corruption allegations.

    Ms Samoura, began her United Nations career with the World Food Program in Rome in 1995 and has served as country representative or director in six African countries.

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  • World's oldest person dies in New York City, aged 116

    World's oldest person dies in New York City, aged 116Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest living person, has died in New York at age 116 following brief illness. At the time of her death she had more than 100 nieces and nephews.

    Jones' death makes Emma Morano-Martinuzzi, a 116-year-old woman in Italy, the oldest living person on earth. 

    Ms. Jones was the last living American who was verified to have been born before 1900. In July 2015, Jones became the record holder for the Guinness World Records title of oldest living female. She was given the record on her 116th birthday.

    Ms. Jones was born on July 6, 1899, in Lowndes County, Alabama at that time William McKinley was the president of USA.  She lived through two world wars and saw the Great Depression. 

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  • ICICI Bank launches business credit card with Jet Airways

    ICICI Bank launches business credit card with Jet AirwaysICICI Bank, India largest private sector bank, launched the country’s first contactless business credit card in association with Jet Airways for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their employees. The card has been christened ‘Jet Airways ICICI Bank Business Advantage Card’.

    Jet Airways ICICI Bank Business Advantage Card :

    This card is powered by the ‘VISA payWave’ contactless technology that enables the cardholder to make payments by simply tapping the card at contactless enabled terminals in more than 48 countries, including India. The card can also be used by dipping or swiping at non-contactless merchants.

    The card offers reward on  both spends as well as repayments on a list of business expense categories including travel, dining, office stationery, online advertising and vendor payments among others.

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  • Key US administration post for ndian origin Manjit Singh 

    Key US administration post for ndian origin Manjit Singh US President Barack Obama has appointed an Indian-American engineer Manjit Singh as the member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (PACFBNF). 

    About Manjit Singh 

    Manjit Singh an engineering graduate of Bombay University is the President of Agilious, a software technology consulting firm he founded in 2013.

    He  is also the co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Singh had received a Master of Science (MSc) degree from the State University of New York at Albany. 

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  • Singaporean, Hong Kong terms added to Oxford Dictionary  

    Singaporean, Hong Kong terms added to Oxford DictionarySeveral Singaporean and Hong Kong English terms,  including "wah", "shiok" and "yum cha", are now officially recognised as acceptable English.

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) added 19 Singaporean terms and 13 Hong Kong terms in its latest update. The dictionary included formations of English that are mostly used in Singapore or Hong Kong.

    Some of the words added are :

    Wah: It is an expression of delight or surprise. 

    Shiok: It means cool, great, delicious, superb. 

    Yum cha: It is a type of Chinese brunch.

    Wet market: It is a market selling fresh meat and produce. 

    Blur: It means confused or ignorant. 

    Sabo: It means to harm or play a prank on.

    Sandwich class: It is an informal term used to refer to the middle class 

    Milk tea: It is a drink made from black tea and milk, usually evaporated or condensed. 

    Shroff: It is a cashier, especially at a car park.

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  • Belgium to begin air strikes against Islamic State

    Belgium to begin air strikes against Islamic StateBelgium will rejoin US-led military effort against Islamic State jihadists in Syria by extending  its F-16 fighter jets  for the first time.

    In accordance with UN Resolution 2249, the engagement will be limited to those areas of Syria under the control of IS and other terrorist groups.

    The objective will be to destroy these groups’ refuges. The air strikes by Belgium would begin on July 1.

    Belgium launched its first attacks against IS in Iraq in late 2014 as part of the U.S.-led coalition but didn't joined strikes against Syria due to public fears over getting dragged into a wider conflict but the November 13 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead changed it's sentiment sharply.

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