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Oxford dictionary adds words ‘ride-share’, ‘unboxing’, ‘bioprinting’ and ‘vishing’ related to Technology

Recently Oxford dictionary has added words ride-share, unboxing, bioprinting and vishing related to Technology in the new list.

Oxford dictionary defined these words as

  • Ride-share- to participate in an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a website or app.
  • Bioprinting- The use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells. For e.g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery.
  • Unboxing- An act or instance of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging and examining its features, typically when filmed and shared on a social media site.
  • Vishing- It is like phishing, but using phone calls or voice messages instead of emails to trick people in revealing sensitive information.

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed sworn in as Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on 1 March 2015 was sworn-in as Chief Minister of Peoples Democratic Party-Bhartiya Janta Party (PDP-BJP) coalition government of Jammu & Kashmir.

As a person he became 9th Chief Minister of J&K and 12th Chief Minister as tenure wise.

Along with Mufti Sayeed, following ministers took oaths

  • Deputy Chief Minister- Nirmal Singh (BJP).
  • Cabinet Minister- Abdul Rehman Bhat (Veery), Chander Parkash Ganga, Javed Mustafa Mir, Lal Singh, Abdul Haq Khan, Bali Bhagat, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Sukhnandan Choudhary, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, Sajjad Gani Lone, Haseeb Drabu, Ghulam Nabi Lone, She’d Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Imran Hussain Ansari, Nayeem Akhtar.
  • Minister of State- Tsering Dorjey, Abdul Majeed Paddar, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Priya Sethi, Pawan Gupta, Ashiya Naqqash.

All of them were administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Narinder Nath Vohra at oath taking ceremony held at Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University.

Mufti Sayeed’s swearing-in as Chief Minister brings to an end to 49 days of Governor’s rule imposed on the state.

Earlier in January 2015, Governor’s rule imposed as per Section 92 of state Constitution after the no party was able to form government following hung verdict of assembly election of 2014.

About Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

  • He was born on 12 January 1936 in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
  • This is the second time Mr. Sayeed became CM of J&K. In 2002, he had led a PDP-Congress coalition government and was in office from November 2002 to November 2005.
  • He also was first Muslim to become Union Minister for Home Affairs. He was in office during V. P. Singh’s government from December 1989 to November 1990.

Kannan Ramesh appointed as Judicial Commissioner to Supreme Court of Singapore

Indian-origin lawyer, Kannan Ramesh has been appointed as Judicial Commissioner to Singapore’s Supreme Court bench.

He will assume office from 22 May 2015 and have tenure of two years. Prior to this appointment, he was the managing partner of Tan Kok Quan.

With this appointment Singapore’s Supreme Court will have a total of 10 Judicial Commissioners, 13 Judges and 5 senior judges.

About Kannan Ramesh

  • In 1990, Ramesh graduated from the National University of Singapore.
  • As a lawyer, he specializes in legal cases related to insolvency and restructuring, dispute resolution, and international arbitration.
  • In 2013, he was appointed a senior counsel for his recognition as the best and most skilful advocates in the legal profession.

About Judicial Commissioner

  • This post was created in 1986 to get senior counsels from private practices to sit on the bench and help clear the backlog of Supreme Court cases.
  • Judicial Commissioners are appointed for a specific period and have the powers equivalent to a judge of Supreme Court.