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Delhi Police commissioner Alok Verma appointed as new CBI director

Delhi Police Commissioner and Senior IPS officer Alok Kumar Verma was appointed as new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. He will have tenure of two years.

He was selected by a three-member committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice J S Khehar and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

He will take over from interim director Rakesh Asthana, who was handed the reins of the premier investigating agency after former director Anil Sinha retired on December 2, 2016.

About Alok Verma

  • He is a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
  • Prior to taking charge as the Commissioner of Delhi Police in February 2016, he was the Director General of Tihar jail.
  • He has served in the Delhi Police in number of positions, including DCP (south district), JC of Crime Branch, JCP (New Delhi Range), Special CP (Intelligence) and Special CP (Vigilance).
  • He has also served as the Inspector General (IG) of Police in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Puducherry.

About Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

  • CBI is the foremost investigative police agency in India. It derives power to investigate from Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.
  • It was established in 1941 as the Special Police Establishment. It was renamed to present nomenclature in 1963.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Motto: Industry, Impartiality, Integrity.
  • It is headed by Director, an IPS officer of DGP rank. He is selected as per the provisions of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, 2003.
  • The CBI Director is selected by a collegium comprising Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition or leader of the largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha.

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62nd Filmfare Awards

The grand Annual 62nd Jio Filmfare Awards event organised by the Filmfare magazine was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It honored the best Indian films of the year 2016

Dangal was adjudged as the Best film. Neerja and Kapoor & Sons with 5 awards each were the film wining highest number of awards. 

Awards in various categories are
  • Best Actor: Aamir Khan (Dangal).
  • Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab).
  • Best Film: Dangal. 
  • Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal).
  • Lifetime Achievement: Shatrughan Sinha.
  • Best Debut Director: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata).
  • Critics Award for Best Film:
  • Best Supporting Actor: Rishi Kapoor (Kapoor & Sons).
  • Best Supporting Actress: Shabana Azmi (Neerja).
  • Best Male Debut: Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab).
  • Best Female Debut: Ritika Singh (Saala Khadoos).
  • Best Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).
  • Best Singer (female): Neha Bhasin (Sultan).
  • Best Music Director: Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).
  • Best Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).

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4 Indian American scientists selected for presidential awards

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has selected four Indian-American scientists among 102 researchers for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

They are Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University, Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Aradhna Tripati from University of California, Los Angeles.

About Awardees
  • Pankaj Lal: He is an associate professor in the department of earth and environmental studies at Montclair. He has been working on environmental economics and economic geography, natural resource conservation and policy and climate change, human dimensions of ecosystem management.
  • Kaushik Chowdhury: He directs the Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab. He is the winner of the “NSF CAREER” award (2015) and the Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Award (2016).
  • Manish Arora: He is an environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist. His research focuses on effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories.
  • He is known for his work on biomarkers that utilise human deciduous and permanent teeth to reconstruct the timing of exposure to various harmful chemicals and essential nutrients.
  • Aradhna Tripati: Her lab at UCLA uses chemistry of natural compounds as well as models as tools to understand how the Earth works. Her models focus to understand climate change, oceans, and the transfer of carbon between the biosphere, atmosphere and oceans.

About Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • PECASE is the highest honour given by the US government to science and engineering professionals.vThe awards were established in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.
  • They are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the US president.
  • The awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at frontiers of S&T and their commitment to community service demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

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