Current Affairs April 2015

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Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai sworn in as first lady judge of Sikkim High Court

Mrs. Meenakshi Madan Rai was sworn in as the first lady judge of the Sikkim High Court.

Governor of Sikkim Srinivas Patil administered the oath of office to her at Raj Bhavan in Gangtok.

After taking oath of office, she took charge as judge. With this Sikkim High Court again got its full strength of three judges after a gap of about one year.

It should be noted that Mrs. Rai is also the third High Court judge who hails from Sikkim.

About Sikkim High Court

  • Established:1975.
  • Sikkim High Court was established under Article 371-F which was added in Constitution by Constitutional (Thirty-Sixth Amendment) Act, 1975.
  • Seat of the court: Gangtok.
  • Sanctioned Judge strength: 3.
  • Incumbent Chief Justice: Pius C Kuriakose.


Renowned Assamese Film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty passes away

Renowned Assamese film director, actor Bidyut Chakraborty passed away on 15 April 2015 in Guwahati, Assam. He was 55.

In his film career he had directed several Assamese movies including Goon Goon Gaane Gaane, Dwaar and Raag-Biraag.

His directorial film Rag-Birag is based on a novel written by Jnanpith award-winner Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

Chakraborty ‘s  last film was Dwar (2012) which was based on a short story by Swarnakamal winning film critic Apurba Sharma.

Apart from being film Director Chakraborty also had acted in several Assamese movies and serials.

Awards- He was awarded Indira Gandhi award for Best First Film of a Director for his film Rag-Birag in 1996.


Pankaj More appointed as Technology Head of Walmart India

Pankaj More on 15 April 2015 was appointed as Technology Head of Wal-Mart India Private Limited.

In his new role, he will play a key role in strengthening company’s technology and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and will report directly to Walmart India President and CEO Krish Iyer.

Pankaj has over 19 years of experience and had had joined WalMart in January 2013. He was leading the ISD strategy for the Walmart Asia market including Japan, China & India.

He holds B.Tech degree in Computer Engineering from Mangalore University.

About Wal-Mart India Private Limited

  • It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores Inc, the world’s leading multinational retail corporation.
  • At present it owns and operates 20 Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in 9 States across India.
  • The first store was opened in Amritsar, Punjab in May 2009.
  • Incumbent CEO: Krish Iyer.