Current Affairs March 2016

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2016 Hockey India Annual Awards

Late Capt. Shankar Laxman was posthumously chosen for the 2016 Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award carrying purse of Rs. 30 lakh was accepted by his son Manohar Singh Shekhawat during the 2016 Hockey India Annual Awards held in Bengaluru.

Late Capt. Shankar Laxman was one of legendary hockey player in India. He was a goalkeeper and was part of the Olympic medal-winning teams of 1956 (Melbourne, Gold), 1960 (Rome, Silver), and 1964 (Tokyo, Gold).

Other winners

  • Dhruv Batra Player of the Year Award: P.R Sreejesh (male), Deepika (female).
  • Baljit Singh Goalkeeper of the Year Award: Savita.
  • Pargat Singh Defender of the Year Award: Kothajit Singh.
  • Ajit Pal Singh Midfielder of the Year Award: Ritu Rani.
  • Dhanraj Pillay Forward of the Year Award: Rani.
  • Asunta Lakra Upcoming Player of the Year Award: Harjeet Singh (male), Preeti Dubey (female).
  • Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution: Baldev Singh.
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.

Note: The entire women’s hockey team and the support staff was felicitated with cash reward of Rs. 1.00 Lakh each to celebrate the historic occasion of their qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics after a gap of 36 years since the Moscow Games.


Indian-American appointed as President, CEO of Bank of the West

Indian-American Nandita Bakshi (57) has been appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bank of the West, a subsidiary unit of French banking giant BNP Paribas.

She will succeed Michael Shepherd who has been appointed as chairman of the BNP Paribas USA, a new holding company for all BNP Paribas subsidiaries in the United States.

About Nandita Bakshi

  • She has rich experience in banking sector and had previously held several leadership roles at different top Banks in US.
  • She also had held several executive positions at Washington Mutual in Seattle (Wash), FleetBoston (now Bank of America), First Data Corp, Home Savings of America and Banc One Corp.
  • Nandita Bakshi had earned a bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Calcutta and masters in International Relations and Affairs at Jadavpur University.
  • Currently she also serves on the board of the Consumer Bankers Association. She is recipient of a New England News ‘Woman of the Year’ award in 2002.


India-born Surya Deva appointed UN Adviser on Human Rights and Businesses

An India-born academician Surya Deva has been appointed as the United Nations (UN) Adviser on Human Rights and Businesses.

He was appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the Asia-Pacific representative of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

About Surya Deva

  • Surya Deva is an associate professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.
  • His research interests lie in Business and Human Rights, India-China Constitutional Law, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development.
  • In 2014, he was elected a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
  • Recently he had written a background paper for India’s National Framework on Business and Human Rights.
  • He is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal. He also sits on the Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.