Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2016

Guenter Butschek appointed as MD and CEO of Tata Motors Ltd

India’s largest automaker (by revenue) Tata Motors Ltd’s has appointed Guenter Butschek as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) of the company.

In his new role he will lead all operations of Tata Motors in India and in international markets, including South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and South Africa.

Prior to this appointment he had served as chief operating officer (COO) of plane-maker Airbus Group SA and also was member of the group executive committee.

Prior to Airbus, he had worked with Daimler AG for more than 25 years in international automotive management and had lead functions like industrialization, production and procurement.

His last role at Daimler AG was as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd.which is a joint venture between Daimler and Beijing Automotive Industrial Holding.

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Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passes away

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away in New York City from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. He was 67.

He was founding member and guitarist of the American rock band Eagles along with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.

About Glenn Frey

  • Glenn Frey was also one of the primary singers of the Eagles which was one of the most successful bands of the 1970s.
  • With the band he was lead vocalist on famous songs such as Peaceful Easy Feeling, Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Heartache Tonight, Already Gone etc.
  • After leaving Eagles in 1980, he had embarked his successful solo career.
  • His debut album as solo singer was No Fun Aloud in 1982. Later he recorded Top 40 hits like Smuggler’s Blues, The One You Love, Sexy Girl, The Heat Is On, etc.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket successfully launches Jason-3 Ocean-monitoring satellite

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Jason-3 Ocean-monitoring satellite.

It was launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base and the satellite has been successfully inserted it in the desired orbit. Jason-3 is the 4th mission in the joint US-European series of satellite missions that measure the height of the ocean surface.

Key facts

  • Jason-3 has been incorporated with radar altimeter that will measure sea-level variations of oceans across the world with very high accuracy.
  • It will examine the topography of the ocean floor to help study effects of climate change or human-induced changes on the ocean.
  • It will also seek to boost hurricane forecasting and marine navigation. It will provide scientists with critical information about ocean circulation patterns.
  • It will also provide information about both global and regional changes in sea level and the climate implications of a warming world.

Earlier launched two satellites of Jason mission are Jason-1 and Jason-2 OSTM which were launched in 2001 and 2008 respectively.

About SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

  • Falcon 9 rocket is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX). It is a private space transport services company.
  • It is basically used for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and is powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellants.

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