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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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January 12: National Youth Day  

The National Youth Day is observed every year on 12 January to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and thinker Swami Vivekananda.

Observance of the day seeks to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked.  It will also help and act as a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.

Several functions are being organised across the country to mark the occasion. To celebrate this day, the 21st National Youth Festival was held in Rohtak, Haryana. The theme this Festival was ‘Youth for Digital India’.

About Swami Vivekananda

  • Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Dutta on 12 January 1863 and died on 4 July 1902. He and was chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.
  • He was one of the most prominent figures of India who introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the “Western” World.
  • He is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.
  • He is also considered as the major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.
  • He is best known for his speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …,” at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893 in which he introduced Hinduism.
  • This speech was considered as one of his most significant contributions to the world and was a breakdown of the ancient philosophy of Hindusim, aided with logic and impeccable scientific insight.

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