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President Pranab Mukherjee launches 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign  

President Pranab Mukherjee launched a ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The campaign was conceptualized by Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and was organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Key Facts

  • The campaign aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world.
  • Its prime objective is to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children over the next 5 years.
  • It also seeks to promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated.
  • It will strive to inspire 100 million children to speak and act for the numerous other unfortunate children living in terrible conditions to build a child-friendly world.
Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit
  • The launch of the campaign also brought curtains to the two-day ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit’ held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • This summit had brought together collective leadership of around 25 Nobel laureates and leaders on a single platform for creating a child-friendly world.
  • It even had channelized world leaders, thinkers, representatives of UN, award winning youth/child leaders and eminent persons from academia, business, cinema, sports and civil society.

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Donald Trump elected as 45th President of United States

Real estate mogul-turned politician and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump (70) was elected as 45th President of United States of America (USA).

He will be the first President of USA without political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President). Besides, he will oldest first term President of USA.

He will succeed Barack Obama and is scheduled to take office as the President of the USA on 20 January 2017.

Background

In the 2016 Presidential elections, Donald Trump gained 48% of the votes and 279 votes in the Electoral College to defeat Democrat Party opponent Hillary Clinton who gained 47% votes. Hillary Clinton had created history in this election by becoming the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major US political party.

About Donald Trump

  • Born as Donald John Trump on June 14, 1946 in New York City, New York, United States.
  • He is the chairman and president of Trump Organisation, a principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests.
  • He had joined his father’s company in 1968 after graduating in economics from University of Pennsylvania. In 1971, he took control of company and renamed it Trump Organisation.
  • As of 2016, Forbes Magazine had listed him as the 324th wealthiest person in the world and 156th in the US.
  • From 1996 until 2015, Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants. In 1987, he had released his book Trump: The Art of the Deal.

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SR Nathan: former longest-serving Singapore President of Indian-origin passes away

The Indian-origin former Singapore President S.R. Nathan passed away days after suffering a stroke. He was 92.

He was the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. He was closely associated with the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew.

About S.R Nathan

  • Born as Sellapan Ramanathan on 3 July 1924 in the family of Indian Tamil descent in Straits Settlements of Singapore.
  • He had served as President of Singapore for two terms from 1999 to 2011. He was elected unopposed as President for first time in August 1999.
  • He officially stepped down in August 2011 after announcing that he would not seek a third term.
  • After stepping down he had worked as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and at Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences.
  • Prior to becoming President, he held key positions in the Singapore Civil Service and also in security, intelligence and foreign affairs.
  • In 1988, he was appointed as Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and later Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from 1990 to 1996.
  • Awards and honours: Government of India had conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) upon him in 2012 in recognition of his contribution in building closer links between India and Singapore.

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