Current Affairs March 2016

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Former CJI HL Dattu takes over as Chairman of NHRC

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu took charge as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

With this, he becomes the seventh Chairman of the NHRC, highest government institution protecting human rights of citizens.

About H L Dattu

  • Born as Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu on 3 December 1950 in Chikmagalur in then Mysore State.
  • He had started his legal career in 1975 after enrolling as an advocate in Bangalore and dealt with all types of matters like criminal, civil, tax and Constitutional cases.
  • 1983 onwards he had appeared in various capacities before the Karnataka High Court including as government pleader for sales tax department etc.
  • He was designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department. Later in 1995, he was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
  • In 2007, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and later was shifted in the same capacity to the Kerala High Court.
  • He was 42nd Chief Justice of India from September 28, 2014 to December 2, 2015. He has several landmark judgments to his credit dealing with protection of Fundamental Rights of citizens and principles of law.

About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

  • NHRC is apex statutory watchdog of human rights in the country, i.e. the rights related to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the international convents.
  • Formed as per the statutory provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. It is multimember body consisting of Chairman and four members.
  • President appoints the Chairman and members of the NHRC on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
  • The committee includes Prime Minister (Head), Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Home Minister, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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Rozle Prezelj elected as new Chairman of IAAF Athletes’ Commission

Slovenian high-jumper Rozle Prezelj (36) has been elected the new chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes’ Commission.

He will replace Namibian Frank Fredericks with immediate effect who reached the end of his term. Britain’s marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe was nominated vice-chairwoman of the commission.

About Rozle Prezelj

  • Born on 26 September 1979,
  • He had represented Slovenia in high jump at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
  • He was European Under-23 champion in 2001. He had set a national record of 2.32 metres in 2012 before retiring in 2014.

About International Association of Athletics Federations

  • The IAAF is the international governing body for the sport of athletics.
  • Founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletics Federation at the organization’s first congress in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Headquarters: Monaco
  • Members: 214 federations from across the globe.
  • President: Sebastian Coe (United Kingdom).

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MS Swaminathan Research Chair for Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences

The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation has signed a MOU with Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) to establish a Research Chair.

The Chair will be named after MS Swaminathan, father of Indian Green Revolution for promoting knowledge and skill for empowerment for less privileged children in India.

This is the first-ever initiative of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation to establish a Research Chair in any private institute in the country.

The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world. It provides free of cost accommodation, education, food, health care  from Kindergarten to Post Graduation to more than 25,000 children of whom 12,200 are girls.

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