PERSONS IN NEWS - 2018 JUNE

June 1

Amitabh Bachchan to be face of Railway's anti-trespassing campaign
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has become the face of Central Railways' anti-trespassing campaign.
Trespassing on railway tracks is a major cause of deaths on Mumbai suburban rail network. There have been several campaigns to aware Mumbai locals about using foot over bridges instead of crossing railway tracks. But no significant change is seen after earlier campaigns.
Central Railway has launched an initiative 'Ek Safar Rail Ke Saath', where celebrities will share their experience about Indian Railways and their journey in a short film. At the end of the film, they will give a message for railway commuters.

June 3

Assam girl ambassador of 'promote science' initiative in France
Assam's Priyanka Das, working on satellite navigation for French major Safran, has been appointed ambassador for an initiative in France to encourage girls to follow scientific careers and take it to higher education levels.
"For Girls and Science" initiative was launched in 2014 to promote more scientific vocations among young people, especially girls, and inspire them to become scientists of tomorrow and supported by the Ministry of National Education of France and the L'Oreal Foundation.
Priyanka, who has her roots in Assam, is pursuing her PhD and working in R&D with a team of experts in the Navigation Systems division of Safran.

June 6

Virat Kohli among world's highest-paid athletes: Forbes
India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world's highest-paid athletes, and topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million.Surprisingly, the 'World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018' compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list.

June 12

Ronda Rousey to be first woman inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
The UFC announced that Ronda Rousey will be inducted into its Hall of Fame thanks to her pioneering work in establishing a women’s division of the popular mixed martial arts sport.
Rousey will be honored during a ceremony at the Palms Casino Resort. The fighter, who recently began her career in the WWE, debuted in 2013 and continued an impressive win streak including a US Olympic bronze medal in judo.

June 14

Georgia's prime minister resigns after mass protests
Giorgi Kvirikashvili, prime minister of Georgia, has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party.
The prime minister's resignation comes amid growing popular discontent over his government's handling of the economy and after mass protests in recent months.
Under the Georgian constitution, a prime minister's resignation leads to the resignation of the entire cabinet.

June 16

NASA’s record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson retires
NASA’s record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired less than a year after returning from her last and longest spaceflight.
She’s spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions. She’s also the world’s most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt.
Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and the oldest woman ever to fly in space. She was also the only woman to have served as chief of NASA’s male-dominated astronaut corps.

June 19

Mehbooba Mufti resigns after BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir
The People Democratic Party's (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation as Jammu and Kashmir chief minister to state governor N.N. Vohra.
Mehbooba's move came shortly after the BJP announced it was pulling out of its alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.

June 20

Amazon's Jeff Bezos now world's richest with $141 billion net worth: Forbes
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in the world with a net wealth of $141.9 billion, the Forbes World's Billionaires list showed.
Bezos' wealth has grown more than $5 billion since June 1 to beat Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, who is the second-richest man in the world with $92.9 billion.
Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors in the world, trailed in the third place with a total of a wealth of $82.2 billion.

A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government's brand ambassador
Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government.
As the government's brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it.
The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim.

Arvind Subramanian resigns as CEA to Modi govt
Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian will be leaving the finance ministry because of "pressing family commitments" and will return to the US.
Subramanian was appointed as CEA to the finance ministry on October 16, 2014, for a period of three years. In 2017 his term was extended for a year.

June 23

Justice Chelameswar to retire
Senior Supreme Court judge, Justice Jasti Chelameswar is set to resign from his office.
Justice Chelameswar is one of the three judges, who had opposed Chief Justice of India (CJI) Deepak Misra's 'selective' allocation of cases.
Justice Chelameswar, who joined as a Supreme Court judge on October 10, 2011, was part of the nine-judge bench that had delivered the historic judgement which ruled that a citizen's right to privacy was a fundamental right.

June 25

Realtor Sumadhura group ropes in Dhoni as brand ambassador
Realty firm Sumadhura Group has roped in cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador.
Bengaluru-based realty firm has roped in Dhoni, the former Indian cricket captain, as its first brand ambassador to represent the brand in all their national campaigns in a multi-year engagement.

June 27

Pakistan NSA Nasser Janjua quits amid reports of rift with caretaker PM
Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt Gen (retd.) Nasser Khan Janjua resigned, amid reports that he had differences with caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk.
The former chief of Southern Command was appointed as NSA during ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s tenure in October 2015 with a status of Minister of State. He had replaced Sartaj Aziz, who was holding dual posts as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs as well as NSA.

June 29

Monti Rajkhowa becomes the first Assamese to scale Mt. Kanchenjunga
Monti Rajkhowa, who hails from the northeastern province of Assam, has made the state and country proud by becoming the first Assamese to scale Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
Monti, who is professionally an executive engineer of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation based in Mumbai, is the first lady ONGC officer among her male counterparts to have managed to scale the world's toughest peak.
Born and brought up in Meghalaya, Monti as a child opened her path to adventurous trekking amid the slopes and valleys of the hilly state.

June 30

Sonakshi Sinha joins hands with UNESCO to promote safe cyberspace for children
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has joined forces with UNESCO to promote a safe and secure cyber environment for youngsters to ensure they are not targeted for bullying, abuse, exploitation and more through the internet.
Sonakshi Sinha joins UNESCO to promote safe and secure online environment for children and help empower our future digital citizens.


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