PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 APRIL

April 2

American singer & song writer Bob Dylan accepts Nobel literature award.
After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony, the Swedish Academy announced.
The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October.
They were handed to Dylan at a ''Private Ceremony in Stockholm'' attended by 12 academy members, Sara Danius, the academy's permanent secretary.

April 3

K. Prithika Yashini of TN becomes India's first transgender Sub-Inspector.
K. Prithika Yashini, who became the first transgender to become sub-inspector of police, joined the police service in Dharmapuri.
Yashini, who had fought a long legal battle to join the police, visited the officer of the superintendent of police in Dharmapuri and submitted her joining documents. Prior to joining she had had undertaken six months of practical training.
Prithika was born and raised as Pradeep Kumar in Chennai. After completing under-graduation in computer applications, She underwent a sex change surgery and became Prithika. If finding her gender identity was an arduous journey, getting into the police service posed even more challenges.
Prithika's application to the post of sub-inspector was rejected on the grounds that the application had only two columns - either male or female - to fill in the gender. When she found that the application was not accepted since she had filled in as transgender, she approached the high court and fought against the state uniform services recrtuiment board citing a Supreme Court directive.

Dhoni becomes one-day CEO of Gulf oil India company.
M.S. Dhoni was unveiled as the new CEO of the Gulf Oil India. But the former Indian captain held that position only for a day. It was something that was kept under the wraps by the company and Dhoni himself and so, it was a surprise for the employees when he walked in as their new CEO.
Arun Pandey, who handles Dhoni’s commercial interests both parties have been trying to fix this day for a long time now. ''As a CEO of the company for the day, Mahi has attended all the special meetings of the company. He will also take quite a few decisions, just like a real CEO''.
Dhoni was named named as the brand ambassador for Gulf Oil in 2011.
Dhoni has been out of cricketing action since India’s ODI series against England in January. He will next play in Indian colours for the Champions Trophy but before that he will be part of the Rising Pune Supergiant set up for the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Dhoni resigned as Indian captain in January and it was later announced that he won’t be leading Pune this time in the IPL.

April 4

Brayan Jimenez banned for life-time by FIFA.
FIFA has banned the former president of the Guatemala football federation for life.
Brayan Jimenez, a former member of the FIFA Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, last year pleaded guilty in a United States federal court to racketeering and wire fraud.
He was extradited to the U.S. in connection with the larger FIFA corruption scandal.
The FIFA ethics committee announced the ban the investigation against Mr. Jiménez was opened on December 2015 and conducted by Dr. Cornel Borbély, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, the United States Department of Justice on December 2015.

Twitter's head of Asia-Pacific Aliza Knox quits.
In a yet another blow for the struggling micro-blogging website Twitter, its head of Asia-Pacific business Aliza Knox has decided to move on after a near-five year stint.
Knox built out Twitter's presence in Asia with an office in Singapore that currently spans nine locations with over 100 people on payroll, TechCrunch.
Her exit comes on the back of the loss of a number of high-profile Asia-based executives in 2016; including Managing Director for Southeast Asia, India, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region Parminder Singh, India head Rishi Jaitly, China head Kathy Chen and Australia country boss Karen Stocks.

April 5

Veteran NASA spacewoman Peggy Whitson getting 3 extra months in orbit.
The world's oldest and most experienced spacewoman Peggy Whitson is getting three extra months in orbit.
NASA announced that astronaut Peggy Whitson will remain on the International Space Station until September. The 57-year-old astronaut arrived last November and was supposed to return to Earth in June. But under an agreement between NASA and the Russian Space Agency, she'll stay another three months and take advantage of an empty seat on a Soyuz capsule in the fall.
The two men she flew up with in November will return in June without her.
This mission - her third - will now last close to 10 months. Scientists are eager to monitor any changes to her body, to add to the knowledge gained from retired astronaut Scott Kelly's recent one-year flight.
Whitson has already spent more time in space than any other woman, counting all her missions, and just last week set a record for the most spacewalks by a woman, with eight.

April 6

Misbah-ul-Haq announces retirement from Test cricket after West Indies series.
Pakistan Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq announced his retirement from Test cricket. after West Indies series he will quit from the longer format of the game.
Misbah took the reins of the team after it had been rocked by the spot-fixing scandal in 2010, and guided Pakistan to the number one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking.
He eventually captained the Test side in 53 matches, winning 24 and losing 18 games. Under his able leadership, Pakistan climbed to No. 1 spot for the first time in the Test rankings after beating England at The Oval in 2016. However, after Pakistan hurtled to a 3-0 whitewash in Australia, Misbah came under severe pressure to quit captaincy.
He has notched up 4951 runs at an average of 45.84 in the traditional format of the game so far.
The 42-year-old also captained the Pakistan side in 87 ODIs. He retired from the 50-over format after the Asian country lost the quarterfinal of the 2015 World Cup to Australia.
The redoubtable cricketer played 39 Twenty20 Internationals, compiling 788 runs at an average of 37.52.

April 7

Actress Kristin Devis appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
American actress Kristin Davis, known for the role of Charlotte York in the television series ''Sex and the city'', appointed goodwill Ambassador for the Management of the UN high Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR).
As explained in the UNHCR, Davis has partnered with the UN for three years. In 2015, she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, where he met with refugees from southern Sudan. Last year the actress was helping to collect donations for assisting victims of sexual violence in the DRC.
52-year-old Davis starred in a dozen different TV series, appearing in them in the main, and in small roles, as well as in two dozen films, but widely known thanks to the filming of ''Sex and the city''. The actress has never been married, but has a foster daughter. In an interview with the American journal of Health in 2008, Davis admitted that undergoing treatment for alcoholism.

Jemima Sumgong, Rio Olympics marathon champ, fails dope test.
Jemima Sumgong, the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed in Rio last year, has failed an out-of-competition dope test.
The 32-year-old, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in a test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.
Sumgong starred at the London Marathon last year, defying the odds to win despite suffering a bruising fall.
Steeled by her success in London, she then became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold, defeating Ethiopia's world champion Mare Dibaba in Rio to confirm her status as the world's top marathon runner of 2016.

April 8

Younis Khan, Pakistan's leading Test player, announces international retirement after west indies series.
Younis Khan, who has played 115 Tests for Pakistan in a career spanning 17 years, has announced his retirement from international cricket. The 39-year-old player the upcoming three-Test series against the West Indies would be his last for the national team.
Younis had earlier retired from T20I and ODI matches. After captaining Pakistan to victory in the 2009 World T20, Younis announced his retirement from the format. However, he did return to play a three-match T20 series against New Zealand in December 2010.
He holds a unique world record of having scored a century in 11 countries. His highest Test score of 313 - notched up against Sri Lanka in 2009 - is the third highest by a Pakistani batsman, after Hanif Mohammad's 337 against West Indies in 1958 and Inzamam-ul-Haq’s 329 against New Zealand in 2002.

April 12

PM Modi is now the most followed world leader on Instagram.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now become the most followed world leader on Instagram.
The information was shared by Twiplomacy, a Twitter account that looks into the social media usage of governments across the world.
According to the survey done by Twiplomacy, Prime Minister Modi leads with 6.8 million followers, closely followed by U.S. President Donald Trump with 6.3 million followers. Both leaders combined have fewer followers than former U.S. President Barack Obama who left office on January 20, 2017 and now has 13.8 million followers on his @BarackObama account.
Prime Minister Modi has posted only 53 photos - 20 times less than the 1,028 posts posted by Donald Trump - but over the past 12 months, Modi has enjoyed a far better interaction rate, with 5.15 per cent compared to Trump's 3.39 per cent.

Harbhajan among eight ambassadors for ICC Champions Trophy.
Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was named one of the eight ambassadors for the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled in England from June 1 to 18.
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, Bangladesh's Habibul Bashar, England's Ian Bell, New Zealand's Shane Bond, Australia's Mike Hussey, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa were unveiled as the other ambassadors for the tournament.
The Champion Ambassadors will be involved in the Champions Trophy Trophy Tour and will also make appearances in the UK.
Harbhajan, who was a member of the India side which shared the 2002 trophy with Sri Lanka in Colombo, he feels honoured.

April 13

Priyanka Chopra to be on Tribeca Film Festival jury.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed jury member of the upcoming 16th edition of Tribeca Film Festival.
Filmmaker Amy Berg, actors Zachary Quinto and Willem Dafoe, and TV producer Sheila Nevins among others will also be on the jury.
Priyanka, who became a popular name in Hollywood through her lead role in TV series "Quantico", will look after the 2017 Documentary and Student Visionary Competitions alongside Olivia Thirlby, Ryan Eggold, Brendan Fraser and Ileen Gallagher.
The winners of each category will be announced at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards ceremony on April 27 at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

April 14

Suresh Raina first player to feature in 150 IPL matches.
'Gujarat Lions' Suresh Raina became the first player in Indian Premier League's history to feature in 150 matches after appearing against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Out of the 150 matches, Raina has represented Chennai Super Kings in 132 and Gujarat Lions in the remaining 18.
M.S. Dhoni, with 147 IPL matches, is in the second position behind Raina.


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