1) TS Tirumurthy appointed as Permanent Representative of India to UN
The government appointed TS Tirumurthy as India’s permanent representative to the United Nations. He is a 1985 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service and currently serves as a secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Tirumurthy has previously been a part of India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva. Apart from this, he has also taken charge of Director and Joint Secretary (UN, Economic and Social) in the office of Foreign Secretary.
Syed Akbaruddin retired
TS Tirumurthy replaces Syed Akbaruddin in New York. Akbaruddin retired on 30 April. He was in this post since 2016. He has successfully kept the country’s stance on all issues on this global platform. Akbaruddin played an important role in declaring Masood Azhar, the leader of terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, as a global terrorist on behalf of the UN.
2) Renowned film actor Rishi Kapoor passed away
Noted film actor Rishi Kapoor died in Mumbai on 30 April. He was 67 and suffering from leukemia (blood cancer).
Rishi Kapoor acted in the film for the first time as a child artist in his father Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Shree 420’. He also won his National Film Award as a child artist for the film ‘Mera Naam Joker’. In the year 1973, he starred for the first time as the main protagonist in the film ‘Bobby’.
His performance as a romantic hero in films like Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar, Karz, Chandni, Heena and Sagar was highly appreciated.
In 2008, he was awarded the ‘Filmfare Lifetime Achievement’ award. In 2011, he received the Filmfare Critics Award for his performance in ‘Do Duni Char’, the same year in 2017 he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘Kapoor and Sons’.
3) Suresh N Patel sworn in as Vigilance Commissioner in CVC
Suresh N Patel was sworn in as the Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on 29 April. Central Vigilance Commissioner Sanjay Kothari administered the oath of office to Patel through video conference. In February 2020, a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended Patel’s name for the post.
Suresh N Patel has three decades of experience in the banking sector. Patel was a member of the advisory board of banking and financial fraud cases of the CVC.
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
Central Vigilance Commission is the apex body of corruption control related to officers / employees of various departments of the Government of India. It is a multi-member institution with statutory status.
Suresh N Patel’s term in the CVC will be more than two years and will be till December 2022. The Vigilance Commissioner has a term of four years or till he completes 65 years of age.
The post of Vigilance Commissioner was vacant since June 2019 after TM Bhasin completed his term. With the appointment of Patel, no post of Vigilance Commissioners is left vacant in the CVC.
The CVC may have one Central Vigilance Commissioner (Sanjay Kothari) and two Vigilance Commissioners. Sharad Kumar is another Vigilance Commissioner.
4) Former batsman J Arun Kumar appointed as coach of American cricket team
Former Karnataka batsman J Arun Kumar has been appointed as the head coach of the American men’s cricket team. On April 29, American Cricket CEO Ian Higgins confirmed the selection of J Arun Kumar as the head coach.
Arun Kumar has scored more than 7,200 runs in first class cricket while more than 3,000 runs in List A matches. He led Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Irani Cup in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.
As a coach, he has been associated with the Karnataka team for many years. He has also been the batting coach of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
5) Cauvery Water Management Authority
The Cauvery Water Management Authority-CWMA has now been officially brought under the Ministry of Water Power. It is noteworthy that CWMA was earlier under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
In the year 2019, the Union Government formed the Ministry of Water Power by merging the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to address water related issues and this Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Was included as a department under.
However, this decision is merely a formality specifying the allocation of work, which means that the authority will now have to report to the Ministry of Water Power. The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) was constituted by the Central Government on 1 June 2018 to resolve the water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry. The constitution of this authority was directed by the Supreme Court on 16 February 2018. As per the decision of the Supreme Court, the Central Government was to constitute this authority within 6 weeks.
6) Effect of COVID-19 on women’s issues and rights
Recently United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the challenges posed by COVID-19 for women worldwide through an article.
Currently, incidents of violence against women have increased during the lockdown applied to control COVID-19 in various countries of the world.
Recently, a major female aid helpline in the United Kingdom reported a 700% increase in complaints of domestic violence cases.
There has been an increase in cases of female violence during the lockdown but due to disruptions of public services and traffic, women support groups are not able to provide their services actively and due to various other economic pressures to lay off employees or close the organization Are constrained.
The threats posed to women’s rights and their freedom due to COVID-19 are far greater than physical violence.
It is important to note that recently the National Commission for Women- NCW reported that the number of cases of female and domestic violence has increased twice during the applicable lockdown in the country.
7) Minority Medical Institutes under the purview of NEET
The Supreme Court has announced that students seeking admission in medical courses are now eligible for admission to private, non-accredited and Minority Vocational Colleges National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Examination Test-NEET).
The three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that recruitment through NEET in undergraduate and postgraduate medical dental courses does not violate the fundamental and religious rights of minorities in any way.
This rule will be applicable for both aided and unaided medical colleges to be administered by minorities.
The court said that the rights related to trade and business or religious freedom of minorities cannot be seen as a barrier between bringing transparency in the matter of admission to the institution.
The court made it clear that minority institutions are equally bound to follow the conditions applicable under the law.