June 2015

APPOINTED; ELECTED; Etc.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: An internationally renowned scientist and biologist, she has been appointed as President of Mauritius, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position.
K.V. Chowdary: He has been appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) of India.
Vijai Sharma: He has been appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India.

DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete: President of Tanzania. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation including ministers and senior officials, on a six-day visit during which he held talks with the Indian leadership on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues.
Ash Carter: Defence Secretary of USA. During his visit, India and the United States sealed an agreement to jointly develop protective gear for soldiers against biological and chemical warfare, and another on building generators, defence officials. He held talks with Indian leaders to expand security ties between the two countries that were on opposite sides of the Cold War but have since drawn closer against the rising weight of China.

MILESTONES
Sundaram Ravi: Ending an 11-year wait, he has become the first Indian after S. Venkataraghvan to be inducted in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires.

DIED
Charles Correa: Celebrated architect and town planner, he died on 18 June 2015. He was 84. In the 1970s, he was the chief architect of Navi Mumbai, the new city that came up across the harbor from Mumbai, and was later appointed the first chairman of the National Commission on Urbanisation. He is also known for pioneering work on low-income housing. He founded the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai in 1984—an Institute dedicated to protecting the environment and improving urban communities. He was also the man behind the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Ahmedabad and Madhya Pradesh Assembly building.

EVENTS
June 2015
16—United Kingdom marks 800 years of signing of the Magna Carta, one of the world’s most significant historical documents and credited with paving the way for modern freedoms and human rights. On 15 June 1215, in fields by the banks of the River Thames at Runnymede to the west of London, England’s King John had agreed to the demands of his rebelling barons and accepted the Magna Carta, Latin for “Great Charter”, which for the first time placed the monarch under the rule of law. In the centuries since, it has taken on huge global significance, becoming the basis for the US Bill of Rights, the US Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Three of its 63 clauses still remain on Britain’s statute book.

26—More than 47 people are killed in ISIS-led terrorist attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France.

29—Greece closes its banks and imposes capital controls, to keep the banks from collapsing and to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, after bailout talks between the Left-wing government and foreign lenders broke. The creditors wanted Greece to cut pensions and raise taxes in ways that Prime MinisterTsipras argued would deepen one of the worst economic crises of modern times in a country where a quarter of the workforce is already unemployed. According to calculations by Reuters, Greece owes its official lenders €242.8 billion, with Germany being its biggest creditor. The lenders include the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the euro zone governments.

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