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J Prithviraj

  • The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) has announced J Prithviraj as the new president, while Tutu Dhawan will be the vice-president after the Madras High Court directed the body to make their December election results public.

  • The elections were held at the FMSCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 23, but the results were withheld due to a pending lawsuit filed by Shrikant Karani of Sportscraft (Mumbai) against the national sporting authority.

Satya Nadella

  • Hyderabad native Satya Nadella (46) is the new CEO of Internet giant Microsoft.
  • After a selection period that saw numerous outside candidates drop off, the Microsoft Board signalled its intention to focus on innovation by selecting the man credited with developing the company’s cloud computing and Bing search engine businesses.

  • Mr. Nadella who holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manipal University, a master’s in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, joined Microsoft in 1992.

Malik Ishaq

  • The US Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq, one of the co-founders of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

  • The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Malik Ishaq, and the freezing of all his property and interests that are in the United States, or come within
    the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

  • Malik Ishaq is a founding member and is the current leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

David Stern

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, just two weeks after retiring from a successful 30-year reign.
  • The Hall of Fame Committee has acknowledged Stern’s contributions to the NBA during his three decades as chief.

N. Ramachandran

  • The suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) amended its constitution and successfully held its elections, taking the first steps to returning to the international fold.

  • World Squash Federation president N. Ramachandran was unanimously named as the new president of the IOA in the elections held in the presence of three observers from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — Pere Miró, IOC Director of NOC Relations, Jérôme Poivey, Head of Institutional Relations in the NOC Relations Department, and Robin Mitchell, head of the IOC delegation.

  • Indian athletes at the ongoing Winter Olympics in Sochi are participating under the Olympic flag. However, it is unlikely that the Indians will be able to march under the tricolour during the closing of the Games.

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