(Current Affairs) Person in News | August: 2014

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Ratan Tata

  • Former TATA Group Chairman Ratan Tata on 21 June 2014 received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. The award was given for his achievements in promoting innovations, exemplary leadership and corporate social responsibility.

  • The honour was conferred at the 2014 spring convocation of York University’s Schulich School of Business by Chancellor of the varsity Gregory Sorbara.Tata was among the 12 recipients of honorary doctorate from York University.

Sanjay Rajaram

  • India-born Mexican plant scientist, Sanjaya Rajaram will be honoured with the World Food Prize for the year 2014. It was announced by the World Food Prize Foundation . The award will be presented to Rajaram in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2014.

  • He won the prize for his outstanding work in the improvement of wheat crop. He is credited with increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons during the 25-year-period known as the golden years of wheat – building upon the successes of the Green Revolution.  It had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger.

Abhijit Guha

  • Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha of Indian Army was on 5 June 2014 appointed as member of a UN Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN peacekeeping.  Abhijit Guha is a member of the five-member expert panel.

  • The five-member Expert Panel was appointed by Under-Secretaries- General for Peacekeeping Operations and for Field Support Herve Ladsous and Ameerah Haq.

  • The panel is headed by Ms. Jane Holl Lute (United States) who is currently the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq. The other members of the panel are Major General Michael Fryer of South Africa, Major General Ib Johannes Bager of Denmark and Walter Dorn of Canada.  

V K Rajah

  • Indian-origin judge V K Rajah on 25 June 2014 was appointed as 8th Attorney-General of Singapore. President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam presided at the swearing-in of Justice V K Rajah.
  • He will succeed Steven Chong. Steven Chong will return to the Supreme Court.VK Rajah was also appointed as a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights for a three-year term. 17-member council reports on matters, including Bills or other legislation.

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