(Current Affairs) Person in News | February: 2015

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Tabare Vazquez

  • Tabare Vazquez has won the second round of the presidential election in Uruguay and will be taking office on March 1, 2015.
  • It will be the Left-wing Broad Front’s third consecutive term in government and also the largest margin of victory in a run-off.
  • Meanwhile, outgoing president Jose Mujica, whose management had the approval of 65 per cent of the citizens according to a poll last week, said he would now have the task of being the coordinator within the ruling coalition.

Anil Kumar Sinha

  • “Do your duty without fear and so far as integrity is concerned, it goes without saying that you all would uphold it,” was the first message from Anil Kumar Sinha to his officers, after he took over as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation at the agency headquarters.

  • The CBI Director holds an MA in Psychology and M.Phil in Strategic Studies. He has been the recipient of several awards.

  • Mr. Sinha, who belongs to Bihar and was inducted as an IPS officer into his home cadre in 1979, is recipient of Police Medal for Meritorious Services in the year 2000 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2006.

Arun Majumdar

  • A top Indian-American scientist from Stanford University has been appointed as one of the Science Envoys of the U.S.
  • Arun Majumdar, a professor at the prestigious university, along with three others Peter Hotez, Jane Lubchenco and Geri Richmond would serve as U.S. Envoys beginning January next year, the State Department said.
  • An IIT-Bombay alumnus, Mr. Majumdar is a material scientist, engineer, who was President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Under Secretary of Energy between November 30, 2011 and May 15, 2012.

Shinzo Abe

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a comfortable re-election in a snap poll that he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies.
  • But a low turnout from unenthusiastic voters beset by a heavy snowfall across much of the country could cast doubt on the endorsement he will claim for “Abenomics” — his signature plan to fix the country’s flaccid economy.
  • Media exit polls shortly after voting showed his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito had swept the ballot, with an unassailable two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament that will give them the power to override the upper house.
  • “Voter turnout is likely to be a record low, but we still can call it a landslide victory for Prime Minister Abe,” said Masaru Kohno, a Politics Professor at Waseda University in Tokyo. 

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