PERSONS IN NEWS 2015
Noted economist Arvind Panagariya on 13 January took charge as the first vice-chairman of the newly-created NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog has replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission. He is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University.
Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar (A.S. Kiran Kumar) took over as the new Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 14 January 2015.A.S. Kiran Kumar became the 8th Chairman of ISRO.
Hari Shankar Brahma on 16 January assumed charge as the 19th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) after he was elevated to the post on 14 January.He succeeded VS Sampath, whose tenure ended on 15 January 2015.
Leela Samson on 16 January 2015 resigned as Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification, (CBFC).She was appointed as the Chairperson of CBFC on 1 April 2011.
Space veteran and eminent scientist Vasant Gowarikar was died on 2 January in Pune. He was the chief of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and also the scientific advisor to the Prime Minister of India in 1991-1993. Gowarikar made valuable contributions to the fields of space research, weather and population. Gowarikar was involved in space research in early career under Vikram Sarabhai when his office was in the building of the local St Mary Magdalene Church in Thumba in Kerala. He pioneered solid propelant development and later served as Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) between 1979 and 1985.Gowarikar was awarded Padma Shri in 1984 and Padma Bhushan in 2008. He also received the Fie Foundation Award.
U.S. President Barack Obama visited India from 25 January to 27 January 2015.As a part of his visit, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral relations as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern. India and U.S signed several pacts during the official visit of the President of U.S to India. Barack Obama , the President of U.S was the Chief Guest of India on the occasion of the Republic Day parade on 26 January 2015. Obama became the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade. In the visit, the civil nuclear agreement that would allow nuclear contracts to be signed between U.S. firms and India.
Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned as Miss Universe 2015 at the final of the beauty pageant held in Miami on 25 January 2015. Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia was crowned by the 2014 pageant winner Venezuelan Gabriela Isler.With this, Vega became the second beauty queen from Colombia to win the title. Luz Marina Zuluaga became the first Colombian to win the crown in 1956.