US First Lady Selects Indian-American Girl For Education Campaign
- WASHINGTON : US First Lady Michelle Obama has selected 16-year-old Indian-American Swetha Prabakaran to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of an education campaign which seeks to provide educational opportunities for teenagers in America. Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli in 1998, was chosen for 'Better Make Room' campaign's Student Advisory Board in recognition of her efforts to educate youth in the field of computer sciences. The board members will be traveling to the White House on Friday to attend Michelle's School Counselor of the Year Ceremony. Born in Indianapolis, she is among seventeen students selected by the White House to serve on 'Better Make Room' Student Advisory Board.
- The inaugural Board has 12 high school students and five college students. Swetha, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, is the founder and CEO of 'Everybody Code Now!', a non-profit body working to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs. She is the only Indian-American in the list. Two-thirds of the Board members are, or will be, the first in their families to attain a post-secondary degree. "As proven leaders, organisers, changemakers, and innovators, these students will help the country achieve President (Barack) Obama's North Star goal, that our nation will once again lead the world in college completion rates," Better Make Room said in a statement.
- Founded by Michelle, the board will work to create a college-going, college-persisting and college-graduating culture at their schools while connecting fellow students for any information and resources they need. "I am deeply honoured to be able to serve on this board. Creating a college-going and college-graduating culture among youth is something we have worked to encourage through 'Everybody Code Now!', and I am extremely excited to share this passion with even more students. "I look forward to working with The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative and my fellow Better Make Room Student Advisory members to encourage more students to pursue higher education," Swetha said. Also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, Swetha was honoured as a part of 2015 White House Champion of Change. She was also named to the International Literacy Association's 2016 '30 Under 30'.
Silva Named As New Manager Of Struggling Hull
- LONDON : Premier League strugglers Hull City appointed Marco Silva as manager for the rest of the season on Thursday. The 39-year-old Portuguese -- who guided Olympiakos to the Greek title last term before resigning -- replaces Mike Phelan, who was sacked on Tuesday. Silva's first match in charge of the bottom-placed club will be Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie with fellow relegation battlers Swansea City. "Marco is a young coach who has impressed us with his philosophy and football style," said Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam in a statement on the club's website. "He has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the club's Premier League status."
- Silva first distinguished himself in his home country with Estoril and then coached Sporting Lisbon to a Portuguese Cup victory in 2015 but he was then sacked for not wearing a club suit in the technical area. He will receive some funds for new players, said Allam, whose parsimonious approach to the transfer market before the season started saw Steve Bruce walk out. "We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window," said Allam. Silva, a former defender who played just two top-flight matches, will bring with him his own backroom staff, Allam having sacked their predecessors on Wednesday.
Bindra, Padukone In 9-Member Govt Panel For National Sports Code
- NEW DELHI : Former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, legendary Prakash Padukone are a part of the nine-member government panel formed to make recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across all disciplines. The committee will be headed by Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas will study issues related to sports governance including court judgements and best international practices. The other notable sportsperson in the committee is India's lone world championship medallist athlete Anju Bobby George.
- International hockey federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra, gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi, lawyer Nandan Kamath and sports journalist Vijay Lokapally are also a part of the committee. The joint secretary sports (MYAS) is the ninth member. A PIB release states: "The Government has decided to constitute the Committee to study the existing sports governance frame work, issues relating to sports governance in the country, recent developments related to sports governance, including court judgments & international best practices and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines."
Jagdish Singh Khehar Sworn In As 44th Chief Justice Of India
- NEW DELHI : Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was on Wednesday sworn in as the 44th Chief Justice of India. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Justice Kehar at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Khehar took oath in the name of God in English at the ceremony where the opposition was conspicuous by its absence. Then CJI, T S Thakur had last month recommended the name of Justice Khehar, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, to be his successor. Justice Khehar, 64, will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community.
- Justice Thakur demitted office yesterday. Justice Khehar will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27. Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January. He was a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail while hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies. Justice Khehar also headed a bench which recently gave a significant verdict holding that the principal of 'equal pay for equal work' has to be made applicable to those engaged as daily wagers, casual and contractual employees who perform the same duties as the regulars.
- While the turf war between the judiciary and the executive over the appointment of judges for higher judiciary has intensified, Justice Khehar on the occasion of Constitution Day on November 26 had responded to the tirade from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi by saying the judiciary was working within its "lakshmanrekha". "Judiciary is mandated to shield all persons, citizens and non-citizens alike, against discrimination and abuse of State power. Liberty, equality and dignity of citizen have flourished substantially in India due to the pro-active role of judiciary in the country," he had said.