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V Narayanaswamy to be Puducherry Chief Minister

V Narayanaswamy is going to sworn in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry.
•    The decision came after the state party leaders consulted the party high command in Delhi on the choice of chief minister.
•    Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and party general secretary Mukul Wasnik attended the meeting as AICC observers.
•    Narayanasamy was elected unanimously by all the Congress legislators.
•    Narayanasamy, who is also a party general secretary, did not contest the elections.
•    There were three contenders for the chief minister's post - former chief minister V.Vaithilingam, party chief A.Namassivayam and Narayanasamy.
•    The Congress-DMK alliance won a simple majority by bagging 17 of the 30 Assembly seats.
•    He is a former Member of the Parliament of India who represented Puducherry constituency. 
•    In the 2014 general elections, he was defeated by the NDA candidate R.Radhakrishnan who was backed by the ruling All India N.R. Congress. 
•    He is a member of the Congress Working Committee as well as All India Congress Committee's General Secretary.

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Two Indian Americans won US Spelling Bee 2016

The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year on Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions. 
•    Thirteen-year-old Jairam is the younger brother of the 2014 co-champion, Sriram Hathwar. 
•    Nihar, at age 11, is the youngest winner of the bee on record.
•    Each will receive a trophy and $45,000 in cash and prizes.
•    Because the best spellers become fluent in Latin and Greek roots, the bee went to words derived from trickier or more obscure languages, including Afrikaans, Danish, Irish Gaelic, Maori and Mayan.
•    Jairam’s winning word was Feldenkrais, which is derived from a trademark and means a system of body movements intended to ease tension. 
•    Niram won with gesellschaft, which means a mechanistic type of social relationship.
Snehaa Kumar of Folsom, California, finished third, and Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood, Colorado, was fourth. 

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Sunil Bharti Mittal, received the Harvard B-School Alumni award

Sunil Bharti Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, received the Alumni Achievement Award of Harvard Business School. 
•    The award is presented annually since 1968 and is the highest honour given to any alumni of the institute.
•    Mittal serves on the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Trade & Industry and has held various prestigious positions like Vice-Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
•    He was also felicitated with a Padma Bhushan, country’s third highest civilian honour, in 2007.
•    Mittal also founded Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecommunications company.
•    Airtel is the first company to launch 4G Services in India.
•    Apart from strong marketing and market value Airtel has also been in many controversies.
•    Airtel is known for its wide network coverage and fluent flow of data services

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Mamata Banerjee sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, beginning her second stint in the once-Left dominated State.
•    Forty-one ministers, including 17 new faces, were sworn in along with her in batches at a function at Red Road in central Kolkata.
•    Among the new entrants in the ministry were singer Indranil Sen, cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, dissident Marxist leader Adbur Razzak Molla, powerful Muslim leader Siddiqullah Chowdhury and a couple of former IPS officers. 
•    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo attended the swearing-in ceremony.
•    Her council of ministers includes five Minister of States (Independent Charge) and 8 MoS.
•    West Bengal has always had a very strong hold for Mamta.
•    Narendra Modi’s Language and his speeches also worked against the BJP which lead to the defeat of BJP in the state.

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Govind Rajan became CEO of Snapdeal owned Freecharge

Snapdeal-owned digital payments platform Freecharge, has recently announced a top level rejig at the company with the appointment of Govind Rajan as the Chief Executive Officer. 
Freecharge had teamed up with Yes Bank to launch a digital wallet that will allow consumers make payments for transactions on both Freecharge and Snapdeal.
•    Prior to Snapdeal, Rajan was overseeing Airtel's revenue and      market share growth, customer life cycle management and building marketing capabilities across the organisation.
•    The deal is said to be 30% in cash and 70% in stock. The          transaction was done at a $5 billion valuation   for Snapdeal.
•    Snapdeal co-founder and CEO Kunal Bahl said here on Wednesday that the joint entity would create the    country's largest mobile   commerce platform with over 40 million customers. About half of that comes from FreeCharge.
•    Flipkart, with which Snapdeal is in fierce competition, has 30 million registered users. Flipkart had acquired online clothing firm Myntra for over $330 million last year.

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Mr Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as Kerala Chief Minister

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Pinarayi Vijayan took oath as the Chief Minister of Kerala with 19 ministers at the central stadium in capital Thiruvananthapuram in a ceremony that drew over 30,000 people.
•    Pinarayi Vijayan served for 17 years as the CPM's Kerala state secretary, the longest tenure ever. 
•    He has been elected to the state assembly five times and won this year's election from Dharmadam constituency by a margin of 36,000 votes.
•    In his cabinet, Mr Vijayan will have 12 ministers from the CPM or Communist Party of India-Marxist, four from the Communist Party of India or CPI and one each from LDF constituents the Janata Dal-S, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress-S.
•    Govt. major promises are safety for women and minorities, welfare of students and the elderly and a promise of new jobs and control of inflation.

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Bangar appointed India's coach for Zimbabwe tour

Sanjay Bangar has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs series in Zimbabwe.
•    Bangar, the ex-India and Railways all rounder, had been part of the Indian team as assistant coach till the World T20. 
•    The BCCI, however, didn’t appoint a bowling coach for the short series during which India will  play three ODIs and as many T20 internationals, starting June 11. 
•    Bangar had been witnessing a fine season as a coach, taking Kings XI Punjab to the IPL 7 final and winning many accolades. 
•    His job in the Indian team became more hands-on as Fletcher left after the 2015 World Cup. 
•    Sanjay Bapusaheb Bangar About this sound pronunciation.
•    He is a former Indian cricketer. 
•    He was an all-rounder and had represented India in Tests and One Day Internationals. 
•    He is current batting coach of Indian cricket team since August 2014

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Jaipur and Pune in Rockefeeller 100 resilient cities

US-based Rockefeller Foundation has selected Jaipur and Pune in its third and final tranche of the world's 100 most resilient cities list. 
•    Rockefeller helps cities become more resilient to social and economic challenges by providing them with technical assistance and $200 million in funding. 
•    The first two tranches of the list included the Indian cities of Surat, Bengaluru and Chennai
•    The selection has made the city eligible to receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from across different government agencies, public and private sectors and various communities to incorporate diverse perspective and knowledge. 
•    The city will also receive technical support to develop a resilience strategy that reflects the city’s distinct needs and support and services needed towards implementing that strategy.
•    In 2009, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had made efforts to join hands with the United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to upgrade its disaster management efforts and become a part of the UN mission to make 1,000 cities world over as “disaster-safe city”. 

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Sonowal becomes BJP's first Chief Minister in Assam

Sarbananda Sonowal was sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Assam.
•    Sonowal was sworn in by Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya. He took his oath in Assamese.
•    Along with Sonowal, 10 ministers including from alliance partners Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) also took their oath of office at the function which was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah.
•    The two from AGP to be sworn-in were Atul Bora (Jr) and Kesab Mahanta, while the two from BPF were Pramila Rani Brahma and Rihan Daimary.
•    From AASU he predictably went on to join the Asom Gana Parishad in 2001, founded by his erstwhile seniors in the students' organisation, and was elected the party's MLA from Upper Assam's Moran constituency in 2001.
•    In 2004, he went on to successfully contest the Lok Sabha polls wresting the seat for the first time from the Congress by defeating former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.
•    He went on to become the BJP state unit President in 2012 and was credited with raising the party's tally to seven from the earlier four and reducing the Congress' margin to three from seven in the 2014 Parliamentary polls.

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ISRO to test rocket that takes its fuel from air

After successfully testing a reusable launch vehicle, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to test an air-breathing propulsion system, which aims to capitalise on the oxygen in the atmosphere instead of liquefied oxygen while in flight.
•    Generally, vehicles that are used to launch satellites use combustion of propellants with oxidizer and fuel. 
•    The air-breathing propulsion system aims at using oxygen present in the atmosphere up to 50 km from the earth’s surface to burn the fuel stored in the rocket.
•    The new propulsion system, once mastered, would complement ISRO’s aim to develop a reusable launch vehicle that would have longer flight duration. 
•    The Dual Mode Ramjet (DMRJ), the ramjet-scramjet combination, is currently under development, which will operate during the crucial Mach 3 to Mach 9 ascend flight of the launch vehicle.
•    ISRO is now evolving and testing various technologies to bring down the cost of launch vehicles. 
•    The national space agency has earlier developed rockets that can send multiple satellites in a single mission.

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