1. Abraham M Keita from Liberia won the 2015 International Children's Peace Prize
Liberian teenager Abraham M Keita was awarded with the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2015. He was awarded for his extraordinary and peaceful fight for justice for child victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law.
Seventeen-year-old Keita received the prize from Nobel Peace Laureate and his countrywoman Leymah Gbowee in The Hague. Gbowee in 2011 became the first Liberian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in Liberia’s peace-building process.
2. Indian-origin barrister Kalyani Kaul sworn-in as Circuit Judge in the UK
Indian-origin barrister in UK, Kalyani Kaul was sworn-in as a Circuit Judge in the UK . Now, she will be sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court with immediate effect.
54-year-old Kalyani is known for her extensive and wide ranging experience in heavy-weight criminal defence work. She has spent 32 years defending serious and high profile cases.
She was called to the Bar in 1983 and later in 2009, she was appointed as a Recorder by Queen Elizabeth II. As a Recorder she prepared cases for trial and presided over hearings in county courts.
3. Sameer Panda-led Indian team won NASA award for Burst Prevention & Puncture Curative technology
A team of Indian scientist led by Sameer Panda from Odisha won the NASA award for an innovative technology named Burst Prevention & Puncture Curative (BPPC) technology. Udit Bondia, KN Panda and Smitiparna Satpathy are the other members of the team.
They won the award in the Create the Future Design Contest- 2015 conducted by NASA Tech Brief in New York. Tech Brief is a contest jointly organized by NASA and Society of Automobile Engineers, International.
They won the award for Mild Run Flat Tyre based on BPPC technology and developed by TycheeJuno, a firm working on Disruptive and Breakthrough Innovation in technology mostly related to automotive division.
4. Former Israeli President Yitzhak Navon died
Yitzhak Navon, who served as the fifth president of Israel, died in Jerusalem. He was 94.
Navon was Israel’s first Sephardic president. He served as the fifth president of the country from 1978 to 1983 as a member of the center-left Alignment party.
Born in 1921, Navon joined the pre-state Betar movement when he was 12. Later, he enlisted in the Irgun. However, he left the Irgun at the age of 18 over ideological differences. He later joined the Haganah, which later became the Israel Defense Forces.
Navon started his career as the second secretary at the Israeli legation in Uruguay and Argentina. In 1951, he joined the Mapai political party and was appointed David Ben-Gurion’s political secretary. In the following year, he was appointed Ben-Gurion’s bureau chief. Between 1963 and 1965, Navon served as the department head at the Education and Culture Ministry. In 1965, Navon was elected to the Knesset as a member of Ben-Gurion’s Rafi party. Navon served as deputy Knesset speaker and chaired the Knesset Committee on Foreign and Defense Affairs for seven years.
5. India, U.K. sign £9-bn deals
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his British counterpart David Cameron after inspecting a guard of honour in London
India and the United Kingdom on Thursday announced deals worth £9 billion as they signed a civil nuclear pact and decided to collaborate in the field of defence and cyber security besides launching a railway rupee bond.
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the relations between the two sides as a “new dynamic modern partnership” and reiterated his country’s support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
During this visit, British and Indian companies are announcing new collaborations together worth 9 billion pounds.
6. Suu Kyi's party wins historic majority in Myanmar polls
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on Friday secured a historic majority in Myanmar’s parliament, making it possible for them to form the Southeast Asian country’s first truly civilian government in more than half-a-century.
With the tally still being counted, the Election Commission said that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won 21 additional seats pushing it over the threshold of 329 seats needed for a majority in the 664—member, two—house Parliament.
The party with a combined parliamentary majority is able to select the next president, who can then name a Cabinet and form a new government.
Suu Kyi’s victory had been widely expected, but few anticipated a landslide of such dramatic proportions. The results have shown a resounding rejection of military rule in Myanmar, which has been under army control for half a century.