Current Affairs of 17 March 2016

1. Fazle Kabir appointed Governor of Bangladesh Bank 
1. Fazle Kabir was appointed the 11th Governor of the Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh.
2. Kabir replaced Atiur Rahman, who had resigned after taking moral responsibility over electronic theft of 101 million US dollars from the central bank's account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
3. A Bangladeshi economist and banker, Fazle Kabir served as the chairman of state-owned Sonali Bank prior to his appointment in the Bangladesh Bank.
4. He has also served as a Director of state-owned Janata Bank.

2. India became second biggest investor in London
1. London & Partners, the official promotional company for London,  announced that India has emerged as the second biggest investor in London after the US.
2. The company revealed that there has been a 117 per cent increase in Indian companies across all business sectors investing in London since 2005. Also, there has been a 133 per cent increase in tech companies investing in the city, which accounts for 46 per cent of all projects.
3. Software testing service Cigniti Technologies and customer support company Kayako and many others invested majorly in technology sector.
4. The figures were released at the inaugural India Emerging 20 (IE20) event that brought together leading entrepreneurs from India and Britain.

3. British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles won 2016 Abel Prize
1. British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles was named as the winner of the 2016 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo.
2. Wiles won the award for solving a centuries-old hypothesis, Fermat's Last Theorem.
Crown Prince Haakon will present the award to Wiles in May 2016 for an achievement that the academy described as an epochal moment for mathematics.

4. Obama nominated Merrick Garland for Chief Justice of US Supreme Court
1. President Barack Obama on 16 March 2016 nominated appeals court judge Merrick Garland to be the next US Supreme Court Justice. 63-year-old Garland will be 113th Supreme Court justice of the US.
2. Garland, who is the Chief Judge on the US Court of Appeals in D.C. Circuit, will succeed Justice Antonin Scalia who died on 13 February 2016.
3. Justice Garland is viewed as a moderate and has won praise from senior Republican figures. The appointment has to be ratified by the Senate, but its Republican majority has vowed to block a vote on any Supreme Court nominee from Obama.

5. UN Population Fund appointed Ashley Judd as Goodwill Ambassador
1. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)  appointed Ashley Judd as its Goodwill Ambassador. Judd is an acclaimed humanitarian, actor, writer and political activist.
2. As a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, the American actress will support the agency’s efforts to stop women dying giving life and to empower women to choose when and how often to become pregnant.
3. Her appointment is also aimed at generating awareness about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.The agenda through its Goals 3 and 5 seeks to end discrimination against women in all forms and promote their well-being.

6. UNDP appointed Michelle Yeoh as Goodwill Ambassador
1. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  appointed award-winning action heroine Michelle Yeoh as its Goodwill Ambassador.
2. Yeoh joined the current roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors that include Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, US actress Connie Britton, Japanese actress Misako Konno, soccer legends Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas, Ronaldo, Marta Vieira da Silva and Zinedine Zidane.
3. As an ambassador, Yeoh’s mission is to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 that was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.
4. She will also leverage her influence as an actress and advocate on global development issues, including gender equality and the eradication of poverty.

7. Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan died
1.Eminent Shehnai exponent Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan died in Kolkata. He was 77.
Ustad Khan was known as one of the best-known players of the instrument after the legendary Bismillah Khan (1916-2006).
2. He hailed from a family of renowned shehnai exponents. His grandfather Wazir Ali Khan, father Ali Jan Khan and uncle Nazir Hussain Khan were also renowned shehnai specialists.
3. In fact, Wazir Ali Khan was the first to demonstrate Indian classical music on shehnai at Buckingham Palace.