Person In News: April 2010

Gen. Vijay Kumar Singh takes charge as Chief of Army Staff
• General Vijay Kumar Singh took charge as the Chief of Army Staff from General Deepak
Kapoor, who retired from service.
• Gen. Singh, 59, is a third generation officer of the Rajput regiment and was until recently
the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Kolkata-based Eastern Command. A
veteran of many battles, he participated in the 1971 Bangladesh war and saw action in
Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, for which he was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal.
• He will be the 24th Indian to be the Army Chief, and was awarded the Param Vishist Seva
Medal for distinguished service last year.
Anish Kapoor’s sculpture for 2012 Olympics
• A towering steel sculpture, taller than the Statue of Liberty and designed by the
internationally renowned Mumbai-born artist Anish Kapoor , will form the backdrop to
the London 2012 Olympic Games stadium in East London.
• Unveiling the design of the £19.1m project — a massive web of spiralling steel in the
form of five Olympic rings — the Mayor of London Boris Johnson hailed it as an
“inspired work of art” that would change the East London landscape forever and come to
be internationally recognised as an “iconic cultural legacy” of the Games.
• The 115-metre tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, named after Lakshmi Mittal’s steel company
which is partially funding the project, will be 22 metres higher than the Statue of Liberty
providing what is promised to be a panaromic view of London .
• It will be placed in the Olympic Park.
Lifetime achievement award for R. P. Goenka
• R. P. Goenka, Chairman Emeritus of RPG Enterprises, received the lifetime achievement award
from All India Management Association (AIMA). This was presented to him by Praful Patel,
Union Minister for Civil Aviation, in New Delhi. This is the first-ever ‘Managing India’ award by
AIMA, a release said.
Manglik new Nasscom chief
• IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom)
announced that Harsh Manglik will take over as the Chairman of its Executive Council for 2010-
11, effective from April 20.
• Mr. Manglik, who replaces Pramod Bhasin, will take on the role as the country’s IT sector
recovers from the impact of the global economic slowdown.
Shekhar Kapur on Cannes jury
• Thierry Fremaux, the director-general of the Cannes Film Festival had announced the jury and the
line up of the festival which kicks off in the French Riviera city of Cannes on May 12.
• Only one Indian film, Vikramaditya Motwane’s directorial debut Udaan, has made it to Cannes
this year.


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