15 January 2015 Current Affairs

Hari Shankar Is New Chief Election Commissioner

Election Commissioner Hari Shankar Brahma was on 15 January elevated as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).Brahma, the senior-most Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India succeeds V.S. Sampath. Sampath demitted the office on 15 January 2015 after attaining the age of 65, the upper age limit under the Constitution for holding the post.

Brett Lee Announced Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee on 14 January announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after a 20-year career. Lee is currently playing in the Australia Big Bash League for Sydney Sixers team. Lee will retire from cricket at the end of Big Bash League 2015. Earlier, Lee retired from international cricket in 2012, but he continued to play Twenty20 in both the Australian Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League. Lee has played in 117 Twenty20s in which he has taken 105 wickets at 30.27 since making his debut in 2005.Lee played 76 Tests for Australia, where he took 310 wickets and he also played 221 one-dayers with 380 dismissals. His fastest delivery cracked the 161 kilometres per hour mark (100 miles per hour), with consistently bowling at 150kph over 20 years. He was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team that won the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2012. In his 20-year career, Lee got several awards including 2009 Champions League Twenty20 Player of the Series, 2008 Australian Test Player of the Year, 2006 Wisden Cricketer of the Year and 2000 Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.

Noted RTI Activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal Won Giraffe Hero Award 2015

Renowned Indian RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal was on 15 January conferred with the Giraffe Hero award 2015 by a US-based NGO The Giraffe Heroes Project. The award will be presented to him on 22 January 2015.Agrawal was awarded for his bravery in utilising the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 for public good despite innumerable challenges. Agrawal also holds the Guinness record of filing highest number of published letters to the editors.


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