Sangita Kalanidhi award winners for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022
⇒ The Music Academy on 22 May 2022 announced Sangita Kalanidhi award winners for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022. The Music Academy, Madras is a landmark institution in the history of the fine arts.
Sangita Kalanidhi Award:
- Noted vocalist and teacher Neyveli R. Santhanagopalan has been selected for 2020.
- Mridhangam maestro Tiruvarur Baktavatsalam has been selected for 2021
- Violinists Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and his sister GJR Vijayalakshmi has been selected for 2022
Sangita Kala Acharya award:
- Nagaswaram player Kizhvelur G Ganesan has been selected for 2020
- Vocalist and musicologist Ritha Rajan has been selected for 2021
- Musicologist Vainika R.S Jayalakshmi has been selected for 2022
- Vocalist Thamarakkad Govindan Namboothiri for 2020.
- Mridhangam and jalatarangam player, Nemani Somayajulu for 2021
- Kanjira artist A.V. Anand for 2022
- Musicologist award for 2022 goes to V. Premalatha.
» The awardees belong to all the four southern States.
Nritya Kalanidhi award:
The Academy also announced the Nritya Kalanidhi for three recipients in the dance segment.
- Rama Vaidhyanathan for 2020
- Narthaki Nataraj for 2021
- Bragha Bessell for 2022
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of INFOSYS
⇒ IT services major Infosys in a regulatory filing announced the reappointment of Salil Parekh as the CEO and MD of the company for the period of five years.
- Parekh will be the only non-founder CEO to have managed to be at the helm of the company for a second term.
Board of Directors of the company on the recommendation of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee have reappointment Parekh as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the company from July 1, 2022 to March 31, 2027.
3rd Quad Leaders’ Summit
⇒ The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Japan for the Quad Leaders’ Summit from May 23 to May 25, 2022.
At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the third Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on 24 May 2022.
- The Summit in Tokyo was the fourth interaction of Quad Leaders since their first virtual meeting in March 2021, in-person Summit in Washington DC in September 2021 and virtual meeting in March 2022.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the second in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo, along with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, President Joseph Biden of the United States of America and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia.
» Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a roundtable with Japanese business leaders on 23 May 2022 in Tokyo.
- Top executives and CEOs of 34 Japanese companies participated in the event. Majority of these companies have investments and operations in India.
» The Quad Summit provided an opportunity for the Leaders to exchange views about developments in the Indo-Pacific region and contemporary global issues of mutual interest.
» The Leaders reiterated their shared commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific and the importance of upholding the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes. They exchanged perspectives on developments in the Indo-Pacific and the conflict in Europe.
» A Quad Climate Change Action and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) was announced to strengthen efforts towards green shipping, clean energy including green hydrogen and climate and disaster resilient infrastructure.
- Prime Minister reiterated the importance of assisting countries in the region with their COP26 commitments through mobilization of climate finance and technology transfer.
» As part of ongoing work related to critical and emerging technologies, Quad’s Common Statement of Principles on Critical Technology Supply Chains was launched.
- The four countries will coordinate capacity building programmes for the Indo-Pacific region to bolster critical cyber security infrastructure of the region.
- Prime Minister called for greater Quad collaboration to build trusted global supply chains.
» A Quad Partnership on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) for the Indo-Pacific was announced by the Leaders to enable more effective and timely responses to disasters in the region.
» The Leaders agreed to provide countries in the region resources on earth observation data through a Quad satellite data portal to help track climate events, disaster preparedness and sustainable use of marine resources.
» The Leaders agreed to continue their dialogue and consultations and look forward to the next Summit hosted by Australia in 2023.
PM's meeting with Japan-India Association
⇒ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met former Japanese Prime Ministers Yoshiro Mori and Shinzo Abe on 24 May 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.
Yoshiro Mori is the current Chairperson of the Japan-India Association (JIA) while Shinzo Abe will be taking over this role shortly.
- The JIA, established in 1903, is one of the oldest friendship associations in Japan.
- The leaders also discussed the broad canvas of India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership as well as the shared vision of India and Japan for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
- Discussions were held on ways to further promote cultural and people-to-people ties.