Daily Current Affairs: 24 April 2014

1) Nokia to name India-born Rajeev Suri as next CEO: Nokia, which is set to close the sale of its phone business to Microsoft, will on Tuesday name Rajeev Suri as its next CEO and outline its new strategy with a focus on its networks equipment business, a newspaper said on Friday. Citing unnamed sources, daily Helsingin Sanomat said Nokia would also on Tuesday, along with its first-quarter results, announce how much cash it would pay out to shareholders. 

2) Sixth Phase of Lok Sabha Elections in 117 seats held: The sixth phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections ended in 117 seats in 11 states and a Union Territory on Thursday with more than average polling in Tamil Nadu (39 seats) and low turnouts in Maharashtra (19 seats), Uttar Pradesh (12 seats), Madhya Pradesh (10 seats) and Rajasthan (five seats).

3) Suresh Kumar Reddy appointed as the First ambassador to ASEAN: Union Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA) on 23 April 2014 appointed Suresh Kumar Reddy as India's first Ambassador to the separate Indian Mission to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) & East Asia Summit. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. He is currently working as the Ambassador of India to Iraq.

4) Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag's name forwarded for new Army chief: Notwithstanding objections by BJP, the Defence Ministry is going ahead with the process of appointing the new Army Chief and has recommended the name of Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag to the Prime Minister's Office.

5) Sunil Lamba likely to be Vice Chief of Navy: Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba, commandant of National Defence College, is expected to be appointed as Vice Chief of Naval Staff as part of a major rejig being undertaken at the top level in the maritime force.

6) Indian-born Google+ chief Vivek Gundotra quits: Vivek Gundotra, chief of Google’s social networking venture Google+, is leaving the Internet company after nearly eight years. Mr. Gundotra, who was serving as the Senior Vice President (Social) at Google, announced his departure in a post on Google+, a social network that was created about three years ago.

7) Delhi Airport to Become Zero Diversionary Airport: The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi will soon become a zero diversionary airport when the recommendations of a committee, set up by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in January this year, are implemented. The centre had constituted a committee to suggest steps to prevent flight diversion during winter due to fog. Last winter, passengers had suffered a harrowing time as dense fog canceled and delayed many a flights transiting from the capital. It will be achieved through procedural and logistical upgradation.

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