February 27, 2020
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Honoured
Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan,ISRO chief, with the ‘Officier de la Legion d’honnoeur’. The French government conferred the title on him for for his contribution to space research and management.

 



Earmarked
For privatisation, 10 airports—Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Kozhikode, Goa, Jaipur, Lucknow, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram and Udaipur.

Introduced
Legal studies, in the 10th standard curriculum of Kerala. The course will begin first in schools of Paravoor town.

Departed
Martin Kamen, 89, one of the discoverers of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 that enabled radio carbon dating.

Appointed
Kamal Pande, as the new cabinet secretary. Pande, who as home secretary was involved in negotiations with the Hizb in the Valley, takes over on November 1.

 



Lt Gen Surjit Singh, former chief of western command, as Punjab Public Service Commission chairman. His predecessor Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu had been arrested recently in the money-for-job scandal.

Ranked
K.M. Birla, as the eighth youngest billionaire in the world by Fortune.

 



Departed
L. Hampton, 94, jazz legend, in NY. A drummer, he pioneered the playing of the vibes in jazz.
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