Some Historical Events & Significance of 15 June

15 June 1899 – General Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji Jadeja, also known as K.S. Rajendrasinhji, the first Chief of Army Staff of the Indian army, was born on this date at Sarodar in the Kathiawar region of Gujarat.

  • On 14 January 1953 – Gen. Rajendrasinhji was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army following the retirement of General (later Field Marshal) K. M. Cariappa.
  • From 1 April 1955, the President of India was constitutionally designated as the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Rajendrasinhji then became the first head of the Indian army to be designated Chief of Army Staff until 14 May 1955.

15 June 1950 – Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, an Indian steel magnate, born on this date in Sadulpur, Rajasthan.

  • He is the Executive Chairman of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company & Chairman of stainless steel manufacture Aperam.
  • Since 2008, Mittal has been a member of the board of directors of Goldman Sachs.
  • In 2008, the Mittals made a donation of £15 million to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, the largest private contribution the hospital had ever received.
  • In 2008, He received Padma Vibhushan from Government of India.

15 June 1954 – The Union of European Football Associations is founded on this date.

  • The UEFA is the umbrella organization for association football in Europe.
  • It comprises 54 member countries in Europe and Asia.

15 June 1986 – Keki Khurshedji Tarapore ,an Indian cricketer, died on this date.

  • He played only one test match which was against West Indies in 1948-49.
  • In his First Class career, he played 40 matches.
  • Tarapore later went into cricket administration.
    • He managed the Indian teams to England in 1967 and West Indies in 1970-71
    • He served as the secretary of Cricket Club of India from 1954 to 1982
    • Marylebone Cricket Club elected him as an honorary member in 1974.

15 June 1995 – Manika Batra ,an Indian table tennis player, born on this date in Delhi.

  • As of November 2020, she is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 63rd in the world.
  • Her Playing Style is Shakehand Grip
  • In 2011, Batra won the silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open.
  • She represented India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow
  • She won three gold medals & one Silver medal at the 2016 South Asian Games.
  • She won 2 gold, 1 silver & 1 bronze medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • She won Bronze medal at 2018 Asian Games.
  • 12 December 2018 – She became the only Indian to receive “The Breakthrough Star Award” by ITTF.
  • In 2020, She received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

15 June 2005 – RTI (Right to Information) Bill was passed by Parliament of India and it came into force with effect from 12 October 2005.

  • It replaced the former Freedom of Information Act, 2002.
  • The authorities under RTI Act 2005 are called public authorities.
  • It covers all the constitutional authorities, including executive, legislature and judiciary; any institution or body established or constituted by an act of Parliament or a state legislature.
  • In August 2013, the government introduced a Right To Information (Amendment) Bill which removed political parties from the scope of this law.
  • The Right to information in India is governed by two major bodies:
    • Central Information Commission (CIC) – CICs are directly under the President of India.
    • State Information Commissions – State Public Information Officers or SPIOs head over all the state department and ministries. The SPIO office is directly under the corresponding State Governor.

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