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  • K Vijay Kumar is appointed as a Senior Security Advisor in the Home Ministry

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    K Vijay Kumar is appointed as a Senior Security Advisor in the Union Home Ministry. He will be advising the Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah on security-related matters of Union Territory of JK and Left Wing Extremism (LWE). K Vijay Kumar: K Vijay Kumar, 67, is a 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS). He served as the Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad. He was the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004. He was the former advisor to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was retired from service and as DG, CRPF in 2012. 

    Sundar Pichai has become CEO of Alphabet

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    Pichai Sundararajan has been appointed as the CEO of Alphabet. He will replace company co-founder Larry Page as CEO of parent Alphabet Inc. Larry Page stepped down as head of Alphabet, Google's parent company. The co-founders of Google Page and Sergey Brin will continue as co-founders, shareholders, and members of the Alphabet's board of directors. Sundar Pichai: Sundar Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an alumnus of Wharton, Stanford University and IIT Kharagpur. He worked at McKinsey & Co before joining Google in 2004. Pichai took over Android business from its founder Andy Rubin as he was credited for making the Google Chrome browser. He was appointed CEO of Google in August 2015.

    Ravneet Singh took charge as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy

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    Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh took charge as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy on 2 December 2019. He replaced Vice Admiral R Hair Kumar. He will be heading the Personnel Branch of the Indian Navy. He will be responsible for all personal issues of Service and Civilian manpower of the Navy including training, induction, discipline, career management, pay, and allowances. Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh: Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh is a qualified flying instructor with Master Green Instrument Rating. He was commissioned on 1 July 1983. He served as a Flag Officer. He has held various appointments as Assistant Controller Warship Production in the Assistant Controller Carrier Project and Acquisition at IHQ MoD(N), Flag Officer Goa Area, Flag Officer Naval Aviation at Goa, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet at Mumbai, Chief of Staff at Headquarters Western Naval Command at Mumbai, and Director General Project Seabird at IHQ MoD(N). Other appointment: Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar has been appointed as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee at HQIDS.  

    Masatsugu Asakawa elected as the President of ADB

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    Masatsugu Asakawa has been elected as the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by the Bank's Board of Governors. Mr. Asakawa is currently serving as the Special Advisor to Japan's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He will be assuming the office on 17 January 2020. He will be the 10th President of ADB. He will replace Takehiko Nakao. Mr. Nakao is on 16 January 2020. Mr. Asakawa will finish the unexpired term of President Nakao that ends on 23 November 2021. Masatsugu Asakawa: Mr. Asakawa, 61, has extensive and diverse experience in international finance and development sector. He has a career spanning experience in the field for close to four decades. He has held a range of senior positions at the Ministry of Finance of Japan, including Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. He has a good professional experience in development policy, foreign exchange markets, and international tax policy. He served as Finance Deputy for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit and the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan.

    Ursula took charge as the President of European Commission

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    Ursula von der Leyen took charge as the President of the European Commission. She replaced Jean-Claude Juncker. She is the first woman to become the President of the European Commission.  Ms.Ursula: Ms.Ursula, the 60-year-old gynecologist, started her political career at her early age of 40. In 1990 she joined Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) and worked for 14 years. Leyen moved to the Labor Ministry in 2009. She became the first female defense minister in 2014.

    Lt Gen Rajeshwar took charge as CINCAN

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    Lt Gen Podali Shankar Rajeshwar took charge as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on 1 December 2019. He is the 14th  CINCAN. Before the appointment, he served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). Lt Gen Rajeshwar: Lt Gen Rajeshwar is a graduate of the Indian Military Academy (IMA). In December 1980, he was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery.He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Army War College and National Defence College in New Delhi and Philippines.  Lt Gen Rajeshwar served on various staff assignments and also been UN Military Observer in Mozambique and Rwanda. He was a part of the Operation Meghdoot and Operation Rakshak. He has commanded a Medium Regiment in Operation Parakram, the Counter Insurgency (Romeo) Force in Jammu & Kashmir and a Corps in the Desert sector.

    Soma Roy appointed as the new Controller General of Accounts

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    The government appointed Soma Roy Burman as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) with effect from 1 December 2019. Ms. Burman is the 24th CGA of India. She is the seventh woman to hold this position.  Soma Roy Burman: She is a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service Officer. In her three decades of experience, she has held various cadre positions at different levels in ministries including Home Affairs, Road Transport & Highways, Information & Broadcasting, Industry, Finance, Human Resource Development, and Shipping. She has served as the Additional Controller General of Accounts in the office of CGA. She has handled critical areas of accounting rules, financial reporting, policy and reforms, data analytics, cash, and budget management. Controller General of Accounts (CGA): Controller General of Accounts (CGA) heads the Indian Civil Accounts Organisation under the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. CGA is the central accounting and reporting agency for the government. CGA is assisted by the officers of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS).

    Hari Mohan took charge as the chairman of OFB

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    Senior officer Hari Mohan took charge as the chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). He replaced Saurabh Kumar who was superannuated from the services. Hari Mohan: Hari Mohan is a 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) officer. He topped at University of Allahabad and University of Pune post-graduate degree in mechanical engineering.  With his almost four decades of service, Mohan contributed significantly at various positions including Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Haridwar, Ordnance Factory Chanda and Ordnance Factory Dehu Road, Maharashtra, Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Engine Factory Avadi, Heavy Vehicle Factory Avadi, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Bolangir, Odisha, OFB New Delhi Office and Ministry of Steel & Mines. Ordnance Factory Board (OFB): Founded on: 1712 Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal Director-General and Chairman: Saurabh Kumar The Indian Ordnance Factories organization is a family of 41 Ordnance Factories. It possesses 200 years of experience in defence production. OFB is engaged in the marketing, research, testing, and logistics of a comprehensive product range in the areas of air, land, and sea systems. OFB functions under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    Suman Billa appointed as director in UNWTO

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    Suman Billa, the former director and secretary of Kerala Tourism, is appointed as the director, technical cooperation and silk road development at DI level of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). He will join at UNWTO's headquarters in Madrid, Spain. The appointment was approved by the Prime Minister-headed appointments committee of the Cabinet (ACC) at its meeting held in New Delhi. He will hold the post for a tenure of two years, initially. He will assume charge soon as the director of UNWTO. It aims to promote a responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Suman Billa: Suman Billa is a 1996 batch IAS officer from the Kerala cadre. He was educated at the Madras Christian College (MCC), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and the London School of Economics. He has worked in various roles at the Centre and in Kerala. He held many postions including sub-collector, director of civil supplies, director of Kerala Tourism, district collector of Palakkad, commissioner of commercial taxes and secretary, tourism and civil supplies. He is the pioneered of monsoon tourism and the Spice Route project. He initiated Kerala's Responsible Tourism (RT) initiative in a global model. The RT model won the UNWTO's Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance. He launched the Incredible India version 2 campaign, Swadesh Darshan scheme, and the India Tourism Mart.

    Devendra Fadnavis resigns as Maharashtra chief minister

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    The Maharashtra assembly needs to prove the majority; the BJP found itself wanting for numbers and decided to pull the plug on its bid for power.  Fadnavis announced his resignation to Governor BS Koshyari since the BJP was not in a position to form the government. The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance paraded 162 MLAs. Of them, 52 were from the NCP. Sharad Pawar is confident of the 53rd lawmaker returning to the party fold, which would have left Ajit Pawar as the sole defector. The party claimed the support of in its letter to Governor Koshyari on November 22, the BJP was left with 116 lawmakers 105 of its own and 11 from smaller parties and independents far short of the halfway mark of 144. The NCP and Congress to together stake the claim to power and form the government.

    Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza appointed as New Chief of Joint Staff of Pakistan Army

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    Pakistan Army announced the appointment of Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chief of Joint Staff and also the promotion of two Major Generals to the post of Lt General. Ali Amir Awan and Muhammad Saeed serving as Major Generals elevated to the ranks of Lieutenant Generals. He is appointed Chief of Joint Staff.  He is appointed as Inspector General Communications & Information Technology (IG C&IT), and Saeed appointed as president of National Defence University, Islamabad. Lt General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood appointed the Commander of Mangla Corps, and Lt General Nauman Mahmood appointed the Commander of Peshawar Corps. Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Lt Gen Nadeem Raza as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee with effect from November 27. He extended the tenure of Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for three years.

    Anantha Nageswaran appointed as non-permanent member of Prime Minister

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    V Anantha Nageswaran appointed as a non-permanent member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister for two years.Nageswaran, dean of IFMR Graduate School of Business, Korea University. He would serve as a non-permanent member of the Council. Nageswaran, who has a doctoral degree from the University of Massachusetts, held responsibilities at Singapore Management University and Wealth Management Institute at the Nanyang Technological University. He is the co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors, NPS International School, Singapore. He is also on the Board of Directors of various companies, including TVS Supply Chains Pvt Ltd, TVS Sri Chakra, and Aparajitha Corporate Services. Economic Advisory Council He is a non-constitutional, non-permanent and independent body constituted to give economic advice to the Government of India, specifically the Prime Minister.

    Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM

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    Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister. The Deputy Chief Minister. The Maha Vikas Aagadhi alliance appeared poised to form government up until late last night. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to the two leaders. The result's day to this day no party was able to form Government, and Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Devendra Fadnavis taking oath as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He congratulated Ajit Pawar for taking oath as Deputy Chief Minister. Prime Minister expressed confidence that they will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra.

    Kalaburagi Airport inaugurated UDAN RCS

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    Kalaburagi Airport to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, inaugurated Kalaburagi airport by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The airport built under the UDAN-RCS Scheme of Govt. of India. It spread across 742 acres and developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 176 crores.  Kalaburagi Airport Kalaburagi Airport is at a distance of 13.8km from Kalaburagi City it is a DGCA licensed Aerodrome for VFR/Day operations. Three flights per week operated on Monday, Friday, and Sunday. Ministry of Civil Aviation undertook the task to develop the Kalaburagi airport as it will pave the way for direct connectivity to North Karnataka and other commercial centers. Kalaburagi Airport acts as a gateway for tourist destinations, including Buddha Vihar, SharanaBasaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and, Gulbarga Fort. The inauguration of the Kalaburagi airport in Karnataka to reach Bengaluru and other parts of the country with much ease. The airport is in line with the commitment & perseverance of the Airport Authority of India under the supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India to enable the country with better air connectivity. Around 230 routes and 42 airports have been operationalized under UDAN. UDAN will connect all States and UTs of the country with about 700 routes, laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market.

    ECI appoints Sh M K Das as Special Police Observer for Jharkhand Assembly Elections

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    Election Commission of India appointed Sh Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd) as Special Police Observer for the ensuing Elections to the State Legislative Assembly of Jharkhand 2019. Election Commission decided in light of the specific challenges of Left Wing Extremism affecting the Law and Order situation in Jharkhand. Shri M K Das reach Ranchi to take up his new responsibility and oversee the deployment and other security-related issues there. Sh Das Sh Das retired as Director-General of Manipur Police and deputed earlier as Special Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

    Anita Anand first Hindu to be appointed cabinet minister in Canada

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    Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the new Cabinet. The Cabinet includes three other Indo-Canadian ministers, Sikhs, and each of whom was a member of the previous government. Anand for the first time in the October federal elections named the minister of public services and procurement. Anita Anand Anand is one of the seven newcomers to the Cabinet for the new Trudeau government.The fourth Indo-Canadian minister from 2015 was Amarjeet Sohi, but after his defeat in the 2019 election, he does not return to the Cabinet. There were other significant changes to the Cabinet will be a promotion of outgoing foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland to deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs. 

    Abhay has been appointed as the DGP of Odisha

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    The Odisha State government has appointed senior IPS officer Abhay as the Director-General of Police (DGP) Odisha. He was appointed based on the recommendation of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Abhaya will replace IPS officer BK Sharma, who is at present Director, Fire Service, and holding the additional charge of DGP of the state. BK Sharma has been transferred and posted as OSD, Home Department of the State. Odisha government has formed a three-member committee that comprises of Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathi, Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra and Home Secretary Sanjeev Chopra. The committee was formed to probe delay in issuing fire safety certificates. Abhay: Abhay is an IPS officer of 1986-batch. He is working as the Director of National Police Academy. Abhay has been given the charge as there is a huge pendency of applications for issuances of safety recommendations and certificates in the Directorate of Fire Services.  Other appointments: IPS officer Sunil Roy, 1987-batch, has been appointed as DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.

    R Rajagopal appointed as new CIC of TN

    16 days ago
    Tamil Nadu State government appointed senior bureaucrat and additional chief secretary to the governor, R Rajagopal, as the next Chief information commissioner (CIC) of the state. Rajagopal will hold office for a tenure of three years from the date on which he enters upon his office or the date on which he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The post of chief information commissioner was vacant, ever since retired bureaucrat Sheela Priya quit in May 2019. R Rajagopal: R Rajagopal is an IAS officer of batch 1984-batch. He is the top-most bureaucrat in Tamil Nadu state. He was an adviser in the Inter-State Council Secretariat in the Union home ministry, before being moved to Raj Bhavan. He has an experience of almost three decades of public service. He held posts in various departments, including home,  handlooms, energy, and prohibition, and excise. He served as the district collector to Virudhunagar and  Kanyakumari. He became an additional secretary to the ministry of agriculture and farmers' welfare.

    Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in as the 47th CJI

    18 days ago
    Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India on 18 November 2019. The oath of office was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He has also decided various key cases and was part of the recent historic Ayodhya verdict. Bobde, 63, succeeded Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Justice Bobde will serve for a period of over 17 months as the CJI. He will retire on 23 April 2021.  Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde: Justice Bobde was born on 24 April 1956 in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Bobde completed a Bachelor of Arts and an LLB degree from Nagpur University. In 1978, he was enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra in 1978. He practiced law at the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court for over 21 years. In 1988, he was designated as a senior advocate. On 29 March 2000, Bobde was elevated to the Bombay High Court on as Additional Judge> In 2012, he was sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. On 12 April 2013, he was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. Bobde was a part of the five-judge Constitution bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi on 9 November 2019 brought an end to the Ayodhya land dispute, which was dated back to even before the Supreme Court came into existence in 1950. He was also part of a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court that held unanimously in August 2017 that the Right to Privacy was a constitutionally protected fundamental right in India.

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired as the CJI

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    Justice Ranjan Gogoi retired as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on 17 November 2019. He served as the 36th Chief Justice of India from 3 October 2018 till 17 November 2019. He is credited with bringing the decades-old politically and religiously sensitive Ayodhya land dispute. A five-judge bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi on 9 November 2019 brought an end to the Ayodhya land dispute, which was dated back to even before the Supreme Court came into existence in 1950. Justice Ranjan Gogoi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the first person from the northeast region to reach the top of the judiciary. He served as the Judge of Gauhati High Court from 28 February 2001 to 8 September 2010. In September 2010, he was appointed as the Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. He then served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 12 February 2011. In 2012, he served as the Judge of the Supreme Court of India. On 3 October 2018, he replaced Justice Dipak Misra as CJI. He was appointed as CJI by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

    Shafqat Mehmood elected as the President of UNESCOs Education Commission

    20 days ago
    Shafqat Mehmood, the Minister for Education and Professional Training, has been unanimously elected as President of UNESCO's Education Commission in Paris, France. Objectives laid by Shafqat Mehmood: Shafqat Mehmood would work closely with all delegations in a constructive manner in pursuance of the main objectives of UNESCO. He held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Education of Bangladesh, Norway, and Tunisia. He also met Assistant Director Generals of UNESCO for Education and Culture. The commission will work to move towards a global classification framework for teacher policy dialogue. It will finalize the draft text of the global convention on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

    Lt Col Jyoti Sharma appointed as first female JAG officer

    20 days ago
    Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as the Indian Army's first female Judge Advocate General officer to be deployed on a foreign mission. She will be appointed as the military legal expert with the government of Seychelles. The main role of Jyoti would be to update the government of Seychelles officials on the defence and military act.  Women in Indian Army: The Indian Army is also preparing to induct women in the Military Police Corps. In April 2019, the Indian Army started the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the Corps Of Military Police. India Army will induct women in a graded manner to eventually compromise 20% of the total Corps of Military Police.

    Justice Ravi Ranjan appointed as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand HC

    20 days ago
    The Government of India appointed Justice Ravi Ranjan as the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court. His approval comes after the recommendation made by the Collegium on 15 October 2019. Justice Ranjan will take over the position from the Jharkhand High Court from Acting Chief Justice, Harish Chandra Mishra. Mr. Mishra was appointed after the sudden demise of Acting Chief Justice Prashant Kumar.  Justice Ravi Ranjan: In July 2008, Justice Ranjan was elevated as an Additional Judge of Patna High Court. On 16 January 2010, he was appointed as a permanent Judge. In 2018, he served as the Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court for a brief period. In 2019, Justice Ranjan was transferred from Patna High Court to the Punjab and Haryana High Court pursuant to the recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium.

    Kamala Vardhana Rao appointed as Chairman of ITDC

    20 days ago
    India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) appointed G.Kamala Vardhana Rao as the new Chairman and Managing Director of the department. G.Kamala Vardhana Rao: G.Kamala Vardhana Rao is an IAS officer of the 1990 batch from Kerala Cadre. He served as the Principal Secretary, Kerala government. In 2014-15 has served as the Secretary of Kerala Tourism. He has experience of close to 30 years. He has served multiple positions, including Chairman of Indian Tobacco Board, Director of Fisheries Department, Director of Department of Tourism and Culture, Andhra Pradesh government. India Tourism Development Corporation: ITDC was established in 1966 by the Government of India. It functions under the Ministry of Tourism. It is headquartered in New Delhi, India. ITDC is a retail, education, and hospitality company.

    Andhra Pradesh government appointed Nilam Sawhney as Chief Secretary of the State

    22 days ago
    The Andhra Pradesh government appointed IAS officer Nilam Sawhney as Chief Secretary of the State on 13 November 2019. She became the first woman chief secretary of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. She will replace the senior IAS officer LV Subrahmanyam as Chief Secretary, who was recently removed by the State government.  The repatriation of Sawhney was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), who was serving as Secretary, Social Justice, and Empowerment. Nilam Sawhney is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Andhra cadre. 

    Nita Ambani to be an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    22 days ago
    Nita Ambani has been named as an honorary trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on 12 November. The announcement was made by Daniel Brodsky, the chairman of the museum. She is the first Indian to be honoured so. She was elected at a meeting of the Board.  She was selected for her commitment to The Met, and to preserving and promoting India's art and culture is truly exceptional. She has provided enormous support on the museum's ability to study and display art from every corner of the world.

    Justice Muhammad Raffiq was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC

    23 days ago
    Justice Muhammad Raffiq was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy at Raj Bhavan in Shillong, Meghalaya. He will be the eighth Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. Mr. Raffiq replaces Ajay Kumar Mittal. Mittal has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.   Justice Muhammad Raffiq: In 1984, Justice Rafiq started his law practice. He practised exclusively in Rajasthan High Court in almost all branches of law. During his service, he has been recognized as an expert on the Indian Constitution, land acquisition, service, tax, and company law cases. In 2008, he was appointed as Justice at the Rajasthan High Court. He has served as the acting Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court twice.

    Muhammad Imran is appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

    23 days ago
    Diplomat Muhammad Imran has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. He will be replacing the current envoy Syed Muazzem Ali.  Muhammad Imran: Muhammad Imran s a career diplomat belonging to the 1986 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre, Dhaka. Imran is currently serving as Bangladesh's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Previously, he served as Bangladesh's Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He has served in various positions at Bangladesh Missions in Jeddah, Bonn, Berlin, and Ottawa and Deputy High Commissioner at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata.

    Anjani Kumar appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali

    24 days ago
    Shri Anjani Kumar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Mali. The appointment was announced by the Ministry of external affairs (MEA). Anjani Kumar is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of batch 2003. He will be replacing Pradeep Kumar Gupta. Republic of Mali: President: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta Prime Minister: Boubou Cisse Capital: Bamako Official languages: French Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) Mali borders with: ♦ Algeria in the north-northeast ♦ Niger in the east ♦ Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in the south ♦ Guinea in the southwest ♦ Senegal and Mauritania in the west

    Justice Kureshi to take oath as Chief Justice of Tripura HC on 16 Nov

    25 days ago
    The Chief Justice of High Court (HC) of Tripura Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi will take oath on 16 November 2019. The oath of office will be administered by Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais in Agartala on 16 November. On 8 November, the Union Ministry of Law and Justice appointed Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi, the Judge of the Bombay High Court, as the new Chief Justice of Tripura. The appointment was approved by the President of India. The appointment of Justice Kureshi will effect from the date he assumes charge of his offices. The former Chief Justice of High Court of Tripura, Justice Sanjay Karol, was sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court on 11 November 2019. Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi will replace Justice Sanjay Karol as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Tripura.  Justice Akil Abdulhamid Kureshi: Kureshi was born on 7 March 1960. He served as the Gujarat High Court as justice from the year 2004 till 2 November 2018. In November 2018, he was posted as justice of Bombay High Court. On 10th May 2019, the Collegium of Supreme Court recommended Justice Kureshi's name as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. On 5th September 2019, the again collegium recommended his name to elevate as Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.

    Google India appoints former Star and Disney head Sanjay Gupta as new Country Manager

    28 days ago
    Google appointed Sanjay Gupta as its new country manager and vice president of sales and operations.  He succeeds in Rajan Anandan. He left Google and joined Sequoia Capital India as its managing director. The Star sports business through acquisitions of cricketing properties and launch of the Pro-Kabaddi League and football league, Indian Super League. Google to competitive and new digital economy  to build inclusive Internet for everyone in India. Hotstar’s former head, Ajit Mohan joined Facebook, Google’s arch-rival. Google's revenue from sales of advertisements was Rs 9,203 crore, according to the Registrar of Companies filings. In 2017-18, the company had reported a gross income of Rs 9,338. Bharti Airtel as the chief marketing officer for the mobile business.

    Aditya Mishra appointed as the chairman of LPAI

    31 days ago
    Senior IPS officer Aditya Mishra appointed as the chairman of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI).  The appointment of Mishra was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) as the chairman of the LPAI on the recommendations of a search-cum-selection panel. It was announced by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. Mishra is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is appointed for a term of five years from the date of the assumption of the charge. LPAI develops, sanitizes, and manages the facilities for cross-border movement of passengers and goods at designated points along the international borders of India.

    P.S. Sreedharan Pillai was sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram

    31 days ago
    P.S. Sreedharan Pillai was sworn in as the new Governor of Mizoram on 5 November 2019. The oath-taking office was administered by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajai Lamba at the Raj Bhavan, Mizoram. Mr.Pillai is the third Governor to be appointed as Mizoram Governor from Kerala. The other two governors were Vakkom Purushothaman and Kummanam Rajasekharan. Mr. Pillai assured to provide all help possible to the state government in getting assistance from the Centre. P.S. Sreedharan Pillai: Sreedharan Pillai is a former BJP Kerala unit president. Sreedharan Pillai was stood as the party candidate in Chengannur by-election. He was later named as the BJP state president. Mr. Pillai officially resigned from the primary membership of the party on 28 October after he was appointed as the Mizoram Governor.

    Manoj Pande appointed as Member Staff, Railway Board

    32 days ago
    Shri Manoj Pande, Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) has taken over as Member Staff, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary on 2 November 2019. Previously he was working as Director General, Personnel, Railway Board. Shri Manoj Pande: Pande is a Post Graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, MBA, L.L.B. and holds a Diploma in Russian language from JNU. He has written several articles on Railway Heritage and History.  He was the winner of Rs.50 lakhs in the KBC 2007. Shri Manoj Pande has held various positions with Central Railway and in Diesel Locomotive Works, Western Railway, West Central Railway, South Central Railway, and South Eastern Railway.  He served as the Principal Chief Personnel Officer for over 12 years in West Central Railway, South Central Railway and South Eastern Railway. In January 2017, he served as the Executive Director/Advisor (Training & MPP) in Railway Board.

    ECI appoints B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer for Jharkhand election

    32 days ago
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed Shri B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer for the Legislative Assembly election of Jharkhand.  Roles or the Special Observer: ♦ The Special Observer will supervise and monitor the work that is carried out by the electoral machinery in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, Jharkhand.  ♦ He will also ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken. Such measures are taken based on intelligence inputs and complaints that are received through C-VIGIL, Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons or entities who try to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor, and freebies, etc. Shri B Murali Kumar: Shri B Murali Kumar is an ex-Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the year 1983. He has good experience in the Investigation Wing of Income Tax Department. 

    Sumant Kathpalia to be MD, CEO of IndusInd Bank

    34 days ago
    Sumant Kathpalia has been selected by the private sector lender IndusInd Bank as the new MD & CEO of the bank. Kathpalia is currently serving as the head of consumer loans at the Hindujas-promoted lender. Kathpalia will succeed Romesh Sobti, the current MD & CEO of the bank. Sobti will be retiring in March 2020. He will be appointed after the approval of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). His name has been forwarded to RBI for approval. Sumant Kathpalia: Sumant Kathpalia is serving with the Induslnd Bank since 2008. He is credited with building a consumer loan portfolio. It was a strategy to diversify the loan book adopted by the bank. Kathpalia served as the head of the consumer loans vertical at ABN Amro Bank.

    Lt Gen Anup Banerji took charge as Director General of DG AFMS

    34 days ago
    Lt Gen Anup Banerji took charge as Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (DG AFMS), on 1 November 2019. He will replace Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Unni. Unni was appointed in the year 2018. Anup Banerji: Anup Banerji is an alumnus of the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He is an outstanding cardiologist and an exceptional administrator. He held various important clinical and staff positions including Head of the Department of Medicine and Cardiology at MH CTC Pune and Army Hospital R&R, Consultant (Medicine and Cardiology) at CH (EC), MG (Med) MG & G Area, Comdt AMC Centre, and College Lucknow and DGMS (Navy). In 1986, he was awarded the Sena Medal for his distinguished service. On 27 January 2019, he was appointed as President’s Honorary Surgeon (PHS). Lt Gen Banerji served as the DGMS (Army) prior to the present appointment.

    Air Marshal Amit Dev took charge as Air Officer in Charge Personnel

    34 days ago
    Air Marshal Amit Dev, AVSMVSM, took charge as Air Officer In Charge Personnel, Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi, on 1 November 2019.  Previously, he served as the Director-General Air (Operations) at Air HQ, where he was responsible for various operations of the IAF. Air Marshal Amit Dev: Amit Dev graduated from National Defence Academy in December 1981.  He graduated from the Masters in Defence Studies from Madras University and M.Phil degree from Osmania and Madras University. He is a graduate of Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE), Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), College of Air Warfare (CAW), and National Defence College. Amit Dev was commissioned in the flying branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 29 December 1982 as a fighter pilot. In his 37 years of experience, he has flown a wide variety of fighter/trainer jets in the inventory of IAF. He has a flying experience of more than 2500 hours. He served as the Station Commander of the Air Defence Direction Centre.

    Sanjeev Nandan Sahai assumed charge as Secretary of the Ministry of Power

    35 days ago
    Sanjeev Nandan Sahai has assumed charge as Secretary of the Ministry of Power. Previously, he served as the Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power. He succeeded Subhash Chandra Garg, who retired on 31 October. Garg is a former finance secretary. He had sought voluntary retirement and it was approved by the government. Sanjeev Nandan Sahai: Sahai is a UT cadre IAS officer of 1986 batch. He also served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 2018 May to 2019 July. He has also held several other important positions in the Union and state governments. It includes DG and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Secretary-cum-Commissioner Transport for Delhi Government, Principal Secretary in the Home Department, Chairman and MD of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC),  Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Finance Secretary in the Delhi government.

    Pavan Kapoor took charge as the Indias new Ambassador to the UAE

    35 days ago
    Pavan Kapoor took charge as India's new Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was appointed by India's Ministry of External Affairs on 28 August. His role is to provide guidance to further strengthen bilateral relations between India and the UAE. He was welcomed by the Indian Consulate in Dubai. Pavan Kapoor: Pavan Kapoor is a 1990 cadre IFS officer. He served as India's Ambassador to Israel for more than three years.

    G C Murmu was sworn in as first Lt Governor of UT JK

    36 days ago
    G C Murmu was sworn in as first Lt Governor of the union territory of J&K after the bifurcation of the state into two union territories of J&K and Ladakh. The oath of office to Murmu was administered by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Gita Mittal at Raj Bhawan at the foothills of the Zaberwan range, J&K on 31 October. G C Murmu: G C Murmu, 59, is a 1985 batch IAS officer from the Gujarat cadre. He served as the principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. He gained his Master of Arts from Utkal University. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham.

    Radha Krishna Mathur appointed as the first Lt. Governor of Ladakh

    36 days ago
    Ex-IAS Officer Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh. The UT of Ladakh came into being on 30 October after the centre's decision to end special status to J&K and split it into two union territories. Radha Krishna Mathur: Radha Krishna Mathur is a retired 1977-batch IAS officer, from the Tripura cadre. While retiring he serbed as the Chief Information Commissioner of India in 2018. Mr. Mathur, 65, served as a Defence Secretary at the centre before his appointment as Lieutenant Governor.  He is a post-graduate from IIT-Kanpur in Industrial Engineering. Mr. Mathur has an MBA degree from the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), Slovenia. Other appointments: The Centre appointed Umang Narula, an IAS officer of 1989 batch, as an advisor to Mr. Mathur in the Ladakh UT. Also, SS Khandare, an IPS officer of 1995 batch, is appointed as the Head of Police in Ladakh.

    Rafael Grossi is appointed as the Chief of IAEA

    37 days ago
    Argentine diplomat Rafael Grossi was appointed as the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He replaces the late Yukiya Amano. He is expected to assume office on 1 January 2020. Grossi has been appointed for a term of four years. He will be the sixth head of the IAEA.  Rafael Grossi: Grossi, the Argentine diplomat, is a nuclear and diplomatic veteran from Buenos Aires in Argentina. He served as a diplomat within the United Nations. He has chaired expert panels on the UN Register of Conventional Arms in 1997 and 2000. He headed the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. From 2002 to 2007, he headed the UN's Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague in the Netherlands. He was named an ambassador to Belgium and Argentine envoy to the UN office in Geneva.  In 2010, IEA appointed Grossi as the assistant director-general for three years. Also, he has been Argentina's ambassador to Austria, Slovakia, and Slovenia and the permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna since 2013.

    Anup Kumar Singh took charge as the Director General of NSG

    37 days ago
    Former Ahmedabad city Police Commissioner and Senior IPS officer Anup Kumar Singh have taken charge as the Director-General of the National Security Guard (NSG). He was appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs for Singh’s promotion was sent on 10 October to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the retirement of Sudeep Lakhtakia, the post was lying vacant for over months. Lakhtakia is a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Telangana cadre. National Security Guard: NSG was established in 1984. It is the Counter-Terrorism Unit of the government of India. It was raised as the federal contingency force. Anup Kumar Singh: Anup Kumar Singh, 59, is a 1985-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre. He has served as police commissioner of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

    Shri Pramod Kumar Das assumes charge as Secretary of Ministry of Minority Affairs

    41 days ago
    Shri Pramod Kumar Das assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs.  He was serving as the Special Secretary, Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance. Shri Das is a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1986 batch. He has held several other vital positions in the Union as well as State Governments. These include Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Joint Secretary in DOPT and Ministry of Industry & Commerce at the Centre and Managing Director Trade and Investment Facilitation Corp Ltd. Bhopal and Managing Director State Industrial Dev Corpn Bhopal, Labour Commissioner Labour Department Indore and Commissioner Commercial Taxes Department Indore.

    Birender Singh Yadav appointed as Indian Ambassador to Iraq

    41 days ago
    Birender Singh Yadav appointed as India's next Ambassador to Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)  A 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Yadav is expected to take up the assignment shortly The appointment of Muktesh Kumar Pardeshi as India's next High Commissioner to Samoa. Pardeshi, who is already serving as the Ambassador to New Zealand, will concurrently work as the next High Commissioner to Samoa, with residence in Wellington.  He is a 1991-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer.

    Arvind Singh has appointed as the chairman of AAI

    43 days ago
    Senior IAS officer Arvind Singh has appointed as the chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The appointment was approved by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions. Arvind Singh is at present working in Maharashtra. He is now appointed as the chief of AAI in the rank and pay of additional secretary. Chairman of NHAI: In another appointment, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu is appointed as the Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Sukhbir Singh Sandhu: Sandhu is a 1988 batch IAS officer from the Uttarakhand Cadre. He served as the additional secretary at the department of education. He will replace NN Sinha. His appointment comes after the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) its opposition over the highway authority's excessive expansion. The government ordered NHAI to discontinue constructing roads. It also directed NHAI to encourage the private sector to take over the running of completed projects.

    Braj Raj Sharma appointed as SSC Chairman

    43 days ago
    The Central government has appointed Braj Raj Sharma as the Chairman of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). He will replace Pankaj Kumar, who has been appointed as CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).  Braj Raj Sharma position, as the Secretary Department of Border Management, will be replaced by Nagendra Nath Sinha, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) chairman. Braj Raj Sharma: Braj Raj Sharma is a 1984 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre. He is currently working as the Secretary in the Home Ministry’s Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Pankaj Kumar is appointed as the new CEO of UIDAI

    44 days ago
    The government has appointed Pankaj Kumar, IAS (NL87), as the new CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He is currently serving as the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI): Founded: 28 January 2009 Headquarters: New Delhi Ministry: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Chairman: J. Satyanarayana UIDAI was established under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016. The statutory body was formed with the mandate to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID) (Aadhaar) to all residents of India to eliminate duplicate and fake ID entities.

    Tuhin Kanta Pandey appointed as secretary of DIPAM

    44 days ago
    The government has appointed Tuhin Kanta Pandey as secretary of the department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM). He will replace Anil Kumar Khachi. The appointment of Mr. Pandeywas approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The appointment comes during a time when the government has lined up several high profile strategic sales as well as stake sale in state-run carrier Air India. Tuhin Kanta Pandey: Tuhin Kanta Pandey is a 1987 batch Odisha cadre IAS officer. He is currently serving in Odisha. DIPAM: DIPAM - Department of Investment and Public Asset Management  Headquarters: New Delhi, India Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman Secretary: Neeraj Kumar Gupta DIPAM functions under the Ministry of Finance. It is responsible for the systematic policy approach to disinvestment and privatization of Public Sector Units (PSUs).

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