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  • Chakravarthi appointed as ambassador of World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

    Chakravarthi AVPS, Managing Director, Ecobliss India appointed as global ambassador of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). He is the first Asian to be appointed as ambassador of World Packaging Organisation (WPO). The honorary appointment was made in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the 99th board meeting of WPO. He has won Worldstar award for packaging excellence for five consecutive years. Before establishing Ecobliss India, he has worked with companies like International paper, Ballarpur Industries, Akerlaund Rausing, Huhtamaki, and Pragati.

    Vijay Prasad Dimri Appointed President of 36th International Geological Congress

    Scientist Vijay Prasad Dimri appointed as the president of the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC), a global platform for the advancement of earth science, to be held in 2020. He replaced Shailesh Nayak. India, along with its co-host neighboring countries Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka, and Pakistan won the bid to host the 36th IGC in the National Capital Region from March 2 -8, 2020.

    Kenneth Juster sworn in as new US Ambassador to India

    Kenneth Juster was sworn in as the US Ambassador to India. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Juster in Washington. His work related to India played an important role in the transformation of the US-India relationship and helped provide the foundation for the historic civil nuclear agreement between the two countries. He played a key role in enhancing the Indo-US ties under the George W Bush administration.

    UNESCO Confirms France's Audrey Azoulay as New Head

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) member states confirmed the nomination of France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the cultural agency. A 45-year-old Azoulay becomes UNESCO's second woman director general. Azoulay succeeds Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, whose eight-year term. Ms. Azoulay was France’s Minister of Culture and Communication from February 2016 to May 2017.

    Indian Origin Priti Patel resigns as British Minister

    Britain’s first Indian-origin Cabinet Minister Priti Patel resigned as International Development Secretary due to controversies over her unauthorized secret meetings with Israeli politicians. Priti Patel’s resignation is followed by controversies around a dozen undisclosed meetings she had with other Israelis, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for which she had been forced to apologize. She was among the most active supporters of Brexit and had supported the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign in the lead in favor of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU).

    Government Notifies Tax Avoidance Protocol Between India and New Zealand

    The Union Government notified the third protocol between India and New Zealand for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The protocol updates the existing framework of the exchange of tax-related information to a latest international standard which will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance between the two countries and will also enable mutual assistance in collection of taxes.

    Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia named as Finance Secretary

    Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia designated as the new Finance Secretary. Adhia is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre. The vacancy was caused following the superannuation of Ashok Lavasa in October 2017. As per the convention, the senior most Secretary in the Finance Ministry is designated as the Finance Secretary. There are five departments under the Finance Ministry- Expenditure, Economic Affairs, Financial Services, Revenue and Department of Investment and Public Asset management (DIPAM).

    Kenneth Juster Confirmed as the Next US Ambassador to India

    The US Senate confirmed by a voice vote the nomination of Kenneth Juster as the next US Ambassador to India. Juster, 62, has played a key role in the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal. He will replace Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India. Juster is soon expected to be headed to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad. The annual summit is being co-hosted by India and the United States.

    Gavin Williamson appointed as new UK defence secretary, replacing Michael Fallon

    Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has appointed her chief whip Gavin Williamson as her new Defence Secretary after the shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon. Mr Williamson is 24 years younger than Mr Fallon, and was elected as an MP in 2010. Julian Smith, previously Mr Williamson’s deputy in the whips’ office, will take over as chief whip.

    Ajay Bisaria Named India’s Next High Commissioner to Pakistan

    India appointed Ajay Bisaria as the next high commissioner to Pakistan. He is currently ambassador to Poland. Bisaria takes over from Gautam Bambawale, who was last month appointed India’s ambassador to China. Bisaria was in charge of the Eurasia desk that looks after India’s ties with Russia and the Central Asian republics, prior to his appointment as India’s ambassador to Poland.

    Suresh Chukkapalli Appointed as Consul General of Korea

    Suresh Chukkapalli, Chairman of Phoenix Group of Hyderabad appointed as Honorary Consul General in Hyderabad by the Republic of Korea, with consular jurisdiction over the state of Telangana. Suresh Chukkapalli was given charge/invested formally at a ceremony in New Delhi.

    Vikram Singh Appointed Private Secretary to President

    Railway officer Vikram Singh was appointed Private Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind. Singh is a 1997 batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for a period of two years. IAS officer P C Meena was appointed Private Secretary to Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary.

    Tata Steel elevates T V Narendran as global CEO, MD

    Tata Steel Limited promoted T V Narendran as chief executive officer and managing director globally.  He joined the Tata Steel in 1988. He was serving as Managing Director (India and South East Asia) for the past four years.

    Satya Gopal appointed as chief secretary of Arunchal Pradesh

    Delhi Principal Home Secretary Satya Gopal transferred to Arunachal Pradesh as the chief secretary. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal relieved Satya Gopal from the Delhi Principal Home Secretary post. Satya Gopal is a 1988 batch IAS officer. The transfer of Satya Gopal has been made one-and-a-half months after he was appointed as the principal home secretary in the Delhi government.

    Jacinda Ardern Officially Sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand

    Jacinda Ardern was officially sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand. At the age of 37, Ardern is the youngest New Zealand PM in 150 years.  She is also the country's third woman leader. This was the first time New Zealand adopted proportional voting since 1996.

    Union Government appoints ex-IB chief Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor

    Dineshwar Sharma, the Former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) taken charge as the interlocutor, for peace talks with Assam’s insurgent groups, including the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). He addressed to the media that the rank of the former IB Director, Dineshwar Sharma, will be equivalent to that of a Cabinet Secretary. The appointment of Dineshwar Sharma and intention towards the unrest prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir.

    HSBC Appoints Jayant Rikhye as CEO India

    The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) announced the appointment of Jayant Rikhye as the Chief Executive Officer for India. He succeeds Stuart Milne. Mr. Rikhye is currently Head of International, Asia-Pacific, responsible for 11 markets in the region.

    Sunny Verghese appointed as World Business Council for Sustainable Development Chairman from 2018

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) appointed NRI businessman Sunny Verghese, co-founder, and CEO of Singapore-based Olam International, as its new chairman from 2018. He succeeds Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever as the Chairman. It is a global network of more than 200 CEOs who are responsible for a combined revenue of more than $ 8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.

    Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay elected as the new Director General of UNESCO

    Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay was elected as the new Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Azoulay succeeds outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, whose eight-year term was marred by financial woes and criticism over Palestine’s inclusion as a member.

    Arjen Robben announced his retirement from International Football after World Cup qualifying failure

    Netherlands's Footbal Player Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international football following the Netherlands's failure to make the 2018 World Cup. Robben scored 37 times and provided 29 assists in 96 appearances, averaging a goal or assist every 112 minutes for his country.  

    Mobikwik appoints former Jabong Vice president Rukaiya Rangwala as the business head of its payments gateway

    Digital wallet major MobiKwik has appointed former Jabong vice-president Rukaiya Rangwala as the business head of its payments gateway business. Recently, MobiKwik had re-launched Zaakpay as MobiKwik Payment Gateway. Rangwala, a technology and e-commerce industry veteran with over 15 years of experience, has worked across the US, Singapore, Japan and India.

    Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-hyun resigns as Company Predicts record profits

    Samsung Electronics CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun has announced plans to step down from his position at the head of the company. The 64-year-old, who has spent the last 32 years at Samsung, operating as CEO for the last five, cited a need to bring “new spirit and young leadership” into the firm.

    V M Kwatra Appointed Ambassador to Principality of Monaco

    Shri Vinay Mohan Kwatra appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Principality of Monaco. He is presently Ambassador of India to France.

    Axis Bank acquires Freecharge, appoints Sangram Singh as CEO

    India’s  third largest private sector bank - Axis Bank acquired payments wallet Freecharge for Rs 373 crore in an all-cash deal. Sangram Singh has been appointed as the CEO of Freecharge Payment Technologies Private Ltd.

    Banwarilal Purohit Sworn-in as Governor of Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit sworn-in by Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai. Previously He was appointed as Governor of Assam State by the President of India on August 17, 2016.

    Mongolian Parliament Confirms New Prime Minister

    The Mongolian Parliament confirmed Ukhnaa Khurelsukh as the country's new Prime Minister. His confirmation comes after Jargaltulga Erdenebat was voted out of office over allegations of corruption and incompetence. He served in the army and joined the parliament as a member in 2000. He is the 30th Prime Minister of Mongolia.

    Union Government Names Rajnish Kumar as SBI's Next Chairman

    The Union Government named Rajnish Kumar as the new chairman of State Bank of India for a three-year term. He succeeds Arundhati Bhattacharya.

    Satya Pal Malik sworn in as Bihar Governor

    Satya Pal Malik sworn in as the Governor of Bihar at the Raj Bhavan. He administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Justice Rajendra Menon, in presence of a host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar.

    President Ram Nath Kovind appoints Commission to examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes

    President Ram Nath Kovind appointed a Commission to examine the sub-categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The sub-categorization of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs. The Commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the Central List.

    President Ram Nath Kovind appoints five new state Governors

    President Ram Nath Kovind appointed five new Governors for the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam, and Meghalaya. Brig. (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar. Banwarilal Purohit as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Prof Jagdish Mukhi as the Governor of Assam. Ganga Prasad as the Governor of Meghalaya. Devendra Kumar Joshi as the Governor of Andaman & Nicobar islands.

    Shashi Shanker appointed as ONGC Chairman

    Shashi Shanker appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of India’s biggest oil and gas producer Oil natural Gas and Corporation (ONGC)till March 2021. He is currently Director (Technical and Field Services) at ONGC.  

    Angela Merkel Wins 4th Term as Chancellor of Germany

    Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in Germany elections that lifted the far-right party Alternative for Germany into parliament for the first time since the immediate aftermath World War II. Her nearest rivals, the Social Democrats, and their candidate Martin Schulz came in the second position with a post-war record low 20.8 percent.

    Rajiv Mehrishi Took Oath as New Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India

    Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He succeeded Shashi Kant Sharma. He will have a tenure of about three years.

    Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu becomes first woman minister in Mizoram in 30 yrs

    The 38-year-old Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu became the first woman minister in Mizoram in 30 years, since the 1987 state assembly elections. She is the president of the Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee and was elected from Hrangturzo seat in central Serchhip district in a bye-election. In Mizoram’s political history, Chawngthu became the fourth woman legislator. Lalhlimpui Hmar was the first woman to hold a ministerial post in Mizoram, in 1987.

    Sambamurthy appointed as NPCI interim chairman

    B. Sambamurthy, formerly Director and CEO of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) and Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, has appointed as interim Chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). He will replace M Balachandran, who was Non-Executive Chairman of NPCI from September 23, 2013 till September 20, 2017.

    Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Elected as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission

    Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon elected as Chair of Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a four-year term. He succeeds Youssoupha Ndiaye of Senegal whose term has come to an end. His appointment was proposed by the IOC Executive Board and was approved during the IOC Session in Lima with a 74-4 majority.

    UN Chief Appoints Peter Thomson as First UN Envoy For Oceans

    The Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guterres has appointed the outgoing president of the General Assembly. Peter Thomson as the first special envoy for the oceans, seeking to galvanize efforts to protect the world's seas. He played a leading role at the first-ever U.N. conference on oceans. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Thompson's appointment.  The former ambassador for Fiji (Peter Thompson) will promote action to implement the conference recommendations.

    Sjoerd Mrijne appointed as new Chief Coach of India mens Hockey team, Harendra Singh for womens team

    Sjoerd Marijne appointed as the new Chief Coach of India Men's Senior Hockey team, replacing the sacked Roelant Oltmans. World Cup-winning Junior team coach Harendra Singh was appointed High Performance Specialist coach of the senior women's team.

    UIDAI CEO A.B. Pandey appointed as interim Chairman of GSTN

    The Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) chief executive officer (CEO) A.B. Pandey was appointed interim chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). GSTN’s first chairman Navin Kumar. GSTN is a section 8 non-government, private limited company, providing information technology (IT) backbone and portal for registration and tax returns under the GST regime.

    Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge as India’s new defence minister

    Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Commerce and Industries took charge as the country’s new Defence minister in New Delhi. She is the country’s first full-time woman defence minister. Former Prime minister Indira Gandhi also held the defence portfolio as an additional charge.

    Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank gets new CEO & MD

    KV Rama Moorthy took charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tamilnadu Mercantile Bank. He succeeds HS Upendra Kamath. His appointment is for a period of three years.

    Kenneth I. Juster named as U.S Ambassador to India

    Kenneth I. Juster, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council at the White House nominated as the next U.S ambassador to India. The post is vacant since January 20, 2017, when Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. He previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce from 2001-2005, Counselor (acting) of the State Department from 1992-1993, and deputy and senior adviser to the Deputy Secretary of State from 1989-1992.

    New list of Cabinet ministers and their portfolios

    Several newly assigned ministers Cabinet expansion of Union Council of Ministers are about to take in charge in New Delhi. List of ministers and their portfolios are given below Shri Piyush Goyal - Union Railway Minister  Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman - Union Defence Minister Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari -   Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Shri Suresh Prabhu  - Union Minister of Commerce and Industry. Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda - Union Minister of  Statistics and Programme Implementation. Smt. Uma Bharati - Union Minister of  Drinking Water and Sanitation. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan - Union Minister of  Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Shri Alphons Kannanthanam  - Union Minister of tourism; and Electronics and Information Technology.

    Indian-origin civil servant J Y Pillay appointed Singapore’s acting president

    Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay appointed Singapore’s acting President. He replaces Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a six-year term. According to the report, this is the first time the office has fallen vacant since the elected presidency was introduced in 1991.

    Rajiv Kumar appointed as new DFS Secretary and Anita Karwal as CBSE Chairperson

    Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) while Anita Karwal is the next Chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Anita Karwal, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who is Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources Development named chairperson of CBSE. Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi moved to National Skill Development Agency as Director General.

    Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Comptroller and Auditor General of India

    Senior IAS officer Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He succeeds Shashi Kant Sharma. Mehrishi is IAS Officer of 1978 batch and belonged to Rajasthan cadre. He has a degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. He also did BA (History) and MA (History) from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. 

    Sunil Arora appointed as Election Commissioner of India

    The Union Government appointed former Information and Broadcasting secretary Sunil Arora (61) as Election Commissioner. He will have a tenure of four years in the Election Commission. His appointment comes after former CEC Nasim Zaidi’s retirement in July 2017.  

    Shri Rajiv Gauba takes over as Union Home Secretary

    Shri Rajiv Gauba, IAS (Jharkhand cadre-1982 batch) took over as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr. Gauba joined the Ministry of Home Affairs as Officer on Special Duty on June 27, 2017. He took charge as the Union Home Secretary upon the superannuation of Shri Rajiv Mehrishi.

    Dr. R.K. Raghavan appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Cyprus

    Dr. R.K. Raghavan appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cyprus announced. He served as a former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director from January 4, 1999, to April 30, 2001. He served as the director of Tamil Nadu Fire Service and as the director-general of the Tamil Nadu State Vigilance Directorate.

    Ashwani Lohani is the New Railway Board Chairman

    Ashwani Lohani, the CMD of Air India appointed as the New Chairman of Railway Board, following the resignation on A.K. Mittal. Ashwani Lohani, an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) cadre. He holds four engineering degrees, has authored two books and is credited with the turnaround of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and the India Tourism Development Corporation.

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