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  • Subrata Bhattacharjee appointed as Next Ambassador Of India To Serbia

    Subrata Bhattacharjee appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Serbia. He is an IFS officer of 1989 batch. He is currently Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs.

    Indu Bhushan appointed as CEO Of Ayushman Bharat Mission

    Indu Bhushan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM). Bhushan, the Director General of East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines appointed to the post for a period of two years.

    Martin Vizcarra Sworn In As Peru's New President

    Martin Vizcarra was sworn in as the country's new president of Peru. Before the appointment, he was Peru's first vice president and ambassador to Canada. He has replaced Pedro Pablo Kuczynski who has resigned from the post recently.

    Myanmar President Htin Kyaw Resigned

    Myanmar's President and Aung San Suu Kyi's right-hand man Htin Kyaw stepped down after two years in the position. As per the official report, a new leader would be selected “within seven working days”.

    Prince Charles appoints Sanjeev Gupta As UK Skills Ambassador

    Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta appointed by Britain's Prince Charles as an official ambassador for the Industrial Cadets programme designed to nurture manufacturing skills. Mr. Gupta was appointed to the flagship programme to give children and young people the direct structured experience of the industry while still at school or college. The Industrial Cadets annual awards ceremony was held in London. Mr. Gupta is an Executive Chairman of UK-based GFG Alliance.

    Michael McCormack Named Australias New Deputy Prime Minister

    Michael McCormack elected new Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. He has replaced former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. The leader of the National Party automatically becomes deputy prime minister under the terms of the coalition agreement with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal party.

    Arvind Jamkhedkar To Be Next Chairman Of ICHR

    Archaeologist and historian Arvind P. Jamkhedkar will be the next Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). He will replace Prof. K. Sudershan Rao. The post fell vacant after Prof. Rao’s retirement. Prof. Jamkhedkar is at present Chancellor of Deccan College, Pune, known in academic circles for its archaeology department.

    Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In As New President Of South Africa

    Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) sworn in as South Africa's new President. He was elected as the new president of South Africa by the ruling party politicians after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.  The country's 400-member parliament, dominated by the ruling African National Congress Party (ANC), elected Ramaphosa to finish his predecessor's term, which ends with elections in 2019. The ANC has finished first in every national vote since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.

    Jacob Zuma Resigns As South Africa's President

    South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma. He announced the decision in a televised address to the nation after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.  The 75-year-old, who was the country's President for the last 9 years, has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC's new leader. Mr. Zuma's resignation followed weeks of intense public pressure to step down amid long-standing corruption allegations.

    NPCI appoints Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman

    National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years. He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman. Last month NPCI had appointed Dilip Asbe as its managing director and CEO.

    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Becomes ICC's 1st Independent Female Director

    PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi appointed as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) first-ever independent female director. Nooyi will join the cricket body in June 2018 for a 2-year term. The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC in June 2017, aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.

    Jerome H Powell Sworn In As 16th Chairman Of Federal Reserve

    Jerome H Powell was sworn in as the 16th Chairman of the Federal Reserve for a four-year term. Mr Powell has succeeded Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the US central bank in its 100-year history. Powell was nominated for the post in November 2017 by President Donald Trump. The oath was administered by Vice Chairman Randal K. Quarles in the Board Room.

    Mahmud Hossain appointed as New Chief Justice Of Bangladesh

    The President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid appointed Syed Mahmud Hossain as the new Chief Justice of the country. Justice Hossain is the 22nd chief justice of Bangladesh. President administered the oath of office to Justice Hossain.

    Usha Ananthasubramanian became first woman IBA Chief

    Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD and CEO, Allahabad Bank elected the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). She was elected IBA Chairman for the year 2017-18 by its Managing Committee. IBA Chairman’s position fell vacant following the superannuation of Jatinder Bir Singh. Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India, was elected Deputy Chairman of IBA for the year 2017-18.

    S Selvakumar appointed as CMD Of SPMCIL

    The Union Government appointed senior IAS officer S Selvakumar as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL). He replaced Anurag Agarwal. The state-owned SPMCIL produces banknotes, coins, postage stamps, non-judicial stamps and other official documents.

    Actress Kajol named advocacy ambassador for Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat initiative

    Actress Kajol, an active supporter of eradicating preventable deaths from hygiene-related issues, has become an advocacy ambassador for a Swachh Aadat Swachh Bharat initiative.

    V J Mathew appointed as Maritime Board Chairman

    V J Mathew was appointed Maritime Board Chairman. The decision in this regard was taken by the Kerala cabinet. Mathew is the legal consultant of Vizhinjam International container terminal company and Indian Maritime Association Co-President.

    Indian-Origin Businessman Sunny Verghese appointed as WBCSD Chairman

    Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman Sunny Verghese appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He succeeded Paul Polman. Verghese, Co-Founder and the CEO of Singapore's agri-business group Olam International Limited, is the first WBCSD Chair from the agri-sector. 

    Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as Foreign Secretary

    Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale has been appointed a foreign secretary of India. He has succeeded S Jaishankar. Mr. Gokhale served as Indian Ambassador to China, Germany and as Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia in the past. He is at present secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

    Vinay Sahasrabuddhe named as ICCR Chief

    National vice-president of the BJP, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who is also a member of Rajya Sabha has been appointed the President of Indian Council of Cultural Relations. He will replace Lokesh Chandra who had been appointed by the NDA government in October 2014 and has completed his three-year term.

    Jai Ram Thakur Took Oath as 6th CM of Himachal Pradesh

    Senior BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur took oath as the 6th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the historic Ridge Ground of Shimla. He has replaced Virbhadra Singh. A five-time MLA, Mr Thakur won Siraj Assembly seat of Mandi district this time. Governor Aacharya Devvrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Thakur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present at the swearing-in ceremony. This was the first time when the Prime Minister attended the oath-taking ceremony of the Chief Minister in the state.

    M. Subbarayudu appointed as Next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Peru

    Shri M. Subbarayudu presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Peru. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

    Vijay Rupani Remains Gujarat Chief Minister and Nitin Patel His Deputy

    Vijay Rupani will continue as chief minister of Gujarat and Nitin Patel as his deputy chief minister, the Bhartiya Janata Party has made the announcement after a meeting of the party's newly-elected legislators in the state's capital Gandhinagar. The BJP had won 99 seats, only seven more than it needed for a majority to form government and 16 less than it had won last time.

    Justice UD Salvi Appointed Officiating Chief of National Green Tribunal

    The union government appointed Justice U D Salvi as officiating chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) following the superannuation of Justice Swatanter Kumar. He will remain in the saddle until his retirement on February 13, 2018. The selection panel is headed by the Chief Justice of India or his nominee, with other members recommended by or from the Environment Ministry.

    Dhammapiya Elected as New Secretary General of IBC

    Buddhist monk Dhammapiya from Tripura elected as the new secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). He was elected to the post at the second general assembly of the IBC. The IBC is a global Buddhist forum for preservation and development of heritage sites of the religion in India and other parts of the world.

    Nakul Chopra Elected as BARC India Chairman

    Nakul Chopra, President of AAAI and Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications elected as the next Chairman of BARC India.  He succeeds Viacom18 Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats. Nakul will be the third Chairman of BARC India. He had joined the BARC India Board in September 2016.

    Rahul Gandhi Elected Indian National Congress President

    The Indian National Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi has been elected as its new President, taking over from his mother Sonia Gandhi. Rahul was declared the party President after no other candidate filed a nomination to contest the presidential elections. The Congress had earlier announced that 89 nominations were filed proposing Rahul Gandhi's candidacy for the presidential elections.

    Pradeep Singh Kharola Takes Over as Air India CMD

    Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. Kharola assumed charge from Rajiv Bansal. He was the managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited since February 2015.

    Uma Shankar appointed as RBI Executive Director

    Uma Shankar, chief general manager (CGM) in charge of the Reserve Bank of India's financial inclusion and development department has taken over as executive director (ED) in the central bank. He has been elevated after Meena Hemchandra the executive director in charge of the central bank's supervision department retired recently.

    Sarvesh Tiwari appointed as President Para Sports Foundation

    On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a renowned communication expert, Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, was appointed as the President of Para-Sports Foundation (PSF), India. The announcement was made at the National Award for Divyangjan 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Para Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards the social welfare of persons with disabilities.

    Azar A.H.Khan Appointed Next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan

    Shri Azar A.H.Khan, presently Consul General in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

    A Surya Prakash Re-Appointed Prasar Bharati Chief

    Veteran journalist A Surya Prakash appointed the chairman of the Prasar Bharati board for a second consecutive term till February 8, 2020. Information and broadcasting ministry issued an order after a panel headed by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu recommended Prakash’s name for the post.

    World Boxing Champion Mary Kom resigns as the national observer

    World Boxing Champion Mary Kom resigned from the post of the National Observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position. She resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with the Minister. She had been requested to take up the position and it was not something she had asked. Mary Kom claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month.The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed in March by Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

    Infosys Appoints Salil S Parekh as MD & CEO

    Infosys announced the appointment of Salil S. Parekh as its new CEO and Managing Director. Salil was in Capgemini earlier. The Bengaluru-headquartered company was searching for a new CEO after former CEO Vishal Sikka resigned in August 2017. Cofounder Nandan Nilekani returned to the company as non-executive chairman to steady operations.

    N Sambasiva Rao appointed as Andhra Pradesh DGP

    The Andhra Pradesh government appointed 1984-batch IPS officer N Sambasiva Rao as the state police chief despite the Union Home Ministry rejecting his candidature on earlier occasions. He has been holding the DGPs post as "full additional charge" since July 23, 2016, while his actual position was DGP (Coordination).

    Emmerson Mnangagwa to be Sworn in as Zimbabwe's New President

    Zimbabwe's former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the President of the country. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda stated that the ruling ZANU-PF party has nominated him to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Robert Mugabe. He stepped down after 37 years ruling the country.  Mr. Mnangagwa's dismissal from the Vice President post led the ruling party and the military to intervene and forced Mr. Mugabe to resign.

    Robert Mugabe Resignation ushers in New Era for Zimbabwe

    Robert Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power, ushering in a new era for a country as uncertain as it is hopeful. The man who ruled with an autocrat’s grip for so many years finally caved to popular and political pressure hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him.

    Britain appoints the first female Black Rod in 650 years

    Current Affairs Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Friday approved the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the country's first female Black Rod, in over 650-year history of the office. She will formally take on the duties as Lady Usher of the Black Rod next year. The Black Rod is responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the UK's House of Lords.

    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.

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