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  • IndiGo board appoints Pallavi Shardul as an independent director

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    InterGlobe Aviation Limited operated IndiGo has appointed advocate Pallavi Shardul Shroff as independent woman director in the company. The appointment was approved by the board of directors of the airline. The appointment comes after the proposal initiated by IndiGo’s co-promoter Rakesh Gangwal who demanded the appointment of an independent woman director in the airline's board. Pallavi Shardul Shroff: Shroff is a managing partner at law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. She is is currently a director on the boards of premium companies like Apollo Tyres Ltd., Trident Ltd., Asian Paints Ltd., Paytm's One97 Communications Ltd and Juniper Hotels Ltd.

    Madhukar Kamath has been elected as the chairman of ABC

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    Madhukar Kamath, the chairman emeritus of advertising firm DDB Mudra Group, has been elected as the chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for 2019-20. The board has also selected Devendra V Darda as Managing Director and Lokmat Media as deputy chairman. Madhukar Kamath: Madhukar Kamath has four decades of experience in advertising and marketing services, Kamath helped Omnicom acquire the Mudra Group and integrate it into DDB Worldwide Network. He served on the board of the industry body which certifies circulation figures of its member publications. Kamath has also led Bates India as its CEO and was instrumental in the acquisition and successful integration of Clarion Advertising. He has also served as chairman of brand consultancy Interbrand and has led several industry bodies. Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC): Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) founded in 1948 is a not-for-profit, voluntary organization. It consists of publishers, advertisers, and advertising agencies as members. ABC conducts pioneering work to develop audit procedures to certify the circulation figures of publications which are members of ABC.

    VCAS Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to be next Chief of the Air Staff

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    Ministry of Defence has announced to appoint Vice chief of air staff (VCAS) Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as the next Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). The announcement comes ahead of the retirement of the current Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa will on 30 September 2019. It is expected that RKS Bhadauria will be taking charge on 30 September. RKS Bhadauria: Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria is the senior most officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF) after Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa. He was commissioned into the Fighter Stream of IAF in June 1980. He has held various Command including Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment, Command of a Jaguar Squadron and a premier Air Force Station, Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project, Staff and Instructional appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff.  Bhadauria is experienced with over 4,250 hours on 26 types of fighters and transport aircraft. He has won the Sword of Honour as he stood first in the overall order of merit.

    Four new Supreme Court judges appointed

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    Four new judges were appointed to the Supreme Court. The judge's strength in the top court is 34. The new judges are Haryana High Court Chief Justice Krishna Murari, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Kerala High Court Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy. The Supreme Court Collegium recommended names of chief justices and high court judges for the appointment to the top court in order to fill the vacant posts. The Collegium led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had considered the names the four chief justices as apex court's judges.

    Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao resigns

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    Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao announced his resignation which will be effective from January 16. He became the President of ADB on April 28, 2013. The new president will be elected in accordance with an open, transparent and merit-based procedure. The resignation with a deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude. With support from staff, Board members, and member governments. The expanded operations of the funding agency from USD 14 billion in 2013 to USD 22 billion in 2018 to more technologies into projects. Asian Development Bank Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines President: Takehiko Nakao Founded: 19 December 1966 Membership: 68 countries

    Journalist Ajay Kumar Singh is new Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind

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    Ajay Kumar Singh appointed as Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind. He is currently associated with the Firstpost as a contributor. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the appointment of Singh as Press Secretary to the President on contract basis initially for a period of one year He succeeds Ashok Malik.He worked in Times of India in 1985 , Economic Times and the Telegraph. He later joined the Pioneer in Delhi. He worked in the Business Standard, Star News, and News X. He was the editor of the Governance Now magazine before joining the Firstpost as Executive Editor. He went back to the Governance as Director Editorial.

    India bags 34 medals in 10th Asia Pacific Youth Games

    September 14, 2019
    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Indian contingent for excellent performance in the 10th Asian Pacific Youth Games in Vladivostok. India won total 16 gold, 13 silver and 5 bronze medals in seven different sports. Indian Judokas to give strong performances yesterday as Mahesh Saini (66 kg), Vishal (81 kg) and Rohit (50 kg) won gold while Siddharth won silver. Yoshiki won gold in the girl’s singles while the girl's doubles team also won gold in Table Tennis. The Indian swimming team finished as the overall winners in their sport. Assam swimmer Astha Choudhury brought laurels to the State and country by winning five medals including two gold and three silver. Astha bagged gold medals in 4×50 metre mixed freestyle and 4×50 mixed individual medley relay categories. The gold medals, Astha won silver medals in 100 metre freestyle, 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre individual medley categories. Sports Authority of India National Cycling Academy won its first medal when Swasti Singh won the bronze medal in junior women’s 2 km individual pursuit. Kristina Titovskaya of Kazakhstan won the gold while Yanina Kuskova of Uzbekistan captured silver. Harshveer Singh had to deal with a disappointing end in the elite men’s 15 KM Scratch Race as he failed to finish on the podium. In a world-class field, the Indian finished fifth as the gold was captured by Muhammad Shaari of Malaysia.

    Dr PK Mishra takes over as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister

    September 12, 2019
    Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra appointed as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India. Dr Mishra varied work experience in the management of programmes relating to agriculture, disaster management, power sector, infrastructure financing, and regulatory issues outstanding career profile comprising research, publications, policy formulation and programme/project management. The major assignments such as Additional Pr. Secretary to the Prime Minister; Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation,  Government of India; Chairman, State Electricity Regulatory Commission and in the area of Disaster management. As Secretary Agriculture & Cooperation, he was actively involved in path-breaking national initiatives such as the National Agriculture Development Programme (RKVY) and the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).   The Prime Minister during 2014-19 Dr Mishra is credited with  introducing innovation and transformative changes in human resource management, particularly appointments to senior positions. The international experience includes research and academic work for over four years at the Institute of Development Studies (UK), negotiation and execution of ADB and World Bank projects, member of the Governing Board of the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and participation as expert/resource person in several international conferences. He was conferred with the United Nations SASAKAWA Award 2019, the most prestigious international award in disaster management.  Dr Mishra has a Ph.D in Economics/Development Studies from the University of Sussex, M.A. in Development Economics at the University of Sussex as also M.A. in Economics with a first class at the Delhi School of Economics and  B.A. Hons. (Economics) with a first class and distinction in other subjects from G.M. College (Sambalpur University) in 1970.   His publications include  The Kutch Earthquake 2001: Recollection Lessons and Insights, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, India (2004). Edited Development and Operation of Agricultural Insurance Schemes in Asia, Asian Productivity Organization, Tokyo, Japan (1999). Agricultural Risk, Insurance and Income: A Study of the Impact and Design of India’s Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme, Avebury, Aldershot, UK (1996).

    Nissan CEO Saikawa resigns

    September 10, 2019
    Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa has resigned his position. His resignation after an internal investigation that revealed falsified documents that boosted his compensation in 2013. The change increased his compensation by about 96.5 million yen (roughly $900,000 at that time), based on current foreign exchange rates. Saikawa was appointed as CEO of Nissan after a 40-year career in April 2017. Previously he served as co-CEO with Ghosn from November 2016. He will be temporarily replaced by chief operating officer (COO) Yasuhiro Yamauchi. A new candidate will be announced by the company in the month of October. The company has formed a committee in June to select the CEO of the company. The committee made up of six company outsiders has now shortlisted 10 possible candidates for the post.

    Rajiv Kumar appointed as the new MD of Microsoft India

    September 10, 2019
    Rajiv Kumar as the new managing director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL). Rajiv, who is currently the Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft's Experiences and Devices) Group. He will replace Anil Bhansali. He will continue as the Corporate Vice President of Cloud & Enterprise. The 27-year long career at Microsoft.  The recent key contributions to Microsoft are Kaizala (an enterprise productivity chat app) and bootstrapping the campus hiring program in India resulting in Microsoft hiring the best talent from premier engineering colleges in India. He is developer in the Visual Basic team to Development Manager in BizTalk and then the Product Unit Manager for the Content Management Server team which became a part of the SharePoint server. Microsoft India Development Center  Microsoft India Development Center (IDC) in MIRPL is one of Microsoft's largest R&D centers outside the company's Redmond headquarters. Set up in 1998, IDC represents Microsoft's strategy of globally shared development to build products and services for driving digital innovation that helps transform individuals and organizations across all industry verticals.  

    Kalraj Mishra took oath as Rajasthan Governor

    September 9, 2019
    Former Union Minister Kalraj Mishra took oath as the new Governor of Rajasthan on 9 September 2019. The oath of office was administered by  Rajasthan High Court (HC) Chief Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat.  Mishra will succeed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh. Mishra is a BJP leader and veteran politician.  In2017, the 78-year-old leader resigned from the Narendra Modi-led government as Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) after he crossed the age of 75 as the BJP's unofficial age limit for holding an elected post. Mishra is one of the tall leaders in Uttar Pradesh politics. He was the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief, member of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

    Vijay Kumar Chopra and Vineet Jain elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman of PTI

    September 9, 2019
    The Board of Directors (BoD) of Press Trust of India (PTI), India’s premier news agency 71st annual general meeting Vijay Kumar Chopra & Vineet Jain elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of PTI. He served as the Chairman of PTI in 2001-02 and 2009-10 & as the  President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS). He was the recipient of Padma Shri award (Literature & Education : 1990), Munshi Prem Chand award (1991) and his name was also entered in Limca Book of Records in 1997 as the writer of the longest travelogue. Vineet Jain, Managing Director (MD) of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited (BCCL), the publisher of Times of India, was elected as Vice-Chairman of PTI. He is the writer of Instances of India..He had earlier served as the chairman of PTI in 2010.

    Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar is the next newly appointed Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Norway

    September 7, 2019
    B Bala Bhaskar appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Norway. The ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Bala Bhaskar (IFS: 1993)appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Norway. He will replace Krishan Kumar heading the Indian mission in Norway since July 2018. An IFS of 1993 batch will take up the assignment shortly. The Joint Secretary of the WANA division of the MEA that deals with all the matters relating to India's trade with WANA region comprising 19 countries.  These countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya and South Sudan.  

    Shri Jaideep Sarkar accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho

    September 5, 2019
    The Ministry of External Affairs appointed Shri Jaideep Sarkar as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho He succeeds Ms. Ruchi Ghanashyam. He is 1987 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS)Officer He served as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa. He worked in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul, and Bangladesh as well. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)  Formed: October 9, 1946 Foreign Secretary: Vijay Keshav Gokhale, IFS Cabinet Secretary: Rajiv Gauba, IAS Headquarters: New Delhi

    President Ram Nath Kovind appoints 5 new Governors

    September 3, 2019
    President of India. Shri Ram Nath Kovind appointed 5 new governors namely Dr.TamilisaiSoundararajan,  Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Kalraj Mishra, Arif Mohammed Khan and BandaruDattatreya for Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. Soundararajan appointed the Governor of Telangana having a separate Governor is a first for the country's newest state. Bandaru Dattatreya put in charge of Himachal Pradesh. Former union minister Arif Mohammad Khan appointed the Governor of Kerala and Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the Governor of Maharashtra. Tamilisai Soundararajan in charge of the BJP in a crucial southern state where it had practically zero presence, owing to the muscular Dravidian politics of the former Chief Ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.  Maharashtra is the only one going for state elections later this year. Mr Koshyari replaces Vidya Sagar Rao, whose five-year term came to an end. Veteran politician Arif Mohammad Khan started his political career with the Congress and had made the rounds of several political parties including Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party before joining the BJP. He is replacing P Sathasivam, the former chief justice of India whose five-year term.

    Lt Gen Manoj Naravane took charge as VCAS

    September 2, 2019
    Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff in New Delhi on 1 September. He replaces Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu superannuated on August 31. Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane: Naravane was earlier heading the Eastern Command of the Indian Army. He was active in Counter Insurgency environments, both in the North East and in J&K. Naravane was a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation PAWAN. Lieutenant General Manoj was awarded the Sena Medal-Distinguished for command of his Battalion in J&K, the Vishisht Seva Medal for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles-North in Nagaland.

    PK Sinha is appointed as OSD in Prime Ministers Office

    September 1, 2019
    Former cabinet Secretary PK Sinha has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Prime Minister's Office (PMO). He will replace Nripendra Misra who is the Principal Secretary of PMO. Sinha's place will be taken by Rajiv Gauba who was appointed as Cabinet Secretary. Nripendra Misra: Nripendra Misra 1967-batch retired IAS officer. He has relieved his position as a senior government official. Misra was the first senior-level appointment created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. He is an outstanding officer who has an excellent grasp of public policy associate degreed administration. Misra had retired as TRAI chairman. PK Sinha : Pradeep Kumar Sinha is the 1977 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is the 31st cabinet Secretary of India. Before this appointment, he served as the Power Secretary of India.

    Union Government appoints nine pvt sector experts as joint secretaries

    August 31, 2019
    The Union government appointed nine private sector specialists in various fields as joint secretaries in various ministries under its lateral recruitment policy. The appointments were cleared by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The nine joint secretaries from among the private sector experts appointed for a period of three years or till further orders. The appointments were cleared by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The nine joint secretaries from among the private sector experts have been appointed for a period of three years or till further orders.They have been deputed to various ministries in Level 14 of the pay matrix as per the Seventh Central Pay Commission . They adding their appointments will be effective from the day they assume charges. Dignitaries appointed are Those who were appointed are: Kakoli Ghosh (Ministry of Agriculture), Amber Dubey (Civil Aviation), Arun Goel (Commerce), Rajeev Saksena (Economic Affairs), Sujit Kumar Bajpayee (Environment, Forests).  The others are Saurabh Mishra (Financial Services), Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale (New and Renewable Energy), Suman Prasad Singh (Road Transport and Highways) and Bhushan Kumar (Shipping).  The posts of joint secretaries are manned by officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS)) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others who are selected through a three-phased rigorous selection process undertaken by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension had invited applications for the posts of joint secretary-rank officers through lateral entry mode in June last year. The lateral entry mode, which relates to the appointment of specialists from the private sector in government organizations, is considered as an ambitious step of the Modi government to bring in fresh talent in bureaucracy.

    Rajiv Gauba is appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary

    August 22, 2019
    The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba is appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. His appointment as Cabinet secretary was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Gauba is a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre. He initially joined as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat. He will now replace the incumbent P K Sinha, who is a 1977 batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Mr.Sinha is the 31st Cabinet Secretary of India.  About Rajiv Gauba: Gauba was born in Punjab. He is a graduate in physics from Patna University. He had served in Jharkhand as the chief secretary before returning to serve in the central government in 2016. Gauba took charge as the home secretary on August 31 in 2017. While serving as the Union home secretary, he has handled issues such as militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, internal security, and the Northeast Maoist problems in the central and east India besides other issues.

    Dr.Ajay Kumar is appointed as Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence

    August 22, 2019
    Dr.Ajay Kumar has been appointed as Defence Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Dr. Kumar will replace Shri Sanjay Mitra as his tenure ends on 23 August.  Mr. Mitra is a 1982-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre. He is currently serving as the Secretary, Department of Defence Production. Other appointments: The ACC has cleared the appointment of Shri Subhash Chandra as Secretary of Defence Production. He is currently the Special Secretary Defence. He will replace Dr. Kumar. Subhash Chandra is a 1986-batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

    Manmohan Singh elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan

    August 21, 2019
    The Former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations for the by-poll ended on 19th August. Manmohan Singh was nominated by the Congress while the BJP did not field any candidate for the by-poll and necessitated due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini. The election announcement was made by the Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur. Singh filed the nomination papers on August 13. Mahesh Joshi, the government's chief whip, received the election certificate on behalf of Singh. The former PM was unanimously and unopposedly elected. Manmohan Singh: Manmohan Singh was born on 26 September 1932 in Gah, (now in) Punjab, Pakistan. In 1947, Singh's family migrated to India. He is an economist and did his doctorate in Oxford. In 1991, India faced a severe economic crisis. In 1991, he became the Finance Minister in P. V. Narasimha Rao led Government. Manmohan Singh was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019. Singh was a member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam for almost three decades. Manmohan Singh is the third Indian prime minister to complete two full terms as the PM. He was the country's Prime Minister for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2014.

    Shavendra Silva appointed as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army

    August 20, 2019
    Sri Lankan field commander appointed the new Army Commander, the President's office announced.Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, 55 take charge as incumbent Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake's service. President Maithripala Sirisena's office announced that Lt Gen Shavendra Silva named as the new army commander.Silva headed the Army's 58th Division in the final battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the final stages of the civil war in 2009.  Silva's name was mentioned in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013. Critics say Silva's appointment as the Army chief may strain Sri Lanka's cooperation in UN Peacekeeping operations and the defence cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka. After the brutal civil war ended, Silva served in New York as Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Mission. According to a United Nations report, some 45,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of the war alone. The United Nations and human rights groups have urged the Sri Lankan government to establish a war crimes tribunal to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity, both by the military and the Tamil militant groups.Sri Lankan governments have resisted attempts to establish an international probe, saying it is an internal issue of the island nation.The promotion of Lieutenant-General General Silva severely compromises Sri Lanka's commitment to promote justice and accountability. UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)  Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Founded: April 2006 Formation: 15 March 2006

    Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed as NIHFWs director

    August 17, 2019
    Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed as the director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare. The proposal of appointment was approved by the appointments Committee of the Cabinet. The cabinet is headed by Prime Minister. National Institute of Health and Family Welfare The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) established on 9th March 1977 by the merger of two national-level institutions namely the National Institute of Health Administration and Education (NIHAE) and the National Institute of Family Planning (NIFP). The NIHFW, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India They acts as an ‘apex technical institute’ as well as a ‘think tank’ for the promotion of health and family welfare programs in the country.

    Alejandro Giammattei was elected as the President of Guatemala

    August 13, 2019
    Alejandro Giammattei was elected as the President of Guatemala in a run-off in the country’s Supreme Electoral Council court. He will assume office on 14 January, 2020. He defeated the former first lady Sandra Torres from the centrist National Unity of Hope party.  He won on his fourth try. He won 58.26% of the votes after 98% of voting centres had been counted. Former first lady Sandra Torres won 40% of votes. Alejandro Giammattei: Alejandro Giammattei is a 63-year-old conservative candidate and former surgeon. He was the director of the country’s prison system. He was involved in a scandal over extrajudicial killings in a prison in Guatemala. In 2010, he was arrested but was acquitted after 10 months in pre-trial detention. Republic of Guatemala: President: Alejandro Giammattei Vice President: Jafeth Cabrera Capital: Guatemala City Currency: Quetzal (GTQ) Official languages: Spanish

    Kandikuppa Sreekant becomes Power Grid CMD

    August 7, 2019
    State-owned Power Grid Corporation Director (Finance) Kandikuppa Sreekant took charge as the company's chairman and managing director. Kandikuppa Sreekant assumed the charge of the chairman and managing director of Power Grid Corporation of India. His tenure of Kandikuppa Sreekant will be till December 31, 2023. He was serving as the Director of Finance of Power Grid. Sreekant is a B.Com (Hons.) graduate, CMA, and PGDBM (finance), He served more than 33 years of experience in the power sector, involving finance and accounting functions, long-term financial planning, investment appraisals, formulation of capital budgets, resource mobilization from domestic and international markets and corporate accounts. Ravi P Singh, director (personnel) held the post of chairman and managing director of the company relinquished the additional charge. .

    Atish Dabholkar is appointed as the new director of Abdus Salam ICTP in Trieste, Italy

    August 2, 2019
    Atish Dabholkar has been appointed as the new director of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. He is a theoretical physicist from India.   Dabholkar will take charge as ICTP director with the rank of Assistant Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He replaces Fernando Quevedo, who has led the centre since 2009.  Dabholkar is currently the head of ICTP’s high energy, cosmology and astroparticle physics section.In 2014, he joined the centre on secondment from Sorbonne Université and the National Center for Scientific Research, where he has been a research director since 2007.

    Mohapatra takes charge as DG of India Meteorological Department

    August 2, 2019
    Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, 54, took charge as the Director General (DG) of India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi. He was appointed as DG by the Ministry of Personnel on 4 June 2019. He will replace K.J. Ramesh, who headed the weather department for over three years. IMD is to request the government to bring new technology for the weather forecasting and provide accurate information of weather. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra: Mohapatra is Odisha-born scientist. He is the first Odia to reach at the top position in IMD. He has led the effective early warning systems for cyclones, including Phailin, Hudhud, Vardah, Titli, Sagar, Mekunu and Fani.  India Meteorological Department: Formed on: 1875 Headquarters: New Delhi Functions under: Ministry of Earth Sciences Minister responsible: Dr. Harsh Vardhan Director General: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra The IMD is responsible for the weather and climate-related forecasts in the country. It is also mandated to issue warning to people about severe weather phenomenon.

    Guruprasad Mohapatra took charge as Secretary DPIIT

    August 2, 2019
    Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of 1986 batch charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPI)  The event is held in New Delhi.He served as Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI).  Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra brought about many changes in AAI’s strategic operations. They planned to achieve greater excellence in the sector of airport infrastructure development not only at the metro airports but also in tier II and tier III cities.He served as Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce, Government of India where he worked for the promotion of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Public Procurement and Project Exports (Financing & Insurance).Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra held the portfolio of Municipal Commissioner in Surat Gujarat and was involved in the process of converting Surat into one of the models of urban governance.The Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad, Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra was instrumental in developing several urban projects like the Sabarmati riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria lakefront, and heritage promotion. He also served as the Transport Commissioner and Commissioner, Commercial Taxes in Gujarat.Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra also held the position of Managing Director in several listed Public Sector Units in India.

    Ravi Capoor assumes Charge as Secretary Textiles

    August 2, 2019
    Ravi Capoor, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1986 batch, assumed charge of the office of Secretary Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi. He is in charge of Mines & Minerals, Forest & Environment, Act East Policy Affairs, and Public Enterprises Department. He had the portfolios of Industry and Commerce. Ravi Capoor worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India from 2011 to 2016 was handling India’s trade with ASEAN, CIS countries, engineering exports and export promotion programme of the Commerce and Industry Ministry. He was also the CEO of India Brand Equity Foundation.He also worked as Executive Director, Petroleum Conservation Research Association and Director in the Ministry of Petroleum from 2004 to 2008. He was involved in the sectors of refining, project management and implementation, pricing and supply and resolving operational issues.He worked as Additional Development Commissioner, Handicrafts in New Delhi from 2002 to 2004. He was Project Director of World Bank Funded Project (1999-2002) on Rural Infrastructure in Assam.Ravi Capoor experience of working in international agencies like the World Bank, European Union, United Nations, Department for International Development in the Primary Education Project with Government of India.

    Hegde Kageri to be the next speaker of Karnataka assembly

    August 1, 2019
    Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Senior BJP MLA, has been selected to become the next speaker of Karnataka assembly. He was the only candidate to file his nomination papers for the post on 30 July. The place fell vacant after K R Ramesh Kumar quit on 29 July. Vishweshwar Hegde Kager: Kageri is a six term MLA from Sirsi. He has also served as the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education in the BJP Government of Karnataka. He was elected to the Karnataka assembly from Ankola assembly seat in 1994.

    Rajiv Kumar is appointed as the new finance secretary

    August 1, 2019
    Rajiv Kumar is appointed as the new finance secretary. The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). He is to head one of the key economic policy making divisions of the government the ministry of finance. He is expected Getting the NBFCs back on their feet is one major thing that needs to be taken up by the finance secretary. Rajiv Kumar: kumar is a 1984-batch IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre. He took over as the financial services secretary in September, 2017. Kumar participated the budget making exercise thrice. He initiated and implemented the 59-minute loan scheme for the MSME sector. Finance secretary: The finance secretary is the senior-most bureaucrat among the five department of the finance ministry namely economic affairs, revenue, expenditure, financial services and department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM). Roles and duties: The function of Kumar and his team of senior bureaucrats is to oversea policies pertaining to regulators such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) and , Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

    Dinesh Bhatia accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Paraguay

    August 1, 2019
    Shri Dinesh Bhatia (IFS batch 1992) ambassador of India to the Republic of Argentina appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Paraguay in Buenos Aires. Present India’s envoy to Argentina Sanjiv Ranjan appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Colombia. Republic of Paraguay Paraguay is a landlocked country between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. The large swaths of swampland, subtropical forest and chaco, wildernesses comprising savanna and scrubland.  Capital: Asunción Currency: Paraguayan guaraní Republic of Colombia Colombia officially known as the Republic of Colombia is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with land and territories in North America. President: Iván Duque Márquez Trending Capital: Bogotá

    Jagdeep Dhankar takes oath as West Bengal Governor

    July 31, 2019
    Jagdeep Dhankhar a former Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. He is a supreme court lawyer sworn in as the 28th governor of West Bengal. The function carried out at the Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.The function in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, state ministers, including urban development minister Firhad Hakim and finance minister Amit Mitra, and other dignitaries. He was administered oath by the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court TBN Radhakrishnan. He succeeded Keshari Nath Tripathy. West Bengal: Capital: Kolkata

    Uttar Pradesh Assembly Fagu Chauhan sworn as new Bihar Governor

    July 30, 2019
    Fagu Chauhan, a six-time member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. He was sworn in as the 29th Governor of Bihar. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Amreshwar Pratap Shahi. Fagu Chauhan won the assembly elections in 1996 and 2002. Mr Chauhan won for the fifth time in May 2007 on the BSP symbol he joined the BJP and won the assembly election for the sixth time from the same seat in March 2017. The function took place at the Raj Bhavan.  He replaced Lalji Tandon who has taken charge as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and several other leaders were present during the ceremony.

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee

    July 29, 2019
    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appointed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The other members elected to the committee from Lok Sabha are Jayant Sinha, Ajay (Teni) Misra, Satya Pal Singh, Subhash Chandra Baheria, Sudheer Gupta, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Vishnu Dayal Ram, Jagadambika Pal and Ram Kripal Yadav (all BJP), T R Baalu (DMK), Rahul Ramesh Shewale (Shiv Sena), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) and Balashowry Vallabbhaneni (YSR Congress Party) and Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD). PAC:  There are a total of 22 members  It includes 15 members from Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament. There are 7 members from Rajya Sabha The upper house of the Parliament headed by a member from the opposition since 1967.  The functions of the committee include an examination of accounts showing the appropriation of sums granted by Parliament for the expenditure of the government, the annual financial accounts of the government. The 7 members from Rajya Sabha in PAC include Rajeev Chandrasekhar, M. V. Rajeev Gowda, Naresh Gujral, Bhubaneswar Kalita, C. M. Ramesh, Sukendu Sekhar Ray and Bhupender Yadav. The three financial standing committees of the parliament includes i. Estimates Committee(Head:  Girish Bhalchandra Bapat)      ii. Committee on Public Undertakings(Head: Meenakshi Lekhi) The parliamentary panel on ‘Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes’ headed by Kirit Premjibhai Solanki.

    Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is appointed as the next Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army

    July 28, 2019
    Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is appointed as the next Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army. He will oversee various operations of the Indian Army including along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. He will take over the position on 15 October 2019. He will replace Lt Gen Anil Chauhan who has been appointed new General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command. Lt Gen Paramjit Singh: Lt Gen Paramjit Singh has vast experience in counter-terror operations. He is currently serving as the General Officer Commanding of the Army's Nagrota-based XVI Corps.  He has extensive experience of counter-terror operations including the 2016 surgical strike. He was involved in the planning of the 2016 surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Kumaraswamy resigns as Karnataka CM after Cong-JD(S) govt falls

    July 25, 2019
    Amid the political crisis in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy resigned from the post after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala on July 23. Highlights: The JDS-Congress coalition lost the trust vote in Karnataka assembly. BJP won the floor test with the support of 105 MLAs. Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Vala accepted Kumaraswamy's resignation and asked him to continue as the caretaker CM "until alternative arrangements are made". Kumaraswamy resignation:  The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed After the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the assembly, ending his 14-month long turbulent tenure.Soon after the government lost the trust vote, Congress' AICC in-charge Karnataka."BJP facilitated this dirty-dealing political drama by offering a huge amount of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs.Along with this, the BJP also misused central agencies like enforcement and Income Tax for blackmailing and horse-trading .The BJP has carried out "one of the biggest political subversions and hawala transactions" A video evidence of BJP leaders offering money to the defected MLAs for destabilising the coalition government and carrying out political horse-trading has been shown even in the legislative assembly. Sixteen  MLAs 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S)  had resigned, while Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh had withdrawn their support to the coalition government, pushing it to the precipice.   About Kumaraswamy Hardana halli Devegowda Kumaraswamy is an Indian politician from the State of Karnataka.He is a former president of the Karnataka State Janata Dal and son of former Prime Minister of India H. D. Deve Gowda.

    Boris Johnson elected as UK Prime Minister

    July 23, 2019
    Boris Johnson elected as the leader of Britain's governing Conservative Party. He is declared as country's next Prime Minister. Johnson will formally take over as Prime Minister. He succeeds Theresa May. She got stepped down over her failure to get parliament to ratify her Brexit deal. Johnson served as UK foreign minister and London's Mayor. Theresa May She is a British politician who has been Leader of the Conservative Party since 23 July 2019. She is the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 She served as an MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008. She was Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 until 2019. She is first elected to be the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in 1997. Boris Johnson Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician  He is Leader of the Conservative Party since 23 July 2019. He is selected as the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 He is the member of MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

    Acharya Devvrat sworn in as the new governor of Gujarat on 22 July

    July 23, 2019
    Acharya Devvrat, 60, sworn in as the new governor of Gujarat on July 22. Gujarat high court's acting chief justice Anant S Dave administered the oath of office at the Raj Bhavan on 22 July. Devvrat is the 20th governor of Gujarat. Acharya Devvrat has replaced O P Kohli. He was the governor of Himachal Pradesh. Acharya Devvrat: Devvrat promotes education for girls. He was associated with the Arya Samaj as he earlier served as the principal of a gurukul, the traditional school, at Kurukshetra in Haryana. He has over 30 years of experience in academics and administration in various capacities. He works towards spreading the Indian culture and Vedic values across the world.

    Justice AK Sikri is appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)

    July 18, 2019
    Former Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri is appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). Justice Sikri will assume charge as an international judge with effect from August 1. His term will expire on January 4, 2021 Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC): SICC was officially launched on 5 January 2015.  SICC is established asa  part of Supreme Court of Singapore, and is a division of the Singapore High Court. SICC deals with international commercial disputes and has 16 international judges in its panel. About A.K Sikri: On July 7, 1999, Justice Sikri was appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court. SIKRI was elevated as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 23, 2012. He served as a Supreme Court as a judge on April 12, 2013.  Sikri  was nominated in January 2018 for appointment to the Commonwealth Secretariat ArbitralTribunal (CSAT) at London in United Kingdom (UK). On 14 May 2019 he was appointed as Chairman of News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).

    Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15

    July 17, 2019
    Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15. Bhusan will take over from ESL Narasimhan, who has served as Governor for Andhra Pradesh since December 2009.   BB Harichandran: He is one of the leaders of the BJP in Odisha. A practising lawyer before coming into politics. Bhusan joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and became its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary till the formation of Janata Party in 1977. He joined the BJP and was its President for Odisha from 1980 to 1988.

    Justice AK Sikri appointed as the Judge of SICC

    July 17, 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Halimah Yacob appointed Justice AK Sikri as judge of the Supreme Court He served as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)  He was effect from August 1, 2019.  His term will expire on January 4, 2021.  SICC has 16 international judges. He retired on March 6, 2019. He served as Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, and Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.  He is appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court in the year 1999. He is appointed as the Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority NBSA).  

    Former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa

    July 15, 2019
    Former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa. He sworn in as DCM on 15 July. He is among the four legislators inducted into the Goa cabinet. The appointment came days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP. Mr.Sawant reshuffled the Goa cabinet on 13 July. Three members of the ally, Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, were dropped to accommodate the new members to the cabinate. The monsoon session of the Goa state Assembly began on 15 July. Chandrakant Kavlekar: Kavlekar is also known as Chandrakant 'Babu' Kavlekar. He is an Indian Politician from the state of Goa. He is a four term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly. On 11 July 2019 he left Indian National Congress and joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

    Kalraj Mishra appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Acharya Devvrat has been transferred to Gujarat

    July 15, 2019
    Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh on July 15. He will replacing Acharya Devvrat. Devvrat has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat. Mr. Mishra: Mr. Mishra, 78, had recently resigned from the Narendra Modi-led government as Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in 2017. He resigned the position as he crossed the age of 75, which is the BJP’s unofficial age limit for holding an elected post. He was a member of Parliament from Deoria constituency in Uttar Pradesh from 2014 to 2019. The Uttar Pradesh leader did not contest the last Lok Sabha election. Mr. Devvrat: Mr. Devvrat, 60, is currently serving as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, since 12 August 2015. He will replace Governor of Gujarat O.P. Kohli, who retires on 15 July.

    Vikas Swarup appointed Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs

    July 14, 2019
    Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup appointed as Secretary, (consular, passport, visa and Overseas Indian affairs) in the External Affairs Ministry According to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry . His appointment will come into effect from August 1, 2019.  He has been appointed as the Secretary, (consular, passport, visa and Overseas Indian affairs) in the External Affairs Ministry It is an effect from August 1, 2019 Swarup, a 1986-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service He is at present India's High Commissioner to Canada.

    Anshula Kant has been appointed as next MD and CFO of the World Bank Group

    July 14, 2019
    The World Bank Group announced that Anshula Kant, an Indian national, has been appointed as its next MD and CFO on 12 July. Anshula Kant is the first woman CFO of the Bank. She will be responsible for financial and risk management. She will be working with Kristalina Georgieva, the Bank’s CEO, to mobilise financial resources. Anushal: Anshula has more than 35 years of expertise in finance, banking, and innovative use of technology. She previously worked as CFO of the State Bank of India. Ms. Kant holds an Honours degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and a postgraduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.  

    MN Rao appointed DG of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

    July 12, 2019
    The central government appointed M Nageswar Rao, Additional Director of CBI as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. He will continue to hold the post till superannuation in July 2020. He will replace former CBI Chief Alok Verma. The Supreme Court held Rao guilty of Contempt of Court for transferring the investigating officer heading the probe in Muzaffarpur shelter home case in violation of the orders of Apex Court. About CBI Headquarters: New Delhi Founder: Government of India Founded: 1963

    Arun Kumar is appointed as the head of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

    July 11, 2019
    Arun Kumar is appointed as the head of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 9 July. He is currently the additional secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.  His appointment was approved by the PM led-Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Department of Personnel and Training issued the order of the appointment.  He will replace B S Bhullar, DGCA Chief. Bhullar was holding the office since 2016. Mr. Kumar is an IAS officer of 1989 batch of Haryana cadre. Mr.Arun was heading the DGCA as an additional charge between 31 May and 9 July 2019.  DGCA: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the regulator of the civil aviation. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It functions under the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The body investigates the aviation accidents and incidents.

    Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar resumed his office as the Force Commander of UNMISS

    July 10, 2019
    Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar has been newly appointed as the Force Commander of the UN mission in South Sudan. He assumed charge in Juba on July 6. The appointment was announced by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in May.  Tinaikar: Tinaikar has a long and distinguished career with the Indian Army spanning over three decades. He graduated from the Indian Military Academy in 1983.  He did his Master of Philosophy (M Phil) in Defence and Strategic Studies from The University of Madras, India. He was awarded in December 2014. He served in the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III from 1996 to 1997. He served in the United Nations Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009. He has served as the Additional Director General of Military Operations at Army Headquarters from 2017 to 2018.  He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal and the Sena Medal for his Distinguished Service.  India is the second highest troop contributor to UNMISS, as of March 2019. India contributed with 2,337 troops deployed with the mission. United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Formed on: 9 July 2011 Headquarters: Juba, South Sudan Head: David Shearer UNMISS is the United Nations's newest peacekeeping mission for the recently independent South Sudan. The unit became independent on 9 July 2011.

    M Nageswar Rao appointed as Director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

    July 9, 2019
    The Central government appointed M Nageswar Rao, Additional Director of CBI as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. He will continue to hold the post till superannuation in July 2020. Former CBI Chief Alok Verma was also given the same post. The Supreme Court held Rao guilty of Contempt of Court for transferring the investigating officer heading the probe in Muzaffarpur. The government decided to remove former agency director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana. Mr. Rao as the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI director.

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