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  • Four PSUs get MDs and CEOs

    2 days ago
    The Finance Ministry appointed managing directors (MDs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) of four PSU banks. The four banks for which new MD & CEOs were announced were Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), United Bank of India (UBI) and Vijaya Bank. Appointments: 1. Bank of India's Executive Director R Koteeswaran has been appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Overseas Bank. 2. Animesh Chauhan, executive director with Central Bank of India will head Oriental Bank of Commerce. 3. Kishore Kumar Sansi, who is currently executive director of Punjab and Sind Bank, will be the new MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank. 4. P Srinivas moves from Bank of Baroda to the United Bank of India as MD and CEO.

    India, Sri Lanka agrees to strengthen military ties

    3 days ago
    India and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbours after security talks. The talks were held between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during a visit to Sri Lanka on 19 January 2020. The move comes after China's economic hit increases in the region.  Highlights: ♦ Both the leaders discussed setting up a maritime research coordination centre  ♦ They also discussed that other nations in the region should be included as observers.  ♦ The two countries also discussed closer military and coastguard cooperation. China's clout: China has remained a long-time regional rival of India. The country has been widening its footprint in the Indian Ocean region, including building ports and expressways. The country has also upgraded the airports in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Sri Lanka has been allied to India. On the other hand, China invested and loaned billions of dollars to the country. Investments of China on Sri Lanka grew under the previous Colombo government too. Sri Lanka was forced to hand over the strategic Hambantota port to China in 2017. The handover was on a 99-year lease after the Sri Lanka government as it was unable to repay loans taken to build it.

    Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as the President of AAI

    3 days ago
    Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as the President of the Archery Association of India (AAI) elections. Arjun Munda defeated his rival BVP Rao by a margin of 34-18 votes. Munda was elected for a full tenure of four years. The AAI elections were held according to the Delhi High Court order. The election was held in the presence of an observer each from World Archery (WA), Sports Ministry and Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Pramod Chandurkar of Maharashtra defeated Maha Singh of Chandigarh by 31-21. Captain Abhimanyu Sharma, Haryana became the senior vice-president with a 32-20 win over G A Ibopishak Sharma, Manipur. A total of 31 state associations were part of the AAI but only 26 states, each having a share of two votes cast their votes. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir did not participate in the electoral college. Result: President: Arjun Munda, Jharkhand Secretary-general: Pramod Chandurkar, Maharashtra Senior vice-president: Capt Abhlrnanyu Sindhu, Haryana Vice presidents: Amarinder Singh-Chandigarh, Rupak Debroy-Tripura, KK Jadam-Rajasthan, Rupesh Kar-Bengal, Chetan Kavleka-Goa, Kanash Murarka-Chhattisgarh, Pala Banylla War Nongbri-Meghalaya, DK Vidyarthi-Madhya Pradesh  Treasurer: Rajendar Singh Tornar-Uttarakhand

    National Book Trust appointed Lt Col Yuvraj Malik as director

    5 days ago
    Lt Col Yuvraj Malik appointed as the Director of the National Book Trust on deputation from the Indian Army. He will replace Sahitya Akademi-awardee writer Rita Chowdhury.  He served with the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Raj Bhawan in Jammu & Kashmir, United Nations Missions in Africa, and several operational areas. National Book Trust came under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The officer served with the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Raj Bhawan in Jammu & Kashmir, United Nations Missions in Africa, and several operational areas in administrative and operational assignments, including Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Punjab, and Rajasthan. The 15 years of administrative experience in various capacities in government organizations.

    Bipul Behari Saha elected as a bureau member of IUPAC

    6 days ago
    A noted chemist Bipul Behari Saha has been elected as a bureau member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He will serve for a period of 2020-23. Currently, he is serving as the Director-R&D, L.R. Research Laboratories Pvt Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NACL Industries Limited, Hyderabad. Saha is only the second Indian to be elected for this prestigious position in over a century. Previously, CNR Rao, former Director of the Indian Institute of Science and Bharat Ratna, held the position in 1979. Bipul Behari Saha: Saha has been served as an Executive Committee Member of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry. He is the first Indian to hold the position. He is also the National Representative of India in the IUPAC Division of Chemistry and Environment and a member of the IUPAC Inter-Divisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development.  He was a Principal Investigator and member of the steering committee of the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative Project which is sponsored by the Government of India. He has carried out research with Nobel Laureate Professor Derek Barton. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC): IUPAC was established in 1919 by chemists from industry and academia for international standardization in chemistry. It is the largest global organization of Chemistry professionals. IUPAC is comprised of 12 Committees and 8 Divisions.  It is responsible to name all new compounds and elements, declare atomic weights and physical constants, update the Periodic table and carry out research projects.

    IPS officer AP Maheshwari appointed as new CRPF DG

    7 days ago
    IPS officer Anand Prakash Maheshwari took over as the new director-general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the world's largest paramilitary force on 15 January 2020. He will retire in February 2021. He will replace ITBP Director General S S Deswal who was given the additional charge to head the CRPF.  AP Maheshwari was handed over the ceremonial DG baton at the CRPF headquarters at Central Government Offices (CGO) complex, New Delhi. Anand Prakash Maheshwari: Anand Prakash Maheshwari is a 1984-batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He was appointed the new CRPF chief on 13 January after its earlier DG R R Bhatnagar retired on 31 December 2019. He was also accorded a guard of honour by force personnel.  He was serving as a special secretary (internal security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs prior to this appointment. He has earlier worked in the CRPF as inspector general (IG) and deputy IG. He has headed the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) and served as an additional DG in the Border Security Force.

    Janak Raj to be the third internal member of the monetary policy committee

    7 days ago
    Janak Raj is expected to be appointed as the third internal member of the central bank in the monetary policy committee (MPC). He is currently serving as Reserve Bank of India's principal adviser in the monetary policy department. He will replace Michael Patra, the executive director of the monetary policy department, who was elevated as deputy governor.  Monetary Policy Committee (MPC): The MPC consists of 6 members, out of which three are RBI's internal members and three are external experts.  As per the law, by default, the Governor and the Deputy Governor of RBI who are in-charge of monetary policy are the two RBI internal members of MPC. The third member could be any RBI officer. Therefore, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and deputy Governor Michael Patra are the two RBI internal members of MPC. Note: RBI has four deputy governors. Two of them are promoted from within the ranks of RBI. And the remaining two, one is a commercial banker and another, an economist.

    Michael Patra is appointed as RBI Deputy Governor

    8 days ago
    The government has appointed Michael Patra as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). He will hold the office for a period of three years.  Michael Patra: Patra is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). He will replace Viral Acharya, who left the post in July 2019. He will be the fourth Deputy Governor of the central bank. He will be in charge of monetary policy and remain on the MPC. Patra is currently the executive director (ED) of the Monetary Policy Department.  Patra holds a doctorate in economics from the Indian Institute of Technology. He was considered a monetary policy hawk.

    Two Indian origin women appointed as the judges to criminal and civil courts

    15 days ago
    Two Indian origin women, Judge Archana Rao and Judge Deepa Ambedkar have been appointed as judges to criminal and civil courts. The judges were appointed by New York mayor Bill de Blasio. Judge Archana Rao is appointed to criminal court of New York and Judge Deepa Ambedkar is appointed to civil court in New York. These appointments were effective from 1 January 2020. Judge Archana Rao: Rao graduated from Vassar College. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. She served with the New York County District Attorney's Office for 17 years. She also worked as the Bureau Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau. In January 2019, she was appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge. In 2013, Judge Archana was included on the Asian Women Prosecutors and the Pursuit of Justice in the 2013 list. Judge Deepa Ambedkar: Judge Ambedkar graduated from the University of Michigan. She received her Juris degree from Rutgers Law School. In May 2018, Ambedkar was appointed as an Interim Civil Court judge. She worked at the New York City Council as a Senior Legislative Attorney and Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety. She also served as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society and Criminal Defense Division.

    Arun Kumar Sahu to be the next High Commissioner of India to Dominica

    16 days ago
    IFS officer Arun Kumar Sahu is appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the mountainous Caribbean island of Dominica. He will be residing in Port of Spain. The appointment was approved by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Currently, Arun Kumar Sahu is serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Arun Kumar Sahu: Arun Kumar Sahu is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of batch 1996. He is an alumnus of Ravenshaw University in Cuttack and Chandra Sekhar Behera Zilla School in Sambalpur. He holds a Master's Degree in War in Modern World from King's College London and a Master's degree in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was posted as the Deputy High Commissioner in the High Commission of India, Ottawa. He also served as the Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and Deputy Director-General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

    Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed as an advisor to the Lt Governor of JK

    16 days ago
    IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed as an advisor to the Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He recently retired as the Director-General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The position in the paramilitary force remained vacant for nearly two months after the retirement of K Durga Prasad on 28 February 2019. The role of the Advisor includes assisting the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir in the effective discharge of his functions. The appointment will be effective from the date from which he assumes charge. G C Murmu is the LG of Jammu Kashmir UT since its creation on 31 October 2019. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar: Bhatnagar is a 1983-batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He retired as the DG CRPF on 31 December 2019. He headed the 3.25 lakh personnel force for over two and a half years. His appointment comes at a time when the CRPF has suffered reverses in the theatre of Naxal violence and is dealing with mounting protests in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Babita Rayudu takes charge as SEBI Executive Director

    21 days ago
    G Babita Rayudu took charge as its executive director. Rayudu will handle the legal affairs department, enforcement department, and special enforcement cell. He was in the legal affairs department in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the regulator added. SEBI has eight other executive directors, the regulator's website showed. SEBI The Securities and Exchange Board of India is the Regulator for the Securities market in India owned by the Government of India. Founded: 12 April 1992

    Air Marshal MSG Menon VSM assumes charge as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration

    21 days ago
    Air Marshal MSG Menon VSM takes over Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force effect from 01 Jan 2020. Air Marshal MSG Menon VSM commissioned in the Administrative branch of IAF in Dec 1982. He undergone Higher Air Command Course from the College of Air Warfare. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College Wellington and the prestigious National Defence College. The Air Marshal is a Cat AYE Air Traffic Controller commanded an operational radar unit at a significant flying station. He was a member of the first UN Mission to Sudan. He served as the Commandant of the prestigious Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore, and Principal Director Ops (Air Traffic Services). Air Vice-Marshal. Air Marshal commended by the VCAS in the year 2007. Honourable President of India awarded him the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) in the year 2016.

    VK Yadav take charges as Railway Board Chairman for one more year

    21 days ago
    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the re-employment of V K Yadav as the Chairman of Railway Board for one year. Yadav took charge as Railway Board Chairman from Ashwani Lohani retired from the post in December 2018. Yadav earlier held the post of General Manager of South Central Railway (SCR). He is an electrical engineer and belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers.

    H K Joshi Takes Charge As CMD Of Shipping Corporation Of India

    24 days ago
    Shipping Corporation of India appointed as H.K. Joshi, Chairperson & Managing Director (CMD). The company holds the additional charge of the post of Director (Finance) of the company for three months with effect from 19 December 2019. Shipping Corporation of India Shipping Corporation of India is a Government of India Public Sector Enterprise with its headquarters in Mumbai.

    N Thirumala Naik appointed new labour commissioner

    24 days ago
    The IAS cadres appointed as Dr Noonsavath Thirumala Naik as the new Labour Commissioner. Dr Naik, Director of Fisheries replaced Niranjan Sahu appointed as the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Northern Division), Sambalpur. IG of Registrations, Cuttack, Prasanta Kumar Senapati was elevated to the grade of super time scale in IAS with effect from January 1, 2020, and appointed as Director of OBC, ST & SC Development and M&BCW Department.The General Administration & Public Grievance Department, Health & Family Welfare Additional Secretary Susanta Mohapatra was appointed as the Director of Estates & Ex-Officio Additional Secretary of GA & PG Department with a promotion that would come into effect from Jan 1. V Jaya Kumar of the GA & PG Department was appointed as Director of Ayush.  IAS cadre.Mayurbhanj Additional District Magistrate Aboli Sunil Naravane appointed as the Additional District Magistrate, Rourkela. The additional charge of Vice-Chairman of the Rourkela Development Authority.

    Former Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar appointed as Principal Secretary in West Bengal

    27 days ago
    West Bengal government appointed former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar as principal secretary in the Information, Technology and Electronics Department. The IPS officer replaces Debasish Sen, who was holding additional charges of the department as the additional chief secretary. Debasish Sen Debasish Sen will be CMD of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HIDCO) with additional charge of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority as its chairman.  It was part of Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the Saradha chit fund scam along with other chit-fund cases. Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments.

    Hemant Soren to take oath as Jharkhand CM on December 29

    27 days ago
    Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu will take the oath of office to chief minister-designate Hemant Soren on December 29. Governor Droupadi Murmu will administer the oath to Hemant Soren as chief minister on December 29 at Morabadi Ground (in Ranchi).  Soren called on the governor at the Raj Bhavan on December 24 to claim to form the government and submitted a letter of support of 50 MLAs. The governor invited Soren to take oath as the chief minister. The JMM-Congress-RJD alliance stormed to power in Jharkhand on December 23, ousting the BJP in yet another state in the Hindi heartland after the saffron party's stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The three-party alliance bagged 47 seats in the 81-member state Assembly. The JMM won 30 seats, Congress 16 and the RJD one. JVM(P) with its three MLAs extended unconditional support to Soren to form the government. The BJP clinched 25 seats, AJSU Party two, the CPI-ML(Liberation) and the NCP one each. The results of the election held in five phases between November 30 and December 20 announced on December 23.

    Niranjan Hiranandani takes over as Assocham President

    28 days ago
    Niranjan Hiranandani took over as the new president of the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham), the country’s apex organization of industry and trade. He succeeds Balkrishan Goenka, the Welspun Group Chairman. Niranjan Hiranandani is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group of Companies. Hiranandani Group of Companies. It is is one of the Top Real Estate Builders in Mumbai.It is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur, co-founder and managing director of Hiranandani Group. He is ranked by Forbes among the 100 richest Indians.

    Sangita Reddy appointed as the President of FICCI for 2019-20

    30 days ago
    Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) announced the appointment of Uday Shankar, APAC President, and Chairman – The Walt Disney Company. He is also the chairman of the FICCI Media and Entertainment Committee. He served as the chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox for Asia before his association with Walt Disney. Uday Shankar Shankar, who joined FICCI as vice president in December 2018, helped transform the media and broadcast industry. He has also led many initiatives, including self-regulation and digitization, which reformed the industry.Shankar, who is a journalist at the forefront of many initiatives in the television news sector.  The first 24-hour news channel in India. He was also instrumental in launching Aaj Tak and Headlines Today. FICCI named Sangita Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals Group as president, and Sanjiv Mehta, HUL chairman, and MD as vice president.

    Monisha Ghosh named as first woman CTO at FCC in US

    31 days ago
    Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology. Dr Ghosh will take charge on January 13. She replaces Dr Eric Burger. Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government created by statute to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Founder: Franklin D. Roosevelt Founded: 19 June 1934 Headquarters: Washington

    Shiv Das Meena appointed as Chairman of Patna Metro Rail Corporation

    31 days ago
    Shiv Das Meena assumed the charge of Chairman of Patna Metro Rail Corporation Limited (PMRC). He belongs to the 1989-Batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre and an additional secretary and CVO in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). Meena took charge of Chairman, PMRC, on December 14, 2019. He served as Chairman of NBCC (India) Limited, Joint Secretary, MoHUA, and Ministry of Urban Development, Principal Secretary Public & Rehabilitation Department, Government of Tamilnadu, and Principal Secretary to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister among others.The central government nominated three more officers as a member of Patna Metro Rail Corporation. The Ministry of Railways will appoint the fourth member. The Bihar government nominated five members in the Board of directors of PMRC, including principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad who is acting as the Managing Director. The state government needs to get prior approval of the Central government in future decisions related to the Patna Metro rail project.  

    Justice Gulzar Ahmed sworn-in as 27th Pak Chief Justice

    32 days ago
    Justice Gulzar Ahmed appointed as the 27th Chief Justice of Pakistan. He takes over from Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, whose tenure came to an end after serving the country's top judge from January this year. The new Chief Justice will remain in office till February 21, 2022. President Arif Alvi administered the oath to Justice Ahmed. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Cabinet members, serving and retired judges of the Supreme Court and lawyers, and others were present at the ceremony. Pakistan's law ministry notified the appointment of Justice Ahmed as the country's new Chief Justice. Justice Ahmed was born on February 2, 1957, in Karachi and obtained education from Gulistan School in Karachi. He got BA degree from Government College and L LB degree from SM Law College. Justice Ahmed Justice Ahmed born on February 2, 1957, in Karachi and obtained education from Gulistan School in Karachi. He became an advocate of the High Court in 1988 and an advocate of the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2001. Justice Ahmed was elected as honorary secretary of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi, for the year 1999-2000.

    Sethuraman Panchanathan to be appointed as the National Science Foundation

    34 days ago
    The US President Donald Trump has chosen Indian-American computer scientist Sethuraman Panchanathan to lead the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will replace France Cordova when her 6-years-old term as the NSF Director ends in 2020. The position of NSF Director will be fixed by the Senate of the state. Sethuraman Panchanathan: Panchanathan is a 58-years-old. He is currently serving as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at the Arizona State University (ASU). He was appointed as Senior Advisor for Science and Technology by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey in 2018. He is also the Founding Director of the Centre for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at the ASU.  National Science Foundation (NSF): Formed on: 10 May 1950 Headquarters: Alexandria, U.S Director: France A. Cordova NSF is a United States government agency. It supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Air Marshal D Choudhury is the new Commandant of National Defence College

    37 days ago
    Air Marshal D Choudhury took charge as Commandant of National Defence College on 16 December 2019. He previously served as the Senior Air Staff Officer at the Headquarters of Western Air Command, New Delhi. He replaced Vice Admiral Srikant.  Air Marshal Choudhury: Air Marshal Choudhury is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA). He is also an alumnus of the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. He did his Post Graduate in Strategy and International Security from King's College London. He has an M.Phil degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. He was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 22 December 1983. He has a good operational flying experience on all variants of the Su-30, MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29 aircraft. He has served as a Fighter Combat Leader, Instrument Rating Examiner, commanded a frontline fighter Squadron and two frontline fighter bases apart from heading the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment and the Composite Battle Response and Analysis (COBRA) Group. He has held important appointments at the Air Headquarters and operational Command Headquarters.

    Sridhar Patra was appointed as the CMD of NALCO

    37 days ago
    Sridhar Patra was appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director of the National Aluminium Company (NALCO). Patra is currently serving as the Director (Finance) in the National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO). He will be serving as the CMD of NALCO till the date of his superannuation, i.e. 31 October 2024. NALCO: NALCO was incorporated in 1981. It is a Navratna group A CPSE that functions under the Ministry of Mines. Indian GOvernment holds 52% equity of NALCO. It is headquartered at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

    Richard Ventre is named as the CIO of APSEZ

    37 days ago
    Richard Ventre has been appointed as the Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Ventre's role will include executing the technology strategy that enables APSEZ's vision to become a leading integrated logistics and port company. Richard Ventre: Previously, Richard Ventre served as Senior Global IT Director of Maersk APM Terminals based in the Netherlands. He is an accomplished IT professional with 15 years of experience in IT with a diversified portfolio of managing. APSEZ: APSEZ is one of the largest commercial ports operators in India. It was founded on 26 May 1998 by Gautam Adani. It is headquartered at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The CEO of APSEZ is Karan Adani. The company accounts for nearly one-fourth of the cargo movement in the country.

    Anita Praveen is appointed as the additional secretary in DoT

    37 days ago
    Anita Praveen is appointed as the additional secretary in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications. The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Praveen will report to the telecom secretary Anshu Prakash. Anita Praveen: Praveen is currently serving as an additional secretary and finance advisor, Department of Posts (DOP). She is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1989 batch Tamil Nadu cadre. She has previously served in the Department of Commerce as a joint secretary.  Department of Telecommunications (DoT): DoT functions under the department of the Ministry of Communications. It is headquartered in New Delhi, India. The Minister responsible is Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre and the Chairman of Telecom Commission and Telecom Secretary is Anshu Prakash.

    Former PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been elected as the President of Algeria

    37 days ago
    The former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was declared the winner of Algeria's Presidential election 2019. The election was held on 12 December 2019. He received over 58% of votes in the poll. The former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to step down in April 2019 following mass protests. Abdelmadjid Tebboune: ♦ The newly elected President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has served in the government for decades. Tebboune has served as the Minister-Delegate for Local Government from 1991 to 1992. From 1999 to 2000, he served in the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as Minister of Communication and Culture and then as Minister-Delegate for Local Government from 2000 to 2001. He served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning from 2001 to 2002. In 2012, he returned to the post of Minister of Housing in the government of Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal. ♦ The 74-year-old has served as housing minister under Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He served as the Prime Minister for three months before getting sacked in May 2017.

    Nagaland Governor R N Ravi to take additional charge of the State Meghalaya

    37 days ago
    Nagaland Governor R N Ravi has been given additional charge of the State Meghalaya. The appointment was announced by the President of India. In addition to his own duties, the Governor of Nagaland will discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya during the absence of Tathagata Roy, the Governor of Meghalaya. Can a governor be appointed for 2 or more states? Article 153 of Constitution: The Article says that there shall be Governor for each state. The seventh Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 has facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.

    Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane to be the next Chief of Army Staff

    37 days ago
    Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed as the next Chief of Army Staff (CAS). He will be leading the 1.3 million-strong force. Naravane is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army.  The current Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat will be retiring on 31 December after a period of three-years. Bipin Rawat is expected to be appointed as India's first Chief of Defence Staff. Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane: Naravane was appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCAS) in September 2019. Previously, he was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India's nearly 4,000 km border with China. He has experience of 37 years of service. Lt Gen Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in field, peace, and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast. He has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Kashmir and has served in the Assam Rifles and has been posted as defence attache to Myanmar.

    Sanjiv Kapoor stepped down as the Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara

    38 days ago
    Vistara's Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Sanjiv Kapoor has resigned from the post on 16 December 2019. He will be working with the airline till 31 December 2019. Kapoor had resigned due to personal reasons. Vinod Kannan, Vistara's Chief Strategy Officer will replace as the CCO.  Vistara: Founded on: 2013 Headquarters: Gurgaon Chairman: Bhaskar Bhat CEO: Leslie Thng The Indian full-service airline is a joint venture (JV) between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. The airlines have its hub in Indira Gandhi International Airport. Tata Sons holds 51% stake and Singapore Airlines owns the remaining 49% stake. 

    Ankur Garg is appointed as chief commercial officer of AirAsia India

    38 days ago
    AirAsia India appointed Ankur Garg as its chief commercial officer (CCO). The announcement was made by the company on 15 December. Before this appointment, Garg worked as the vice-president of revenue management at IndiGO. He quit the job recently. Ankur Garg will replace Mr. Sanjay Kumar, AirAsia India's Chief Operation Officer (COO). He will be in charge of areas such as marketing and sales, network and revenue management, and cargo. He will be reporting to Sunil Bhaskaran, MD, and CEO, AirAsia India. AirAsia India: Founded on: 28 March 2013 Parent company: Tata Group Headquarters: Bangalore, India Chairman: S. Ramadorai CEO: Sunil Bhaskaran AirAsia India began its operations in June 2014. It currently has a fleet of 27 A320 aircraft and flies to 21 destinations in India. It is a joint venture between the Tata Sons, who holds 51% stake, and AirAsia Berhad, who holds a 49% stake, of the airline. It is the fourth largest low-cost carrier in India.

    TV Somanathan is appointed as expenditure secretary in the finance ministry

    40 days ago
    The government appointed TV Somanathan as an expenditure secretary in the finance ministry. Somanathan will replace Girish Chandra Murmu, who was named the first lieutenant governor of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir in October.  TV Somanathan: TV Somanathan is a 1987 batch IAS officer from the Tamil Nadu cadre. Somanathan served as a commercial tax commissioner and principal secretary, Planning & Development, in the Tamil Nadu government. He was awarded the Gold Medal for the Best IAS trainee of his cohort. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Calcutta University and is a chartered accountant, chartered management accountant, and chartered secretary.

    Ravi Mittal is appointed as the new Information and Broadcasting Secretary

    41 days ago
    Ravi Mittal has been appointed as the new Information and Broadcasting Secretary. He will replace  Mr. Amit Khare who has been appointed as the new secretary of the Department of Higher Education. The appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of Union Cabinet (ACC). Ravi Mittal: Ravi Mittal belongs to a 1986 batch of Bihar Cadre of Indian Administrative Service. He is currently serving as the Special Secretary in the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. Other appointments: Mr. Sushil Kumar has been appointed as the Mines Secretary. Mr.Praveen Kumar is appointed as the Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Rajesh Bhushan has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Rural Development.

    Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary West in MEA

    42 days ago
    Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup is appointed as the Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs. The Appointments Committee (ACC) of the Cabinet has approved the appointment.  Vikas Swarup: Swarup is a 1986 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. As the Secretary (West), he will be responsible for India's affairs with the UK and other European nations.  Sanjay Bhattacharyya: In another appointment, career diplomat Sanjay Bhattacharyya has been appointed Secretary of Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs. Bhattacharyya is a 1987 batch IFS officer. He is currently India's Ambassador in Turkey.

    C. Rajaram is appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana

    42 days ago
    C. Sugandh Rajaram has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana. Rajaram is presently the Consul General, Consulate General of India to Southern Germany.  He will replace Birender Singh Yadav as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs. C. Sugandh Rajaram: Mr. Sugandh Rajaram is an IFS officer of 2001 batch. He is an electronics engineer by graduate. He began his diplomatic career at the Indian Mission, Moscow. The career diplomat served in the Indian Diplomatic Missions in Jakarta and later in New York. He has also served at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi. He monitored India's relations with Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He has served to Southern Germany and dealt with Media Relations & Public Diplomacy in the Foreign Office.

    Actor Suniel Shetty is appointed as the brand ambassador for NADA

    43 days ago
    National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) appointed Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty as the brand ambassador for the agency in New Delhi. It is expected that the celebrity status will help NADA's efforts to clean up sports in the country from the menace. NADL suspension: In 2019, more than 150 athletes have failed dope tests. Of the 150, one-third of offenders are the bodybuilders. The National Anti-Doping Laboratory (NADL) was suspended by NADA in 2019. Because of this, dope samples collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency from the athletes will have to be tested outside India. National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL): NDTL is the analytical testing and research organization in India. It was established in 2008. It functions under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. This laboratory is responsible for human sports dope testing. 

    Sri Lanka appointed as a military officer as spy chief

    44 days ago
    Sri Lanka, a military officer, appointed as head of the country's main intelligence agency. Brigadier Suresh Sallay, former director of Military Intelligence appointed as head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS). It is the first time in the history of Sri Lanka that a military officer appointed as head of the SIS. His appointment comes three weeks after former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president promising greater security. The three-decade civil war of the island nation against the Tamil Eelam Liberation Tigers (LTTE) during his tenure as secretary of defense. He survived an assassination attempt carried out by the LTTE with minor injuries. Brigadier Sallay's predecessor, Nilantha Jayawardana attached to the police headquarters. Jayawardana accused by the island's suspended police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, for not taking seriously the intelligence shared by India, which warned of an imminent attack by the extremist group. The SIS did not share the information warnings with the police department initiated actions to alert its older men but had no comments from the main spy agency. The 250 people died in eight coordinated suicide bomb attacks carried out by a local jihadist group on April 21. Two days after the attacks, Jayasundara said Sirisena asked him to take responsibility for the failure to avoid the bombings and resign in exchange for a diplomatic post.

    Girish Chandra Chaturvedi appointed as the new chairman of NSE

    44 days ago
    Public Interest Director Girish Chandra Chaturvedi has been appointed as the new chairman of the leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange (NSE). The appointment was approved by the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The position has been lying vacant after the resignation of Ashok Chawla as the chairman of NSE in January 2019. Girish Chandra Chaturvedi: Mr. Chaturvedi is a retired IAS officer and former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He completed M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, University of London, United Kingdom and M.Ss Physics from the University of Allahabad. He held various key positions including Special Director General of Finance & Accounts, Organizing Committee Commonwealth Games, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Additional Secretary & Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Additional/Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. He also served in various capacities at important positions in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh. National Stock Exchange: Founded in: 1992 Location: Mumbai, India MD & CEO: Girish Chandra Chaturvedi

    Anuranjita Kumar to exit from RBS Bank

    45 days ago
    Anuranjita Kumar, MD & Head of HR, at the Royal Bank Of Scotland has announced her exit from the UK bank. Her exit comes almost two years after she joined the bank in September 2017. It is after a 22-year stint at Citibank. Anuranjita Kumar: Anuranjita Kumar joined the bank in September 2017. She led a variety of initiatives, especially in the D&I space including a medical cover for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples. She created an improved growth prospects for women in the technology space through the Women In Tech Forum amongst others.  She is a business management graduate from XLRI. She began her professional journey at Procter & Gamble in 1994. She joined Citibank in 1995. She worked across geographies, the US, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South Asia before joining RBS in 2017.  The Royal Bank Of Scotland: RBS was founded in 1727. It is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. It is owned by NatWest Holdings.  CEO: Alison Rose Chairman: Howard Davies

    Ripu Daman Bevli is appointed as the Plogging Ambassador of India

    47 days ago
    Ripu Daman Bevli has been appointed as the Plogging Ambassador of India. The appointment was announced by the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju on the Fit India Plogging Run. The minister also launched the nation-wide Plogging Ambassador Mission under which, Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities, towns or districts, will be nominated as Plogging Ambassadors of their region. Ripu Daman Bevli: Ripu Daman Bevli is India's first plogger. His mission is to Run to make Litter Free India which is in line Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat campaign. Fit India Plogging Run: Fit India Plogging Run was launched on 2 October 2019. The event concluded at Delhi's Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. The run covered 50 cities across the country. Over 36 lakh people from 62,000 locations participated across the country. It was organized jointly by Sports Authority of India (SAI), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS), NGOs, KendriyaVidalaya and several other organizations. Plogging Run: It is a combination of jogging while picking up litter. Indian has pledged its support by organizing the Fit India Plog Run.

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

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

    Sundar Pichai has become CEO of Alphabet

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

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

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

    Masatsugu Asakawa elected as the President of ADB

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

    Ursula took charge as the President of European Commission

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

    Lt Gen Rajeshwar took charge as CINCAN

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

    Soma Roy appointed as the new Controller General of Accounts

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

    Hari Mohan took charge as the chairman of OFB

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

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