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  • SC appoints former justice Lokur to monitor steps to prevent stubble burning

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    The Supreme Court has appointed Justice Madan B Lokur, a former judge of the Supreme Court, as a one-person monitoring committee to prevent stubble burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, amid rising levels of pollution in the national capital and adjoining regions. Highlights: ♦ The judgment was passed by the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice SA Bobde while hearing a PIL filed by two environmental activities as directions to ensure the implementation of the complete ban on stubble burning. ♦ Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and chief secretaries of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were directed to help the Lokur panel. ♦ The concerned state governments are asked to provide secretarial, security and financial facilities to this committee. The committee is directed to submit its report to the Supreme Court in 15 days, with the next hearing on October 26, 2020. ♦ The committee will be assisted by state chief secretaries and also by National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) and Bharat Scouts.

    Vishal V Sharma appointed as India's next permanent representative to UNESCO.

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    Vishal V Sharma has been selected as the next permanent representative of India to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He was selected with the rank of ambassador.  Highlights: ♦ Vishal V Sharma was appointed as the replacement of Jawed Ashraf. ♦ He was appointed to the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO. ♦ On November 16, 1945 UNESCO was founded and had its headquarters at Paris, France. ♦ Head of UNESCO is Audrey Azoulay.

    IWF appoint Michael Irani as interim President

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    The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on October 16, 2020, announced the appointment of Michael Irani as its interim President. Michael Irani was appointed after the resignation of IWF President Tamás Aján. International Weightlifting Federation (IWF): International Weightlifting Federation was founded in 1905 and had its headquarters at Budapest, Hungary. Michael Irani: Michael Irani was born in Bombay, who is a leading physician in Rheumatology and works as a Consultant Rheumatologist at Ashford Hospital NHS Trust. Irani was the former Chairman of the anti-doping Commission of IWF. And he was also a member of the IWF Medical Committee since 1992. He served as the President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) Medical Committee from 1995 to 1999.

    Lt General M V Suchindra Kumar assumed command of Jammu-based 16 Corps

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    Lieutenant General M V Suchindra Kumar assumed charge as the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Indian Army's elite 16 Corps, known as White Knight Corps. He succeeded Lt Gen Harsha Gupta. XVI Corps (India): The XVI Corps of the Indian Army was established on 1 June 1972. It is headquartered at Nagrota Cantonment, Nagrota, Jammu district, Jammu & Kashmir. 16 Corps is a branch of the Indian Army. White Knight Corps is a Part of the Army Northern Command. 

    KVIC appointed Fashion Icon Sunil Sethi as Advisor

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    Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has appointed Shri Sunil Sethi, a leading personality in the Indian fashion industry, as its advisor. Sethi will advise the Commission on latest design interventions in the readymade garments segment and promotion of Khadi in India and abroad. He appointment is be for a tenure of one year. Sunil Sethi: Mr Sethi has a career spannig of four decades of experience in global merchandising. He has contributed significantly to the growth of Indian design, handicrafts, and the textile industry via many innovative and successful initiatives. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India. Sethi has been working to take Indian fashion industry global. Sethi has played advisory roles in various government bodies like Ministry of Textile, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, the National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy, and HHEC.  He has also served as Member, Board of Governors, at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

    Shri Narendra Singh Tomar assumed charge of Ministry of Food Processing Industries

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    Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assumed charge as the Minister of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) in Panchsheel Bhawan on 23 September 2020. The Minister met all the senior officials and reviewed the schemes of the ministry. Tomar currently holds the charge of the Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Minister of Rural Development, and Minister of Panchayati Raj. The main objective of the Ministry is to: ♦ Reduce the wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by developing infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro-food produce Improve farmer's income by better utilization and value addition of agricultural produce ♦ Encourage Research & Development (R&D) in food processing for product and process development. ♦ It aims to improved package policy support, and support for the creation of Infrastructure ♦ To increase capacity expansion/ Upgradation and other supportive measures form the growth of these sectors; ♦ Introduce advanced & modern technology into the food processing industries from both external and domestic sources ♦ Promote the export of processed food products.

    UN named Indian teenager Udit Singhal to 2020 Class of Young Leaders for SDGs

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    The United Nations has named Udit Singhal, an 18-year-old youngster from India has been named to the 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It is the highest-profile recognition opportunity for youngsters in the UN. Udit Singhal: Udit Singhal is the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero-waste ecosystem that addresses the growing menace of glass waste in Delhi. Under the initiative, empty glass bottles are prevented from being dumped into landfills and are crushed into commercially valuable sand. His initiative has stopped over 8,000 bottles from being dumped in landfills and produced 4,815 kg of high-grade silica sand so far. Young Leaders for the SDGs initiative: The Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth organizes the Young Leaders for the SDGs initiative on a biennial basis. This initiative is the UN's highest-profile recognition opportunity for young people who are leading efforts to combat the world issues and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs.

    Colonel Dr Girija Mungali appointed in Asian Football Confederation task-force

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    Retd. Colonel Dr. Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed a member of the Asian Football Confederation's task force. Teh task force consists of 7 members. The force aims to regulate football clubs in Asia and Australia.  Colonel Dr Girija Mungali: Mungali is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Club Licensing Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). He is the only Indian to be appointed on this committee. With this appointment, he plans to use the platform to create and promote opportunities for upcoming and young footballers especially from the rural areas of India. His appointment was made on September 15 by Dato' Windsor John, the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation. Mungali will be on the panel till 2023.

    Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

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    Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh has been elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha for the second time. Harivansh's name was proposed by the BJP president JP Nadda. The opposition had fielded Manoj Jha, an RJD member.    Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh: Shri Harivansh hails from a poor family based in a Bihar. The 64-year-old JD-U leader is a post-graduate in Economics from Banaras Hindu University. He holds a Diploma in Journalism. He worked for social causes for nearly four decades, he entered Parliament in 2014. He was elected as the deputy chairperson from August 2018 to April 2020 when his Rajya Sabha term ended. Harivansh has been re-elected for a six-year term of the Upper House. The way Harivansh conducted the proceedings of the House strengthens democracy.

    Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Election Commissioner

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    Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner. Mr Kumar will replace Commissioner Ashok Lavasa. Rajiv Kumar will assume office when the Commissioner Ashok Lavasa leaves his office on 31st August 2020. The outgoing Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa will join Asian Development Bank (ADB) as its vice president. Rajiv Kumar: Rajiv Kumar is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1984 batch from Jharkhand cadre. Kumar has over 30 years of experience in public policy and administration across various sectors. He holds B.Sc and LLB degrees, along with a masters in public policy and sustainability. Kumar served as the secretary, Department of Financial Services in the month of September, when most of the public sector banks (PSBs) were in losses. In 2019, he was designated as finance secretary. He played a major role in the major merger of 10 PSBs into four. As financial services secretary, he took several policy decisions to promote responsive and responsible banking. Kumar also undertook a massive Rs.3 lakh crore recapitalisation of banks during his tenure. He also initiated and implemented the 59-minute loan scheme for the MSME sector. Prior to his experience in finance ministry, he served as the establishment officer (EO) in the personnel ministry. During his term in the personnel ministry, Kumar introduced a 360 degree appraisal system for promotion and empanelment of senior bureaucrats. He also worked to streamline the promotion and appointment process done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). A compendium of guidelines pertaining to board-level appointments in the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) was issued by Kumar when he worked as the EO in 2017.

    Satya Pal Malik appointed as Governor of Meghalaya

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    Satya Pal Malik took charge as Governor of Meghalaya on 18 August 2020. He replaced Tathagata Roy who completed his five-year tenure on the gubernatorial post. Satya Pal Malik who is currently serving as the Governor of Goa was transferred and appointed as Governor of Meghalaya. Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been asked to discharge the functions of the Goa governor in addition to his own duties. Roy completed his five-year tenure by serving as governor of Tripura for 3 years and the remaining 2 years in Meghalaya. Satya Pal Malik: Satya Pal Malik started his political career at Meerut University as a student leader. In 1974, he became the MLA of Charan Singh's Bhartiya Kranti Dal from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh. In 1984, he joined the Congress and became its Rajya Sabha MP. In 1988, he switched to the VP Singh-led Janta Dal and became an MP from Aligarh. In 2004, Malik joined the BJP. He is the first career politician to be appointed as the governor of J&K in 51 years after Karan Singh, whose term had ended in 1967. He is the current governor of J&K. He was given the additional charge to serve as governor of Odisha till 28 May 2018.  

    IRS Patanjali assumed charge as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai

    70 days ago
    Senior IRS Shri. Patanjali has assumed charge as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr. CCIT), Mumbai on 10th August 2020. Prior to this, Patanjali served as the Director-General of Income Tax, Investigation Wing, Bengaluru for the state of Karnataka & Goa. Patanjali: Shri Patanjali is one of the senior-most Indian Revenue Service officers (IRS). He began his career in Mumbai from May 1997 to April 2007. He worked in Bhopal, Indore, Bengaluru, and Gwalior and has wide experience of different verticals in the Income Tax Department like Administration, Investigation, Assessment, and Tax Deducted at Source (TDS). He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. Shri Patanjali is the founder of 'Vanya Organic', a widely acclaimed food forest initiative. He is working extensively for the ‘Regenerative Farming’ for almost two decades as an ecological solution.

    Prof. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Joshi took oath as Chairman of UPSC

    72 days ago
    Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi took the oath of office and secrecy as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 7 August 2020. The oath office was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, the outgoing Chairman of the Commission. Prior to this Prof.(Dr.) Joshi served as a Member of UPSC. Highlights: Prof.(Dr.) Joshi joined the Commission as Member on 12th May 2015. Prior to joining the Commission, he held the post of Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission and Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission. He served as Director, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). In his illustrious academic career, Prof.(Dr.) Joshi taught more than 28 years at the post-graduation level and held several important posts in various policy-making, academic and administrative bodies. A specialist in the field of Financial Management, Prof.(Dr.) Joshi has published and presented research papers in several national and international conferences and seminars.

    Sashidhar Jagdishan to be the new CEO of HDFC Bank

    75 days ago
    Sashidhar Jagdishan is to be the next Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HDFC Bank. He will replace Aditya Puri as the head of the private sector lender. The RBI on August 4 approved the appointment of Sashidhar Jagdishan as MD & CEO of HDFC Bank for three years. Sashidhar Jagdishan: Sashidhar Jagdishan has worked with the bank for nearly 25 years. He has played a critical role in supporting the growth trajectory of the lender. Jagdishan is currently serving as the Group Head and Change Agent of the Bank. Jagdishan became HDFC's Business Head–Finance in the year 1999. Sashidhar was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2008.

    Ashwini Kumar Tewari assumes charge as MD and CEO of SBI Card

    76 days ago
    Ashwini Kumar Tewari has assumed as its new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SBI Cards & Payment Services (SBI Card) with effect from 1 August 2020. Tewari has replaced Hardayal Prasad who retired on July 31, 2020. His appointment will further strengthen the SBI Card's market share and propel the business to new milestones. Ashwini Kumar Tewari: Prior to the appointment, since 2017, Ashwini Kumar Tewari held the position of the country head of US Operations at State Bank of India (SBI), based in New York. He started his banking career with SBI in 1991 as a probationary officer. He began his banking career with SBI in the year 1991 as a probationary officer (PO). He held several leadership roles, extending across significant business functions like credit, international and retail banking including business process re-engineering.

    Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi assumed Charge as commandant INA

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    Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM assumed charge as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy (INA) on 27 July 2020. Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM handed over charge as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy (INA) after a successful tenure of over 13 months. Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi: Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the erstwhile College of Naval warfare, Karanja and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and has commanded IN Ships Nashak, Magar, and Talwar. His shore commands include Commandant, National Coast Guard, Mauritius during 2003 to 2005. He served as the Commandant, Naval Academy, and Commanding Officer, INS Mandovi, Goa during 2007-2009. He has the rare distinction of commanding the Indian Naval Academy twice, albeit at different locations, and in different ranks. Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi: Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi assumed charge as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy on 12 June 2019. During his tenure, INA saw a huge transformation in infrastructure and training facilities. Under the Flag Officer’s leadership, on 12 November 2019, INA was bestowed with the President’s Colour for rendering 50 years of yeoman service in shaping Naval leaders for the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, and Friendly Foreign Countries. 

    Injeti Srinivas was appointed as the first chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority

    104 days ago
    Senior bureaucrat Injeti Srinivas was appointed as the first chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) for the Gujarat International Finance Tech (GIFT) City. Highlights: ♦ The Department of personnel and training (DoPT), under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, appointed Injeti Srinivas, the former corporate affairs secretary, as the chairman of the newly set up regulator for three years. ♦ Srinivas retired on 31 May 2020. ♦ The appointment comes as the Union government has notified the setting up of the IFSCA on 28 April.  ♦ IFSCA will serve as a unified authority to regulate all financial services in international financial services centres (IFSCs) across the country. ♦ Until now, the regulations for entities and financial services at IFSCs were governed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).  ♦ The appointment will now typically lead to several key regulations and development work falling between regulatory bodies. Injeti Srinivas: Injeti Srinivas is a 1983 batch IAS officer from the Odisha cadre. He served at the corporate affairs ministry for nearly 3 years. Prior to that, he served as secretary, department of sports, and director-general of SAI.

    Parminder Chopra took charge as Director of Finance, PFC

    109 days ago
    Smt. Parminder Chopra assumed charge as the Director of Finance in the Government-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC), India's leading NBFC, on 1 July 2020. She will replace Shri N.B. Gupta, who superannuated on June 30, 2020. It was approved by the  Parminder Chopra: Prior to this appointment, Parminder Chopra was associated with key organizations in the power sector like the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation of India (NHPC) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL). She joined PFC in 2005 and spearheaded the key initiative to diversify PFC's fund mobilization to international markets that allowed the lender to raise money at lower costs. With her focussed approach, the share of fund mobilization in foreign currency grew from a meager 2% to 15% within a short span of 2 years. She also serves as Director on the Board of Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited and Cheyyur Infra Limited.

    Vini Mahajan becomes the first Woman Chief Secretary of Punjab

    114 days ago
    Senior IAS officer Vini Mahajan assumed charge as Punjab’s first woman chief secretary on 26 June 2020. She replaced Karan Avtar Singh. She has become the first Woman Chief Secretary of Punjab. Vini Mahajan: Vini Mahajan is a 1987-batch IAS officer. Mahajan is the wife of the state’s director-general of police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta. Vini Mahajan will hold the additional charge of principal secretary, personnel, and vigilance. Mahajan is an Economics graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She did her post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Karan Avtar Singh: Karan Avtar Singh is a 1984-batch IAS officer. He was shunted out of the top bureaucratic position two months before his superannuation, which was due on 31 August 2020. Singh is tipped to be the first chairman of the Punjab Water Regulatory Authority set up by the Punjab state government.

    Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta assumes charge as Chief of Staff of ENC

    128 days ago
    Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM assumed the charge as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Visakhapatnam on 12 June 2020. Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta replaced Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, the outgoing Chief of Staff, has proceeded on transfer as Controller Personnel Services at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy), New Delhi. Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta: Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. In 1985, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy. He is a specialist in Navigation and Direction. He has commanded 4 frontline ships including INS Nishank, INS Karmuk, INS Tabar, and INS Viraat. He has held other appointments such as Commander Work Up at Headquarters at Indian Naval Workup Team, Kochi; Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; Officer-in-Charge of the Navy's Navigation and Direction School, Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff and Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He was promoted to Flag Rank and was appointed as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters, Western Naval Command at Mumbai. During 2017-18, he held command of the prestigious Eastern Fleet at Visakhapatnam and was appointed as Additional Director General at NCC Headquarters, New Delhi. He also served as the Controller Personnel Services at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) at New Delhi. Dasgupta is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service. He was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal for coordinating evacuation operations from Yemen in 2015 under Operation Raahat.

    Uday Kotak takes over as CII president

    137 days ago
    Banker Uday Kotak assumed office as the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2020-21. He will replace Vikram Kirloskar, who is the chairman and managing director (MD) of Kirloskar Systems Ltd and vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Also, T V Narendran, CEO & MD of Tata Steel Limited, is now the president-designate of CII for 2020-21.  Sanjiv Bajaj assumed office as CII vice president for the year 2020-21. He is the chairman and MD of Bajaj Finserv Limited. Uday Kotak: Uday Kotak is the MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited. He is associated with CII for over two decades. Also, he has served in many capacities in the chamber. Kotak has served as a non-executive chairman of the new IL&FS board to steer the company out of its financial crisis. He served as the chairman of the SEBI panel on corporate governance. He holds a bachelor's degree in commerce. He holds an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

    VN Datt takes over as Chairman and MD of National Fertilizers Limited

    138 days ago
    Virendra Nath Datt, Director (Marketing), National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has taken over the additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director (MD) of the Company on 3 June. Datt is associated with Company as Director (Marketing) since October 2018. Virendra Nath Datt: Virendra Nath Datt has a professional experience of over 35 years with premier Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) such as GAIL and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) besides the Fertilizer Industry. Prior to the appointment, he served as the Executive Director (ED) in GAIL Limited. He handled all India marketing operations of the company in addition to Corporate Strategy, Planning, and Advocacy. He was also a Director on the Board of Mahanagar Gas Ltd., Mumbai.  As Marketing Director of NFL, Datt is credited with sustained growth in fertilizer sale of the company from 43 Lakh MT in 2017-18 to 57 Lakh MT in 2019-20, an increase of 32% over the previous two years. During this period, the NFL established a pan India footprint in the fertilizer industry. He also had a 10-year stint with ONGC before joining GAIL in 1995.

    RK Chaturvedi assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals

    139 days ago
    RK Chaturvedi assumed charge as Secretary in the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. Chaturvedi has replaced P.Raghavendra Rao who superannuated on 31 May 2020. RK Chaturvedi: RK Chaturvedi is a 1987-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. Prior to this, he served as an Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Culture. He has worked as Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and as DG in the National Skill Development Authority (NSDA). Department of Chemicals and PetroChemicals: Department of Chemicals and PetroChemicals was established by GoI in 1991. The department functions under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. The department is responsible to make policy, planning, development, and regulation of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Industries.

    Pradip Kumar Tripathi Assumes Charge as Secretary in Ministry of Steel

    140 days ago
    Shri Pradip Kumar Tripathi has assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India on 1 June 2020. He took over as Secretary upon the superannuation of present incumbent Binoy Kumar. The appointment was approved by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet. Binoy Kumar is a 1983 batch officer who had taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Steel on 1 September 2018. He retired on 30 May 2020.  Pradip Kumar Tripathi: Pradip Kumar Tripathi is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1987 batch of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre. Prior to this appointment, Tripathi had been posted as Special Secretary and Establishment Officer in Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

    Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande took over as the 15th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command

    140 days ago
    Lieutenant General Manoj Pande assumed charge as the 15th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CLINICIAN) on 1 June 2020. He will replace Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC. Shankar Rajeshwar was the 14th CINCAN and retired from service on 31 May 2020. He had his distinguished career spanning four decades. He had taken over the appointment on 1 December 19. Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande: Lt. Gen. Manoj Pande was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers, The Bombay Sappers, in December 1982. He graduated from Staff College, Camberley, United Kingdom and attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow, and National Defence College (NDC) at Delhi. He had a good experience of 37 years of distinguished service. He has taken an active part in Operation Vijay and Parakram. He commanded an Engineer Regiment along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir, an Engineer Brigade as part of the Strike Corps, an Infantry Brigade along LoC, a Mountain Division in High Altitude Area of Western Ladakh and a Corps deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as also in Counter Insurgency Operations area in the North East. He dealt with subjects of Discipline, Ceremonial and Welfare, prior to assuming the present appointment.

    Abhas Jha appointed by World Bank to Key position on Climate Change, Disaster Management in South Asia

    149 days ago
    Indian economist Abhas Jha has been appointed by the World Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia. Jha's appointment comes during the time when Cyclone Amphan has badly hit West Bengal, Orissa in India, and Bangladesh. Roles and Duties: ♦ Jha will help the South Asia region (SAR) Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change team to connect and collaborate across Global Practice boundaries. ♦ He will also guide the World Bank to conceive and deliver innovative and high-quality development solutions to respond to client demands and strengthen disaster risk management and climate action in the region. ♦ He will work with other Global Leads, Practice Managers, and Global Solutions Groups to incubate, pilot and scale-up innovative and high-quality development solutions, and to promote the generation and flow of global knowledge to serve the affected countries. Abhas Jha: Abhas Jha joined the Bank in 2001 in the office of the Executive Director (ED) for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka. Since then, he has worked in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific regions. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific region. His area of jurisdiction includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Maldives.

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan named as chairman of WHO Executive Board

    152 days ago
    The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has been elected as the chairman of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Executive Board. He will assume the charge on 22 May 2020. He will succeed Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, who is the current Chairman of the WHO Executive Board. The proposal to appoint India's nominee to the executive board was signed by the 194-nation World Health Assembly (WHA). WHO Executive Board: ♦ The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals who are technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the WHA. The Member States are elected for a tenure of three-year. ♦ The Executive Board meets at least twice a year and the main meeting is normally held in the month of January. The second meeting will be held in May, immediately after the Health Assembly. ♦ The main function of the Executive Board is to decide policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it, and generally to facilitate its work.

    WTO Chief Roberto Azevedo to resign a year before his term expires

    157 days ago
    The Head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevedo has announced his resignation, a year before his term expires. He will step down on 31 August 2020. Roberto Azevedo: Roberto Azevedo is a former diplomat from Brazil. He is cutting short a seven-year tenure marked in recent years by intense pressure from US President Donald Trump. had accused WTO of an anti-US bias and other complaints.  Under Azevedo's leadership, there have been important practical moves towards reform, including through the use of flexible negotiating structures, were done. World Trade Organization: Established on: 1 January 1995 Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Membership: 164 member states Official languages: English, French, Spanish

    Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi assumes charge as Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

    161 days ago
    Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi assumed charge as new Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 11 May 2020. Chaturvedi met senior officers of the Ministry and took stock of the work and issues before the Ministry. Chaturvedi succeeded Anand Kumar in the Ministry who earlier took charge as Secretary, Ministry of Culture. Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi: Chaturvedi is a 1987 Batch IAS officer and belongs to Jharkhand cadre. Prior to this appointment, Chaturvedi was serving as Additional Chief Secretary and Additional Secretary, Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Climate Change Department, Environment & Forest, Government of Jharkhand. Chaturvedi is B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur and holds a PG in International Development from Harvard University (USA). He has worked in the Government of Jharkhand and Government of India at various positions including field and policy level. He has served as Joint Secretary or equivalent in PMO, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. He has extensive experience of working in other departments like Planning Commission, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. He has also undergone training in  Financial Management, Community Mobilisation & Participatory Management Techniques.

    Wipro CEO and MD Abidali Z Neemuchwala steps down

    162 days ago
    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director Abidali Z Neemuchwala of Wipro Limited has decided to step down due to family commitments. Neemuchwala will continue to hold the office of CEO and Managing Director until a successor is appointed for a smooth transition and to ensure that business continues as usual.  Abidali Z Neemuchwala: Abidali Z Neemuchwala has served as the CEO & MD of Wipro since February 2016. For over four years, Abid helped build a strong execution mindset, drove key acquisitions, and scaled the Digital business globally. Previously, he worked as the CEO of the BPO division of Tata Consultancy Services Limited.  Wipro is a leading global information technology, consulting, and business process services company. It has over 175,000 employees serving clients across six continents.

    UNEP extends Actress Dia Mirzas term as Goodwill Ambassador

    164 days ago
    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) extended environmentalist and actor-producer Dia Mirza's term as its National Goodwill Ambassador for another two years till the end of 2022. Dia is also a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. Dia Mirza: Dia Mirza has contributed and taken an active part in the campaign "Beat the Pollution". She has made significant contributions towards World Environment Day celebrations, Circular fashions, and other UNEP campaigns. Under Beat the Pollution Campaign India works to become completely free from single-use plastics by 2022. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): UNEP was established on 5 June 1972. It is headquartered at Nairobi, Kenya. It is responsible to coordinate the UN's environmental activities. It also assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. UNEP also provides funds and implements specific environmental development projects worldwide including reforestation and wetlands restoration.

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took charge as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee

    166 days ago
    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took charge as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in Delhi on 6 May amid the COVID-19 lockdown. He has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Committee for the term beginning on 1 May 2020 and ending on 30 April 2021. The appointment was made by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. Functions of PAC: The functions of PAC include the examination of accounts showing the appropriation of sums granted by Parliament for the expenditure of the GoI. The annual financial accounts of the government and other accounts are laid before the House as the Committee may think fit. PAC members: PAC has 15 members from the lower house and 7 members from Rajya Sabha.  Lok Sabha members in the committee from BJP include Jayant Sinha, Ajay (Teni) Misra, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Subhash Chandra Baheria, Sudheer Gupta, Satya Pal Singh, Vishnu Dayal Ram, Jagdambika Pal and Ram Kripal Yadav The members from other parties include T R Baalu, Rahul Ramesh Shewale, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, Balashowry Vallabbhaneni and Bhartruhari Mahtab.  The members from Rajya Sabha to the PAC are Rajeev Chandrasekhar, C M Ramesh, Naresh Gujral, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, and Bhupender Yadav. Two seats are kept vacant.

    Centre nominates Economic Affairs Secretary as Director RBI Central Board

    166 days ago
    Government of India has nominated Secretary of Economic Affairs Department Ministry of Finance Tarun Bajaj as a director on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The nomination of Bajaj is effective from 5 May 2020. Tarun Bajaj: Tarun Bajaj is a 1988-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer. He assumed charge as the Economic Affairs Secretary on 1 May. He has served as the Additional Secretary in Prime Minister's Office and worked as Joint Secretary and Director in the Department of Financial Services.

    US President Trump nominates Indian-American lawyer as US representative for IBRD

    167 days ago
    The US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American lawyer Ashok Michael Pinto as a representative to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the World Bank's lending arm. He was nominated for the post of the US Alternate Executive Director of IBRD for a term of two years. If confirmed, he would replace Erik Bethel, who has resigned from the post. Michael Pinto: Pinto has worked as a Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to former President George W Bush. He also served as a law clerk to Judge F A Little, Jr. of the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Pinto is currently serving as the Counsellor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. He holds a BA degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. He served as a Counsellor to General Counsel at Treasury.

    Lt Gen Raj Shukla assumed command of ARTRAC

    167 days ago
    Lieutenant General Raj Shukla assumed command of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) on 1 May 2020.  Lieutenant General Raj Shukla: Lieutenant General Raj Shukla is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. He was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in December 1982. He has a career spanning over four decades and has seen extensive service in the field. He commanded a Medium Regiment in the Eastern and Desert Theatres, an Infantry Brigade in Counter Insurgency Operations, an Infantry Division along the Line of Control in the Valley, and a Corps along the Western Borders. Lt Gen Raj Shukla is an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the College of Defence Management Secunderabad, and the National Defence College New Delhi. He has served two tenures at the Military Operations Directorate and as the Director-General, Perspective Planning at Army HQ. He has also been Commandant of the Indian Army War College.

    Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its Chief Risk Officer

    169 days ago
    Yes Bank appointed Neeraj Dhawan as its Chief Risk Officer (CRO) with immediate effect. Neeraj was appointed for a period of three years. He assumed charge on 2 May. He replaced Ashish Agarwal, the current CRO, who will be transitioning to a new role in the bank. Neeraj Dhawan: Neeraj Dhawan held the position of chief risk officer for retail and business banking at Yes Bank. He has experience of over 29 years of financial services and banking industry.

    Giridhar Aramane assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

    170 days ago
    Shri Giridhar Aramane assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He held briefing meetings with senior officers to review the work of the Ministry and discussed pressing issues especially in the light of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Giridhar Aramane: Giridhar Aramane is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre. Shri Aramane was earlier serving as Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. He has also been a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 2012-14. Shri Aramane has worked in the Government of Andhra Pradesh at various positions including field and policy level and has vast experience in organizational and finance matters. He is an MTech in Civil Egg from IIT Madras and holds a Masters Degree in Economics. He has undergone training in finance and banking matters at Singapore and France, apart from the IIM Bangalore, IIFT New Delhi and Tata Mgt Trg Centre, Pune.

    Ajay Tirkey assumes charge as Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development

    171 days ago
    Shri Ajay Tirkey assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in New Delhi on 1 May 2020. He succeeded Shri Rabindra Panwar who retired on superannuation on 30 April 2020. Ajay Tirkey: Ajay Tirkey is the 1987 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. Prior to this, held the post of Special Secretary in the same Ministry. In 2017, he worked as a Joint Secretary in the Department of School Education and Literacy in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). From 2015 to 2017, has been Managing Director of State Cooperative Marketing Federation. He has extensive experience of handling the portfolios of Medical Education, Labour & Employment and Rural Development in his home cadre appointments. He has served as the Principal Secretary to the Governor of Madhya Pradesh From 2004 to 2009 he was on deputation to the Ministry of Defence as Director and Joint Secretary. He has also worked as the Managing Director (MD) of State Cooperative Marketing Federation (Markfed), Madhya Pradesh. He served as the District Collector of Sidhi, Hoshangabad and Raipur. In addition, he has worked in various capacities as an officer of Indian Administrative Service in Madhya Pradesh.

    T.S. Tirumurti appointed as Permanent Representative of India to UN

    172 days ago
    T.S. Tirumurti has been appointed as the next Ambassador or Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. He will succeed Syed Akbaruddin as India's Permanent Representative to the UN. The appointment was approved by the Ministry of External Affairs. T.S. Tirumurti: Tirumurti is an IFS officer of 1985 batch. He is currently serving as the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, at the MEA headquarters in Delhi.

    Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner

    173 days ago
    Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner on 19 April. He was administered the oath of office by Sanjay Kothari, Central Vigilance Commissioner on the video link, due to the social distancing norms. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Shri Sharad Kumar, Vigilance Commissioner, Secretary, and other senior officers of the Commission. The tenure of Vigilance Commissioner is of four years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years. The Central Vigilance Commission can have a Central Vigilance Commissioner and two Vigilance Commissioners. Suresh N. Patel: Suresh N. Patel had over 30 years of experience in the banking sector. He was the Managing Director & CEO of Andhra Bank and was an Executive Director in the Oriental Bank of Commerce. He held various positions including being a member of Management Committee, Indian Banks' Association; Member, Bankers' Institute of Rural Development, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD); President, State Level Bankers' Committee, Andhra Pradesh and President, Bankers' Institute of Rural & Entrepreneurship Development. Also, he is a Permanent Invitee to the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems (BPSS) of RBI. He also served as a member of the Advisory Board for Banking and Financial Frauds (ABBFF) prior to his appointment as Vigilance Commissioner.

    Rajiv Kumar appointed as chairperson of Public Enterprises Selection Board

    173 days ago
    Former finance secretary Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) on 29 April. The appointment of Rajiv Kumar is approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will serve as the PESB chairperson for a period of three years. Rajiv Kumar: Rajiv Kumar is a 1984-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre. He retired as the finance secretary in February 2020. Previously, he has steered the banking and financial sector through the severest crisis. Kumar took over as the Secretary, Department of Financial Services in September 2017. At the time most of the public sector banks including the State Bank of India were in losses.  Later, the GoI designated him as the finance secretary in July 2019. He was also instrumental in brokering peace between the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that resulted in the smooth transfer of Rs.1.76 lakh crore of the central bank's surplus to the exchequer in 2019. Also, a massive Rs.3 lakh crore recapitalization of banks was undertaken during his tenure. Before joining the finance ministry, Kumar served as the Establishment Officer (EO) in the Personnel Ministry.

    Justice Dipankar Datta sworn in as Chief Justice of Bombay HC

    173 days ago
    A senior judge of the Calcutta High Court (HC) Justice Dipankar Datta was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Bombay HC on 28 April. The oath of office was administered by Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. Justice Dipankar Datta will replace Justice Bhushan Pradyumna Dharmadhikari whose term as Chief Justice ended on 27 April 2020. Justice Dipankar Datta: Justice Dipankar Datta was born in February 1965. He practiced in various High courts including Calcutta HC, Gauhati HC, Jharkhand HC. Occasionally, he has also practiced law in the Supreme Court of India for about 16 years in Civil, Constitutional, Labour, Service, Education, and Transport. He has specialized in Constitutional, Labour and Service matters.  He served as a Central Government Counsel and held the office of Lawyer-in-Charge of the University of West Bengal and the West Bengal School Service Commission. On 22 June 2006, he was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Calcutta HC.

    US President Trump nominated Indian-American Manisha Singh as US Envoy to OECD

    174 days ago
    President of the United States Donald Trump nominated senior Indian-American diplomat Manisha Singh as America's next envoy to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Manisha Singh: Manisha Singh is currently serving as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department. Prior to that, she served as the Acting Under Secretary of Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs at the State Department. The 49-year-old has also served as the Deputy Chief Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Singh served as the Senior Fellow for International Economic Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. She was also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Manisha Singh earned an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Miami. She has also studied at the University of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands.

    Sanjay Kothari took oath as Chief Vigilance Commissioner

    177 days ago
    Sanjay Kothari took oath as Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC). The oath office was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind on 25 April 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and others were also present at the ceremony. Social distancing was also ensured there as chairs were kept apart. Central Vigilance Commission: The Central Vigilance Commission was established in February 1964. The anti-corruption watchdog is headquartered in New Delhi. The autonomous body is free of control from any executive authority. It is responsible for monitoring all vigilance activities in the Central government. It will also advise various authorities in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.   

    N Kamakodi reappointed as MD and CEO of City Union Bank

    181 days ago
    Private sector lender City Union Bank reappointed N Kamakodi as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bank. The appointment was approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 20 April. Kamakodi's reappointment is for a further period of three years with effect. The reappointment will be effective from 1 May 2020. Kamakodi has been associated with the City Union Bank since 2003. He was elevated as MD and CEO in 2011. City Union Bank: Founded on: 31 October 1904 Founded by: R.Santhanam Iyer, S.Krishna Iyer, V.Krishnaswami Iyengar Headquarters: Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu Chairman: R. Mohan MD & CEO: Dr. N. Kamakodi

    Kapil Dev Tripathi appointed as Secretary to President of India

    181 days ago
    Kapil Dev Tripathi was appointed as the Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind on 20 April. His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His appointment is on a contract basis. He has been appointed for a term co-terminus with the tenure of the President of India. The appointment of Tripathi comes nearly two months after Mr. Kothari, a 1978 batch (retired) IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was selected as the next Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). However, the government has not notified the appointment as finding his successor took time. Kapil Dev Tripathi: Kapil Dev Tripathi is a 1980 batch IAS (retired) officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).

    Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand named ambassador of WWF India

    185 days ago
    Chess Master Viswanathan Anand has been appointed as the new Ambassador for World Wide Fund (WWF) India's Environment Education program.  The Environment Education Program was formed in 1976. It reaches out to school children, youth and citizens across the country. The main objective of the organization is to generate critical thinking, problem-solving, and environmentally-conscious individuals. The Environment Education program impacts over 5 million children across 2000 schools. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF): World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) was established in 1961. It is headquartered in Vaud, Switzerland. The NGO works in the field of wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment. With over 5 million supporters worldwide, WWF India has become the world's largest conservation organization. WWF aims to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Viswanathan Anand: Viswanathan Anand was born on 11 December 1969 at Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. In 1983, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with a score of 9/9. He won the Asian Junior Chess Championship in 1984, which earned him the International Master norm.  In 2007, Anand entered the (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) FIDE World Championship Tournament in Mexico as the world's top-ranked player. Anand stood as the World Chess Champion from 2007 to 2013. He won the World Chess Championship five times in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. He became one of the 6 players who broke the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list.  In 1985, he was conferred the Arjuna Award for Outstanding Indian sportsperson in Chess. In 1987, he was awarded the Padma Shri. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in the years 1991-92. In 2000 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and he was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2007.

    Birupaksha Mishra assumes charge as ED of Union Bank of India

    188 days ago
    Shri Birupaksha Mishra took charge as the Executive Director (ED) of Union Bank of India (UBI), after its amalgamation with Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank. Prior to this, he was the ED at Corporation Bank. Shri Birupaksha Mishra: Shri Birupaksha Mishra holds a Postgraduate degree and a CAIIB (Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers). In 1984, he started his banking career as a Probationary Officer. He has a rich experience of more than three decades in various administrative and functional capacities at many Branches, Regional Offices and mainly at the Corporate Office. As a part of his role, he has handled the Credit and Credit Monitoring Portfolio of the Bank and headed the IT vertical of the Bank. He has served in many parts of the country. Union Bank of India: Formed on: 11 November 1919 Headquarters: Mumbai MD & CEO: Rajkiran Rai G. Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank have recently amalgamated with the Union Bank of India (UBI) with effect from 1 April 2020. With this, the Government of India holds over 90% of its share capital.

    Karnataka Bank re-appointed Mahabaleshwara MS as MD and CEO

    189 days ago
    Karnataka Bank's board has re-appointed Mahabaleshwara MS as its MD & CEO for a further period of three years. The Private lender has also appointed P. Jayarama Bhat as a non-executive chairman till 13 November 2021. The appointments were approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). They are expected to take the bank to new heights in corporate governance and business standards. The will focus on value-creation for all the stakeholders. Their appointment comes in the time when the world is facing an unprecedented new set of challenges caused due to COVID-19 outbreak.  Karnataka Bank: Founded on: 18 February 1924 Headquarters: Mangaluru, Karnataka MD & CEO: Mahabaleshwara M.S Karnataka Bank Limited is a Class 'A' Scheduled Commercial Bank. It stands as the 12th largest private sector bank. It has adopted Core banking, Internet banking across the country.

    Pravin Rao is appointed as the new chairman of Nasscom

    196 days ago
    Vice-Chairperson Infosys' chief operating officer, UB Pravin Rao, has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) for the year 2020-21. He was appointed Rekha Menon of Accenture.  Rekha M Menon is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture in India. Menon will be the Vice-Chairperson for Nasscom. Pravin Rao, along with President Debjani Ghosh, will help Nasscom to achieve its 2025 vision for the industry.  Nasscom: Formed on: 1 March 1988 Headquarters: Noida, Uttar Pradesh Members: over 2,000 companies NASSCOM is a non-profit organization which is a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. It is affiliated with the NASSCOM Foundation, National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), Data Security Council of India (DSCI). 

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