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  • Kamlesh Nilakanth Vyas is appointed as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission

    Kamlesh Nilakanth Vyas, Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, has been appointed as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and the Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy. His tenure will end on May 2021. He has replaced Shekhar Basu.  Mr.Vyas is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from MS University, Vadodara. He underwent training in BARC training school in 1979, he joined Fuel Design and Development Section of Reactor Engineering Division of BARC. He is an expert in thermal hydraulics and stress analysis of critical reactor core components.  He was awarded the Indian Nuclear Society Outstanding Service Award 2011, Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award 2006, DAE Awards in the years 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

    Moutaz Mousa Abdallah elected as Sudans new Prime Minister

    He will hold the finance portfolio of the country. About Sudan: ♦ Capital: Khartoum. ♦ Currency: Sudanese pound.

    Sardar Singh announces Retirement from International Hockey

    Former India hockey skipper Sardar Singh announced his retirement from international hockey after an illustrious career spanning 12 years. The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016 before handing the responsibility to PR Sreejesh. He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015. He has also represented India two times at the Olympics.

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi approved appointments in the party

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has approved appointments in the party, including nine new All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretaries and a screening committee for poll-bound Telangana.  Senior Congress leader Bhakt Charan Dass has been made the chairperson of Telangana Screening committee. Jothimani Sennimalai and Sharmistha Mukherjee have been made members of the panel. Former Lok Sabha MP Nana Patole has been made the chairman of the Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress. Assam Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi was made secretary for Nagaland and Pradyot Deb Burman from Tripura was made AICC secretary of Sikkim.

    Advani renominated as chairman of Lok Sabha ethics panel

    Senior BJP leader L K Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The Committee examines complaints relating to unethical conduct by members of Parliament. L K Advani represents Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency from Gujarat. Former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' of the BJP was renamed the chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee on Government Assurances. Chandrakant Khaire of the Shiv Sena was reappointed as the chairman of the Committee on Papers Laid on the Table.

    President appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as next Chief Justice of India

    Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind. Ranjan Gogoi will assume charge from outgoing CJI Dipak Misra on October 3 and hold office till November 17, 2019. He was elevated to the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012.

    Hima Das appointed as first ever Sports Ambassador of Assam

    India’s ace sprinter Hima Das, who recently became the first Indian woman to win gold in track 400 m event at IAAF World U-20 Athletics Chamipionships in France, was appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam by the state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. She is nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’ after her village in Assam.

    SBI appointed Anshula Kant as Managing Director

    Anshula Kant is at present the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of SBI. SBI's MD post fell vacant after resignation of B Sriram, who took over as the MD and CEO of IDBI Bank. With this appointment SBI now has four MDs, the other 3 MDs are PK Gupta, DK Khara and Arijit Basu.

    Amitabh Chaudhry of HDFC Life appointed as CEO & MD of Axis Bank

    He will take over as Axis Bank's MD & CEO for 3 years from January 1, 2019 and will remian in office till December 31, 2021. Chaudhry will replace outgoing MD & CEO Shikha Sharma whose term ends on December 31. Chaudhry has been associated with HDFC Life since January 2010 and had earlier held senior management positions in Bank of America, Calyon Bank and Infosys BPO.

    Dr Arif Alvi sworn in as 13th president of Pakistan

    Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar administered the oath on September 9. Dr Arif ur Rehman Alvi is succeeding Mamnoon Hussain, who took oath as 12th head of state on September 9, 2013 after his election as a candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Alvi, one of the founders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and dentist by profession, contested against two opposition candidates Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Peoples Party senior leader Aitzaz Ahsan.

    China's richest man Jack Ma retires from Alibaba at 54

    Chinese billionaire and Alibaba Co-founder Jack Ma step down from the post of Executive Chairman to pursue philanthropy in education. Ma, a former English teacher who co-founded Alibaba in 1999, has a fortune of about $40 billion. He will be succeeded by current CEO Daniel Zhang.

    Butola takes over as Commandant of Air Force Academy

    Air Marshal Arvindra Singh Butola took over as the Commandant of Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigal. He has more than 6,700 hours of flying time onboard 21 types of aircraft. Prior to the new post, he was Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Command.

    Justice Arup Kumar Goswami made Acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court

    The chief justice of the Gauhati High Court with effect from 6th September 2018. His appointment has been made following the retirement of Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh.

    Akshay Kumar becomes first Honorary Ambassador of Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation

    Actor Akshay Kumar has been known to be a vocal supporter of the Indian Armed Forces (jawan) as well as the farmer (kisan) community. Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation is the social organisation founded by the family of India's second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri. Lal Bahadur Shastri gave the motto of 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan'.

    Twitter India Director Taranjeet Singh quits

    Taranjeet Singh, who was elevated as Twitter's Country Director for India in May 2017, has quit the company. He worked for Twitter India for close to four years. Balaji Krish, Twitter's Global Head of Revenue Strategy and Operations, will become the interim country head.

    Arif Alvi is elected as President of Pakistan

    Arif Alvi is elected as the President of Pakistan. He is a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. The 69-year-old former dentist defeated Pakistan Peoples (PPP) Party’s Aitzaz Ahsan and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Maulana Fazlur Rehman to become the 13th President.  Arif Alvi will take the oath of the office on September 9 as the outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year tenure ends on September 8. Dr.Alvi served as the Secretary-general of PTI party from 2006 to 2013. In 2013 he was elected as a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from Constituency of Karachi and was re-elected in July 2018.   

    Sunil Mehta elected as New chairman of Indian Bank's Association for 2018-19

    Sunil Mehta serves as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Punjab National Bank. Dina Bandhu Mohapatra, Managing Director & CEO, Bank of India, was elected as the body's Deputy Chairman. Shyam Srinivasan, Managing Director & CEO, Federal Bank and Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India, continue to be Deputy Chairmen.

    Pakistan gets its first woman High Court Chief Justice

    Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar was sworn in as the first woman Chief Justice of a Pakistani High Court. Safdar, who took over as the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court, is also the first woman civil judge in the province. She was part of a three-judge special court hearing the treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf.

    Dipak Misra recommends Ranjan Gogoi as next Chief Justice of India

    Present Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, who is set to retire from the post on October 2 this year, recommended senior Supreme Court judge Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Ranjan Gogoi who hails from Assam was appointed a judge in the Gawahati High Court on February 28, 2001. He later became the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011. Then he elevated to the Supreme court in April 2012. Justice Gogoi is slated to retire on November 17, 2019.

    Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan is appointed as the CEO of Vedanta Resources Plc.

    Vedanta Resources Plc. has appointed Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan as the CEO of the company. Mr.Venkatakrishnan replaced Tom Albanese who served as CEO from 2014-17 and Kuldip Kaura, the interim CEO since. He has joined the company’s board of directors.   Mr.Venkat earlier served as the CEO of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the world's largest emerging market gold producer.

    Binoy Kumar Assumes Charge Of Secretary In Steel Ministry

    He had been posted as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry.  He was Special Secretary, Logistics, in the Department of Commerce.  He also held the post of Director General (Supplies & Disposals), where he developed the Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

    Royal Challengers Bangalore appoint Gary Kirsten as coach and mentor

    IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore have appointed India's 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten as their new head coach. The former South African batsman Gary Kirsten is replacing former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who served as the team's coach from 2013. Kirsten also briefly served as the coach of the South African national team and another IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.

    Former India opener Rajput appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket

    Lalchand Rajput was earlier appointed as the interim head coach of Zimbabwe in May for the tri-series involving Pakistan and Zimbabwe and for the ODI rubber against Pakistan. Rajput played two Tests and four ODIs for India and was a consistent performer for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He was the cricket manager of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team which lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.

    Indian economist Satya Tripathi appointed as UNEP Assistant Secretary General and Head of New York Office

    UN Secretary General António Guterres has appointed veteran Indian development economist and UN official Satya S Tripathi as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He will succeed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago. Tripathi is possibly the third-highest ranking Indian in the UN bureaucracy after Atul Khare, an under-secretary general who heads the department of operations, and Nikhil Seth, an assistant secretary general who headed the world body’s Geneva-based UN Institute for Training and Research in 2015.

    Anil Ambani resigned as Director of RNAVAL

    Shri Anil D.Ambani has resigned as director Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNAVAL). His resignation is in compliance with provisions of Section 165 of the Companies Act, 2013, prescribing the limit on directorships to only 10 public companies. Reliance operates the country’s largest integrated shipbuilding facility. It has licence and contracts to build warships. RNAVAL: Industry: Defence, Shipbuilding, Heavy Industry Founded: 1997 Headquarters: Mumbai, India Location: Pipavav, Gujarat  Services: Ships & Offshore Platforms, Pressure Vessels Design, construction, repair and conversion Parent: Reliance Infrastructure ♦ Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited operates the country's largest integrated shipbuilding facility and has obtained a license and contract to build warships. It has the largest engineering infrastructure in India and is one of the largest in the world.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as President of Zimbabwe

    Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as President of Zimbabwe. He pledged to protect and promote the rights of Zimbabweans at an inauguration ceremony attended by thousands of supporters at a stadium in Harare.  It was the country’s first bitterly-contested election since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. In the election held on July 30, Mr.Mnangagwa won and was challenged by the main Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. He hailed his victory as a new “dawn” for Zimbabwe after years of repression and economic mismanagement.

    Mauryawas sworn in as the new Governor of Uttarakhand

    Baby Rani Maurya was sworn in as the new Governor of Uttarakhand. The acting Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court Rajiv Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to Ms.Maurya at Raj Bhavan. Maurya, a former mayor of Agra, was nominated as the seventh governor of Uttarakhand on August 21. She replaced Governor Krishna Kant Paul, whose tenure ended on August 25. Maurya is the second woman governor of the State after Margaret Alva. She said her focus will be on areas like Women empowerment and protection of the girl child. 

    Pacer Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from Women's T20 Internationals

    Goswami is currently the leading wicket-taker in the women's ODI format and also the first woman to pick up 200 ODI wickets. She played 68 T20 Internationals and took 56 wickets at an economy rate of 5.45.

    Lalji Tandon sworn in as Governor of Bihar

    Lalji Tandon, the Senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, was sworn in as Governor of Bihar. Mr.Tandon was administered the oath of office by Patna High Court Chief Justice Mukesh Rasik Bhai Shah. He replaced Satya Pal Malik, who was appointed Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on August 21.  Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, and other Ministers and leaders were present during the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhawan. Mr. Tandon was born in Lucknow on April 12, 1935. He started his political career in the 1970s. He served as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council for two terms. In May 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Lucknow.

    Satyapal Malik takes oath and resume his office as Governor of J&K

    Satyapal Malik, the newly-appointed Governor of J&K, will be taking the oath and resume his office on 23rd August as he arrived in Srinagar. He will be ending the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post. He replaced Governor N.N.Vohra.  Mr.Malik,72, has experience of working with almost all political parties of the country. He will be the first career politician to assume the position after Karan Singh, who held the office from 1965 to 1967.

    Retd Judge TP Sharma appointed as New chief of Chhattisgarh Lokayukta

    Sharma will head the Chhattisgarh Lok Ayog, set up to deal with corruption cases against public servants. Sharma, the state's fourth chief Lokayukta, will succeed Justice (retired) Shambhu Nath Shrivastava, who was appointed to the post on August 14, 2013. Sharma previously holds the post of Chairman, Chhattisgarh Law Commission.

    FIFA's legal chief Marco Villiger leaves governing body

    Marco Villiger, the man who was the key link between FIFA and U.S. anti-corruption investigators, has left the FIFA organisation. Villiger was FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General and Chief Legal and Integrity Officer.

    IBHFL appointed S.S.Mundra as an independent director on the board

    Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBHFL), India’s second-largest housing finance company, appointed Mr.S.S.Mundra as an independent director on the board of the company. He is the former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Mr.Mundra has held various high-level of positions including Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Baroda, Executive Director of Union Bank of India and Chief Executive of Bank of Baroda (European Operations)and as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

    Infosys CFO Ranganath stepped down from his position

    M.D.Ranganath has resigned his position as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a key managerial personnel from Infosys. His resignation cited that he plans to pursue professional opportunities in new areas. He will continue as CFO till November 16, 2018. He has been working at Infosys for a span of 18 years and as CFO in the last 3 three years. He has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of Infosys.  He played his role in various areas of consulting, finance, strategy, risk management and M&A and has worked closely with the board and its committees in formulating and executing strategic priorities for the company.

    K S Srinivas appointed as Chairman Of Marine Products Export Development Authority

    He served as Joint Secretary in Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare in Ministry of Agriculture. It was established in 1972 under Marine Products Export Development Authority Act (MPEDA), 1972.

    Imran Khan elected as 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan, take oath on 18th August

    Former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan won with 176 seats while his opponent, PML-N's Shahbaz Sharif, secured 96 votes in the polling that took place in the National Assembly on August 17. Khan's party had emerged as the single-largest in recently-concluded elections but failed to win an absolute majority. After the election, three major opposition parties banded together to nominate Shahbaz Sharif as a joint candidate in a bid to thwart Mr Khan.

    Mario Abdo Benitez sworn in as the 50th President of Paraguay

    Benitez clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections. 46-year-old Benitez replaces Horacio Cartes. Both are from the conservative Colorado Party. About Mario Abdo Benítez: ♦ Got involved in politics in 2004. ♦ Founded a political faction with the grandson of Paraguay's former dictator Alfredo Stroessner. ♦ Opposes same-sex marriage and the legalisation of abortion.

    Ibrahim Boubacar Keita reelected as Mali president

    Keita won with 67 percent of the vote in a runoff against opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse. Keita, who is 73, will take office on September 4. His immediate challenges include strengthening a 2015 peace accord between the government, its allies, and former Tuareg rebels. About Mali: ♦ Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa. ♦ Population  - 18 million ♦ Capital - Bamako ♦ Official language - French ♦ Currency - West African CFA franc

    Government dismissed Usha Ananthasubramanian from service

    Usha Ananthasubramanian was, three months back, divested of all her powers as MD of Allahabad Bank, after being named in a CBI charge-sheet in the Rs 14,000 crore (Rs 140 billion) Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case but had continued to be an employee of the bank. A Mumbai branch of PNB had fraudulently issued LoUs (letters of undertaking) for the group of companies belonging to Nirav Modi since March 2011.

    Asad Qaiser has been elected as the Speaker of Pakistan parliament

    Asad Qaiser of Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) party has been elected as the Speaker of Pakistan’s parliament. He secured 176 votes and defeat Khursheed Shah. He was sworn in as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Parliament’s lower house on 15th August.  PTI leader Imran Khan is set to become the prime minister after the National Assembly voting by the  342 members on August 17. The swearing-in ceremony has been scheduled for August 18.

    AAP leader Ashutosh resigns from the party

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh announced his resignation from the party and cited a very very personal reason. Arvind Kejriwal, the party convener and Delhi Chief Minister, has refused to accept the resignation. He had urged Ashutosh to reconsider his resignation.  Ashutosh was a television journalist and he had joined the AAP in January 2014. He then contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi.

    Rekha Sharma appointed as chairperson of National Commission for Women

    Sharma, 54, was earlier a member of the Commission and was holding the additional charge of chairperson after Lalitha Kumaramangalam demitted office in September last year. She belongs to Haryana. The National Commission for Women (NCW) was set up as statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990.

    India Cements appointed 3 new directors to the board

    The board of the India Cements Ltd. has recruited Basavaraju, Lakshmi Aparna Sreekumar and Sandhya Rajan as additional independent directors in the board. The appointment is based on the recommendation of the nomination and remuneration committee as Arun Datta, N.R. Krishnan and V. Manickam will be retiring on August 28.  N. Srinivasan, a well-known Chartered Accountant, has also been appointed as an additional non-executive, non-independent director. His appointment will be in effect from August 29.

    Justice Tahilramani sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Madras HC

    Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court. The swearing was administered by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, Chennai. Justice Tahilramani served in the Bombay High Court. The appointment is after the elevation of Justice Indira Banerjee, as a Supreme Court judge. Ms.Tahilramani, who was born in 1958, enrolled the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in 1982 and was serving as a government leader and has been practising in Bombay HC. In 2001, she was elevated as a judge of the Bombay High Court.

    Karnataka government appointed 4 AAGs

    The Karnataka government has appointed 4 Additional Advocates Generals (AAGs) to represent the government in the Principal Bench of the High Court of Karnataka. The AAGs are A.S. Ponnanna, N. Dinesh Rao, Sandesh J. Chouta, and Nitin Ramesh. The permanent Benches are at Dharwad and Kalaburagi.  Advocate I.S. Pramod Chandra has been appointed as Special Public Prosecutor-II in the vacancy created by the appointment of Mr.Chouta as AAG.

    RSS thinker S Gurumurthy, Satish Marathe appointed as directors on RBI board

    The government appointed Swaminathan Gurumurthy and Satish Kashinath Marathe as as part-time non-official directors on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board, for a period of four years. Gurumurthy, an economist and chartered accountant by profession, is also the co-convenor of RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch. A vocal supporter of PM Narendra Modi's policies, Gurumurthy had defended the demonetisation of high value currency notes. Marathe began his banking career with Bank of India, and then became chairman of The United Western Bank Ltd. He is also the founder of Sahakar Bharati, an NGO that supports co-operatives in India. The RBI Act allows ten directors nominated by the government. With these two appointments, RBI's board now has 10 government-appointed members.

    Justice Rajendra Menon takes charge as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

    The Delhi high court with a sanctioned strength of 60 judges after the appointment of Justice Rajendra Menon. He served as a judge in the Gwalior Bench of the Madhya Pradesh.

    RS Sharma reappointed as TRAI Chairman till September 2020

    The government reappointed Ram Sewak Sharma as Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) till September 2020 when he turns 65. He was named the TRAI chief in July 2015 for a three-year period. Sharma, who recently shared his Aadhaar number on Twitter, also served as UIDAI's Director General between 2009-2013 and even wrote the first software for UIDAI for enrolment.

    NDA candidate Harivansh Singh elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

    The BJP-led NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha's Deputy Chairman post, which fell vacant after the retirement of Congress' PJ Kurien on July 1. Harivansh got 125 votes, while Congress-led UPA's candidate BK Hariprasad got 105 votes. Harivansh Singh is a member of the Janata Dal (United), the BJP's ally in Bihar.

    Rashida Tlaib set to become 1st Muslim woman in US Congress

    She (42-year-old) is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and won a Democratic primary election to represent Michigan's 13th district, securing 33.6 percent of the vote. Tlaib is set to replace John Conyers. She served in the Michigan state house from 2009 to 2014, and was also the first Muslim woman ever elected to the state’s legislature.

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