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

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

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

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

    Justice AK Sikri appointed as the Judge of SICC

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



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

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

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

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

    Vikas Swarup appointed Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Dr.Nalin Shinghal appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL)

    7 July 2019
    Nalin Shinghal appointed as its chairman and managing director for five years. The appointment of Nalin Shinghal as chairman and managing director BHEL It is for a period of 5 years  About Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited  It is owned and founded by the Government of India is an engineering and manufacturing company based in New Delhi, India. Established in 1964 It is India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer.

    Harideesh Kumar appointed as the Director of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

    7 July 2019
    B Harideesh Kumar appointed as director of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)  It is for a period of three years. He belongs from Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.  It is served as the Executive Director of Canara Bank. He was Executive Director of Canara Bank. About IBPS Chairman - Rajkiran Rai G.  In 1984, the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) department  Handled the test converted into the IBPS examination.

    Manoj Kumar Nambiar is appointed as the Chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    4 July 2019
    Manoj Kumar Nambiar, Managing Director of Arohan Financial Services, is appointed as the Chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN). He was elected at 6th annual general meeting of MFIN. Nambiar is also a director on boards of IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company. He will replace Ujjivan Financial Services CEO and MD Samit Ghosh. Vineet Chattree of Svatantra Microfin will be the vice-chairman, the industry association and self-regulatory organisation (SRO) for the microfinance industry in India. Also, MFIN has inducted Gyan Mohan and Jagadish Ramadugu in its governing board. The announcement was made by MFIN Chief Executive Officer Harsh Shrivastava. Growth in the sector: Accoring to a report by MFIN, the microfinance industry saw a 38% growth in its gross loan portfolio at Rs.1.87 lakh crore in the financial year 2018-19 and it stood Rs.1.35 lakh crore in 2017-18. On March 31, 2019, the total number of microfinance account was Rs.9.33 crore and registered a growth of 21.9% over 2017-18. The members collectively disbursed 3.25 crore loans worth Rs.82,928 crore in 2018-19. Microfinance Institutions Network Formed on: 2012 Location: Haryana, India President: Udaya Kumar Vice President: Dibyajyoti Pattanaik Chairman: Manoj Kumar Nambiar Chief Executive Officer: Harsh Shrivastava MFIN comprises 56 NBFC-MFIs and 40 associates including banks, small finance banks and NBFCs. MFIN has played a significant role in getting rural India into the folds of financial inclusion.

    Shri Rabindra Panwar given additional charge as secretary to the Ministry of Textiles

    4 July 2019
    Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Rabindra Panwar as an additional charge secretary to the Ministry of Textiles to Secretary. Ministry of Women and Child Development along with the immediate effect till the appointment of a regular incumbent. He is the 1985 Indian Administrative Service Officer (AS) of Bihar cadre.  He succeeded Raghvendra Singh.

    Aparna Kumar becomes the first civil servant & IPS Officer to conquer the 'Seven Summits' challenge

    3 July 2019
    Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Aparna Kumar became the first civil servant to scale Mount Denali It is the highest peak in North America. She is the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve this rare feat. This was her 7th summit challenge. She became the first woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition. About Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India It is raised on 24 October 1962, under the CRPF Act in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962.  The ITBP intended for deployment along India's border with Tibet.

    P.K. Purwar appointed as the CMD of BSNL

    3 July 2019
    Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured that the government was working towards BSNL and MTNL survival through competition and get involved both the organizations namely BSNL and MTNL which are operationally efficient. It is for a period of three months starting July 1 The approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) to ensure the continuity at the struggling PSU. There are many issues in both the organisations so the government comes to the stage of giving 4G spectrum. The period of additional charge of Purwar will not be entitled to any additional remuneration. He is selected through the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) in January. About BSNL BSNL is running through one of the worst financial crises. It is caused by the stiff competition unleashed by Jio and the lack of 4G services. Around 1.76 lakh are present at the time of the formation of BSNL in 2000. BSNL's wage bill is 65 percent of its revenue  

    Sarada Kumar Hota took over as NHB MD

    30 June 2019
    Government of India, Canara Bank General Manager (GM)Sarada Kumar Hota assumed charge as the National Housing Bank (NHB) Managing Director It lasted for a period of three years.  He succeeds Sriram Kalyanaraman. He served as the managing director of Can Fin Homes A subsidiary of Canara Bank.  NHB wholly owned by the Government.  Last week, NHB tightened rules on leverage and capital adequacy ratio for HFCs, by capping the borrowing limit of these companies at 12 times the net owned fund as on 31 March, 2022 NHB is now 100% owned by the government. About NHB  Founded: 9 July 1988  Headquarters: New Delhi

    Sharad Kumar Saraf is appointed as the new President of FIEO

    30 June 2019
    Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has elected Sharad Kumar Saraf as its new president. Saraf will succeed renowned exporter Ganesh.  Sharad Kumar:  Saraf in his earlier stints at FIEO has served twice as vice-president and four times as regional chairman. He is chairman and founder of Technocraft Industries (India).  FIEO: Federation of Indian Export Organisations Interface between international trading community of India and Centre and state government, railways, ports, surface transport, financial institutions. Export development authorities in India. Its direct members contribute more than 70% of India It was established in 1965 with headquarters in New Delhi  by Union Ministry of Commerce and private trade and industry. FIEO serves as a forum for two way transmission of views between the government departments and the exporting community. FEIO has partnered with international agencies like International Trade Centre (ITC), World trade organisation(WTO), United nation conferrence on trade and development (UNCTAD), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International trade money ITM .

    Arvind Kumar is appointed as Director of Intelligence Bureau

    28 June 2019
    Arvind Kumar, Senior IPS officers, is appointed the new Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB). He is the IPS officer of 1984 batch. His appointment is confirmed by the Home Ministry. Arvind Kumar will succeed Rajiv Jain as IB Chief and will assume his charge on 30th June 2019. Previously Arvind Kumar was involved in tackling the Left Wing Extremism at IB. He is considered to be an expert on Kashmir issues. The Director of the Intelligence Bureau or the IB Chief is the senior most ranked IPS officer in the IB and the senior most IPS officer in the country also.

    Acharya sworn in as the Governor of Manipur on 27 June

    28 June 2019
    Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya sworn in as the Governor of Manipur on 27 June. Justice Lanusungkum Jamir of the High Court of Manipur administered the oath of office to Acharya at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan, Manipur.  Acharya will discharge the functions of the Governor of Manipur, in addition to his current duty as the Governor of Nagaland, during the absence of Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur. After swearing in Acharya said that the governor is the constitutional head of state and that he will discharge his constitutional duties. Can a governor be appointed for 2 or more states? Yes he can.  Article 153 of Constitution: It says that there shall be a Governor for each state. The 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 has facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.  

    Author Amish Tripathi appointed as the Director of Nehru Centre in London

    28 June 2019
    Author Amish Tripathi named as the director of London's Nehru Centre. Author of best-selling books like the Secret of the Nagas and Sita - Warrior of Mithila, Tripathi take over from diplomat Srinivas Gotru.  Gotra's four-year tenure ended this year. Tripathi appointed for the post followed by an interview with a selection panel, ICCR president Vinay Sahasrabudhe. The Nehru Centre founded in 1992  Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its founder director.  About Amish Tripathi  He is an Indian author His famous works are The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras, Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita: Warrior of Mithila.

    Samant Goel appointed as the new Chief of Research and Analysis Wing

    27 June 2019
    Centre appointed Samant Goel, IPS officer, as the new Chief of Research and Analysis Wing. The appointment comes after Samant Goel's key role in India’s counter-attack on the terror infrastructure in Pakistan’s Balakot. Goel is of the 1984 batch and hold the rank of Director General. He is from the Punjab cadre. The appointment was finalized and approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). ACC is headed by PM Narendra Modi and comprising Home Minister Amit Shah. Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW): ♦ Formed on: 21 September 1968 ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi, India ♦ Minister responsible: Narendra Modi, PM of India ♦ It is the foreign intelligence agency of India. ♦ The agency's primary function is gathering foreign intelligence, engaging in counter-terrorism, promoting counter-proliferation, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India's foreign strategic interests. ♦ It is also involved in the security of India's nuclear programme.

    K Natarajan to be the new director general of Indian Coast Guard

    27 June 2019
    Krishnaswamy Natarajan appointed as the next director general of Indian Coast Guard.  He replaces Rajendra Singh who is retiring after three and a half years of service. K. Natarajan joined the Coast Guard on January 18, 1984. He holds a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He held various important command and staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. The flag officer commanded all classes of ICG ships namely Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) Chandbibi.

    Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan appointed as the second Chief Justice of Telangana High Court

    24 June 2019
    Raghvendra Singh Chauhan appointed as the second Chief Justice of Telangana High Court in Hyderabad.  He succeeded Chief Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan in April, 2019 He belongs to Rajasthan He took oath before Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.  Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi initiated swearing-in ceremony  The Registrar General of Telangana High Court A. Venkateswar Reddy read out the warrant  About Telangana:  Capital - Hyderabad  Chief Minister - K. Chandrashekar Rao  

    Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court

    24 June 2019
    Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He succeeded Chief Justice Surya Kant. The ceremony was administered by Governor Acharya Devvrat.  He served as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court He joined as permanent Judge from November 9, 2009  About Himachal Pradesh Capital - Shimla  Chief Minister - Jai Ram Thakur 

    Shefali Juneja appointed as India's representative in the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

    24 June 2019
    Government of India appointed Shefali Juneja appointed as India's representative in the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)  The period of three years.  She is currently serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA).  She will replace Alok Shekhar (IAS officer ) who is named for the post in October 2015. The council is composed of 36 states. The council member states are chosen under three headings namely states of chief importance in air transport, states make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for air navigation  About the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)  Founder: Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation Founded: 1944 Headquarters: Montreal, Canada Head: Fang Liu

    Om Birla has been elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker

    19 June 2019
    Om Birla has been unanimously elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker with the opposition Congress coming out in support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s candidate. Birla will replace Sumitra Mahajan. Mr.Om Birla: He is a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Rajasthan. Birla is also a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament, member of Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of social justice and empowerment. He has an 86% average attendance in the House. Nominated by: Mr.Birla was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, home minister Amit Shah and minister for transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari. He was also backed by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) which was led by the Congress has also decided to support Birla’s candidature.

    Zuzana Caputova sworn as Slovakia's first female President

    17 June 2019
    Zuzana Caputova sworn as Slovakia's first female President. The swearing-in ceremony took place at Constitutional Court chair Ivan Fiacan parliamentary session held in Bratislava, Xinhua. After her sworn in the ceremony she insisted to maintain and strengthen this space of the pillars of Slovakia. She is the fifth president in the modern Slovak.  She was elected in the month of March. She defeated Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic.  About Slovakia It is a landlocked country in Central Europe Capital: Bratislava Currency: Euro 

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders to step down as White House Press Secretary

    16 June 2019
    After serving more than three years, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is stepping down from her current position as White House Press Secretary. Sanders, 36, worked on the communications team of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and later joined the White House as deputy press secretary when Trump took office. She has been appointed as the White House Press Secretary in July 2017, after Sean Spicer resigned from the position.

    Narasimhan has been appointed as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser

    15 June 2019
    PepsiCo executive Laxman Narasimhan has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser. He will succeed Rakesh Kapoor. Narasimhan will join Reckitt as CEO-designate and be appointed to the board on July 16. He will resume his office and become group CEO on September 1. Narasimhan’s initial priorities will be to focus on delivering outperformance especially in the health business unit, and to drive the Lysol maker’s plan to split the firm into two business units under the same company.

    BJP MP Virendra Kumar to be pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha

    12 June 2019
    Virendra Kumar, a seven-time MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh chosen as the pro tem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha. He was MoS in the ministry of women and child development He was also in the minority affairs ministry in the previous government. He is likely to be administered the oath of office at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on June 17, the day where newly elected Lok Sabha commences its first session. On the first two days, the new MPs will take the oath. The election for the speaker will be on June 19. He was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996. He became a member of the Standing Committee on Labour and Welfare. He served as a member and chairman of various committees. He studied a Ph.D. started his political career in 1977 He became the convener of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Sagar district, Madhya Pradesh. He served a prison sentence of 16 months under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) in protest against the imposition of Emergency when he was associated with RSS. He was a minister of state in the previous Modi government. Definition of Pro Term Speaker: After the general election and formation of a new government, a list of senior Lok Sabha members prepared by the Legislative Section is submitted to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs He who selects a pro tem speaker. The appointment should be approved by the President.

    Mekathoti Sucharitha appointed as the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh

    12 June 2019
    Sucharitha, A Dalit Women was inducted into the Congress by the late Dr Y S Rajashekara Reddy (YSR) spotted her during his historic ‘padayatra’ in 2003. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy appointed Mekathoti Sucharita as the state home minister She is one among five ministers to be selected from SC community Her native is Poondla village near Bapatla and completed her studies at Phirangipuram, where her father was practising as a doctor. She vowed to maintain the highest standards of integrity and honesty in public life and thanked Chief Minister for reposing faith in her and promised that she would live up to the expectations. About Y S Gagan Mohan Reddy  Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy, is an Indian politician  He is serving as the 17th and current Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Party: YSR Congress Party About Andhra Pradesh  Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy (YSR Congress Party) Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan

    Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as IMD Chief

    9 June 2019
    Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the Chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD). His is popularly known as Cyclone man. He will take charge in the month of August.  Mohapatra and his team at the Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) of the IMD are noted for their accurate forecasts on cyclones which have enabled the authorities to ensure early evacuation of millions of people eventually saving many lives. In the past six years, the CWD has given accurate forecasts on cyclones including when Phailin in 2013), Hudhud cyclone in 2014 and Titli in 2018 that hit the eastern coast. India Meteorological Department Formed on: 1875 Headquarters: New Delhi Functions under: Ministry of Earth Sciences Minister responsible: Harsh Vardhan Director General: K.J. Ramesh The IMD is responsible for the weather and climate-related forecasts in the country. It is also mandated to issue warning to people about severe weather phenomenon like cyclones, dust storms, heavy rain and snow, cold and heat waves, among others.

    Wipro Founder Azim Premji to retire as Executive Chairman by end of July

    9 June 2019
    Azim Premji will retire as executive chairman of Wipro Limited upon the completion of his current term on July 30, 2019 but he would continue to serve on the board as non-executive director and founder chairman. His son, Rishad Premji, chief strategy officer and a board member, will take over as the executive chairman following his father's retirement. CEO Abidali Neemuchwala has been appointed as MD. About Wipro: Founder: M.H. Hasham Premji Founded: 29 December 1945, India Owner: Azim Premji Headquarters: Bengaluru

    Justice Prashant Kumar appointed as Acting CJ Of Jharkhand HC

    8 June 2019
    Centre notified the appointment of Justice Prashant Kumar as the Acting Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court with effect from the date present Acting Chief Justice D N Patel relinquishes charge following his appointment as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.  Former Chief Justice Aniruddha Bose was appointed as Supreme Court judge on May 22.  Justice Patel appointed as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in the vacancy due to the retirement of former CJ Rajendra Menon. He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Jharkhand High Court. In 2016, he was transferred to the Allahabad High Court. He was transferred back to the Jharkhand High Court. About Justice Prashant Kumar Justice Prashant Kumar is an Indian judge. Presently, he is the Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court.

    P Jayadevan appointed as IOCL executive director for TN, Pondy

    7 June 2019
    P Jayadevan appointed as executive director of IndianOil Corporation Ltd for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with immediate effect. He succeeds R Sitharthan He will function as the coordinator for the oil industry in the state and also in the union territory. He will head as the chairman's secretariat at the corporate office, New Delhi. He has over three decades of experience primarily in LPG, operations, engineering and sales.  He holds a master's degree in petroleum management from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is presented with the Prime Minister's Aadhaar Excellence Award for his contribution. About Indian Oil Corporation Headquarters: New Delhi Chairperson: Sanjiv Singh Subsidiaries: Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Lanka IOC  

    Rajnath Singh to chair the Committee on Parliamentary Affairs

    7 June 2019
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is to chair the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs in the second term of the NDA government. Decisions on all the parliament matters will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. He was made a member of Cabinet Committee on Security and Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development.  He is also a part of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, the all-important panel on political affairs which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All important political decisions in the ruling dispensation will be taken by the panel. Apart from these 4 committees, he is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). In total, he is now a part of six key panels of the government. In the last government, Rajnath Singh headed the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

    Muhammad Bande has been elected as the next President of the 74th session UN General Assembly

    7 June 2019
    Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UN Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, elected as the next President of the 74th session UN General Assembly. He will succeed Maria Fernanda Espinosa. The next General Assembly session will commence in September 2019. Elected as per the rule: UNGA rule states that the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly should be elected from among the African States. In accordance with the rule, Muhammad-Bande has been elected. He assumes charge as UNGA prepares to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its creation in 2020. India offered its support to Muhammad-Bande's candidature. Focus: Muhammad-Bande, a former University professor, said that his presidency will focus on peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action. The 74th session of UNGA will focus on high-level meetings which include the High-level Political Forum, the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, the high-level events on Universal Health Coverage, Financing for Development and the commemoration of Beijing+25, providing major opportunities to promote the implementation of the goals and targets. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA): Formed on: 1945 Headquarters: New York, United States Members: 193 President: Tijjani Muhammad-Bande India's Permanent Representative to the UN is Syed Akbaruddin Note: Maria Fernanda Espinosa was only the fourth woman to be elected President of the General Assembly in the world organization's 73-year-old history and the first woman president of the world body ever from Latin America and the Caribbean region.  

    VP Sivakolundhu elected as Puducherry Assembly Speaker

    5 June 2019
    Deputy Speaker VP Sivakolundhu was elected as the new Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly. The post fell vacant after Congress' V Vaithilingam stepped down on March 21 to contest the Lok Sabha election from the lone Union Territory seat of Puducherry, which he won with a margin of 1,96,802 votes against his nearest rival K Narayanasamy of All India NR Congress. The Congress leader, Sivakolundhu, was the sole contender for the Speaker's post.

    RBI approved the appointment of Rakesh Makhija as chairman of Axis Bank

    5 June 2019
    In March, the board of the Axis bank had approved appointment of Rakesh Makhija as chairman subject to RBI clearance. Rakesh Makhija, independent director was appointed as the non-executive (part-time) chairman of the bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from July 18, 2019, up to July 17, 2022. Rakesh Makhija has held a number of top management positions within the SKF Group. Prior to joining SKF, he was the chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Honeywell Ltd.

    SpiceJets Chairman and MD Ajay Singh was elected to the board of IATA

    3 June 2019
    SpiceJet's Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh was elected to the board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), less than three months after the airline joined the global grouping. Founder and former chairman of the now grounded Jet Airways Naresh Goyal, who was associated with the IATA for a long time, was a member on the previous board. Board of IATA: The new board of the global airlines' grouping would be chaired by Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr, who took charge after the conclusion of the IATA annual general meeting at Seoul, South Korea. Spohr will be the Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term. Other board members include Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. In March, SpiceJet became the first Indian low-cost carrier to take membership of the IATA, a grouping of around 290 airlines.  International Air Transport Association (IATA): Formed on: 19 April 1945 Headquarters: Quebec, Canada DG and CEO: Alexandre de Juniac Membership: 290 airlines in 120 countries IATA is a trade association of the world’s airlines. IATA provides consulting and training services in many areas.

    James Marape appointed as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

    31 May 2019
    Lawmakers of Papua New Guinea elected James Marape as its 8th prime minister. He belongs to Pangu Party. He succeeded Peter O Neill of People's National Congress party, who was pressured to resign by a series of political defections in recent days, and tensions over a multi-billion-dollar gas project signed this year with French company Total and the US firm ExxonMobil.  Marape earlier served as the finance minister of Papua New Guinea while he was a member of the People's National Congress party and he resigned on April 2019.  About Papua New Guinea:  Capital: Port Moresby  Currency: Papua New Guinean kina

    Muhammadu Buhari sworn in as the president of Nigeria for the second term

    30 May 2019
    Muhammadu Buhari sworn in for a second term as Nigeria's president. He is a former military ruler, won 56 percent of the votes to defeat his main challenger, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) in the February election. According to Transparency International's 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, Nigeria failed to improve its ranking of 144th out of 180 countries from the previous year, despite a number of positive steps. Buhari is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother after his father died when he was about four years old. About Muhammadu Buhari Born:17 December 1942 Political party: All Progressives Congress Nationality: Nigerian

    Malawi's President Peter Mutharika re-elected for the second term

    29 May 2019
    Malawi's president Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party won the re-elections with 38.5% votes.  The victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi by the head of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Jane Ansah. He won the elections against the opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera from the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) who secured 35.4% of the votes.  Former Vice President Saulos Chilima secured third position with 20% votes.  Malawi has been independent since 1964 and it was the 6th presidential election held since single-party rule ended in 1994 About Malawi:  Capital: Lilongwe  Currency: Malawian Kwacha

    Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed as new Home Secretary for West Bengal

    29 May 2019
    Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee appointed Alapan Bandyopadhyay, an IAS officer of the 1987 batch, as the new Home Secretary for West Bengal.  He succeeds Atri Bhattacharya Alapan Bandyopadhyay was in charge of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) Department with additional charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises Department. Ajit Ranjan Bardhan as the new principal secretary of the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) Bardhan was earlier in charge of Youth Services and Sports department. Barun Kumar Ray, who was in charge of the NBDD with an additional charge of Jalpaiguri Commissioner was transferred as the Commissioner of Malda. Choten D Lama, Secretary of the Panchayat & Rural Development Department (P&RD) was shifted to the Backward Classes Welfare Department with an additional charge of the Tribal department. Gyanwant Singh was appointed as the new ADGP (Law and Order). Jayanta Kumar Basu was appointed as the director of the directorate of economic offences. About West Bengal Capital: Kolkata Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee (AITC)

    Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India appointed to head UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan

    27 May 2019
    The commandant of the Indian Army Infantry School, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, aged 57appointed as the new force commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda. He will command over 1 6,000 peacekeepers which include nearly 2,400 from India. He has an experience with the Indian Armed Forces for more than 34 years. ii. In 1 983, he graduated from the Indian Military Academy. He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. He served the UN Angola Verification Mission Ill from 1996 to 1997 and UN Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009. About the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS): Established by. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1996 Founded: July 9, 201 1 Headquarters: Juba, South Sudan Head: David Shearer

    Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in making a strength of 31 judges

    26 May 2019
    Four new Supreme Court judges were sworn in, raising the number of judges to the full sanctioned strength of 31.  Justices Aniruddha Bose, AS Bopanna, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.  With this, the apex court attained its approved total strength of 31 judges. The five-member Collegium, headed by Justice Gogoi, had earlier this month overruled the Centre's objection to the appointment of Justice Bose of the Jharkhand High Court and Justice Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court. The Collegium had recommended the names of Justices Bose and Bopanna on April 12. The Centre had, however, objected to their elevation citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons.

    British PM Theresa May Announces Resignation

    25 May 2019
    British Prime Minister Theresa May announces resignation from her post. She will resign on 7 June. Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.  About Theresa May Born: 1 October 1956  Political party    Conservative Parents: Hubert Brasier, Zaidee Mary Barnes

    Jagan Mohan Reddy To Be Sworn In As CM of Andhra Pradesh

    24 May 2019
    YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy sworn in as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on 30th of May at Vijayawada.  Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy announced this following his party achieving inching towards a landslide victory in the legislative elections for Andhra Pradesh Legislative assembly.  He will replace N Chandrababu Naidu who resides as Andhra Pradesh CM About YSR Congress Party  President: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy Founded:12 March 2011  Headquarters: Vijayawada  

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