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  • Bhushan steel appointed Narendran as Chairman

    Bhushan Steel, acquired by Tata Steel under corporate resolution process, has appointed T.V. Narendran as Chairman and non-executive, additional director of the company. Mr. Narendran is the CEO & MD of Tata Steel. A new management team has been put into place at Bhushan Steel after it was acquired by Tata Steel via the insolvency and bankruptcy process.

    Ramesh Powar appointed as interim coach of India women's cricket team

    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar to look after the Indian women’s cricket team till replacement for coach Tushar Arothe will be found. The Indian womens Cricket team is scheduled to have a series in Sri Lanka in August.

    Haryana Governor took additional charge of Himachal Pradesh

    Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh by President Ram Nath Kovind. He would carry the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of incumbent Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat, who is on leave.

    Scientist RA Mashelkar proposed as Jio Institute Chancellor

    Reliance Foundation has proposed the name of eminent scientist Raghunath A Mashelkar as the Chancellor of yet-to-be established Jio Institute. He currently heads the National Innovation Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology, GoI. Dipak C Jain, former director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok, will serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute.

    TCA Raghavan is appointed Director-General of ICWA

    Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan is appointed as the Director General (DG), ex officio member-Secretary of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) by Vice President of India and President of ICWA, M. Venkaiah Naidu. The post of DG is equivalent to the rank of Secretary to Government of India. The decision was taken in the meetings of the Governing Body and Governing Council of the ICWA. Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan has served as India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad and Singapore and has served in India’s missions at London, Thimphu, and Kuwait.  

    T Latha appointed as new MD, CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank for three years

    She has taken over from G Sreeram, who has retired from the office on July 1, 2018, on completion of his tenure. She has 35 years of banking experience with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and was in charge of credit operations dealing with large corporate credits.

    Lupin Ltd. appointed Yashwant Mahadik as Global HR President

    Pharma major and Drug firm Lupin Limited appointed Yashwant Mahadik as President, Global Human Resources. Previously, he was assigned with Sun Pharmaceuticals as Global Chief Human Resources Officer prior to which he held HR roles with increasing responsibilities at companies like Philips, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Colgate Palmolive.

    Indian women's Cricket team coach Tushar Arothe resigned

    Arothe was forced to resign after a few senior players, with reasonable influence, wanted his immediate ouster. Arothe, who was a Baroda stalwart with an experience of 114 first-class games, had guided the team to the 50-over World Cup final in England last year. The 10-nation ICC women's World T20 is scheduled to take place in the West Indies November 9-24.

    Jeremy Hunt appointed as new UK Foreign Secretary

    British PM Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary. This appointment has come after Boris Johnson resigned from the post in protest at the government’s Brexit plan. The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May’s top ministerial team.

    Professor Sandeep Sancheti takes charge as president of AIU

    Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) has assumed charge as the 97th President of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi. The AIU, which was founded in 1925 and initially known as the Inter-University Board of India, has currently more than 720 members represented by Vice Chancellors. The AIU facilitates coordination and mutual consultation among Universities as well as acting as a liaison with Central and State governments. The AIU, besides promoting academic excellence nationally and internationally is also a body that is very much involved in cultural and sporting activities in the higher education domain.

    David Davis resigns as Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab appointed as new Brexit Secretary

    British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary after his predecessor "David Davis" quit in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union. Boris Johnson resigned as UK's Foreign Secretary amid a growing political crisis over UK's Brexit strategy. His resignation came 30 minutes before UK PM Theresa May addressed the Parliament about her new Brexit plan. The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, but the two sides have yet to agree how trade will work between the UK and the EU afterwards.

    Martin Schwenk appointed as new MD and CEO of Mercedes Benz India

    Schwenk will take charge from November 1 by replacing Roland Folger, who will assume a new position for Mercedes-Benz's Thailand and Vietnam markets. Schwenk is currently the CFO of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co. in China.

    Muthoot Pappachan Group appoints Vidya Balan as its brand ambassador

    The Muthoot Pappachan Group, which is mainly into the financial services business, has appointed film actress Vidya Balan as brand ambassador for two years and unveiled a new corporate identity. ♦ Muthoot Pappachan Group is into two-wheeler finance, micro-finance, affordable housing finance, health, life and general insurance, precious metals, automotive, realty, hospitality and IT businesses, among others. ♦ Muthoot Pappachan Group CMD - Thomas John Muthoot

    Mukesh Ambani reappointed as Reliance Chairman for 5 more years

    Mukesh Ambani, one of the board member of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) since 1977, was elevated as Chairman of RIL after the death of his father and group patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani in July 2012. Ambani will be paid an annual salary of Rs 4.17 crore and Rs 59 lakh of perquisites and allowances.

    Manoj Kumar Pingua is appointed as MD of NFDC

    Manoj Kumar Pingua, a joint secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is appointed as the acting Manager of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The previous Managing Director of NFDC is Nina Lath Gupta.

    UK town to be Amritsar's twin city to honour last Sikh king

    A small town Thetford of England will be converted into a twin city of Amritsar in the memory of the last king of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Duleep Singh. The city celebrates the 125th death anniversary of Maharaja Duleep Singh with a two-week-long Punjabi festival.

    SC judge AK Goel appointed as New Chairman of National Green Tribunal

    Supreme Court judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was appointed as the Chairman of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a period of 5 years. He was the first Supreme Court judge from Haryana. He replaces the acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim. Justice Goel was appointed Supreme Court judge in July 2014. About NGT:- The NGT was established on October 18, 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources.

    Vishwas Patel appointed as new Chairman of Payments Council of India

    Vishwas Patel, Director, Infibeam Avenues Limited, has been appointed as new Chairman of Payments Council of India (PCI), the apex body representing the companies in the payments and settlement system. PCI has also announced the appointment of Loney Antony, Managing Director, Hitachi Payment Services as its new Co-Chairman.

    Trump appoints Indian American as head of US Drug Enforcement Agency

    Uttam Dhillon, an Indian-American lawyer has been appointed as the Acting Director of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that combats the smuggling and use of narcotics in the US. Dhillon last served as the Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump. Dhillon, who holds a law degree from the University of California, became the first Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement in 2006.

    P K Shrivastava is appointed as the new DG of OFB

    P K Shrivastava was appointed as the new Director-General and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Earlier he was the additional  DG of ordnance factories and member at OFB. He was also in-charge of OFB's Armoured Vehicles headquarters at Avadi in Chennai. Shrivastava joined Indian Ordnance Factories' Service in 1982.

    Indian American Seema Nanda named CEO of Committee of United States

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the decision-making body of the Democratic Party in the US, has appointed Indian American Seema Nanda to serve as its new CEO. Nanda is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the largest human and civil rights organisation in the US. She replaces interim CEO Mary Beth Cahill, who took the helm of the DNC in February.

    Vijay Srinivas appointed Director and GM of United India Insurance

    City-based United India Insurance Company announced the appointment of K B Vijay Srinivas as its Director and General Manager with effect from July 1. Prior to taking up the new role, he was serving National Insurance Company Ltd as its Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager.

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected Mexico's President

    Obrador (64-year-old) has won the Mexico's presidency at the third attempt. He promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption across the Country. Lopez Obrador will formally take power on December 1. Present President of Mexico:- Enrique Pena Nieto.

    Sathyasri Sharmila from Tamil Nadu becomes First Transgender Lawyer of India

    36 year-old Sathyasri Sharmila from Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu has become the first transgender lawyer to enroll herself with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTNP). On a related note, Rajasthan's Ganga Kumari was appointed as the first transgender woman constable after Justice Dinesh Mehta issued the order. Meanwhile, West Bengal's Joyita Mondal was appointed the Lok Adalat judge of Islampur in North Dinajpur district, thus giving India its first transgender judge.

    Ravi Thapar to be the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Costa Rica

    Shri Ravi Thapar, presently Ambassador of India to Panama, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Costa Rica. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1983 batch and expected to take up the assignment shortly. Costa Rica President - Carlos Alvarado Costa Rica Capital - San Jose.

    Antonio Vitorino from Portugal elected as new Director General of UN migration agency

    Antonio Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino of Portugal was elected by the member States of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to serve as the agency’s Director General, beginning on 1 October 2018. He succeeds William Lacy Swing of the United States, who will have served two five-year terms as IOM chief. Established in 1951, IOM had been an observer to the UN since 1992. 

    ICICI names ex IAS Girish Chaturvedi as part time Chairman

    ICICI Bank appointed retired IAS officer and former petroleum secretary Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as part-time non-executive Chairman and independent Director on the bank's Board, from July 1 for three years. Chaturvedi will replace current Chairman MK Sharma after his term ends on June 30.

    Kanwaljeet Jawa becomes 1st Indian to be appointed as board member of Daikin

    Japanese air-conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd has appointed it's India operations MD & CEO Kanwaljeet Jawa into the board of the parent company. Jawa joined Daikin India in 2010 as the COO and later became the MD & CEO who transformed an engineering company to a full scale HVAC organisation.

    Yousaf Saleem sworn in as Pakistan's first visually impaired judge

    Yousaf Saleem, 25-year-old, a visually impaired lawyer, became the first blind judge in the history of Pakistan. His sister is reportedly Pakistan's first visually impaired civil servant.

    National Security Adviser of Pakistan, Nasser Janjua resigns

    Pakistan's National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua resigned without citing any specific reason. Janjua was appointed as NSA in October 2015 by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, replacing Sartaj Aziz. Before being appointed as the NSA, Janjua was heading the Southern Command in Balochistan. Janjua was the second military official to hold the post after Major General (retd.) Mehmood Durrani who was NSA during an earlier Pakistan Peoples’ Party government.

    S Ramesh appointed as chairman of CBIC

    Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes. He will succeed Vanaja N Sarna, who superannuates on June 30. Sarna was appointed as chief of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), which has now been rechristened as the CBIC, in March last year.

    MS Dhoni signed as the first brand ambassador of Sumadhura Group

    Sumadhura Group, one of South India’s city-based realty majors, has roped in MS Dhoni as its first brand ambassador to represent the brand in all their national campaigns, in a multi-year engagement.

    MS Dhoni signed as the first brand ambassador of Sumadhura Group

    Sumadhura Group, one of South India’s city-based realty majors, has roped in MS Dhoni as its first brand ambassador to represent the brand in all their national campaigns, in a multi-year engagement.

    Government appointed Arijit Basu as new Managing Director of SBI

    He will fill the position that fell vacant following the elevation of Rajnish Kumar as the chairman.  Executive committee of the central board approved appointment of Anil Kishore as deputy managing director and chief risk officer of the bank for a period up to May, 2020.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan re elected as the Turkish President

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan had won a 52.54% share of the national vote and re-elected as the Turkish President, extending his 15-year grip on power. Erdogan has won several consecutive elections to become Turkey's longest-serving leader.  

    Amit Jain appointed as first Indian MD of LOreal India

    French beauty giant L'Oréal has appointed Amit Jain as its new India Managing Director, making him the first Indian to lead its operations in the country. He succeeds Jean-Christophe Letellier who, after five years in the role, will take up a new position within L'Oréal Group. Jain has 30 years of experience with companies such as Coca-Cola, Viacom and AkzoNobel.

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns

    Intel Corp. removed Brian Krzanich as chief executive officer after the chipmaker learned he had a "past consensual relationship" with an employee, a violation of the company's policies. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan was named interim chief executive officer, effective immediately.

    SBI Managing Director B Sriram took charge as the CEO and MD of IDBI Bank for 3 months

    He has been appointed in place of Mahesh Kumar Jain who was recently made the Deputy Governor of RBI. Sriram currently manages SBI's corporate banking division, which has a loan book exceeding ₹10 lakh crore.

    Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian resigned from the finance ministry

    Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian resigns and leaves from the finance ministry because of "pressing family commitments" and will shift base to the US. Subramanian took charge as the CEA on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years. In 2017, his term was extended for a year. He launched the Government’s online education platform “Swayam”, which became one of the most followed courses in India.

    Indian American Atul Gawande appointed as CEO of New Amazon led Joint Health Care Firm

    Eminent Indian-American surgeon, writer and public health innovator Atul Gawande has been named as the CEO of a new US employee health care company,started by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon. He will take over as the CEO of the company from July 9.

    Sikkim govt appoints A.R. Rahman as its Brand Ambassador

    Renowned music composer A.R. Rahman has been appointed as the Brand Ambassador of the Sikkim government. He was appointed at the onset of 'The Red Panda Winter Carnival 2018', which aimed at increasing the flow of tourists. Earlier in 2018, Sikkim government had made Mr. A.R. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

    Government panel selects 22 general managers for Executive Director post at PSU Banks

    The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended 22 candidates from different banks for the Executive Director (ED) positions in PSU Banks. The BBB panel has selected four general managers (GM) of Punjab National Bank and three from Vijaya Bank. Two general managers were selected from Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Canara Bank each but not from Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank and Indian bank. The four general managers from PNB includes Manas R Biswal, Gopal Gusain, Vivek Jha and Alok Shrivastava. The two GM from Union Bank of India are PR Rajagopal and Shenoy Vittal. The two GMs from Bank of India are Ajay Kumar Azad and Dinesh Kumar Garg and the two GMs from Canara Bank are Hemant Tamta and Ajit Kumar Das. The other members selected includes Sanjay Aggarwal and Shanti Lal Jain from Allahabad Bank; Vijay Dubey, A Manimekhalai and Ajay K Khurana from Vijaya Bank; Vikramaditya S Khichi and Usha Ravi from Dena Bank; Atul Kumar and K Srinivasa Rao from Syndicate Bank; Sanjay Kumar from United Bank of India; K Ramchandran from Corporation BankNSE -2.91 % and Ajay Vyas from Central Bank of India.

    Uber appoints Pradeep Parameswaran as new President of India and South Asia

    U.S. based ride hailing firm Uber has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran as new President of India and South Asia. This comes after Amit Jain was elevated to head the Asia Pacific region for Uber in May this year. Parameswaran joined Uber in January 2017 and was CEO of Den Networks, a Cable TV company in his last stint.

    Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister

    Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ended its alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), potentially pushing the state towards Governor’s rule. She handed over her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

    Bangladesh appointed Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed as New Army Chief

    Bangladesh appointed Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed as the country's new army chief for a three-year tenure. He would succeed General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haque, who is set to retire on June 25.

    Ivan Duque wins election to become President of Colombia

    Ivan Duque, the conservative political newcomer was elected as Colombia's president on June 17. He received 54% of the vote in run-off election. His running mate, Marta Lucia Ramirez, will become Colombia's first female vice-president.

    Sandeep Bakhshi may be appointed as Interim CEO of ICICI Bank, replacing Chanda Kochhar

    ICICI Bank is reportedly planning to appoint Sandeep Bakhshi, CEO of ICICI Prudential Life, as the bank's interim CEO, replacing Chanda Kochhar. The ICICI bank may ask Chanda Kochhar to go on leave until an internal investigation into conflict of interest allegations against her is completed. Bakhshi has been the chief of the life insurance arm since August 2010.

    Former World Bank Economist Omar al Razzaz was sworn in as Prime Minister of Jordan

    Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan's Prime Minister after King Abdullah issued a decree approving the new government. Jordan's King Abdullah mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

    Prime minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigns after mass protests

    Giorgi Kvirikashvili, 50, has been the Georgia's prime minister since 2015. He has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party. Under the Georgian constitution, a prime minister's resignation leads to the resignation of the entire cabinet.

    Dr. Inder Jit Singh Assumes Charge As Secretary, Ministry Of Coal

    Dr. Inder Jit Singh assumed charge as  Secretary, Ministry of Coal at  Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi. Dr. Inder Jit Singh took over the charge of  Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Susheel Kumar. In the interim, Secretary Mines, Anil G Mukhim had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.

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