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  • Pravin Rao is appointed as the new chairman of Nasscom

    2 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). 

    Indian-origin MP Lisa Nandy appointed as shadow foreign minister

    2 days ago
    Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party's newly-elected Leader, named Indian-origin MP Lisa Nandy as his shadow foreign secretary on 5 April. Starmer's new committee will be responsible for coordinating Labour's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Lisa Nandy: Lisa Eva Nandy served as the Member of Parliament for Wigan since 2010. From 2010-12 she served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell. From 2012-15, she served as the Shadow Charities Minister.  Nandy came in third in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election. She secured 16.3% of the vote and came behind Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

    NTPC appointed Dilip Kumar Patel as Director of Human resources

    5 days ago
    National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited appointed Dilip Kumar Patel as its Director Human resources on 1 April. Dilip Kumar Patel: Patel has more than three decades of experience in HR functions. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Rourkela. He gained his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (HR & Finance) from MDI, Gurgaon. Initially, he gained experience in Mechanical Maintenance & CHP Operation and Employee Development Centre (EDC) at Korba.  In 1997, he switched his career to core HR functions. After his work as HR at Korba, he moved to become the Head of HR at Koldam where the first hydro project of NTPC was launched. Patel has served as HR Head in various NTPC projects like NSPCL Bhilai, Sipat, and Tanda for around 12 years. He also served as the Regional Head of HR in the Eastern Region-2, before he was appointed as the Director (HR). NTPC Limited: Founded on: 7 November 1975 Headquarters: New Delhi, India Chairman & MD: Gurdeep Singh NTPC provides services including Electricity generation and distribution natural gas exploration, production, transportation and distribution. The Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) ventures into oil and gas exploration and coal mining activities also. IT is promoted by the Government of India.

    Pravin Jadhav resigns as MD and CEO of Paytm Money

    7 days ago
    Pravin Jadhav, the Managing Director and CEO of Paytm Money resigned from the company. He will be relieved by the end of April. The reason cited for his resignation was differences over ESOPs, annual salary, and remuneration.  Pravin Jadhav: Jadhav was elevated as MD and CEO in September 2019. Previously, he was associated with the wealth management platform since the inception of the firm. From 2017, he served with Paytm Money in various roles like a consultant, director, and MD. Paytm Money: Paytm Money was founded in 2019 by Jadhav. So far, the payment has around Rs.5000 crore assets under its management. Paytm money is one of the big bets played by the payments unicorn. It is a product of Paytm.  Paytm: Founded on: August 2010 Headquarters: Uttar Pradesh, India Founded by: Vijay Shekhar Sharma CEO & President: Vijay Shekhar Sharma Vice president: Ajay Shekhar Sharma Paytm is an India-based e-commerce payment system and financial technology company. 

    BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of RBI

    8 days ago
    BP Kaunungo was reappointed as the deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the extension of Kanungo's term as RBI deputy Governor by one year. It will be effective from 3 April, when his 3-year tenure comes to an end. BP Kaunungo: Kanungo served as an executive director of the RBI. In April 2017, he was elevated to the post of deputy governor. He is in charge of departments like currency management, payments, and settlement, foreign exchange, internal debt management, among others. Kanungo is a career central banker. He joined the RBI in September 1982. He has worked in several functional areas of the banks such as foreign exchange management, banking & non-banking Supervision, currency management, government and bank accounts, and public debt.

    AP appointed Dr.Srinath Reddy as an advisor to the state Government

    8 days ago
    The Andhra Pradesh Government has appointed Dr.Srinath Reddy as an advisor to the Government on 31 March. Dr.Reddy is the former Head of the Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Srinath Reddy: Dr.Reddy will act as the advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Government. The state government has requested that he will not take any salary or perks in return for his services.  Background: So far, a total of seventeen new COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Andhra Pradesh. The total number of positive cases in the state increased to 40.

    Sudhir Rajkumar resigns from UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

    8 days ago
    Sudhir Rajkumar, a senior official from India, has resigned from his position of Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). He was appointed to the role of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in October 2017. Rajkumar did not mention any reason for his resignation. He managed the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. Sudhir Rajkumar: Prior to the UN appointment, Sudhir Rajkumar headed the global pension advisory program at the World Bank Treasury. He provided advisory services to the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, National Pension Fund of the Republic of Korea, South Africa's Government Employees Pension Fund, KWAP of Malaysia, and the Nazarbayev University Endowment in Kazakhstan and other public investment institutions globally. In 1988, he began his career at the World Bank in Eastern Africa Operations as a Young Professional and has worked in various regions and capacities with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, including as Principal Investment Officer. Note: UNJSPF was established in 1948. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution to provide retirement, death, disability and related benefits for staff upon cessation of their services with the UN.

    Sameer Aggarwal is appointed as CEO of Walmart India

    13 days ago
    Sameer Aggarwal is appointed as CEO of Walmart India. Aggarwal appointment will come into effect from 1 April. He will report to Dirk Van Den Berghe, Executive Vice-President and Regional CEO of Asia and Global Sourcing, Walmart.  Aggarwal will replace Krish Iyer, who is set to retire. He has assumed the role of advisor to Best Price, Walmart India. Sameer Aggarwal: Sameer Aggarwal received his post-graduation from the London Business School and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has experience across industries in general management, strategy, finance and mergers, and acquisitions in various countries, for more than two decades. He worked as the Chief Finance, Development and Supply Chain Officer for KFC Thailand. Before this, he worked with Sainsbury's in its UK and China operations as Head of Strategy and then Executive Assistant to the CEO to assist with the CEO transition. He has worked with McKinsey & Company UK and Australia as Associate Partner leading projects globally across various sectors and functions for over seven years.

    Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha

    20 days ago
    Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha on 19 March 2020. He was nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind. His nomination to the upper house was made against the vacancy created due to the retirement of senior lawyer KTS Tulsi. Ranjan Gogoi: Ranjan Gogoi was retired on 17 November 2019. He is the first person from the northeast region to reach the top of the judiciary. He served as the Judge of Gauhati High Court from 28 February 2001 to 8 September 2010. In September 2010, he was appointed as the Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. He then served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 12 February 2011. In 2012, he served as the Judge of the Supreme Court of India. On 3 October 2018, he replaced Justice Dipak Misra as CJI. He was appointed as CJI by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

    Google appointed Karan Bajwa as MD of Google Cloud in India

    20 days ago
    Google appointed Karan Bajwa as Managing Director (MD) of Google Cloud in India. He will advise Google Cloud's work with the local developer ecosystem and India-based Global System Integrators (GSIs). Google Cloud's field sales, partner, and customer engineering organizations in India will report to Bajwa. He will be responsible for driving all revenue and go-to-market operations for Google Cloud's extensive solution portfolio that includes Google Cloud Platform and G Suite in the country. Karan Bajwa: Karan Bajwa is a senior leader with over three decades of leadership experience. He recently served as MD for  India and South Asia for IBM. Before that, he worked as an MD in Microsoft for nine years. He led the company's operations in India. He worked with Cisco Systems in India and Singapore.

    Bill Gates stepped down from the Microsofts board

    24 days ago
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft's board. Microsoft did not announce any replacement for Gates on the board. Gates also announced that he would be stepping down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway. Since 2004, he has served as a director of Berkshire Hathaway.  His departure reduced the number of Microsoft directors to 12. The board directors of Microsoft are John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chair; Sandra E. Peterson, operating partner, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; Nadella; Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock Partners; Hugh Johnston, vice chairman and chief financial officer of Pepsico; Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gap; John Stanton, chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners; Penny Pritzker, founder, and chairman, PSP Partners; Charles W. Scharf, CEO of Wells Fargo; Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International; Padmasree Warrior, founder, CEO, and president, Fable Group; and Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. Earlier, in October 2018, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died of cancer at the age of 65.  Microsoft: Founded on: 4 April 1975 Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen Headquarters: Washington, US chairman: John W. Thompson CEO: Satya Nadella President: Brad Smith

    Eric Horvitz appointed as CSO of Microsoft

    26 days ago
    Microsoft has appointed Eric Horvitz as its first-ever Chief Scientific Officer (CSO). He will provide cross-company leadership on advances and trends on scientific matters and on issues and opportunities arising at the intersection of technology people and society.  The team under Horvitz will advise the company on its scientific directions and capabilities, including standing up new initiatives, providing guidance on company priorities, and assessing important areas for investment in science and technology. Eric Horvitz: Horvitz who joined Microsoft in 1993. He was a Technical Fellow and Director at Microsoft's Research Labs. He has co-chaired the company's Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee. 

    Lt Gen KJS Dhillon to assume charge as Director General of DIA

    29 days ago
    Lt Gen KJS Dhillon is appointed as the Director-General Defence Intelligence Agency (DG DIA) and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Intelligence) (DCIDS) on 9 March. The department functions under the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in the newly created Department of Military Affairs. He will assume the charge soon. Lt Gen KJS Dhillon: Lt Gen Dhillon is 57-year-old age. He is from the 1983 batch of the Indian Military Academy. He served at the strategic XV Corps of Army in 2019 and handed over the charge of XV Corps to Lt Gen BS Raju.  Defence Intelligence Agency: Upon the recommendations of a Group of Ministers, which looked into lapses leading to the Kargil intrusion in 1999, DIA was established in 2002. DIA is the nodal agency for all defence-related intelligence that collects information technically and through satellites to safeguard the interest of the country.

    Chalasani Venkat Nageswar gets additional charge as CFO of SBI

    29 days ago
    Chalasani Venkat Nageswar was given the additional charge of Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of State Bank of India (SBI) on 9 March with immediate effect.  SBI: Founded on: 2 June 1806 (as Bank of Calcutta), 15 April 1840 (as Bank of Bombay), 1 July 1843 (as Bank of Madras), 27 January 1921 (as Imperial Bank of India), 1 July 1955 (as State Bank of India) Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Chairman: Rajnish Kumar The public sector bank (PSB) is the largest bank in India, with a 23% market share. GoI took control of the Imperial Bank of India (present SBI) in 1955. RBI holds a 60% stake in the bank. 

    Amita Pandove was sworn in as Information Commissioner of CIC

    33 days ago
    Smt Amita Pandove was sworn in as the Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission (CIC). The oath of office was administered by the Chief Information Commissioner, Shri Bimal Julka.  With her induction, the total number of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, including Chief Information Commissioner, has gone up to 7.

    Bimal Julka was sworn in as the Chief Information Commissioner on 5 March

    33 days ago
    The former Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Secretary Bimal Julka was sworn in as the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) on 5 March. The oath of office was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind. Bimal Julka was chosen by a high-level selection panel chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also, the appointment of Sanjay Kothari as Chief Vigilance Commissioner is yet to be notified. Bimal Julka: Bimal Julka is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who served as an Information Commissioner. He will fill the vacancy created by incumbent Sudhir Bhargava, who retired earlier 2020.  Central Information Commission (CIC): Central Information Commission was formed on 12 October 2005. CIC was constituted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. It has jurisdiction over all central public authorities.

    Sumant Kathpalia appointed as MD and CEO of Induslnd Bank Ltd

    40 days ago
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed Sumant Kathpalia as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Induslnd Bank Ltd. The appointment with effect from 24 March 2020. He will hold the office for a tenure of three years. Kathpalia will replace Romesh Sobti. Romesh Sobti: Sobti has been serving as MD & CEO at Induslnd Bank since 2008. Prior to that, he served as the India head for ABN Amro Bank.  Sumant Kathpalia: Sumant Kathpalia is a former ABN Amro employee. He currently heads Induslnd Bank's retail lending business. The appointment of Kathpalia was nominated and remunerated by the committee of the Induslnd bank's board. It was communicated to RBI in November 2019. IndusInd Bank Limited: Founded on: 1994 Founder: S. P. Hinduja Headquarters: Pune, Maharashtra IndusInd Bank was the first bank among the new-generation private banks across India. It offers transactional, commercial, and electronic banking products and services. 

    Ratan Tata appointed as the chairman of the advisory council of Mumbai University

    41 days ago
    Industrialist Ratan Tata is appointed as the chairman of the advisory council of Mumbai University. Tata was nominated by Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of Universities in the state Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Tata was appointed for his vast experience in education, entrepreneurship and employment creation. He has navigated the companies to greater heights in India and globally as the head of the Tata Group.  Advisory council: ♦ The appointment of Tata comes under the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 that states the appointment of any eminent industrialist to the council as the chancellor's nominees.  ♦ For the first time, the Act makes a provision for the advisory council in the state. The state government plans to form councils in all universities across the state.  ♦ The advisory council will provide recommendations and advises the vice-chancellor on reports and action plans academics, research and development (R&D), administration and generation of financial resources. The council will devise a mechanism for the overall monitoring of the university. ♦ Dr. Anil Kakodkar and Sujata Saunik, additional chief secretary, Maharashtra government, have been nominated as members for the council.

    Jawed Ashraf appointed as Indias next Ambassador to France

    42 days ago
    Diplomat Jawed Ashraf has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to France on 26 February. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). He will take up the assignment shortly. The appointment comes in view of rising strategic ties between India and France. Jawed Ashraf: Jawed Ashraf is a 1991-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. He is currently serving as Indian High Commissioner to Singapore. He will replace Vinay Mohan Kwatra as India's Ambassador to France. Kwatra, on the other hand, has been appointed as India's Ambassador to Nepal. France: President: Emmanuel Macron Prime Minister: Edouard Philippe Capital: Paris Official/ National: French Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)

    Suella Braverman appointed as the UKs new Attorney General

    42 days ago
    Indian-origin Suella Braverman has been appointed as the UK's new Attorney General. The appointment comes in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's reshuffled Cabinet in February 2020. Suella Braverman sworn in for the post at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 24 February.  Braverman will involve reviewing the work of the law officers' departments. She will oversee the independent prosecuting authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Serious Fraud Office.  Suella Braverman: Suella Braverman, a 39-year-old minister, is a barrister and Cambridge University law graduate. She had specialized in public law and judicial review. Since 2015, she served as an MP for Fareham in south-east England. Shey served as a minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union. She served as a member of the Attorney General's panel of treasury counsel. She studied law at the University of Cambridge. She completed Masters in law from the University of Paris. Braverman was the first female Attorney General to be appointed by a Conservative Party government.

    Bhaskar Khulbe, Amarjeet Sinha appointed as Advisors to PM Narendra Modi

    46 days ago
    Retired IAS officers Bhaskar Khulbe and Amarjeet Sinha has appointed as Advisors to Prime Minister Narendra Modi 21 February 2020. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointments in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the rank and scale of Secretary. The appointments were made on a contractual basis initially for a period of two years, or until further orders. General terms and conditions that are applicable in the case of re-employed officers of Secretary-level in the government are applicable to them. Bhaskar Khulbe: Bhaskar Khulbe is an Indian Administrative Service officers from the 1983 batch. Khulbe was from West Bengal cadre. He has served in the PMO.  Amarjeet Sinha: Amarjeet Sinha is an Indian Administrative Service officers from the 1983 batch. He was from the Bihar cadre. Sinha retired as the Rural Development Secretary in 2019.

    RBI appointed Sunil Gurbaxani as MD and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank

    46 days ago
    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the appointment of Sunil Gurbaxani as Managing Director and CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank. Prior to this appointment, he was working with Axis Bank. He will serve for a period of three years from the date of taking charge. Dhanlaxmi Bank was removed from the RBI PCA framework as it was subject to certain conditions and continuous monitoring. The bank reported a 26% rise in net profit to Rs.21.28 crore for the third quarter ended December 2019. The bank had registered a net profit of Rs.16.90 crore during the corresponding period in previous fiscal. Also, the total income of the bank rose to Rs.285.85 crore from Rs.272.16 crore in October-December 2018-19. Dhanlaxmi Bank: Founded: 1927 Headquarters: Thrissur, Kerala, India Chairman: Mr. Sajeev Krishnan The bank currently has 280 branches and 398 ATMs spread over the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu.

    Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh takes charge as the Commandant of the Naval War College, Goa

    47 days ago
    Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh AVSM, NM took charge as the Commandant of the Naval War College, Goa on 18 February 2020.  Sanjay Jasjit Singh: Sanjay Jasjit Singh has held a wide range of operational, training and staff appointments over the past three decades. He served as the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet prior to the appointment. In 2009, he was the lead drafter of the Indian Navy's Maritime Doctrine. In 2015, he served as the Strategic Guidance to Transformation and the Indian Maritime Security Strategy.  Jasjit Singh has completed many postgraduate (PG) study programmes including MSc and MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He is an MA graduate in Defence Studies from Kings College, London. He holds a doctoral degree in Arts from the University of Mumbai.

    Sanjay Kothari is appointed as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner

    48 days ago
    The Secretary to the President Sanjay Kothari has been chosen as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) by a high-powered 6-member committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Other appointments: The former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka has been chosen as the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in the Central Information Commission. The retired Indian Administrative Service officer is currently serving as an Information Commissioner. Suresh Patel has been appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner and Anita Pandove as Information Commissioner. Central Vigilance Commission: 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.  Central Information Commission: Central Information Commission was established on 12 October 2005. It was constituted under the Right to Information Act. It has jurisdiction over all central public authorities.

    Australia appoints Barry O'Farrell as the next high commissioner to India

    50 days ago
    Australia appointed former New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell as the next high commissioner to India. O'Farrell will succeed Harinder Sidhu. The announcement was made by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne. Mr. O'Farrell will also have non-resident accreditation to Bhutan. Mr. O'Farrell: Mr. O'Farrell served in the New South Wales Parliament from 1995-2015. It is the 43rd Premier of the province. He has served as New South Wales' Special Envoy for India. During his tenure, he made a significant contribution as the Deputy Chair of the Australia-India Council Board. India-Australia ties: India is one of Australia's closest and most significant partners in the Indo-Pacific. The bilateral investment between the two countries, valued at $30.7 billion and the contribution of around 700,000 people of Indian Origin living in Australia.

    RBI appoints 5 officials to the post of ED

    54 days ago
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed five officials to the executive directors' post. The elevated officials will take charge in 2020. Currently, the RBI has 12 executive directors (ED). Out of 12, five of them are due to retire in 2020. The officials are: 1) Indrani Banerjee, Regional Director, Nagpur 2) Saurav Sinha, chief general manager-in-charge 3) Vivek Deep, CGM in-charge 4) J.K. Dash, CGM in-charge 5) P. Vijayakumar, the senior-most RBI ombudsman

    Judge of the Bombay HC Satyaraujan Dharmadhikari resigns

    54 days ago
    The second senior-most judge of the Bombay High Court (HC), Justice Satyaraujan Dharmadhikari, has bid his resignation. He did not mention the reason. Justice Dharmadhikari: Justice Dharmadhikari was born in 1960. He gained his LLB from Bombay University. He enrolled as an Advocate in June 1983. He has served as a member of the Board of Studies on Law, University of Mumbai, and a member of the Disciplinary Committee of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. In November 2003, he became the second senior-most judge of the High Court, after Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog. He was in line to be elevated as Chief Justice.

    Rear Admiral Puruvir Das takes over as Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat Naval Area

    56 days ago
    Rear Admiral Puruvir Das took charge of the Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area from Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye as Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat Naval Area (FOGNA) at a ceremony held at Headquarters Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area on 10 February 2020. Rear Admiral Puruvir Das: Rear Admiral Puruvir Das has a career spanning of 30 years. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and has held numerous specialist, staff and operational appointments both afloat and ashore. Puruvir Das has commanded Indian Naval ship (INS) Kozhikode, INS Kora, INS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area: Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area are given high priority by the Indian Navy due to its strategic location, vast coastline and economic importance for India. It is responsible to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command for all Naval operations in Gujarat, Daman, and Diu Naval Area.

    Sanjay Vatsyayan took over as Eastern Fleet Commander

    57 days ago
    The command of the Eastern Fleet was handed over to Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsyayan by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry at a ceremony at Visakhapatnam on 11 February 2020. He previously served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at New Delhi. Rear Admiral Suraj Berry will take over as Chief of Staff of the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command shortly. Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsyayan: Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsyayan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Mumbai and the National Defence College, New Delhi.  The Admiral is a Gunnery & Missile systems specialist. He has vast experience at sea and ashore. He has commanded missile vessels Vibhuti and Nashak, the guided-missile corvette Kuthar. He has also been the commissioning Commanding Officer the indigenously constructed stealth frigate Sahyadri.

    Mohammed Allawi named as Iraq Prime Minister

    65 days ago
    Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appointed as the Iraq President Barham Salih. His predecessor Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned in November anti-government demonstrations. Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi: Mr. Allawi has a month to form a new government, which he will lead until early elections. President Saleh gave parliament an ultimatum to decide on a new prime minister before he took the decision himself after protesters rejected previous candidates. He promised to hold those responsible for the killing of protesters accountable and to combat corruption. He studied and worked in Lebanon and the UK before entering Iraqi politics following the 2003 invasion. He served as minister of communications twice.

    ECI appointed Shri B Murali Kumar as Special Expenditure Observer

    67 days ago
    Election Commission of India appointed Sh B Murli Kumar (ex IRS-1983) as Special Expenditure Observer as also appointed Sh Mrinal Kanti Das (IPS 1977 Retd) as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020. Sh Murali, in consultation with the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi, will be supervising and monitoring the work done by the electoral machinery. Similarly, Sh Das, as the Special Police Observer, is assigned to oversee the deployment and other security-related issues. Sh M K Das retired as Director-General of Manipur Police, was also deputed earlier as Special Police Observer for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections and even the recently held Jharkhand Assembly elections.  Election Commission of India Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. Formed: 25 January 1950

    Union Government appoints M Ajit Kumar as chairman of CBIC ahead of Budget

    67 days ago
    Central Government appoints M Ajit Kumar as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. The appointment comes just two days before the Union Budget presentation.  Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs is the national nodal agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax and Narcotics in India.  Founded: 1 January 1964

    Today Current Affairs: Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed as new Foreign Secretary

    69 days ago
    Harsh Vardhan Shringla took charge as a new foreign secretary succeeding in Vijay Gokhale. Mr. Shringla is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service. Indian Foreign Service Indian Foreign Service is the administrative diplomatic civil service under Group A and Group B of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India. Formed: October 9, 1946 Foreign Secretary: Vijay Keshav Gokhale

    Today Current Affairs: Alok Kansal appointed as new general manager of Western Railway

    70 days ago
    Alok Kansal appointed as the General Manager of the Western Railway (WR).  Kansal is a 1983-batch officer of the Indian Rai way Service of Engineers (IRSE). Kansal was working as the principal executive director, civil engineering (Planning) at Railway Board. Central Rai way (CR) General Manager Sanjeev Mittal was holding the additional charge as WR GM. The post held by Anil Kumar Gupta, who retired in November 2019.

    Today Current Affairs: Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed as India's Ambassador to USA

    71 days ago
    Senior diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed as India's Ambassador to the USA the Ministry of External Affairs. Taranjit Singh Sandhu Sandhu, a 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently posted as High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka. He replaces Harsh Vardhan Shringla as India's envoy in Washington. Shringla named as India's next foreign secretary.

    Today Current Affairs: Centre appointed L V Prabhakar as MD and CEO of Canara Bank

    72 days ago
    Government appointed L V Prabhakar as managing director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canara Bank. The appointment will be effective from 1 February 2020. He will hold the position till he attains the age of superannuation on 31 December 2022 or until further orders. L V Prabhakar: L V Prabhakar is currently serving as the executive director (ED) at Punjab National Bank (PNB). He joined PNB in 2018. He has served in Allahabad Bank in various capacities. He assumed charge of Executive Director PNB when Nirav Modi fraud was unearthed. He spearheaded the recovery efforts of the bank and brought the Bank back on an upward trajectory. He has also served on the Board of PNB Housing Finance Ltd. & PNB MetLife India Insurance Company as a non-executive director. Canara Bank: Established on: 1906 (as Canara Bank Hindu Permanent Fund) Established by: Ammembal Subba Rao Pai Headquarters: Karnataka, India Chairman: T. N. Manoharan MD & CEO: Lingam Venkat Prabhakar

    Diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida is appointed as first post-Brexit UK ambassador

    73 days ago
    Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida was appointed as the head of future EU diplomatic mission to the UK after Brexit on 24 January. The UK's exit was scheduled for 31 January 2020.  Joao Vale de Almeida: Almeida will head the first EU delegation to the UK as of the first day of February. Joao Vale de Almeida is an experienced EU diplomat. He has experience as the European union's U.S. ambassador in 2010-2014. Prior to his appointment to London, he was the EU ambassador to the United Nations.

    Four PSUs get MDs and CEOs

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

    India, Sri Lanka agrees to strengthen military ties

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

    Union Minister Arjun Munda was elected as the President of AAI

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

    National Book Trust appointed Lt Col Yuvraj Malik as director

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

    Bipul Behari Saha elected as a bureau member of IUPAC

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

    IPS officer AP Maheshwari appointed as new CRPF DG

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

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

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

    Michael Patra is appointed as RBI Deputy Governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Babita Rayudu takes charge as SEBI Executive Director

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

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

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

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