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February 2010 Persons

M.F. Hussain, India's most celebrated artist has been conferred Qatar nationality.

Justice Nisar Ahmed Kakru was sworn in Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High court by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.

Indian - Origin lawyer Rashad Hussain will be U.S.’ new special envoy to the organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 35 - member board of governors elected Malaysian envoy Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob by consensus as its new chairman.

Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia will represent India in a high level panel to be set up by UN Secretary General Ban ki - Moon on financing climate change action globally. The panel will be co - chaired by British PM Gordon Brown and Ethopian PM meles Zenawi.

K.N.Raj, widely respected development economist, who was the economic adviser to Prime Ministers from Jawaharlal Nehru to P.V.Narasimha Rao and one of the architects of the Indian plan edifice, passed away. He was 85.

Lawra Chinchilla became Costa Rica's first woman president.

Indian - American Pulitzer Prize - winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has been appointed as a member of U.S. President Barak Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, along with five others.

Nepal’s first Vice-President appointee Paramananda Jha, whose post has been inactive for the last five months over an oath-taking controversy, sworn in a second time.

For the first time, an India-born businessman Vim Kochhar (73) has been nominated to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 



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