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July 2019 - Persons in News



  • Senior diplomat Sanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Israel. He is a 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service officer. He was serving as Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Indian origin Priti Patel as the country Home Secretary. The Prime Minister named former Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take over from Philip Hammond as the Finance Secretary or Chancellor.


  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed the deputy governor BP Kanungo as head to run the monetary policy portfolio. He has been assigned after the resignation of fellow deputy governor Viral Acharya. Mr. Kanungo will be the sixth member of the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee. The meeting is to be held on 5-7August 2019. He will also retain his currency management portfolio.

    The RBI is headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das. It has four deputy governors. After Acharya's exit, the other three deputy governors N S Vishwanathan, BP Kanungo and M K Jain made responsible for 12 departments each. RBI has not finalized replacement of Acharya.


  • Congress party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

    The PAC has 15 members from Lok Sabha and seven from Rajya Sabha. The term of office of members of the committee does not exceed one year at a time. The Committee headed by a member from the opposition party. It was in 1967 that the Lok Sabha Speaker first appointed a member of opposition as Chairman of the committee.

    The functions of the Committee and Procedure, Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, include an examination of accounts showing the appropriation of sums. They are granted by Parliament for the expenditure of the Government of India. The annual financial accounts of the Government and such other accounts lay before the House as the Committee.



  • Acharya Devvrat sworn in as the new governor of Gujarat on July 22.


  • Mark Esper sworn in as the US secretary of defense after receiving Senate confirmation on July 23. He was an army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist.


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


  • 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.

    SICC was officially launched on 5 January 2015. SICC is established as a 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.


  • Anandi Ben Patel is the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh. 


  • Lal Ji Tandon is the new Governor of Madhya Pradesh. 


  • Phagu Chauhan is the new Governor of Bihar.


  • Jagdeep Dhankhar is the new Governor of West Bengal.


  • Ramesh Bais is the new Governor of Tripura.


  • R.N.Ravi will be the new Governor of Nagaland.


  • Benjamin Netanyahu became the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel. He overthrew the record set by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and first leader. Netanyahu has spent 4,876 days, more than 13 years, in office as on 20 July, 2019. Netanyahu is the Israel's youngest-ever Prime Minister as won his first election in 1996, at the age of 46.


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


  • Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar has been newly appointed as the Force Commander of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). He assumed charge in Juba on July 6.


  • Anshula Kant, Managing Director of State Bank of India, has been appointed as MD and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank. Ms Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management of the organisation.

    Her work will include oversight of financial reporting, risk management, and working closely with the World Bank CEO on the mobilization of the International Development Association (IDA) and other financial resources. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world's poorest countries.



  • Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup has been appointed as Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.


  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek conservative leader, sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece. He is EU's most indebted member who promised to end a decade of economic crisis.


  • Priya Serrao has won the Miss Universe Australia title for 2019. She will now represent Australia in the Miss Universe competition later this year. Western Australia’s Bella Kasimba and another Victorian Marijana Radmanovic rounded out 2019’s top three, placing second and third.


  • Aparna Kumar, Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer, who became the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully conquer the South Pole, has now scaled the highest peak in North America.

    Aparna Kumar scaled the Mount Denali in North America which has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. The IPS officer has also completed her 7th summit in the "7 Summits" challenge. She has, hence, become the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve the feat. Aparna Kumar had reached the North Pole on January 13.


  • SpiceJet's Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh was elected to the board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The new board of the global airlines' grouping would be chaired by Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr. In March 2019, SpiceJet became the first Indian low cost carrier to take membership of the IATA.


  • The European Council elected Charles Michel as President of the European Council. It adopted the decision proposing Ursula von der Leyen to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. It considered Josep Borrell Fontelles to be the appropriate candidate for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.


  • American economist David Lipton will serve as interim leader of the International Monetary Fund, replacing Christine Lagarde. Lagarde has been nominated to head the European Central Bank.

    First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton will now be the Acting Managing Director of the IMF. IMF or International Monetary Fund is headquartered in Washington D.C., US.


  • N.S. Vishwanathan was reappointed as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the extension of Vishwanathan's term as RBI deputy governor by one year with effect from 4 July 2019, the order issued by the Personnel Ministry.



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