November 2019 - Persons in News




  • General Bipin Rawat set to be first Chief of Defence Staff. General Bipin Rawat visits military establishments as his tenure as the Army Chief draws to an end in December. He to take over as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). It is a four-star position being created as part of defence management. He served a rare full three-year term as the Army Chief. He provides military adviser to the government and implement joint procurement by the three services. His appointment of a new CDS is expected to be announced in December. The joint operations and tri-services commands are likely to be overseen by the CDS the top officer is set to be heavily involved in and procurement of military equipment.


  • Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza appointed as New Chief of Joint Staff of Pakistan Army
    Pakistan Army announced the appointment of Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chief of Joint Staff and also the promotion of two Major Generals to the post of Lt General. Ali Amir Awan and Muhammad Saeed serving as Major Generals elevated to the ranks of Lieutenant Generals. He is appointed Chief of Joint Staff.


  • Australian writer and broadcaster, Clive James dies at 80. Diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2010, the author and critic had movingly written about his terminal illness during the final years of his life. Born in 1939, he moved to England in 1961 and rose to prominence as a literary critic and TV columnist.


  • China has appointed Chris Tang Ping-Keung as new police chief in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government said the new chief's appointment was made on the recommendation and nomination of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and with the final approval of the State Council in Beijing.


  • Pravind Jugnauth sworn in as Mauritius Prime Minister. Mauritius's incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for a five-year term on 12 November, 2019 after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament. Mr Jugnauth's swearing-in took place at the residence of President Barlen Vyapoory. He immediately proposed a new cabinet of 23 members. It includes three women, including newcomer Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, who will take over the gender equality Ministry.


  • Shafqat Mehmood elected as the President of UNESCO’s Education Commission. Shafqat Mehmood, the Minister for Education and Professional Training, has been unanimously elected as President of UNESCO's Education Commission in Paris, France.

    Shafqat Mehmood would work closely with all delegations in a constructive manner in pursuance of the main objectives of UNESCO. He held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Education of Bangladesh, Norway, and Tunisia. He also met Assistant Director Generals of UNESCO for Education and Culture.

    The commission will work to move towards a global classification framework for teacher policy dialogue. It will finalize the draft text of the global convention on the recognition of higher education qualifications.


  • Mohammad Imran has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. He is currently Bangladesh's Ambassador to United Arab Emirates. He succeeds Syed Muazzem Ali. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh on 11 November, 2019. A career diplomat Muhammad Imran belongs to the 1986 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre. He has served Bangladesh Missions in different capacities in Kolkata, Berlin, Bonn, Ottawa and Jeddah. He has also been Bangladesh's Ambassador to Uzbekistan.


  • Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Sharma has been appointed as the Indian Army's first female Judge Advocate General officer to be deployed on a foreign mission. She will be appointed as the military legal expert with the government of Seychelles. The main role of Jyoti would be to update the government of Seychelles officials on the defence and military act.

    The Indian Army is also preparing to induct women in the Military Police Corps. In April 2019, the Indian Army started the process of inducting women as jawans by starting their online registration for recruitment in the Corps Of Military Police. India Army will induct women in a graded manner to eventually compromise 20% of the total Corps of Military Police.


  • The Andhra Pradesh government appointed IAS officer Nilam Sawhney as Chief Secretary of the State on 13th November 2019. She became the first woman chief secretary of bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. She will replace the senior IAS officer LV Subrahmanyam as Chief Secretary.


  • Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan re-elected as President of UAE. The UAE's Supreme Council of the Union has re-elected His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as its President for a fourth five-year term, in accordance with the provisions of the UAE Constitution.

    President Sheikh Khalifa was first elected President of the UAE by the Supreme Council of the Union on 3rd November, 2004. President Sheikh Khalifa accompanied the builder of the UAE renaissance, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in the founding stage in the 70s and 80s of the last century. After the death of the Founding Father, he led the country and contributed to the prosperity of the UAE, and its prominence locally and globally.


  • Four Indian-Americans, including a former White House Technology Policy Adviser, have won state and local elections held in the United States. Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi, a former community college professor, created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate, while Suhas Subramanyam, who served as the White House Technology Policy Adviser to former President Barack Obama, has been elected to the Virginia State House of Representative. In her maiden attempt, Hashmi, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican State Senator Glen Sturtevant for Virginia's 10th Senate District, drawing national attention. She currently serves as the founding Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

    Subramanyam led a task force on technology policy that Obama charged with addressing some of the country's most challenging technology issues, including job creation and displacement in the technology sector, regulating emerging technology, and addressing cyber-security and IT modernization in the public sector. In California, Indian-American Mano Raju won his election to remain San Francisco's Public Defender. In North Carolina, incumbent Dimple Ajmera, a former Certified Public Accountant, won a convincing re-election to Charlotte City Council.



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