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December 2019 - Persons in News

  • Manuel Marrero Cruz appointed as Cuba's first PM in more than 40 years. In Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel has appointed Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister in more than 40 years. It was reinstated under the rules of a new constitution for the communist-run island passed earlier this year.

    Marrero, who has served as tourism minister for 16 years and is an architect by trade, helped boost Cuba's economy by making tourism one of the engines of growth. The post of prime minister was scrapped in 1976 by the then-revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

  • Deepak Punia has been named ‘Junior Wrestler of the Year’ by United World Wrestling (UWW). Deepak had bagged the 86kg freestyle crown in Tallinn, Estonia, in August 2018 to become India’s first World junior champion in 18 years. He became the first Indian wrestler and second from the country to get the international federation honour.

  • Niranjan Hiranandani takes over as the new President of The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham), the country’s apex organisation of industry and trade. He will succeed Balkrishan Goenka, the Welspun Group Chairman. Niranjan Hiranandani is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group of Companies.

  • Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army Staff. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army. Lt Gen Naravane will succeed Gen Bipin Rawat, who will retire on the 31st December, 2019. He has been awarded the Sena Medal (Distinguished) for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.

    He is also a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding of a prestigious strike corps. He was honoured with Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished services as the General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Army Training Command.

  • Viswanathan Anand’s Autobiography titled ‘Mind Master’ released. Viswanathan Anand has launched his autobiography ‘Mind Master’. Anand’s autobiography is co-authored by sports journalist Susan Ninann. It has been published by THG Publishing Private Limited. The book covers wonderful memories of Viswanathan Anand’s journey. The book offers an insight into Anand’s greatest clashes and worst losses.

  • Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh has been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government's powerful Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She will advise Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology. Dr Ghosh will take charge on January 13. She replaces Dr Eric Burger.

    The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories. The FCC as an independent US government agency overseen by Congress is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America's communications law and regulations. Ghosh received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and B.Tech from the IIT Kharagpur in 1986.

  • Finland elects Sanna Marin, the youngest-ever Prime Minister. Finland's Social Democrats elected a 34-year-old former transport minister to the post of the prime minister, making her the youngest head of government in the country's history.

  • Brigadier Suresh Sallay appointed as State Intelligence Service (SIS). Brigadier Suresh Sallay, former director of Military Intelligence has been appointed as head of the State Intelligence Service (SIS). It is the first time in the history of Sri Lanka that a military officer appointed as head of the SIS. His appointment comes three weeks after former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected president promising greater security.

  • Soma Roy Burman appointed as new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on 01 December, 2019. She is the 24th CGA and the seventh woman to hold this coveted position. She took over from J P S Chawla.

  • Hari Mohan took charge as the chairman of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). He replaced Saurabh Kumar who was superannuated from the services.

  • Lt Gen Podali Shankar Rajeshwar took charge as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on 1 December 2019. He is the 14th CINCAN. Before the appointment, he served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).

  • Ursula von der Leyen took charge as the President of the European Commission. She replaced Jean-Claude Juncker. She is the first woman to become the President of the European Commission.

  • Shivangi became the first naval woman pilot in India. Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi of the Indian Navy became the first naval woman pilot in India. She joined operational duties at the Kochi naval base on 2 December 2019. Shivangi received the qualification wings from Vice Admiral AK Chawla, the chief of Southern Naval Command. She will fly the Naval Dornier.

  • British PM Boris Johnson’s Conservative party has won a large majority in the UK elections 2019, paving the way forward for a smooth Brexit. The Conservatives have won 364 seats out of the total 650 seats in the British House of Commons, while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party won 203 seats.  Among other parties, the Scottish National Party won 48 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 11 and Democratic Unionist Party won 7.

  • Bob Willis was the former England captain and a fast bowler. He died of thyroid cancer on December 04, 2019 after a short illness. Willis will be always remembered for his superb performance in the 1981 Ashes Series.

  • Babasaheb Ambedkar death Anniversary on 6th December. Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar was a social reformer, advocate and politician. He is also known as the father of the Indian Constitution. His efforts to eradicate social evils like untouchability and caste discrimination were notable. He was posthumously awarded India's highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 1990.

  • Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has now become CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet. Pichai has been appointed on this post following the resignations of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. All the services and products of Google come under its parent company Alphabet.

  • Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been selected as 'Person of the Year' by 2019 Time magazine for the year 2019. Greta achieved this honour at the youngest age. She has been in discussion for her influential and aggressive speeches. Time Maganize said that she has managed to attract worldwide attention, changed millions of vague ideas, called for immediate change, and turned an idea into a global movement.

  • Nirmala Sitharaman’s name has been included in the list of top Forbes' 100 most Powerful Women List of 2019. She has been ranked 34th in Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Woman List. She is India’s former Defence Minister and current Finance Minister. Sitharaman also surpassed Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II in the list. Along with Sitharaman, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO and Executive Director of HCL Corporation and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, founder of Biocon, are included in the list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the Forbes 2019 'The World's 100 Most Powerful Women' list.

  • Jamaica-based and Indian origin, Toni Ann Singh was crowned Miss World 2019 on December 11, 2019. Vanessa Ponce of Mexico crowned her successor Toni-Ann Singh in the event. Earlier, on December 8, South Africa's 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as Miss Universe 2019. India’s Suman Rao finished as second runner-up in the Miss World contest. Miss France Opélie Mezzino was the first runner-up. Before this event, Suman Rao was also crowned as Miss World Asia 2019 and Miss India 2019.

  • Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been awarded death penalty for his unlawful decision of imposing  emergency in 2007. The judgement was delivered by a special court in Pakistan on December 17, 2019. 

  • Shriram Lagoo, veteran film and theatre actor passed away on December 17, 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Pune residence. He was 92. Shriram Lagoo was considered as one of the greatest Marathi stage actors during the turn of the 20th century. The actor was also known to be very vocal and active about his progressive and rationalist beliefs. Lagoo along with a GP Pradhan had undertaken a fast in support of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in 1999.

  • Famous Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal was recently killed in a road accident in Sri Lanka. He was 80. Vimal was traveling along with his daughter and granddaughter who were also killed in the same road accident. Ganga Prasad was an author, translator, and professor at Jawahar Lal Nehru University. Vimal was honored with several Indian awards and international accolades, including the Indian Language Award, Sangeet Akademi Award, Mahatma Gandhi Samman, Dinkar Award, etc.

  • Hemant Soren took oath as the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand on December 29, 2019.

  • Forbes India Celebrity 100 List: Forbes India has released the celebrity-100 list. Virat Kohli has secured the first position in this list beating Salman Khan. At the same time, Akshay Kumar has moved up to number two on this list. 

Income (in Rs. Crore)
Virat Kohli
Akshay Kumar
Salman Khan
Amitabh Bachchan
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Shahrukh Khan
Ranvir Singh
Alia Bhatt
Sachin Tendulkar
Deepika Padukone



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