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Showing posts with label 2019 Current affairs. Show all posts

Sep 2019 - Per

  • IndiGo board appoints Pallavi Shardul as an independent director
    Current AffairsInterGlobe Aviation Limited operated IndiGo has appointed advocate Pallavi Shardul Shroff as independent woman director in the company.

    The appointment was approved by the board of directors of the airline.

    The appointment comes after the proposal initiated by IndiGo’s co-promoter Rakesh Gangwal who demanded the appointment of an independent woman director in the airline's board.
  • Actor Govinda appointed as the brand ambassador of Madhya Pradesh
    Madhya Pradesh government appoint filmstar Govinda as brand ambassador to promote the state’s traditions and tourist places.

    It is Kamal Nath government’s intention that the message about the state’s traditions and tourist destinations should reach the masses.

    The government plans to set up a film city in the state and plans to promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination for film making.
  • RBI approves the reappointment of Shyam Srinivasan as MD & CEO of Federal Bank
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approves reappointment of Shyam Srinivasan as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Federal Bank

    It is effective from September 23, 2019 until September 22, 2020.

    He will serve the bank as the head for a decade - September 23, 2010-September 22, 2020.
  • Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva appointed new IMF chief
    Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva has been selected as the new head of the International Monetary Fund(IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF. The economist succeeds Christine Lagarde for a five-year term from October.

    It is a huge responsibility to be at the helm of the IMF at a time when challenges to global economic growth and trade tensions persist.

    Her immediate priority is to help countries minimize the risk of crises and be ready to cope with downturns.
  • Anjali Singh becomes India's first female military diplomat
    Current AffairsAnjali Singh became India's first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the Indian missions abroad.

    Singh joined the Indian Embassy in Russia as the Deputy Air Attache. Singh is trained on MiG-29 fighter aircraft, joined her new assignment on September 10.

    She is the first female Indian Armed Forces Officer to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad.

    Singh is an AE (L) officer with 17 years of service. She is trained on MiG-29 aircraft,

    Air Force officer who is part of a diplomatic mission; this post is normally filled by a high-ranking officer. The air attache typically represents the chief of his home air force in the foreign country.

    He typically represents the chief of his home air force.
  • UN Appoints Veteran Indian Officer to Lead Its Mission in Yemen
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed a veteran Indian Army official as the head of the world body's observer mission in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah.

    Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha appointed as the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) and head of the UNMHA.

    He will succeed Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard who served as RCC Chair and head of UNMHA from January 31 to July 31.
  • Saudi Arabia appoints Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as new Energy minister
    Current AffairsKingdom of Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as its new Energy minister, one of the most important positions in the government.

    He replaced the long time oil industry veteran Khalid Al Falih.

    Prince Abdulaziz is the son of the King of Saudi Arabia.

    He had earlier served as the Deputy and State Energy Minister for several years. It is the first time a member of the ruling Al Saud family has held the energy minister post in the world’s top oil exporter.

    Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan met the newly appointed Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman in Jeddah.
  • New Governors Appointed in 5 Indian States
    Current AffairsA total of 5 governors have been appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

    Kalraj Mishra has been appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan.

    Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has been appointed as the Governor of Telangana.

    Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been appointed as the new Governor of Maharashtra and Arif Mohammed Khan has been appointed as the Kerala governor in place of P Sathasivam.
  • Kumari Selja appointed Haryana Congress chief, Bhupinder Hooda made CLP leader
    Former Union Minister and Congress MP, Kumari Selja will be the Congress Haryana unit chief. While Former state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been appointed as Congress legislature party leader and chairman of the state election committee.

    The announcement in this regard was made by Party Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi .

    The state will go to polls later this year.
  • Shri Jaideep Sarkar acredit as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho
    The Ministry of External Affairs appointed Shri Jaideep Sarkar as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho

    He succeeds Ms. Ruchi Ghanashyam.

    He is 1987 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS)Officer.

    He served as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa.

    He worked in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul, and Bangladesh as well.
  • CEC Sunil Arora assumes charge as AWEB Chairman
    Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on 03 September, 2019 assumed Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies, AWEB for the term 2019-21 as India takes over the Chair from Romania.

    India was unanimously nominated to be the Vice-Chair of AWEB at the last General Assembly held at Bucharest in 2017.

    The AWEB Flag was handed over to the new Chairman, Sunil Arora and it will remain with Election Commission of India for the two year term till 2021.

    More than 110 delegates from 45 countries attended the meeting.

    Mr. Arora announced that an AWEB Centre would be set up at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, New Delhi for documentation, research and training and fr sharing best practices.

    He noted that a number of nascent democracies are still working to stabilize their political system through improving their electoral and legal systems.

    He highlighted that this is where organizations such as AWEB provide a valuable contribution, professional support and advice by sharing innovations, experience and skills with support from and participation of its Members.
  • Shweta Ratanpura created history
    Shweta Ratanpura became the first Indian woman to get a medal as the World Skills event.

    The event was held in Russia and was attended by 63 countries.

    India ended on number 13 with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

    Apart from Shweta's bronze in graphic designing, Indian won silver in web technologies, another bronze in jewellery and gold in water technology.

Aug 2019 - Per

  • Rajiv Gauba takes over as new Cabinet Secretary
    Current AffairsSenior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba on 30 August, 2019 took over as the new Cabinet Secretary after the superannuation of PK Sinha.

    Mr Gauba, a 1982 batch officer belonging to Jharkhand Cadre of Indian Administration Service, has held important assignments including Union Home Secretary, Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development and Chief Secretary of Jharkhand.

    He has also represented India at the International Monetary Fund.
  • Three new judges appointed for Telangana High Court
    3 advocates were appointed judges of the Telangana High Court.

    The President has appointed lawyers Tadakamalla Vinod Kumar, Annireddy Abhishek Reddy and Kunuru Lakshman judges of the HC in that order of seniority.

    A notification to this effect was issued recently.

    With this, the total strength of the Telangana HC judges rose from 11 to 14.
  • Karnataka CM Yediyurappa appointed 3 deputy CMs
    Karnataka CM Yediyurappa appointed Govind Makthappa Karajol, Ashwath Narayan CN and Laxman Sangappa Savadi as the deputy CMs.

    Deputy Chief Minister Govind Makthappa Karajol has been allocated the Public Works Department.

    Ashwath Narayan CN has been allocated the department of higher education, IT and BT, and science and technology departments.
  • Shavendra Silva appointed as comander of Sri Lankan Army
    Current AffairsSri Lankan field commander appointed the new Army Commander, the President's office announced

    Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, 55 take charge as incumbent Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake's service. President Maithripala Sirisena's office announced that Lt Gen Shavendra Silva named as the new army commander.Silva headed the Army's 58th Division in the final battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the final stages of the civil war in 2009.

    Silva's name was mentioned in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013.

    Critics say Silva's appointment as the Army chief may strain Sri Lanka's cooperation in UN Peacekeeping operations and the defence cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka.

    After the brutal civil war ended, Silva served in New York as Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent Representative at the UN Mission.

    According to a United Nations report, some 45,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the last months of the war alone.

    The United Nations and human rights groups have urged the Sri Lankan government to establish a war crimes tribunal to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity, both by the military and the Tamil militant groups.Sri Lankan governments have resisted attempts to establish an international probe, saying it is an internal issue of the island nation.

    The promotion of Lieutenant-General General Silva severely compromises Sri Lanka's commitment to promote justice and accountability.
  • Ajay Kumar appointed as Defence Secretary
    The government has appointed Ajay Kumar as Defence Secretary.

    Ajay Kumar, is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre and is currently serving as Secretary, Department of Defence Production.

    He will succeed Sanjay Mitra, upon completion of his term. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the appointments.

    Brij Kumar Agarwal has been appointed as Secretary to the Lokpal and Subash Chandra as Secretary of Department of Defence Production.
  • Rajiv Gauba appointed new Cabinet Secretary
    Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba will be the new Cabinet Secretary.

    Mr Gauba who is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre will replace P.K. Sinha, The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr Gauba as the Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30th August, 2019.

    It has also approved the appointment of Mr Gauba as Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat from the date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary.
  • Chandrima Shaha to head INSA
    Current AffairsChandrima Shaha is set to be the 1st woman president of the Indian National Science Academy.

    Her tenure will begin from January 2020.

    Chandrima Shaha was formerly the Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.

    She has been a vice-captain of West Bengal’s first women’s cricket team and also the first woman cricket commentator for All India Radio.
  • Veteran BJP Leader, Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away
    Current AffairsFormer External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi last night after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. She was 67.

    The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage and integrity in public life. The President said, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India.

    Swaraj was an excellent administrator, outstanding Parliamentarian and a remarkable orator.

    India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Prime Minister described her death as a personal loss.

    An excellent administrator,Swaraj set high standards in every ministry she handled.

    Sushma Swaraj was a seasoned Parliamentarian and widely respected cutting across the party lines.

    Sushma Swaraj was a truly endearing public figure who treated every person with empathy.
  • IPS officer VK Johri appointed as next Director General of Border Security Force
    Current AffairsIPS officer VK Johri has been appointed as the next Director General of Border Security Force. Mr Johri, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, is presently serving as the Special Secretary in RAW, under the Cabinet Secretariat.

    He will take over the charge of the BSF from incumbent Rajni Kant Mishra, who retires on 31st of this month. The official order, issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, also stated that Mr Johri has been appointed as an Officer on Special Duty in the Union Home Ministry with immediate effect.
  • Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar appointed as new Finance Secretary
    Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar will be the new Finance Secretary. An official order said, the approval was given by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

    Mr Kumar, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Jharkhand cadre, is presently serving as Secretary in the Department of Financial Services.
  • Yogesh Bhattarai appointed as Nepals Tourism Minister
    Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has inducted Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai as a new Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

    Mr. Bhattarai is a ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker from Taplejung.

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed minister in Kathmandu on 31 July, 2019 evening.

    Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and other dignitaries were also present at the swearing-in ceremony.

    The post of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister was lying vacant after Rabindra Adhikari died in a helicopter crash in February 2019.

    Since then, the ministry's portfolio was with the Prime Minister.

July 2019 - Per

  • Rajya Sabha MP D Raja appointed as CPI General Secretary
    Current AffairsRajya Sabha MP D Raja was appointed as the General Secretary of CPI on 21 July, 2019.

    The veteran leader, who replaced S Sudhakar Reddy wants all communist parties to come together and rework strategies.
  • Sanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as India's Ambassador to Israel
    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.

    He got appointed to this particular post in the year 2014.

    He will replace Pavan Kapoor who take charge as the Ambassador to Israel.
  • IAS Ajay Kumar Bhalla appointed as OSD in MHA
    The government has made key appointments in several ministries. IAS officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla, who was Secretary in the Ministry of Power, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Home Affairs with immediate effect.

    IAS officer Subhash Chandra Garg, who was Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs in Finance Ministry will now be the Power Secretary.

    Senior IAS officer Atanu Chakraborty, has been appointed as Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs.

    IAS officer AnshuPrakash will now be the Secretary in Department of Telecommunications in the Ministry of Communications.

    Another senior IAS officer RS Shukla has been appointed as Secretary in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs while GV Venugopala will be the Member Secretary in National Disaster Management Authority.
  • Indian origin Priti Patel appointed as Britain's Home Secretary
    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.

    Mr Javid, a former banker from a modest background, was a contender for the premiership but endorsed Johnson when he failed to get enough support from fellow Conservative MPs.

    Mr Johnson has also named Brexit hardliner Dominic Raab as the country's Foreign Secretary.

    Ms Patel, an ardent Brexiteer was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May's Brexit strategy. After her appointment, she said it is important that the Cabinet should represent modern Britain as well as a modern Conservative Party.

    The 47-year-old leader was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2010 and gained prominence in the then David Cameron led Tory government as his Indian Diaspora Champion.
  • RBI has appointed the deputy governor BP Kanungo as head to run the monetary policy portfolio
    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.

    Deputy Governor Jain is given additional charge of corporate strategy and budget, financial stability unit, and human resource management.

    Vishwanathan will be dealing with financial market operations, financial market regulations and international issues.
  • Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed PAC Chairman
    Congress party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

    The post was held by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge

    He recently concluded elections lost from Gulbarga constituency in Karnataka to BJP's Umesh Jadhav.

    Chowdhury along with former Union Ministers Satyapal Singh and Jayant Sinha elected as the members of PAC

    The other members elected to the committee from Lok Sabha are TR Baalu (DMK), Subhash Chandra Baheria, Sudheer Gupta, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Ajay (Teni) Misra, Jagadambika Pal, Vishnu Dayal Ram, Ram Kripal Yadav (all BJP), BhartruhariMahtab (BJD), Rahul Ramesh Shewale (Shiv Sena), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) and BalashowryVallabbhaneni (YSRC Party).

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

    Gujarat high court's acting chief justice Anant S Dave administered the oath of office at the Raj Bhavan on 22 July.

    Devvrat is the 20th governor of Gujarat. Acharya Devvrat has replaced O P Kohli. He was the governor of Himachal Pradesh.

    Devvrat promotes education for girls. He was associated with the Arya Samaj as he earlier served as the principal of a gurukul, the traditional school, at Kurukshetra in Haryana.

    He has over 30 years of experience in academics and administration in various capacities. He works towards spreading the Indian culture and Vedic values across the world.
  • Kumaraswamy resigns as Karnataka CM after Cong-JD(S) government falls
    Amid the political crisis in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy resigned from the post after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala on July 23.

    The JDS-Congress coalition lost the trust vote in Karnataka assembly. BJP won the floor test with the support of 105 MLAs. Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala. Vala accepted Kumaraswamy's resignation and asked him to continue as the caretaker CM "until alternative arrangements are made".

    The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed After the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the assembly, ending his 14-month long turbulent tenure.

    Soon after the government lost the trust vote, Congress' AICC in-charge Karnataka."BJP facilitated this dirty-dealing political drama by offering a huge amount of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs.

    Along with this, the BJP also misused central agencies like enforcement and Income Tax for blackmailing and horse-trading .The BJP has carried out "one of the biggest political subversions and hawala transactions" A video evidence of BJP leaders offering money to the defected MLAs for destabilising the coalition government and carrying out political horse-trading has been shown even in the legislative assembly.

    Sixteen MLAs 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) had resigned, while Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh had withdrawn their support to the coalition government, pushing it to the precipice.
  • Mark Esper sworn in as the US secretary of defense
    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.

    Esper was selected by a vote of 90-8. His appointment comes after a seven-month vacancy. He joined in the post at the White House by the Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito in a ceremony attended by Donald Trump.

    Esper has a wide range of experience in defense matters, as a congressional staff member.

    In the 1990-91 Gulf war, he served in the 101st airborne division and participated. He then served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense.

    Esper worked in Raytheon for several years before becoming army secretary.
  • Former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa
    Current AffairsFormer leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa.

    He sworn in as DCM on 15 July.

    He is among the four legislators inducted into the Goa cabinet.

    The appointment came days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP. Mr.Sawant reshuffled the Goa cabinet on 13 July.

    Three members of the ally, Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, were dropped to accommodate the new members to the cabinate.

    The monsoon session of the Goa state Assembly began on 15 July.
  • Justice AK Sikri is appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)
    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 asa 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.
  • New Governors appointed for six states including UP, WB & MP
    President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Governors for six states. Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will now be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh while Lal Ji Tandon, who is the Governor of Bihar, has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh.

    Phagu Chauhan will be the Governor of Bihar replacing Lal Ji Tandon. Jagdeep Dhankhar has been appointed as the new Governor of West Bengal while Ramesh Bais is the Tripura Governor.

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

    The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel
    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)
    Current AffairsNalin Shinghal appointed as its chairman and managing director for five years. The appointment of Nalin Shinghal as chairman and managing director BHEL. It is for a period of 5 years.
  • Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar as appointed as the Force Commander of UNMISS
    Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar has been newly appointed as the Force Commander of the UN mission in South Sudan. He assumed charge in Juba on July 6.

    The appointment was announced by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in May.
  • SBI's Anshula Kant appointed as World Bank MD and CFO
    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.

    Ms Kant brings more than 35 years of expertise in finance, banking and innovative use of technology.

    He looks forward to welcoming Ms Kant to the World Bank management team as it works to increase the effectiveness in supporting good development outcomes.
  • Vikas Swarup appointed as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs
    Senior diplomat Vikas Swarup has been appointed as Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.

    Swarup, a 1986-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, is at present India’s High Commissioner in Ottawa.

    He has been appointed as the Secretary, in the External Affairs Ministry with effect from August 1, 2019.
  • Kyriakos Mitsotakis sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece
    Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek conservative leader, sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece.

    The election result gave New Democracy an outright majority with 158 seats in the 300-member Greek parliament.

    He is EU's most indebted member who promised to end a decade of economic crisis.
  • Priya Serrao crowned Miss Universe Australia
    Current AffairsPriya 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 scaled North America's Highest Peak
    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, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said.

    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.

    The IPS officer has scaled the summit in her third attempt.

    Aparna Kumar had reached the North Pole on January 13.
  • Ajay Singh elected to IATA board
    Low cost carrier 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.
  • Charles Michel elected as President of the European Council
    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.
  • Algeria Parliament President Moad Bouchareb resigned
    President of the Algerian parliament Moad Bouchareb resigned after prolonged demands for his removal by protesters.

    Terbech Abderazak, a member of parliament, would take over the job temporarily.

    Bouchareb is a former head of the National Liberation Front (FLN) party, which has ruled Algeria since independence from France in 1962.
  • David Lipton will serve as Interim leader of IMF
    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.
  • Keshni Anand Arora appointed as Chief Secretary of Haryana
    The Haryana government appointed senior IAS officer Keshni Anand Arora as the State’s new Chief Secretary on June 30.

    Arora will replaces D.S. Dhesi, who retired on June 30, 2019.

    She will be the 33rd cabinet secretary of Haryana since 1966, when it was carved out as a separate State.

    Meenakshi Chaudhary was the State’s first woman chief secretary when she took charge in 2006.
  • N.S.Vishwanathan reappointed as RBI deputy governor
    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.

June 2019 - Per

  • Yerry Mina: Brand Ambassador of Hero MotoCorp
    Current AffairsHero MotoCorp announced the appointment of Yerry Mina, the popular Colombian professional footballer, as its new Brand Ambassador.

    Mina is one of the promising young footballers and delivered impressive performances for the Colombian national football team during 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    In 2016, Hero MotoCorp set up its first international facility at Villa Rica in Colombia.
  • RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigns 6 months ahead of term end
    Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has quit six months before the scheduled end of his term to return to New York University Stern School of Business (NYU stern) in August as CV Starr Professor of Economics.

    Acharya had joined RBI on January 23, 2017. There was speculation that he will follow the former Governor's Urjit Patel footsteps and leave the central bank soon after the latter resigned on December 10, 2018.

    Currently, Acharya is in charge of the Financial Stability Unit, Monetary Policy Department, Department of Economic and Policy Research, Financial Markets Operation Department, Financial Market Regulation Department, among others at the RBI.
  • Zuzana Caputova sworn in as president of Slovakia
    Current AffairsSlovakia, anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as country's first female president today.

    she pledged to make the justice system work for everyone. Caputova said, she did not come to rule but to serve the nation.

    That had proven incapable of stamping out corruption should lose their jobs and vowed to make the justice system work fairly for everyone.

    Caputova scored a convincing victory against Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic in March.

    Her allies from the Progressive Slovakia/Together party hope to use the momentum to unseat the ruling party in a 2020 general election.
  • Brazil development bank chief quits, fueling political crisis
    The head of Brazil's powerful state development bank quit on 16 June, 2019, a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to sack him, fueling a political crisis.

    Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) President Joaquim Levy, former finance minister in the left-wing government of ex-president Dilma Rousseff, submitted his resignation after Bolsonaro said he had a "price on his head."

    Mr. Levy's sudden departure follows a tumultuous week for a government less than six months into its term, in which Bolsonaro fired his third minister, retired general Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, who had clashed with Bolsonaro's sons, and then sacked the head of Brazil's postal service.
  • Guatemala set to elect new President
    Guatemala is set to elect a new President after a tumultuous campaign.

    A total of 19 candidates are vying to succeed outgoing President Jimmy Morales. Former First lady and candidate for the centre-left Unity of Hope (UNE), Sandra Torres, is heading into the elections as a favourite, having built a clear opinion poll lead over second-placed Alejandro Giammattei of the conservative Vamos.

    The country's top anti-corruption campaigner, former attorney general Thelma Aldana, is not contesting the election.

    She was barred from running last month over allegations of irregularities dating from when she was a barnstorming public prosecutor.

    Aldana, who fled to the United States after receiving death threats, had said that her exclusion was orchestrated by those she put in prison and their allies.

    Around 40,000 police personnel have been put on , while the military has been mobilised to guard key buildings and jails.

    Guatemala's electorate of eight million is also voting in congressional and municipal elections.
  • Denmark’s Inger Andersen takes over as UNEP’s Executive Director
    Denmark’s Inger Andersen recently took charge as the new Executive Director (ED) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She will hold the designation for period of 4-years

    Inger is a Danish economist and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making. Now as ED of UNEP she brings to the role a passion for conservation and sustainable development.
  • Rabi N Mishra named RBI executive
    The RBI has promoted Rabi N Mishra as the central bank’s executive director (ED) after the position fell vacant on Rosemary Sebastian’s retirement.

    Rabi Mishra was principal chief general manager of the bank’s risk management department.

    As ED, Rabi Mishra would be looking after the newly-created specialized supervisory and regulatory cadre within the RBI.
  • 2 Jet Airways directors Ashok Chawla and Sharad Sharma resigned
    Jet Airways informed about the resignation of two independent directors Ashok Chawla and Sharad Sharma.

    Information that Jet's shares will be removed from daily trading of futures and options from 28 June, further accelerated the fall in its shares.

    The airline has a total liability of about Rs.25,000 crore, which includes dues of operational creditors.
  • Union minister Jagat Prakash Nadda appointed as the party's working president
    Union minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, a Senior BJP leader and former, was appointed as the party's working president during a parliamentary board meeting on 17 June.

    The announcement was made by former BJP president and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after the party's highest decision-making body's meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulate Nadda on his appointment.
  • Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed is appointed as Pakistans Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence
    Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed has been appointed as Pakistan’s Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI), a powerful spy agency. He assumed his office on 17th June 2019.The Pakistan Army also announced a number of changes to postings of its top generals.

    Lt. Gen. Hameed was appointed as Director-General of the ISI in place of Lieutenant General Asim Munir. Munir was transferred and appointed as Corps Commander Gujranwala. Lt. Gen.

    Munir was appointed as ISI chief in October 2018 after the retirement of his predecessor Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar.

    Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed is a three-star rank general in the Pakistan Army. He is currently the 24th Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI).

    On April 12, the Pakistan Army promoted then Major General Hameed to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed him Adjutant General at the General Headquarters (GHQ) later that month.

    He was previously serving as the head of the Counter Intelligence wing in the ISI.
  • Ms. Shrimati C. Das to head Indian Cultural Centre
    Shrimati C. Das, an academician and a translator from Hubballi, has been appointed Director of Gurudev Tagore Indian Cultural Centre in Mexico.

    The appointment of Ms. Das is for three years with the diplomatic rank of First Secretary.

    Former WB Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will be the Congress party’s leader in the Lok Sabha. K.Suresh from Kerala will be designated as Chief Whip.
  • New Chief Justice RS Chauhan and V Ramasubramanium named for Telangana, Himachal High Courts
    The government has cleared the appointments of Justice RS Chauhan as Chief Justice of the Telangana high court and Justice V Ramasubramanium as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.

    On June 7, the government had notified the appointment of Justice Ravi Shanker Jha as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court.
  • Shefali Juneja appointed as India's representative in the Council of ICAO
    Senior bureaucrat Shefali Juneja was appointed as India's representative in the Council of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN body.

    She has been appointed to the post of Representative of India in the ICAO, Montreal, Canada, for a period of three years.

    She will replace senior IAS officer Alok Shekhar who was named for the post in October 2015.
  • 30 judges in NCLT courts appointed
    The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has appointed 30 new judges to the various benches of the national company law tribunal (NCLT) across the country.

    7 new judges were appointed in Mumbai while 5 new judges were appointed in New Delhi.

    The National Company Law Tribunal is a quasi-judicial body in India that adjudicates issues relating to Indian companies.
  • Abhinav Bindra appointed to sort AAI Mess
    Abhinav Bindra was appointed as an independent person by the World Archery to sort out the ongoing mess in the national federation (AAI).

    The world body de-listed the Archery Association of India for violating the constitution byunanimously electing two parallel bodies in Chandigarh and New Delhi.

    He will be part of the selection panel, also consisting of IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.
  • Thawarchand Gehlot appointed leader of Rajya Sabha
    Current AffairsUnion Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha.

    He will replace senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who opted out of the government citing health reasons. Mr Gehlot is a Rajya Sabha member representing Madhya Pradesh.
  • China appoints veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as new envoy to India
    China has appointed veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as its new envoy to India. Mr Sun, who also served as the ambassador to Pakistan, is currently the Director General of the Policy and Planning Department of the Foreign Ministry.

    He will succeed Luo Zhaohui, who has been appointed as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • Mrutyunjay Mohapatra appointed IMD chief
    Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD) on 4 June 2019.

    Mr Mohapatra leads the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD.

    The IMD is responsible for weather and climate-related forecasts in the country.

    It is also mandated to issue warning to people about severe weather phenomenon like cyclones.
  • Yes Bank's independent director Mukesh Sabharwal has stepped down from the banks board
    Yes Bank's independent director Mukesh Sabharwal has stepped down from the lender's board of directors to devote his time to academic pursuits.

    Sabharwal has worked with the private lender for over seven years.

    The resignation comes a day after non-executive director Ajai Kumar quit the lender's board due to personal reasons.
  • First woman fighter pilot to fly Hawk jet
    Current AffairsFlight Lt Mohana Singh has become the first woman fighter pilot to fly by day on a Hawk advanced jet aircraft.

    Her training involved flying both air-to-air combat and air-to-ground missions.

    She and two other women officers, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi, joined the fighter stream in June 2016.

    Flight Lt Bhawana Kanth became the first daytime woman fighter pilot to fly a MiG-21 Bison.
  • Nayib Bukele is elected as the new president of El Salvador
    Nayib Bukele is elected as the new president of El Salvador.

    The 37 -year-old former mayor of San Salvador, who won more votes than all other candidates in the February presidential election, brought an end to a two-party system that has held sway over the country for three decades.

    He pledged to cure the Central American country that he described as a "sick child" following years of violence and migration that has strained relations with the United States.
  • Indian tycoon Ali gets first Gold Card in UAE
    The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship of the United Arab Emirates announced that it had issued its first gold residence card to Indian business leader Yusuff Ali MA, the chairman of LuLu Group International.

    Yusuff Ali was awarded the query gold card here by Brigadier Saeed Salem Al Shamsi, the executive director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.
  • VP Sivakolundhu elected as Puducherry Assembly Speaker
    Deputy Speaker VP Sivakolundhu was elected as the new Speaker of the Puducherry Assembly.

    The post fell vacant after Congress' V Vaithilingam stepped down on March 21 to contest the Lok Sabha election from the lone Union Territory seat of Puducherry, which he won with a margin of 1,96,802 votes against his nearest rival K Narayanasamy of All India NR Congress.

    The Congress leader, Sivakolundhu, was the sole contender for the Speaker's post.
  • Forbes magazine named Rihanna as the worlds richest female musician
    Forbes magazine has named Rihanna as the world’s richest female musician. Rihanna's Fenty Beauty brand business endeavors have officially made her the richest female musician in the world. Her worth is estimated at $600m (£472m) which includes revenues made from her fashion and beauty lines in addition to those from her music career.

    Forbes reported that the French luxury brand LVMH backs Rihanna’s lucrative cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty. Fenty beauty was launched in 2017. It is worth more than £3bn, from which Rihanna has earned $570m.

    In 2012, Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation. The trust supports health and education efforts in impoverished communities around the world. Harvard University, in February 2017, she was named humanitarian of the year.
  • Wipro founder Premji to retire next month (July, 2019)
    IT major Wipro Ltd announced that its founder Azim H Premji would retire as executive chairman and MD of the company by the end of July.

    Azim Premji is a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards.

    He's going to hand over reins of the firm to his son Rishad.

    Wipro board has also announced that CEO and executive director Abidali Z. Neemuchwala will be re-designated as CEO and MD.
  • Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel Takes Oath As New CJI Of Delhi High Court
    Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

    Lt Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Niwas.

    Earlier, Justice Patel was posted at the Jharkhand High Court.

    Supreme Court Collegium recommended his name for the appointment as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
  • Yoga Instructor, Namrata Menon appointed as brand ambassador to promote yoga in Goa
    State Health Department of Goa announced the appointment of Panaji-based, Namrata Menon, Yoga Instructor, and fitness expert, as brand ambassador to promote yoga in Goa.

    She is appointed to promote the ancient system of physical and mental practices to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga so that people follow it on a daily basis.

    She is practicing yoga for 17 years.

    The main objective of this initiative is to increase awareness about the benefits of yoga and encourage people to inculcate a healthy lifestyle.

    The Panaji-based expert has been practicing yoga since the last 17 years and has been instrumental in inspiring many people to take up the ancient practice that involves a range of postures (asanas).
  • Anita Bhatia appointed as Deputy Executive Director for UN Women
    Anita Bhatia has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General for resource management, sustainability and partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

    She is a veteran of strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management.
  • Ajit Doval reappointed National Security Advisor with Cabinet rank
    The government reappointed retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Ajit Doval as National Security Adviser, according him a Cabinet rank.

    He becomes the first NSA to get Cabinet status in the table of precedence.

    In his previous stint as an NSA, he had the stature of a Minister of State (MoS).

    According to one official, the decision was taken since Mr. Doval leads strategic dialogues with many countries and a Cabinet rank will facilitate his interactions with the most senior officials.

    “A case in point is China, where there has been a mismatch between him and the Special Representative for boundary talks, who is normally a State councillor of Cabinet rank. China had raised discomfort about the mismatch”.
  • Arjun Munda appoints as Minister of Tribal Affairs
    Shri Arjun Munda assumed charge as the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs.

    He served as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand form 2003-2006. He was the leader of opposition in Jharkhand from 2006-2008. He was elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009 but resigned on 26 February 2011.

    Smt. Renuka Singh, the new Minister of State for Tribal Affairs also assumed charge.
  • Rakesh Makhija appointed as chairman of Axis Bank
    Rakesh Makhija, independent director was appointed as the non-executive (part-time) chairman of the bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from July 18, 2019, up to July 17, 2022.

    Rakesh Makhija has held a number of top management positions within the SKF Group.

    Prior to joining SKF, he was the chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Honeywell Ltd.

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  • Priyanka Mohite scaled Mount Makalu
    Current AffairsPriyanka Mohite, a mountaineer from Satara, Maharashtra became the first Indian woman to successfully scale Mount Makalu.

    Mount Makalu is the fifth-highest mountain in the world at 8,481 metres.

    In 2013, Mohite had become the youngest girl from her state to have conquered the 8,848m Mount Everest — the highest peak in the world— becoming only the third-youngest Indian to do so.
  • Pune Scientist Ankur Patwardhan wins German chemistry prize
    Ankur Patwardhan from Pune has bagged the second prize of €25,000 for a project at the ‘Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge’.

    His project named ‘Butterfly attractant for pollination and ecosystem health’ is about the relationship between chemistry and ecosystem.

    He is also the president of a committee on Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani Eco-Sensitive Zone.
  • Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neill resigns
    Papua New Guinea’s embattled Prime minister stepped down capping a months-long political crisis and calling a multi-billion-dollar French and US-backed gas deal into question.

    Apart Facing a string of cabinet resignations and a vote of no confidence he looked sure to lose, veteran leader

    Peter O’Neill told parliament he had handed his letter of resignation to the country’s governor general.
  • Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India appointed to head UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan
    The commandant of the Indian Army Infantry School, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, aged 57appointed as the new force commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    He will succeed Lieutenant General Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda.

    He will command over 1 6,000 peacekeepers which include nearly 2,400 from India.

    He has an experience with the Indian Armed Forces for more than 34 years. In 1 983, he graduated from the Indian Military Academy.

    He obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras.

    He served the UN Angola Verification Mission Ill from 1996 to 1997 and UN Mission in Sudan from 2008 to 2009.
  • James Marape appointed as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
    Guinea elected James Marape as its 8th prime minister.

    He belongs to Pangu Party.

    He succeeded Peter O Neill of People's National Congress party, who was pressured to resign by a series of political defections in recent days, and tensions over a multi-billion-dollar gas project signed this year with French company Total and the US firm ExxonMobil.

    Marape earlier served as the finance minister of Papua New Guinea while he was a member of the People's National Congress party and he resigned on April 2019.
  • Brazilian Bishop resigned
    Current AffairsPope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop who is under investigation by local authorities.

    The Vatican announced the resignation of Bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira and named Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Aparecida as a temporary replacement.

    de Oliveira is being investigated for extortion, illicit enrichment and the coverup of alleged cases of sexual harassment.
  • Joko Widodo elected President of Indonesia for second term
    Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.

    Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

    The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll tomorrow.

    But amid fears about unrest and street demonstrations in response to the final count, the final tally was released early with little advance notice.

    57-year-old Widodo, had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results. His challenger 67-year-old Subianto, has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the country.
  • Oman author Jokha al-Harthi wins Booker International Prize
    An author from Oman has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies", the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world.

    Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.

    The winning novel was "a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure.

    "Celestial Bodies" beat five other finalists from Europe and South America, including last year's winner, Poland's Olga Tokarczuk.

    The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that has been translated into English.
  • South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as president
    South African lawmakers have re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the country. Members of Parliament from the African National Congress have chosen the head of state in the parliament's first post-election sitting.

    The party won 230 out of 400 seats in the election on May 8. The African National Congress party won the ballot with 57.5 per cent of the vote, its thinnest majority since the end of apartheid.

    Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday and name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend.
  • Saray: 1st black woman to climb Monut Everest
    Saray Khumalo became the first black African women to conquer Mt. Everest in her fourth attempt.

    She has also conquered Mount Kilimanjaro inAfrica, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia.

    She is on a hunt to conquer the highest peaks on each continent.
  • 1st Kashmiri woman to summit Everest
    Nahida Manzoor created history by becoming the first Kashmiri woman to successfully summit the World’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

    Nahida Manzoor went with her Sherpa Guide Nima Kancha.

    On March 4, 2019, she had started crowdfunding to support her dream journey as she required Rs 30 lakh for the adventure.
  • Flight Lieutenant Bhawana: 1st woman to fly fighter jets
    Bhawana Kanth became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to qualify to undertake combat missions on a fighter jet.

    She has completed operational syllabus for carrying out combat missions on Mig-21 Bison aircraft during day time.

    Bhawana joined the fighter squadron in November 2017 and flew the first solo on MiG-21 Bison in March 2018.
  • Remya Haridas: Kerala's only Dalit woman MP
    Remya Haridas has created history by becoming the only woman to have elected to parliamentfrom Kerala.

    She is also the second ever Dalit woman MP to have elected from Kerala.

    She was one of the toppers of Gandhi's 'Talent Hunt' in search for upcoming leaders held in 2010.

    She has won against nearly insurmountable odds from Alathur, Kerala.
  • Nitin Chugh appointed as MD and CEO of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
    Ujjivan Small Finance Bank appointed Nitin Chugh as its Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

    He has been appointed for a period of 3 years from December 1, 2019.
  • Radha Venkataraman appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Eswatini
    Ms. Radha Venkataraman, presently Director in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Eswatini.

    Virat Kohli and batsman Rishabh Pant have been appointed as new official brand ambassadors of the country's leading wellness firm, the Himalaya Drug Company.
  • Pakistan appoints Mueenul Haq as High Commissioner to India
    Pakistan has appointed career diplomat Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to India.

    Prime Minister Imran Khan on 20 May, 2019 approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan.

    Haq, the current ambassador to France, has previously served as chief of protocol at the Foreign Office.

    The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan's new foreign secretary.
  • Ajay Mehta: New Maharashtra Chief Secretary
    Current AffairsMumbai municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta has been appointed as Maharashtra's new Chief Secretary.

    Ajoy Mehta succeeds UPS Madan who has been named as the special advisor to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • KS Radhakrishnan appointed as member of CSAT
    K S Radhakrishnan, former Supreme Court Judge, has been appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal, London.

    He will render his services as a member of the Tribunal for a period of four years from 1st of June, 2019 to 31st of May, 2023.

    He served as the Chief Justice of the Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir High Courts before his term in Supreme Court from 2009-2014.
  • Muhammad-Bande appointed as President of UNGA
    TIJJANI Muhammad-Bande, a professor and former vice chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has been appointed the President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

    He was the permanent representative of Nigeria at the UN.

    When he assumes the role, the professor will become the second Nigerian to be president of the UN General Assembly.
  • Dinesh Pangtey appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIC Mutual Fund
    LIC Mutual Fund appointed Dinesh Pangtey as the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He joined LIC as a direct recruit officer in 1984.

    ITC Ltd named managing director Sanjiv Puri as its chairman. He will take over the legacy of Y.C. Deveshwar, the company’s longest serving chairman who died on 11 May 2019.
  • Rama Subramaniam Gandhi appointed as additional director on Yes Bank board
    RBI has appointed former deputy governor Rama Subramaniam Gandhi as an additional director on the board of Yes Bank for two years, from 14 May 2019 to 13 May 2021.

    Former Supreme Court judge A K Sikri has been appointed as the chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.
  • Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac appointed Indian football team coach
    Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac has been appointed Indian football team head coach for a two-year term.

    The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup.

    The appointment was made by the All India Football Federation's Executive Committee. The 51-year-old Stimac, who was part of Croatia's 1998 World Cup squad that finished third in France, has over 18 years of coaching experience.
  • Jet Airways CFO and deputy CEO Amit Agarwal has resigned
    Jet Airways (India) Ltd's CFO and deputy CEO Amit Agarwal has resigned from his positions at the airline.

    Amit Agarwal, who joined the airline in December 2015, is a chartered accountant with over two-and-a-half decades of experience.

    Considered close to founder Naresh Goyal, Agarwal was responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the company’s business.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as South African President
    African National Congress (ANC) won South African elections with 57.51% votes and Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President.

    Last year in February 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South African President after President Jacob Zuma resigned from the post.
  • Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest for 23rd time
    A Nepalese Sherpa climber Kami Rita has scaled Mount Everest for 23rd time.

    He broke his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak.

    Rita is a native of Thame village located in the shadow of Mount Everest.
  • Gregor appointed global ambassador
    Current AffairsGregor Robertson has accepted an ambassador role with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

    The Global Covenant of Mayors is a coalition of over 9,000 cities and is the largest global alliance for climate leadership.

    In his role as ambassador, the former mayor will be taking his knowledge of urban climate change strategies to organizations around the world.
  • Ilapuram Raja has been appointed as member for RTI Commission
    Ilapuram Raja has been appointed as member for RTI Commission.

    India's Jagjit Pavadia was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for another term, posting the highest number of votes at 44.
  • Esha and Akull won silver in the Shooting
    India’s Esha Singh and Akull Kumar won silver in junior mixed air pistol event in the International Shooting Competition at Hannover, Germany.

    They secured 5.4 points and defeated by the German pair of Jan Luca Karstedt and Vanessa Seeger.

    It was the second mixed medal for Esha, after the one she won recently with Anmol Jain in Plzen, Czech Republic.
  • Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka appointed as Karnataka Chief Justice
    Current AffairsPresident Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka of the Bombay High Court as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.

    The President of India has appointed Kerala High Court Judge Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon as Chief Justice Of Chhattisgarh High Court.

    President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a former Army commander General S.H.S Kottegoda to thepost of Defence Secretary.

    Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, has formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, replacing his father, Akihito, who had abdicated a day earlier.
  • IAS officer Dilip Kumar appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in office of Lokpal
    Senior IAS officer Dilip Kumar was appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the office of Lokpal.

    He has been appointed for a period of six months on additional charge basis or till a new incumbent joins the post.

    Viacom18 has appointed Gourav Rakshit as the chief operating officer (COO) for the Viacom18 Digital Ventures vertical.

    Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 1 May 2019.

    Air Marshal SK Ghotia VSM took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command on 1 May 2019.

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