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India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to International Court of Justice

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India's nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice on 21 November 2017. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.

RBI governor Urjit Patel appointed to advisory board of BIS

Nov 16, 2017
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RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS), a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world. The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.

Audrey Azoulay appointed as Director General of UNESCO

Nov 14, 2017
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Former French Culture Minister, Azoulay was elected as DG on 14 October 2017 through the voting of UNESCO’s Executive Board. However, her election awaited the confirmation of UNESCO's 195-member General Assembly. With this confirmation, Azoulay became the second French leader of the UNESCO after Rene Maheu, who was UNESCO's Director General from 1961-74.

M Mahender Reddy appointed as new DGP of Telangana

Nov 12, 2017
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M Mahender Reddy, Commissioner of Hyderabad Police, has been appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) of Telangana State. He succeeded DGP Anurag Sharma, who retired from the service on 11 November 2017.

Hasmukh Adhia appointed as new Finance Secretary

Nov 7, 2017
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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on 6 November 2017 approved the appointment of revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia as the new Finance Secretary of the country.

Kenneth Juster confirmed as US Ambassador to India

Nov 3, 2017
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Juster will succeed Richard Verma, the first Indian-American to head this position. Verma resigned from the post on 20 January 2017 with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The position has been lying vacant since then.

Neelamani N Raju appointed as DG-IGP of Karnataka

Nov 1, 2017
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She succeeds R K Dutta, who retired from the service following his superannuation. She will retire in January 2020 and will serve as the Karnataka's police chief for over 2 years.

YC Modi took charge as Director General of National Investigation Agency

Oct 30, 2017
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Prior to joining the NIA, he worked with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for 10 years while serving two terms where he handled Special Crime and Economic Offences besides Anti-Corruption cases.

Suresh Sethi appointed as MD & CEO of IPPB

Oct 24, 2017
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IPPB received the Reserve Bank of India’s final approval to commence commercial operations in January 2017. IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a Pan India roll out of 650 branches by 2018.

Union Government appoints Dineshwar Sharma as its Representative in J&K

Oct 24, 2017
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The Union Government has appointed Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, as a representative of the government to initiate and carry forward a dialogue with the elected representatives and various organizations of Jammu and Kashmir.

IPS officer Rakesh Asthana appointed as CBI Special Director

Oct 23, 2017
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The other IPS officers promoted by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet were Gurbachan Singh and Arvind Kumar as Special Directors of  Intelligence Bureau (IB), Deepak Kumar Mishra and Sudeep Lakhtakia as Special DGs in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Justice Naresh Kumar Gupta appointed as Lokayukta of MP

Oct 18, 2017
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The post of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta had been lying vacant since June 2016 after the retirement of PP Naolekar, former Justice of Supreme Court. Since then, UC Maheshwari, former judge of MP High Court, was looking after the work of Lokayukta.

Audrey Azoulay elected as Director General of UNESCO

Oct 16, 2017
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UNESCO’s Executive Board voted 30 to 28 in favour of Azoulay against Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari. Her election will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on 10 November 2017. The board's selection of Azoulay came the day after the United States announced that it intends to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.

Gautam Bambawale appointed as India's Ambassador to China

Oct 13, 2017
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After taking up the position, one of the major tasks of Bambawale will be to stabilise India-China ties that were rocked by a military face off in the Doklam area of Bhutan which lasted for 73 days. Both the sides agreed to end the face-off on 28 August 2017, paving the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China for the BRICS summit in September 2017.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher appointed as Chief of FTII

Oct 11, 2017
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Kher succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment as FTII Chairman triggered massive student protests. Chauhan's term ended in March 2017. He was appointed as FTII chairman on 9 June 2015. Many FTII students had protested against his appointment claiming that Chauhan was unfit for the job.

Nisha Desai Biswal appointed as President of US-India Business Council

Oct 11, 2017
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The US-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization that was formed in 1975 at the request of the US and Indian governments. It is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States and has presence in New York, Silicon Valley and New Delhi.

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as new Governor of Assam

Oct 10, 2017
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Veteran leader, Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as the new Governor of Assam on 10 October 2017. He was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh at a function in the Srimanta Sankardeva International Convention Centre in Guwahati.

Rajnish Kumar appointed new SBI chairman

Oct 5, 2017
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Rajnish Kumar was appointed the next chairman of the State Bank of India. He is at present the Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI). He will be succeeding Arundhati Bhattacharya, who is at present serving her one-year extension.

ICMR Chief Soumya Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director-General

Oct 5, 2017
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Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), appointed Deputy Director-General, of World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva. This position is the second-highest at the UN’s health agency. The position is also the highest post held by any Indian in the WHO.

Baishya elected as chairmen of two sub-committees of IWF

Oct 3, 2017
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Indian Weightlifting Federation President, Birendra Prasad Baishya has been elected as the chairman of two sub-committees of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). Baishya is currently serving as the Executive Board member of Asian Weightlifting Federation

Five States get new Governors

Oct 3, 2017
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India's President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 September 2017 announced the appointment of new governors for five states of the country. The states include Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

First Woman Chief Justice of Delhi HC to head panel on OBC Sub Categorisation

Oct 3, 2017
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Retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, G Rohini would be heading the 5-member commission appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind to examine the politically-sensitive issue of sub-categorisation of Other Backward Castes (OBCs).

Royana Singh appointed as first woman chief proctor of BHU

Sep 29, 2017
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The Banaras Hindu University has appointed Royana Singh as the first woman Chief Proctor of the institution. The appointment was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi. Prior to this appointment, Royana served as an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Science (Anatomy Department).

Shashi Shanker appointed Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC

Sep 26, 2017
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Shashi Shanker was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) with effect till March 2021. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) named Shanker as CMD till his superannuation as against an initial one-year term proposed by the Oil Ministry.

Rajiv Mehrishi sworn in as new CAG of India

Sep 25, 2017
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Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has taken over as the 13th Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, succeeding Shashi Kant Sharma, who had held the post since 2013. Mehrishi was administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi.

Rajnikant Mishra appointed Chief of Sashastra Seema Bal

Sep 20, 2017
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Mishra will succeed Archana Ramasundaram who is set to retire on 30 September 2017. Mishra is a 1984 batch Uttar Pradesh Cadre IPS officer. He has been posted as Special Director General in Border Security Force (BSF) since 2012.

Y C Modi appointed as Director General of National Investigation Agency

Sep 18, 2017
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Modi is an IPS officer of the 1979 batch of the Haryana cadre. He had also been part of a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed 2002 Gujarat riots case. He has also served as the Additional Director General of Police in Shillong, and Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Peruvian President appoints former Economy Minister, Mercedes Aráoz Fernández, as new PM

Sep 18, 2017
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Mercedes Araoz, who was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Peru by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has earlier served the country as its economy minister between 2006 and 2011 under the administration of President Alan Garcia. The appointment came after two days of the no-confidence vote in which the entire cabinet was forced to resign.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon elected as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission

Sep 15, 2017
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Ban was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. He has had a close relationship with the IOC as in 2009, IOC was granted Permanent Observer Status at the UN. He has also been the Olympic torch bearer.

UN Secretary-General appoints Peter Thomson as 1st Special Envoy for Oceans

Sep 13, 2017
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson, the outgoing president of the UN General Assembly as the first Special Envoy for the oceans.

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