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Antony Dominic sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala

Feb 9, 2018
Justice Dominic was elevated as the Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court in November 2017, upon the retirement of Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh.

Sudeep Lakhtakia takes charge as new chief of NSG

Feb 6, 2018
Sudeep Lakhtakia has taken charge as the Director General (DG) of National Security Guard (NSG), succeeding S P Singh. He was serving as a Special DG in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi.

Jerome H Powell sworn in as 16th Chairman of Federal Reserve

Feb 6, 2018
His appointment as the Fed Chairman was approved by the US Senate in January 2018. Powell was nominated for the post in November 2017 by President Donald Trump. Powell succeeds Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the US central bank in its 100-year history.

Vijay Keshav Gokhale to take charge as new Foreign Secretary

Jan 29, 2018
Vijay Keshav Gokhale, a senior diplomat of the External Affairs Ministry, will take charge as the next Foreign Secretary on January 29, 2018. He would be succeeding S Jaishankar, who is retiring from the post.

Ashok Lavasa assumes charge as Election Commissioner of India

Jan 24, 2018
Lavasa succeeds Om Prakash Rawat, who was elevated as the Chief Election Commissioner. Lavasa’s term as Election Commissioner would end in October 2022 and would thereafter serve as the Chief Election Commissioner.

S Somanath takes charge as VSSC Director

Jan 24, 2018
Renowned scientist, S Somanath took charge as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, succeeding K Sivan who was recently appointed as ISRO Chairman. The space centre is Indian Space Research organisation’s lead centre for launch vehicles.

Anandiben Patel sworn in as Governor of Madhya Pradesh

Jan 23, 2018
Anandiben Patel succeeds Ramnaresh Yadav, who had retired from the post in September 2016. Meanwhile, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was holding the additional charge as the Madhya Pradesh Governor. Anandiben Patel served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2014 to August 2016.

Om Prakash Rawat appointed New Chief Election Commissioner

Jan 22, 2018
Senior-most Election Commissioner, Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission. He would be succeeding outgoing CEC Achal Kumar Joti, who retires on 22nd January.

UK appoints 'Minister for loneliness'

Jan 18, 2018
The United Kingdom has appointed Sports minister Tracey Crouch as the country’s first ‘Minister for loneliness’. The additional role would require the Minister to develop a strategy to address the issue of loneliness in the nation.

Vice Admiral AB Singh appointed as Chief of Staff of Western Naval Command

Jan 16, 2018
Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM took over as Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, succeeding Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, AVSM, NM. Prior to his appointment to the post, Vice Admiral AB Singh served as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Forces Command.

Indu Malhotra, first woman lawyer to be directly promoted as Supreme Court judge

Jan 12, 2018
The senior advocate Indu Malhotra has been recommended as a judge of the Supreme Court by the collegium of Supreme Court. Indu Malhotra would become the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a judge of the highest court. Indu Malhotra will be the 7th woman judge since independence to make it to the Supreme Court. At present, Justice R Banumathi is the lone woman judge in the apex court.

Rocket scientist Sivan K appointed as Chairman of ISRO

Jan 11, 2018
He has numerous publications in various journals to his credit and has received numerous awards throughout his career including Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014 and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999.

Dilip Asbe appointed as MD & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India

Jan 9, 2018
Asbe has been serving in the NPCI since its inception. He has played a key role in designing, operationalising and managing payment platforms like Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), India’s home-grown card network RuPay, and several other initiatives.

Former RAW chief Rajinder Khanna appointed Deputy NSA

Jan 3, 2018
The former chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Rajinder Khanna has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser (NSA). Khanna served as the chief of India’s external intelligence agency RAW for a fixed two year period from December 2014.

Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as Foreign Secretary of India

Jan 2, 2018
Gokhale succeeds S Jaishankar, who will complete his tenure on 28 January 2018. Jaishankar was appointed as Foreign Secretary on 29 January 2015 for two years. He was given a one-year extension in January 2017.

Jairam Thakur took oath as 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

Dec 27, 2017
Thakur was elected as CM of Himachal Pradesh and BJP legislative party leader on 24 December 2017 following the defeat of BJP's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal in the 2017 assembly elections. Thakur won the elections from the Mandi seat.

Vijay Rupani, Nitin Patel get second term as CM and Deputy CM of Gujarat

Dec 23, 2017
The current Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani was confirmed to remain at the post for a second term in a row. Rupani was also elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the state. By continuing with the existing leadership and not making any big experimental changes, the BJP is gearing itself for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

In a first, Sikh American Gurbir Grewal nominated to be New Jersey Attorney General

Dec 13, 2017
If Grewal‘s nomination is approved by the State Senate, he will be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in the US. He will also be the second Indian-American after Kamala Harris, who held the position in California before her election to the US Senate.

BN Sharma appointed as Chairman of National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST

Nov 29, 2017
The National Anti-profiteering Authority was formed under Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 16 November 2017. The objective of NAA is to comfort consumers that Government is fully committed to make sure that the benefits of implementation of GST reach them without any hassle.

Karen Pierce appointed as Britain's Ambassador to UN

Nov 28, 2017
With this appointment, Pierce became the first woman to be appointed to this role. Previously, she served as Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and had served as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York as well.

Soumya Swaminathan to take charge as Deputy Director-General of WHO

Nov 27, 2017
With over 30 years of experience in clinical care and research, Swaminathan has been a member of several WHO and international advisory bodies including the WHO specialist Panel to Review Global Strategy (RGS) and Innovation and Intellectual Property, Plan of Action on Public Health.

N Sambasiva Rao appointed as DGP of Andhra Pradesh

Nov 25, 2017
The Union Home Ministry had twice rejected the list of names forwarded by the state for the post of DGP saying it was in contravention of the Supreme Court orders in the Prakash Singh case. Besides Rao, the Ministry objected to the names of S V Ramana Murthy (1982 batch) and M Malakondaiah (1985) as they are due to retire within a year.

Shubhangi Swaroop becomes first woman to be inducted as Pilot in Indian Navy

Nov 24, 2017
Swaroop was among four women officers who had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala. The other three women officers are Aastha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthimaya S. These three women cadets were inducted at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI), where no female officer has ever worked.

Indian-origin Quarraisha Abdool Karim appointed as UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV

Nov 22, 2017
Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world's leading AIDS researchers. She has made pioneering contributions in understanding the HIV epidemic among young people, especially among young women.

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

Nov 21, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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