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Arvind Saxena appointed as acting UPSC Chairman

Jun 11, 2018
UPSC member Arvind Saxena has been appointed to serve as the acting Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from June 20, 2018. Saxena was the first RAW officer to be named as a member of UPSC.

Ecuador's Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces elected as President of UN General Assembly

Jun 6, 2018
Espinosa had earlier served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility; Minister of Defence; and Coordinating Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Ecuador.

M K Jain named new RBI deputy governor

Jun 5, 2018
IDBI CEO M K Jain has been appointed as the fourth deputy governor of RBI for a three-year term. He would be succeeding SS Mundra, who retired in July last year. He was previously heading the Chennai-based Indian Bank.

Ramalingam Sudhakar sworn-in as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court

May 19, 2018
In March 2017, he was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu & Kashmir after the retirement of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed.

Gina Haspel confirmed as first female director of CIA

May 18, 2018
The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on May 17. Haspel’s nomination was confirmed in a 54-45 vote, following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters of CIA’s history.

Uttam Pacharne appointed as Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi

May 18, 2018
At present, Pacharne is a Member of Advisory Committee of Kala Academy, Goa and a Member of the Advisory Committee at P.L. Deshpande State Lalit Kala Academy.

Indu Malhotra takes oath as Supreme Court Judge

Apr 27, 2018
Senior advocate Indu Malhotra was administered the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. The development makes her the first woman lawyer to be appointed to the top court. Since Independence, only six women judges have been appointed to the Supreme Court and till recently, the apex court had only one woman Judge - Justice R Banumathi.

US Senate confirms appointment of Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator

Apr 20, 2018
Bridenstine will be taking over the post after almost over 12 months gap since the former Administrator Charles Bolden resigned in January 2017.

US diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo becomes first female Head of UN Political Affairs

Apr 3, 2018
DiCarlo is currently serving as the President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a group that focuses on solutions to conflicts involving the US interests.

Shekhara Kapur to head central panel for 65th National Film Awards

Mar 29, 2018
Veteran director Shekhar Kapur was appointed as the chairman of the central panel of the 65th National Film Awards. The central panel comprises a chairperson and 10 other members, including five regional chairpersons who head the respective regional panels.

Indu Bhushan appointed CEO of Ayushman Bharat mission

Mar 28, 2018
Indu Bhushan has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission. The scheme aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on the 2011 Socio-Economic and Caste Census database.

Justice Jawad Rahim appointed as acting Chairperson of NGT

Mar 28, 2018
The appointment of NGT's interim Chairperson would now enable the constitution of the NGT bench for western zone in Pune. There are 500 cases pending in the western zone bench of the NGT.

JS Rajput nominated as India’s Representative to UNESCO's Executive Board

Mar 26, 2018
UNESCO acknowledged Professor Rajput’s contributions by selecting him for the Prestigious Jan Amos Comenius Medal for outstanding contributions in research and innovations in the year 2004.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi promoted as State Councillor

Mar 19, 2018
Wang will be taking up the talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who is India's Special Representative on border talks with China.

AK Pradhan appointed as Group Chief Risk Officer of PNB

Mar 1, 2018
The appointment of Group Chief Risk Officer came after the finance ministry set a 15-day deadline for public sector banks to take pre-emptive action for identifying increasing operational and technical risks.

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.

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