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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.

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.

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