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Anandiben Patel named new Madhya Pradesh governor

Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been named as the new governor of Madhya Pradesh. The President of India is pleased to appoint Smt. Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. She will replace Gujarat governor Om Prakash Kohli, who currently holds additional charge of the office. . . . .

PM Modi ranked among top 3 world leaders in survey

An international survey has ranked Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the top three leaders of the world. An annual survey by "Gallup International" has put Prime Minister Modi at number "three" among the global leaders. The respondents in the survey, which was conducted among the people across 50 countries, had rated. . . . .

Indu Malhotra, the first woman lawyer recommended directly for Supreme Court judge

 The Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra unanimously recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court. She will be one of only seven women judges that the top court has had so far since independence. At present,. . . . .

Dilip Asbe appointed MD & CEO of NPCI

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organisation for retail payment systems in India, which aims to allow all Indian citizens to have unrestricted access to e-payment services has appointed Dilip Asbe as Managing Director and CEO of the organisation, replacing A.P.Hota, who retired in August. NPCI:. . . . .

'Rocket Man' K. Sivan to take over as new ISRO chief

Senior space scientist Dr K.Sivan has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization ISRO. Dr Sivan is currently the Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, an arm of the national space agency ISRO. Under his stewardship, the ISRO will be launching several prestigious. . . . .

Indian-origin businessman appointed World Business Council for Sustainable Development Chairman

Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman Sunny Verghese has been appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Verghese, 57, Co-Founder and the CEO of Singapore's agri-business group Olam International Limited, is the first World Business Council for Sustainable. . . . .

NASA's 'most experienced astronaut' John Young passes away

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died at 87. Young was the ninth man to walk on the Moon and the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times.

MAS chief Ravi Menon named best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific

The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, has been named the best central bank governor in Asia-Pacific for 2018 by the UK-based magazine, The Banker. This annual award administered by The Banker, a publication under The Financial Times Group, is based on a selection process involving. . . . .

Arjuna Awardee ace archer Vennam Surekha donates Rs 5 lakh to soldiers

Ace archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha who received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with her Arjuna Award has decided to donate the entire amount to the soldiers’ welfare fund.  Surekha who was in New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that she will donate the sum “as part of my responsibility towards the nation”.

PM Modi, Sachin Tendulkar Most Talked About Parliamentarians On Facebook

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar have emerged as the most popular parliamentarians in 2017 on social networking platform, Facebook. PM Modi was the most talked about Lok Sabha member, while Sachin Tendulkar was the most popular Rajya Sabha member on Facebook, a statement said. The. . . . .

Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed as foreign secretary of India

Vijay Keshav Gokhale, considered an expert on China, was today named the next foreign secretary succeeding S Jaishankar, who completes his extended tenure later this month. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). He had played a key role in India-China negotiations last year to resolve the 73-day. . . . .

Salman Khan topped Forbes India Celebrity 100

Superstar Salman Khan has once again maintained the top spot in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for the second consecutive year. The Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and India's cricket captain Virat Kohli took the second and third spot respectively with actress Priyanka Chopra named as the only female celebrity in top 10. . . . .

Prabhat Kumar Sinha appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Northern Coalfields Limited

Prabhat Kumar Sinha was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Northern Coalfields Limited. Sinha has been appointed to the post till December 31, 2021. Currently, he is the Director (Technical) of the South Eastern Coalfields Limited. The Northern Coalfields Limited, a Government of India undertaking, has its. . . . .

Former U.P governor Banwari Lal Joshi passed away.

Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)  due to septic shock following an infection of the valves, hospital sources said. He was 82.He was governor of Uttar Pradesh from 2009 to 2014. Before that, he was lieutenant governor of Delhi from 2004 to. . . . .

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan ‘’Ajay Bisaria’’ took charge

The Indian government appointed Bisaria as Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan replacing Gautam Bambawale. Bisaria was ambassador to Poland prior to this appointment. He has been appointed High Commissioner to Islamabad for two years. He is the 25th Indian envoy to Pakistan. New Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay. . . . .

Justice Umesh Dattatraya Salvi appointed as new chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT)

Justice Umesh Dattatraya Salvi took charge as the acting Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today, following the retirement of Justice Swatanter Kumar. Justice Salvi will continue in office until the date a new chairperson is appointed or the date of his superannuation, whichever is earlier, according to a government. . . . .

Renowned sculptor Nagji Patel passes away

Renowned artist Nagji Patel passed away, He was a well-known artist born in Gujarat in 1937. Nagaji Patel was one of the renowned sculptors of our country. Nagaji Patel has been a distinguished artist not only in this country but also because of his efforts in the whole world, he has also been an outstanding contribution to. . . . .

Francois Gabart fastest to finish solo navigation of the globe

Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest solo navigation of the globe on Sunday, completing the mammoth feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. He crossed a virtual finish line drawn between the island of Ushant off France's northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at. . . . .

S.P Gupta appointed as head of Animal Welfare Board of India

A retired IAS officer who runs his own cow shelter S.P. Gupta, appointed as head of Animal Welfare Board of India. But a section of the board is not happy with the choice. Gupta, they claimed, has no track record in animal welfare, and may have been appointed because of his political connections. Gupta, who was appointed a member. . . . .

Oprah Winfrey announced as winner of Cecil B. Demille Award

Oprah Winfrey will be honoured with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. Each year the recipient of the prestigious award is selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and must be someone who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” She. . . . .

Neeraj Vora passed away

Neeraj Vora, an accomplished actor, writer and director, breathed his last during the early hours of Thursday. Neeraj is behind some of the most popular films of that era. He wrote comedies like Hera Pheri, Golmaal, Badshah, Hulchul, Garam Masala, Awara Paagal Deewana, dramas like Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Josh, and even mysteries. . . . .

R.Hemalatha appointed as director of National Institute of Nutrition

R. Hemalatha has been appointed the director of the National Institute of Nutrition, the Hyderabad based premier nutrition research institute working under the Indian Council of Medical Research. She had vast experience in the field of maternal and child health, clinical and population-based studies. NIN to play a critical role. . . . .

Vice-President stressed for effective functioning of Rajyasabha

Vice-President of India and Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today suggested a 10 point charter to ensure the effective functioning of legislatures in the country so that peoples respect for the democratic institution can be sustained.He addressed on “Importance of Legislatures” organized by PRS Legislative Research.. . . . .

Rahul Gandhi elevated as Indian National Congress president

India’s main opposition Congress party on elevated Rahul Gandhi, as its president, preparing to challenge the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls in 2019. In a long-awaited move, Gandhi, the great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected unopposed to head. . . . .

Subramanya Bharathi birth anniversary observed on December 11

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Subramanya Bharathi, like Guru Dev Rabindranath Tagore, wanted India to break the narrow domestic walls. He was addressing the gathering at the Birthday Celebrations of great national poet Subramanya Bharathi, in Chennai. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri  Banwarilal. . . . .

M.S. Swaminathan conferred with ‘Yeraringan’ award.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Prof. M.S. Swaminathan transformative leader who has inspired many scientists to focus on the problem of Indian agriculture. He was addressing the gathering after conferring "Yeraringan" Award to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, in Chennai. The Governor of Tamil Nadu,. . . . .

Uma Shankar appointed RBI Executive Director 

Uma Shankar, chief general manager (CGM) in charge of the Reserve Bank of India's financial inclusion and development department has taken over as executive director (ED) in the central bank. After Meena Hemchandra Shankar has been elevated as the executive director in charge of the central bank's supervision department. . . . .

Akshay Kumar to promote central govt agricultural schemes

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will promote the governments flagship agriculture schemes like soil health card and crop insurance, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said today. The Union Agriculture Ministry has roped in the actor for television advertisements to intensify the publicity of the agri-schemes. 'The flagship. . . . .

Indo-American senator Kamala Harris topped the list of ‘’50 leading Global Thinkers’’

Indian-American California senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine’s 2017 list of ’50 Leading Global Thinkers’. She belongs to democratic party of USA.  She is the first-ever Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate. Seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate,. . . . .

P.M Narendra Modi topped in Twitter followers.

The list of 10 most followed Indians on Twitter in 2017 topped by Narendra Modi with 37.5 million followers, Amitabh Bachchan with 31.5 million followers in second position. Top Hashtag Trends of the Year:  Tamil film Mersal generated colossal engagement from fans of South Indian cinema, making #Mersal the top hashtag. . . . .

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away

Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on 4/12/2017 after prolonged illness. He was 79. The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film  Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films during . . . . .

Infosy’s appoints Salili Parekh as CEO

Infosys appointed Capgemini executive Salil Parekh as Chief Executive Officer effective January 2, 2018. Parekh, who will take over on January 2, 2018, for a period of five years, was a member of the Group Executive Board at French firm Capgemini Background: Infosys had initiated the search after CEO Vishal Sikka. . . . .

Sushma Swaraj Attended Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Attended Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit at Sochi in Russia. she said that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion as she urged the international community to enhance cooperation to combat the scourge which is a "crime against the entire humanity".

President addressed closing ceremony of Bose institute

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the closing ceremony of centenary celebrations of Bose Institute in Kolkata. This was one of the earliest scientific institutes to be established in the country. The President said that Bengal was one of India’s earliest industrial and manufacturing economies. Bose is considered the father. . . . .

Pradeep Singh Kharola appointed as Air India CMD

Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India. He would replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD for a little over three months.Currently, Mr Kharola is the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. Fact sheet: Union Civil aviation. . . . .

Kenyatta sworn in as Kenya president for second time

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second five-year term as president of Kenya.Kenyatta, 56, won a rerun presidential election last month boycotted by the opposition, which said it would not be free and fair. Background: The political turmoil in east Africa’s richest and most developed economy was triggered when. . . . .

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of ‘’ Freedom of Oxford’’ title

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her "inaction" in the Rohingya crisis. Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997. Fact sheet: Aung San Suu Kyi won Nobel peace prize in 1991 Myanmar. . . . .

Two women hold top posts in Karnataka

Ratna Prabha is the new Chief Secretary of Karnataka . She will head the State administrative machinery till March 2018.With the elevation of Ms Prabha, for the first time in the State’s history, two top administrative offices are being headed by women. While Neelamani N. Raju became the State’s first woman Director-General. . . . .

 Ivanka Trump visit India

U.S. President Donald Trump’s advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump, who had arrived in Hyderabad early on Tuesday, will reach Global Entrepreneurship Summit venue at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Madhapur. ##HIGHLIGHTS OF GES  2017:: GES 2017 will see high-profile names and personalities. . . . .

Sambasiva Rao appointed full-time DGP for Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government appointed N Sambasiva Rao as Andhra Pradesh DGP. Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar, in an order issued on 24/11/2017, stated that Mr Sambasiva Rao, IPS officer of 1984 batch, has been transferred and posted as DGP (Hopf) of the State in the existing vacancy with immediate effect.. . . . .

India's First Woman Navy Pilot To Train At Air Force Academy In Hyderabad

Shubhangi Swaroop becomes Indian Navy’s first woman pilot who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women. . . . .

Robert Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, swept from power as his 37-year reign crumbled within days of a military takeover. Mr Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe almost unopposed since the country won independence from Britain but his efforts to position his wife Grace as his successor triggered fury in the military. . . . .

Modati Patham book by Chukka Ramaiah launched by vice president

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu launched ‘Modati Patham’ a book written by noted senior educationist Chukka Ramaiah. He is popular for his efforts in making IITs more affordable and accessible to students.  Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari announced that the Telangana government would provide the book. . . . .

100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi celebrated across the nation

19 November 2017 marked the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. Key events related to Indira Gandhi: 1. She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India 2. She served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her. . . . .

Audrey Azoulay was appointed as Director-General of UNESCO

Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay was appointed as Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. She is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position, replaces outgoing DG Irina Bokova

National education day observed on November 11th

November 11 has been celebrated as the National Education Day since 2008. The date has been chosen to commemorate the birth anniversary of independent India's first education minister – MaulanaAbulKalam Azad. MaulanaAbulKalam Azad was born AbulKalamGhulamMuhiyuddin on November 11, 1888.  The freedom fighter and. . . . .

Britain’s first Indian origin cabinet minister resigned

Priti Patel, Britain’s first Indian-origin cabinet minister resigned as International Development Secretary.Hers was the second cabinet resignation within the period of a week, after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned over sexual harassment allegations

Ravi Bhalla becomes the Sikh mayor in New Jersey state

He elected as mayor to Hoboken city in New Jersey state. Bhalla, a Democrat who has served two terms on the Hoboken City Council.

Independent India’s first voter preparing to vote in Himachal Pradesh elections.

Independent India’s first voter preparing to vote in Himachal Pradesh elections. Shyam Saran Negi exercised his vote in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district becoming independent India's first voter. He participated in voting of 1951 general election.

Hasmukh Adhia is new Finance Secretary

Hasmukh Adhia is new Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, has been designated as the new Finance Secretary. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved designating Hasmukh Adhia as Finance Secretary. The post became vacant after former Finance and Expenditure Secretary Ashok Lavasa retired on October 31.



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