APPOINTMENTS - 2019 MARCH

March 2

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joined the 15th Finance Commission as its Member in place of Shri Shaktikanta Das.
A 1982 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre, he was the Finance Secretary to the Government of India and served as Secretary to the 14th Finance Commission, headed by former RBI Governor, Shri Y.V. Reddy.
The 15th Finance Commission was constituted by a Presidential Order in November 2017 under the Chairmanship of Shri N.K. Singh to decide the formula for devolution of revenue between Centre and States.
President constitutes a finance commission every five years or earlier under article 280 of Indian constitution. The constitutional body decides the division of revenue between the centre and the states and also among the states themselves.

Ravneet Gill took charge as MD & CEO of YES Bank for a three-year term.
A career banker with a long innings at Deutsche Bank, Gill comes in place of Rana Kapoor, the bank’s co-promoter and former MD and CEO.
Mr. Gill succeeds Rana Kapoor, the co-founder of the bank, whose term ended on January 31, 2019.
Mr. Ajai Kumar, one of the board members, was appointed as the interim CEO after Mr. Kapoor’s term ended. Yes Bank decided to search for a new chief executive after the RBI declined to extend Mr. Kapoor’s tenure beyond January 31, 2019, though the board had endorsed a three-year extension.

March 3

Pranay Kumar Verma appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Verma, a 1994 cadre Indian Foreign Services officer, is presently serving as the JointSecretary at Ministry of External Affairs.

Bhagwan Lal Sahni, a BJP leader from Bihar's Muzaffarpur, has assumed charge as the chairman of the newly constituted National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
The NCBC was constitutionally recognized by Parliament in 2017, after repealing the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.
National Commission for Backward Classes is a Constitutional body set up through the 123rd constitutional amendment bill 2018 and 102nd amendment act under the provisions of Article 338B of Indian Constitution. The commission consists of one chairman and five Members with the term of three years.
National Commission for Backward classes is the successor of the National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NCSEBC)

March 4

Anil Kumble has been reappointed as Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee
Former Indian captain Anil Kumblehas been reappointed as Chairman of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee to serve for a final three-year term
Kumble has been the chairman of the committee since 2012.

MackySall elected as Senegal’s President for the second term
Senegalese President MackySall has won re-election without the need for a second round of voting, giving him five more years in office.
Sall, the incumbent president ultimately received 58.27% of the votes.

March 5

Randhir Singh appointed as coordination committee chairman of 2022 Asian Games
Veteran Indian sports administrator Randhir Singh has been appointed as the chairman of the Coordination Committee of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games by the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
The 72-year-old Randhir, a five-time Olympian shooter, is currently an Honorary Life Vice-President of the OCA. He had served as Secretary General of the OCA for 24 years from 1991 to 2015.

Sheikh Ahmad was re-elected as the President of OCA
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has been re-elected as the president of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for an eighth term despite being embroiled in a forgery case brought by Swiss investigators.
The long-serving Kuwaiti, a powerful ally of International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach, was re-elected unanimously at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok.
An IOC member since 1992, Sheikh Ahmad stepped down from his roles in the global Olympic body in November, less than two weeks after the Public Prosecutor of Geneva submitted a forgery accusation to a criminal court against the Kuwaiti and four others.

March 6

Sanjeev Ranjan has been named as secretary at Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)
Sanjeev Ranjan, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre, is at present the chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NAHAI).
Ranjan will take over as MoRTH secretary with effect from April 1, 2019 upon superannuation of Yudhvir Singh Malik by the end of this month.
NagendraNathSinha will replace Ranjan as the new National Highways Authority of India chief.
P. Venkata Ramesh Babu appointed as the Director General of National Archives of India
P. Venkata Ramesh Babu is an IAS officer from the 1985 batch and is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited.
The National Archives of India comes under the Ministry of Culture.

Kaja Kallas, the leader of the Reform Party has been appointed as the first female Prime Minister of Estonia
In parliamentary electionheldin Estonia, the center-right Reform party won 29.4% of the vote, setting up its leader KajaKallas to become the first female prime minister of the Baltic country, so long as she can form a coalition government.
Kaja Kallas won againstcentre-left Prime Minister JuriRatas’s party.
She will swear in as the 18th Prime Minister of Estonia.

March 7

Scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty was appointed Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
Ajit Kumar Mohanty has been appointed for a period of three years.
He is at present Director, Physics Group, in BARC and Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics.
About Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC):
It is India’s premier nuclear research facility based in Mumbai.
It is a multi-disciplinary research centre with extensive infrastructure for advanced research and development covering the entire spectrum of nuclear science, engineering and related areas.
Establihed: January 3, 1954
Founder: Homi Jehangir Bhabha
Motto: Atoms in the service of the Nation

March 8

Soumya Swaminathan who is currently a Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been appointed as the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
As part of the reforms at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan was promoted from the position of Deputy Director-General to Chief Scientist.
The position of the Chief Scientist was created to strengthen the organisation’s core scientific work and ensure the quality and consistency of its norms and standards.
She will oversee the digital work and help the department in assessing digital technologies, and help countries in deciding as to how to prioritise, integrate and regulate them.

Ausaf Sayeed appointed as the new Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed is the present High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles, now he has been appointed as the next ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia by the Ministry of External Affairs.
He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1989 batch.
He has been appointed in the place of Ahmad Javed, who had been the envoy to Saudi Arabia since December 2015.

Indian-American television personality and food expert Padma Lakshmi has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its newest Goodwill Ambassador
UNDP announced Lakshmi’s appointment on the eve of International Women’s Day.
The Emmy-nominated television personality and award-winning author will mobilise support for the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on fighting inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised.

March 9

Shri Subhash Chandra Garg appointed as Finance Secretary
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved designating Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, lAS.
Former finance secretary Ajay Narayan Jhasuperannuated on February 28. Garg, 58, has been working as the Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs since June 2017.
Other Important Positions in Office:
Revenue Secretary: Ajay BhushanPandey
Secretary in Depatmentof Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM): Atanu Chakraborty.
Expenditure Secretary: Girisha Chandra Murmu

March 10

Mohammad Shtayyeh named as Palestinian PM
Mohammad Shtayyeh has been named as Palestinian Prime Minister by President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. A member of the West Bank's dominant Fatah party is a long time ally of Abbas.
The announcement comes six weeks after Rami al-Hamdallah tendered his resignation from the post and of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, underscoring the failure of Hamas and Fatah to implement a power-sharing deal.

Ashu Khullar named as Citi India CEO
Ashu Khullar, currently the head of Asia Pacific Capital Markets Origination at Citigroup Inc., has been named CEO of Citi India, with effect from April 1.
The appointment is subject to Reserve Bank of India’s approval.
He will replace Pramit Jhaveri, who has had a nine-year stint as Citi India CEO.

Baijayant Panda appointed as national vice president and spokesperson of BJP
Party chief Amit Shah made the appointment, which will be effective immediately.
Baijayant Panda joined the BJP on March 4, nine months after he resigned from the Biju Janata Dal.
In January last year, BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended Panda from the party on disciplinary grounds. The BJD had claimed that Panda was involved in anti-party activity, an allegation denied by the former MP.

March 11

Ministry of Railways appoints Shri S.S. Srinivas as Officer on Special Duty, South Coast Railway
Prior to this assignment, S.S. Srinivas, an Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS) officer, was working as Chief Personnel Officer (Administration), South Central Railway.
Officer on Special Duty/ South Coast Railway (SCoR) will undertake planning and preparatory work for formation of the New Zone at Visakhapatnam.
His responsibilities would involve such as survey of existing infrastructural facilities, requirement of land acquisition, preparation of DPR for additional requirements and the blue print for smooth transition of staff into the New Zone.

Anup Kumar Dubey, Sushil Kumar appointed as special directors in Enforcement Directorate (ED)
Both Anup Kumar Dubey and Sushil Kumar are Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officers.
Mr. Dubey has been appointed as Special Director, ED in Delhi while Mr. Kumar in Chennai.

March 12

Zinedine Zidane re-appointed as coach of Spanish football club Real Madrid till 2022
The Frenchman replaces Santiago Solari, who was sacked after less than five months in charge.
Former Real midfielder Zidane had resigned from the club after leading it to three consecutive Champions League titles.
Retired IAS officer C. Lalsawta becomes the first Lokayukta of Mizoram
He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the newly appointed Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi in a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
Sixty-three year old Mr. C. Lalsawta has served in government for more than 40 years.

Metro man Sreedharan appointed as top adviser to MRTS projects in J&K
Sreedharan, a retired IES (IRSE) officer, is popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’ for changing the face of public transport in the country with his leadership in building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro.
The Governor administration has approved setting up of two MRTCs Jammu Mass Rapid Transit Corporation and the Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corporation for the two capital cities.

March 13

Axis Bank names Rakesh Makhija as new Non-Executive Part-Time Chairman for a period of three years
Rakesh Makhija, who is the Chairman of SKF India, will take over from current Axis Bank Chairman Sanjiv Mishra, when his term comes to an end on July 17.
He has been appointed on the basis of recommendations from Nomination and Remuneration Committee of Directors and the board of directors of the bank.
His appointment is subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India and the bank’s shareholders.
Makhija, is also a Director on the board of Tata Tech, Tata Marcopolo Motors and ATREDS, and has been an Independent Director on the board of Axis since October 2015.

Krishna Kumari Kohli is the first Thari Hindu woman to be elected to the Senate of Pakistan
On March 8, 2019 which was celebrated as the International Women’s Day, she chaired the session of the Upper House of Parliament.
She has earlier worked as a crusader for the rights of bonded labourers in Pakistan. She is native from the village-Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar area of Sindh.

March 14

M.R. Kumar named as the new chairman of LIC for a period of 5 years.
He was the Zonal Manager (In-Charge) of North Zone, New Delhi prior to this appointment.
He will be succeeding V.K. Sharma who had retired on 31st December 2018 after that Managing Director Hemant Bhargava was acting as the interim chairman.
Vipin Anand and TC Suseel Kumar were also appointed as the Managing Directors of LIC for 5 years.

M. Ravi Kanth gets extension for six months as HUDCO chief
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the six-month extension with effect from April 11, 2019.
Kanth, a 1986 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, joined as the CMD of HUDCO on April 11, 2014.

March 15

Hindustan Unilever MD Sanjiv Mehta elevated as President of Unilever South Asia
As part of the new role, Sanjiv Mehta would become a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE).
Mehta has been instrumental in unlocking strong performance in South Asia, delivering exceptional top and bottom line growth.
Unilever also announced appointment of Nitin Paranjpe, President, Foods & Refreshment, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Supreme Court appoints PS Narasimha as mediator to resolve disputes of admin in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
The Supreme Court appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha, who is assisting the apex court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration in the country.
A bench of Justices S A Bobde and AM Spare was informed by Narasimha that former apex court judge Justice (Retd.) DK Jain has assumed charge as the ombudsman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
It restrained all other courts in India from entertaining for proceeding with any matter pertaining to BCCI and state cricket associations.
About BCCI:
Head quarters: Mumbai
President: C.K. Khanna

Arvind Laddha appointed as CEO of Mercer India
Arvind Laddha is currently the deputy CEO of insurance broking firm JLT Independent.
Laddha will join Mercer’s India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (IMETA) zone leadership team and will report to Mustafa Faizani, Mercer’s CEO for the IMETA zone.
In his new role, Laddha will be responsible for driving Mercer's growth in India, for focusing on emerging market opportunities and expanding current client relationships.
About Mercer:
Industry: Professional services
Head quarters: New York
CEO: Martine Ferland

Sourav Ganguly appointed as advisor of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2019
Sourav Ganguly takes over the responsibility for the upcoming Indian Premier League season that gets underway on March 23.
In his role, Ganguly will work closely with Coach Ricky Ponting to try and lead Delhi to their first ever IPL title.
About IPL:
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India contested during April and May of every year by 8 teams representing 6 Indian cities and 8 states.
The league was founded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008.

March 16

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to head transformative mobility panel
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will head the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, which is being set up to promote clean and sustainable mobility initiatives in the country.
The Union Cabinet had approved setting up of the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage.
The panel will also propose and recommend policy guidelines and government interventions and possible strategies for holistic, sustainable and transformative mobility and energy storage in India.

Italy great Fabio Cannavaro named China’s new head coach
Fabio Cannavaro, who led Italy to the World Cup triumph in 2006, has been named as China's new head coach.
The 45-year-old Italian, who played for clubs like Parma, Real Madrid and Juventus, will replace Marcello Lippi.
Lippi is the present head coach of china’s team and he will be quit after China's quarter-final exit at the Asian Cup in January, will stay on as an advisor.
Most recently Cannavaro served as head coach at Guangzhou Evergrande, where he won the CFA Super Cup in 2018.

March 17

Kotak Mahindra Bank appoints KVS Manian, Gaurang Shah as board directors
Kotak Mahindra Bank has appointed KVS Manian and Gaurang Shah as whole time directors for a 3 year term. The appointment comes into effect after the approval From the Reserve Bank of India.
Manian is currently working as the president - corporate, investment bank. Shah is the president- group chief risk officer of the bank.
The board, in its meeting approved the re-appointment of Prakash Apte as Independent Director of the bank for a five-year period from March 16, 2019, to March 17, 2024.
The board also appointed Uday Shankar, President of 21st Century Fox, Asia, as Independent Director of the bank from March 16, 2019, for a period of five years.

March 18

Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as India's 1st Lokpal
According to a communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed the Chairman of the Lokpal along with other members of the anti-corruption watchdog.
The Lokpal will have four judicial and four non-judicial members. Former Chief Justices - Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, and Abhilasha Kumari and sitting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members.
The non-judicial members are: former first woman Chief of Sashastra Seema Bal Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam.
The Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013.

March 19

Former Speaker of the Goa legislative Assembly Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa Chief Minister
Pramod Sawant, former Speaker of the Goa legislative Assembly and BJP MLA from Sankhelim in north Goa, was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Goa, succeeding Manohar Parrikar.
He was administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan by Governor Mridula Sinha.
Sudin alias Ramkrishna Dhavlikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party were sworn in as Deputy Chief Ministers.

Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, VSM (Vishisht Seva Medal) assumes Charge as Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) at Kochi
Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 87, and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla at Pune.
He has commanded five frontline ships of the Indian Navy including the missile vessels, INS Vidyut and INS Vinash; the missile corvette, INS Kulish; the guided missile destroyer, INS Mysore; and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
Prior to assuming charge as FOST, the Admiral was the Chief Staff Officer (Training) at Headquarters Southern Naval Command and played a key role in the conduct of all training in the Indian Navy.
He will succeed Rear Admiral Sanjay J Singh, who has been appointed as Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF).

March 20

Madras Rubber Factory Limited (MRF) Managing Director K.M. Mammen elected as Chairman of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA)
K.M. Mammen will succeed Raghupati Singhania, CMD of JK Tyres & Industries Ltd.
Anshuman Singhania, Director of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd will be the Vice-Chairman.
About Automotive Tyre Manufacturers' Association (ATMA):
It is started in 1975, ATMA is amongst the most active national industry bodies in the country representing Rs. 60,000 crore ($ 8.5 billion) automotive tyre industry.
Eleven tyre companies comprising mix of Indian and international tyre majors and represent over 90% of production of tyres in India are members of the Association.

ECI appoints Special Expenditure Observers for Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu
Election Commission of India has appointed two eminent former Civil Servants Sh. Shailendra Handa & Ms. Madhu Mahajan as Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.
Sh. Shailendra Handa has been deployed in Maharashtra, Ms. Madhu Mahajan has been deployed in Tamil Nadu.
Both these officers have rich experience of working in Investigation Wing of I.T Department and have supervised many successful search and seizure actions unearthing tax evasion in complicated cases.
The Special Observers will be supervising and monitoring the work being done by the electoral machinery and ensure that stringent and effective enforcement action is undertaken based on intelligence inputs and complaints received through C-VIGIL and Voter Helpline 1950 against all persons/entities trying to induce voters by distributing cash, liquor & freebies etc. in order to vitiate the poll process.

March 21

Aamir Khan appointed as Brand Ambassador of Phonepe
PhonePe is also an official co-presenting sponsor for the television broadcast of VIVO IPL 2019, and will be launching a series of new TV ads featuring Aamir Khan during this season.
TV ads and his mass appeal as a national icon will help PhonePe create awareness about the benefits of digital payments for users across India.
PhonePe is one of India’s fastest growing payment platform and is based on UPI. It is headquartered in Bengaluru.

Former Hockey Captain Sardar Singh appointed in Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) standing committee
A total of 13 Indian Olympic Association (IOA) members, including former India hockey captain Sardar Singh, have been named in various Standing Committees of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at its 38th General Assembly in Bangkok.
Sardar has been elected in the athletes standing committee, while IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta was named in the culture standing committee.
Hockey India secretary general Mohd Mustaque Ahmad is in the media standing committee, while Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwala and Lalit Bhanot have been elected in the sports for environment and sports standing committees respectively.
All the members have been elected for a four – year term from 2019 to 2023.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sworn in as new President of Kazakhstan
He has replaced Nursultan Nazarbayev, who resigned after almost 30-year rule.
Tokayev who assumed the leadership of the Central Asian country as President of the Senate took the oath in a plenary session of both Houses of Parliament.
According to the Kazakh Constitution, Tokayev will serve as head of state until April 2020, when Nazarbayev's term was due to end.

March 22

MG Motors appointed Benedict Cumberbatch as the new brand ambassador for India
British Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was appointed as the brand ambassador of Morris Garages (MG Motors) for its India operation.
MG Motor will launch its first car named ‘Hector’, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in India by the end of 2019.
About MG Motors:
Founded in UK in 1924 headquartered in Longbridge, Birmingham, England. It is a subsidiary of SAIC Motor UK, which in turn is owned by the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor.

March 23

Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh takes over as Western Fleet Commander
Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh, NM took over as the Western Fleet Commander, the “Sword Arm” of the Indian Navy.
He will succeed Rear Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM who has been appointed as Director General Naval Operations in the rank of Vice Admiral.
Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh was commissioned into the Indian navy in 1986 and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will take over as Next Chief of Naval Staff
The Government have appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, presently Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command as next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from May 31, 2019.
The present Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba retires on the same day.
He is from Jalandhar in Punjab. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 and after two years he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot.
He has been honoured with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

Ford names Amazon veteran Tim Stone as CFO
Tim Stone, replaces Bob Shanks, who will retire at the end of 2019 after serving the company for 42 years.
Tim Stone will take over as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 1st June.
Stone held various financial roles at Amazon for two decades, and was most recently CFO of Snapchat messaging app owner, Snap Inc.

March 24

Justice P.K. Mishra appointment as Acting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court and AK Tripathi appointment as Member of Lokpal
Chhattisgarh High Court's Chief Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi has resigned from his post after being appointed as judicial member in the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal.
Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra has been subsequently appointed as acting chief justice of the high court
Justice PC Ghose appointed as the first Chairperson of the Lokpal and now Justice AK Tripathi become part of the first ever Lokpal Committee.

NATHEALTH elects Sudarshan Ballal as president for 2019-20
The healthcare industry's apex body NATHEALTH appointed Manipal Health Enterprises Chairman Sudarshan Ballal as its president for the year 2019-20.
He succeeds Daljit Singh as the president.
Rajit Mehta has been elected as senior vice-president. Preetha Reddy has been elected as the vice president.
Badhri Iyengar has been elected as the secretary of the NATHEALTH and Harsh Mahajan has been elected as treasurer.

March 25

K. Govindaraj has been unanimously re-elected as president of the Basketball Federation of India (BFI)
Chander Mukhi Sharma was re-elected secretary-general as the BFI.
A new six-team women’s league will be held in next three months.
K. Govindaraj has declared to give proposal on restructure the National championships in the next 45 days and intend to have a zone-wise competition before the final round.
About Basketball Federation of India (BFI):
Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is the governing and controlling body of Basketball in India. It is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels.
Rear Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar VSM, takes over as Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Jan 1987 and is an Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist.
His notable sea appointments include Executive Officer of missile corvette INS Kirpan and missile destroyer INS Mysore and command of missile corvette INS Kora, missile frigate INS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
The Flag Officer is a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for distinguished service.

Basketball Federation of India appoints Serbian Veselin Matic as coach of Indian men’s team
The Basketball Federation of India roped in Veselin Matic as the new head coach of the Indian men’s basketball team.
Zoran Visic, who was earlier in charge of both the men’s and women’s national sides, will continue with the women’s team.
He led Iran to their Asian Championship title in 2009 which they won after beating China and also led to their first ever World Championship qualification in 2010.

March 26

Shambhu S. Kumaran appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Morocco
Shri Shambhu S. Kumaran (IFS: 1995), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Morocco.
He will succeed Dr. Kheya Bhattacharya.

Karur Vysya Bank appoints N.S. Srinath as non-executive chairman for a period of 3 years
N.S. Srinath had earlier served as an executive director on the board of Bank of Baroda and superannuated on May 31, 2012.
Srinath is graduated in Science & Law and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He is also a certificate holder in Industrial Finance.
The appointment is subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India and the Shareholders of the Bank.

March 27

Azali Assoumani was re-elected as Comoros President with over 60% of votes
According to results published by the electoral commission of the Indian Ocean archipelago, Comoros President Azali Assoumani was re-elected.
Azali, who first took office in 2016, was way ahead of his closest rival Mahamoudou Ahamada, who garnered only 14.62 percent of the ballots cast.
The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel.

8 Members of Lokpal take oath of office
The Chairperson of the anti corruption ombudsman Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose administered the oath of office to them.
Besides Chairperson, the President Ram Nath Kovind had appointed four judicial members and four Non-Judicial members as Lokpal.
Former Chief Justices - Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and sitting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Ajay Kumar Tripathi are the judicial members who took the oath.
The non-judicial members are former first woman Chief of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam.

March 28

Manohar Ajgaonkar appointed as deputy chief minister of Goa days after he quit MGP and joined BJP
The post got vacant after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant sacked Sudin Dhavalikar and claimed that the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA had failed to abide by the government’s common minimum programme.
Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai is the other deputy chief minister.
Dipak Pauskar was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister by Governor Mridula Sinha at the Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula.

Maruti Suzuki board re-appoints Kenichi Ayukawa as MD and CEO for 3 years with effective from April 1, 2019
This would be Kenichi Ayukawa's third three-year term as MD and CEO of Maruti. Ayukawa, who earlier served in the US, Japan and Pakistan, was appointed on March 15, 2013.
During his regime, the auto major introduced many new models, including the sedan Ciaz, premium hatchback Baleno and SUV Vitara Brezza.
The company is also gearing up to launch its first electric car in India by 2020, besides working on hybrid and premium category vehicles.

Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice D.K. Jain (retd) will now serve as the Ethics Officer of the Indian cricket board on an ad-hoc basis
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), provisions in its constitution require an Ethics Officer to be appointed to determine and decide issues related to conflict of interest.
Justice D.K. Jain (retd.), shall discharge the functions of the BCCI Ethics Officer, in addition to his role as the BCCI Ombudsman, as an ad hoc arrangement till such time that an Ethics Officer is appointed.

Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM assumes charge as Director General Naval Operations (DGNO)
Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Nao Sena Medal is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 July 85.
The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and has held important assignments both afloat and ashore.
He commanded the National Coast Guard, Mauritius for two years (2003 – 05) and was also the Commandant, Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi.

Abhay Thakur concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Benin
Shri Abhay Thakur, (IFS: 1992) presently High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Benin, with residence in Abuja.
India does not have a Resident Diplomatic Mission in Benin.

Vivek Gupta takes charge as Director Raw Material and Logistics at SAIL
Vivek Gupta has taken charge as Director (Raw Material& Logistics) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
Gupta is a civil engineer from NIT, Allahabad. Gupta had joined SAIL in 1980.

PolicyX.com has named cricketer Virender Sehwag as its Brand Ambassador
PolicyX.com an online insurance aggregator has roped in Legendary Cricketer Virender Sehwag as its brand ambassador.
Virender Sehwag, PolicyX.com has launched its biggest marketing campaign, spread across the insurance products basket of term insurance, health insurance, life insurance, car insurance and others.

March 29

Hitachi Payments appoints Rustom Irani as managing director
Rustom Irani’s role, as MD, is in addition to his responsibilities as the chief executive officer (CEO) of cash business. Earlier to this, Loney Antony led Hitachi Payments as the MD from its inception.
Rustom served as the Chief Operations Officer of Hitachi Payment Services, before assuming the role of the CEO of the company’s Cash Business in April 2018.
He worked with MindTree as the Senior Vice President in the IMTS business, also worked with Sify, Yahoo India, and Citibank India’s Technology Division.

Aeronutrix's Fast & Up Ropes in Cricketer Mayank Agarwal as Brand Ambassador
Indian Test Cricketer, Mayank Agarwal, appointed as Brand Ambassador of Aeronutrix’s Fast & Up Rope for the growth of the fast-moving healthcare goods business in India.
Mayank Agarwal has a record of making 1000 runs on the domestic season in 2017-18, within a single month.
Fast&Up is the flagship sports nutrition brand of Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited. Backed by innovative Swiss technology.

March 30

Rima Das becomes ambassador of Toronto International Film Festival
Assam filmmaker Rima Das has joined Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)’s ‘Share Her Journey’ as its official ambassador.
TIFF launched the 5-year campaign in 2017 with a view to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.
Rima is the woman behind “Village Rockstars”, India’s official entry to Oscars 2019.

Australia's Graham Reid Set to be Appointed as India's New Men's Hockey Coach
Australian Graham Reid is set to be named the Indian men's hockey team chief coach till the 2022 World Cup after the national federation and the Sports Authority of India gave their go ahead to fill the position lying vacant for nearly three months.
He was Australia’s coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics but quit after the Kookaburras failed to finish on the podium.
The Indian men’s team is without a chief coach after the unceremonious sacking of Harendra Singh in January following a less-than-impressive quarterfinal exit at the World Cup in Bhubaneswar last year.

March 31

Zuzana Caputova has been appointed as the first female president of Slovakia
Zuzana Caputova has won Slovakia's presidential election, making her the country's first female head of state.
She will succeed Andrej Kiska. She has defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic by winning 58% votes.
She was honoured with the Goldman Environmental Award in 2016 for her strong and resolute leadership regarding the Pezinok landfill affair, Caputova.

Rear Admiral Suraj Berry takes over as the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, NM, VSM takes over the Command of Eastern Fleet, the Sword Arm of the Eastern Naval Command from Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM, NM at an impressive ceremony held at the Naval Base, Visakhapatnam.
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry was commissioned on 01 January 1987 and is a specialist in Gunnery and Missile Warfare.
His Sea commands include the missile vessel INS Nirbhik, missile corvette INS Karmuk, stealth frigate INS Talwar, and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya of which he was the commissioning Commanding Officer.
He is a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal (Meritorious Service Medal) in 2006 for the Tsunami Relief operations in Sri Lanka/ Maldives and the Nau Sena Medal (Navy Medal) in 2015.

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