APPOINTMENTS - 2018 MAY

May 1

IIS officer Sitanshu Ranjan Kar takes over as Press Information Bureau DG.
Sitanshu Ranjan Kar is a 1983-batch IIS officer, who has served at key positions in various media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting viz. All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan.
He joined PIB in 2003. He succeeds Frank Noronha as the Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB).
In 1988, Sitanshu Ranjan Kar became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London.

Rajiv Bakshi appointed CMO of Intex Technologies.
Intex Technologies has appointed Rajiv Bakshi as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Before joining Intex, he worked with Discovery Networks India and South Asia
Rajiv Bakshi has headed brand development, business transformation, consumer acquisition and digital strategy for long term growth and profitability.

May 2

Subhash Chandra Khuntia appointed as IRDAI Chairman.
Former IAS Officer Subhash Chandra Khuntia was appointed as the new Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for three-years.
His appointment was approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Khuntia will succeed TS Vijayan, who completed his five-year term in February. Khuntia was a 1981-batch Karnataka Cadre Officer.
The ACC has approved the appointment of Shri Subhash Chandra Khuntia to the post of Chairperson, IRDAI for a period of three years.

Radhakrishnan Nair appointed ICICI Bank independent director.
Former IRDAI member Radhakrishnan Nair has been appointed to ICICI Bank’s board as an Additional (Independent) Director. His appointment will be for a period of five years and is subject to shareholders’ approval.
Nair has around 40 years of experience in the banking industry and in the field of securities and insurance regulation.
He is already an independent director of three subsidiaries of ICICI Bank - ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd; ICICI Prudential Trust Ltd and ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd. Meanwhile, Tushaar Shah, an existing non-executive independent director at ICICI Bank.

May 3

GroupM appoints Sameer Singh as South Asia CEO.
Media buying major GroupM, part of global advertising conglomerate WPP group has appointed Sameer Singh as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its South Asia operations.
Singh will succeed CVL Srinivas, who has been the CEO for GroupM South Asia since January 2013, and was given the additional responsibility of country manager for WPP India in October last year. Srinivas will now transition fully to WPP India country manager.
He (Singh) will lead the continued development of GroupM's data-centric enablement for its agencies as they deliver competitive advantage to clients with digital leadership and content.

Shanti Jiban Chakma to be Sworn-in as CADC CEM.
BJP leader Shanti Jiban Chakma would be sworn-in as chief executive member (CEM) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram.
The CEM is the administrative head of the 20-member CADC, formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in 1972.
Shanti Jiban Chakma will be sworn-in by Deputy Commissioner of southernmost Mizoram's Lawngtlai district.
Mizoram Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma invited the United Legislature Party (ULP) to form the executive committee that will rule the CADC, an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people living in South-Western Mizoram bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Bandhan Bank CEO takes CII (ER) office.
Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, Managing Director and CEO of Bandhan Bank, has taken over as the Deputy Chairman of CII Eastern Region (ER).
This was announced at the CII Eastern Regional Council Meeting. Ghosh has already chaired the CII Economic Affairs, Finance and Taxation Committee, apart from being in several other committees.

May 4

Former CEA Ashok Lahiri appointed as full-time member of Finance Commission.
Former chief economic adviser Ashok Lahiri has been appointed as full-time member of the 15th Finance Commission, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.
He is at present the part-time member of the commission, headed by N K Singh. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Lahiri's appointment as the full-time member.

Justice AK Mittal appointed acting chief justice of Punjab and Haryana HC.
Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed as the acting chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after incumbent chief justice Shivax Jal Vazifdar demitted office at midnight upon his retirement.
The Law Ministry issued a notification appointing Justice Mittal as the acting chief justice.
A recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium proposing the name of Justice Krishna Murari, senior-most judge of the Allahabad high court after the chief justice, to head the Punjab and Haryana High Court is pending before the Centre.

Indian-American woman appointed interim civil court judge in New York City.
Indian-American Deepa Ambekar has been appointed as interim judge to the civil court of New York City, United States.
Deepa Ambekar has become the second Indian-American woman judge in New York after Raja Rajeswari. Deepa Ambekar is 41 years old. She has been appointed to Civil Court and will serve in Criminal Court.
She has worked with the New York City Council for three years as Senior Legislative Attorney and Counsel to the Committee on Public Safety.

Adani Group unit hires Anil Sardana.
Adani Transmission, part of the Adani Group, has hired former Tata Power MD and CEO Anil Sardana as its MD and CEO. Mr. Sardana had started his career with NTPC and had worked with BSES and Tata Group companies in the power and infrastructure sectors over three decades.
He joins us at a critical phase when the company has entered the power distribution space with the acquisition of the Mumbai GTD business.

May 5

Jagdish Mukhi sworn-in as acting Manipur governor.
Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as the acting governor of Manipur. He is the governor of Assam and Meghalaya, will hold office in the absence of Governor Najma Heptullah.

May 6

Ex-IDBI Bank chairman RM Malla joins Adani Capital.
Adani Capital, the non-banking finance arm of the diversified Adani Group, has appointed R.M. Malla, the past chairman and managing director of IDBI Bank, as an independent director.
The Gautam Adani-run company also appointed Sunil Gulati as another independent director.

May 7

Putin sworn in for another six years as Russian President.
Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for a fourth presidential term in a lavish Kremlin ceremony as tensions with the west rise and domestic discontent over poverty and wealth inequality simmers.
State television began its live coverage of the inauguration with Putin, apparently hard at work in his Kremlin office.

May 8

Google names Nitin Bawankule head of India cloud business
Google had appointed Nitin Bawankule as the country head for its cloud business in India, as the search giant looks at taking a larger share of the booming demand for those services in the country.
Bawankule has been with Google for six years and was previously head of sales for its ecommerce, retail and classifieds and education business. Bawankule will report to Rick Harshman, managing director of Asia Pacific for Google Cloud.

Panasonic India appoints Manish Misra as chief innovation officer.
Panasonic India has appointed Manish Misra as its chief innovation officer. Misra will be responsible for the strategic development of innovation and technology while leading the company’s Innovation hub in India.
Panasonic’s Innovation hub is focused towards creating an ecosystem for the company to shape the future product strategy, and enable in digital transformation. Misra will be reporting to Manish Sharma, President and CEO, Panasonic India.

Nikol Pashinyan elected as new prime minister for Armenia.
Armenia's parliament has elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as the new prime minister, two weeks after Serzh Sargsyan resigned following widespread anti-government demonstrations.
Pashinyan's so-called Velvet Revolution has exercised true people power - the ability to conjure up a storm of support on request.

May 9

Carlos Alvarado sworn in as Costa Rican president.
Journalist Carlos Alvarado was sworn as Costa Rica's president through 2022, promising a "plural" and inclusive government following an election and runoff where same-sex marriage became a key issue.
An agreement for a national government is born and looks to sustain itself on dialogue, on the building of understanding, on good faith to respond in unity to the just aspirations of all citizens.

May 10

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohammad sworn in as world's oldest leader.
Ninety-two-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as the world's oldest elected leader after a stunning election win that swept Malaysia's establishment from power after more than six decades.
In a huge political upset, former strongman Mahathir's opposition alliance broke the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which had governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957.
In a ceremony at the national palace steeped in centuries-old Muslim Malay tradition, Mahathir was officially sworn in as prime minister by King V. Sultan Muhammad.

May 11

Munu Mahawar appointed as Ambassador to Oman.
Mr. Munu Mahawar, presently Joint Secretary at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Oman.
Mr. Mahawar is Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1996 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.

May 14

Sarah Mullally installed as first female Bishop of London.
The 56-year-old Sarah Mullally was appointed to the role and becomes the 133rd Bishop of London.
Legislation to allow female bishops was formally adopted by the Church of England in 2014. She takes over from Dr Richard Chartres who retired in February 2017.
Bishop Mullally now holds the third most senior position in the Church of England, having previously been the Bishop of Crediton in Devon and the Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.

May 16

Gujarat Governor to hold additional charge of MP.
Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli was given the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh as the incumbent Governor.
Anandiben became the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in January 2018, replacing Kohli, who even at that time held the same position.
Kohli held the additional charge of the office of Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 8 September 2016 to 19 January 2018.

Sr lawyer Mukul Rohatgi appointed as eminent jurist in Lokpal panel.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointment of the Lokpal.
Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that a decision was taken appointing Rohatgi as an eminent jurist in the selection committee, which is chaired by the Prime Minister.
Rohatgi was appointed as Attorney General of India after the Narendra Modi government assumed power in May 2014.
The post of eminent jurist in the Lokpal selection panel was lying vacant since the death of senior advocate P P Rao.

Ambika Sharma to head USIBC India office.
U.S India Business Council named Ambika Sharma as its head for India. Ms. Sharma was Director General for International at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
As Director General of FICCI, Sharma is the highest ranked female executive of an Indian industry body.
Ms. Sharma will be responsible for overseeing and guiding USIBC’s growth strategy in India through its offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as leading the charge on policy advocacy issues for USIBC’s diverse membership with a variety of stakeholders.

Shashank Manohar elected unopposed, to serve 2nd term as ICC chairman.
Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar will expectedly serve a second term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed by the governing body's Board.
Manohar, who became the first independent ICC Chairman in 2016, will continue for a second two-year term following his unopposed election.
ICC Directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or a past ICC Director.

May 17

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's sister becomes first south Asian to be elected in Oregon.
Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's sister has been elected as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Multnomah County in Oregon, the first South Asian to be elected in the western US State.
Susheela Jayapal won the District 2 seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners with 57 per cent of the vote.
Susheela Jayapal, "just became the first South Asian American elected in Oregon Pramila, who is the first ever Indian American woman elected to the House of Representatives.

May 18

US Senate confirms Gina Haspel as first female CIA director.
The United States Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Haspel, facing allegations from opposition Democratic Senators and human rights bodies for her alleged role in CIA’s interrogation program post 9/11, was confirmed by the Senate by 54-45 votes, after six Democratic senators supported her nomination.
Prominent among those was Senator Mark Warner, Ranking Member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. “Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!”. Haspel will be the first woman to lead the agency in its 70-year history.

Lalchand Rajput appointed interim head coach of Zimbabwe cricket team.
Former Indian cricket team coach Lalchand Rajput was appointed as interim head coach of the Zimbabwe.
Rajput replaced former Zimbabwe pacer Heath Streak, who was sacked in March after the team failed to qualify for the next year’s ICC World Cup.
ZC has named Lalchand Rajput as Zimbabwe’s interim head coach. The 56-year-old former India cricketer is a highly qualified, vastly experienced and well-respected coach who was in charge when India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007.

Uttam Pacharne Appointed Regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi.
The President of India has appointed Uttam Pacharne, as regular Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi. Mr Pacharne is an eminent artist and sculptor. Currently, he is Member of Advisory Committee, Kala Academy, Goa.
He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Award 1985, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraska 1985 from Government of Maharashtra, Junior National Award 1986 and Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar 2017 from Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation. Previously, Mr M.L. Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies), Ministry of Culture was appointed Protem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi.

NHAI chief Deepak Kumar sent back to cadre state Bihar.
Deepak Kumar, the chairman of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), was sent back to his cadre state Bihar before completion of his tenure.
Yudhvir Singh Malik, the Secretary of Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, has been given additional charge of the post of NHAI chairman.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the premature repatriation of Kumar to his parent cadre with immediate effect.

May 19

Ramalingam Sudhakar sworn-in as chief justice of Manipur high court.
Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar was sworn-in as the chief justice of the high court of Manipur.
The acting governor of Manipur Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar at Raj Bhavan, deputy secretary of governor's secretariat S. Pritamkumar Singh.
The ceremony was attended by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation.
BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected as the Vice-President of Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) during the Annual General Meeting of the continental body in Bangkok, Thailand.
Devender Singh, Senior Vice-President of Badmintion Association of India (BAI) and Omar Rashid, secretary (events) of BAI, also attended the AGM.

Renowned Indian academic and foreign policy analyst C Raja Mohan has been appointed as director of the Institute of South Asian Studies.
Renowned Indian academic and foreign policy analyst C Raja Mohan has been appointed as director of the Institute of South Asian Studies, a think tank of the National University of Singapore.
Mohan, rated among the leading strategic thinkers and commentators, will assume the charge from May 21st.

Odisha CM appoints Dilip Tirkey as OTDC chairman.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appointed former Rajya Sabha MP and ex-captain of Indian national hockey team, Dilip Tirkey as the chairman of Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC).
Tirkey, a leader of the ruling BJD, was elected to the Rajya Sabha on March 22, 2012 and his tenure ended on April 2, this year.
OTDC is a state government undertaking, incorporated in 1979, to promote tourism in the state and operate some of the existing tourist bungalows and transport fleets on commercial basis.

May 20

Hockey India names Rajinder Singh as president.
Hockey India named Rajinder Singh as its president after Mariamma Koshy submitted her resignation from the post.
Koshy had in various capacities been involved in hockey administration for over two decades.

Anil Kumar Jha appointed CMD of Coal India Ltd.
Anil Kumar Jha has been appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Coal India Limited.
Jha, at present the CMD of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, has been appointed to the post till his superannuation. CIL is a state-owned coal mining company headquartered in Kolkata.

Deepti Umashankar gave additional charge of HSSC chairperson.
The Haryana government Deepti Umashankar, the principal secretary of Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department, has been given the additional charge of Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) chairperson.
The move came after HSSC chairperson B B Bharti was suspended on May 17 in the wake of a row that erupted after aspiring junior engineers were asked which one among the following is not a bad omen in Haryana.

Trump plans to nominate Pacific Command's Harry Harris as ambassador to South Korea.
Just weeks ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Harry Harris as his intended nominee for the next ambassador to South Korea.
Harris - described by the White House as "a highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership and geopolitical expertise in the Indo-Pacific region" - is currently the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

May 21

IDBI Bank appoints two independent directors on its board
IDBI Bank board has approved appointment of two new independent directors following the resignation of two board members last week.
The board approved the appointment of Samaresh Parida and N. Jambunathan as additional directors.
Parida is a consultant while Jambunathan was former Deputy Managing Director of SBI.
Two independent directors Ninad Karpe and S Ravi resigned from the board of state-owned IDBI Bank days after CBI filed an FIR in connection with Rs 600 crore loan given by the bank to former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, his son and companies controlled by him.

Firoz Bakht new Chancellor of MANUU
Noted social activist, educationist and columnist Firoz Bakht Ahmed has been nominated as Chancellor of city-based Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) for a three year period.
Firoz Bakht as the fifth Chancellor of the University and He succeeds Zafar Sareshwala.
Firoz Bakht was also associated with Madrassa modernisation and Urdu medium schools upliftment.

May 22

New York Stock Exchange names first woman chief in 226-year history
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has named Stacey Cunningham its first female chief in the history of the 226-year-old exchange.
Previously chief operating officer (COO), Cunningham replaces Tom Farley, who’s leaving the company.
Cunningham became NYSE's COO in June 2015 and managed the company's cash equities markets, relationship management, product management, and NYSE governance services.

Pravin Agrawal appointed BHEL director
State-run power equipment maker BHEL has appointed Pravin L. Agrawal as part-time official director on its board.
An Indian Forest Service officer, Agrawal is presently joint secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Mahathir taps prominent Indian-origin politician to become Malaysia's first Sikh Cabinet minister
Gobind Singh Deo, a prominent Indian-origin lawyer and politician in Malaysia has become the first Sikh in the Muslim-majority country's history to be appointed a Cabinet minister.
Deo, 44, who has been given the communications and multimedia portfolio, is among the two politicians of Indian descent inducted by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

May 23

Kumaraswamy takes oath as CM
In Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister.
Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Kumaraswamy on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha.
Mr. Kumaraswamy, 58, was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the second time. He was the Chief Minister for 20 months in the JD(S)-BJP coalition government during 2006-07.
The Congress' G. Parameshwara was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

S.D. Moorthy appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Sudan
Shri S.D. Moorthy, presently Deputy Secretary at Headquarters, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Sudan.
He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

May 24

Airtel Payments Bank appoints Anubrata Biswas as new MD & CEO
Airtel Payments Bank appointed Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Airtel Payments Bank, Anubrata was Joint General Manager and Retail Business Head - South India for ICICI Bank.

Govt appoints 3 non-executive chairpersons for public sector banks
The government ay appointed non-executive chairpersons at three public-sector banks - Punjab & Sind Bank, Dena Bank and Central Bank of India.
The government appoints Charan Singh, Anjali Bansal, and Tapan Ray as non executive chairperson of Punjab & Sind Bank, Dena Bank and Central Bank of India, respectively.
The appointments come at a time when both Dena Bank and Central Bank of India are under the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) until they fix their finances. RBI has also imposed restriction on lending by Dena Bank.

May 25

Justice C.K. Prasad appointed PCI chief for second term
Former Supreme Court judge C.K. Prasad has been appointed the chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI) for a second term.
Prasad headed the media watchdog for three years from November 2014. He had succeeded Justice Markanday Katju.

May 26

New governors appointed for Odisha, Mizoram
Ganeshi Lal and Kummanam Rajasekharan were appointed as Governors of Odisha and Mizoram respectively.
Prof. Ganeshi Lal will take over as the new governor of Odisha, a post which had fallen vacant in March this year after veteran Naga leader S C Jamir completed his tenure.
In his second order, the President appointed Kerala BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan as the Governor of Mizoram.
He will be replacing Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, who is completing his tenure.

Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman PM
The Caribbean island of Barbados has elected its first woman prime minister since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.
Mia Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a crushing victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
The BLP won all 30 seats up for grabs in the House of Assembly.

May 27

Saad Hariri appointed as Lebanon's Prime minister for third time
Lebanese MPs elected Saad Hariri as Prime minister for a third time, with the Future Movement leader vowing to keep his country out of regional conflicts.
Hariri will assume the premiership after winning the backing of 111 out of 128 MPs in official consultations.

May 28

Pakistan names former chief justice as interim prime minister
Pakistan's former chief justice Nasir ul Mulk was named as the caretaker prime minister until general elections.
Ending the political wrangling between ruling PML-N and the Opposition ahead of the general elections, Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah made the announcement at a press conference which was attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

Sudha Balakrishnan appointed first CFO of Reserve Bank of India
NSDL executive Sudha Balakrishnan has been appointed the first ever chief financial officer (CFO) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Balakrishnan, a chartered accountant, was till recently vice president with the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL), India’s first and largest depository.

Ibrahima Kassory Fofana is Guinea’s new PM
Guinea President Alpha Conde has named Ibrahima Kassory Fofana as the country's new prime minister amid heightened political tensions and suspicion about the president's intentions ahead of a 2020 election.
Fofana, a Conde loyalist and former minister of investment and public-private partnerships, replaces Mamady Youla, who resigned last week along with his government.

May 29

Paraguay to have its first woman president
Alicia Pucheta (68) has been named as the first woman President of Paraguay.
She is currently acting as the Vice President of the country.
She is a lawyer by profession and is a part of right wing Colorado Party

Former SC judge R.K. Agrawal appointed NCDRC president
Justice R.K. Agrawal was appointed the president of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
He will succeed Justice D.K. Jain, who completes his term on May 31.
The NCDRC, a quasi-judicial authority, was set up in 1988 to decides on consumers' complaints. Anybody aggrieved over goods and services, for values over Rs one crore, can approach the commission for grievance redressal.

May 30

ICICI Bank appoints MD Mallya as independent director
The ICICI Bank appointed MD Mallya as an additional independent director on the board.
Mallya, who has served as the former Managing Director and Chairman of Bank of Baroda, takes on his new role with effect from May 29, 2018.
His tenure is for a period of five years; however, it is subjected to the approval of shareholders.


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