APPOINTMENTS - 2017 November

November 1

Tata Steel elevates T.V. Narendran as global CEO, MD
T.V. Narendran was appointed as Managing Director of Tata Steel for India and South East Asia.
Tata Steel has elevated T.V. Narendran as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director globally.

Suresh Chukkapalli appointed as Consul General of Korea
Suresh Chukkapalli, Chairman of Phoenix Group of Hyderabad has been appointed as Honorary Consul General in Hyderabad by the Republic of Korea, with consular jurisdiction over the state of Telangana.
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, notified the same recently.
Now Chairman of Phoenix group, Suresh Chukkapalli, who comes from a distinguished family of entrepreneurs, was former Director and founder Promoter of Lanco Group and former Member of Central Board of Film Certification.

Bharti AXA Life names Vikas Seth as CEO
Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and AXA, has announced the appointment of Vikas Seth as Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment is subject to requisite IRDAI approval. Prior to joining Bharti AXA Life, Vikas was with the Aditya Birla Group, where he worked for nearly 10 years in different roles.
Vikas succeeds Sandeep Ghosh, the erstwhile CEO of Bharti AXA Life Insurance, who moved to Hong Kong for a role at AXA.

Neelamani N. Raju is Karnataka’s first woman police chief
Neelmani N. Raju is Karnataka’s first woman Director General and Inspector General of Police. Neelmani N. Raju will take over from Rupak Kumar Dutta, who is retiring from service.
The state government issued the orders afternoon, putting to end speculation on who the next DG&IGP would be. Three IPS officials were in the race for the post, including Ms. Raju, DGP of the Criminal Investigation Department H.C. Kishore Chandra and DGP of Anti Corruption Bureau M.N. Reddi.

Ajay Bisaria appointed as next Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan
Ajay Bisaria has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Bisaria is the present Ambassador of India to Republic of Poland. He will be replacing current envoy Gautam Bambawale, who has been appointed as next Indian Ambassdor to China.

Paytm Payments Bank appoints Sudhanshu Jain as CFO
Paytm Payments Bank (PPB) it has appointed former ICICI Bank executive, Sudhanshu Jain as its Chief Financial Officer.
In his current role at Paytm, he will be in charge of all financial andregulatory management functions for the Payments Bank and play a key role in overseeing its finances and expansion plans.
Jain comes with around 14 years of experience across internal audit, finance and borrowings roles among others.

Rajesh Vaishnaw appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Malta
Shri Rajesh Vaishnaw (IFS: 1996), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Malta.

R.K. Kulshrestha assumes charges as GM, Southern Railway
R.K. Kulshrestha assumed charge as the General Manager of Southern Railway.
R.K. Kulshrestha had worked in Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway, Southern Railway, South Central Railway and West Central Railway.
Earlier, he had worked as Chief Safety Officer, Southern Railway and Principal Head of Department of Electrical Branch of Southern Railway.

Poonguzhali becomes first woman Sr DDG appointed in TERM, DoT
N Poonguzhali has become the first woman to be appointed as senior Deputy Director General, Tamil Nadu, Telecom Enforcement Resource Monitoring, and Department of Telecommunications. An Indian telecom service officer of the 1979 batch, she is an alumnus of IIT Madras, from where she graduated in Electronics and also completed her Masters in Business Administration,Her new role is in Telecom Enforcement Resource Monitoring under the Department of Telecommunications.

November 2

Nasir Kamal appointed as Additional Director General, BSF
Nasir Kamal, IPS (UP: 86), has been appointed as Additional Director General of the Border Security Force, Home Ministry officials.
'The competent authority has appointed Mr Nasir Kamal, IPS (UP:86) as Additional Director General, Border Security Force for a period of four years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders.

November 3

Ashwani Kumar replaces Parida as Chief Secretary
Union Ministry of Home Affairs relieves officers with immediate effect
Chief Secretary Manoj Parida has been transferred and posted to Delhi by the Union Home Ministry.
Ashwani Kumar, now serving the government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi as the PWD Principal Secretary, is the new Chief Secretary for Puducherry according to orders posted on the website of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, which is the cadre controlling authority of officers of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) joint cadre.

November 4

Shamika Ravi to be appointed as part-time member of PM economic panel
Shamika Ravi, a senior fellow at Brookings India, would be appointed as part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM.
Headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy, the EAC-PM includes NITI Aayog's Principal Advisor Ratan Watal as its member and economists Surjit Bhalla, Rathin Roy and Ashima Goyal as part-time members.

November 6

Binoy Kumar appointed Special Secretary in commerce ministry
Senior IAS officer Binoy Kumar has been appointed Special Secretary in the commerce ministry.
The 1983-batch IAS officer of the Telangana cadre is the Director General of Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as the Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce, the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.

November 7

Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia designated Finance Secretary
The government named revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia as the new finance secretary. He takes over from Ashok Lavasa, who superannuated last month. Adhia, a 1981Gujarat-cadre Indian Administrative Services officer, is seen as one of the driving forces behind goods and services tax (GST).
He now faces the tough task of expeditiously addressing the niggles confronting the new tax regime, which he helped roll out on July 1. His handling of tricky issues of GST as secretary.

November 8

Sanjeev Kaushik appointed SEBI wholetime member
Sanjeev Kaushik, a Kerala cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as SEBI whole-time member.
Kaushik, has been appointed for a period of three years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Kaushik's appointment.

November 9

Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for the first time
Qatar appointed women to one of its most important consultative bodies, the Shura Council, for the first time in the country’s history, according to a royal decree announced.
Four women will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet.

Within days of ‘terrorism’ tag, Ravinder Singh elected first Sikh mayor of US city
Within days of being associated with "terrorism" in a flyer during the run up to the mayoral election, Ravinder Singh Bhalla has become the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken city of New Jersey in the US.
Hoboken police have started investigation of the suspected bias crime and also released CCTV footage in which a person carrying the flyers is seen.

Priti Patel quits U.K. Cabinet as International Development Secretary
The resignation comes amid further revelations about her dealings with senior Israeli politicians and a visit to Israel during a “family holiday” over the summer.
Priti Patel, Britain’s first Indian-origin Cabinet Minister resigned as International Development Secretary, as the political crisis engulfing the British government intensified. Hers was the second Cabinet resignation within a week - Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned over sexual harassment allegations .

BJP’s K.J. Alphons elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K.J. Alphons Kannathanam was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in the by-election for a vacant seat .
The seat fell vacant after M. Venkaiah Naidu, elected as India’s Vice-President, resigned .Mr. Alphons was the only candidate to file his nomination papers, as the Opposition Congress did not field its candidate.

Tulsi Gabbard named chairperson of World Hindu Congress 2018
Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has been named as the chairperson of the World Hindu Congress to be held in Chicago next year, organisers of the mega event announced.
Held once every four years, World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one another and impact the common good.

November 10

Debjani Ghosh set to be first woman President of Nasscom
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) named Debjani Ghosh as its President-Designate, who will succeed R Chandrashekhar after completion of his tenure in March next year.
Ghosh, former managing director of Intel South Asia, will be the first woman President of Nasscom.

Mahender Reddy is new DGP
Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy was appointed Director-General of Police (DGP) of Telangana. According to a release, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao signed the orders.
Mr. Reddy will be the second DGP of Telangana state carved out in 2014. He will succeed Anurag Sharma.

November 11

UNESCO appoints its second woman Director-General
UNESCO member states appointed former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay as the new Director-General of the cultural agency. The 45-year-old Azoulay, who was nominated for the post, is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy the position.

RedBus co-founder Phanindra Sama appointed CIO of TS
Phanindra Sama, who co-founded online ticket booking service RedBus, has been appointed Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Telangana. IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao handed over the appointment letter to him at the Secretariat.
Mr.Sama, who hails from Nizamabad and currently a patron in Kakatiya SandBox, an experimentation lab for people to work on solutions to local problems.

November 12

Bhaskar Ganguly, former football captain, appointed AIFF ombudsman by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court had appointed former football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsman, says All India Football Federation (AIFF). A statement from the AIFF stated that the apex court also appointed S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, who has also served as Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF Constitution within eight weeks.

Slovenia’s President Wins Second Term in Runoff Election
Voters in Slovenia went to the polls to decide a runoff election between a sitting president deeply rooted in the political establishment and a former actor who had appealed to the electorate by tapping into concern about the struggling economy.
His rival, Marjan Sarec, the former actor and mayor of a small town north of the capital, Ljubljana, received a little more than 47 percent of the vote.

November 13

Vijay Prasad Dimri appointed president of 36th International Geological Congress (IGC)
Scientist Vijay Prasad Dimri has been appointed as the president of the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC), a global platform for advancement of earth science.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved Dimris appointment in place of Shailesh Nayak.
Nayak had been the secretary of ministry of earth sciences and also the chairman of earth commission in India.

November 14

Bombay Stock Exchange appoints S Ravi as Chairman
Eminent chartered accountant Sethurathnam Ravi has been appointed as the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Ravi, who was a public interest director at the BSE, replaces Dhirendra Swarup.
In a regulatory filing SEBI has approved the appointment of Ravi, Public Interest Director as the Chairman of the board of directors of the company.
Ravi,has experience of holding a number of positions on the board of banks, financial institutions and asset management companies in the financial sector.

November 15

Urjit Patel appointed on BIS advisory board
RBI Governor Urjit Patel was appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board or the Bank of International Settlement (BIS), a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world.
The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.

November 17

Tata Sons elevates Bhaskar Bhat, Saurabh Agrawal as Directors
Tata Sons, the holding company of all Tata group firms, has elevated Group Chief Financial Officer Saurabh Agrawal and Titan Company Managing Director Bhaskar Bhat to its board.
Bhat, who is currently heading Titan, has helped the company drive brand value and a market cap of $10 billion, while Agrawal brings “deep” capital market knowledge and “valuable cross industry experience” to the group.

November 18

Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar takes charge as Sebi executive director
Markets regulator Sebi ,Anand Rajeshwar Baiwar has taken charge as an executive director.
An Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1990 batch, Baiwar assumed office Baiwar will look after the investigation department and division of foreign portfolio investors and custodians.Prior to this assignment, he was working as an income tax commissioner in Kolkata.

November 20

Ira Joshi appointed director general of Doordarshan News
Ira Joshi was appointed as the Director General of Doordarshan News following the retirement of Veena Jain, according to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Earlier, Joshi was the Press Information Bureau director general.

November 21

India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to ICJ
India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-based ICJ, thus paving the way for Mr. Bhandari’s re-election to the prestigious world court.

November 22

Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president
Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president, marking a new era for the country ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence nearly four decades ago until his swift downfall this week.
The ruling ZANU-PF party has nominated Mnangagwa to fill the vacancy left by Mugabe.

November 23

Justice Satrughana Pujahari sworn in as Madras HC judge
Justice Satrughana Pujahari was sworn in as a judge of the Madras High Court.
Chief Justice Indira Banerjee administered the oath of office to Justice Pujahari, who has been transferred from the Orissa High Court.Advocate General Vijay Narayan delivered the welcome address.
With his appointment, the total number of judges has gone up to 54 as against the sanctioned strength of 75.

November 25

Sambasiva Rao appointed full-time DGP
Putting an end to months-long suspense over the appointment of a full-time Director-General of Police, the State government issued orders appointing the DGP (Coordination) N. Sambasiva Rao as full-time head of the state’s police force (HoPF). Mr. Rao has been serving as in-charge DGP since July 2016.
This development comes four days after the postponement of the scheduled meeting of the Union Public Service Commission for selection of AP DGP. The postponement was reportedly due to non-submission of a fresh list of DGP rank officers by the State.

Nirmala Sitharaman elected IDSA President
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been elected President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
IDSA was set up in 1965 by the Ministry of Defence as an autonomous think tank, and it is customary to have the Defence Minister as its President. The Minister chairs the Executive Council which governs the Institute.

November 26

Justice Ved Prakash takes oath as Allahabad HC judge
Justice Ved Prakash Vaish took oath as judge of the Allahabad High Court, taking total strength of the court to 109 against the sanctioned 160.
The oath was administered by Chief Justice D B Bhosal.
Justice Vaish was earlier appointed as Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on April 17, 2013. He later took charge as judge ofMeghalaya High Court.

November 27

Aegon Life Insurance appoints Vineet Arora as new MD, CEO
Aegon Life Insurance it has appointed Vineet Arora as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Arora will replace K.S. Gopalakrishnan, who left the company.Chief People Officer of Aegon Life Insurance, Saba Adil, will serve as the interim in-charge and Principal Officer.

Gautam Lahiri elected as Press Club of India president
Gautam Lahiri was elected as the president of the Press Club of India while Manoranjan Bharati became its new vice-president. The election of the Press Club of India (PCI) office-bearers.
Lahiri, a senior journalist with the Millennium Post daily, has been elected president for a second time in a row. Bharti works with the NDTV. The post of secretary general went to Vinay Kumar while Sanjay Singh was elected as the joint secretary.

Shaktikanta Das appointed as India's G20 Sherpa
Shaktikanta Das, former secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India's G20 Sherpa for the Development Track of the grouping, the Ministry of Finance.
There are two tracks in G 20 - Finance Track and Development Track. Finance Track is managed by the Secretary (Economic Affairs) as India's Deputy to G20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa. The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa.

November 28

BN Sharma named first Chairman of National Anti-Profiteering Authority
The Centre has appointed senior IAS officer BN Sharma as the first Chairman of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority under the newly introduced Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Sharma, a 1985 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, is currently posted as Additional Secretary in the revenue department in the Finance Ministry.
Sharma will hold the rank of Secretary to Government of India while serving as the Chairman of the Authority, which has been set up for a two-year period.

Pradeep Singh Kharola appointed as Air India CMD
Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.
Mr. Kharola, a Karnataka cadre officer, would replace Rajiv Bansal, who has been serving as the interim CMD for a little over three months.
The appointment comes days after Mr. Bansal was given an extension for three months.

Upendra Prasad Singh appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources
The 1985 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, Upendra Prasad Singh, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in the vacancy to be caused on superannuation of the present incumbent Amarjit Singh.
Singh will also hold additional charge of CEO, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).

November 29

Snehlata Shrivastava is first woman Secretary General of Lok Sabha
Snehlata Shrivastava, a 1982-batch retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, was appointed the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha.
The appointment was made by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Shrivastava, a senior civil servant with 35 years of rich and varied administrative experience, will have the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary.

Ratna Prabha is Karnataka's new chief secretary
The Karnataka government appointed senior woman IAS officer K Ratna Prabha as the new chief secretary.
K Ratna Prabha will be the third woman civil servant to hold the top bureaucratic post in Karnataka after Teresa Bhattacharya (2000) and Malati Das (2006) and the second woman to concurrently hold the top post in the state with Neelamani N Raju, who is the director general & inspector general of police (DG & IGP).

Ajay Kumar appointed secretary, defence production
Senior bureaucrat Ajay Kumar has been appointed as secretary in Department of Defence Production as part of a top-level minor bureaucratic reshuffle effected.
Kumar, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, is at present additional secretary in Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.