APPOINTMENTS - 2017 September

September 1

IAS officer Anita Karwal was appointed as the new Chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education, (CBSE)
Anita Karwal replaced Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairperson. In a surprise move, Chaturvedi was transferred to the National Skill Development Agency. 1988-batch Gujarat cadre officer Karwal, was the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014. She is currently posted as additional secretary in HRD Ministry.

Indian-origin J Y Pillay appointed as Singapore's acting president
Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay took over as Singapore's acting President until a new head of the state is elected later this month.
The temporary appointment of Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), follows the completion of President Tony Tan Keng Yam's six-year term.
The nomination day for the Presidential election is September 13, followed by polling day on September 23.

Rajiv Kumar assumes office as new Secretary, DFS
Rajiv Kumar, assumed office as the new Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
Rajiv Kumar was Special Secretary and Establishment Officer, Ministry of Personnel Public Grievances and Pension, D/o Personnel and Training in his immediate preceding posting.

IGCAR nuclear scientist appointed Heavy Water Board chief
Nuclear scientist U. Kamachi Mudali has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Heavy Water Board, one of the industrial units under the Department of Atomic Energy, the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).
Mudali will assume charge of the new assignment. He was Group Director at the IGCAR at Kalpakkam.
An M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mudali specialised in advanced materials, corrosion, coating technology, and reprocessing research and development at the IGCAR.

DHFL appoints CEO Harshil Mehta as joint Managing Director and CEO
DHFL, a leading housing finance company, has elevated Harshil Mehta as Joint Managing Director & CEO of the company.
The appointment signifies the company's endeavour to develop a proficient executive team to accelerate organisation's growth, provide greater impetus to support the 'Housing for All' mission and remain focused on serving the LMI customer segment.

September 2

US President Donald Trump Names Former Navy Aviator To Head NASA
US President Donald Trump announced he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA.
Mr Bridenstine, 42, who backed President Trump during the US presidential campaign, had long been considered the favorite for the job of NASA administrator.
But the nomination drew fire from two US senators from Florida who questioned the Oklahoma representative's qualifications to lead such a complex and highly technical agency.

Trump to nominate Kenneth Juster as US Ambassador to India.
President Donald Trump will nominate Kenneth Juster, a top economic aide and one of the key architects of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, to be the next US ambassador to India.
Mr. Juster, 62, who is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if confirmed by the Senate.

Roelant Oltmans sacked as head coach of India men's hockey team
Hockey India sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.
High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men's team.
The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee.

September 3

Central Coalfields' Gopal Singh appointed as interim chairman of Coal India
The union coal ministry has appointed the current chairman of Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL), Gopal Singh as the interim chairman of the world's largest coal miner Coal India, after it failed to select a whole time candidate to head the Maharatna Company.
The ministry has communicated to the company - a day after Sutirtha Bhattacharya, the immediate past chairman retired on August- that Gopal Singh will be given the additional charge of chairman of Coal India apart from his regular duty to head CCL.

September 4

2017 Union Ministerial Reshuffle.
Nine new members were inducted into Council of Ministers of NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recent reshuffle. The aim of reshuffle was to reinforce 4Ps - passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen in Government. Four senior ministers were elevated to the cabinet rank. They are...
With a focus on delivery as he prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed key portfolios+ to ministers with "proven" track record and sprang a surprise by elevating Nirmala Sitharaman as the first full-time woman defence minister.
GAINERS
Nirmala Sitharaman: JNU alumna is India's first woman full-time defence minister+, a stunning rise from party spokesperson just 3 years ago.
Piyush Goyal: Success in coal and power reforms and trust of BJP brass see him promoted to handle railways
Nitin Gadkari: Crucial charge of Ganga rejuvenation, will promote integrated water transport
Narendra Tomar: Given panchayati raj in addition to rural development
Dharmendra Pradhan: Elevated to Cabinet status with success of Ujjwala and Pahal, additional charge of skill development
Rajyavardhan Rathore: Gets independent charge of sports, expected to inject dynamism in sports associations
Santosh Gangwar: Independent charge of crucial labour ministry
Smriti Irani: Retains I&B and textiles. Marks a smart comeback after being moved out of HRD. Important role in articulating govt viewpoint
Harsh Vardhan: Will retain environment, a boost for the Delhi leader who was in the shade after losing health portfolio. MoEF is crucial in project clearances

SHIFTED
Suresh Prabhu: Mildly bruised after stint in railways, moves to commerce
Arjun Meghwal: MoS finance moves to parl affairs, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation

INDUCTED
R.K. Singh: Ex-Union home secy gets independent charge of power, renewable energy, expected to sustain reforms
Hardeep Puri: Major task in housing and urban affairs to get municipal reforms and urban renewal moving
K.J. Alphons: Ex-IAS officer will need imaginative policies to make India a safer and more welcoming tourist destination
Shiv Pratap Shukla: As MoS finance, the Brahmin balances Yogi Adityanath, a Rajput, who was made UP CM
Satya Pal Singh: Ex-Mumbai police commissioner is MoS HRD, water resources, river devpt & Ganga rejuvenation
Ashwini Kumar Choubey: MoS in ministry of health and family welfare, Choubey is a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar.
Virendra Kumar: MoS in the ministry of women and child development and MoS in the ministry of minority affairs, Virendra Kumar is a six-term Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgarh
Anantkumar Hegde: MoS in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, Hegde is a a Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka's Uttara Kannada
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: MoS in the ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, Shekhawat is a a Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan's Jodhpur

DOWNSIZED
Vijay Goel: Proclivity to use sports ministry for Delhi politics, and ill health, has led to his being divested of independent charge. Will be MoS parliamentary affairs, stats, prog implementation
Uma Bharati: Moves from water resources and Ganga rejuvenation to drinking water and sanitation
S.S. Ahluwalia: Loses charge of parliamentary affairs, seen as one of his key skills
Mahesh Sharma: Sheds tourism portfolio, retains only culture as independent charge. Also MoS forests, environment and climate change

Rama Moorthy takes over as MD and CEO of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank
Former United Bank of India's (UBI) Executive Director K V Rama Moorthy has taken over as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd.
Rama Moorthy has over three decades of experience in various phases of banking across operations, new products and services, retail lending, corporate banking, marketing and business expansion.
The appointment of Moorthy is for a period of three years from the date of assuming the charge according to the approval received from the Reserve Bank of India, in line with the earlier recommendations of the bank's board.

Rama Chandra Murty takes over as NTPC Regional ED, South
K. Ram Chandra Murty has taken over as NTPC Regional Executive Director (South). Prior to joining at Southern Region Headquarters, Murty was Executive Director for three large power plants of Singrauli (2000MW), Rihand (3000 MW) and Vindhyachal (4760 MW), which is NTPC largest Super Thermal Power Station.
A Mechanical Engineer from Ravishankar University, Raipur, Murty joined NTPC in 1980 as an executive engineering trainee. He had held several important positions in a career span of over three-and-half decades and worked at various NTPC stations.

Novartis names Indian-origin Vasant Narasimhan as the new Global CEO
Global pharma major Novartis named Vasant Narasimhan as its new Chief Executive Officer from February 1, 2018.
He succeeds Joseph Jimenez who will step down in 2018 after eight years in the position.
Narasimhan is currently Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer of the company and is also member of the Executive Committee of the company.

September 5

Sankara Narayanan takes charge as MD & CEO of Vijaya Bank
R A Sankara Narayanan has taken charge as Managing Director and Chief Excecutive Officer of Vijaya Bank. He has taken over the reigns of the bank from Kishore Sansi, who reached superannuation on August.
Narayanan is a post-graduate in Public Administration with an MBA in Finance, CAIIB, PGDPM, PGDFM, DTIRM, DCP and BRM. He joined Bank of India as a direct recruit officer in 1983 and has headed various branches, zones and national banking groups across the country and many other departments in the corporate office, including treasury, retail, international banking, corporate credit, risk management, compliance, retail, marketing, recovery and human resources, with overseas assignments in Tokyo and Singapore.
As Executive Director of Bank of India from May 2015, he was responsible for treasury, corporate credit, recovery, risk management, compliance apart from international banking, retail, HR, IT, planning and finance. He has represented BoI on various boards including PT Bank of India Indonesia Tbk, Bank of India - Tanzania, Commonwealth Finance Corporation Ltd (CFCL-Hongkong), BoI New Zealand Ltd, BoI Shareholding and SUD Life Insurance.

C V Reddy becomes first Telugu filmmaker to head jury for India’s Oscar entry
In what could be termed as a huge honour, filmmaker CV Reddy became the first personality from the Telugu film industry to be named the chairperson of the jury that will decide India’s entry for the upcoming Oscar awards.
A new jury has been set up by the Film Federation of India (FFI) under President C. Kalyan to select India’s official entry for the 90th Academy Awards in best foreign language film category. It is for the first time in 60 years of FFI’s history, a Telugu filmmaker will be heading the committee for the Oscars. It is worth noting that in 2012, Reddy was a member of the jury that selected India’s Oscar entry.
Reddy has produced more than 10 films in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. He has also directed a few, besides writing dialogues and screenplay for them. He made his directorial debut with Badili, which bagged the Nandi award in 1995.

September 6

Baijendra Kumar assumes charge as NMDC chief
N Baijendra Kumar, an IAS officer of 1985 batch of Chhattisgarh cadre, has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC Ltd.
Prior to joining NMDC, he was holding the post of Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, as well as Commerce & Industries and Energy Departments in the Chhattisgarh government.
He has, during his service tenure of over 32 years, held important positions of Collector and District Magistrate, Principal Secretary.
He headed the Administration of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi. He was the Chairman of Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) and Chhattisgarh Housing Board (CGHB).
Kumar was instrumental in streamlining numerous projects of the Chhattisgarh government.

September 7

Viveck Goenka elected new PTI Chairman.
Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group, and N. Ravi, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, were unanimously elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of Press Trust of India, the country’s largest news agency.
Mr. Goenka (60) succeeds Riyad Mathew, who is Senior Assistant Editor and a member of the Manorama management. Mr. Ravi (69) succeeds Mr. Goenka as Vice Chairman.
The election took place at a meeting of the Board of Directors following the Company’s 69th Annual General Meeting.
Mr. Goenka, an engineer by qualification and a publisher by profession, is also a director of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) besides being a member of the Advertising Association, India Chapter. He also served as Chairman of United News of India news agency, as a Council Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation and was one of the youngest past Presidents of the Indian Newspaper Society. He is also a wildlife photographer and an avid student of conservation.

September 8

Women's team coach Sjoerd Marijne to replace Roelant Oltmans.
Women's national hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne was named chief coach of the Indian men's team - a stunning decision given that the Dutchman has no prior experience of handling a senior men's side.
Marijne replaced Roelant Oltmans, who was sacked after a few ordinary performances in the past few months.

Force Motors chief Abhay Firodia takes over as SIAM president
Force Motors Chairman Abhay Firodia has been elected as the new president of the automobile industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Firodia headed SIAM in 1990-91 and 1991-92 as well.
Mahindra & Mahindra's President-Automotive Sector Rajan Wadhera has been elected as the new vice-president of the organisation.
Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa has taken over as Treasurer for the year 2017-18.
Firodia joined the Force Motors board in 1975 and led the company as managing director till 2009.

UIDAI head A.B. Pandey given additional charge as GSTN Chairman
Aadhaar authority UIDAI Chief Executive Ajay Bhushan Pandey was given additional charge as chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).
Pandey has been associated with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) since its launch in 2010. An officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Pandey graduated from IIT Kanpur and holds an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in the US.
GSTN has created and operates the digital network for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that has been implemented pan-India from July 1.
The GSTN portal has been non-functional on several occasions in this period being unable to handle the rush to file returns coming closer to the deadline.

September 9

Colonel Santosh Mahadik’s wife Swati Mahadik commissioned as Lieutenant.
Swati Mahadik, wife of Colonel Santosh Yashwant Mahadik, who lost his life fighting the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015, has been commissioned as Army Officer. She joined the Indian Army as Lieutenant.
Swati, a graduate from the University of Pune, cleared the Service Selection Board (SSB) examination in 2016 and was undergoing further training at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.
Colonel Santosh Yashwant Mahadik, the commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, was killed in a counter-infiltration operation in the Manigah forest of Kupwara district.

September 10

Godrej's Sunil Kataria appointed as leader of the Indian delegation for the AdAsia Congress
The Advertising Council of India (ACI) & The Advertising Club has announced the appointment of Sunil Kataria, business head, Godrej Consumer Products as leader of the Indian delegation for the AdAsia Congress to be held in Bali. The 30th edition of the media and advertising awards organized bi-annually by the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA) will see global marketing and creative industry practitioners be a part of the ideas exchange platform.
Making the announcement Srinivasan K Swamy, vice chairman, Asian Federation of Advertising Associations and a representative of The Advertising Council of India Ad Asia is a great forum for the Indian creative and media maestros to interact with other global practitioners on evolving industry trends.

September 11

Faf du Plessis appointed South Africa captain in all formats
Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in all three formats of the game, it was officially announced. The decision comes following AB de Villiers’ decision to step down as ODI captain. The Board of Directors of CSA approved the recommendation of the National Selection Panel in regard to having Faf lead the Proteas in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

September 12

David Knopf appoints as CFO of Kraft Heinz
American food major Kraft Heinz has appointed its youngest ever CFO, 29-year-old David Knopf.
Knopf, who will also serve as the Executive Vice President, will replace Paulo Basilio as the CFO, effective October 1. Notably, Knopf is younger than the youngest Fortune 500 CEO, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who is 33 years old.

Mahendra Pratap Mall appointed IRCTC CMD
Mahendra Pratap Mall was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC). He is at present Director (Finance) in the same organisation.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for a period of five years, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

September 13

Donald Trump appoints Indian-American to key position in White House
US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Raj Shah to a key position in his communications team. Trump also appointed his confidant Hope Hicks as his Communications Director. Hicks previously served as Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director.
Raj Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary, Shah formerly served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director.
Shah, 32, was one of the few handfuls of Trump’s aides who landed in the White House within hours of him being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20. In April he was identified as one of the three West Wing Power Player in the White House along with Hope Hicks and Eli Miller.

UN chief appoints Peter Thomson as first UN envoy for oceans
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed the outgoing president of the General Assembly as the first special envoy for the oceans, seeking to galvanize efforts to protect the world's seas.
Peter Thomson played a leading role at the first-ever UN conference on oceans in June. The 193 UN member states issued an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Thompson's appointment, the former ambassador for Fiji will promote action to implement the conference recommendations.

M Nagaraja Sarma appointed CMD of United India Insurance.
M Nagaraja Sarma has been appointed the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of the United India Insurance Company Ltd.
Sarma is at present the general manager, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. He has been appointed the CMD for five years.

September 14

Halimah Yacob sworn in as Singapore's first female President
Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore's eighth President at the country's presidential palace Istana.
As the country's first female President, Halimah Yacob assured all Singaporeans she would serve everyone, regardless of race, language or religion.
Yacob was announced as the country's next President. As the only qualified candidate in the election which was reserved for the country's Malay community, she was declared by the presidential electoral board as the new President shortly after she handed in her nomination forms.
The 63-year-old, Yacob, became the country's first female parliament speaker in January 2013, a post she quit last month in order to run for the presidential office.
Singaporean former President Tony Tan Keng Yam ended his six-year term in office at the end of August.

Harsh Kumar Jain appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic
Shri Harsh Kumar Jain, (IFS: 1993), presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic.

September 15

Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon heads IOC ethics amid ongoing probes
Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was elected head of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission as the Olympic body battles to improve its image amid a string of corruption cases involving senior members.
Ban, who had close ties with the IOC during his time as U.N. head from 2007-2106, was elected on a four-year term at a meeting in Lima and succeeds Senegal’s Youssoupha Ndiaye.

Suresh Chitturi is now Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission.
Suresh Chitturi, Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms, has been appointed Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission at a meeting held at Bruges in Belgium. Suresh will be in this position for next two years.
Suresh is the only the second person from India to be appointed as a top executive of the international association after B V Rao of Venkateshwara Hatcheries about 25 years ago.

September 16

Advertising Club appoints Vikram Sakhuja as president
The Advertising Club has elected Vikram Sakhuja, group CEO - Media and OOH, Madison Communications, as its new president.
Sakhuja will take over from Raj Nayak, who led the Advertising Club for two consecutive terms.
The Advertising Club also announced the managing committee for 2017-18, which include Ajay Kakkar as vice president, Shashi Sinha as secretary, Mitrajit Bhattacharya as joint secretary and Bhaskar Das as treasurer.

ASCI board appoints Abanti Sankaranarayanan as Chairman
The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) appointed Abanti Sankaranarayanan as the chairman of its board.
Besides, PepsiCo India Holdings Chairman and CEO D Shivakumar were elected as the Vice-Chairman. Media Brands CEO Shashidhar Sinha was re-appointed as the honorary treasurer.
The appointments were approved by the board at a meeting. Sankaranarayanan has taken over from SK Swamy.

Sekhar Basu gets 1-year extension as Atomic energy secretary
Noted scientist Sekhar Basu was given one-year extension as Atomic Energy Secretary, till mid-September next year. This is his second extension on the post.
He was appointed to the post in October 2015 and his tenure was to end in September 2016. However in August last year, he was given one-year extension.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the extension of Basu's tenure till September 19, 2018, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

September 17

India appoints Ajay Bisaria new high commissioner to Pakistan
The Indian government has decided to appoint Ajay Bisaria as Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan replacing Gautam Bambawale.
Bisaria, who is currently an ambassador to Poland, will replace Bambawale, who will be given the role of ambassador to China.

September 18

Y C Modi appointed as the new NIA Director General
Senior IPS Officer YC Modi has been appointed as Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA). He will take over the charge from incumbent DG Sharad Kumar.
Modi will hold the post till his superannuation, i.e. May 31, 2021. He will take over from incumbent NIA Chief Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Modi’s appointment as director general of the NIA, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

UP CM Yogi Adityanath, 2 deputy CMs take oath as MLCs
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath completes six months in office, he took oath as the member of the Vidhan Parishad, the Upper House of the state legislature.
Apart from Yogi, two deputy chief ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, transport minister Swatantra Dev Singh and state WAQF minister Mohsin Raza also took the oath for the legislative council.
The five ministers, including Yogi, were administered the oath by Vidhan Parishad chairman Ramesh Yadav.

Rajni Kant Mishra appointed new SSB chief
Rajni Kant Mishra will be the new chief of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), it was announced. The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Mishra, a 1984 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer, will succeed Archana Ramasundaram, a 1980 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer, who is set to retire on September 30.
Mishra, 58, a native of Patna in Bihar, joined the Border Security Force (BSF) as Inspector General in 2012.

Former Economy Minister Mercedes Aráoz Fernández, appointed as new Prime minister of Peruvian
The Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on appointed a former Economy Minister Mercedes Aráoz Fernández as his new Prime Minister. The appointment came two days after a no-confidence vote by the opposition-led Congress forced the entire Cabinet to resign.
Mercedes Araoz, who is also a lawmaker and one of Peru's two Vice Presidents, is the new Chief Minister in a reconstituted Cabinet. She served as an economy minister during part of the 2006-11 administration of President Alan Garcia.
Araoz replaced Fernando Zavala, who lost the vote of confidence by lawmakers. The single-house congress is led by the opposition party of Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori and loser of a close 2016 presidential runoff election to Kuczynski. It was the first time under Peru's 1993 constitution that the legislature has taken such a step.

September 19

India-born Sriram Krishnan joins Twitter as senior director
Micro-blogging website Twitter has hired India-born Sriram Krishnan, a former top executive from Facebook and Snap, as its senior director of product.
Krishnan will report to Keith Coleman, Twitter’s vice president of product. Krishnan left Facebook in February 2016 to help lead advertising efforts at Snapchat’s parent company Snap. He quit Snap in February.

Cisco appoints Chuck Robbins as executive chairman.
Global IT and networking major Cisco has announced that it’s CEO Chuck Robbins will be appointed as the Executive Chairman of the company in the annual meeting of shareholders on December 11.
The announcement came after John Chambers, the present Executive Chairman, notified the Board of Directors that he will not stand for re-election.
Robbins had joined Cisco in 1997 and assumed the role of the company's CEO on July 26, 2015.
Chambers, who was named Executive Chairman will be given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus.

Bandhan Bank appoints five lead managers for its IPO
The board of Bandhan Bank has appointed Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Axis Bank, JM Financial and Kotak Mahindra Bank as lead managers for its proposed initial public offering (IPO). “The board of Bandhan Bank has decided to appoint Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Axis Bank, JM Financial and Kotak Mahindra Bank as lead managers to manage its proposed initial public offerings. Kotak Mahinda Bank will act as the left lead in the issue''.
Bandhan Bank was started as a microfinance company in 2001 and converted to a bank in 2015. The Kolkata-headquartered bank has two divisions — general banking and micro banking, offering a range of retail financial solutions, including a variety of savings and loan products.

Bambawale is new envoy to China
India's high commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale has been appointed the ambassador to China and India's ambassador to Poland Ajay Bisaria will be the next high commissioner to Pakistan.
The reshuffle was necessitated by appointment of India's ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale as Secretary (Economic Relations) in MEA. Gokhale played the lead role in defusing the Doklam crisis with Beijing and is now being tipped as India's next foreign secretary in case government doesn't give another extension to S Jaishankar in January.
Bambawale and Bisaria are widely acknowledged as MEA's best and both have in the past handled several sensitive postings. A 1984 batch IFS officer, Bambawale has served as joint secretary of East Asia division where he handled both China and Japan. He, in fact, was one of the longest serving joint secretaries there with his tenure lasting from 2009 to 2014.

September 20

India TV chairman Rajat Sharma elected NBA president
India TV chairman and editor-in- Chief Rajat Sharma will be the new president of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for 2017-18.
Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co Ltds joint managing director M V Shreyams Kumar will be the vice president of the association, the apex body of private television news and current affairs broadcasters announced.
News24 Broadcast India Ltd chairperson-cum-managing director Anurradha Prasad is the honorary treasurer adding that Sharma was also earlier NBA president from 2014 to 2016.

Jaideep Mazumdar concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau
Shri Jaideep Mazumdar, (IFS: 1989), presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau, with residence in Manila (Philippines).

September 21

Sambamurthy appointed as NPCI interim Board chairman
The Board of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for allretail payment systems in the country, announced theunanimous appointment of B Sambamurthy as interim Chairman of the Board. Sambamurthy replaces retiring Chairman, Balachandran M.
Sambamurthy was formerly Director and CEO of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) and Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bankprior to that.
He has been the Nominee Director from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the board of NPCI since December 5, 2013.

Vani Sarraju Rao concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Estonia
Ms. Vani Sarraju Rao, (lFS: 1994), presently Ambassador of lndia to Finland, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Estonia, with residence in Helsinki (Finland).

Six new additional judges join Calcutta High Court
Six new additional judges took oath at the Calcutta High Court, while another judge was given a formal farewell. The new appointments and the retirement of a judge will take the strength of judges at the high court to 35 against a sanctioned strength of 72.
Rajsekhar Mantha, Sabyashachi Bhattacharya, Pratik Prakash Banerjee, Mousumi Bhattacharyya, Rajjorshi Bhattacharyya and Shekhar B Sharaf were administered the oath as additional judges by Acting Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari.
Justice Rajiv Sharma, who is due to retire on September 25, was given a formal farewell by the high court administration as the courts would be closed for Durga Puja holidays from September.

September 22

Balraj Joshi appointed CMD of NHPC
Balraj Joshi was appointed the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of NHPC Ltd., the countrys premier hydro power utility. Joshi is at present Director (Technical) in the organisation.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post till December 31, 2019, i.e. the date of his superannuation, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
According to another order, P Alli Rani has been appointed the CMD of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Ltd.
She is at present Director (Finance) in Container Corporation of India Limited.
Rani has been appointed to the post for a period of five years, the DoPT order.

Umesh Chand Asawa elected to IBA management committee
Umesh Chand Asawa, Managing Director & CEO, A.P.Mahesh Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd, has been elected Member of the managing committee of the Indian Banks Association (IBA), Mumbai.
This is the first time that a banker from South India has been elected on the managing committee of IBA to represent all the cooperative banks of the country.
Asawa has been working with the Mahesh Bank for more than three decades and had served in various capacities.
IBA, an apex body of all the banks in the country has been set up in 1946 to work proactively for the growth of a healthy, professional and forward looking banking.

September 23

Government's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian gets one year extension
Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, whose three year tenure was coming to an end, has been given a one year extension.
CEA Dr Arvind Subramanian will continue for one more year after completion of his 3 year tenure on 16th October, 2017.
With the announcement, the government put to rest speculations that Subramanian had been considering resigning from the post of CEA before the end of his term on October 16 this year.
Subramanian had assumed the office of India's CEA in October 2014 after Raghuram Rajan vacated it in 2013 to take over as RBI governor. He has been quite vocal in his stand on RBI's monetary policy and spoken openly about the need for a rate cut.

September 24

Angela Merkel wins 4th term as Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in Germany elections that lifted the far-right party Alternative for Germany into parliament for the first time since the immediate aftermath World War II, according to exit polls that point to growing polarization in Europe’s biggest economy.
Merkel’s Christian Democrat-led bloc took 32.5% to defeat Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats, whose 20% is its worst result since the war, the exit polls for national broadcasters ARD and ZDF showed. Merkel’s bloc dropped some nine percentage points from the last election in 2013 to record its worst result since 1949.
The principal beneficiary was the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany which joins the pro-business Free Democrats, the Greens and the post-communist Left in the Bundestag after it channelled voter rage at Merkel for allowing some 1.3 million migrants to enter the country since 2015. The AfD’s 13.5% in the exit poll means it stands to become the main opposition party in the lower house, the Bundestag.

September 25

Industrialist Rajinder Gupta elected Punjab Cricket Association chief
Nine months after an ad-hoc committee took the control of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) following the Supreme Court’s order, PCA unanimously elected Punjab industrialist Rajinder Gupta as its president and former Punjab Ranji player RP Singla as secretary of the association after its 69th annual general body meeting. For the past nine months, the four-member committee, with R P Singla as its convenor, was running the affairs of PCA. The new executive committee will be sent for approval to the Committee of Administrators.
Ten district cricket associations out of 16 representative member’s district association were made members of the committee.
Gupta, who has been associated with PCA as life member, had earlier worked along with I S Bindra prior to the 1996 World Cup.

PM Narendra Modi forms Economic Advisory Council; Bibek Debroy to head it
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to guide him on economic issues and appointed economist Bibek Debroy as its chairman. Debroy is a member of government think tank Niti Aayog.
The council has been defunct since former RBI governor C Rangarajan resigned as its chairman after the NDA came to power in 2014.

September 26

Shashi Shanker appointed ONGC Chairman till 2021
Shashi Shanker has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of India's biggest oil and gas producer, ONGC till March 2021.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) named Shanker, who is currently Director (Technical and Field Services) at ONGC, as CMD till his superannuation, as against an initial one-year term proposed by the Oil Ministry.
Shanker, 56, will take charge from October 1 when the incumbent Dinesh K Sarraf retires and will have a three-and- a-half-year term until March 31, 2021.

September 27

Angola swears in its first new President after 38 years
Angola swore in Joao Lourenco as the country's President, making him the first new President of the country in 38 years. This comes after the previous president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, announced his retirement and chose Lourenco as his successor. Lourenco, who had served as Angola's Defence Minister earlier, vowed to attract more foreign investment.

September 28

Rajiv Sabharwal to take charge as Tata Capital CEO
Tata Capital announced the appointment of Rajiv Sabharwal as Managing Director & CEO designate of the company.
Sabharwal will be joining Tata Capital in January 2018 and would be taking over from the company's current Managing Director & CEO Praveen P Kadle, who will be assuming other responsibilities in the Tata Group effective April 1, 2018.
Sabharwal is currently a partner at True North Managers LLP, formerly India Value Fund Advisors. He was an Executive Director on ICICI Bank’s board before joining True North.
Tata Capital provides financial services to retail, corporate and institutional customers, directly or indirectly through its subsidiaries.

Mridul Kumar appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Malaysia
Shri Mridul Kumar, (IFS: 1992), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Malaysia.

Banaras Hindu University has appointed Professor Royana Singh as its Chief Proctor
The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) appointed Professor Royana Singh of the Anatomy department as its new chief proctor, the first woman to be appointed to the post.
She will be the first woman to hold the post, as per an official of the 101-year-old central University. Mrs Singh is a professor in the Anatomy department of the Institute of Medical Sciences.
She takes charge after O.N Singh resigned from the post of Chief Proctor taking “moral responsibility” for the incident of lathi charge on students who were protesting against the victim-blaming of a colleague who was molested in the campus.

Tony Douglas appointed CEO of Etihad Aviation Group
Etihad announced the appointment of Tony Douglas, as the chief executive officer of the Etihad Aviation Group, parent company of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which owns 24% in Jet Airways.
Douglas joins Etihad from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support department, responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces.

September 29

Saudi Arabia appoints first woman to senior government post
Riyadh - A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, shortly after a ban on women drivers was lifted as the conservative kingdom takes steps to modernise its image.
Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, had been widely criticised for being the only country in the world that barred female motorists, a tradition seen by rights activists as emblematic of Riyadh's repression of women.
Twenty-four hours after King Salman issued a decree end the ban, the government announced that a woman had been appointed as assistant mayor of Al Khubar governorate.
Eman Al-Ghamidi was given the post "as part of plan to boost the number of females in leadership positions in line with Vision 2030", the Center for International Communication at the Ministry of Culture and Information.

September 30

President Ram Nath Kovind appoints five new Governors
President Ram Nath Kovind appointed five new Governors for the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya.
Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar
Malik held the profile of MoS, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism brief period – almost six months – in 1990. The 71-year-old was twice a member of the Rajya Sabha and once of the Lok Sabha. He was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly during the mid to late ’70s.
Banwarilal Purohit as the Governor of Tamil Nadu
Purohit, who was the Governor of Assam till now, will be replacing Ch Vidyasagar Rao in his capacity as the state’s Governor. Given the turmoil within the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, the Governor’s role becomes all the more crucial. Purohit is a veteran political leader from Vidarbha.
Prof Jagdish Mukhi as the Governor of Assam
Previously the Governor of Andaman & Nicabar islands, Mukhi previously held various profiles in the Delhi Government such as Finance, Plannes, Excise & Taxation and Higher Education. In the Delhi Assembly, he led the Opposition for almost 10 ten years.
Ganga Prasad as the Governor of Meghalaya
Prasad was an MLC in Bihar for 18 years. He led the Opposition as an MLC for five of those years.
Devendra Kumar Joshi as the Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar islands
Joshi served as Chief of Naval Staff from August 2012 to February 2014. From 1996-99, he held the position of Defence Adviser at the Indian High Commission in Singapore.

Former German chancellor Schroeder elected chairman of board at Russia’s Rosneft
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced that he would chair the board of Russia’s state-controlled oil major Rosneft after shareholders approved his nomination.
The Russian government in August nominated Schroeder, a close friend of President Vladimir Putin, to join the board of Rosneft, which is subject to western sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine conflict.
He was among seven nominees in a decree signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for a vote to increase Rosneft’s board to 11 from nine. He was nominated as a non-executive director.
Ahead of the general election, Schroeder drew fire from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for accepting a $500,000-a-year pre-tax board job with Rosneft.

Sambit Patra appointed as Non-Official Director of ONGC.
The NDA government appointed Bharatiya Janata Party’s National Spokesperson Sambit Patra as a non-official director on the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) for three years. This is not the first time the incumbent administration has chosen a party faithful as independent directors for state-owned companies.
Patra did not respond to queries sent by e-mail and SMS. A surgeon by discipline, Patra has been appointed on the Board of ONGC at a time when the company is in process of acquiring 51.11 per cent stake in state-owned oil marketing firm HPCL, from the government.
The Indian Express, in January, had reported that at least 16 BJP leaders were named as independent directors of different PSUs by the Centre. These include Shazia Ilmi for Engineers India Ltd, Asifa Khan for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Kiran Ghai Sinha for National Aluminium Company Ltd, among others.



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