APPOINTMENTS - 2017 AUGUST

August 1

Sanjaya Baru to be next FICCI Secretary General.
A FICCI committee has decided to appoint renowned economist and journalist Dr. Sanjaya Baru as the business body's next secretary general. Dr. Baru will assume charge from September 1, 2017.
Dr. Baru will take over from Dr. A Didar Singh who will complete five years as secretary general of FICCI. Dr. Singh had earlier superannuated as secretary to the government.

SEBI approves appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as chairman of BSE.
Leading bourse BSE Ltd announced that market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved the appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as the chairman of the board of directors of the company. Swarup was public interest director of BSE.
Dhirendra Swarup, former Chairman of Pension Funds Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), has over four decades of experience across finance, budgeting, public debt management, public policy and pension Reforms.
Swarup was also chairman of the Cash and Debt Management Committee of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 2000 to 2003.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected as Pakistan's interim prime minister after Nawaz Sharif's exit.
Pakistani lawmakers elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country's new prime minister, replacing ousted veteran leader Nawaz Sharif.
Abbasi, who belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, was elected after a vote by members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, in Islamabad.
Abassi's tenure is expected to be short, as Sharif has earmarked his brother Shahbaz as the successor once he becomes eligible.

John Kelly Sworn In as White House Chief of Staff.
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly took charge of the Trump White House, after a ceremony with the president and a host of his top aides and advisers.
Mr. Kelly, who had served as President Donald Trump's first Homeland Security secretary, was sworn in as the White House New chief of staff in an Oval Office crowded with administration officials.

August 2

Peter O'Neill Re-Elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.
Peter O'Neill has been reappointed as prime minister of Papua New Guinea amid a shaky start to the new parliament, with a power blackout and two MPs turning up to take the same seat. Peter O'Neill won the parliamentary vote 60 to 46.
The election has been widely criticised because thousands of voters were excluded and Peter O'Neill Re-Elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guineathere were blazing abuses of the electoral process.
He is the leader of the People's National Congress and represents the constituency of Ialibu-Pangia.

US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director.
The Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI, replacing James Comey, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump amid the investigation into Russia meddling in last year's presidential election.
The vote was 92-5 for Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W Bush's Justice Department who oversaw investigations into corporate fraud. Wray, 50, inherits an FBI at a particularly challenging time given Trump’s ousting of Comey, who was admired within the bureau.
Wray won unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, with Republicans and Democrats praising his promise never to let politics get in the way of the bureau's mission.

Punjab govt to appoint cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur as DSP.
Cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, whose stellar innings against Australia steered India into the ICC Women's World Cup final, may soon don khaki as the Punjab government has initiated the process of inducting her as a DSP in the state police.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who directed the state Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for her appointment as a Deputy Superintenant of Police (DSP).

August 3

Iran's Hassan Rouhani sworn in for second term.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was officially sworn in for a second term at a ceremony overseen by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei.
Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate, won a convincing victory over his hardline opponent Ebrahim Raisi in May, vowing to continue his efforts to rebuild ties with the West and promote civil liberties at home.

Prabhat Kumar as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Shri Prabhat Kumar, (IFS: 1991), presently Ambassador of India to Colombia has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Kumar was earlier posted to the Permanent Mission of India to the conference of disarmament in Geneva. He also served in the Indian Embassies of Nepal, Croatia and Spain.
He holds a Master degree in History from Delhi University and hails from Patna.

Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat is New Air Officer-in-charge Administration (AOA) of Indian Air Force.
Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat AVSM VM has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters (VB), New Delhi. Air Marshal HN Bhagwat AVSM VM was commissioned in Administrative branch of the IAF in Jun 1981.
After serving for seven years as an Air Traffic control Officer in three different operational bases of the IAF, the Air Officer qualified as Parachute Jump Instructor and served in instructional capacity for fifteen years.

Mohammad Mustafa appointed CMD of SIDBI.
Senior bureaucrat Mohammad Mustafa was appointed as Chairman and Manging Director in Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
Mustafa, a 1995 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present Joint Secretary in Department of Financial Services.
The Appointments Committee of the cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for three years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

August 4

Payback India announces Gautam Kaushik as new CEO.
Payback India has appointed Gautam Kaushik as the new Chief Executive Officer. Gautam Kaushik will spearhead the India operations and lead all the critical business areas including Strategic Business Planning and Development, Partner Management & Acquisitions and Customer Engagement.
Prior to joining PAYBACK, Gautam was working with American Express (AMEX) as Vice President (VP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), wherein he drove several potential acquisitions and strategic partnerships impacting critical business growth for AMEX in India.

Donald Trump appoints three Indian-Americans to key govt. posts.
The US Senate has confirmed three Indian-Americans picked by President Donald Trump for key governmental posts.
Neil Chatterjee was confirmed as member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees electricity, natural gas and oil at the national level. Krishna R. Urs was confirmed as the Ambassador to Peru while Vishal Amin got the post of White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
Chatterjee will play a key role in Trump's programme to reshape energy policy, most of which is opposed by environmentalists and Democrats. He is the second Indian American to be appointed by Trump to a major regulatory position with a controversial mission.
Krishna Urs has been a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid. Urs took over after James Costos, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, resigned.
Vishal Amin is currently serving as a senior counsel for the US House Judiciary Committee. The IP enforcement position was created in 2008 in order to help the government combat online piracy.

August 5

Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the 13th Vice President of India
Former Union Minister and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate M Venkaiah Naidu is elected as the 13th Vice-President of India. Out of 760 valid votes, he secured 516 votes while Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi secured 244 votes.
Of the 771 votes polled, 760 were valid and 11 were declared invalid; 14 lawmakers were absent from voting. Ninety per cent votes were polled within the first two hours.
Naidu will take oath as new Vice-President of India on August 11. He will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10.

Rajiv Kumar will be the next Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog
Economist Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the next Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, which is a think-tank that replaced the Planning Commission.
Kumar will succeed Arvind Panagariya, who had recently quit as Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog. Kumar’s appointment has come within a week of Panagariya putting in his papers.
Kumar is currently a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, a non-governmental think tank on public policy based out of New Delhi.

Darshan Lal, First Hindu in Pak government in over two decades
Darshan Lal is the first Hindu escorted into the highest level of Pakistan government in more than two decades in the predominantly Islamic country.
The Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. So Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi formed his cabinet on August 2017.
Mr. Lal would head coordination between four Pakistani provinces.
Darshan Lal, 65, is a practicing doctor from Mirpur Mathelo town in Ghotki district of Sindh.

August 6

Khawaj asif has been appointed as the new Pakistan foreign minister
Khawaja Asif was appointed as the new Pakistan foreign minister making him the first leader to hold the post since 2013.
Asif Born on 9th August 1949, is a leader of Pakistan Muslim League and has previously served as the Minister of Defence and Minister of Water and Power in the third Sharif ministry from 2013 to 2017.
Asif joined politics in 1991 when he was included as a member of the Senate of Pakistan during the Sharif’s first ministry in 1991. Asif served in various roles and positions till 1997.

S. Aparna appointed Executive Director, World Bank
S. Aparna, an IAS officer from Gujarat cadre has been appointed as Executive Director, World Bank to represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for three years.
A 1988-batch IAS, she is currently Principal Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. At the World Bank, she will replace Subhash Garg, who was recently appointed Economic Affairs Secretary, Ministry of Finance.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared Ms. Aparna’s name for the position and her appointment order was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

August 7

Indian-origin entrepreneur named Canada's consul general in San Francisco
Rana Sarkar, an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, has been appointed Canada's consul general in San Francisco as well as a member of the Canadian official team tasked with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Mexico.
Sarkar was till recently national director for high growth markets at the Toronto-based multi-national KPMG.
Sarkar is part of a 13-member group tasked with helping Canada navigate the renegotiation of NAFTA.
From 2009 to 2013, Sarkar was president and CEO of the Canada-India Business Council. He was also the founding advisory board committee co-chairman and senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

August 8

Indian-American Dilip Chauhan appointed Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs of New York's Nassau County.
Indian-American Dilip Chauhan has been appointed to a senior position focusing on increasing outreach to the minority communities in Nassau County.
Chauhan was named Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
Chauhan had joined the Comptroller's office in 2015 as Director for Community Affairs, South and East Asia and has served as senior advisor to the Comptroller since early 2017.

Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India
The Union government appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India. He will be replacing incumbent Justice J S Khehar, who is set to retire on August 27. It was Khehar who had recommended Misra's name to succeed him as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Misra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27.
The 63-year-old CJI-designate is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Justice Khehar. He will be the third person from Odisha to be appointed the Chief Justice of India, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.

August 9

Vinay Dube joins Jet Airways as CEO
Jet Airways Vinay Dube has joined as its chief executive officer after receipt of all requisite government and regulatory approvals.
An Indian American, Dube's appointment was approved by the airline's board of directors on May 30. Jet Airways has been without a full-time CEO since Cramer Ball quit in February 2016. Since the exit of Ball last year, there have been two acting CEOs -- Gaurang Shetty and Amit Agarwal.
Dube has served in various roles at Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines in the USA, Europe and Asia.

August 10

Madan Lal to head DDCA Cricket Affairs Committee
Former India Test cricketer and Delhi captain Madan Lal has been appointed chairman of the newly-formed Cricket Affairs Committee (CAC) of Delhi & Districts Cricket Assiciation (DDCA).
The other members of the panel are former national selector Saba Karim, member 1983 World Cup winning team Sunil Valson, women’s India international Amita Sharma and senior sports journalist GS Vivek.
The Committee has been entrusted with the duty of appointing coaches for various teams senior to age group, conducting trials, summer camps, selection matters as well as smooth conduct of Delhi league.

 

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