May 1

Mr. Anthony Lianzuala takes over as the New Controller General of Accounts (CGA).
Mr. Anthony Lianzuala took over as the New Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in national capital. Earlier, the Government of India had appointed Mr. Anthony Lianzuala, a 1982-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Officer, as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance with effect from May, 2017. He will be the First person from the North-Eastern Region to hold this position.
Mr. Lianzuala, a graduate from the Hindu College of Delhi University, has vast and rich experience in the government both at the Centre and the State levels. He worked at higher positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Rural Development.
Mr. Lianzuala was the first Director of training institute in the field of Public Financial Management and Accounting in the North-East named INGAF-NER, based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He is highly credited for his IT initiatives in the North-Eastern Region. He was instrumental in computerising the functions of the State Treasuries of Mizoram.

May 2

Bharti Enterprises appoints Soumen Ghosh as MD Financial Services.
Leading business groups Bharti Enterprises has announced the appointment of Soumen Ghosh as Managing Director - Financial Services.
In his new role, Sam will build strategic business value proposition for Bharti's financial services businesses.
He will be responsible for further strengthening the management processes, business expansion and governance of these businesses.
Sam comes with an extremely successful career spanning over 35 years, of which the last 28 are in the Insurance sector across Asia-Pacific and Middle-Eastern region. He is known as one of the pioneers of the insurance industry ever since the sector was opened up for participation of private players.
He was at the forefront of setting up the Life and General Insurance business for Allianz, not just in India but the whole of South-East Asia. Sam was the Regional CEO of Middle East and India Sub Continent region of Allianz before which he was the CEO of Bajaj Allianz Life and General Insurance and also set up operations for Allianz in South East Asia.

Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as new chairman of PAC.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is the new chairman of the 21 member Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. Kharge replaces Congress leader K.V. Thomas whose term ended on April 30. The Parliamentary panel, which is headed by an opposition leader, has a majority of its members from the ruling NDA. The new committee has only two new faces while the remaining members have been renominated. Subhash Chandra Baheria and Ram Shankar, both of the BJP, have replaced their party members Richard Hay and Janardan Singh Sigriwal.
Other MPs from the Lok Sabha who are in the panel are Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Nishikant Dubey, Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar, Bhartruhari Mahtab, Riti Pathak, Neiphiu Rio, Abhishek Singh, Kirit Somaiya, Anurag Singh Thakur, Shivkumar C. Udasi and P. Venugopal.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on various subjects like Civil, Defence, Posts, Railways and Taxation. Besides, the Committee examines the CAG reports on performance appraisals of various centrally sponsored schemes.
The PAC has been chaired by eminent Parliamentarians like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Jyotirmoy Basu, P.V. Narasimha Rao and R. Venkataraman.

May 3

Braj Bihari Kumar to succeed economist S.K. Thorat as ICSSR.
Braj Bihari Kumar, editor of quarterly journals Dialogue and Chintan Srijan, has been appointed as the chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), succeeding noted economist S.K. Thorat.
The HRD Ministry took the decision finalising his name for the top post for a period of three years.
76-year-old Kumar has been serving as the editor of the two quarterly journals, published by a society called Astha Bharati, of which he is a founding member.
A former principal of Sao Change Government College in Tuensang (Nagaland) and Science College in Kohima, Kumar has written, edited and co-authored 136 books.