APPOINTMENTS - 2018 FEBRUARY

February 1

Surendra Kumar new Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has appointed senior IAS officer Surendra Kumar as the new Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha. Kumar will replace D N Gupta.
Kumar, a 1993 batch IAS officer is currently serving as the principal secretary in ST and SC Welfare Department with additional charge as the Principal Secretary of Information & Public Relations (I&PR) Department of Odisha government.

Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt takes charge of Chinar Corps
Lt Gen A K Bhatt has taken over as the 47thCorps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, also called the Chinar Corps, of the Army
Lt. Gen. Sandhu also gave impetus to improving the education infrastructure, coaching facilities, skill development, sports and youth empowerment.

John Hennessy replacing Schmidt as Alphabet's new board chairman
Alphabet announced that it has appointed a new chairman, John L. Hennessy. Hennessy has been on the board since 2004 and Lead Independent Director since 2007.
Hennessy is a former president of Stanford University and has had an extensive career in the tech industry.

Sudeep Lakhtakia assumes office as new NSG chief
Sudeep Lakhtakia took charge as the Director General (DG) of National Security Guard (NSG).He replaced S P Singh.
Lakhtakia was serving as a Special DG in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters.The NSG is a special force unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

February 2

B A Chopade appointed BHU vice-chancellor
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has appointed B A Chopade the vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Chopade is at present the vice-chancellor of Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
He will take charge from BHU Registrar Neeraj Tripathi, who had been holding the additional charge of the top post since October last year.

February 3

N Chandrasekaran headed Task force to study AI application in military
The Department of Defence Production constituted a task force headed by Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to study use of artificial intelligence.
National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai, representatives from Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforce, chairman and managing director of Bharat Electronics Ltd, representatives from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Atomic Energy Commission and defence ministry are a part of the task force.

February 4

Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain appointed new chief justice of Bangladesh
Dhaka (Bangladesh) Syed Mahmud Hossain has been appointed Chief Justice of Bangladesh barely three months after Surendra Kumar Sinha resigned from the post.
President Md Abdul Hamid administered the oath for Hossain as the 22nd chief justiceof the Supreme Court in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, senior members of her cabinet, top judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court, among others, were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

Odisha govt appoints Naba Kumar Nayak as new State Election Commissioner
Retired bureaucrat Naba Kumar Nayak is appointed as the State Election Commissioner (SEC) ahead of this year's urban local body (ULB) elections.
A retired IAS officer, Nayak, has long administrative experience including election management. He served the state government in various capacities including district collector, Puri (2012-13) and Mayurbhanj (2012) and deputy relief commissioner.

February 5

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant gets extension till June 30, 2019
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was given an extension till June 30 next year, according to an official order. He was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the government.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension of Kant’s tenure till June 30, 2019, the order issued by the personnel ministry. Kant is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre. Before taking over as the CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Aayog), he was Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Murugappa Group appoints MM Murugappan as executive chairman
MM Murugappan, Vice-Chairman, Murugappa Group took charge as the Executive Chairman of the business conglomerate worth Rs 300 billion, succeeding A Vellayan who has served as Executive Chairman since November 2009.
Since November 2009, Murugappan has served as the Group's Vice-Chairman, spearheading technology, innovation and Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) initiatives.

Jerome H. Powell sworn in as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Jerome H. Powell took the oath of office as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, succeeding Janet L. Yellen. The oath was administered by Vice Chairman Randal K. Quarles in the Board Room.
President Trump announced his intention to nominate Mr. Powell to be the Chairman of the Board of Governors.

Shri A.K. Prasad Assumes Charge as the New Financial Commissioner, Railway Board
Shri A.K. Prasad has been appointed as new Financial Commissioner (Railways), Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to Government of India vice Shri B.N.Mohapatra, who superannuated.
Shri A.K. Prasad has since assumed charge as the new Financial Commissioner (Railways). Shri Prasad is an officer of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) of 1981 batch. He has done his Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in the year 1980.
Rear Admiral Atul Anand, VSM takes Over as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence
Rear Admiral Atul Anand, VSM has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence {ACNS (FCI)} at IHQ MoD (Navy), New Delhi. He was commissioned in 1988, in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Bangladesh and the National Defence College, New Delhi, the Admiral is a specialist in Navigation and Direction.
He has also attended the prestigious Advance Security Cooperation Course at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.

February 6

Rear Admiral Atul Anand, VSM takes Over as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence
Rear Admiral Atul Anand, VSM has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence {ACNS (FCI)} at IHQ MoD (Navy), New Delhi. He was commissioned in 1988, in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Bangladesh and the National Defence College, New Delhi, the Admiral is a specialist in Navigation and Direction.
He has also attended the prestigious Advance Security Cooperation Course at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA.

Hardayal Prasad appointed as SBI Card MD & CEO
SBI Card, the country's second largest credit card issuer, has a new Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer in Hardayal Prasad. Prasad has taken over from Vijay Jasuja.
Prior to this appointment, Prasad was with State Bank of India, holding multiple leadership positions in the bank. He had joined SBI as a probationary officer in 1983.

February 7

Hamid elected president for second term
Abdul Hamid has been elected president of the country for a second consecutive term.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda made the announcement two days after the deadline for submitting nomination paper of the presidential election expired.
Hamid has been elected president as no one else is running in the upcoming presidential election.

February 8

NPCI appoints Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) appointed Biswamohan Mahapatra as non-executive chairman for two years.
He succeeds B Sambamurthy who was the interim chairman. Last month NPCI had appointed Dilip Asbe as its managing director and CEO.
Since its launch in May 2017, Uber Eats has expanded to one city every month and with the addition of Jaipur and Kochi, the service will be present across 10 cities in India.

February 9

Antony Dominic sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala
Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, Antony Dominic, was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Kerala.
Kerala Governor P. Sadasivam administered the Oath of Office in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Raj Bhavan. The swearing-in ceremony was solemn and brief. Chief Secretary Paul Antony read out the Presidential order appointing Justice Dominic as the Chief Justice.
A galaxy of senior High Court judges, judicial officers, cabinet ministers, political leader and ranking police officers filled the audience.

Abhilasha Kumari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Manipur High Court
Abhilasha Kumari was sworn-in as Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan with Governor Dr Najma Heptulla administering the oath of office to the newly Chief Justice.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Speaker Y Khemchand, Opposition Leader O Ibobi, Justice N Koteswar and others were present in the oath taking ceremony.

HDFC Bank appoints Rakesh Singh as private banking head
Private sector lender HDFC Bank announced appointment of Rakesh Singh as private banking head.
He will continue to head the bank's investment banking, capital markets and financial institutions businesses.
Private banking is wealth management service of the bank catering to High Net Worth and ultra-HNW individuals, families and establishments, who aim to successfully manage and grow their wealth.

February 10

Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana, NM takes over as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air)
Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana, NM has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) at New Delhi.
He was commissioned in 1986 in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he attended the 141 Pilots Course and was awarded wings in Jun 1988, at the Air Force Academy.


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