PERSONS IN NEWS - 2018 DECEMBER

December 2

Paul Polman step down as Unilever’s CEO
Unilever’s Chief Executive Paul Polman will step down after ten years in the job.
The Anglo-Dutch group was forced to ditch a controversial post - Brexit plan to move its headquarters from London to the Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Mr. Polman will be succeeded by Alan Jope, the Scottish executive who has been running Unilever’s beauty and personal care business, its biggest division.
Unilever: HQ - London, UK
Parent Organization - Unilever plc, The Unilever Group

December 3

Andrés Manuel López Obrador became first leftist president of Mexico
Andrés Manuel López Obrador sworn in as the First Leftist President of Mexico
Lopez Obrador would like to reach an agreement with both Ottawa and Washington to tackle immigration issues.
Foreign dignitaries including US Vice-President Mike Pence, first daughter Ivanka Trump and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro attended the inauguration in the capital.
Mexico: Capital -  Mexico City, Currency - Peso (MXN)

December 5

Tuhin becomes first Indian to scale Sahayadri mountain range
Tuhin Satarkar, became the first Indian to climb three routes in the treacherous Sahayadri mountain range in 12 days.
The pune based bouldering (rock climbing) sensation climbed - Dhodap, Jivdhan and Naneghat, three famous peaks which are known to have been ascended by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his Marathi Malvas.
Sahyadri Mountains:
Sahyadri is a mountain range of Western Ghats, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world.

December 6

Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone is the highest-earning woman celebrity in India.
With the earnings of Rs. 112.8 crore, Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone is the highest-earning woman celebrity in India.
She is the 1st woman to break into the top 5 of Forbes' Richest Indian Celebrities List since its inception in 2012.

December 8

PM Modi most followed world leader on Instagram
Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerged as the most popular global leader on social media platform Instagram with 14.8 million followers. 
According to a list published by online platform twiplomacy, Modi is followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo with 12.2 million followers. 
With 10 million followers, US President Donald Trump is at the third position on photo-sharing platform. 
The picture of newly married Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma meeting the prime minister has become the most liked picture posted by any world leader.
The picture of Modi standing at a bus stop in snowy Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum 2018 is the second most liked picture with a total of 16,35,978 likes. 

December 9

Myntra's CEO Ananth Narayanan Resigns
Flipkart-owned Myntra's CEO Ananth Narayanan has resigned from his role with his position set to be abolished.
Flipkart'sAmar Nagaram has been given the responsibility to head Myntra.
Key Myntra leaders such as Chief Revenue Officer Mithun Sundar and human resources head ManpreetRatia have also resigned.

 RLSP Chief UpendraKushwaha Quits As Union Minister
RashtriyaLokSamta Party (RLSP) Chief UpendraKushwaha resigned as Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
This comes a day ahead of the start of the Parliament’s Winter Session, triggering a realignment of political equations in Bihar.

Soft Bank Vision Fund gets Facebook’s Kirthiga Reddy as first venture partner
Kirthiga Reddy, the former managing director of Facebook India, has joined Soft Bank as its first venture partner at its $100 billion Vision Fund.
She the first women coming on board in a company where the rest are all men.
Kirthiga Reddy was Facebook’s first employee in India and served as the managing director for India and South Asia market until 2016, following which she relocated to the company’s US headquarters, serving as Managing Global Client Partner and Emerging Markets Lead.

Four Indians among world’s 100 most powerful women, list topped by Germen Chancellor Angela Merkel: Forbes
Four Indians who were featured in the list were:
IT stalwart RoshniNadarMalhotra ranking 51st in the list,
Biotechnology pioneer Kiran Mazumdar - Shaw ranking 60th,
Media mogul ShobhanaBhartia at 88th position and
Actor Priyanka Chopra at 94th spot.
The list is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is the eighth consecutive year and 13 times in total in the 15 years of the annual list she has topped
She is followed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, for the second year in a row.
Others among the top 5 are:
International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde (No 3),
General Motors CEO Mary Barra (No 4), and
Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson (No 5)

Sunil Mittal, the First Indian received honorary doctorate from ESCP biz school
Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has received ESCP Europe’s highest honour ‘Doctor HonorisCausa’ for his innovative entrepreneurship and contribution towards philanthropy in the field of education.
With this, Mittal has become the first Indian to be honoured with this recognition in ESCP Europe’s near 200 years history.
Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world’s first business school, founded by a group of economic scholars and businessmen.

December 10

Mexico’s Vanessa Poncede Leon wins Miss World 2018 crown at grand event held in China’s Sanya
Mexico‘s Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at the 68th edition of the prestigious Miss World grand event held in the Chinese city, Sanya
The 26-year-old Vanessa was crowned by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar of India.
Nicolene Pichapa from Thailand was adjudged runner up in Miss World 2018.
The Miss World continental winners were also announced in the event. The winners include- Belarus – Miss World Europe, Jamaica – Miss World Carribbean, Mexico – Miss World America, Uganda – Miss World Africa, and Thailand – Miss World Asia and Oceania.
Mexico: Capital: Mexico City, Currency: Mexican Peso
Miss World Organisation CEO: Julia Morley

John Kelly to step down as US’s Chief of Staff
President Trump that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, would step down by the end of December 2018.
The move is a part of a long-planned staff shake-up as the president heads into the 2020 campaign facing growing peril from the special counsel and newly empowered Democrats.
The retired marine corps general was brought in by Trump last year to impose order on what was widely seen as a chaotic White House.
About US:
President: Donald Trump,
Currency: US Dollar,
Capital: Washing ton

December 11

Urjit Patel resigned as the 24th RBI Governor citing personal reasons.
The resignation of the former governor was imminent from the recent government-RBI tussles on a host of issues, including:
Central bank autonomy
The government reportedly seeking a share of the RBI reserves and
Relaxing the restrictive prompt corrective action (PCA) framework for state-owned banks.
With his resignation,he has become the first governor since 1990 to step down before the end of his term.
He succeeded ex-RBI RaghuramRajan in September 2016 and his term was due till September 2019.
Prior to being the governor of the central bank, he was the deputy governor in RBI.

December 14

Theresa May wins vote of confidence in her leadership of Conservative party
British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party.
She got the support of 200 MPs while 117 MPs voted against her.
The confidence vote was triggered by 48 of her MPs, who are angry at her Brexit policy.

December 19

Belgium Prime minister Charles Michel Resigns
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government over his support for the UN global compact on migration. The pressure increased after his biggest coalition partner, the right-wing N-VA party, quit the government over the issue.
Michel lost the backing of the party over his support for the UN migration pact, a cause celebre for European anti-immigration parties. Belgium holds the modern European record for going the longest time without a government, a whopping 541 days in 2010-2011.
Belgium Capital: Brussels, Currency: Euro.

December 23

India’s Vedangi Kulkarni, became the fastest Asian to cycle the globe
Pune woman Vedangi Kulkarni became the fastest Asian to cycle the globe.
She spent 159 days peddling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries.
She started off from Perth in July and will be flying back to the Australian city to complete the record.
British adventurer Jenny Graham is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018.

December 24

Pakistan's Ex-Prime Minister Sharif Sentenced to 7 Years In Latest Corruption Case
An anti-corruption court sentenced former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in a case centered on his ownership of a steel mill.
The anti-corruption court found that Sharif could not prove his source of income for ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia. He was arrested following the verdict.
It is the latest blow against Sharif, a dogged survivor of Pakistan's brutal political system.
Pakistan: Capital – Islamabad, PM -Imran Khan, President - Arif Alvi

December 28

Former US President Barack Obama has been named the Most admired man by Americans for the 11th year in a row, according to an annual poll conducted by Gallup.
US President Donald Trump finished second with 13% for the fourth consecutive year.
Meanwhile George W. Bush and Pope Francis with 2% and Bill Gates with 1%

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama ended Hillary Clinton's 17-year run as most admired woman.
Oprah Winfrey with 5%, Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump followed with 4 percent mentioning each and Angela Merkel with 2%

December 29

American adventurer O’Brady First Person to complete solo trek across Antarctica
The 33-year-old man Colin O'Brady from the United States has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without any assistance. 
He finished the 1,500 km journey across the frozen continent in 54 days, lugging his supplies on a sledge as he skied in bone-chilling temperatures from north to south
With his voyage being tracked by GPS, and live updates of the trip were provided daily on his website colinobrady.com.

December 30

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Ahmed resignes
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary Shahbaz Ahmed resigned over mistreatment of the national sport in the country.
He had earlier been the captain and has been serving as the secretary for 3 years.
Pakistan Hockey Federation: Founded – 1948 , HQ – Lahore, Pakistan, President – Khalid S. Kokhar

December 31

Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) revokes suspension of Soumyajit Ghosh
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) meeting in Sonepat revoked suspension
of former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh following allegations of rape against him by an ex-girl friend.
Ghosh's legal troubles finally came to an end after he married the rape accuser four months after his career nose-dived owing to the crisis.
The withdrawal of suspension means Ghosh is eligible to participate in all national and international tournaments, with the Senior Nationals starting at Cuttack from January 4 2018.



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