PERSONS IN NEWS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

ICICI Bank sacks Chanda Kochhar.
An internal probe conducted by the ICICI Bank has faulted its former CEO and managing director Chanda Kochhar for violating the bank's code of conduct.
The ICICI Bank has now decided to treat that "separation" as "termination for cause" and has asked Chanda Kochhar to return all bonuses paid between April 2009 and March 2018.
The probe, which was led by Justice B.N. Srikrishna, was in relation to the ICICI-Videocon loan case. An activist-shareholder had alleged that the ICICI Bank lent Rs. 3,250 crore to Venugopal Dhoot's Videocon Group.

February 4

Tulsi Gabbard officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign with a rally in her home state (Hawaii)
Ms. Gabbard, the first Hindu to be elected to US Congress.
Ms. Gabbard, 37, is the eighth Democrat to have declared.
She cast her 2020 race as a project to oppose "powerful, self-serving politicians and greedy corporations" and return "dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency''.

February 6

Donald Trump Nominates a senior Treasury official David Malpass for World Bank President
Mr. Malpass, a senior official in the Treasury Department, is a controversial choice, owing to his views on multilateralism, multilateral organizations including the World Bank.
David Malpass, has formally been confirmed as the U.S.’ choice to head the World Bank
If voted by the Directors of the World Bank Group, he would replace Jim Yong Kim as the president of the World Bank, a position which has traditionally been held by Americans.

February 13

PrajneshGunneswaran breaks into top-100 of men's singles Tennis rankings
Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.
In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna stayed put at 37 and was followed by his partner DivijSharan at 39.
In the Women’s Tennis Association charts, AnkitaRaina continues to be country’s top singles player at number 165.

February 15

DHFL CEO Harshil Mehta resigns
However, he would continue to be associated with the company and shall hold the designation of Executive President -Retail Business with effect from February 14, 2019
Besides, the board has recommended appointment of Sunjoy Joshi as an Independent Director and Srinath Sridharan as a Non-Executive Director
Recently, Cobrapost alleged that Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL) through layers of shell companies allegedly siphoned off Rs. 31,000 crore out of the total bank loans of Rs. 97,000 crore.

Derrick Pereira named coach of India U-23 football team
Derrick Pereira was named head coach of the India under-23 team for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifiers slated to be held in Tashkent from March 22.
Besides India, the other teams in the group are Tajikistan and Pakistan
Former Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine, who was in charge of the U-23 team, has decided to step down after the AFC Asian Cup as the country was eliminated from the group stage.

Life-size portrait of Atal Bihari Vajpayee unveiled by the President
President Ram Nath Kovind will unveil the portrait in the Central Hall of Parliament House in the presence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ministers and leaders of various parties are expected to mark their presence during the event.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister for the first time in 1996 for 13 days, then for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004
He died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 93 years after a prolonged illness.
The decision to install the portrait of the Bharat Ratna was taken on December 18 at a meeting of Parliament's Portrait Committee chaired by Sumitra Mahajan.
The portrait was made by Krishna Kanhai.

February 17

West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has announced that he will retire from One-day Internationals after the forthcoming World Cup.
The 39-year old left-hander has scored 9,727 ODI runs, second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians in 284 matches.
He needs 677 more runs to surpass Lara as the West Indies' all-time record ODI run scorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup
Since making his debut in 1999, Gayle has scored a Windies record of 23 ODI hundreds, including the first ever World Cup double century against Zimbabwe four years ago.
The World Cup will be held in England and Wales from 30th May till 14th July.

February 20

Squash queen Nicol David to retire at end of season
Malaysia’s Eight-time world champion Nicol David has announced she will retire at the end of the 2018-19 squash season, bringing down the curtain on the Malaysian’s illustrious career.
She is the most successful woman squash player of all time and spent an unprecedented nine years as world No. 1 Between 2006-2015.
David has also won five British Open titles, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, five Asian Games gold medals and three World Games gold medals in a glittering career spanning two decades.

February 22

Shreyas Iyer smashes highest T20 score by an Indian batsman
Mumbai's Shreyas Iyer smashed 147 runs off 55 balls against Sikkim in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to register the highest ever score by an Indian in T20 cricket.
The 24-year-old slammed 15 sixes and seven fours during his knock.
The previous record was set by Rishabh Pant, who slammed 128*(63) for Delhi Daredevils against SunRisers Hyderabad last year.

February 24

Australian wicket-keeper, Alyssa Healy, sets Guinness World Record at MCG
Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy set a new Guinness World Record after achieving the feat for the ‘highest catch of a cricket ball’ at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Healy caught a ball which was dropped from a drone 80 meters above the MCG.
Courtesy of her efforts the previous record of 62 meters held by England’s Kristan Baumgartner now stands broken.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain had registered the previous best of 49 meters.
The record attempt was part of the campaign carried out by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket Australia in collaboration, to set the highest attendance figure for a women’s sporting fixture during the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, which will be held on 8th March, 2020 at MCG, coinciding with International Women’s Day.

February 27

World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan first Indian-origin woman to get Blue Plaque in UK.
The Blue Plaque scheme run by English Heritage honours notable people who lived or worked in particular buildings across London.
Khan's plaque is set to go up at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, where she lived as a secret agent during the war.
Khan, the daughter of Indian Sufi saint Hazrat Inayat Khan, was an agent for Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II and was captured and killed by the Nazis in 1944 at just 30 years of age.
It will be the first Blue Plaque for a woman of Indian-origin in Britain and is a real honour.


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