PERSONS IN NEWS - 2019 July

July 30

Indian Armed Forces Wing commander, Tarun Chaudhri became 1st pilot of Indian Armed Forces (IAF) to do a Wing Suit Skydive Jump. The jump was accomplished from an altitude of 8500 feet (2590.8 meters) from a Mi-17 helicopter. This is 1st IAF Wing Suit Skydive Jump by a pilot who has flown and captained same type of helicopter. Wing suit jump demonstration at an organised gathering was deepest imprint of ethos and professionalism of IAF.

July 24

Priti Patel, an ardent supporter of Brexit who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet. Ms. Patel had been a prominent member of the Conservative Party leadership and was widely tipped for the plum post in his frontline team. A long-standing Eurosceptic- a person who is opposed to increasing the powers of the European Union- Priti Patel had steered the Vote Leave campaign in the lead up to the June 2016 referendum in favour of Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU).

July 22

Acharya Devvrat took the oath as a new Governor of the state of Gujarat. Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Justice Anant S Dave administered the oath in presence of outgoing Governor Shri O.P. Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Speaker of the legislative assembly and many dignitaries.

July 18

Indian track and field legend PT Usha, who is often called the “queen of track and field”, has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) ‘Veteran Pin’ for her outstanding service to the sport. Usha’s most memorable performance came in the1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the 400m hurdles, but lost the bronze by one-hundredth of a second.

July 3

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated for the post of European Commission Chief. If Mrs Ursula is confirmed in the role it would be the first time in more than 60 years that a German has been given the post. She has been nominated to this post to replace Jean-Claude Juncker.

July 2

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has been nominated as the President of the European Central Bank. She would succeed Mario Draghi, whose term ends on 2019 October 31. IMF works to ensure the stability of the global monetary system. This organization has 189 countries as its members. Christine is the first female to nominated to these two positions.

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