PERSONS IN NEWS - 2019 March

March 3

British former world champion boxer James DeGale has announced his retirement following his unanimous points defeat by Chris Eubank Jr.
The 33-year-old is a two-time world champion and 2008 Olympic champion and is the first British boxer to win both an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title.
He won the bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne, Australia and then represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and became the only member of the British boxing squad to win a gold medal.
He was honoured with the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty, The Queen for this victory.

March 5

India’s doubles badminton coach Tan Kim Her resigns from his post
India’s doubles badminton coach– Tan Kim Her, a native of Malaysia has resigned from his post. His term with Badminton Association of India (BAI) had to come to an end after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He had coached men’s doubles pair of Chirag and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy who went on to win the silver medal and the mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
He also coached the women’s doubles squad of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy who went on to win a bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

March 6

Kylie Jenner becomes world’s youngest self-made billionaire at 21
Forbes magazine named Kylie Jenner as the youngest self-made billionaire of all time.
Jenner, 21, the half-sister of reality television stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, made it onto the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting herKylie Cosmetics online in 2015.
She also released a mobile app that reached number one the iTunes App store.
She is both the world’s youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever.
The richest person in the world remained Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, whose net worth increased to $131 billion from $112 billion in 2018.

March 7

Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, has retired.
His career began in 1977 when he enrolled as an advocate and was appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court on July 7, 1999.
He became Acting Chief Justice of the High Court in 2011 and was elevated as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2012, before beginning his tenure in the Supreme Court.
Justice Sikri was involved in a total of 4,570 judgements including Aadhar verdict last September.

March 8

Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan resigns
Governor of Mizoram Kummanam Rajasekharan has resigned from his post. President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Rajasekharan.
Mr.Kovind has appointed Prof. Jagdish Mukhi as the Governor of Mizoram, in addition to his own duties of Assam Governor, until regular arrangement for the office of the Governor of Mizoram is made.

March 9

United Nations founded University for Peace confers Honorary Doctorate on Vice President Naidu
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University for Peace founded by the United Nations Organisations (UNO) for his contribution "to the Rule of Law, democracy and sustainable development in India".
He received the degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" from the Dean of the University for Peace.

Japanese woman honoured by Guinness as oldest person at 116
A 116-year-old Japanese womanKane Tanakawho loves playing the board game Othello is being honoured as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records.
The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan's southwest.
The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, who died in July at age 117.

March 10

Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipilä tendered his government's resignation
Juha Sipila stepped down just weeks before a general election after failing to push through parliament plans to overhaul health services and social care in the face of an aging population.
The former businessman tendered his resignation to President Sauli Niinisto, who asked him to stay on as caretaker until the April 14 vote.

March 12

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model.
It was presented with a one-of-a-kind doll by Barbie as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
American toymaker Mattel introduced new Barbie dolls honouring role models from 18 countries including India’s Olympian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, US Open and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan and German double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Kristina Vogel.
Dipa Karmakar was the first Indian female gymnast to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

March 13

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar was set a Guinness World Record by donating more than 3 Lakh clothing items.
An Official from Guinness Book of World Records presented a certificate to Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar for the largest collection of clothes for donation after he donated more than 3 lakh clothing items in Udaipur.
Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar is a descendant of Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap.
He started the ‘Vastradan’ campaign under which 329250 cloths from around 76000 donors were collected and distributed among the needy people.
The campaign reached out to over 120 schools, 15 colleges and around 30 NGOs.

March 14

Avast CEO Vince Steckler to step down
Cyber security firm Avast chief executive officer (CEO) Vince Steckler has decided to retire in the year 2019 after 10 years in the job and will be succeeded by Ondrej Vlcek, currently president of the company’s consumer business.
He will retire on 30th June 2019, but will remain available in an advisory capacity for another year.
He is widely considered to be the architect of Avast and led the company through the major acquisition of AVG and its listing on the London Stock Exchange.

March 15

India has set up a pavilion at the London Book Fair in England with a special focus on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Vikram Sahay, and Director General in Publications Division, Sadhana Rout, jointly inaugurated the India Pavilion at the fair.
A digital version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi is prominently displayed at the pavilion, apart from various other titles on Culture, History and Folklore of India.
An interactive digital media experience on life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, Statue of Unity and other major achievements of India are also available at the Pavilion.

Rahul Bajaj (80) resigns as Bajaj Finserv Chairman
Rahul Bajaj will take over as the Chairman Emeritus from May.
The board of directors has appointed Nanoo Pamnani as Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the company in place of Rahul Bajaj, with effect from May 17, 2019.
The company has also approved reappointment of independent directors D J Balaji Rao, Nanoo Pamnani and Gita Piramal for a second term of five years.
About Bajaj Finserv:
Bajaj Finserv deals with financial services of Bajaj Group.
Its core businesses are spread across lending, insurance and wealth advisory.

March 19

Former IAS officer Shah Faesal launched Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM)
Shah Faesal was topped IAS examination in 2010 and quit the service in January this year to join politics.
Hundreds of his supporters thronged the launch venue in Srinagar’s Rajbagh chanting the party slogan: ‘Ab Hawah Badlegi’.
JNU student leader and activist Shehla Rashid announced her joining of Faesal's party on the occasion.

March 20

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigns after nearly 30 years in power
Nursultan Nazarbayev had ruled the country since it emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
He served as the first and only President of Kazakhstan, from 24 April 1990 until his resignation on 19 March 2019.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, will take over as the country’s acting president for the remainder of his term in line with the constitution.
Tokayev is a former prime minister and foreign minister who also served as director - general of the U.N. office in Geneva between 2011 and 2013.

Mumbai social worker Gauri Sawant becomes the first transgender election ambassador
The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra.
Following the Supreme Court order, transgenders got the right to vote for the first time in 2014. In 2014, 918 voters were registered in this third category in Maharashtra . This number has doubled in five years and now it is 2,086.
The highest enrolment of transgenders (324) is in Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.

Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda set to quit
Tsunekazu Takeda, The head of Japan's Olympic Committee is would stepping down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games.
Mr Takeda is a veteran Olympics official who competed as a show jumper in 1972 and 1976.
He has been JOC president since 2001.

March 23

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga to retire from international cricket after Twenty20 World Cup
Sri Lankan limited overs Captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year's Twenty20 World Cup.
He would quit one-day internationals after the World Cup in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020.
He made his ODI debut in 2004, becoming the first to clinch two World Cup hat-tricks and the first to take three ODI hat-tricks.

International Boxing Association (AIBA) president Gafur Rahimov has resigned
Gafur Rahimov rejected the allegations of him having ties to organized crime and announced his resignation.
He was elected as the President of AIBA four months ago.

March 25

Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal steps down
Naresh Goyal, the Promoter and Chairman of Jet Airways along with his wife, Anita Goyal has stepped down from their positions in the board.
The equity shares of Lenders' debt worth Rs. 11.4 crore will be converted at Rupee one each.
Lenders will infuse up to Rs. 1,500 crore via debt instruments.

March 26

Conor McGregor announces his retirement from Mixed Martial Art (MMA)
Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Art (MMA). He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion.
He is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.
He holds a UFC record of 21 wins.

March 27

Social Entrepreneur Neha Upadhyaya Selected By Yale University Among 2019 World Fellows
A social entrepreneur from India is among 16 persons selected by Yale University as the 2019 World Fellows.
She founded GUNA organic in 2014 to empower the female farmers through vertical integration of organic farming and solar technology.
Her work has also focused on working with children suffering from various health issues including diabetes, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
She has been the recipient of Future Leaders Connect (2018) and Social Impact India (2017) awarded by the British Council and has won several prototype grants and awards, including Entrepreneur Excellence award by I.I.T. Delhi (2017).
The 2019 class of Yale World Fellows brings the total number of World Fellows since the program's start in 2002 to 346 Fellows, representing 91 countries. This year marks the 18th cohort of World Fellows.

Nikki Bella has announced her retirement from WWE
American professional wrestler, Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace aka Nikki Bella has announced her retirement from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
Her twin sister Brie also announced her retirement a month before Nikki’s announcement.
In 2007, she was signed for the WWE and did her debut in November 2008. She has won the WWE Divas Championship twice.

March 28

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma in charge of Malta national team
There is a three-nation divisional tournament of the ICC from March 29 to 31 in Spain.
Malta, Estonia and hosts Spain will take part.
The Dronacharya awardee didn’t hide his disappointment about not being handed Delhi Ranji team’s assignment during the 2018-’19 season.

March 29

Australia legend Tim Cahill retires from all forms of football
Australia's all-time top goalscorer Tim Cahill announced his retirement, bringing an end to one of the country's greatest football careers.
The 39-year-old Tim has scored 50 goals in 108 appearances for the Socceroos and played in four World Cups.
Tim Cahill came in India playing for Jamshedpur FC at the end of the 2018-19 season and he will not be looking for another contract following the end of his Indian Super League stint with Jamshedpur.

Chelsea's Gonzalo Higuain retires from international football with Argentina
Citing family reasons 31 years old Chelsea and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has been retired from international football.
He was born on 10th December 1987 in Brest, France
He scored 31 goals in 75 Argentina appearances. Last year at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, he played for Argentina where they defeated Nigeria 2-1.