PERSONS IN NEWS - 2018 OCTOBER

October 1

Ravi Venkatesan appointed UNICEF's special representative
The UNICEF has appointed Ravi Venkatesan has its special representative of young people. Venkatesan in his new role will provide strategic guidance and support UNICEF globally with high-level outreach, partnerships and scaling innovations.
Venkatesan will also help shape the overall strategy and approach of Generation Unlimited with a particular focus on engaging the private sector and identifying regional champions.
Venkatesan was the former chairman of the Bank of Baroda between 2015-18 and prior to that as the chairman of Microsoft India, he helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world.

IDBI MD retires, govt yet to decide on new head
B. Sriram, MD & CEO of IDBI Bank has superannuated.
The government, however, is yet to decide on the new CEO of the bank which is in the process of being taken over by the LIC.
The government appointed Mr. Sriram as the new MD & CEO. Before joining IDBI Bank, Mr. Sriram was MD of the State Bank of India.
After Mr. Sriram joined, the government started the process of transferring its stake in the bank to Life Insurance Corporation of India, which has already received Cabinet approval.

Max Life MD Rajesh Sud quits, CFO Prashant Tripathy to replace him in Jan
Max Life Insurance Managing Director Rajesh Sud has resigned from the company and CFO Prashant Tripathy will replace him from January.
Max Life Insurance and completion of his second five-year term as executive vice-chairman and managing director of the company, Sud hands over the reins to Tripathy.Sud is to pursue new career opportunities.
Tripathy, who is currently senior director and chief financial officer of Max Life will take over the new role with effect from January 1, 2019.

October 2

Sanya Richards-Ross named ambassador for Airtel Delhi half marathon
American track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross will be the event ambassador for the Airtel Delhi half marathon. She is the fastest American woman in the history of 400m with her time of 48.70s set at the 2006 IAAF World Cup.

October 4

Chanda Kochhar quits as CEO of ICICI Bank, Sandeep Bakhshi to take over
Chanda Kochhar, came out of an enforced indefinite leave to quit the country’s third-largest lender by assets, amid allegations of loans for favours and conflict of interest.
Sandeep Bakhshi has been serving as the bank’s chief operating officer and has been apoointed as the new managing director and CEO for a term of five years.

October 9

Interpol Chief MengHongwei Resigns After Detention In China
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the world’s largest police organisation received the resignation of its Chinese president MengHongwei.
He became the Interpol President in 2016. He is the first Chinese official to become the Interpol President.
Senior Vice-President of Interpol’s Executive Committee, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, will be the acting president.

October 10

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to UN, shocking fellow diplomats.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley resigned who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations since 2017.
At United Nations, she has been a vocal critic of Russia and a supporter of US sanctions.
Haley was governor of South Carolina, the first woman to hold the post. She was re-elected in 2014.

October 17

M.J. Akbar quits as union minister over #MeToo allegations.
After 16 individual accounts of sexual harassment, a legal complaint signed by 20 women journalists and 10 days of holding out, minister of state for external affairs M.J. Akbar was finally forced to quit.
Akbarbecame the first minister in the NDA government to resign for reasons of impropriety.

October 19

Canelo Alvarez Signs Richest Contract in Sports History, Worth $365 million.
CaneloÁlvarez has signed the largest contract in the history of sport, agreeing a five-year, 11 - fight deal worth at least $365m with streaming service DAZN.
Álvarez has a huge following in Mexico and the United States and his fights have pulled in hundreds of millions of dollars on pay-per-view.
The previous richest contract in sport was the 13-year, $325m deal Giancarlo Stanton.

October 21

PM Modi Announces National Award In Netaji's Name For Rescue Workers.
Prime Minister NarendraModiannounced a national award in the name of NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose that will be given every year to police personnel who do "exemplary work" in rescue and relief operations during any kind of disasters.
The announcement came on the 75th anniversary of Bose's declaration of the formation of India's first independent government - the Azad Hind Government on October 21, 1943.
The award will be announced on January 23, on Netaji's birthday.

October 24

ViratKohli becomes fastest to 10,000 runs.
ViratKohli is also the fastest in terms of time taken to score the runs as he reached the milestone in 10 years and 67 days.
The Indian skipper reached the landmark on his way to his 37th ODI ton (a 129-ball 157 not out studded with 13 fours and four sixes) in the Vizag ODIagainst the West Indies.
Kohli is fifth Indian to reach the milestone and join an elite club dominated by Asian players.
He joins Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and SouravGanguly among Indians to score 10,000 career runs in ODIs. Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara are the only players from non-Asian sides.

October 26

3 Indian - Americans named in Time magazine's Health Care 50 2018 list.
The three Indian-Americans included in the list are Divya Nag, Dr. Raj Panjabi and AtulGawande.
To put together the list, Time's team of health editors and reporters nominated people who made significant contributions to the state of healthcare in America this year.
Nag is leading Apple's special projects focusing on health.
Gawande was tapped to lead a new nonprofit health care venture that will cover the more than 1 million employees of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase.
Panjabi co-founded Last Mile Health to recruit and train community health workers in areas that lack local health services

October 28

EU rebukes Putin with human rights prize to jailed Ukrainian film-maker.
A Crimean dissident sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison has been awarded the European parliament’s prestigious Sakharov prize in a sharp criticism of Russia’s human rights record likely to provoke anger from the Kremlin.
Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker vocally opposed to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2015 and sentenced to two decades in prison.
He held a 145-day hunger strike earlier this year to oppose his imprisonment in a penal colony in Russia’s far north and Moscow’s refusal to extradite him to his native Ukraine.
The award is the first to a recipient from the former Soviet Union in nearly a decade.
Previous winners of the Sakharov award include Nelson Mandela, Alexander Dubček, Aung San SuuKyi and MalalaYousafzai, the Pakistani campaigner for female education who barely survived a Taliban assassination attempt.

October 30

Actor Anupam Kher resigns as chairperson of FTII.
Actor Anupam Kher resigned as Chairperson of the Film and Television Institute of India. He is playing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a film based on a memoir written by Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to Dr. Singh. The film is expected to be released before the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and eight Filmfare Awards.
FTII Founded: 1960
HQ: Pune
Director: Bhupendra Kainthola

Angela Merkel to step down as German Chancellor in 2021
She is the first Female Chancellor. She is serving her fourth term in office.
She is the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union since 2000.
She has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and the leader of the Free World.
Germany Capital: Berlin
Currency: Euro
President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier



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