PERSONS IN NEWS - 2018 MAY

May 1

Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum leaving Facebook amid user data disputes.
WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum have decided to exit from WhatsApp due to difference of opinion with parent company Facebook because of data privacy, encryption and other issues.
Jan Koum sold WhatsApp to Facebook for over $19 billion in 2014. He has also planned to step down from Facebook’s board of directors.
Neeraj Arora is expected to be made the new WhatsApp CEO.

May 9

Cabinet Secretary Sinha gets extension till 2019.
The Modi government gave one year extension, till June 2019, to Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha.
Sinha was appointed to the post in May 2015 for a two-year term and assumed office on June 13, 2015. He had been given one-year extension last year.
He was Power Secretary before his elevation as Cabinet Secretary and had also served in several other ministries, including Shipping and Petroleum and Natural Gas.

May 10

Ram Nath Kovind becomes 2nd President to visit Siachen base camp
President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Siachen glacier base camp in J&K to interact with the soldiers posted. He is the second President to visit the camp after former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited it in 2004.
Kovind, also the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces, addressed the soldiers at the nearly 6,000-metre high mountain glacier where the Line of Control (LoC) - the de facto border - between India and Pakistan ends. He was accompanied by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Lieutenant general D Anbu, who heads the army's Northern Command.

May 11

Trump nod for Indian American as judge.
U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Diane Gujarati, a prosecutor of Indian descent, to a federal judgeship in an unusual move as she had been former President Barack Obama’s choice for the position.
The White House announced that Mr. Trump is sending the nomination of Ms. Gujarati, a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the federal prosecutor’s for the Southern District of New York, to the Senate for confirmation as a District Judge on the Federal court for New York’s Eastern District.

Sachin Bansal quits Flipkart as Walmart wanted only one founder on board.
Sachin Bansal, the group chairman of Flipkart who was deeply involved in the negotiations with Walmart till even a few weeks ago, has been left “very disappointed” by recent events that have left him on the sidelines as the company.
Sachin Bansal will sell his 5.5 per cent stake for about $1billion and exit the company.
Walmart was publicly announced that it would buy a 77% stake in Flipkart. He was conspicuous by his absence as the other leaders of Flipkart.

May 12

Pawan Kumar Agarwal gets extension as CEO FSSAI.
Pawan Kumar Agarwal was given three months extension as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The tenure of Agarwal, a 1985-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been given three-month extension beyond May 15, 2018.

Mohit Chauhan nominated as Green Ambassador of Sikkim.
The Sikkim government has nominated Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan as the Green Ambassador of the state.
The state government had earlier this year roped in A.R. Rahman as its ambassador to promote tourism in Sikkim.
Sikkim is known for its rich biodiversity and abundant natural resources due to environment-friendly policies being followed by the state government for more than two decades.

May 13

Ravi Venkatesan steps down from Infosys board as independent director.
Infosys that its independent director Ravi Venkatesan has resigned from the Board with immediate effect. In a filing to the stock exchange, Venkatesan was stepping down to take up an “exciting new opportunity” outside the company.
This is the first board level exit in the company after co-founder Nandan Nilekani returned to the Bangalore-headquartered company as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in August last year.

May 15

Netmeds appoints MS Dhoni as brand ambassador.
Online pharmacy Netmeds has appointed cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador.
Chronic disease is a tough competitor, and the company wants people to know that it intends to be the team member that helps them win the fight. They have a long legacy in the pharma business and they are making it easier for people to stay healthy.
Netmeds currently has an inventory of 35,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) of prescription drugs and 5,000 SKUs of OTC products.


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