PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 February

February 2

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits advisory council of Trump.
Travis Kalanick is leaving President Donald Trump’s advisory council, according to a memo he sent to employees.
The Uber CEO had faced criticism for his agreement to work closely with the Trump administration, as well as the company’s response to the White House's recent travel ban.

February 4

Sheela Balakrishnan quits as Tamil Nadu government adviser.
In a surprise development, former Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan quit as adviser to the Tamil Nadu Government.
A 1976-batch IAS official hailing from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Balakrishnan was recalled from retirement and appointed as advisor to the chief minister in 2014.
Ms. Balakrishnan, who had earned Jayalalithaa's confidence when she served as Secretary to the Chief Minister between 2002 and 2006.

February 6

SoftBank's COO Jonathan Bullock Resigns from Ola, Snapdeal and Housing.
SoftBank Group's Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Bullock has resigned from the boards of Japanese firm’s most prominent portfolio companies in India- Ola, Snapdeal and Housing.
Bullock has also resigned from the board of, which counts SoftBank as its largest investor, according to a regulatory filing.
SoftBank managing director David Thevenon is likely to replace Bullock and join the boards of Ola and Snapdeal, a person directly aware of the developments.

Owing to personal reasons Panneerselvam resigns as Tamilnadu CM.
Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao accepted the resignation of Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, clearing the decks for V.K. Sasikla to take over the top post.
Panneerselvam had resigned citing ''personal reasons''. His resignation came after AIADMK chief Sasikala was elected the Legislature Party Leader.
Panneerselvam was appointed Chief Minister on the night of December 5 within hours of the death of his predecessor J. Jayalalithaa.

Sheikha moza al maktoum has become the 1st woman pilot from the dubai royal family.
Shaikha Mozah Al Maktoum, one of the female members of Dubai’s ruling family, is claimed to have become the first woman commercial pilot.
The first female pilot in the family, who is on her first assisted flight as a commercial pilot for Emirates.

Queen Elizabeth II marks Sapphire Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s longest reigning sovereign, became the first British monarch to reach her Sapphire Jubilee, with 65 years on the throne.
The 90-year-old monarch is marking the landmark as a day of private contemplation at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk as it also coincides with the day her father, George V, died.

February 7

Abhishek and Sandeep senior-level executives of Snapdeal quits.
Snapdeal's head of corporate development Abhishek Kumar has resigned, becoming the second senior executive to leave the online marketplace recently as it struggles to raise more money and reduce spending the cash it has in hand.
Abhishek Kumar, employed with Snapdeal for close to three years.
The other management-level exit was of Sandeep Komaravelly. He was senior vice-president in charge of Snapdeal's mobile customer-to-customer marketplace Shopo and left to join a new venture after the unit was merged with FreeCharge at the end of last year.
Komaravelly had joined Snapdeal when it acquired his group-buying website Grabbon in 2010.

Education nominee Betsy DeVos wins Senate confirmation vote.
Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos narrowly squeaked through the Senate winning confirmation by a vote of 51 to 50
US Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to secure her cabinet role, splitting the chamber 50-50.
It was the first time ever that a vice-president has interceded in such a way for a cabinet secretary.
Mrs. DeVos, a billionaire who has no experience with public schools, faced a rocky confirmation hearing last month.

February 9

Shawna Pandya, the 3rd Indian-origin woman to fly to space, has roots in Mumbai.
Dr. Shawna Pandya is a general physician in Canada’s Alberta University Hospital. She is also an astronaut preparing for two crucial space missions.
She will be only the third woman of Indian origin, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, to fly to space.
Born in Canada, the 32-year-old was shortlisted after topping the Citizen Science Astronaut (CSA) program.
Pandya, currently in Mumbai to meet her family in their Mahalaxmi home.

Arundhati Bhattacharya is ambassador for its SBI PO recruitment advertisement.
State Bank of India (SBI) put out a big advertisement seeking probationary officers for the bank.
Half the advertisement has a smiling picture of the bank’s chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya, who herself was part of the 1977 batch of probationary officers.
India’s largest bank plans to recruit 2,200 probationary officers this year.