PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 MARCH

March 1

Australian cricketer Sarah Coyte announces retirement.
Australian women cricketer Sarah Coyte, who was also a part of Australia's 2014 World T20-winning squad, has announced her retirement from all forms of the game.
Coyte's decision arrives a year after she stepped down from international duty with the Southern Stars to combat mental health issues.
After making a name for herself in the Twenty20 arena, Coyte earned herself a national call-up in December 2010 against New Zealand, and went on to play a further 46 T20 matches, four Tests and 30 One-Day Internationals for Australia.

March 2

West Indies' Dwayne Smith Announces Retirement.
Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith announced his retirement from international cricket.
The all-rounder debuted for the Caribbean team in January 2004 in a Test match against South Africa at Cape Town and last played his international game against the United Arab Emirates in March 2015 in a One-Day International (ODI) in Napier during the ICC World Cup.
Smith, who is playing for Islamabad United in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), made the decision public before the start of the Eliminator against Karachi Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Smith, however, had a far more successful time in ODI cricket. He ended up playing 105 ODIs, totalling 1560 runs with a career-best 97. He also scored eight half-centuries with an average of 18.57. He took 61 wickets with career-best figures of 5/45, his only five-wicket haul with his medium pace.

March 5

Baichung Bhutia removed as AIFF advisor.
Out of favour with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) due to differences in opinion, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia is no longer advisor to both the AIFF and president Praful Patel.
In fact, India's most decorated footballer was removed from the post last December, a source close to the development has revealed.
Bhutia was roped in as advisor two years back and has since then been instrumental in bringing India coach Stephen Constantine back and also extending his contract till February 2018.

March 7

D. Bala Venkatesh Varma concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to Andorra.
Shri D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, presently Ambassador of lndia to the Kingdom of Spain, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Principality of Andorra, with residence in Madrid (Spain).
Mr. Varma, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1988 batch, was expected to take charge of the assignment shortly.

PM Modi most talked about politician on Facebook.
As the assembly elections in five states are at a crucial stage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most talked about politician on Facebook from February 19 to February 28 followed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
According to the rankings compiled by Facebook, which are based on the number of unique people engaging in conversation related to leaders, BJP President Amit Shah was placed in third spot, while Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took the fourth place.
These politicians were followed by Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on fifth and MP Dimple Yadav at the sixth spot.
The BJP was the most talked about political party with 64 per cent. Congress with 45 per cent and Samajwadi Party (SP) with 15 per cent completed the list.
These rankings and percentage are based on the number of unique people engaging in conversation related to political parties.

March 10

South Korea's Parliament Voted Unanimously to Remove President Park Geun-hye.
South Korea's Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country's National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over alleged corruption.
The unprecedented decision was unanimous, with all eight judges on the court voting to remove Park, the country's first female president, from office.
South Koreans immediately took to the streets, with some groups protesting against the decision and others celebrating her removal from power.
The court ruling supported the parliamentary vote passed unanimously in December 2016 to accuse Park Geun-hye over a corruption and cronyism scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.
South Korea will now conduct election within 60 days to elect a new leader.

Reliance Capital CEO Sam Ghosh quits.
Sam Ghosh, who steered Reliance Capital for about nine years as its CEO, is leaving the company to pursue other options. A release from the company Ghosh has "contributed towards building a strong portfolio of businesses across asset management, life and general insurance, commercial and housing finance, broking and distribution etc''. Market rumour is Ghosh is moving to a large business house with growing interests in financial services.
Ghosh had joined Reliance Capital in early 2008 and in mid-2015 was elevated to the board of the company as an executive director. Before joining Anil Ambani-run Reliance Capital, Ghosh, an engineer and a chartered accountant, had spent 10 years with the German financial services major Allianz group, including a stint at its India joint venture Bajaj Allianz as its CEO.
Ghosh was involved in several large deals, joint ventures and divestitures by Reliance Capital. Those deals include getting Nippon Life, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, to buy 49 per cent stake in each of its life insurance and mutual fund businesses.

March 11

India's UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Aishwaryaa Dhanush performs Bharatanatyam at UN.
Filmmaker Aishwaryaa Dhanush has been drawing a lot of flak for her Bharatnatyam dance recital at the UN headquarters on International Women's Day.
It all seemed to have started with versatile dancer Anita Ratnam ridiculing her performance and calling it 'pathetic'.
''The pathetic state of Bharatanatyam at the UN'', she captioned the snippet video of Aishwaryaa's dance performance. Soon it went viral and gave way to a lot of internet trolls.

March 12

Afghan bowler Rashid Khan youngest to win 'Man of the Series' in T20Is.
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has become the youngest to be awarded 'Man of the Series' in T20Is, winning the award in the three-match T20I series against Ireland which concluded.
The 18-year-old, who claimed nine wickets in the series, took the fastest ever five-wicket haul in international cricket during the second T20I, after bowling only two overs.

March 13

Biren Singh selected as CM candidate in Manipur by BJP legislature party.
Nongthombam Biren Singh was elected as the BJP’s legislature party leader in Manipur as the struggle for power in the insurgency-hit state continues.
The 56-year-old, who was the face of BJP in Manipur, will meet Governor Najma Heptullah soon to stake claim to form the government.
Confirming the same, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Biren Singh has been elected as the leader of BJP legislature party and will be party's chief ministerial candidate.
Currently, the BJP, which won 21 seats in the recently held assembly election, claims to have the support of 32 MLAs in the 60 member assembly.

Okram Ibobi Singh resigns as CM of Manipur.
Incumbent Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh announced that he would resign from the chief ministerial position shortly.
Ibobi Singh, however, has been arguing that with the Congress emerging as the single largest party, he should be given the first opportunity to form the government.
Earlier, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla had asked Congress's Ibobi Singh to submit his resignation immediately, so that the process of formation of the next government can be started.
The BJP leadership with their 21 MLAs, along with NPP president and four party MLAs, one Congress MLA, lone LJP and TMC MLAs had also met the Governor.
The BJP had claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
They also submitted a letter from the Naga People's Front (NPF) president regarding their support to the BJP to form the government.
The Congress had won 28 seats in Manipur, followed by the BJP 21. The NPP and the NPF have won four seats each, while the LJP and the Trinamool Congress have bagged one seat each.

Manohar Parrikar resigns as Defence Minister to take charge as Goa CM.
Manohar Parrikar resigned as the defence minister as he prepared to be sworn in as the chief minister of Goa after the Bharatiya Janata Party stitched up a coalition to form a government in the state.
Goa governor Mridula Sinha has invited Parrikar to form the next government in the coastal state after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators.
Three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party, three from the MGP and two Independents have pledged their support to Parrikar.

March 14

PCB suspends Mohammad Irfan in spot-fixing case.
Pakistan's Cricket Board suspended and charged tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan over his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during a recently held Twenty20 league.
He has also been provisionally suspended with immediate effect from participating in all forms of cricket.
Irfan, 34, appeared before the anti-corruption unit of the PCB and confessed to being approached by a bookmaker about fixing matches in the past six months.
Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, also members of the Islamabad United team that took part in the Pakistan Super League, were also provisionally suspended and charged last month over meeting a man suspected of being linked to an international betting syndicate.

March 15

Indian-American Seema Verma to become head of US healthcare got approval from US Senate.
Indian-American Seema Verma has been sworn-in as the head of a key healthcare agency in the Donald Trump administration.
Ms. Verma was sworn in by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as administrator of the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which are part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The $1 trillion agency oversees health insurance programmes for everyone from nursing home residents to newborns.


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