PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 September

September 1

Justin Bieber 2nd person to hit 100 mn followers on Twitter
Singer Justin Bieber has become the second person to hit 100 million (10 crore) followers on microblogging site Twitter. To mark the milestone, Twitter posted a video featuring some of Bieber's most popular hashtags and revealed the word 'Belieber' has been retweeted 84 million times. Notably, singer Katy Perry was the first person to get 100 million followers on Twitter.

Amritpal becomes first Indian to play in Australian basketball league
Former Indian basketball team captain and country's most talented centre Amritpal Singh will be seen shooting and guarding the Sydney Kings' rim in Australia's National Basketball League (NBL).
The 26-year-old - who picked basketball for the first time when he was 19 - will be the first Indian-born player to take to the court in Australia's National League.
Amrit's teammate Vishesh Bhriguvanshi became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBL when he was picked by defending champions Adelaide 36ers but will be eligible to play if he replaces an injured player.

September 2

Kalraj Mishra resignes from Modi’s Cabinet
Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium enterprises, confirmed that he submitted his resignation from the cabinet ahead of the reshuffle scheduled he had offered to resign from the cabinet earlier too, before the Uttar Pradesh elections.
The departure of Mishra, 76, from the cabinet had been talked about during the reshuffle last year too as the unofficial age limit for ministers in Narendra Modi’s council is 75. But it was believed that the party decided to retain him ahead of the UP elections as he was a prominent Brahmin leader from the state.

September 3

Astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after 665 days in space
Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance.
Whitson’s 665 days off the planet 288 days on this mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
She checked out of the International Space Station just hours earlier, along with another American and a Russian. Their Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan shortly after sunrise back in the U.S.
Besides duration, Whitson set multiple other records while in orbit — world’s oldest spacewoman, at age 57, and most experienced female spacewalker, with 10. She also became the first woman to command the space station twice following her launch last November.

September 5

Tata Motors CTO Tim Leverton quits
Tata Motors' new transformation strategy had one more casualty with company's CTO Timothy Leverton putting down his paper, citing personal reasons.
Leverton has been associated with Tata Motors since 2010 working out of the Tata Motors Engineering Research Centre in Pune.

September 6

Parineeti becomes 1st Indian woman ambassador for Tourism Australia
Australia has roped in Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra to be its first Indian woman Ambassador to encourage Indians to visit the country.
She was presentedthe Friend of Australia (FOA) recognition by Australian Consul General Tony Huberfor her contribution to promote Australia recently.
Chopra will be the first Indian woman ambassador to be a part of the FOA advocacy panel.
Prior to Chopra, famouschef Sanjeev Kapoor and cricket commentator Harsha Bhoglehave been great advocates for Australia, encouraging Indians to visit Australia.
In her new role to promote Australia as a tourist destination, Chopra will be visiting Queensland and Northern Territory, exploring Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences, rugged outback, unique wildlife and its incredible variety of world-class food and wine offering.

MakeMyTrip President and Ibibo Group founder Ashish Kashyap resigns
Ashish Kashyap, president of MakeMyTrip Ltd, has resigned from India’s largest online travel operator, the Nasdaq-listed company announced in a brief statement late.
Kashyap, who had assumed the role of president and co-founder, post the Gurgaon-based company’s acquisition of its smaller rival, Ibibo Group, in October last year, was one of the main architects, along with MakeMyTrip Group CEO Deep Kalra, of a deal that is widely perceived to be the largest in the Indian internet space.

Balasubramanian quits HDFC Bank as head of corporate banking.
K Balasubramanian, head of corporate banking at HDFC Bank has quit the Mumbai-based lender to head back to Citibank, two people familiar with the matter.
Balasubramanian had quit Citibank in April last year to head the large corporate section for HDFC Bank as the Mumbai based lender made a fresh push for large corporate clients at a time when local rivals were beseiged by rising NPAs.

September 8

Indian-American may be nominated to key State Dept post in US
US President Donald Trump intends to nominate an Indian-American woman to a key administration position in the State Department that would make her in charge of economic diplomacy.
Currently Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser to Senator Dan Sullivan, Manisha Singh, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Charles Rivkin as the assistant secretary of state for economic affairs.
The position has been vacant since January after Rivkin put in his papers following Trump's swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States.
A resident of Florida, Singh, 45, has served as the deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs and as an aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

September 9

Aus teen becomes youngest pilot to fly solo around the world
An 18-year-old Australian pilot, Lachlan Smart, has set the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to take a solo trip around the globe in an aircraft.
Smart who stopped at 24 locations in 15 countries during his seven-week flight covering 45,000 kilometres.

Prince Charles becomes longest-serving Prince of Wales
Charles, the heir to Britain's throne, became the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history.
The 68-year-old broke the record of Queen's Victoria's oldest son Albert, who went on to become King Edward VII after holding the title of Prince of Wales for more than 59 years before becoming monarch.
Charles, who turns 69 in November, is already the oldest heir apparent.
However, as Albert - known in the family as Bertie - was made Prince of Wales when he was barely a month old, while Prince Charles was not given the title until July 1958, when he was nine, it has taken until now for him to overtake his great-great-grandfather.

September 10

Pat Hickey resigns from IOC executive amid Rio Games' tickets scandal
Ireland's former Olympic chief Pat Hickey has resigned from the International Olympic Committee's executive board after becoming embroiled in a ticket-selling scandal at last year's Rio Games.
Hickey, 72, was arrested by Brazilian police during the Games and held in jail. He was eventually released on bail after the Association of National Olympic Committees loaned him the money to allow him to return to Ireland.
He has maintained he is innocent of all charges.

September 11

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi resigns from New York Times board
Cab-hailing startup Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi resigned from the New York Times' board. According to filings, his resignation was not due to any disagreements with the company but because of his increased responsibilities as the CEO of Uber.
Khosrowshahi was appointed as the CEO of Uber in August, months after ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned.

September 12

India's Asiad gold medalist banned for 8 years for doping
India's Priyanka Panwar, 4x400 metre gold medalist at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, was banned for eight years by the National Anti Doping Agency.
The 29-year-old tested positive for a banned stimulant during a national inter-state athletics competition last year, her second doping offence. She had earlier tested positive for steroids in 2011, resulting in a two-year suspension.

September 13

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to leave company.
Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook Inc, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation.
Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.
A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

September 14

India's first foreign coach for women boxers resigns after salary delay
Indian women's boxing's first foreign coach, Stephane Cottalorda, has ended his stint abruptly after just one month in India, alleging delay in salary and other payments.
Cottalorda has claimed in his resignation letter that he hasn't been paid his salary for the first month in full and has also cited 'lack of professionalism' on part of Boxing Federation of India (BFI) as his reasons for not coming back to India.

September 16

JP Duminy announces retirement from Test cricket
JP Duminy, South Africa all-rounder, announced that he has decided to retire from first-class and Test cricket with immediate effect. The 33-year old batsman indicated his future plans and he will be concentrating on the limited-overs format.
Duminy was dropped from South Africa’s playing XI after the tourists lost the first Test by 211 runs against England at the Lord’s, and had returned back home ahead of the third Test match at the Oval. He has featured in 46 Tests and has scored 2103 runs, including six centuries and eight half-centuries.

Iceland PM resigns after coalition collapses.
Iceland’s president Gudni Th. Johannesson accepted the resignation of the volcanic island’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, who says a new election mostly likely will be held on November.
Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson lost his nine-month-old, centre-right coalition after one party quit over an attempt by the prime minister’s father to help clear the name of a convicted pedophile.
A small centrist party, Bright Future, quit the ruling coalition after it emerged that Benediktsson’s father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, who was convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost every day for 12 years.

September 17

Former SL batsman banned for two years on fixing charges
Former Sri Lankan batsman Chamara Silva has been handed a two-year ban from cricket-related activities for breaching the spirit of the game during a Tier-B first-class match earlier this year. The match, which was probed for alleged match-fixing, witnessed 24 wickets falling in 13 overs of play while at a constant run rate of over 10.

September 18

Infosys' Senior Vice President Sanjay Rajagopalan quits
Sanjay Rajagopalan, senior vice-president of Infosys who headed design and research, has quit the company.
He quit from Infosys a month ago after working for more than three years with the New York-listed firm. Earlier, he was a senior vice-president with the German software maker SAP from 2004 to 2014.
Former CEO and managing director of Infosys, Vishal Sikka, had quit the company last month following a public spat with the co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy.

Akshay Kumar appointed brand ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced the appointment of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.
Last month, Akshay Kumar was also appointed as the brand ambassador for cleanliness drive by the Uttar Pradesh Government and his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was interest-free in the state.
The film focuses on importance of building toilets and ending open defecation in the country. When asked whether the actor will also not turn up like earlier brand ambassadors appointed by the state government, the Chief Minister replied in negative.

September 19

Man cycles around the world in 79 days, breaks world record
Mark Beaumont, a cyclist from Scotland, has set a new world record by successfully circumnavigating the globe in 79 days on his bicycle.
He smashed the previous record of 123 days after traveling almost 29,000 km and crossing 16 countries as a part of his journey. Beaumont cycled for 16 hours a day, covering almost 386 km each day.

Ram Jethmalani retires as advocate at 94
Senior advocate and former union minister Ram Jethmalani announced his retirement from legal practice. While addressing the members of Bar Council of India, the apex bar body, Jethmalani he would be officially stepping down from his profession on September.
Jethmalani’s legal career stretches back to 1940, when he obtained the law degree at the age of 17. He began practicing in his hometown of Shikarpur, Sindh, (which falls under present-day Pakistan). Following partition, he made for himself in the legal circles of Bombay, now Mumbai.
Jethmalani, 94, who also announced his retirement as an advocate after being in the profession for over seven decades, termed as “calamity” the present status of governance and he would continue to fight corrupt politicians.

September 21

MS Dhoni nominated for Padma Bhushan Award by BCCI
MS Dhoni has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). With the nomination, former India captain Dhoni joins the elite club comprising of Cottari Nayudu, Vinoo Mankand, Sunil Gavaskar, Raja Bhalendra Singh, Dinkar Balwant Deodhar, Kapil Dev, Chandu Borde and Rahul Dravid.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that the cricket governing body of India has sent only MS Dhoni’s name for the Padma awards this year. The wicketkeeper-batsman has made immense contributions to Indian cricket and is the only captain to win all ICC trophies.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated.

September 22

Chinese developer Hui Ka Yan becomes Asia's richest man
Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group's Chairman Hui Ka Yan has become Asia's richest man with a net worth of $41.1 billion.
Evergrande's stock, which increased by nearly five times in a year, climbed by 4.6%. This puts him ahead of investment major Tencent Holdings' Chairman Ma Huateng, who’s net worth is $39 billion.
Hui still has a way to go to catch the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, who is currently worth $85.7 billion. Hui ranks No. 15 globally.

September 23

Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday
Google Doodle, on September 23, celebrated 100th birthday of Asima Chatterjee, a renowned Indian chemist, who was the first female Doctorate of Science in India from an Indian University.
When the doyenne of chemistry was growing up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the 1920s and 1930s, it was almost unheard of for a woman to study chemistry.
But that did not stop Chatterjee and she not only completed her undergraduate degree in organic chemistry, but also went on to receive a Doctorate of Science in 1944 from the University of Calcutta.
Throughout her career, Chatterjee's research contributed to the development of drugs that treated epilepsy and malaria.

September 24

38-Year-Old Lalawmpuii Chawngthu Is Mizoram's First Woman Minister Since 1987
Lalawmpuii Chawngthu has become the second woman in Mizoram to be inducted in the state's council of ministers after a gap of 30 years.
Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered the oath of office to Chawngthu at a function at Raj Bhavan. The portfolios of Chawngthu and K S Thanga were likely to be allotted.
Thanga was administered the oath Chawngkunga, president of the Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, was elected from Hrangturzo seat in central Serchhip district in a byeelection.
Thanga and Chawngthu were inducted in the council of ministers following the resignation of Labour Minister Lalrinmawia Ralte and Fisheries Minister Buddha Dhan Chakma.
Lalhlimpui Hmar was the first woman Minister of State in Mizoram in 1987.
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September 25

PV Sindhu nominated for Padma Bhushan award by Sports Ministry
PV Sindhu, who recently clinched the silver medal in this year’s badminton World Championships, has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan award by the Sports Ministry.
PV Sindhu became the second athlete after former Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni to be nominated for the award this year. The BCCI has only sent one name for the Padma awards this year and it was a unanimous decision to nominate India’s most successful captain.
Sindhu clinched the Indian Open title earlier this year and although she was defeated in the World Championships final, the 24-year old became first Indian shuttler to lift Korea Open Super Series title after defeating Japan’s Nozumi Okuhara in the summit clash.

September 26

An 18 year old from Srinagar becomes an ambassador for Swachhata Hi Seva
Bilal Dar, a young boy from Srinagar has become the brand ambassador for Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Dar has been contributing to the ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’ since the age of 12. He found a mention in the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s recent Mann Ki Baat.
Continuing the shramdaan wave by VIPs the Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain took part in a Shramdaan programme at Guwahati railway station. CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam launched Swachhta Hi Seva campaign in Manipur. Officials of Chandigarh Administration also participated in the “Swachhta hi Seva” drive at UT Secretariat, Chandigarh.
The Indian Coast Guards also conducted a special Shramdaan and Clean Up drive along with tree plantation at their premises as part of “Swachhta Hi Seva, Pakhwada”. Garbage was collected by organising clean ship drive and disposed.
Adding a new dimension, ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign has turned out to be monetarily beneficial for residents and scrap buyers/dealers, besides helping in enhancing preventive measures against vector-borne diseases.

September 27

Priyanka ranks 8th on World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses list
Priyanka Chopra, with earnings of ₹65 crore ($10 million), has ranked eighth on the list of the 'World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses 2017'.
Priyanka, who starred in the American series 'Quantico', featured on the list for the first time in 2016. Meanwhile, 'Modern Family' actress Sofia Vergara has topped the list with earnings of $41.5 million.

September 28

Ex-Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda barred from contesting elections for 3 years
The Election Commission disqualified for three years former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda from contesting elections for failing to file details of expenses related to the 2009 Lok Sabha polls he fought.
He had won the polls from the Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat in Jharkhand.
An order issued by the Commission that Koda "stands disqualified for three years" for "failing to lodge his account of election expenses in the manner required by the law and for having no good reason or justification for such failure".
The Commission order signed by Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti and Election Commissioner O P Rawat cited section 10 A of the Representation of the People Act to disqualify Koda

September 30

India's U-17 football captain chosen through vote by players
India's U-17 football team captain Amarjit Singh was chosen through a unanimous vote by team members.
Coach Luis Norton de Matos had suggested four names for the role and asked each of the 21 players in the team to write their choice of captain. Based on the votes cast, Jitendra Singh was chosen as the vice-captain.