PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 June

June 1

Shaktikanta Das retires as Economic Affairs Secretary.
Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das announced his retirement as the Corporate Affairs Secretary, after being associated with the Government of India for almost 37 years.
He will be succeeded by Tapan Ray, who will take the additional charges as the new Economic Affairs Secretary.
An IAS officer holding a Master's Degree from St Stephen's College, New Delhi, Das served as the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Government of India; Special Commissioner and Commissioner of Revenue Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu; Secretary, Industries Department in Government of Tamil Nadu and various other distinguished services. He also served as Secretary of the Industries Department of Government of Tamil Nadu.

Nandini K.R. tops in civil services (UPSC) exams.
Nandini K.R., a 26-year-old from a small village in Kolar district, in Karnataka has topped the civil services exams, the results of which were announced. A candidate from the State has bagged the first place in the prestigious exams.

June 2

Ramachandra Guha resigns as BCCI Administrator.
Historian Ramachandra Guha, appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the four administrators of BCCI, informed the court that he had resigned from the post due to personal reasons.
A vacation bench of Justices M.M. Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta was informed by Guha's counsel that he had tendered his resignation on May to Vinod Rai, Chairman of the Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

June 3

Ganeshan first Indian to be inducted in ITTF URC.
Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer, the only assigned competition manager of International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), has become the first Indian to be nominated as a member of the Umpires and Referees Committee (URC).
Following the AGM of the world table tennis body early this week, the Board of Directors of various committees met on the sidelines of the ongoing World Championships and handpicked the best in the business for the job. Ganeshan's term as URC member is for a period of two years and can be extended.
In another first, Ganeshan has also been recommended as the Technical Commissioner from the Asian Continent to ITTF and his term will be for a period of four years.
Ganeshan is also the chairman of the South Asian Federation technical committee and a member of the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation.

Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer, First Indian to be in inducted as a member in International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) URC.
Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer, the only assigned competition manager of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in India, was nominated as a member of the Umpires and Referees Committee (URC) by the game's world governing body.
Ganeshan is the first Indian to make it to the URC. His term as a URC member is for a period of two years and is extendable. This was among the better news coming for Indian fans from Dusseldorf, Germany, on a day when India's engagement at the World Championships came to an end.
Ganeshan is also the chairman of the South Asian Federation technical committee and a member of the Technical Committee of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation.

June 4

Four Indian Army jawans climbed Mt. Everest without using oxygen cylinders.
A team of four Indian Army jawans successfully climbed the Mt. Everest without using oxygen cylinders, the first team to scale the world’s highest peak without supplementary oxygen.
The four climbers are Kunchok Tenda, Kelshang Dorjee Bhutia, Kalden Panjur and Sonam Phuntsok. This was for the first time that any team had attempted to climb the Everest without supplementary oxygen.
Of the total of 14 members of the team, Urgyen Topgye, Ngwang Gelek and Karma Zopa successfully climbed the Mt. Everest with the support of supplementary oxygen.

June 6

Actress Dia Mirza named Wildlife Trust of India's brand ambassador.
Actress Dia Mirza was Environment Day june 5th appointed brand ambassador for the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Dia, an ardent advocate for nature conservation in India, has consistently used her celebrity status to bring conservation issues before a wider, more mainstream audience.
She has been the face of several pivotal environmental and humanitarian campaigns and was last year made an ambassador for the Swachh Bharat Mission's 'Swachh Saathi' programme.
Dia has lent her support to WTI's wildlife conservation endeavours for several years now and is a founder-member of the organisation's Club Nature initiative.

Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in 'The Accidental Prime Minister' movie.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher is set to play Manmohan Singh in the movie based on the book "The Accidental Prime Minister" written by the former prime minister's media adviser Sanjay Baru.
The 62-year-old actor is essaying the role of Singh in the film to be directed by debutante Vijay Ratnakar Gutte. National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta is working on the screenplay.
The release of Baru's book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, was critical of Singh's first term as PM and had coincided with the 2014 parliamentary polls. The movie is expected to hit the screens in December 2018, just ahead of the next general election in 2019.

'Super dad' Tendulkar joins UN campaign on fathers.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar joins a roster of global celebrities, including David Beckham and Novak Djokovic, for a special UNICEF campaign that highlights the critical role played by fathers in children's early development.
The UNICEF initiative 'Super Dads', coming just days ahead of Father's Day, celebrates fatherhood and highlights the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children's brains.
The campaign features stars from the world of entertainment and sports including Academy Award winning American actor Mahershala Ali, British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton and Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

June 7

Sam Pitroda resigns as technical advisor to Odisha government.
Prominent telecom engineer and policy maker Sam Pitroda resigned as the technical advisor to the Odisha government.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accepted Pitrodas resignation, who earlier in the day had put in his papers, according to the chief minister's office.
Pitroda, whose resignation was demanded by opposition BJP after he was named as the chairman of AICCs overseas cell, was enjoying the status of a cabinet rank minister as technical advisor to the state government. He, however, did not avail any facilities and took a token salary of Re 1 a month.
Earlier, the BJP had protested against Pitrodas appointment as the chairman of Congress overseas department.

June 8

Indian-American Raja Chari among 12 NASA astronaut candidates.
U.S. Space Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has chosen 12 new astronauts, including an Indian-American, from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, who will be trained for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space.
Lt Col Raja ''Grinder'' Chari, 39, is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Chari Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chari was raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Chari is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Chari, who will report for duty in August this year, graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science. Hailing from the state of Iowa, he earned a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School as well as from US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Nepal's first woman Chief Justice Sushila Karki retires.
First woman Chief Justice of Nepal Sushila Karki retired after attaining the age 65 years. She was appointed as the Chief Justice of Nepal Supreme Court on July 2016. She was 25th chief justice of Nepal Supreme Court.
Justice Karki was succeeded by Justice Gopal Parajuli, who is now the senior most judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal.
Justice Karki handled many important cases during her term as chief justice including impeachment of chief of Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and appointment of inspector General of Police.

June 9

Indian diaspora elated as UK elects its first ever female Sikh MP.
Labour Party candidate, Preet Kaur Gill became the first Sikh female candidate to become the MP after UK General Elections results were announced.
Gill defeated her Conservative Party rival Caroline Squire by 6,917 votes to win Birmingham Edgbaston seat, by polling 24,124 votes.
Gill was followed by conservative caroline Squire with 17,207.

India Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi elect first turban-wearing MP in UK.
Indian Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi pulled off a victory for Slough seat to become Labour Party's first turban-wearing MP. Dhesi got 34,170 votes giving a strong defeat to his Conservative party rival by 16,998 votes.
Dhesi was born in Britain but did his primary education in Punjab. He studied for four years at Shivalik Public School, Mohali, and for two years at Sri Dasmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib, before returning to the UK. He lives with his parents in Britain.
Tanmanjeet's father, Jaspal Singh Dhesi, runs a construction company in the UK. He visited Jalandhar in December 2016 and is expected in Punjab next month.

June 10

Theresa May's chief advisors resign after election criticism.
UK PM Theresa May's key advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have resigned in the wake of the general election that resulted in the Conservatives losing their majority. There had been warnings that May could face a leadership challenge unless the two left their jobs.
Timothy and Hill faced criticism over their behaviour during the Conservative election campaign.

June 12

Justice C.S. Karnan becomes First High Court judge to retire while absconding.
Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan, who is facing arrest for being held guilty under the Contempt of Courts Act, will retire. Karnan will be the first High Court judge to retire while still absconding.
Justice Karnan has been missing since May 10 after the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months in jail. Karnan's arrest orders were issued after he sentenced Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and six other Supreme Court judges to five years in jail under the SC/ST Act.
However, the whereabouts of Justice Karnan remains a mystery even as he retires.
Justice Karnan is accused of writing disparaging letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Supreme Court Registrar about sitting and retired judges of the Supreme and High Courts.

June 13

Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar are in Forbes list of world's 100 highest-paid celebs.
Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar has made it to the world's highest-paid celebrities list by Forbes, which is toplined by rapper Diddy, also known as Sean Combs.
Shah Rukh, ranked 65th , has earned $38 million (approx. Rs. 245 Crore). Salman Khan has earned $37 million (approx. Rs. 238 crore) and is ranked 71 on the list. The actor was not featured in last year's top 100 highest-paid celebrities list. Akshay Kumar is ranked at number 80 on the list with total earnings of $35.5 million (approx. Rs. 228 crore).

Uber's top executive and CEO's confidant Emil Michael quits.
Emil Michael, Uber's Senior Vice President of Business and CEO Travis Kalanick's confidant, announced his departure from Uber. David Richter, the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, will be taking over Michael's place.
Michael's departure comes after the company's board met for seven hours on Sunday to discuss an independent investigation into Uber's culture and overall management.
Michael, who joined Uber in 2013, was involved with at least two incidents of alleged executive misbehaviour that were part of the probe led by former US attorney general Eric Holder.

June 14

Donald Trump celebrates his 71st birthday.
US President Donald Trump celebrates his 71st birthday, his first since taking office. The 45th President was born in the New York City's Queens area and was a businessman and a TV personality before joining the country's politics.
Trump is the oldest and wealthiest US President ever and the first without prior government or military service.

June 16

EazyDiner appoints Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador.
Cricketer yuvraj singh is in great from both on and off the field. so even as he completes his 300th ODi match at the ongoing champions trophy in UK, ET now learns the celebrated cricket has signed a deal to be the brand in EazyDiner.
EazyDiner is an app that lets you book reservations for dining out in restaurants and hotels and is currently live in eight Indian cites and Dubai. The app has 53000 restaurants listed and gets 15 lakh unique subscribers every month.

June 17

Katy Perry creates history, becomes first person to reach 100 million Twitter followers.
Katy Perry just keeps soaring in popularity. The Witness singer and pop culture lightning rod became the first person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter, making her the most-followed person on the platform.
Perry joined Twitter back in 2009, making her something of an early adopter as a celebrity.
Perry latest album, 'Witness', marks Perry's first album since 2013 and comes after the artist largely retreated for a year following the blockbuster success of her 'Prism' album and tour.

June 18

Amitabh Bachchan is brand ambassador of GST.
The government has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), ahead of the sweeping tax reform’s implementation scheduled from July 1.
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be making the 74-year-old Bachchan brand ambassador for GST. The megastar has been roped in just as the rollout of the biggest tax overhaul since independence entered its final phase.
Ace badminton star P.V. Sindhu was previously the GST ambassador. GST Council is headed by Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley.

June 19

Ram Nath Kovind resigns as Bihar Governor.
Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has resigned from his gubernatorial post. The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate.
President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Kovind as the Governor of Bihar. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will discharge the functions of the Governor of Bihar, in addition to his own duties.
The BJP announced the name of 71-year-old Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its nominee for the president's post.

June 20

French defence minister Sylvie Goulard resigns after party investigation.
Sylvie Goulard, France's newly appointed defence minister and former MEP, has resigned from Emmanuel Macron’s government amid an investigation into the mis-use of European parliamentary funds in her party.
Ms. Goulard, who was appointed by President Mr. Macron, has asked not to be considered as part of the new government after parliamentary elections delivered a landslide victory for the centrist president’s Republique En Marche and her own MoDem party.
The investigation centers on the mis-use of MoDem's funds in the hiring of assistants in the European parliament.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns under investor pressure.
Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick has resigned under mounting pressure from investors over his leadership.
The deparrure of Kalanick, who is also the co-founder of one of the most influential technology companies of its generation, caps a tumultuous period of the world's largest ride-services company, which upended the taxi industry and transportation regulations globally with Mr. Kalanick at the helm.
Mr. Kalanick, 40, has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks following an investigation into the culture and workplace practices at a company he helped start in 2009 and is now the world's most highly valued startup.


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