PERSONS IN NEWS - 2017 November

November 1

Gatorade signs Neeraj as Brand Ambassador
In what could be a first for an Indian track and field athlete, junior world record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named as brand ambassador by sports drinks giant Gatorade in a partnership that runs up to 2021.
The 19-year-old Neeraj is currently in the fold of JSW Sports and Gatorade India will have him work closely with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of the partnership to better understand his training and match day nutrition.
The move is a reiteration of Gatorade Indias commitment to encourage upcoming athletes and partner with them on their athletic journey by helping them improve performance by delivering proper hydration and nutrition.

2. Mukesh Ambani becomes Asia's richest person, overtakes China's Hui Ka Yan
Reliance IndustriesBSE -Chairman Mukesh Ambani overtook China’s Hui Ka Yan to become Asia’s richest person with a total wealth of $42.1 billion.
According to Forbes’ real time billionaire’s list, Ambani's personal wealth rose by $466 million, thanks to 1.22 per cent rise in shares of Reliance Industries to Rs 952.30.

November 2

Chanda Kochhar, Priyanka Chopra in Forbes’ list of world’s most powerful women
Five Indian women led by ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar, and including Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, have featured on the list of the world’s 100 most powerful women compiled by Forbes, which was topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Kochhar was ranked 32 on the coveted list, while HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra took the 57th position, followed by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder-Chair, of Biocon, at 71. Other Indians on the list include Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media, at the 92nd place, and Priyanka Chopra, “the most successful Bollywood actor to cross over to Hollywood,” at 97. Some of Indian-origin women who made the cut include PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi at the 11th position and Indian American Nikki Haley at 43.

November 3

Gurgaon civic polls: BJP’s Madhu Azad becomes city’s first ever female mayor
Female councillors were the centre of attention in the elections held in Gurgaon afternoon to determine who would hold the posts of mayor, deputy mayor, and senior deputy mayor, all three of which were bagged by women.
The victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Councillor Madhu Azad, who is responsible for Ward 7 and bagged the post of Mayor, gave the city it’s first ever female mayor. Azad, whose husband, Ashok Azad, has been associated with the party for several years, won the post unopposed.

November 4

Mary Kom named Youth World Championships ambassador
Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom was named ambassador of the AIBA Women's Youth World Championships to be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26.
Besides five world titles, Mary Kom also has an Olympic bronze medal to her credit.

2. Kenneth Juster’s appointment as US Ambassador to India confirmed
Kenneth Juster, a top economic expert on India, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to New Delhi, filling a key position as the two countries push forward their strategic ties.
Mr. Juster, 62, is an old India hand who played a key role in developing the landmark Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal.

November 5

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri resigns, saying his life in danger
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned from his post during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.
Mr Hariri became Lebanon's Prime Minister late last year after a political deal that also brought Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun to office as the country's President.

Tokyo’s AI ‘boy’ first bot to gain residency
An AI character was made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district, with the virtual newcomer resembling a chatty seven-year-old boy.
The boy named “Shibuya Mirai” does not exist physically, but he can have text conversations with humans on the widely used LINE messaging app.
Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, an area popular with fashion-conscious young people, has given the character his own special residence certificate.

November 10

Ravi Bangar concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Ecuador
Shri Ravi Bangar, (IFS: 1982), presently Ambassador of lndia to Colombia, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Ecuador, with residence in Bogota.

Gautam Gambhir named govt nominee in DDCA managing committee
Former Test opener Gautam Gambhir was named a government nominee in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) managing committee and he has made it clear that he would do his bit to "restore glory days" of the much-maligned association.

November 11

Bangladesh chief justice resigns amid controversy
Bangladesh’s first Hindu Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, facing graft and money laundering allegations, has resigned a month after he went on leave abroad amid a row with the government over a crucial Supreme Court judgement.

November 13

Mithali Raj named in BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women list 2017
India’s women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj has been named in BBC’s 100 most inspirational women list of 2017. The list includes women across all professions including sports, business, engineering and much more.
BBC 100 Women list was started in 2013, which focuses on 100 most influential women in various fields. The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge which aims to celebrate the female talent across the globe. Other sportspeople in the list include Brazilian rower Fernanda Nunes, legendary Hungarian athlete Nadia Comaneci, and England football player Steph Houghton.

November 14

Rahul Dravid named Bengaluru FC ambassador for ISL 2017
Bengaluru FC announced former India captain Rahul Dravid as their ambassador for the upcoming ISL season.
Bengaluru FC CEO, Parth Jindal felt the club has found a perfect fit in Dravid.

Indonesia wins Miss International 2017
Kevin Lilliana of Indonesia was crowned Miss International 2017 by Verzosa in Tokyo, beating 68 candidates from across the globe.
All candidates competed in the national costume, swimsuit and evening gown competitions before the Top 15, Top 8, and Top 5 were selected.

November 15

Google Doodle celebrates 151st birthday of Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first woman lawyer
A woman with many accolades to her kitty, Cornelia was the first female graduate from Bombay University, the first woman to read law at Oxford University and the first Indian national to study at any British university, the first female advocate in India, and the first woman to practise law in India and Britain.
Cornelia was born in Nashik as one among nine children to Reverend Sorabji Karsedji and his wife, Francina Ford, who had been adopted and raised by a British couple. She enrolled in Deccan College, and claims to have topped the Presidency in her final degree examination, which would have entitled her to a government scholarship to study further in England.

November 16

Mukesh Ambani family tops Forbes list of Asia’s richest families, pip Lees
The Ambanis are the only Indian family on the top 10 richest families list in Asia.
Mukesh Ambani family has topped the list of Asia’s 50 Richest Families with a net worth of $44.8 billion, up $19 billion from the previous year.
Despite dropping to the second spot, Korea’s Lees of the Samsung empire still saw its wealth soar by $11.2 billion to $40.8 billion this year as shares of Samsung Electronics moved up 75% over the past year.

Federer becomes top prize money earner in sports at Rs. 720 crore
World number two Roger Federer took his prize money to $110,235,682 (nearly Rs. 720 crore) after beating Alexander Zverev in the ATP Finals, becoming the top prize money-earning athlete.
Federer overtook American golfer Tiger Woods, who has earned $110,061,012 (over Rs. 717 crore) in prize money. Federer has won 95 career titles, including a men's record 19 Grand Slam titles.

November 17

Sarah Clarke is first female Black Rod in 650 years
Black Rod - a Parliamentary role that can trace its origins back 650 years - is to be a woman for the first time.
Sarah Clarke is currently in charge of organising the Wimbledon tennis championships.
Sarah Clarke will be known as The Lady Usher of the Black Rod when she starts her new job early next year.
Black Rod is best known for the State Opening of Parliament, knocking on the door of the House of Commons to summon MPs for the Queen's Speech.

Wrestler Sandeep Yadav banned for four years for failing dope test
Tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav's former roommate Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, who had also failed the dope test last year, has been handed a four-year ban by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the NADA.
Sandeep has been banned for four years by the NADA ADDP for failing the dope test last year.

November 19

Bambawale takes charge as new Indian envoy to China
Indias new ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale arrived to take up his position.
Bambawale, a seasoned diplomat who till recently served as high commissioner to Pakistan and earlier as envoy to Bhutan.
A 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Bambawale succeeded Vijay Gokhale who took over as Secretary (Economic Relations) at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
A deft hand on Sino-India relations, Bambawale earlier handled the China desk at the MEA which also included relations with Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia and North Korea.

November 20

Femina Miss India Manushi Chhillar brings home Miss World crown after 17 years
It was a proud moment for India as Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 among 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China.
Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico, was crowned first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England, second runner-up.

Durban medical researcher named UNAIDS Special Ambassador
Associate Scientific Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been appointed UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV.
The executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, made the announcement in Cape Town during the launch of a new report by the body, Right to health.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), according to a statement, leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2017
Shortly after Adele took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year ,she broke it in half--with the intention of physically sharing it with Beyoncé, the internet concluded—in recognition of the latter's Lemonade. But Queen Bey won an even more valuable distinction outright: she's this year's highest-paid woman in music, pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax.

November 21

Trisha becomes UNICEF celebrity advocate
Actor Trisha Krishnan is all set to don a new role, but in real life this time. She is the first actor from South India to be bestowed with the UNICEF celebrity advocate status.
Trisha will voice the rights of young people, especially girls. The actor will support the efforts to address problems faced by children in Tamil Nadu and Kerala such as anaemia, early marriage, labour and child abuse.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
The news abruptly halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.
The ruling Zanu-PF party says former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mr Mugabe, in power since 1980.

UBS India chief Aashish Kamat quits
UBS's India chief Aashish Kamat has resigned amidst speculation that his departure was triggered due to a shift in the Swiss banking giants approach to India where it is increasingly looking to house more of its offshoring business.
Kamat will be replaced by UBS veteran Harald Egger who till recently was head of group corporate services and sourcing based at the investment bank's Zurich headquarters.

November 23

Shubhangi Swaroop becomes Indian Navy’s first woman pilot
In a first, a woman has been inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. Shubhangi Swaroop, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
Three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy. After their Naval Orientation course, all the four in their early 20s, had passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function.

November 25

Lucknow to get first woman Mayor in 100 years
Uttar Pradesh has already given India its first woman Governor and Chief Minister but Lucknow is set to make history by electing its first woman Mayor in 100 years.
A woman has never before been elected as head of the municipal body after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into existence. This time, however, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates.
The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the former Congress legislator Surendra Nath.

November 27

Karen Pierce becomes first female UK ambassador to the UN
Karen Pierce, the Foreign Office (FCO) political director, has been appointed UK ambassador to the United Nations, the first woman to be given the most prestigious post in the British diplomatic service since the UN’s formation in 1945.
Seen as a trailblazer for women in the FCO and succeeds 18 different male postwar UK permanent representatives at the UN in New York.

November 28

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' award
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the Freedom of Oxford award over her "inaction" in handling the raging Rohingya refugee crisis and turning a "blind eye to violence" in the country that forced over 600,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.
Oxford City Council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour given to 72-year-old Suu Kyi in 1997.

November 30

Raj Shah becomes first Indian-American to hold press gaggle aboard Air Force One
History was in making when Raj Shah, who holds a key position in the White House, gaggled with reporters on board presidential Air Force One, becoming the first Indian-American to enjoy the privilege.
Mr. Shah (33), did so in the capacity of Principal Deputy Press Secretary, a position to which he was promoted by US President Donald Trump as he restructured his press office by making Hope Hicks Director of Communications.

First Sikh woman elected as mayor in the U.S.
Preet Didbal has been elected as the mayor of Yuba city in California, becoming the first Sikh woman to hold the position in the United States.
Ms. Didbal was appointed by the California city council and will be sworn.There are other Sikh mayors across the country -- Ravi Bhalla was elected earlier this month as mayor in Hoboken, New Jersey.

In a first, Supreme Court library to get woman lawyer’s portrait
The Supreme Court will put a portrait of a woman lawyer in one of its libraries for the first time in the 67-year history of India’s top court.
A colour photograph of illustrious barrister Kapila Hingorani, known in legal circles as the Mother of PILs, will be seen alongside images of judicial luminaries MC Setalvad, CK Daphtry and RK Jain in the court’s second library.

Dia Mirza Is Now UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador For India
Actor-activist Dia Mirza has been appointed UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India.
The 35-year-old actor has been recognised by the United Nations for her contribution to environment conservation.