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HCS Last One Year Topic Wise Current Affairs: Appointment Part-III

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CURRENT AFFAIRS YEARLY 2020

Last one-year Current Affairs For HCS Exam: Appointment Part-III

1. Virendra Nath Datt has become the Chairman & Managing Director of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) 

  • He will replace Manoj Mishra. 
  • Shri Datt is associated with the Company as Director (Marketing) since October 2018.
  • National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) is a state-owned Miniratna (Cat-1) company and producer of chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers and industrial chemicals.
  • Prior to joining NFL, he was Executive Director in GAIL (India) Limited. 
  • He also had a 10-year stint with ONGC before joining GAIL in 1995.

2. Uday Kotak, Managing Director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank succeeds Vikram Kirloskar as the new President of CII.

  • Sanjiv Bajaj takes over as CII vice president for 2020-21. He is the chairman and managing director of Bajaj Finserv Limited.
  • Kotak has been associated with CII for over two decades and has served in many capacities in the chamber.
  • T V Narendran, CEO and managing director of Tata Steel Limited, is now the president designate of CII for 2020-21.

3. Thierry Delaporte, COO of Capgemini, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Managing Director(MD) of WIPRO effective from 6th July 2020. 

  • He will take over the position from Abidali Neemuchwala who will be stepping down from his position on June 1. 
  • The operation of Wipro until July 5th will be monitored by its  chairman Rishad Premji. 
  • Founder Chairman- Azim H. Premji

4. Brazil's Marcos Troyjo has been appointed as the president of New Development Bank.

  • India's Anil Kishora will be the new vice president. 
  • The New Development Bank of the BRICS countries have appointed Marcos Troyjo, who served as Brazil’s Economy Minister, as the new president.
  • He will replace eminent Indian banker K V Kamath who took over as the first president of the bank in 2015.
  • The Board also appointed Anil Kishora, of the State Bank Of India (SBI), as the vice president of the NDB to assist the emerging economies in infrastructure development loans.
  • Headquarter-  Shanghai

5. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra has been appointed as a member of the Olympic Channel Commission.

  • Batra had become an IOC member in June last year.
  • The Olympic Channel Commission advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC president and provides guidance throughout the launch and operation of the Olympic Channel.
  • The 63-year-old Batra had earlier served as the president of Hockey India (2014-2016) and Asian Hockey Federation (2003-2013).
  •  He was also the treasurer of Delhi & District Cricket Association between 2003 to 2013.
  • Sandip Mukund Pradhan, the Director-General of Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been given an extension for his central deputation tenure.
  • The extension has been given for a period of two years and it will come into effect from June 6, 2020.
  • The proposal was put forward by the Sports Ministry of India to extend the tenure of Pradhan and it was then that the Cabinet approved it.

6. Jahnabi Phookan has been appointed as the 37th National President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organization (FLO).

  • She took over the position from Harjinder Kaur Talwar at the 36th FLO session in the presence of Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker.
  •  She was the founder member and founder Vice Chairperson of FLO North East chapter in 2007.
  • FLO is the oldest women-led and -focused business chamber of Southeast Asia and the Women’s wing of the apex chamber FICCI.
  • FICCI FLO represents more than 8000 women entrepreneurs and professionals across 17 chapters across India.

7. SSC chairman B R Sharma has been appointed as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission.

  • A 1984 batch IAS (retired) officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, Sharma served as the chief secretary in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir before proceeding on deputation to the central government.
  • He was in October 2019 appointed as the chairman of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and was re-employed by the Centre for two years after his superannuation on April 30, 2020.
  • Recently, Sharma put in a request to the Department of Personnel & Training for being relieved from the post of chairman SSC. 

8. Indian economist Abhas Jha has been appointed by the World Bank's Practice Manager for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia. 

  • The announcement was made by the World Bank on May 22, 2020.
  • His appointment comes at a time when the highly severe Cyclone Amphan hit Bangladesh and Indian coastal states- West Bengal and Odisha- causing widespread destruction and damage. 
  • Jha will also be working closely with other Practice Managers, Global Leads and Global Solutions Groups to develop, pilot and scale-up innovative and high-quality development solutions and promote the generation and flow of global knowledge to serve these countries.

9. On May 8, Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore was officially appointed as the next Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

  • WIPO is a specialized United Nations (UN) agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, with 193 member states and an annual revenue in excess of $600 million.
  • Tang will take over the helm of WIPO on 1 October 2020 for a term of six years.
  • This marks the first time a Singaporean will lead a UN agency, and WIPO’s first Director General from Asia. 

10. Pulitzer winning Indian-American physician, Siddhartha Mukherjee has been appointed as a member of New York’s commission that has been set up to help revive the state’s economy, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Another Indian-origin higher education leader, Satish Tripathi has also been named as a member of the commission by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
  • Mukherjee had won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his book 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.'

11. IAS officer Manoj Ahuja has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

  • He will replace Anita Karwal.
  • A 1990 batch Odisha cadre officer who is currently serving as Special Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.

12. World Bank Group has appointed Carmen Reinhart as its new Vice President and Chief Economist. 

  • Her appointment will be effective from June 15, 2020. 
  • She was a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Director at the IMF and Vice President and Chief Economist of the investment bank Bear Stearns.
  • Carmen Reinhart has been ranked among the top Economists worldwide based on publications and scholarly citations.
  • She has been listed among Bloomberg Markets Most Influential 50 in Finance, Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

13. Govinda Rajulu Chintala has been appointed the chairman of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD),

  • Govinda is working as the chief general manager of the bank at present. 
  • He will hold the post till his superannuation on July 31, 2022.
  • Besides him, Shaji KV and P V S Suryakumar have been appointed deputy managing directors in the NABARD. 

14. V. Vidyavathi has been named as Director General of Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India.

  • She will replace Mrs. Usha Sharma. 
  • V. Vidyavathi is a 1991 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. HQs - New  Delhi  

15. The paralympics silver medallist, Deepa Malik has announced her retirement in order to serve as the president of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) in accordance with the National Sports Code.

  • She declared her retirement from the sport for her affiliation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS).
  • According to the National Sports Code, an active athlete is not eligible to hold an official post in any federation, and Malik revealed that she had taken the decision to retire earlier this year itself.
  • Deepa Malik has been a flag-bearer for para sports in India and she is the only woman para-athlete to have been given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  • Apart from her silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, she has won 58 national and 23 international medals. Malik is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.

16. The Associated Press Photographers Yasin Dar, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand won Pulitzer Prize 2020 in feature photography for images made during clampdown on Kashmir when Centre scrapped special status and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir in two union territories.

  • The inaugural award for audio reporting went to the collaboration between the staff of “This American Life,” Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times, and Emily Green, a freelancer for Vice News.
  • They won for “The Out Crowd,” which focuses on the human impact of the “Remain in Mexico” policy on asylum cases used by the Trump Administration.

17. Indian Institute of Technology Madras faculty Prof. T. Pradeep has been chosen for the Nikkei Asia Prizes 2020 in ‘Science and Technology’ category for his work in nanotechnology-based water purification.

  • Prof T. Pradeep was honoured with the Padma Shri earlier this year and is credited with developing nanotechnology-enabled water filters.
  • They have helped to deliver clean water for at a cost of just 2 paisa per litre in India.
  • Prof Pradeep and his team have developed affordable and safe drinking water solutions using nanomaterials, from bench scale science to commercial products, creating knowledge, technology and wealth for social good, simultaneously.

18. Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has been appointed to the White House Coronavirus advisory council.

  • Khanna is the only Indian-American lawmaker to be named to the White House's Opening Up America Again Congressional Group which comprises Congressmen and Senators from both the Republican and the Democratic parties.
  • The first meeting of the group was held on April 16, over a phone call.

19. Ajay Mahajan has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of CARE Ratings.

  • He replaces Rajesh Mokashi, who resigned in December 2019.
  • Mahajan started his career with Bank of America in 1990 and went on to become MD & Country Head of Global Markets Group. 
  • CARE Ratings commenced operations in April 1993 and in over 25 years, it has established itself among the top credit rating agencies in India. 

20. Anurag Srivastava has been appointed as the new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, succeeding Raveesh Kumar.

  • Srivastava, a 1999-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, was serving as India's Ambassador to Ethiopia.
  • Before he was appointed as Indian envoy to Ethiopia, Srivastava was helming the Finance Division of the MEA which is tasked to administer it's annual budget of about USD 2 billion.
  • He also served in the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran division of the ministry at its headquarters.

21. Ravinder Singh Dhillon has been appointed as a Chairman and Managing Director of Power Finance Corporation by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet with effect from June 1, 2020.

  • This Appointment Committee of the Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will be serving in this post till his superannuation on May 31, 2023.
  • He served as a Director (Projects, Public Grievance) in PFC Limited. He also served as an Executive director in PFC, and worked nearly 25 years in PFC and has more than 34 years of experience in the field of power sector.

22. The Supreme Court collegium will have Justice UU Lalit as its new and fifth member, with Justice R Banumathi superannuating as a judge of the top court.

  • Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde and Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra and RF Nariman are part of the collegium.
  • The apex court collegium, which comprises the five senior-most judges as its members, selects and recommends names for the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court.
  • Justice Lalit, who was directly made a judge of the top court from the Bar on August 13, 2014, will remain part of the collegium till he demits office as the CJI on November 8, 2022.
  • Justice Bhanumathi, whose last working day was on July 17, was the second-ever woman to be part of the collegium after Justice Ruma Pal in the last 14 years.

23. Sanjay Kothari, the secretary to the President took oath as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.

  • The post of the chief of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had been lying vacant since June last year after completion of K V Chowdary's tenure.
  • At a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sanjay Kothari was sworn in as the Central Vigilance Commissioner.

24. D P S Negi, a 1985 batch IES (Indian Economic Services) officer has assumed charge as Director General of Labour Bureau in the Ministry of Labour and Employment by replacing B. N. Nanda. 

  • He also takes charge as Senior Labour & Employment Advisor of the ministry.
  • The Labour Bureau collects and analyses data related to workers, employment, and retail inflation.
  •  It is a storehouse of important economic indicators like Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial, Agricultural and Rural Labourers; wage rate indices and data on industrial relations, socio-economic conditions in the organized and unorganized sector of industry, etc.

25. US President Donald Trump has nominated Indian-American Ashok Michael Pinto as a representative to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

  • Pinto was nominated as US Alternate Executive Director of IBRD for a term of two years.
  • If confirmed by the Senate, Pinto would replace Erik Bethel, who has resigned from the post. 
  • Pinto currently serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of the Treasury.
  • Pinto was Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President George W Bush during private practice at two international law firms.