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Current Affairs :29/05/2017
Ram Bilas Sharma
Ram Bilas Sharma, the Haryana Education Minister has been nominated as Chairman of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) for the next four years.
Note: The Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India (ACKFI) was formed in 1978. The Federation is Affiliated with Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation and World Kabaddi Federation.
Srishti Kaur (India) has crowned ‘Miss Teen Universe 2017’ in the event held at the Ruben Dario National Theatre in Nicaragua’s capital Managua. Samantha Pierre (Canada) and Ary Trava (Mexico) were the runners-up in the event. Noida girl Srishti Kaur studies in London College of Fashion, succeeds Nieveles Gonzalez (Puerto Rico).
Xirelle Agustin (Philippines) has won in the Teen Popularity category, while Nicole Obando (Costa Rican) won the award for Teen Charm.
Note: The Miss Teen Universe beauty pageant for teens aged 15 to 19 is held by the Miss Universe Organization.
Vanaja N Sarna
The senior bureaucrat has been appointed as chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
Sarna, a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), is at present member in the CBEC, an apex policy making a body for indirect taxes.
Note: The appointment comes at a time when the Centre is gearing up to roll out Goods and Services Tax (GST) – new indirect tax regime – from July 1, 2017. The CBEC – which works under Finance Ministry – comprises of a chairperson and a maximum of six members.
Justice Gita Mittal
Appointed as the acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court succeeding Chief Justice Gorla Rohini.
Earlier, she was appointed as Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court in 2004 and was made permanent in 2006.
A 1998 batch Indian Foreign Service officer today took up the charge as the new Consul General of Dubai succeeding Anurag Bhushan. Note: Dubai is recognized as the commercial capital and tourism center of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Indians in UAE constitute one of the largest migrant pop- relations estimated at 2.6 million people.
UAE is a strategically important country for India in the Gulf region.
Rajiv Kumar Chander
Appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.
A 1983 batch Indian Foreign Service officer is currently the consul general of India in Vancouver since August 2015.
Note: He was the deputy permanent representative with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva, between 2006 and 2009. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Justice Indira Banerjee
A sitting judge of the Delhi High Court has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Madras High Court succeeding Sanjay Kishan Kaushal, who was transformed to the Supreme Court in February 2017.
Note: Justice Banerjee became the second woman to head the Madras High Court. Justice Kumari Bhatnagar was the first lady to head the charter court in 1992.
Appointed as the new NASSCOM chairman for 2017 – 18, replacing CP Gurnani.
He is one of the pioneers of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in India and CEO of his VC funded BPO Company ‘Quatro’.
Note: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is a trade association of Indian Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.
Smt. Malvika Sinha
Appointed as the new Executive Director (ED) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
She will look after Foreign Exchange Department, Department of Government and Bank Accounts and Internal Debt Management Department.
Appointed as the Director of IIM Trichy replacing Prafulla Agnihotri in April 2017.
Mukta Dutta Tomar
Appointed as the new ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany, succeed- ing Gurjit Singh. Tomar is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
A senior IPS Officer has been appointed as new Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat, replacing Mr. P.P. Pandey who had resigned from the post.
Johari has become the first woman Director General of Police of Gujarat.