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By admin: June 27, 2022

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's seventh death anniversary

Tags: Person in news

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's seventh death anniversary is being celebrated.

  • About Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam -

  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

  • He served as the 11th President of India from the year 2002 to the year 2007.

  • Dr. Kalam joined the 'Indian Space Research Organisation' in 1962 and there he got the credit of making India's first indigenous satellite (SLV-llll) missile as a project director.

  • Abdul Kalam is considered the father of India's missile program.

  • The United Nations (UN) designated 15 October as World Students Day in the year 2010 to mark the birthday of Dr. Kalam.

  • Dr. Kalam was awarded honorary doctorates by 48 universities and institutions in India and abroad.

  • He also served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1992 to 1999.

  • Dr. Kalam was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 1981, the Padma Vibhushan in the year 1990 and the 'Bharat Ratna' in the year 1997.

  • He died of cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015 during an event at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.

  • Dr. Abdul Kalam also wrote many books, the main ones are -

  • India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium (1998)

  • Wings of Fire: End Autobiography (1999)

  • Ignited Minds: Unlearning the Power Within India (1999)

  • Mission India

By admin: June 25, 2022

SS Mundra appointed new chairman of BSE

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Approval has been given for the appointment of SS Mundra as the new Chairman of BSE Limited. Mundra was earlier Public Interest Director in BSE.

  • SS Mundra will replace the current chairman of BSE, Justice Vikramjit Sen.

  • SS Mundra

  • On 30 July 2017, Mundra retired as a deputy of the Reserve Bank of India after a tenure of three years.

  • He has a banking career spanning over four decades and has held several important positions. These include -

  • Union Bank of India - Executive Director

  • Bank of Baroda - Chief Executive (European Operations)

  • OECD's International Network- Vice President on Financial Education (INFE).

  • He has also served on the boards of several companies such as:

  • Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL)

  • Clearing Corporation of India Limited (CCIL)

  • IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited

  • India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (UK) Limited

  • National Payments Corporation of India Limited, etc.

  • About BSE Limited -

  • Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) also known as BSE Limited.

  • It is an Indian stock exchange located at Dalal Street, Mumbai.

  • This organisation was founded in the year 1875 by Premchand Roychand.

  • It is the oldest stock exchange in Asia and the tenth oldest stock exchange in the world.

  • In terms of total market capitalization, BSE is the 8th largest stock exchange in the world with a market capitalization of over Rs 276.713 lakh crore.

By admin: June 24, 2022

IPS Dinkar Gupta appointed as Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA)

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The Personnel Ministry has appointed senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Dinkar Gupta as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

  • Dinkar Gupta is a 1987 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as Director General of NIA till March 31, 2024, i.e. the date of his retirement.

  • Dinkar Gupta has held the post of DGP of Punjab.

  • Gupta was awarded two Police Gallantry Medals in 1992 and 1994.

  • He was also awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Services and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service (2010) by the President.

  • About National Investigation Agency (NIA)-

  • Its real name is National Investigation Agency, commonly known as National Investigation Agency. It was constituted under the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008.

  • Realizing the need for a central agency to investigate terrorism and some other criminal acts after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, the NIA was formed.

  • It acts as the central counter-terrorism law enforcement agency.

  • The cases are assigned to the NIA by the Central Government in accordance with Section VI of the NIA Act, 2008.

  • It is headquartered in New Delhi and has branches in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Kolkata, Raipur and Jammu.

  • The founding director general of NIA was Radha Vinod Raju.

By admin: June 23, 2022

Lisa Sthalekar appointed Federation of International Cricketers' Association president

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Former Australian women's cricketer Lisa Sthalekar has been appointed as the President of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), becoming the first woman to become the President of FICA.

  • The decision to appoint Indian-origin Lisa was taken at a meeting of the Executive Committee of FICA in Neon, Switzerland.

  • Lisa Sthalekar will replace former England cricketer Vikram Solanki.

  • Former South African batsman Barry Richards, former West Indies all-rounder Jimmy Adams have also held this position.

  • Lisa Sthalekar's Career

  • Sthalekar played 8 Tests, 125 ODIs and 54 T20Is for Australia between 2001 and 2013.

  • Lisa has scored 416 runs in Tests, 2728 in ODIs and 769 runs in T20 matches while in bowling she has taken 23 wickets in Tests, 146 in ODIs and 60 wickets in T20Is.

  • Lisa became the first female cricketer to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODI cricket.

  • Last year, he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

  • About Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA)

  • The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) is an organisation that coordinates the activities of all the national players’ associations that represent professional cricketers.

  • Founded -1998

  • FICA members-  Australia, Bangladesh, England , New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies

By admin: June 22, 2022

Ruchira Kamboj appointed Permanent Representative to UN

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Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj has been appointed as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

  • Ruchira Kamboj is a 1987 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

  • Presently, Ruchira Kamboj was serving as India's envoy to Bhutan.

  • Kamboj is the first woman ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan.

  • She will succeed TS Tirumurti as the Indian Ambassador to the United Nations.

  • Prior to this she has served as High Commissioner of India to South Africa and Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO.

  • About the United Nations 

  • The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 with the signing of the United Nations Charter by 50 countries.

  • The winning countries of World War II together established the United Nations with the aim of interfering in international conflicts.

  • At present there are 193 nations in the United Nations, almost all the internationally recognized nations of the world are included in it.

  • The structure of this institution includes the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Secretariat and the International Court of Justice.

  • The newest member country is South Sudan which was made a member on 11 July 2011.

  • The United Nations has recognized six languages as "official languages" (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), but only two of these are considered operating languages.

  • India was one of the first members of the United Nations to sign the United Nations Declaration on January 01, 1942 in Washington.

  • Headquarters - New York, United States

  • Secretary General – Antonio Guterres

By admin: June 18, 2022

Somalia's president appointed Hamza Abdi Barre as prime minister

Tags: Person in news International News

Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed has appointed Hamza Abdi Barre, former chairman of the Jubaland State Election Commission, as prime minister.

  • Hamza Abdi Barre, 48, of the semi-autonomous state of Jubaland, replaced Mohamed Hussein Roble.

  • Recently Hassan Sheikh Mohamed was elected the new President of Somalia.

  • About Somalia 

  • Somalia is a country located on the eastern edge of Africa.

  • It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Kenya to the southwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Ethiopia to the west.

  • Somalia is a semi-arid country with about 1.64% of the arable land.

  • Capital- Mogadishu

  • Currency - Somali shilling

By admin: June 18, 2022

Ranjana Prakash Desai appointed as President of Press Council of India

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Former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai has been nominated as Chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI) on 17 June.

  • She will replace Justice (retd) CK Prasad who had vacated the post in November 2021.

  • Since then the office of the PCI President has been lying vacant.

  • Justice Desai has served as the chairman of the Delimitation Commission constituted for Jammu and Kashmir.

  • She has worked as a public prosecutor for the state of Maharashtra and as a judge on the Bombay High Court.

  • She was the Chairperson of the Indian Appellate Tribunal for Electricity after retiring from the Supreme Court.

  • About Press Council of India (PCI)

  • It was established under the PCI Act, 1978.

  • Its objective is to maintain the freedom of the press as well as to maintain and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in India.

  • The PCI consists of a chairman and 28 other members.

  • The chairman is elected by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and a member elected by the PCI.

  • The PCI does not have the power to review the functioning of electronic media such as radio, television and internet media.

By admin: June 15, 2022

Anand Mahindra, Venu Srinivasan nominated to join RBI board

Tags: Economy/Finance Person in news

The central government has nominated three industrialists – Anand Gopal Mahindra, Venu Srinivasan, and Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel and an educationist (Ravindra H. Dholakia) as part-time non-official directors on the central board of the Reserve Bank of India.

  • Anand Gopal Mahindra is chairman of Mahindra Group.

  • Venu Srinivasan is chairman of TVS Motor Company Ltd.

  • Pankaj Ramanbhai Patel is chairman of Zydus Lifesciences.

  • Ravindra H. Dholakia is a retired professor of IIM, Ahmedabad. He is a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee.

  • The appointment of new part-time non-official directors is for a period of four years with effect from June 14 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • After the above appointments, the Central Board of RBI now has 15 members, in which five official members and 10 non-official members.

  • The tenure of non-official part-time directors is four years.

  • Central board of the Reserve Bank of India

  • The central government appoints the Board in accordance with the RBI Act, 1934.

  • The total strength of the board is 21, consisting of governors and a maximum of four deputy governors.

  • The Board is required to meet at least six times a year and at least once in every quarter.

  • The board usually meets at least once in Delhi when the finance minister addresses the entire board after presenting the budget for the coming year.

  • Apart from Delhi and Mumbai, the board usually meets in various state capitals.

  • The governor takes the advice of the board, but ultimately his decision is unanimous.

  • Deputy governors and government nominees may attend any or all meetings of the Central Board, but are not entitled to vote.

  • About Reserve Bank of India

  • Established on April 1, 1935 as per the provisions of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

  • The central office of the Reserve Bank was initially established in Calcutta but was permanently shifted to Mumbai in 1937.

  • In the Central Office the Governor sits and policies are formulated.

  • The affairs of the Reserve Bank are handled by a central board of directors.

By admin: June 8, 2022

Bajram Begaj has elected as the new President of Albania

Tags: Person in news International News

Bajram Begaj, who held the post of Chief of General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces (AAF), has been elected as the new President of Albania country.

  • He is the 8th President of Albania and the third President by military rank.

  • Bajram Begaz will be sworn in as the new President on 25 July 2022 to replace the incumbent President 'Ilir Meta', who will remain in office till 22 July 2022.

  • About Albania

  • The Republic of Albania is a country located in northeastern Europe.

  • Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the European Organisation for Security and Cooperation, the European Council, the World Trade Organisation, the Organisation of Islamic Conference, etc.

  • The national and ethnic symbol of the Albanian people is "eagle".

  • In 1967, Albania became the first atheist country in the world.

  • The capital of the country is "Tirana".

By admin: June 8, 2022

Alok Kumar Choudhary appointed as new Managing Director of SBI

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Alok Kumar Choudhary has been appointed as the new MD (Retail Business and Operations) of the country's largest bank State Bank of India.

  • Prior to this appointment, Chaudhary was working as Deputy Managing Director (Finance) in the bank.

  • Chaudhary started his job in the bank in 1987 as a Probationary Officer.

  • Alok Choudhary replaces Ashwini Bhatia, MD, who retired from the bank on May 31.

  • He was also the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) Human Resources and Corporate Development Officer in the bank and Chaudhary also served as the Chief General Manager, Delhi Circle of the bank for three years.

  • Besides Chowdhary, three other managing directors in State Bank of India are CS Shetty, Swaminathan J and Ashwini Kumar Tiwari.

  • About SBI

  • The history of the State Bank of India begins in the first decade of the 18th century, when the Bank of Calcutta, later renamed the Bank of Bengal, was established on June 2, 1806.

  • The Bank of Bengal was one of the three Presidency banks, the other two being the Bank of Bombay (established on 15 April 1840) and the Bank of Madras (established on 1 July 1843).

  • On January 27, 1921, the Presidency Banks were merged and the reorganised banking entity was known as 'Imperial Bank of India'.

  • After independence, as per the provisions of the State Bank of India Act 1955, the Reserve Bank of India acquired the control of 'Imperial Bank of India'.

  • On July 1, 1955, the name of 'Imperial Bank of India' was changed to 'State Bank of India'.

  • Headquarters - Mumbai

  • Chairman - Dinesh Kumar Khara

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