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By admin: May 13, 2024

1. Dilip Sanghani Appointed IFFCO Chairman

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Dilip Sanghani was re-elected as Chairman of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) for the second consecutive term.

An Overview of the News

  • Balveer Singh has been elected Vice President of IFFCO for the second consecutive time.

  • Sanghani, a former MP and cabinet minister during Narendra Modi's tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, previously held ministerial posts in the Modi government in Gujarat and headed various departments.

  • Singh, a senior member of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, served as the state convenor of the BJP cooperative cell and district president of Shahjahanpur.

Highlights of the election process:

  • According to an IFFCO statement, the elections saw significant participation from cooperatives representing more than 36,000 member societies across the country.

  • IFFCO Managing Director U.S. Awasthi confirmed that the elections were conducted in a fair and transparent manner.

About IFFCO:

  • It functions as a multi-state cooperative society.

  • Its primary focus is on manufacturing and marketing of fertilizers.

  • The company's headquarters is located in New Delhi, India.

Established - 3 November 1967

Founder - Udaybhansinghji Natwarsinghji Jethwa

By admin: May 13, 2024

2. Kami Rita Sherpa Sets New Record with 29th Ascent of Mount Everest

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Kami Rita Sherpa, a renowned Nepalese climber and guide, achieved a historic feat by summiting Mount Everest for the 29th time.

An Overview of the News

  • Often referred to as the 'Everest Man', Kami Rita surpassed his own previous record of 28 successful ascents, which he achieved in the spring season of the previous year.

  • Kami Rita reached the summit of Mount Everest at 7:25 am (NST) on May 12.

  • He accomplished this feat while leading an expedition organized by 'Seven Summit Treks', showcasing his leadership and expertise in mountaineering.

Expedition Details

  • Kami Rita embarked on his expedition from Kathmandu at the end of May, leading a team of approximately 28 climbers.

  • As an experienced guide, he provided valuable leadership and support to the team throughout the challenging journey.

Historical Significance

  • With a climbing legacy spanning 71 years, Kami Rita now holds the esteemed record for the highest number of ascents on Mount Everest.

  • His achievement surpasses the previous record held by Pasang Dawa Sherpa, another renowned climber from Solukhumbu, who climbed Sagarmatha for the 27th time last year.

By admin: May 13, 2024

3. N. Chandrasekaran appointed Chairman of Tata Electronics

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N. Chandrasekaran, the current chairman of Tata Sons, will also serve as the chairman of Tata Electronics.

An Overview of the News

  • Chandrasekaran will replace Banmali Agarwal in this role, pending regulatory approval.

  • Chandrasekaran's appointment reflects the Tata Group's commitment to the semiconductor business.

Key appointments at Tata Electronics:

  • Chandrasekaran was instrumental in recruiting former Intel Foundry Services veteran Randhir Thakur as CEO and MD of Tata Electronics.

  • Srinivas Satya, previously at Applied Materials, joins as chief supply chain officer and president of the components business.

International Talent Acquisition:

  • Tata Electronics has recruited 50-60 top-level expatriates, leveraging their expertise in semiconductor technology, strategic planning, and design.

Tata Electronics expansion and facility acquisition:

  • The company, established in 2020, is Apple's sole Indian vendor to assemble iPhone enclosures.

  • Tata Electronics is expanding its existing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, and has acquired a facility in Karnataka from Taiwan's Wistron.

  • Plans are underway to acquire Pegatron facility in Tamil Nadu to further expand production capacity.

By admin: May 13, 2024

4. McGill Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

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Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former WHO Chief Scientist, is set to receive an honorary doctorate from McGill University during the Spring 2024 Convocation ceremonies.

An Overview of the News

  • McGill University, renowned for its academic excellence, bestows honorary degrees upon individuals with exceptional contributions to scholarly, scientific, or artistic fields, or significant societal impact through professional or philanthropic endeavors.

  • McGill University will confer upon Dr. Swaminathan the Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D Sc) in Health Sciences on May 28.

Soumya Swaminathan's distinguished career:

  • Dr. Swaminathan, aged 65, has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years in public health and infectious diseases.

  • Notably, she served as WHO's Deputy Director-General (Programmes) until the end of 2022 and thereafter as its first Chief Scientist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swaminathan's leadership during the pandemic:

  • Dr. Swaminathan played a key role in coordinating global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Her leadership facilitated research coordination, dissemination of critical information, and guidance to policymakers on effective strategies to combat the virus.

McGill University's highest honor:

  • The honorary doctorate represents McGill's highest honor, symbolizing the transformative impact of individual achievement.

  • McGill President Deep Saini emphasizes that the award reflects shared values and aspirations within the university community.

By admin: May 11, 2024

5. Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla assumes role of Chief of Personnel in the Indian Navy

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Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, AVSM, NM, took over as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy on May 10, 2024.

An Overview of the News

Leadership Roles of Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla:

  • As Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF), he led important events such as the Presidential Fleet Review and the sea phase of MILAN-22.

  • Held key staff positions at Naval Headquarters and contributed to officer training at the Naval Academy.

  • Held diplomatic assignments abroad and served as Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command.

Background of Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla

  • Vice Admiral Bhalla, who joined the Indian Navy on 1 January 1989, has served for 35 years in various roles.

  • Specialized in communications and electronic warfare and served on several front line warships.

  • Commanded several notable ships including INS Nishank, INS Taragiri and INS Beas.

About Indian Navy:

  • It is under the command of the President of India and headed by the Chief of the Naval Staff.

  • It serves as a blue-water navy, active in areas such as the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa and the Strait of Malacca.

  • The navy conducts anti-piracy operations and cooperates with regional navies.

  • Regular deployments last two to three months and cover the South and East China Sea as well as the western Mediterranean.

Founded - 26 January 1950

Headquarters - Ministry of Defence, New Delhi

Motto(s)- Shaṁ No Varunaḥ (ISO)

transl. 'May the Lord of Water be auspicious unto us'

By admin: May 10, 2024

6. R. Shankar Raman Promoted to President Position at L&T

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R Shankar Raman has been promoted to the position of President at Larsen and Toubro (L&T), the engineering and construction conglomerate.

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  • Alongside his new role, Raman will retain his positions as whole-time Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company.

  • Subramanian Sarma, the Senior Executive Vice President (EVP) of Energy at L&T, has also been promoted to the role of whole-time Director and President of Energy.

  • Sarma's responsibilities now extend to overseeing hydrocarbon, power, and green manufacturing and development businesses within the company.

  • Raman originally joined the L&T Group in November 1994 to establish L&T Finance Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary, and later transitioned into the CFO role before joining the board in October 2011.

  • Larsen & Toubro is a prominent Indian multinational enterprise with a revenue of USD 27 billion, engaged in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects, hi-tech manufacturing, and services across various regions.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T):

  • It is a leading Indian multinational enterprise valued at USD 27 billion.

  • L&T focuses on Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects, advanced manufacturing, and diversified services.

  • The company operates across various global regions, contributing to its diverse portfolio of businesses.

  • Recent leadership appointments highlight L&T's commitment to bolstering its management team.

  • These appointments aim to position L&T for ongoing growth and success in the engineering and construction industry.

By admin: May 9, 2024

7. John Swinney Elected 7th First Minister of Scotland by Scottish Parliament

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On May 7, 2024, John Ramsay Swinney, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), was elected as the 7th First Minister of Scotland by the Scottish Parliament.

An Overview of the News

  • John Swinney replaces Hamza Haroon Yusuf, who officially resigned from the position on May 7, 2024.

  • Swinney's formal appointment will be granted through a Royal Warrant from His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom (UK).

  • John Swinney's nomination for First Minister was the result of a vote within the Scottish Parliament.

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted 64 to 57 in favor of selecting John Swinney as First Minister out of a total of 4 nominees, with seven abstentions.

About John Swinney


  • John Swinney, aged 60, was born on April 13, 1964, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1979.

Political Career:

  • In 1997, Swinney was elected as the Westminster Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tayside.

  • Transitioning to Scottish politics, he became the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Tayside North in 1999.

  • Swinney held the position of deputy leader of the SNP from 1998 to 2000, and subsequently served as party leader from 2000 to 2004.

Government Positions:

  • From 2011 to 2014, Swinney served as the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment, and Sustainable Growth.

  • He assumed the role of Deputy First Minister from 2014 to 2023, achieving the distinction of being the longest-serving Deputy First Minister in the history of UK devolution.

  • In addition to his deputy leadership, Swinney held various cabinet positions:

    • Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution, and Economy from 2014 to 2016.

    • Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills from 2016 to 2021.

    • Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery from 2021 to 2023.

About Scotland

  • First Minister- John Ramsay Swinney

  • Capital - Edinburgh

  • Currency - Pound sterling

  • Official languages - Scots, Scottish Gaelic, English, British Sign Language

  • National animal - Unicorn

  • National flower - Thistle

By admin: May 9, 2024

8. Keki Mistry Approved as Chairman of HDFC Life by IRDAI

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The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has approved Keki Mistry's appointment as chairman of HDFC Life on May 7, 2024.

An Overview of the News

  • Mistry succeeds Deepak S. Parekh, who stepped down from the chairman and non-executive director roles.

  • HDFC Life's board unanimously endorsed Mistry's appointment on April 18, awaiting IRDAI's approval.

  • Formerly vice chairman and CEO of HDFC Limited, Mistry now serves as a non-executive director on HDFC Bank Limited's board post-merger.

About Keki Mistry

  • With directorships in multiple companies, Mistry is a chartered accountant and fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

  • He contributes as a member of the Primary Market Advisory committee (PMAC) and has previous experience on SEBI's Corporate Governance Committee.

  • Mistry chaired the CII Corporate Governance Committee for two consecutive terms (2016-17 and 2017-18).

  • Currently, he leads Working Group 1 within an SEBI expert committee dedicated to enhancing business practices and aligning regulations.

HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited:

  • It is a provider of long-term life insurance services.

  • The company provides both individual and group insurance services.

  • Establishment - 14 August 2000.

  • Headquarters - Mumbai

By admin: April 22, 2024

9. 8 Indians Named Among TIME's 100 Most Influential People 2024

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TIME, the renowned global media brand, has unveiled its 21st edition of the annual "TIME 100 Most Influential People 2024" list.

An Overview of the News

  • The TIME100 list, curated by TIME magazine, acknowledges the impact, innovation, and achievements of the world's most influential personalities.

Indian-Origin Personalities

  • Among the honorees are 8 individuals of Indian origin: Alia Bhatt, Dev Patel, Sakshi Malik, Satya Nadella, Ajaypal Singh Banga, Jigar Shah, Asma Khan, and Priyamvada Natarajan.

1. Alia Bhatt (Artists):

  • Renowned Bollywood actress with British citizenship.

  • Awarded 1st National Film Award for Best Actress in 2023 for "Gangubai Kathiawadi."

  • Jointly won the award with Kriti Sanon for the film "Mimi."

  • Made international debut with Netflix's "Heart of Stone" in 2023.

2. Dev Patel (Artists):

  • British actor and filmmaker of Indian descent.

  • Notable roles include "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) and directorial debut "Monkey Man" (2024).

  • Won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for "Lion."

3. Sakshi Malik (Icons):

  • Renowned Indian wrestler, first Indian female wrestler to win Olympic medal.

  • Notable medals in Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

  • Honored with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards.

4. Satya Narayana Nadella (Titans):

  • Indian-born American Business Executive, CEO of Microsoft.

  • Honored with Padma Bhushan in 2022 by the Indian Government.

5. Ajaypal Singh Banga (Leaders):

  • Indian-born American business executive, 14th President of the World Bank Group.

  • Received Padma Shri in 2016 for contributions to Trade and Industry.

6. Jigar Shah (Leaders):

  • Indian-born American entrepreneur, Director of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) in the US Department of Energy.

7. Asma Khan (Pioneers):

  • Indian-born British restaurateur and cookbook author.

  • Owner of acclaimed London restaurant Darjeeling Express.

  • First British chef featured on Netflix's "Chef's Table."

8. Priyamvada Natarajan (Pioneers):

  • Indian theoretical astrophysicist, professor at Yale University.

  • Author of "Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos" (2016).

Highlights of the 2024 list:

  • The 2024 list comprises 51 women and over a dozen entertainers.

  • Satya Nadella and Patrick Mahomes (American football quarterback) hold the record for appearing on the list for the 3rd time in 2024, more than any other individual.

  • Motaz Azaiza, a 25-year-old Palestinian photojournalist, is the youngest person included on the list.

  • Joel Habener, an 86-year-old American endocrinologist, is the oldest individual featured on the list.

Key Points:

  • Categories: The TIME100 list encompasses various categories such as Artists, Icons, Titans, Leaders, Innovators, and Pioneers.

  • Diverse Fields: Each category includes individuals from diverse fields such as movie stars, athletes, scientists, and business leaders, who have made significant contributions through their work.

  • Pairings: Each honoree is paired with a guest contributor selected by TIME to write about them, adding depth and perspective to their achievements.

  • Origins: The List originated from a debate among American academics, politicians, and journalists and was first published in 1999.

By admin: April 22, 2024

10. Appointment of Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi as Chief of the Naval Staff

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Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi has been appointed as the 26th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of the Indian Navy by the Government of India (GoI).

An Overview of the News

  • Currently holding the position of Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, he will succeed Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar, the incumbent CNS, upon his retirement on April 30, 2024.

  • Admiral R. Hari assumed the role of the 25th CNS on November 9, 2021.

Background of Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi:

  • Served in various capacities including Fleet Operations officer of the Western Fleet, Director of Naval Operations, and Principal Director of Naval Plans in New Delhi.

  • Commanded INS Trishul, Vinash, and Kirch.

  • Previously held positions such as Assistant Chief of Navy Staff (Policy and Plans), Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, and Director General of Naval Operations.

  • Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala.

Awards and Recognition:

  • Received the prestigious Robert E Bateman International Prize during Naval Higher Command Course at United States Naval War College (2007-08).

  • Honored with Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and Nausena Medal (NM) for contributions to the Indian Navy.

  • Awarded the Thimmaiah Medal at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu.