Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to be America’s new ambassador to India.
Juster, 62, who is the deputy assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a major reshuffle of top bureaucrats, with the Urban Development Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, being named as the next home secretary.
Durga Shanker Mishra will be the next urban development secretary.
Mehrishi is likely to be appointed the next chief election commissioner.
NK Sinha will be the I&B secretary.
Ajay Mittal will take over as the secretary, Department of Personnel & Training.
Aruna Sundararajan, secretary will take over as secretary, Department of Telecommunications in the existing vacancy.
Yudhvir Singh Malik will take over as secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
Deepak Kumar will take over as Chairman, National Highways Authority of India.
Avinash K Srivastava has been appointed as the secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.
Jagdish Prasad Meena has been moved to Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
Subash C Garg has been appointed as secretary, Department of Economic Affairs,
Rajeev Kapoor will be the secretary of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
Sanjeevanee Kutty will be Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.
Arun Kumar Panda will take over as secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Ravi Kan will take over as secretary, Ministry of Shipping.
Anand Kumar will take over as secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energ
Ajay Prakash Sawhney will take over as secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
Ajay Kumar Bhalla director general, Foreign Trade, will be the next power secretary.
A veteran Indian-origin doctor in the UK has been appointed as honorary vice-president of the country’s prominent medical body, becoming the first professional from the community to be appointed to the post.
Kailash Chand, a general practitioner (GP), has been associated with the British Medical Association (BMA), for nearly 25 years.
Chand has been regularly named as being among one of Britain’s top 50 most influential GPs in the annual ‘National Pulse Power’ list.
Bengal has received five state-level and two district-level excellence awards for implementation of flagship programmes of the ministry of rural development during 2016-17.
In the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Bengal has received a gold memento and a certificate for outstanding performance in convergence and livelihood augmentation.
Among districts, Nadia was awarded for the progress made in strengthening river dam as well as building greenhouse for cultivation of flowers and vegetables. Cooch Behar was also awarded for implementation of Geo-MGNREGA, which comprises the geo-tagging of assets.
Anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra, who has been committed to solving hunger and malnutrition in India, is all set to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award with 60 others from all 53 Commonwealth countries.
Ankit Kawatra, 25, will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to be held in the Buckingham Palace on June 29.
In 2014, Mr Kawatra quit his corporate business job and founded a not for profit organisation Feeding India that works towards solving problems of hunger, malnutrition and food wastage, mainly by redistributing extra food from restaurants, canteens, households, corporates etc. to help people in need.
Indian agricultural microbiologist Shrihari Chandraghatgi has been conferred the Ministry of Environment Award for 2017 in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problems.
Chandraghatgi, who is President and CEO of EcoCycle Corporation, is the first foreigner to be given the Ministry of Environment Award, the highest award in environmental sector in Japan.
Chandraghatgi, hailing from Siddapura in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, has been residing in Tokyo for almost two decades.
India’s Mars orbiter, launched in 2013, was expected to last six months or 180 days after reaching its destination.
But having completed four years and 1,000 Earth days in orbit, the spacecraft shows no signs of fatigue, continuing to relay back a mass of images and data, each contributing to better understanding of the red planet.
After its launch on November 5, 2013 by the PSLV-C25 rocket, the spacecraft travelled to the red planet for nine months and entered the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its very first attempt.
San Diego Convention Center will host the 2017 BIO International Convention featuring the latest trends, technology, companies, and breakthrough ideas in biotech and pharma.
The BIO International Convention is scheduled to have 16,000+ attendees from 5,000+ companies which include leading biotech and pharma companies and more than 300 academic institutions including the major research labs and government agencies of the world.
Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a ‘Solidarity Summit’ with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes.
The two-day Summit, which opens Thursday, 22 June, comes as the UN estimates that in just one year, largely due to an influx of people fleeing violence and instability in South Sudan.
India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, according to a U.N. report.
The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.
The UN agency forecasts that from now through 2050 half the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just 10 countries _ India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia.
Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card, India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.
Axis Bank has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in developing this transit EMV contactless specification on interoperable open standards.
Bengaluru has become the country’s first city where one can have fuel delivered at one’s doorstep, just like milk and newspapers, only weeks after oil ministry announced that the Centre was thinking of rolling out such a system.
On June 15, Mypetrolpump, a one-year-old startup, conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles -each with a capacity of 950 litres.
It has already delivered more than 5,000 litres of diesel. Diesel is delivered at the day’s running price with a fixed delivery charge.
For up to 100 litres, the one-time delivery charge is `99.
Pakistan has announced new rules to tighten visa issuance – especially business and work visas – for Chinese nationals.
The tightening comes in the form of extra layers of security, through requirements like endorsed letters from chambers of commerce, as well as through clearances required even from Chinese authorities, in some cases.
Chinese nationals seeking business visas for Pakistan would have to show an invitation from a body recognized by Pakistani missions in China.
That invitation has to then be certified and endorsed by a recognised chambers of commerce and industry.
Ayurvedaphysician ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as special secretary in Ayush ministry.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Kotecha’s appointment for three years on a contract basis
Vaidya (meaning physician) Kotecha is chief consultant of Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic, Jaipur.
Hindi cinema actor Deepika Padukone has been nominated in Teen Choice Awards for her breakthrough role in xXx: Return of Xander Cage and the actor will compete with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot for the trophy.