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Abhijit Sarkar appointed Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation


  • The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abhijit Sarkar as it’s new Vice Chairman and also the Chairman of the AHF Commercial and TV Committee with immediate effect.
  • Abhijit Sarkar has been associated with the Sahara India Pariwar for last 24 years, where he led the group in promoting various sports in India by sponsoring both the Indian National Cricket Team as well as the Indian National Hockey Team.
  • Sarkar has served as the Head of ;
    1. Corporate Communications,
    2. Corporate Affairs and Relations, and
    3. the Sports Division at Sahara India Pariwar.
  • His ability to form and execute strategies relating to the promotion of sports in India has played a major role in his appointment as the Vice President of AHF.
  • Abhijit Sarkar has also been deeply involved in the development of Indian hockey in recent times, as under his leadership Sahara India bought the Uttar Pradesh Wizards’ franchise in the ongoing Hockey India League (HIL).
  • Earlier this year, Sahara had also renewed its sponsorship with Hockey India until 2021 which includes promoting both the men’s and women’s senior and junior teams.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation? 
 - Abhijit Sarkar. 
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TCS chairman N Chandrasekaran takes over as chief of Tata Sons


  • Tata group entered into a new era on Tuesday as N Chandrasekaran took over as chief of the holding company of multinational assorted.
  • Along with chairmanship of Tata Sons, Chandrasekaran will also be holding the chairmanship of the group's crown jewel Tata Consultancy Services.
  • One of his major focus areas will be the European operations of Tata Steel, particularly in the UK which has become a drag to the group after the unsuccessful acquisition of Corus.
  • While Tata Steel has already started selling assets in the UK, Chandra will have to decide how much assets are to be put on the block and how much could be turned around, especially keeping in mind the implications of Brexit.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Chief of TATA and sons?
 - N Chandrasekaran. 
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Eight Executive Directors appointed in various banks


  • Eight Executive Directors (EDs) have been appointed in various public sector banks on the recommendations of Banks Board Bureau.
  • Neelam Damodharan and Atanu Kumar Das have been appointed as EDs in Bank of India.
  • Damodharan is General Manager in Bank of Baroda and Das is GM in Vijaya Bank.
  • K Swaminathan, General Manager in Indian Overseas Bank, has been appointed as ED in the same bank.
  • Ashok Kumar Pradhan will be .ED in United Bank of India. He is at present Chief General Manager with State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
  • P Ramana Murthy will be Executive Director of Central Bank of India.
  • He is GM of Allahabad Bank.
  • Fareed Ahmed Khan, General Manager of Corporation Bank, will be ED in Punjab and Sind Bank.
  • M K Bhattacharya and S Harishankar have been appointed EDs of Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank respectively.
  • Bhattacharya and Harishankar are working as Chief General Managers of State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Travancore respectively.
  • The appointments are initially for a three-year period.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
How many Executive Directors (EDs) have been appointed in various public sector banks on the recommendations of Banks Board Bureau?
 - Eight. 
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Vikas Swarup appointed India’s next envoy to Canada


  • Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Vikas Swarup, has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to Canada.
  • Swarup has been serving as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs since April 2015.
  • Prior to that, he was Joint Secretary incharge of the United Nation’s Division of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • An officer of the 1986 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Swarup has previously served in;
    1. Turkey,
    2. The United States,
    3. Ethiopia,
    4. The United Kingdom,
    5. South Africa and
    6. Japan.
  • He is best known as the author of the novel Q & A, adapted in film as Slumdog Millionaire, the winner of Best Film for the year 2009 at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Awards.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to Canada? 
 - Vikas Swarup. 
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Tamil Nadu Governor appoints Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister


  • Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as chief minister. The Governor invited him to form the ministry at the earliest.
  • The governor requested the chief minister-designate to seek the vote confidence of the assembly within 15 days.
  • Palaniswami has claimed that he has the support of 124 legislators, while the O Pannerselvam camp had that of only 10.
  • Palaniswami, the strongman of Salem district, was chosen as the legislature party leader on Tuesday, hours after Supreme Court upheld the Bengaluru special court verdict convicting AIADMK interim general secretary+ V K Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu? 
 - Edappadi K Palaniswami. 
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France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix named new UN peacekeeping chief


  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France to head UN peacekeeping for a year pending a review of the world body’s functions and structure.
  • The UN’s political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman of the United States, will remain at this post, also for a year.
  • The two positions of under-secretary-general are among the most high-profile at the United Nations.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment which person to head UN peacekeeping for a year pending a review of the world body’s functions and structure? 
 - Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France. 
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Tehmina Janjua appointed as the first woman foreign secretary of Pakistan


  • Tehmina Janjua becomes the first women to be appointed as the new foreign secretary of Pakistan.
  • She will be replacing Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in the office.
  • Tehmina Janjua will assume the post of Foreign Secretary in the first week of March 2017.
  • She has rich experience of working in bilateral and multilateral domains both at Headquarters and Missions abroad.
  • She has a career of over 32 years and she is seasoned diplomat who holds a Master’s degrees from Quaid-e-Azam University,
    Islamabad and also from Columbia University.
  • She also served as Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 2011.
  • Janjua served as Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy from December 2011 to October 2015.
  • At present she is serving as Ambassador and Permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva since October 2015.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who  becomes the first women to be appointed as the new foreign secretary of Pakistan?
- Tehmina Janjua. 
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Ravi Shankar accredited as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda


  • Shri Ravi Shankar (IFS: 1995), presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Uganda, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda, with residence in Kampala (Uganda).
  • He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda? 
 - Shri Ravi Shankar. 
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Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey appointed as ICAI president


  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey as president and Naveen N D Gupta as vice-president.
  • They have been elected for the year 2017-18 Vikamsey, who served as vice-president, has been a member of the ICAI since 1985.
  • Gupta has been a chartered accountant for more than 20 years.
  • A statutory body, the affairs of ICAI are managed by a council in accordance with the provisions of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988.
  • The council has 32 elected members and eight are nominated by the Central government.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed president of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)? 
 - Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey. 
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Sandeep Jajodia is new Assocham President


  • Sandeep Jajodia has been elected President of the industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
    1. Balkrishan Goenka, Chairman of Welspun Group, and
    2. Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Vice-Chairman of GMR Infrastructure,
    have taken over as senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively.
  • ASSOCHAM is a not for profit organization, facilitating reach of India to all businesses around the globe, for wanting to do business with India.
  • It has contributed significantly by playing a catalytic role in shaping up the Trade, Commerce and Industrial environment of the country.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been elected as the President of the industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham)? 
 - Sandeep Jajodia. 
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected German President


  • Germany's parliamentary assembly has elected Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, as the country's president.
  • The position of president in Germany is largely ceremonial, because the chancellor is the official head of government and has a higher profile on the world stage.
  • Steinmeier previously served as ;
    1. vice chancellor and
    2. foreign minister
    under current Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • He was elected by the vast majority of the assembly, receiving 931 out of 1,253 votes.
  • Germany is the union's largest economy and has played a major role in the region's refugee crisis.
  • The Merkel government has implemented an open-door policy that has welcomed more than 1 million asylum-seekers over the past two years.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed President of Germany? 
 - Frank-Walter Steinmeier. 
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Narinder Chauhan appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines


  • Narinder Chauhan, who is presently the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Serbia, has been appointed as the next Indian envoy to the Republic of the Philippines.
  • High level visits and interactions between India and the Philippines have seen some intensification in the recent past, especially since the initiation of ASEAN-India Summit level partnership and establishment of East Asia Summit, of which India is a founding member
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines? 
 - Narinder Chouhan. 
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Dr Neelu Rohmetra, First Woman Indian Institute of Management Director


  • Dr. Neelu Rohmetra of Jammu University has been appointed as the director of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh and she has become the first woman to helm an IIM in that capacity.
  • Professor Neelu Rohmetra is currently the Rector of Kathua and Billawar Campuses of Jammu University Business School and is also the founder director of;
    1. International Centre for Cross-Cultural Research and
    2. Human Resource Management (ICccR and HRM), University of Jammu.
  • The government appointed 10 heads of IIMs which includes Dr. Neelu Rohmetra.
  • The tenure of a new director will be for five years or until they turn 65 years of age.
  • Dr. Neelu Rohmetra is specializing in;
    1. Human Resource Development,
    2. Organisation Behaviour,
    3. Change Management and
    4. Cross-Cultural Management
    and has been working as Professor of Management for the last 12 years in the Jammu University Business School in which she joined as an Assistant Professor in Management Studies in 1989.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been appointed as the director of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh? 
 - Dr. Neelu Rohmetra of Jammu University. 
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Diego Maradona to get ambassador role with FIFA


  • Diego Maradona is getting an ambassador's role with FIFA.
  • The governing body wants to ensure the Argentina great "has a major role in FIFA's activities to promote the game across the globe," including with its Legends team.
  • FIFA says the 56-year-old Maradona will be involved in "relevant development projects."
    Maradona announced his new role on Thursday, hailing FIFA as "clean and transparent" under president Gianni Infantino.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which footballer is getting an ambassador's role with FIFA? 
 - Diego Maradona. 
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Ajay Tyagi to Succeed UK Sinha as SEBI Chairman


  • According to a government notification on February 10, 2017, senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi has been selected to take over as the next Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI).
  • He will replace incumbent Chief UK Sinha who retires on March 1, 2017.
  • Tyagi, a 1984-batch IAS officer of the Himachal Pradesh cadre is currently serving as an additional secretary (investments) in the Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance. Tyagi will be the 9th SEBI chairman.
  • The 58-year-old Tyagi served as a Joint Secretary in Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change before joining Finance Ministry on November 1, 2014 as Additional Secretary.
  • Tyagi has also worked in ministries of;
    1. Petroleum and Natural Gas,
    2. Steel and
    3. Rural Development.
  • He has held various posts in Himachal Pradesh government including in;
    1. power,
    2. revenue,
    3. finance and
    4. information technology.
  • Tyagi, for a short while, was also on the board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been selected to take over as the next Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI)?
Answer - Ajay Tyagi. 
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Hemant Bhargava appointed LIC MD


  • Hemant Bhargava was today appointed Managing Director of state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India.
  • He is at present LIC’s Zonal Manager, Delhi.
    The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved Bhargava’s appointment to the post till his superannuation, i.e., July 31, 2019, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
  • The top LIC management consists of the Chairman and three Managing Directors.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed Managing Director of state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India? 
 - Hemant Bhargava. 
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Rajiv Singh takes over as acting CEO of Prasar Bharati


  • Member (Finance) in Prasar Bharati Rajiv Singh took over as the acting CEO of the countrys public service broadcaster.
  • Singh has taken over as per a resolution of the Prasar Bharati Boards Resolution taken on January 14 in a meeting in Hyderabad.
  • Suresh Panda, Member (Personnel), who was the acting CEO retired yesterday.
  • The Prasar Bharati Board had passed a similar resolution in favour of Panda when Jawhar Sircar put in his papers.
  • Article 30 of Prasar Bharati Act empowers the Board to take decisions in such contingencies.
  • Prasar Bharati looks after the functioning of Doordarshan and All India Radio.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed CEO of Prasar Bharati? 
- Rajiv Singh. 
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Arun M. Kumar elected Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India


  • KPMG in India has a new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in Arun M. Kumar.
  • Kumar, who was till recently a top official in the Obama administration, has been elected to head the professional services firm in India for a five-year term beginning February 5, said a KPMG announcement on Sunday.
  • He succeeds Richard Rekhy, who led the firm as CEO for over four years.
  • Kumar -- who was elected by the KPMG India Board and ratified by the India partners -- brings a wealth of international leadership experience to KPMG India, including his tenure in public service in the US over the last three years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration.
  • He has spent the majority of his career with KPMG in the US, including serving on the KPMG US and KPMG Americas boards from 2008-2013.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly elected Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India? 
- Arun M. Kumar. 
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Top Indian diplomat re-appointed to UN Joint Inspection Unit


  • Achamkulangare Gopinathan, a top Indian diplomat, has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit, the only independent external oversight body of the UN system.
  • Gopinathan, along with;
    1. Sukai Prom-Jackson of Gambia,
    2. Jean Wesley Cazeau of Haiti and
    3. Nikolay Lozinskiy of Russia
    were appointed members of the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2018.
  • The Joint Inspection Unit is the only independent external oversight body of the United Nations system mandated to conduct;
    1. evaluations,
    2. inspections and
    3. investigations system-wide.
  • Gopinath’s re-appointment follows his nomination by India and endorsement as the sole candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group.
  • Gopinathan was first appointed to the UN body for a term from January 2013 to December 2017.
  • At that election, he had secured 106 votes out of 183 votes and had defeated Ambassador Zhang Yan of China. He was serving as Chairman of the Joint Inspection Unit.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit, the only independent external oversight body of the UN system? 
- Achamkulangare Gopinathan. 
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IDFC MD Vikram Limaye the new CEO, MD of NSE


  • Leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange selected IDFC chief Vikram Limaye as its new CEO and Managing Director, two months after the sudden exit of Chitra Ramkrishna from the top post.
  • NSE's board approved Limaye's name for the top position but a formal announcement would be made later as some formalities need to be completed from his side.
  • The appointment would also need capital market regulator Sebi' approval.
  • Incidentally, he was recently named in a four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court for administering cricket body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • Currently the Managing Director & CEO of IDFC, Limaye started his professional career with Arthur Andersen in Mumbai in 1987 and has also worked with Ernst & Young and Citibank.
  • He has worked at Wall Street for eight years with Credit Suisse First Boston before returning to Mumbai in 2004.
  • Limaye has contributed to various committees of government and industry associations on a range of topics surrounding ;
    1. infrastructure,
    2. economic policy,
    3. markets and
    4. trade.
  • The appointment comes at a time when the exchange is preparing to launch its IPO estimated to be worth over Rs 10,000 crore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed CEO and Managing Director of National Stock Exchange? 
- Vikram Limaye. 
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