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Alok Kumar Verma appointed as CBI Director

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on 19 January 2017 approved the appointment of Alok Kumar Verma as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 
●    Verma succeeded Anil Sinha, who retired from his office on 2 December 2016. 
●    Alok Kumar Verma, currently Delhi Police commissioner, is a 1979 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre. 
●    This appointment of Verma as the CBI director is his 24th posting in a 36-year long career as a police officer.
●    He had also served as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Puducherry and the Inspector General of Police in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
 

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Gionee signs Virat Kohli as brand ambassador

Handset maker Gionee India today said it has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador.
●    The company, which already has actor Alia Bhatt as a brand ambassador, has clocked sales of 1.2 crore units in the last four years.
●    Virat is joining Alia in helping the brand touch new heights. 
●    He will soon be seen in the upcoming campaign of Gionee, and will also be actively involved in a host of innovative marketing and customer experience initiatives of the brand.
●    Company has clocked sales of 1.2 crore units in the last four years.
●    Gionee is looking at expanding its retail presence too. 
●    it will establish 500 brand stores by March 2018 in India from 100 now.
●    These brand stores would be under franchise route and will be spread across the country in order to ensure customers can have easy access to Gionee phones.

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Lt Gen Bipin Rawat to take over as the VCOAS

 

Lt Gen MMS Rai retired today, relinquishing the appointment of the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army. The General Officer hung his uniform after an illustrious military career spanning four decades. Lt Gen MMS Rai was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers on 15 December 1976. Apart from the regimental service, the General Officer had tenanted various key staff, instructional and command appointments including that of GOC-in-C, Eastern Command.
•    Lt Gen Bipin Rawat will take over as the VCOAS of the Indian Army on 01 September 2016. He was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’.  The General Officer has vast experience in high altitude warfare and counter insurgency operations.  He commanded an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector; a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. He has tenanted instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and at Army War College, Mhow. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat has held important staff appointments at Directorate General of Military Operations and Military Secretary’s Branch at Army HQ.  He has also been Major General General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.  The officer commanded a Multinational Brigade, in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). 
•    An alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the Higher Command & National Defence College Courses, the General Officer,  during the span of over 35 years service in uniform, has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, COAS Commendation on two occasions and the Army Commander’s Commendation.  Whilst serving with the United Nations, e was twice awarded the Force Commander’s Commendation.
•    Prior to taking over as the VCOAS, Lt Gen Bipin Rawat tenanted the appointment of the GOC-in-C, Southern Command.
 

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PV Sindhu to be appointed as brand ambassador of CRPF

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India’s largest paramilitary force, on 29 August 2016 decided to appoint ace badminton player P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador.
•    CRPF will also bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the Olympic silver medalist.
•    The force has moved a formal proposal in this regard to the Union Home Ministry. After getting required sanctions, Sindhu will be honoured and presented the rank badges and camouflage combat fatigues of the CRPF at a ceremonial event.
•    A Commandant rank in the CRPF is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP).
•    Ace shuttler P V Sindhu won a historic silver medal in the women’s singles badminton at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.
•    She was recently conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour.
 

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Sakshi named as Brand Ambassador of "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" initiative

Sakshi Malik, the woman wrestler who won the bronze medal at 2016 Rio Olympics in the 58 kg category, was named as Haryana’s brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign.
•    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal made this announcement on 24 August 2016 at Bahadurgarh where he awarded Malik with 2.5 crore rupees and Commendation Certificate. 
•    He also offered her a class two level job in the state government.
•    Her coaches Mandeep and Kuldeep were also presented cheque of 10 lakh rupees each by the Chief Minister.
•    Besides, the Chief Minister also announced that a sports nursery and a stadium would be set up at Mohra, native village of Sakshi in Rohtak district.
•    Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler. 
•    At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country.
•    She is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program, along with fellow female wresters Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.
 

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Sunil Mittal re appointed Bharti Airtel Chairman


Telecom giant Bharti Airtel has re-appointed Sunil Mittal as its Chairman for another 5 years, with effect from October 1, 2016. 
•    The 58-year-old founded the Bharti Airtel's parent company, Indian business conglomerate Bharti Enterprises, in 1976. 
•    Airtel operates in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, and ranks amongst the top four mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.
•    Mittal is the Founder of Bharti Enterprises, India’s one of largest conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures.
•    The Group also has joint ventures with global leaders like Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte amongst others.
•    Bharti Airtel, the Group’s flagship company, offers mobile, fixed broadband and digital TV solutions to over 350 million customers across India, South Asia and Africa.
 

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Urjit Patel appointed as RBI Governor

Urjit R. Patel is an Indian economist, consultant and banker, currently serving as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). 
•    As Deputy Governor of RBI, he looks after monetary policy, economic policy research, statistics and information management, deposit insurance, communication and Right to Information. 
•    On 20 August 2016, he was named as the governor of RBI to succeed Raghuram Rajan when the latter's term expires in September 2016
Important positions
•    Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
•    President, Reliance Industries Limited- 2015
•    Executive Director, Infrastructure Development Finance Company (1997-2006)
•    Member, Integrated Energy Policy Committee, Government of India (2004-2006)
•    Non-Executive Director, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited.
•    Non-Executive Director, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited
•    Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India.
•    Governor, Reserve Bank of India (From 4th September, 2016)
 

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TIME named Murthy 'Father of Indian IT sector'

In a list of India's most influential people marking 60 years of independence, TIME magazine named Infosys Co-founder "father of India's booming IT sector". 
•    The Indian industrialist, who helped found global software consulting firm Infosys in 1981, turned 70 on Saturday. 
•    Murthy also serves on the boards of Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
•    Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys.
•    It is a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. 
•    Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and MTech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
•    He started Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011. 
•    In 2011, he stepped down from the board. 
 

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Edgar Lungu wins Zambia presidential election

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected, according to official results, which are being challenged by the main opposition party.
•    The electoral commission said Mr Lungu had secured 50.35% in Thursday's vote, just over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round under a new electoral system.
•    His main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, who alleges electoral fraud, won 47.67%.
•    Mr Hichilema described this election as a sham which did not reflect the will of the people.
•    He plans to petition the constitutional court to challenge the result. 
•    He may well be going at it alone because of the fluidity of Zambia's political landscape.
•    Mr Lungu defeated Mr Hichilema in the previous election, last year, by less than 28,000 votes. This time, his margin of victory was about 200,000 votes.
 

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President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed former Union Minister Najma Heptulla (76) as Governor of Manipur

Former Union Minister Najma Heptullah was on 17 August 2016 appointed as the Governor of Manipur. With this, Heptullah will be the 18th Governor of the state.
•    Before her appointment, V Shamuganathan, the Governor of Meghalaya, was looking after the state of Manipur since September 2015.
•    Heptullah had resigned from the Union Ministry on 12 July 12 2016 as she completed 75 years of age.
•    Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as the Governor of Assam.
•    VP Singh Badnore was made the Governor of Punjab.
•    Prof Jagdish Mukhi was named Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in place of Lt Gen (Retd) AK Singh.
•    Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital.
•    Manipur is sometimes called alternative names such as Kangleipak or Sanaleibak.
•    The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometers. 
•    Its people include the Meetei, Kuki, Naga, and Pangal peoples, who speak Sino-Tibetan languages.
 

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