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Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma takes over as Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters 

Air Marshal Sanjay Sharma assumed the responsibilities of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on 01 January 2017.
●    The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) branch of IAF on 12 July 1979. He is a graduate in Electronics Engineering from University of Indore and post graduate in Computer Science and Data Processing from IIT Kharagpur. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College. He has rich and varied experience in the fields of High Power Radars, Real Time Data Processing Systems, Automation of Command & Control Systems and Communication & Information Technology.
●    Prior to assuming the present appointment,  the Air Officer had held various important staff and field appointments, notably, Chief Technical Officer of THD 1955 Radar Stations, Senior Project Engineer (Radar) at erstwhile RCPO, Director IACCS (Tech Planning), Director Signals (Air), Principal Director of IACCS, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Signals & IT) at Air HQ, Deputy Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at  HQ Maintenance Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Maintenance and Planning) and Director General (Aircraft) at Air HQ.  
●    He has also commanded a major Communication Hub Centre and was deputed to Government of Botswana for three years to oversee installation & commissioning of Radar Automation System of Botswana Defence Forces besides setting up the Technical Training Wing for their Air Defence Operations Centre.
●    For his distinguished service, Air Marshal has been commended twice by Chief of Air Staff on 08 October 1998 and on 26 January 2007.

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Prof. David R. Syiemlieh to perform duties of Chairman, UPSC 

The President has appointed Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Member, Union Public Service Commission, to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, with effect from the forenoon of January 4, 2017 till further orders or till completion of his term as member on 21.01.2018, whichever is earlier.
He studied in Dr Graham's Homes, Kalimpong (1958–1970) and graduated with history honours from St.Edmund's College, Shillong. 
This was followed with a master's degree in History (1976), MPhil(1980) and PhD (1985) from the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. 
He taught undergraduates in St. Edmund's College (1977–1979) before joining the Department of History, NEHU, in 1979. 
He rose in the profession to become Professor in the Department of History. 

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Preeti Sudan assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution 

Ms. Preeti Sudan, IAS (Andhra Pradesh: 1983) today assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on superannuation of Ms. Vrinda Sarup (IAS). 
●    Prior to her appointment, Ms. Preeti Sudan has served in various capacities in the Union Ministries/Departments including Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Defence.
●    During a career span of more than 33 years Ms. Sudan has served in various capacities in his cadre state of Andhra Pradesh. 
●    She served in various department including Revenue Department, Disaster Management Department, Health and Family Welfare, Finance, Seeds/Agriculture Corporation.
●    Ms. Preeti Sudan has done M.Phil. in Economics. Ms. Sudan is proficient in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Telugu.

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Air Marshal SB Deo takes over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force 

Air Marshal SB Deo PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate this morning before taking over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air HQ, today. On his arrival at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), the Air Marshal was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour.
●    Air Marshal SB Deo was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 15 Jun 79. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is a FCL (Fighter Combat Leader) and a “Cat A” Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3800 hours of operational and training flying. He was also Directing Staff at TACDE.
●    Air Marshal SB Deo has been AOC of a major fighter base. He commanded a Mig-21 BISON Squadron and a Signal Unit besides being the Chief Ops Officer of a forward base. As Station Commander of the Signal Unit he was actively involved in the induction of modern assets and sensors in the IAF. 
●    Prior to taking over as VCAS, he was the AOC-in-C of Western Air Command (WAC), AOC-in-C, Eastern Air Command (EAC), DG Air (Ops), AOC COBRA Group, AD Commander & Air I at HQ CAC and has held various staff appointments and worked in Ops/Plans Directorates at Air HQ (VB).
●    In recognition of his meritorious service and exceptional professionalism, he was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and ADC by the President of India.
●    He is married to Mrs Anjana Deo, they have a son who is a fighter pilot in the IAF. Air Marshal Deo is an avid reader and interested in creative writing and technology.

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GENERAL BIPIN RAWAT takes over as the 27th COAS of the INDIAN ARMY 

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff, after an illustrious career spanning over four decades, handed over the baton to General Bipin Rawat  in a ceremony held at South Block today. 
●    Amongst numerous achievements, the tenure of Gen Dalbir Singh was operationally significant wherein a high tempo of operations was maintained  in J&K and North East. Gen Dalbir Singh laid a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti and was accorded a guard of honour  at South Block Lawns prior to relinquishing as COAS.
●    General Bipin Rawat took over as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff. The General Officer was tenanting the appointment of the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army from 01 Sep 2016.
●    General Bipin Rawat was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from Indian Military Academy, 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, a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command. He has tenanted instructional appointments at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and at Army War College, Mhow.

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Anil Baijal to be appointed 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi

Former IAS officer Anil Baijal is all set to be appointed as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The approval for his appointment was given on 28 December 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee.
●    Anil Baijal is a 1969 batch IAS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.
●    At present, he is associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation.
●    He has obtained a master's degree in Arts from the University of Allahabad. He is an alumnus of University of East Anglia.
●    He has also served as the Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
●    He is the former Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
●    He retired as Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry in 2006.


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SP Vaid appointed as Director General of J&K police

The Jammu and Kashmir government on 28 December 2016 cleared the appointment of Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police. Vaid.
●    His appointment was approved at a cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
●    He is the second officer from Jammu to have risen to the post of Director General of Police. 
●    He carries an immense experience in operations against the militants.
●    He was promoted to the rank of DG and appointed as DGP (Prisons) on 3 March 2016.
●    He was transferred and posted as Special DG (Coordination and Law & Order) on 8 September 2016.
●    He survived a major explosion in September 1991, while serving as the Superintendent of Police, Jammu.
●    On 21 March 1991, he was ambushed by militants. At that time, he was posted in the Baramulla-Kupwara range near Sopore as Deputy Inspector General of Police.

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Viral V Acharya appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI

Viral V Acharya was on 28 December 2016 appointed as the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is a professor of economics at New York University.
●    He will be joining the ranks of Vishwanathan, S S Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four Deputy Governors of RBI. He will be serving under RBI Governor Urjit Patel. 
●    Acharya has significant experience in global finance specifically in theoretical risk assessment of the financial sector. 
●    In 2015, Acharya co-authored a research paper that analysed the precarious condition of public sector banks in India.
●    He has previously served on the International Advisory Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India.
●    His papers have been published in renowned finance journals. 
●    He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Rising Star in Finance Award.

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Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht takes over as DG NCC 

Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht took over the reins of National Cadet Corps (NCC) as its Director General on 23 December 2016.
●    An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the General was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 09 June 1979. 
●    A graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General has attended the Higher Command Course, National Defence College, IAS Professional Course and Emergency Management Course at Melbourne, Australia.
●    He has held various staff and command appointments and has been awarded with COAS & GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation, VSM & Bar for distinguished service in command and staff assignments. 
●    He held the appointment of Additional Director General in Military Training and Additional Military Secretary (A) at the IHQ of MoD (Army). 
●    He was the Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya prior to the current assignment.He succeeds Lt Gen A Chakravarty, who retired on31 August 2016.

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Indian-American Pradeep Gupta elected Mayor of Californian city

An Indian-American engineer has been elected as Mayor of South San Francisco city in the US state of California. 
●    Pradeep Gupta, an IIT Chennai alumni, was sworn in as the Mayor of the city early this month, a media release said. 
●    With this he has became the second Indian-American to be elected as the Mayor of the Californian city.
●    Gupta was appointed to the South San Francisco City Council for a one-year term on December 31, 2012 and was elected to a full four-year term in November 2013. 
●    Prior to his appointment to the City Council, he was on the South San Francisco Planning Commission for three years, serving as the Commission’s Chair in 2011.
●    He has a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, specialising in the area of energy efficiency and long term planning of electric utility systems. 
●    He earlier served as Vice Mayor of the City. This election season, Savita Vaidhyanathan was elected as the new Mayor of Cupertino in California.


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