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Justice J S Khehar appointed as 44th Chief Justice of India

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on 19 December 2016 was appointed as the 44th Chief Justice of India by the President Pranab Mukherjee.
●    Justice Khehar will be sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India on 4 January 2017. He will retire from his office on 27 August 2017.
●    The incumbent Chief Justice T S Thakur on 6 December 2016 had communicated his recommendation to the Union Government to appoint Justice Khehar. 
●    Justice Thakur will retire on 3 January 2017 after tenure of a year.
●    Justice Khehar will be the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community.
●    Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar had led the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act for the appointment of judges.
●    He also led the bench that in January 2016 set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat next Army Chief

The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the new Chief of Army Staff, while Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, the next Chief of Air Staff. 
●    They will take charge in the afternoon of 31 December 2016.
●    Lt. Gen Rawat will replace General Dalbir Singh, who will retire from his office at the end of this month. 
●    Air Marshal Dhanoa, who will replace Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. 
●    Over last three decades of his service, Lt. General Rawat has tremendous hands-on experience of serving in combat areas, and at various functional levels in the Indian Army.
●    He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LAC with China, the LoC with Pakistan and in the North-East.
●    He is known for his balanced approach towards compassion, soldiering and connect with civil society.
●    His experience as GOC-in-C Southern Army Command in Mechanised Warfare has been focused towards the western borders, in coordination with the other two services.

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Vijay Sharma formally assumes office as LIC Chairman

Vijay Kumar Sharma on Friday assumed charge as Chairman of the nation's largest financial powerhouse Life Insurance Corporation.
●    The Government had on Wednesday appointed Sharma, who was named Acting Chairman on September 16, as the head of the state-run life insurer, where he will have a five-year term.
●    Sharma, a Managing Director, was given the role of Acting Chairman when incumbent S K Roy was relieved of his duties. 
●    Roy had resigned in June, nearly two years ahead of his term. He was appointed in June 2013 by the previous Congress-led UPA Government.
●    A post-graduate in science, Sharma joined LIC as a direct recruit officer in 1981. 
●    Before he was promoted as a Managing Director in 2013, he held important positions as executive director of pension & group schemes, zonal manager in-charge of Southern zone. 
●    He also helmed LIC Housing Finance, an arm of the insurance behemoth.

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Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed named UN Deputy Secretary-General

Incoming United Nations (UN) Chief Antonio Guterres on 15 December 2016 appointed Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General.
●    Guterres was recently sworn in as the ninth male UN Chief. 
●    He pledged to reach gender parity among senior leadership within his five-year term. 
●    He will take over from current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017.
●    On 11 November 2015, Amina Mohammed was appointed as the Minister of Environment of Nigeria.
●    Previously, she served as Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions.
●    She also served as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University.
●    Born in 1961, she was the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to the position on 7 June 2012.
 

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Sunil Arora appointed as Director General of IICA

Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora was on 15 December 2016 appointed as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).
●    Arora's appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). 
●    He will serve the  office for a period of five years or till attaining 65 years of age or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. 
●    He is an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) of 1980-batch of Rajasthan cadre. 
●    Earlier this year, he retired as Information and Broadcasting Secretary.
●    He is presently serving as an Advisor at Prasar Bharati. 
●    At the Centre, he worked in various Ministries such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission.
●    He also served as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002.
●    In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was Secretary to the Chief Minister during 1993-1998.

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Priyanka Chopra appointed UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador

Indian Actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) newest Global Goodwill Ambassador.
●    The decision was announced by the world-renowned soccer player David Beckham and British actress Millie Bobby Brown on 12 December 2016 on the eve of UNICEF’s 70th anniversary at United Nations headquarters in New York. 
●    While accepting the esteemed honour, the actor thanked UNICEF for the experience she had gained through field trips to villages and centers across India and the work they had achieved in the country. 
●    She further pledged to become a driver of change and work towards ensuring that every child’s voice is heard and that their rights are protected and respected world over.
●    Priyanka was previously appointed as UNICEF’S National Ambassador in India in 2010 with the responsibility of working on issues related to child rights and adolescence. 
●    She has also been associated with several other causes including that of women’s rights, environment, health and education and most importantly gender equality and gender pay gap.
 

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Pulkit Trivedi appointed as Industry Director of Facebook India

Pulkit Trivedi was on 12 December 2016 appointed as Industry Director of Facebook India for e-commerce, retail, travel and financial services verticals.
●    Trivedi will lead in building and maintaining strategic relationships with clients in India.
●    Recently, Pulkit held the position of Head of Industry and e-commerce at Google India. 
●    He has over 18 years of extensive industry experience covering sales, business development and partnerships in companies such as Google, Intel, Microsoft IBM and HCL.
●    He had been in Google since April 2012 and was responsible for driving a large business for Google India.
●    His first big break came in 2003 at IBM where he was given charge of a multi-million-dollar project.
●    He also taught Consumer Behaviour at IIT Roorkee for four years.
●    He is an MBA from BITS Mesra and was featured in the Hottest Young Business Leaders under 40 in India by Business Today in 2015.


 

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Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres (67) was sworn in as the 9th UN Secretary-General. 
●    He was administered the Oath of Office by Peter Thomson, President of UN General Assembly at special plenary meeting. 
●    He succeeds Ban Ki-moon and shall have five-year term beginning January 1, 2017. Antonio Guterres was unanimously appointed by the UN General Assembly after the 15-nation UN Security Council had approved him in October 2016. 
●    Antonio Guterres is Portuguese politician and diplomat. He was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002. 
●    He had entered politics in 1976 during Portugal’s first democratic election after the “Carnation Revolution” which had ended five decades of dictatorship. 
●    He was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from June 2005 to December 2015. 
●    He led the UNHCR through during one of the world’s worst present refugee crises, including those in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
 

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Justice JS Khehar to be 44th Chief Justice of India

hief Justice of India TS Thakur on 6 December 2016 recommended Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar’s name to be the 44th Chief Justice of India. 
●    Justice Thakur wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.
●    Justice Khehar, 64, will be sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India on 4 January 2017. He will retire from his office on 27 August 2017, after serving the nation as Chief Justice of India for over seven months.
●    Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar appointed Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority
●    He will be the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community and succeed CJI Thakur who will be demitting office on 3 January 2017.
●    He led the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act for the appointment of judges.
●    He also led the bench that in January 2016 set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

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O Panneerselvam sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

O Panneerselvam was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 5 December 2016. He succeeded AIADMK supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who earlier died at the Apollo Hospital.
●    Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy for Panneerselvam at a somber ceremony at the Raj Bhawan. Other 31 ministers of the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet were also sworn-in.
●    This was Panneerselvam’s third swearing-in as Chief Minister. Earlier, he had served Tamil Nadu as its Chief Minster, during 2001-02 and 2014-15, after Jayalalithaa was unseated by the courts.
●    Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day State Mourning from 6 November 2016. The government has also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state.
●    Panneerselvam was born on 14 January 1951.
●    He was once a tea stall owner and an agriculturist.
●    He is a member of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party of Tamil Nadu.
●    Panneerselvam served as the chairman of Periakulam municipality in 1996.
●    He became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in September 2001 when then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was barred from holding office by the Supreme Court of India. 

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