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B S Bhullar appointed Chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation

Senior IAS officer B.S. Bhullar on 5 December 2016 was appointed the Chief of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
●    At present, Bhullar, a 1986-batch IAS officer, is working as an Additional Secretary in Civil Aviation Ministry. He was also holding the additional charge of the DGCA.
●    The post of the Chief of DGCA was lying vacant for over four months after M Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the union territories cadre, was named as new Union Labour Secretary in July 2016. She was the first woman chief of the aviation regulator.
●    The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is the Indian governmental regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
●    It investigates aviation accidents and incidents.
●    It is headquartered in New Delhi.
●    Lately, the Indian government has been planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 
●    The CAA is said to be modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Rakesh Asthana appointed acting CBI director

On December 2, 2016 Rakesh Asthana was named as interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director by the government. 
●    On the same day CBI Director Anil Sinha retired from the post. 
●    He handed over his post to his immediate deputy, Gujarat-cadre IPS Officer Rakesh Asthana. This time the government did not name any full-time chief.
●    A Gujarat-cadre officer of 1984-batch, Asthana got elevated as number two in CBI three days ago when special director R K Dutta, who was among the frontrunners for the top post, was shifted to the Home Ministry as a special secretary. 
●    The post of second special secretary was formed for the first time in the ministry. Another IPS officer from the Gujarat, Arun Kumar Sharma was made joint director of CBI in 2015.
●    Outgoing CBI Director Anil Sinha completed his two-year tenure on December 2. 
●    It is the first time in last 10 years that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed the current chief.

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Lt General AK Bhatt appointed as new DGMO

Lt-General A K Bhatt was on 28 November 2016 appointed as the Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO).
●    Lt-Gen Bhatt will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh, who declared at a press briefing that Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on 29 September 2016.
●    While, Lt-Gen Ranbir Singh will now head the 1 Corps (headquarters at Mathura), which is one of four strike corps among the 14 corps of the 1.3 million strong Army. He will replace Lt-Gen Shokin Chauhan, who in turn has been appointed as the director-general of Assam Rifles.
●    General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha will retire from their posts on 31 December 2016.
●    Bhatt belongs to the Gorkha Rifles.
●    He has earlier served in the Military Operations Directorate as a Brigadier.
●    He is currently posted as the Additional Director General of the Complaints and Advisory Board at the Army Headquarters after he commanded the 21 Division in Assam.

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Yudhvir Singh Malik appointed Chairman of NHAI

Yudhvir Singh Malik in the third week of November 2016 was appointed the new Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
●    Malik, who worked as the Special Secretary with NITI Aayog, will replace Raghav Chandra.
●    After Malik’s appointed, Chandra has been shifted to National Commission for Schedule Tribes.
●    Malik is an 83 batch Haryana cadre IAS officer.
●    He had joined NITI Aayog as its Additional Secretary in September 2015.
●    Before joining the NITI Aayog, he worked as the CEO of FSSAI from 20 October 2014 to 23 September 2015. It was during his tenure that Maggi noodle was banned.
●    The National Highways Authority of India is an autonomous agency of the Government of India.
●    It was created through the promulgation of the National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988.
●    It looks after the management of a network of over 92851.05 km of National Highways in the country.
●    It is a nodal agency of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

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OP Bhatt interim chairman of Tata Steel

The board of Tata Steel voted to replace Cyrus Mistry as the chairman of the company and named State Bank of India veteran OP Bhatt as an interim replacement until the general meeting (EGM) is held on December 21. 
●    At the EGM, shareholders will vote to remove Mistry and Nusli Wadia as directors of the company as it takes note of the leadership changes at Tata Sons. 
●    The company said this decision was taken to also ensure stability in the larger interest of Tata Steel’s stakeholders including employees, trading partners, financial stakeholders and local community around its operations. 
●    Tata Steel said the decision to hold the EGM was taken at a board meeting on Friday -- a fallout of the November 10th notice from Tata Sons. 
●    Tata Sons, owns 29.75 per cent in Tata Steel and is the principal shareholder. 

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Narinder Batra elected FIH President

Narinder Batra calls himself the ‘outsider’. 
●    Unlike his rival candidates, who had decades of experience of working in the inner circles of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Batra had been there only for the last two years. 
●    He is also only the third Indian to be the head of a global sporting body at present, Shashank Manohar (cricket) and N. Ramachandran (squash) being the other two.
●    Batra, also the president of Hockey India — a position he will now have to vacate — received 68 votes to easily surpass the minimum of 60 required for victory.
●    Ireland’s David Balbirnie claimed 29 votes, while 13 nations voted for Australia’s Ken Read. 
●    Batra succeeds Spaniard Leandro Negre, who had been at the helm of the FIH for eight years, and will take office immediately.

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Guy Ryder re-elected as Director-General of International Labour Organization


Guy Ryder on 7 November 2016 was re-elected as the Director-General (DG) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for another five-year term. He will assume the post the on 1 October 2017.
●    Ryder obtained 54 of the 56 votes cast by the titular members. He was the only candidate for the post.
●    Guy Ryder is the 10th Director-General of the International Labour Organization.
●    From 2006 to 2010, he served as the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
●    From 2002 to 2006, he served as the General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).
●    The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues.
●    It has 187 member states.
●    In 1969, the organization received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.
●    The ILO registers complaints against entities that are violating international rules; however, it does not impose sanctions on governments.

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Meng Hongwei elected as Interpol President

Meng Hongwei, a top-level Chinese Security Minister was elected as the president of the International Crime fighting and police cooperation organization (Interpol). Meng will serve as President until 2020.
●    With this appointment, Meng Hongwei becomes the first official from China to take the post. He has previously served as the head of Interpol China. At the time of this appointment, he was holding the position of China’s Vice Minister for public security.
●    He was sworn into his new position on 10 November 2016 at the closing of the organisation’s 85th general assembly in Bali, Indonesia.
●    The organization was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Lyon, France.
●    It is the second largest international organisation after the United Nations with 190 members.
●    It plays an important role in deepening global police cooperation and tackling transnational criminal offenses. 
●    Election of Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national, to the world’s largest law enforcement agency turned up to be a reason for concern. 
●    His appointment is a concern for human right advocates because he belongs to the nation, where human right abuses are visible.
 

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Kamala Harris becomes first ever Indian-American to win U.S. Senator seat

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris on 9 November 2016 became the first India-American to win the U.S. Senate seat from the state.
●    Harris defeated fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez from her own party. She is the first black woman elected to the upper chamber in more than two decades. She is also the sixth black individual to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
●    Harris will replace Barbara Boxer who announced her retirement in 2014 after serving more than two decades in the Senate.
●    Kamala Harris is an American lawyer, politician, and member of the Democratic Party.
●    She has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011.
●    She graduated from Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
●    She worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California, from 1990 to 1998.
●    From 1998 to 2000, she served as Managing Attorney of the Career Criminal Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
●    From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Chief of the Community and Neighborhood Division in the office of San Francisco City Attorney.
●    She was elected California's Attorney General in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
●    She is the first female, the first African-American, the first Indian-American, and the first Asian-American attorney general in California.

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Ishaat Hussain appointed as interim Chairman of TCS

Tata Sons Ltd on 9 November 2016 announced the appointment of Ishaat Hussain as the Chairman of IT giant, Tata Consultancy Services with immediate effect.  He will hold the position until the name of a new chairman is announced.
●    The announcement was delivered to the company through a letter dated 9 November 2016 from Tata Sons Ltd. Hussain succeeds Cyrus Mistry, who was ousted from the position on 23 October 2016 by the board of Tata Sons Ltd. At that time, the board appointed Ratan Tata as the Interim Chairman of the group until another suitable candidate was chosen.
●    He is a member of the board of Tata Sons and the Director of several Tata companies such as Tata Industries, Tata Steel and Voltas.
●    He is also the Chairman of Voltas and Tata Sky.
●    He is a member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India committees on insider trading and primary capital markets.
●    He is also a member of Confederation of Indian Industries finance committee.
●    Prior to Tata Sons, Hussain served as the senior Vice President and Executive Director of finance at Tata Steel for around 10 years.  
●    He joined the board of the Indian Tube Company in 1981 and moved to Tata Steel in 1983 after the merger of both the companies. 
●    A pass out from the Doon School, he graduated in economics from St Stephens College, New Delhi and completed Chartered accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales .
●    Apart from this, Tata Sons also issued a special notice under Section 169 read with Section 115 of the Companies Act, 2013 and a requisition for convening an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of the company under Section 100(2) of the Companies Act, 2013 to consider a resolution for the removal of Cyrus P Mistry as Director of the Company.

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