Appointments - Current Affairs for January,2017

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▼ China appoints Qi Zhala as new Governor of Tibet   [01-16-17]

A new governor of Tibet was appointed by the Chinese government. Tibet is one of the most politically sensitive regions of PrC.

35 year veteran of the Communist Party, Qi Zhala has been appointed as the new Tibet Governor, in place of Luosang Jiangcun who was named secretary of the region's National People's Congress.

Zhala hs also served as the region's Community Party vice secretary and party boss of regional capital Lhasa.

Understanding the remote region of Tibet is difficult for China. Violent unrest in protest against Chinese rule commenced when Chinese troops marched to Tibet in the 1950s.

China has indicated the rule has brought prosperity and rejected charges of widespread repression from Tibetan exiles and rights groups.

Zhala is of Tibetan ethnicity and from the neighbouring province of Yunnan. He was holding official posts in the province before being transferred to Tibet in 2010.

He is currently the second most powerful leader in the region after the regional Communist party head.

Know More About Tibet:

  • Tibet is an autonomous region of China.
  • It's nicknamed the “Roof of the World” for its high peaks.
  • It shares Mt. Everest with Nepal.
  • Its capital, Lhasa, is site of hilltop Potala Palace, once the Dalai Lama’s winter home.
  • Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s spiritual symbol,is revered for its golden statue of Buddha.
  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Capital: Lhasa

▼ Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton to join Snap Inc    [01-16-17]

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will resign from his post to become chairman of the board of messaging app owner Snap Inc.

This puts the Hollywood exec in a prominent role. Technology major Snap Inc is preparing for an IPO.

Japanese major Sony said Lynton gave up the post on Feb 2, 2017 but remained as Co-CEO to help find a successor.

Snap, the owner of the popular app Snapchat is to go public this year, vying for USD 25 billion valuation.

Lynton was an early investor on this company. Its CEO Evan Spiegel founded this company. Lynton served on its board for 4 years.

Venice, CA based Snap Inc has made the move towards news and entertainment content highlighting competition with social networks like Twitter and FB.

It also shares videos from TV networks through a feature called Snapchat Discover.

Snapchat has also seen deals with media companies such as NBC Universal and Walt Disney

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai will take over the larger role at the Sony division, adding the position of Co-CEO and Chairman of the unit.

Snap Inc: Know More

  • Previously called: Snapchat Inc. (2011-2016)
  • Type: Private
  • Industry: Technology & Social media
  • Founded: September 16, 2011
  • Founders: Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy
  • Headquarters: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • CEO: Evan Spiegel
  • CTO: Bobby Murphy
  • CFO/Vice President of Finance: Drew Vollero
  • CSO: Imran T. Khan

▼ TCS gets first non Parsi chairman is N. Chandrasekaran   [01-13-17]

TCS MD and CEO, N Chandrasekaran has been appointed Chairman of TATA Sons. He is expected to take charge on Feb 21, 2017.

Popularly called “Chandra” the 54-year-old was chosen to step in as the new chairman after the removal of Cyrus Mistry. He will replace interim chairman Ratan Tata.

This is as per the recommendation of the Selection Committee.

He will now step down from his position in TCS which will be taken over by Rajesh Gopinathan, currently the company’s CFO,

Meanwhile, a battle is on at the National Company Law Tribunal with Mistry, who has challenged his ouster.

About Chandrasekaran's Career Milestones

Mr. Chandrasekaran was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services since 2009.

A Tata employee for life, he had joined the company in 1987.

He was appointed as a Director on the board of Tata Sons on October 25, 2016.

He is the third non Tata to be chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group .

Chandrasekaran is an avid photographer and a passionate long-distance runner and completed several marathons around the world.

Know More About TCS

  • Industry: IT services, IT consulting
  • Founded: 1968
  • Founder: J.R.D. Tata, F.C. Kohli
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Chairman: Ishaat Hussain
  • CEO and MD: Rajesh Gopinathan

▼ Kalyan Krishnamurthy named new CEO of Flipkart   [01-10-17]

Former Tiger Global executive Kalyan Krishnamurthy has been named the new CEO of Flipkart following managerial restructuring.

Binny Bansal has been moved to the newly created position of Group CEO. Krishnamurthy joined Flipkart in June 2016 as head of commerce unit.

Tiger Global is the largest shareholder and investor in the Bengaluru based company. Binny Bansal took over as CEO previously from co-founder Sachin Bansal who was named executive chairman for the group.

The newly formed organisation will focus on creating future value through a portfolio of new, high growth businesses, managing capital allocation across group companies.

Krishnamurthy will report to Binny Nansal along with Myntra Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan, while Nithin Seth will be COO for Flipkart. Current Ekart CEO Saikiran Krishnamurthy will move to a new role.

Know More About Flipkart

  • Type of site: E-commerce
  • Founded: 2007
  • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Area served: India
  • Founder: Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal
  • Key people: Sachin Bansal (Chairman), Kalyan Krishnamurthy (CEO)
  • Industry: Internet
  • Services: Online shopping
  • Employees: 35,000 (2015)
  • Subsidiaries: Myntra,, PhonePe
  • Website:

▼ Mufti Tassaduq Hussain inducted into PDP   [01-9-17]

At Indoor Stadium, many gathered for the induction of J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's brother Mufti Tassaduq Hussain into PDP on 7th Jan 2016, the first death anniversary of their father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

Before the event, Hussain visited Sayeed's grave in Bijbehara. The Bengaluru-based cinematographer formally join the party. Tassaduq is likely to contest the bypoll for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency that fell vacant after Mehbooba took over as CM last year.

Tassaduq has worked on hit films like 'Omkara' and 'Kaminey'. PDP youth chief Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra said Tassaduq's plunge into politics would attract more youths into the political mainstream.

Know More About PDP

  • Leader/Chairperson: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
  • Headquarters: 2, Circuit House, Emporium Lane, Residency Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Founder: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
  • Founded: 1999
  • Ideology: Self-rule in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Alliance: National Democratic Alliance (2015-present), United Progressive Alliance (2002-2008)

▼ Gen. Raheel Sharif to head Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism   [01-9-17]

General Raheel Sharif, the former Pakistani army chief, will now head the Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation military coalition formed to serve as a platform for security cooperation and combat terrorism, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism.

The decision to appoint Gen (retd) Raheel, who retired in November 2016, was taken after taking the incumbent government into confidence and both the governments and army were on board regarding the decision to let Raheel take charge of the alliance.

Raheel retired as the army chief in November and has been succeeded by General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

According to Saudi Arabia, the alliance is formed to fight ISIS and other militant outfits. At the time of its constitution, there were 34 countries in the alliance which has raised to 39.

The countries include Turkey, UAE, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Sudan, Malaysia, Egypt, Yemen and others. The Joint Command Centre, headquarters of the military alliance, is based in Riyadh.

Islamabad was also part of the new alliance to combat militancy.

Iran was not included in the grouping which appeared as a vague attempt to forge a Sunni Muslim alliance against Shiite Iran to curtail its influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and rest of the Middle East.

The Saudi-led coalition is also engaged in a military operation in Yemen since March 2015 when Houthis drove out the government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is believed to be in exile in Saudi Arabia.

▼ Raj Shah - Deputy communication director and deputy assistant of White House staff   [01-6-17]

US President elect Donald Trump has appointed an expert on strategic communications and political research, Raj Shah as his deputy assistant and research director on the White House staff.

Trump has also announced on 4th Jan 2016 that Shah would also hold the post of deputy communications director. Shah aided Trump's campaign by highlighting contradictions in Clinton's political positions and issues like her handling of the private email server.

Republican National Committee has credited him with developing the organisation's opposition research book on Hillary Clinton.

Reince Priebus has been announced as Trump's chief of staff.

Know More About Raj Shah

  • Research director and deputy communications director at the Republican National Committee.
  • Shah is also MD of America Rising.
  • His area of specialisation is opposition research.
  • He worked as a research assistant during George W.Bush's presidency.
  • He also worked in John McCain's 2008 unsuccessful presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

▼ S Padmanabhan nominated chairman of BoD of TATA Power    [01-5-17]

Tata Power has said that S Padmanabhan has been nominated as chairman of the board of directors of the company. S Padmanabhan, additional director on the company’s board, has been nominated as Chairman of the board of directors of the company effective January 4, 2017, Tata Power said in a BSE filing.

In December 2016, Mr. Padmanabhan was appointed the Additional Director.

Previously, he was the Executive Chairman, Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG), and was recently given the additional responsibility as Head of Group HR for Tata Sons.

Mr. Padmanabhan has been associated with the Tata group for over 34 years.

The nomination comes against the backdrop of Cyrus Mistry’s resignation as director of the company in December.

TATA Power: Know More

  • CEO: Anil Kumar Sardana (since Feb 1, 2011)
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Revenue: 330.3 billion INR (2013, US$4.9 billion)
  • Parent organization: Tata Group

▼ Surekha Marandi is new RBI ED   [01-5-17]

Reserve Bank of India has appointed Smt. Surekha Marandi as the ED in place of US Paliway who retired on Dec 31, the bank announced on 3rd Jan 2016.

RBI handed over charge to Marandi who assumed office on 2nd Jan 2016. She will look afterConsumer Education and Protection Department, Financial Inclusion and Development Department, and Secretary's Department, as per an RBI release.

Previous posts held by Marandi include serving on Boards of United Bank and Bank of Baroda.

Prior to being promoted as ED, Marandi was Principal Chief General Manager and Chief Vigilance Officer in the Reserve Bank.

She has, over a span of three decades, served in regulatory and supervisory, financial inclusion and development and human resource management areas in the Reserve Bank.

Know More About Surekha Marandi

  • Surekha Marandi started her career with the RBI in May 1983 and has over 30 years of banking experience.
  • She has been working for various offices at the RBI, including departments of supervision, management services, information technology, human resources management, rural planning and credit.
  • Along with holding many positions in various capacities such as Banking Ombudsman, Maharashtra and Goa, she has been associated with various committees.
  • These are including committees on customer service, financial inclusion and education, financial stability and financial sector planning for the state of Chhattisgarh.
  • She has been a Non Executive Director of Bank of Baroda since June 10, 2014.
  • She served as a Nominee Director of United Bank of India from July 30, 2010 to March 13, 2014.
Marandi holds a Master's Degree in Arts from the Jadavpur University in Kolkata, West Bengal. She has trained at several foreign universities as well.

▼ Prof. David. R. Syiemlieh - New Chairman of UPSC   [01-3-17]

President Pranab Mukherjee on Jan 2nd 2016 appointed Professor David R. Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Syiemlieh is from Meghalaya and was a UPSC member. The 63-year-old Syiemlieh will assume charge on January 4 and retire on January 21, 2018.

As per reports, Syiemlieh was functioning as a UPSC member from June 25, 2012.

Syiemlieh follows Alka Sirohi, a retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

63-year-old is the second person from Meghalaya to be appointed to the coveted post.

Rose Bathew Kharbuli from Meghalaya was the first woman chairperson of the Commission in the 1980s.

Prof. David Syiemlieh, was also was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University and Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar.

He is a graduate from Edmund's College in Shillong and a PHD from NEHU. He is currently the vice chancellor of NEHU and Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh in AP.

He received the Charles Wallace Grant for research in UK. He is also a Fullbright senior fellow and an author of several books.

▼ Preeti Sudan - New secretary Department of Food and PDS   [01-3-17]

Preeti Sudan, an IAS officer of AP cadre 1983, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

This follows the superannuation of IAS officer Ms. Vrinda Sarup.

Ms. Sudan had also served in various capacities in Union Ministries and Departments including WCD and MoD

In a career spanning 33 years, she has served in the Revenue Department, Disaster Management Department, Health and Family Welfare, Finance, Seeds/Agriculture Corporation.

Ms. Sudan is proficient in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Telugu.

Meanwhile, Shri Anoop Srivastava, a 1981 batch AS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre has taken over as Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

He was appointed OSD on Nov 2016 in the same ministry servinf in various other capacities as Secretary in the Departments of Official Language, Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Joint Secretary in Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance.

In the States of Assam and Meghalaya, he served in various departments such as Agriculture, Health & Family Welfare, Public Health Engineering, Transport, Tourism, Power, Information Technology, Social Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary and Cooperation.
He also served as Chief Electoral Officer of Meghalaya. Shri Srivastava has also served in two State PSUs. He also won the Web Ratna award 2009 in platinum icon category of National Portal Coordinator.

Chronology of events
Air Marshal SB Deo took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) at Air HQ on Jan 2nd 2017;Air Marshal SB Deo was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on 15 Jun 79.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took charge as the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff (CoAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
General Bipin Rawat took charge as the new 27th Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of India.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was sworn in as the 25th chief justice of Pakistan. He was administered the oath to the office by President Mamnoon Hussain.
Kerala-origin, Saudi-based entrepreneur Shaikh Rafik Mohammed, 42, has been appointed Major General of Kyrgyzstan, marking a first for an Indian in the Central Asian country.
Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command w.e.f Jan 2017.
IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as Managing Director of its India operations with immediate effect succeeding Vanitha Narayanan, who has been elevated as chairman of IBM India.
Former USAID head Rajiv J Shah was named as president of the Rockefeller Foundation becoming the youngest person and the first Indian-American to lead the group.
US president-elect Donald Trump has named retired senator Dan Coats as his National Intelligence Director. He is former senator from the state Indiana who had served on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel today announced the appointment of Badal Bagri as Chief Financial Officer for its India & South Asia operations with effect from January 16, 2017.
German luxury carmaker BMW has appointed Vikram Pawah (45) as the President of India operations with effect from March 1, 2017.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on 12th Jan 2017 tapped former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to advise his administration on cybersecurity.
The TCS board on 12th Jan appointed Rajesh Gopinathan as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of TCS effective February 21, 2017.
TCS has also named N Ganapathy Subramaniam (NGS), currently President, TCS Financial Solutions, as the President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been appointed as a director on the board.