Appointments - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   India has re-nominated which SC judge for another term in ICJ?
- Published on 22 Jun 17

a. HL Dattu
b. Girish Thakorlal Nanavati
c. CP Thakur
d. Dalveer Bhandari
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dalveer Bhandari

India decided to re-nominate Dalveer Bhandari for another term as the Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The nomination papers of Bhandari were filed on 19 June 2017 in New York.

The decision came after the Indian nominee, Neeru Chadha, won the election to one of the seven vacant seats to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

The signatures from all four members of India’s national group at the Permanent Court of Arbitration were acquired on 18 June 2017. As per ICJ statutes, the national group has to submit nominations to the ICJ.

The current members of the Indian national group are former Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, retired Supreme Court Judge Girish Thakorlal Nanavati, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi and senior lawyer Harish Salve.

Dalveer Bhandari: Know More

  • Born on 1 October 1947, Dalveer Bhandari is an Indian member of the International Court of Justice. He obtained degrees in the humanities and law from Jodhpur University and practised in the Rajasthan High Court from 1968 to 1970.
  • Later, he obtained a Masters of Law from Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Following his return to India, he again took up a law practice in the Rajasthan High Court from 1973 to 1976. In 1991, he was elevated to the Delhi High Court in March 1991.
  • As a judge in the Delhi High Court, he also chaired the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, the Advisory Board of Delhi State, and the Delhi chapter of the International Law Association for a number of years.
  • On 25 July 2004, he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
  • On 28 October 2005, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.
  • He was nominated by the Government of India as its official candidate in January 2012.
  • In the elections held on 27 April 2012, he secured 122 votes in the United Nations General Assembly against 58 for his rival, Florentino Feliciano, who was nominated by the Government of the Philippines.
  • He swore in as a member of the International Court of Justice on 19 June 2012.

2)   Girish Wagh has been appointed as the head of Commercial Vehicle Business Unit on 13th June 2017?
- Published on 16 Jun 17

a. TATA Motors
b. TATA Sons
c. Maruti
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


Automobile major Tata Motors on 13 June 2017 announced the appointment of Girish Wagh as the head of its Commercial Vehicle Business Unit.

Wagh will take charge of his new responsibilities with immediate effect. On 5 June 2017, Tata Motors had informed that Director of its associated companies and Executive Director (Commercial Vehicles) Ravindra Pisharody has resigned due to personal reasons.

TATA Motors: Know More

  • Tata Motors Limited is an Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company.
  • It is headquartered in Mumbai.
  • The company was founded in 1945 as a manufacturer of locomotives.
  • It manufactured its first commercial vehicle in 1954 in a collaboration with Daimler-Benz AG, which ended in 1969.
  • Its products include passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, sports cars, construction equipment and military vehicles.
  • It has auto manufacturing and assembly plants in Jamshedpur, Pantnagar, Lucknow, Sanand, Dharwad, and Pune in India, as well as in Argentina, South Africa, Great Britain and Thailand.
  • Tata Motors’ principal subsidiaries purchased the English premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover and the South Korean commercial vehicle manufacturer Tata Daewoo.
  • On 17 January 2017, Natarajan Chandrasekaran was appointed the Chairman of the company.

3)   Who has been appointed Uk’s deputy PM?
- Published on 13 Jun 17

a. Damian Green
b. Michael Gove
c. James Brokenshire
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Damian Green

Theresa May on 11 June 2017 appointed her close ally Damian Green as her first secretary of state, effectively her deputy prime minister. The cabinet reshuffle follows the shock results of UK general elections 2017, which saw Conservatives lose their majority status.

This is forcing May to form a minority government.

May has brought back former Justice Secretary Michael Gove whom she ousted in 2016, as the new Environment Secretary.

She has also shifted former department secretary, Andrea Leadsom to the post of leader of the House of Commons.

James Brokenshire has been appointed as the Northern Ireland minister and Karen Bradley as the new Minister of Culture, media and sports.

Senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister, Priti Patel will retain her position as the secretary of state for International development.

The five top-most Cabinet posts will also remain unchanged.

These include Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary and Michael Fallon who will remain as the in-charge of the ministry of defence.

Besides this, Greg Clark and Liam Fox will also retain their positions as the Secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy and Secretary of State for international trade respectively.

David Gauke would be taking over as Work and Pensions minister and Justine Greening, who would be retaining her position as the Secretary of State for Education, will be taking additional charge as Minister for women and equalities.

Other appointments rather than Damian Green include Liz Truss as the new chief secretary to the treasury, David Lidington as the new Lord Chancellor and justice minister, Alun Cairns as the new Secretary of State for Wales, Gavin Williamson as the new parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and Chris Grayling as the new transport minister.

Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid would also continue to hold his post of secretary of state for communities and local government, as would Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

4)   SEBI has approved whose appointment as the NSE MD and CEO?
- Published on 12 Jun 17

a. Vikram Limaye
b. Vikram Bobde
c. Vikram Lele
d. Vikram Kale
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vikram Limaye

SEBI has granted conditional approval for the appointment of Vikram Limaye as the MD and CEO of the NSE.

In February 2017, Limaye who is MD and CEO of infrastructure financing company IDFC was selected for the post of NSE chief.

However, SEBI had not cleared his appointment as he was also present in the Supreme Court appointed four-member panel managing the affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Now, the SEBI has cleared the appointment of Limaye subject to the condition that he relieves himself from his BCCI assignment, among other things.

Limaye’s term with the BCCI ends in August this year.

The NSE has already assured SEBI that Limaye will not seek an extension on his BCCI assignment.

Limaye is expected to take charge of NSE at a time the exchange is facing challenges in multiple fronts.

NSE has been functioning headless for the past six months.

Additionally, the vice chairman and founding member of the NSE Ravi Narain resigned from the board as the SEBI investigation in the algorithmic trading platform issue picked up.

SEBI has also issued show cause notices to 14 directors of the exchange for their failure to maintain market sanctity.

NSE plans for an initial public offering in the second half of this year.

Vikram Limaye: Know More

  • Vikram Limaye is chartered accountant with an MBA from The Wharton School.
  • Earlier, Mr Limaye was also named a member of a four-member panel by the Supreme Court to run the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex cricket management body in the country.
  • Vikram Limaye was selected as the Managing Director of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) after Chitra Ramakrishna had quit the exchange in December 2016 citing personal reasons.

5)   Which of the following are Indian American astronauts?
- Published on 09 Jun 17

a. Raja Grinder Chari
b. Sunita Williams
c. Kalpana Chawla
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Raja Grinder Chari

NASA on 7 June 2017 announced names of 12 new astronauts, including an Indian-American Lt Col Raja Grinder Chari.

They, the new astronauts, were chosen from a record number of over 18000 applicants. The new candidates include six military officers, three scientists, two medical doctors, a lead engineer at SpaceX and a NASA research pilot.

The seven men and five women comprise the 22nd class of American spaceflight trainees since 1959.

Raja Grinder Chari: Know More

  • Indian American Lt Col., US Air Force Raja Grinder Chari (39) is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the Director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
  • He hails from Waterloo, Iowa who graduated from the US Air Force Academy with bachelor’s degrees aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
  • The other 11 selected astronaut candidates include Zena Cardman, Jasmin Moghbeli, Jonny Kim, Frank Rubio, Matthew Dominick, Warren Hoburg, Robb Kulin, Kayla Barron, Bob Hines, Loral O’ Hara and Jessica Watkins.

6)   Who has been appointed Vice Chairman of NCM?
- Published on 31 May 17

a. Shri George Kurien
b. Shri Verghese Kurein
c. Shri Paul Kurien
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shri George Kurien

The Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has appointed Shri George Kurien as Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Minorities.

Shri Kurien is a renowned social and educational activist from Kerala.

Earlier, noted social activist from Uttar Pradesh, Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi was appointed as Chairman of National Commission for Minorities.

Other appointed members of the Commission are Ms Sulekha Kumbhare, Shri Sunil Singhi and Shri Vada Dasturji Khurshed Kaikobad Dastoor.

7)   Who is the new IAMAI chairman?
- Published on 26 May 17

a. Rajan Anandan
b. Rajan Swarup
c. Subho Ray
d. Umang Bedi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Rajan Anandan

Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed as the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

Rajan will succeed FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer Kunal Shah.

The other new office bearers of the IAMAI will be MakeMyTrip chairman & Group CEO Deep Kalra who will be the vice-chairman.

He succeeds Saavn co-founder and president Vinodh Bhat. Facebook’s managing director (India & South Asia), Umang Bedi will be the new treasurer of IAMAI.

Subho Ray will continue to be the president of IAMAI. The tenure of the office bearers of the new council will be for two years.

The new council has to work towards improving the internet connectivity especially in rural areas. It is estimated that in a population of 906 million, only 156 million are using the internet in rural areas. IAMAI has to take steps to reach to the potential 750 million users living in rural heartlands.

Another area which needs the focus of the committee is the promotion of local language content. The Indian languages accounts for only 0.1% of the content on the worldwide web.

It is estimated that enabling Indian language content will help to achieve a growth of 39% in the current user base of India.

IAMAI: Know More

  • IAMAI is a not-for-profit industry body registered under the Societies Act, 1986.
  • It was founded in 2004.
  • Its aim is to improve and expand the value added services pertaining to mobiles and several online services.
  • It is the only existing specialized body that represents the interests of online and mobile value added services

8)   Who has been appointed the new DG of WHO?
- Published on 25 May 17

a. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
b. Sania Nishtar
c. David Nabarro
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Former Ethiopian Health Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation.

This election has earned the distinction of being the first election which saw the participation of all WHO member states in the voting process.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defeated the other two contendors to the post, namely, UK’s Dr David Nabarro and Pakistan’s Dr Sania Nishtar.

The head of the organization is the Director-General (DG), appointed by the World Health Assembly. Earlier stincts of Dr Tedros includes the post of Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister (2012-2016) and Health Minister (2005-2012).

He has also served as chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Also as chair of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board, as well as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

During his tenure at the helm of WHO, Dr Tedros will have to tackle challenges like the spread of the Zika virus and Ebola, along with existing challenges posed by Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, to name a few.

WHO is also at present facing the financial challenges as a result of the squeeze on donor funds. WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health.

WHO: Know More

  • Established on 7 April 1948, it succeeded the Health Organization, which was an agency of the League of Nations.
  • It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its headquarters are located at Geneva. WHO flag features the Rod of Asclepius as a symbol for healing

9)   Who has been appointed group CFO of TATA Sons?
- Published on 24 May 17

a. Sandeep Agrawal
b. Sanjay Agrawal
c. Saurabh Agrawal
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Saurabh Agrawal

Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran announced a key recruitment at holding company Tata Sons on 22nd May 2017, of veteran investment banker Saurabh Agrawal as group chief financial officer.

Agrawal, who will join from July, is currently the head of strategy with the Aditya Birla Group.

As group CFO at Tata Sons, he will have to focus on bringing back some of the loss-making businesses on track. Agrawal was instrumental in handling the Idea-Vodafone merger deal, as well as the Grasim-Aditya Birla Nuvo merger for the Birla entity.

It will be the second big appointment by Chandrasekaran, after that of Ankur Verma, former managing director of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who joined Tata Group in March.

Prior to the Birla job, Saurabh Agrawal was heading corporate finance at Standard Chartered Bank in India and South Asia.

He had also been the head of investment banking at DSP Merrill Lynch, where he worked with Chandrasekaran on Tata Consultancy Services’ initial public offer of equity in 2004, beside later acquisitions.

Agrawal brings deep capital markets knowledge and valuable cross-industry experience to this critical leadership role in the Tata Group.

Saurabh Agrawal is a graduate of IIT Roorkee, with a post-graduate management degree from IIM Calcutta.

One of the stated complaints of Tata Group patriarch Ratan Tata against former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was that the latter had not appointed a group CFO after Ishaat Hussain retired as Tata Sons’ finance director in 2012.

The group CFO position is important and considered a second link between Tata Sons and its subsidiaries, after the chairman.
The group CFO will also have to decide on job cuts ensure that Tata Sons gives enough dividends to Tata Trusts, which own 66 per cent stake in the company.

10)   Who has been appointed as IDS deputy chief?
- Published on 22 May 17

a. AN Pradhan
b. CN Pradhan
c. PN Pradhan
d. JN Pradhan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: PN Pradhan

Air Marshal PN Pradhan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations).

IDS Integrated Defence Staff was created in 2001 following the recommendation of GoM which was set up after the Kargil war to review India’s defence management.

IDS was established to ensure a high degree of synergy between the Armed forces.

IDS works towards integration of policies, war fighting and procurement by employing best management practices.

The IDS comprises of Service Officers, Civilian Officers and Scientists who perform roles and functions allocated to them based on responsibilities of Integrated Defence Staff.

PN Pradhan was commissioned as a pilot in Indian Air Force in 1981.

Pradhan has held four command tenures and various key positions like Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personal Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters and served as the Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command.

Pradhan was associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135, BBJ and C-130 fleets into the Indian Airforce.

In recognition of his distinguished service, he was awarded with Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal: Know More

  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal is a military award of India given to recognize “distinguished service of an exceptional order” to all ranks of the armed forces. The award can also be granted posthumously.
  • Category: Peacetime distinguished service medal
  • Awarded for: Distinguished service of an exceptional order.
  • Established: 26 January 1960
  • Next (Lower): Uttam Yudh Seva Medal
  • Next (Higher): Vir Chakra

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