Appointments - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Who has been appointed Chairman of the Cauvery Tribunal?
- Published on 24 Feb 17

a. Justice Ghodke
b. Justice Sapre
c. Justice Shahane
d. Justice Bobde
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice Sapre

The Union Government has appointed Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre of the Supreme Court as Chairman of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

He was nominated by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar.

In December 2016, Union Cabinet had cleared a proposal to set up a single, permanent Water Disputes Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes subsuming existing tribunals.

It also had proposed to float some Benches to look into disputes to speed up water sharing disputes among States.

Cauvery Tribunal

  • The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India on 2nd June 1990.
  • It was to adjudicate the water dispute regarding inter-state river Cauvery and the river valley thereof. The Tribunal had also passed an Interim Order in June, 1991 and further Clarificatory Orders on the Interim Order in April, 1992 and December, 1995.
  • The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has submitted its reports and decision under Section 5 (2) of Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 to Government on 5th February, 2007.
  • The party states and the Central Govt. have sought clarification and guidelines under Section 5(3) of the Act.
  • Matter was heard on 29.7.08 and the apex court passed the order that the matter maybe listed before a three Judge bench in Nov, 2008.

2)   Who is Scotland Yard's first woman head?
- Published on 23 Feb 17

a. Caroline Dick
b. Cynthia Dick
c. Cressida Dick
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Cressida Dick

Cressida Dick was named the new commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history.

Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down next week.

The Met is Britain's biggest and oldest police force, with 43,000 officers.

Home secretary Amber Rudd said that 56-year-old Dick has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police and an understanding of the diverse range of communities it serves.

Dick, who left the police force in 2015 to work at the foreign office, led the security operation for the 2012 London Olympics and was highly regarded by many Scotland Yard peers.

She had drawn criticism for commanding an operation after the July 2005 London bombings in which a Brazilian man, Jean Charles de Menezes, was shot after being mistaken for a suicide bomber

Cressida Dick: Know More

  • Cressida Rose Dick, CBE, QPM is a British senior police officer.
  • She is a Director-general at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  • She is to be the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, succeeding Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
  • Born: 1960, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Education: Balliol College, University of Cambridge

3)   Who is the chairman of TCS as per appointment on 20th Feb 2017?
- Published on 21 Feb 17

a. Natarajan Chandrasekaran
b. S. Ramadorai
c. Ishat Hussain
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Tata Sons Chairman-designate Natarajan Chandrasekaran will also hold the chairmanship of the group's crown jewel Tata Consultancy Services from 21st Feb 2017.

The country's largest software services provider has also named V Ramakrishnan as its Chief Financial Officer to succeed Rajesh Gopinathan, who will take over as the CEO and MD of the Tata Group company.

The nomination was duly noted by the directors at its meeting held on February 20, 2017.

Chandrasekaran, currently Chief Executive and Managing Director of TCS, will take charge as the Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of TCS with effect from tomorrow.

In a separate filing, TCS said its board of directors appointed V Ramakrishnan as the Chief Financial Officer with effect from February 21.

Ramakrishnan, or Ramki as he is popularly known, joined TCS Finance in 1999, and served as the Finance Head of TCS North America for seven years.

Earlier in the day, TCS also announced a Rs 16,000 crore buyback, the largest till date in the Indian corporate history.

Tata Sons had earlier appointed Ishaat Hussain as TCS Chairman on November 11.

TCS had said Hussain would hold office as the Chairman until a new Chairman is appointed in his place.

TCS: Know More

  • CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan (21 Feb 2017)
  • Revenue: 16.54 billion USD (2016)
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founders: J. R. D. Tata, F. C. Kohli

4)   PNB has appointed whom as the non executive Chairman?
- Published on 20 Feb 17

a. Sunil Mehta
b. Sunil Mehtani
c. Sunil Singh
d. Sunil Arora
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sunil Mehta

Punjab National Bank (PNB) has a new non-executive Chairman in Sunil Mehta.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for the appointment of Mehta as non-executive Chairman of PNB.

He has been appointed for a period of three years.

The only condition is that he would be required to resign from the board of State Bank of India before joining the board of Punjab National Bank.

About Sunil Mehta

  • A Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an alumni of the Wharton School of Management, USA, Mehta is currently Chairman & Managing Director at SPM Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd.
  • Mehta has over 33 years of leadership experience in banking, insurance, financial services and investments with Citibank and AIG.
  • As Country Head of AIG for 13 years, Mehta was responsible for setting up in India and overseeing 10 businesses covering life & non-life insurance, private equity, asset management, real estate, home and consumer finance, software development, mortgage guaranty and aircraft leasing.
  • Mehta worked at Citibank for 18 years in various senior positions, which included head of the corporate bank in India and senior credit officer.

5)   ACC has appointed how many EDs are per recommendation of Banks Board Bureau?
- Published on 20 Feb 17

a. 6
b. 7
c. 8
d. 9
Answer  Explanation 


Eight Executive Directors (EDs) have been appointed in various public sector banks on the recommendations of Banks Board Bureau.

Initially, they have been appointments for a three-year period.

List of Appointed Executive Directors

- Neelam Damodharan and Atanu Kumar Das have been appointed as EDs in Bank of India. Presently, Damodharan serves as the General Manager in Bank of Baroda and Das is General Manager in Vijaya Bank.

- P Ramana Murthy will be Executive Director of Central Bank of India. He is GM of Allahabad Bank.

- Fareed Ahmed Khan, General Manager of Corporation Bank, has been appointed as the ED in Punjab and Sind Bank.

- M K Bhattacharya, Chief General Managers of State Bank of Mysore has been appointed as the EDs of Indian Bank

- K Swaminathan, the General Manager in Indian Overseas Bank, has been appointed as ED in Indian Overseas Bank.

- Ashok Kumar Pradhan has been appointed as the ED in United Bank of India. Presently he serves as the Chief General Manager with State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.

- S Harishankar who serves as Chief General Managers of State Bank of Travancore has been appointed EDs of Allahabad Bank.

6)   Who is the author of the novel Q&A on which Slumdog Millionaire is based?
- Published on 17 Feb 17

a. Vikas Swarup
b. Syed Akbaruddin
c. Arun Kumar Sahu
d. Upmanyu Chatterjee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vikas Swarup

Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and noted novelist Vikas Swarup of Slumdog Millionaire-fame will be the India's High Commissioner to Canada, as announced on 16th Feb 2017.

Swarup, currently working as Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, will replace Arun Kumar Sahu who is currently working as acting Indian High Commissioner to Canada.

Slumdog Millionaire which won eight Oscar's was based on Swarup's successful debut novel "Q&A".

MEA is set to appoint Gopal Baglay, who is currently joint secretary (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran), as the new official spokesperson.

Baglay has earlier served as India’s deputy high commissioner to Pakistan. He was also the director in former external affairs minister S M Krishna’s office.

Baglay, who had served in Nepal and Russia, is deft at handling the media as he was earlier posted in the External Publicity Division in MEA as a director and was responsible for President’s visits.

Swarup, whose debut novel Q & A was made into the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, had helmed the high-profile office since April, 2015. Swarup had earlier served in Turkey, the US, Ethiopia, Britain, South Africa and Japan.

Under Swarup’s leadership, the MEA had launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ service to centralise its grievance redressal mechanism.

MEA had previously also launched an app, bringing websites and various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform.

7)   Who has been appointed as UN peacekeeping operations head?
- Published on 17 Feb 17

a. Dean-Pierre Lacroix
b. Sean-Pierre Lacroix
c. Jean-Pierre Lacroix
d. Alan-Pierre Lacroix
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jean-Pierre Lacroix

France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix (56) was appointed as Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

He will succeed Herve Ladsous, who will step down in March 2017 after six years of service.

Mr. Lacroix will have tenure of one year. Currently, he is director for the UN at the French foreign Ministry.

UN Peacekeeping: Know More

- A UN peacekeeping operation is led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

- It works to create the conditions for lasting peace in a country torn by conflict.

- A peacekeeping operation consists of military, police and civilian personnel.

- They work to deliver security, political and early peace building support.

8)   Who is the new ICAI president for 2017-2018?
- Published on 15 Feb 17

a. Nilesh Vikamsey
b. Nilesh Mehta
c. Nilesh Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nilesh Vikamsey

Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey was appointed new President of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI) for the year 2017-18.

Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice President of the CA institute in 2016-17.

He has been a member of the ICAI since 1985.

Besides, Naveen N D Gupta was appointed as vice-president.

About ICAI:

  • ICAI is the statutory professional accounting body of India.
  • Its affairs are managed by a council in accordance with the provisions of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988.
  • The council has 32 elected members and 8 are nominated by the Union Government.

9)   Who has been appointed ASSOCHAM's new president?
- Published on 14 Feb 17

a. Balkrishna Goenka
b. Kiran Kumar Grandhi
c. Sandeep Jajodia
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sandeep Jajodia

Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd. CMD Sandeep Jajodia has been appointed the new President of industry chamber ASSOCHAM.

Balkrishan Goenka, Chairman, Welspun Group and Kiran Kumar Grandhi, vice-chairman of GMR Infrastructure Ltd, have taken over as senior vice-president and vice-president respectively.

Jajodia took over from Sunil Kanoria, vice-chairman, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited.

ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920.

It has more than 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, serving more than 4,50,000 members from all over India.

ASSOCHAM is set to influence dynamics of growth and development in the technology driven cyber age of ‘Knowledge Based Economy’.

ASSOCHAM derives its strength from its Promoter Chambers and other Industry/ Regional Chambers/Associations spread all over the country.

10)   Who has been appointed the new SEBI chief w.e.f March 1, 2017?
- Published on 13 Feb 17

a. UK Sinha
b. Ajay Tyagi
c. Brijesh Mishra
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Ajay Tyagi

The government has appointed senior finance ministry official Ajay Tyagi as the chairman of the India markets watchdog, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for a five-year term.

Tyagi, who is currently an additional secretary at finance ministry’s economic affairs department, will succeed Upendra Kumar Sinha as the chairman of Sebi. Sinha’s current term ends on 1 March.

Upendra Kumar Sinha's extended tenure ends on March 1.

Tyagi, a 1984 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, is at present Additional Secretary (Investment) in the Department of Economic Affairs and handles capital market, among others.

Tyagi has been appointed as chairman of the markets regulator, an official order said.

Sinha's three-year term began in February 2011, following which he got two extensions, making him one of the longest-serving SEBI chiefs.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet-headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Tyagi's appointment for a period not exceeding five years or till the age of 65 years, it said.

58-year-old Tyagi hails from Uttar Pradesh.

As per the eligibility criteria, a person can hold the position of Sebi chairman till the age of 65 years or for a term decided by the government.

Sinha, a 1976 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, had assumed office as the Sebi chairman on February 18, 2011, when the previous UPA government was in power.

He was later given a two-year extension. Days before the end of his tenure in February last year, he was given another extension till March 1, 2017.

Tyagi for a short while was also on the board of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The process for selecting the next chief of the Sebi started in September 2015, pursuant to which several applications were received for the position.

GoI had decided to give a one-year extension to Sinha to ensure stability due to volatile market conditions.

Sebi chairman receives consolidated pay package of Rs 4.5 lakh per month.

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