Appointments - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Who has been appointed as the COO of FreeCharge on 22nd March?
- Published on 23 Mar 17

a. Rahul Yadav
b. Jason Kothari
c. Ankit Khanna
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Ankit Khanna

FreeCharge on March 22, 2017 announced promotion of Ankit Khanna to Chief Operating Officer of the company.

Ankit will be managing product, user growth, user experience and business development at Freecharge.

Before taking charge as the COO, Ankit was the Chief Product Officer with the company.

Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President, Product at Snapdeal and has been with Snapdeal since the company's inception in 2010, where he joined as the Product head.

Ankit holds a Bachelors in technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Before joining Snapdeal, Ankit also co-founded Itasveer in 2006, an online solution for photo printing which was later acquired by a Pune based IT Services company.

FreeCharge: Know More

  • Status: Acquired by Snapdeal on April 8, 2015
  • Total Equity Funding: $174.22M in 5 Rounds from 6 Investors
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Description: FreeCharge is a service that gives users coupons for charging their mobile plans.
  • Founders: Sandeep Tandon, Kunal Shah
  • Categories: Internet, Coupons, Payments
  • Website:

2)   Who has been appointed New Member (Traction) Railway Board?
- Published on 22 Mar 17

a. Ghanshyam Singh
b. Dhanshyam Singh
c. Shyam Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ghanshyam Singh

Shri Ghanshyam Singh, has been appointed as new Member (Traction) Railway Board and ex officio Secretary to the Government of India with effect from 21 March 2017.

Shri Singh, an officer of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineering (IRSEE) of 1979 batch, and is a Gold Medalist in B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Allahabad University.

He was General Manager, Eastern Railway, Kolkata.

He worked as Chief Electrical Engineer, Northern Railway. Shri Singh has also worked in various other important posts at Railway Board level & all over Indian Railways.

Shri Singh executed several innovative projects including planning for Rail Infrastructure Development of Power Plant & Refineries, Rail Electrification and more.

He is also credited to have designed the high voltage distribution system for rural electrification in Uttarakhand.

While working as Chief Electrical Engineer in ER, Shri Singh developed the methodology for power procurement from the private producers for the first time in IR.

He has also designed HVDS (High Voltage Distribution System) for rural electrification in the state of Uttaranchal.

He was awarded twice by the Hon’ble Railway Minister for his outstanding service.

3)   Who has been appointed the CEO of FreeCharge?
- Published on 21 Mar 17

a. Rahul Yadav
b. Jason Kothari
c. Binny Bansal
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Jason Kothari

Snapdeal has appointed former online real estate portal executive Jason Kothari to the position of Chief Executive Officer of its digital payments subsidiary Freecharge.

It is also committing to invest a further $20 million into the firm.

Kothari’s appointment to the role comes a month after former Freecharge CEO Govind Rajan quit the company.

This is amid growing concerns of Freecharge losing out to larger rival Paytm in India’s fast growing digital payments space.


  • Owner : Snapdeal
  • Founded : August 2010
  • Founder : Kunal Shah , Sandeep Tandon
  • Headquarters : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

4)   Who has become the Chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis?
- Published on 20 Mar 17

a. Manhar Valji
b. Manju Diler
c. Dalip Kallu Hathibed
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Manhar Valji

Manhar Vaji on March 16, 2017 became the chairperson of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis.

Along with Valji, two other members Manju Diler and Dalip Kallu Hathibed assumed office.

The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis aims to study, evaluate and monitor the implementation of various schemes meant for the welfare of safai karamcharis.

The commission was set up in August 1994 as per the provisions of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993.

The commission consists of a chairperson, a vice-chairperson and five members.

Among them, at least one of the members shall be a woman.

The chairperson, vice-chairperson and every member shall hold office for such period not exceeding three years.

All orders and decisions of the commission shall be authenticated by the chairperson or any other officer of the commission duly authorised by the chairperson in this behalf.

Functions of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

  • Recommend to the Union Government specific programmes of action towards elimination of inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities for safai karamcharis under a time-bound action plan.
  • Study and evaluate the implementation of the programmes and schemes relating to the social and economic rehabilitation of safai karamcharis.
  • Investigate specific grievances and take sou moto notice of matters relating to non-implementation of programmes or schemes in respect of any group of safai karamcharis.

5)   Lenovo has announced whose appointment to head the HR team in Asia Pacific?
- Published on 20 Mar 17

a. Subhankar Roy Chowdhury
b. Subhasish Roy Chowdhury
c. Sudhakar Roy Chowdhury
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Subhankar Roy Chowdhury

Lenovo has announced the appointment of Subhankar Roy Chowdhury to head the HR team in Asia Pacific.

He was earlier the executive director and global head for HR strategy, merger and acquisitions and HR analytics.

He will now work on transforming business operations and putting together people strategy in Asia Pacific with the aim to build leadership, transform culture and develop talent resources.

Chowdhury will report to senior vice president and President Asia Pacific Ken Wong leading the company's business across the region.

Subhankar and his team have advantaged corporate HR strategy at Lenovo.

Subhankar previously held leadership positions in HR consulting and HR generalist roles at Nokia, IBM Business Consulting, PwC, Siemens Information Systems and L&T in India, Middle East Africa and South East Asia regions.

Subhankar holds a masters degree in personnel management and a bachelor's degree in Economics.

Subhankar succeeds Andrew Dahms, who departs towards the close of March 2017.

Lenovo: Know More

  • Headquarters: Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
  • CEO: Yang Yuanqing (since 5 Feb 2009)
  • Parent organization: Legend Holdings

6)   Which singer turned Union Minister has been appointed vice president of U-17 FIFA World Cup committee?
- Published on 17 Mar 17

a. Babul Supriyo
b. Hema Malini
c. Lata Mangeshkar
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Babul Supriyo

Singer turned Union minister Babul Supriyo has been appointed Vice President of the 2017 U-17 Fifa World Cup organising committee, turned-BJP MP Babul Supriyo as vice-president of the Local Organising Committee (LoC) of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by India from October 6 .

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

It is the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the U17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA.

FIFA U-17 World Cup

  • Dates: 6 Oct 2017 – 28 Oct 2017
  • Teams: 24
  • Venues: 6

7)   Who has been appointed as administrator for medicare and medicaid services in the US?
- Published on 16 Mar 17

a. Seema Verma
b. Nikki Haley
c. Sunita Williams
d. Priti Patel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Seema Verma

Indian-American Seema Verma has been sworn-in as the head of a key healthcare agency in the Donald Trump administration.

Ms. Verma was sworn in on March 14, 2017 by U.S Vice President Mike Pence as administrator of the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

These are part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The $1 trillion agency oversees health insurance programmes for everyone from nursing home residents to newborns.

The Senate confirmed her nomination on Monday by a vote of 55-43, largely along party lines.

Verma is taking over the agency as a Republican healthcare bill moving through the House has reopened the debate over the government’s role in healthcare.

Verma is an Indiana healthcare consultant.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), which represents more than 60,000 physicians, welcomed Verma’s appointment.

Her role will extend beyond the insurance programmes - Medicare for senior citizens and Medicaid for the poor - to helping craft and implement the Republican healthcare reform plan to replace Obamacare.

8)   Narendra Kumar was appointed the new chairman of _______
- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. CWC
b. BMC
d. MCD
Answer  Explanation 


Narendra Kumar on March 9, 2017 was appointed the new chairman of the Central Water Commission.

He succeeded GS Jha who supernannuated on the same day.

He is a CWES or Central Water Engineering Service officer of 1979 batch.

Holding a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from IIT-Roorkee, he has completed his M.Tech with structural engineering as specialization from IIT-D.

Narendra Kumar worked in the Central Water Commission in various capacities such as an assistant director, deputy director and director.

He also had served as the senior joint commissioner in the Union Ministry of Water Resources between 2002 and 2005.

He worked as the commissioner, Brahmaputra and Barak wing of the ministry between 2011 and 2014.

Central Water Commission: Know More

  • It is a premier technical organization of India in the field of water resources.
  • At present, it is functioning as an attached office of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • The commission is headed by a chairman, with the status of Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India.
  • The work of the commission is divided among 3 wings, namely, Designs and Research (D&R) Wing, River Management (RM) Wing and Water Planning and Projects (WP&P) Wing.
  • Each wing is placed under the charge of a full-time member with the status of Ex-Officio Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
  • It is comprising of a number of organizations responsible for the disposal of tasks and duties falling within their assigned scope of functions.

9)   TATA Sons has appointed whom to join its holding company?
- Published on 15 Mar 17

a. Ankur Verma
b. Ankur Mehta
c. Ankur Sharma
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ankur Verma

Tata Sons has strengthened the Chairman’s office by hiring known investment banker Ankur Verma to join the holding company of the Tata Group.

He would be closely working with N Chandrasekaran, who took over as Tata Sons Chairman on February 21, 2017.

Verma has joined Tata Sons from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as Managing Director (Investment Banking Division).

Verma has done PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, after graduating in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

This is the first big time hiring at Tata Sons from outside the group after former Chairman Cyrus Mistry was ousted from his position as well as from the group in a big power struggle.

The Group Executive Council (GEC) which was set up by Mr Mistry was disbanded soon after his removal.

GEC members Madhu Kannan, Professor Nirmalya Kumar and NS Rajan who were hired from outside were asked to go and other GEC members Tata insiders Mukund Rajan and Harish Bhat were transferred to different roles.

The GEC used to provide strategic and operational support to the former Chairman Mr Mistry.

TATA Sons: Know More

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founder: Jamsetji Tata
  • Founded: 1917
  • Type of business: Private

10)   Who has been appointed Group Chairman of HSBC?
- Published on 14 Mar 17

a. Mark Tucker
b. Simon Tucket
c. Stuart Gulliver
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Mark Tucker

HSBC has appointed Mark Tucker, the chief executive of Asian insurer AIA, as group chairman.

Tucker will take over on 1 October, succeeding Douglas Flint who has been in the role since 2010.

The appointment breaks an HSBC tradition of appointing insiders to the chairmanship.

Tucker has been chief executive of AIA for seven years, during which he oversaw the insurer's expansion in Asia.

Prior to AIA, he was the chief executive of insurance giant Prudential, and brings to HSBC his experience at the top of a UK financial giant as well as his Asian exposure.

HSBC has been through an overhaul in recent years in an attempt to reverse declining profits.

Over the past six years it has cut more than 40,000 jobs and sold off businesses.

Despite those efforts, profits tumbled more than 60% last year.

In 2017, it reached a $470m (£325m) settlement with the US government and states related to dubious mortgage lending and foreclosure practices during the financial crisis.

In late 2012 HSBC paid US authorities $1.9bn in a settlement over money laundering.

AIA said that Ng Keng Hooi, would take over as chief executive from 1 September.


  • CEO: António Pedro dos Santos Simões (1 Sep 2015)
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founded: 15 August 1836, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Number of employees: 85,000
  • Subsidiaries: First Direct, M&S Bank, HSBC Bank, HSBC France, more
  • Parent organization: HSBC

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