Appointments - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Who has been appointed the next director of CBI?
- Published on 20 Jan 17

a. Alok Verma
b. Anil Sinha
c. Anil Verma
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Alok Verma

3 member collegium led by PM Narendra Modi and CJI J. S. Khehar appointed Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma as the next director of the CBI.

The third member in the panel, Congress leader Mallikaarjuna Kharge opposed the appointment.

The 1979 batch IPS officer from Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre has been appointed CBI Director for a period of two years following appointment by ACC

Verma took charge of Delhi Police chief post in February 2016. Anil Sinha was the previous CBI director.

1984 batch IPS officer from Gujarat cadre was presently looking after CBI work as interim director.

Kharge reportedly gave his dissent note of selecting Alok Verma for the CBI Director citing that he

59 year old Verma, who was due to retire from service in July this year. He will now have a fixed tenure of two years as CBI Director.

He had worked in various positions in Delhi Police. He also held posts in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram and in the Intelligence Bureau.

He took charge of Delhi Police from B S Bassi last year, after relinquishing the charge of DG of Tihar Jail.

Verma is the 27th Director of CBI.

The other strong contender IPS officers were:

  • MHA special secretary Rupak Kumar Dutta,
  • Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur and
  • ITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary.

2)   Baidu has appointed whom as its COO and Group President on 17th Jan 2017?
- Published on 19 Jan 17

a. Qi Lu
b. Wi Lu
c. Hi Lu
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


Baidu, leading Chinese ISP major announced the appointment of Dr. Qi Lu as the Baidu Group president and COO.

The appointment is with immediate effect. Lu is in charge of products, technology, sales and marketing operations.

Prior to this, he was Microsoft Global Executive Vice President. Lu hasalso led one of three Microsoft business units.

With leadership and management experience, Lu is a leading authority in the area of artificial intelligence.

Lu received bachelor and master degrees in computer science from Fudan University in Shanghai.

He holds a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

He owns over 40 US patents and has authored many papers in his field.

Lu joined Yahoo! in 1998 and later became Senior Vice President in charge of search and advertising technologies.

He then became Executive Vice President in 2007.

In 2009 he joined Microsoft as President of its Online Services Group.

In 2013, Lu was appointed as Microsoft's Global Executive Vice President.

Baidu is a leading ISP provider in China.

Baidu: Know More

  • CEO: Robin Li (since Jan 2004)
  • Revenue: 66.38 billion CNY
  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Founders: Robin Li, Eric Xu

3)   Whom has China appointed as the new Governor of Tibet?
- Published on 16 Jan 17

a. Luosang Jiangcun
b. Qi Zhala
c. Qi Jiangcun
d. Luosang Zhala
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Qi Zhala

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

4)   Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will step down to join which tech company?
- Published on 16 Jan 17

a. Snap Inc
b. Snapdeal
c. Snapchat
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Snap Inc

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

5)   Who has become the first non Parsi chairman of TATA Sons?
- Published on 13 Jan 17

a. N. Chandrasekaran
b. K Gopinath
c. Cyrus Mistry
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: N. Chandrasekaran

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

6)   Who has been named as the new CEO of Flipkart?
- Published on 10 Jan 17

a. Binny Bansal
b. Kalyan Krishnamurthy
c. Gopal Krishnamurthy
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kalyan Krishnamurthy

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:

7)   Who has been inducted into the PDP on 7th Jan 2016?
- Published on 09 Jan 17

a. Omar Abdullah
b. Mehbooba Mufti
c. Mufti Tassaduq Hussain
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mufti Tassaduq Hussain

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)

8)   Who has been appointed as head of Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism?
- Published on 09 Jan 17

a. Gen. Pervez Musharraf
b. Gen. Ayub Khan
c. Gen. Raheel Sharif
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gen. Raheel Sharif

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.

9)   Donald Trump has appointed whom as the deputy assistant and research director at the White House?
- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. Rajiv Shah
b. Raj Shah
c. Rajesh Shah
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Raj Shah

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.

10)   Who has been nominated as Chairman of Board of Directors of TATA Power?
- Published on 05 Jan 17

a. S Padmanabhan
b. Mehli Mistry
c. Cyrus Mistry
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: S Padmanabhan

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

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