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SP Vaid appointed as Director General of J&K police

The Jammu and Kashmir government on 28 December 2016 cleared the appointment of Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Special DG, Coordination and Law and Order, as new Director General of Police. Vaid.
●    His appointment was approved at a cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
●    He is the second officer from Jammu to have risen to the post of Director General of Police. 
●    He carries an immense experience in operations against the militants.
●    He was promoted to the rank of DG and appointed as DGP (Prisons) on 3 March 2016.
●    He was transferred and posted as Special DG (Coordination and Law & Order) on 8 September 2016.
●    He survived a major explosion in September 1991, while serving as the Superintendent of Police, Jammu.
●    On 21 March 1991, he was ambushed by militants. At that time, he was posted in the Baramulla-Kupwara range near Sopore as Deputy Inspector General of Police.

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Viral V Acharya appointed as Deputy Governor of RBI

Viral V Acharya was on 28 December 2016 appointed as the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is a professor of economics at New York University.
●    He will be joining the ranks of Vishwanathan, S S Mundra, R Gandhi as one of four Deputy Governors of RBI. He will be serving under RBI Governor Urjit Patel. 
●    Acharya has significant experience in global finance specifically in theoretical risk assessment of the financial sector. 
●    In 2015, Acharya co-authored a research paper that analysed the precarious condition of public sector banks in India.
●    He has previously served on the International Advisory Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India.
●    His papers have been published in renowned finance journals. 
●    He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Rising Star in Finance Award.

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Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht takes over as DG NCC 

Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht took over the reins of National Cadet Corps (NCC) as its Director General on 23 December 2016.
●    An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the General was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 09 June 1979. 
●    A graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General has attended the Higher Command Course, National Defence College, IAS Professional Course and Emergency Management Course at Melbourne, Australia.
●    He has held various staff and command appointments and has been awarded with COAS & GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation, VSM & Bar for distinguished service in command and staff assignments. 
●    He held the appointment of Additional Director General in Military Training and Additional Military Secretary (A) at the IHQ of MoD (Army). 
●    He was the Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya prior to the current assignment.He succeeds Lt Gen A Chakravarty, who retired on31 August 2016.

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Indian-American Pradeep Gupta elected Mayor of Californian city

An Indian-American engineer has been elected as Mayor of South San Francisco city in the US state of California. 
●    Pradeep Gupta, an IIT Chennai alumni, was sworn in as the Mayor of the city early this month, a media release said. 
●    With this he has became the second Indian-American to be elected as the Mayor of the Californian city.
●    Gupta was appointed to the South San Francisco City Council for a one-year term on December 31, 2012 and was elected to a full four-year term in November 2013. 
●    Prior to his appointment to the City Council, he was on the South San Francisco Planning Commission for three years, serving as the Commission’s Chair in 2011.
●    He has a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, specialising in the area of energy efficiency and long term planning of electric utility systems. 
●    He earlier served as Vice Mayor of the City. This election season, Savita Vaidhyanathan was elected as the new Mayor of Cupertino in California.


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Justice J S Khehar appointed as 44th Chief Justice of India

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on 19 December 2016 was appointed as the 44th Chief Justice of India by the President Pranab Mukherjee.
●    Justice Khehar will be sworn-in as the Chief Justice of India on 4 January 2017. He will retire from his office on 27 August 2017.
●    The incumbent Chief Justice T S Thakur on 6 December 2016 had communicated his recommendation to the Union Government to appoint Justice Khehar. 
●    Justice Thakur will retire on 3 January 2017 after tenure of a year.
●    Justice Khehar will be the first Chief Justice of India from the Sikh community.
●    Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar had led the five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act for the appointment of judges.
●    He also led the bench that in January 2016 set aside the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat next Army Chief

The Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Bipin Rawat will be the new Chief of Army Staff, while Air Marshal BS Dhanoa, the next Chief of Air Staff. 
●    They will take charge in the afternoon of 31 December 2016.
●    Lt. Gen Rawat will replace General Dalbir Singh, who will retire from his office at the end of this month. 
●    Air Marshal Dhanoa, who will replace Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. 
●    Over last three decades of his service, Lt. General Rawat has tremendous hands-on experience of serving in combat areas, and at various functional levels in the Indian Army.
●    He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the LAC with China, the LoC with Pakistan and in the North-East.
●    He is known for his balanced approach towards compassion, soldiering and connect with civil society.
●    His experience as GOC-in-C Southern Army Command in Mechanised Warfare has been focused towards the western borders, in coordination with the other two services.

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Vijay Sharma formally assumes office as LIC Chairman

Vijay Kumar Sharma on Friday assumed charge as Chairman of the nation's largest financial powerhouse Life Insurance Corporation.
●    The Government had on Wednesday appointed Sharma, who was named Acting Chairman on September 16, as the head of the state-run life insurer, where he will have a five-year term.
●    Sharma, a Managing Director, was given the role of Acting Chairman when incumbent S K Roy was relieved of his duties. 
●    Roy had resigned in June, nearly two years ahead of his term. He was appointed in June 2013 by the previous Congress-led UPA Government.
●    A post-graduate in science, Sharma joined LIC as a direct recruit officer in 1981. 
●    Before he was promoted as a Managing Director in 2013, he held important positions as executive director of pension & group schemes, zonal manager in-charge of Southern zone. 
●    He also helmed LIC Housing Finance, an arm of the insurance behemoth.

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Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed named UN Deputy Secretary-General

Incoming United Nations (UN) Chief Antonio Guterres on 15 December 2016 appointed Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General.
●    Guterres was recently sworn in as the ninth male UN Chief. 
●    He pledged to reach gender parity among senior leadership within his five-year term. 
●    He will take over from current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017.
●    On 11 November 2015, Amina Mohammed was appointed as the Minister of Environment of Nigeria.
●    Previously, she served as Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions.
●    She also served as an Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University.
●    Born in 1961, she was the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. She was appointed to the position on 7 June 2012.

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Sunil Arora appointed as Director General of IICA

Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora was on 15 December 2016 appointed as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).
●    Arora's appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). 
●    He will serve the  office for a period of five years or till attaining 65 years of age or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. 
●    He is an Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) of 1980-batch of Rajasthan cadre. 
●    Earlier this year, he retired as Information and Broadcasting Secretary.
●    He is presently serving as an Advisor at Prasar Bharati. 
●    At the Centre, he worked in various Ministries such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission.
●    He also served as Joint Secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002.
●    In Rajasthan, besides district postings in Dholpur, Alwar, Nagaur and Jodhpur, he was Secretary to the Chief Minister during 1993-1998.

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Priyanka Chopra appointed UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador

Indian Actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) newest Global Goodwill Ambassador.
●    The decision was announced by the world-renowned soccer player David Beckham and British actress Millie Bobby Brown on 12 December 2016 on the eve of UNICEF’s 70th anniversary at United Nations headquarters in New York. 
●    While accepting the esteemed honour, the actor thanked UNICEF for the experience she had gained through field trips to villages and centers across India and the work they had achieved in the country. 
●    She further pledged to become a driver of change and work towards ensuring that every child’s voice is heard and that their rights are protected and respected world over.
●    Priyanka was previously appointed as UNICEF’S National Ambassador in India in 2010 with the responsibility of working on issues related to child rights and adolescence. 
●    She has also been associated with several other causes including that of women’s rights, environment, health and education and most importantly gender equality and gender pay gap.

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