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Jim Yong Kim Reappointed World Bank President

Executive Directors of the World Bank on 27 September 2016 agreed unanimously to reappoint Jim Yong Kim to a second five-year term as President of the World Bank Group, beginning 1 July 2017.
•    Jim Yong Kim is a South Korean-American physician and anthropologist.
•    He has been serving as the 12th President of the World Bank since 1 July 2012.
•    He was formerly the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
•    He also holds the honour to become the first Asian American president of an Ivy League institution.
•    He was named the world's 50th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine's List of The World's Most Powerful People in 2013.

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Arun Goyal - Additional Secretary of GST Council Appointed

Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. 
•    He will be the first Additional Secretary of GST Council Secretariat. The GST Council headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 
•    It is mandated to decide on tax rate exempted goods and the threshold limit. Arun Goyal is IAS officer of 1985 batch of Union Territory cadre. 
•    Prior to this appointment he was working as Additional Secretary, Project Monitoring Group in Union Cabinet Secretariat. 
•    The GST Council was constituted as per the Article 279A of the Constitution after the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016 was notified. 
•    The Union Cabinet had recently approved appointment of the Secretary (Revenue) as the ex-officio Secretary to the GST council. 


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Justice G C Gupta and Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar - New CJs of HCs of Kolkata and Kerala Respectively

Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court as per Article 219 of the Constitution. 
•    He was administered oath to office by the Governor Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam at a function held at Raj Bhavan. 
•    He was born on 5 May 1958 in Chikkerur, Haveri District, Karnataka.
•    Initially, he had practiced at the Karnataka High Court as an advocate, later appointed as the Additional Judge in 2003. 
•    Justice G C Gupta has sworn-in as Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. 
•    He was administered oath by West Bengal governor Kesari Nath Tripathi as per Article 219 of Constitution. 
•    Justice G C Gupta was born on December one, 1954. He was enrolled as an Advocate in September, 1982. 
•    He had practiced in the Calcutta High Court for 17 years in civil, constitutional, company, arbitration and commercial matters.

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Ravi Reddy Appointed as International Society for Blood Transfusion Head

An Indian-origin South African Ravi Reddy was on 18 September 2016 appointed as the Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam.
•    With this, Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT.
•    The ISBT, now with 100 member countries, was established in 1935 as a platform for exchanging knowledge and advancing the blood-transfusion practice.
•    He is currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
•    He has served in various capacities for more than three decades after starting out as a volunteer at the age of 16 at SANBS.
•    He subsequently qualified as a medical technologist with an MBA from the University of Natal in South Africa.
•    He represented the African region on the board of the ISBT between 2006 and 2012, and is also a member of the Working Party on Transfusion and Transmissible Infections. 
•    He has presented and published a large number of scientific papers.


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BEL's First Woman Director : Anandi Ramalingam

Anandi Ramalingam on 16 September 2016 assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
•    Ramalingam has assumed charge as Director Marketing. It is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the Director of the company.
•    Earlier, Ramalingam served as the General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit (SBU) at BEL's Bangalore Complex.
•    Ramalingam had joined BEL-Bengaluru in March 1985 after completing her BE in Electronics and Communication engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
•    Bharat Electronics Limited is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company with about nine factories in India.
•    It is owned by the Indian Government.
•    It primarily manufactures advanced electronic products for the Indian Armed Forces.
•    It is one of nine PSUs under the Ministry of Defence of India.
•    It has been accorded Navratna status by the Government of India.

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Alka Sirohe appointed as UPSC Chairman

President Pranab Mukherjee on 17 September 2016 appointed Alka Sirohi, a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as its Chairman.
•    Sirohi's appointment will be effective from 21 September 2016.
•    Sirohi was sworn in as Member of UPSC in January 2012, after a long and successful career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
•    Sirohi will succeed Deepak Gupta, who will be attaining 65 years of age on 20 September 2016.
•    In November 2014, Gupta was appointed as the UPSC chief, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the chief from the serving members of the commission.
•    The Union Public Service Commission is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Indian Forest Service examination, Engineering Services Examination, among others.
•    The agency's charter is granted by the Constitution of India. 
•    The examination is one of the toughest examinations in India with success rate of 0.1%–0.3%

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