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Anant Maheshwari appointed as President of Microsoft India

Anant Maheshwari was on 1 August 2016 named as the President of Microsoft India by the parent company Microsoft Inc. Maheshwari will succeed Bhaskar Pramanik, who retires in March 2017.
•    Maheshwari, who will join Microsoft India on 1 September 2016, will take over operations of the company on 1 January 2017.
•    As president, Maheshwari will be responsible for all of Microsoft’s product, service, and support offerings across India.
•    Presently, he is working as the President of Honeywell India, a Fortune 100 company.
•    Maheshwari has held various business leadership roles in Honeywell for over 12 years. 
•    His prior roles include managing director of listed Honeywell Automation India Ltd. 
•    He also successfully conceptualized and set up the security operations in India for Honeywell.
•    Prior to Honeywell, Maheshwari was with McKinsey & Co. for six years where he worked with clients across multiple industries.

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Shri A.K.Mital reappointed as Chairman, Railway Board

The current Chairman Railway Board Shri A.K.Mital has been reappointed as the new Chairman, Railway Board for a period of 2 years i.e. till he attains the age of 62 years, w.e.f. 01.08.2016. 
•    Shri A.K. Mital was appointed as Chairman, Railway Board on 31st December 2014. Prior to this appointment, Shri A.K.Mital was Member Staff, Railway Board. 
•    Earlier, he served as General Manager of South Western Railway-SWR (Headquarters Hubli) and was also looking after the additional charge of General Manager, South Central Railway- SCR (Headquarters Secunderabad). 
•    Born on 7th July 1956, Shri Mital is a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.). An Officer of 1976 batch of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS), Shri A.K. Mital has worked on various important posts on Indian Railways. 
•    He was Director/Stores, Executive Director/Vigilance and Executive Director/Stores in Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. He has worked as Chief Material Manager in Northern Railway. 
•    He was Divisional Railway Manager of Izzatnagar Division in North Eastern Railway and Controller of Stores in South Central Railway/Secunderabad and Diesel Locomotive Works/Varanasi. 
•    Before joining Railway Board as Member Staff, he was General Manager of South Western Railway/Hubli. 
•    He has also held additional charge of three major Railways viz., Southern Railway, South Central Railway and Central Railway as General Manager for more than 12 months. 
•    Shri Mital has undergone training in USA and France.

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Rani Singh Nair takes over as Chairperson of CBDT

Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Rani Singh Nair on 1 August 2016 took over as the Chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).Nair’s predecessor Atulesh Jindal, who was appointed CBDT chief in February 2016, retired on 31 July 2016.
•    Nair is a 1979-batch IRS officer of the Income Tax cadre.
•    She worked as member (Legislation and Computerisation) at CBDT.
•    She has been instrumental in framing the procedures and protocols that led to the roll-out of the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) on June 1 2016. The scheme aims at bringing undisclosed income and assets into the tax net.
•    The Central Board of Direct Taxes provides essential inputs for policy and planning of direct taxes in India.
•    It is the policy-making body of the Income Tax Department under the Union Finance Ministry.
•    It is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963.
•    The Chairperson of the CBDT is the senior-most IRS civil servant in the Government of India.
•    The Chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes is the ex officio Special Secretary to the Government of India and also cadre controlling authority of the Indian Revenue Service.
•    The CBDT Chairperson is placed above the officers of the rank of Lieutenant-General, Vice-Admiral or Air Marshal, CBI Director and Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General in the Order of Precedence.

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Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari was on 29 July 2016 sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. His oath of office was administered by Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind at Raj Bhawan in Patna.
•    Justice Ansari had worked twice as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court since December 2014 before being sworn in as its 39th Chief Justice. Justice Ansari retires on 29 October 2016.
•    Born on 29th October 1954, at Tezpur, Assam, Justice Ansari did his his B.Sc. from Darrang College, Tezpur.
•    He did his graduation in law from Tezpur Law College, where his father, a Bar-at-Law himself, was founder Principal.
•    He handled both civil as well as criminal matters.
•    He remained deeply involved with the activities of All Assam Lawyers' Association and many other socio-cultural and educational bodies.
•    He was the President of Tezpur Lions' Club.
•    He is a life member of Indian Institute of Public Administration.
•    He joined Grade-I of Assam Judicial Service in April 1991.
•    He has worked as District & Sessions Judge.
•    He joined Gauhati High Court Registry in June 1999.
•    At the time of his elevation, he was Registrar General of Gauhati High Court and President of Assam Judicial Service Association.

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Bhaskar Khulbe appointed Secretary to PM

Senior IAS officer Bhaskar Khulbe has been appointed as Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
•    He was Additional Secretary in Prime Minister's Office.
•    The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved appointment of Khulbe as Secretary to Prime Minister with effect from Friday, an order issued today by Department of Personnel and Training, said.
•    Khulbe is a 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.
•    He looks after work related to Cabinet Secretariat and thrust areas of the government, among others. 
•    The Prime Minister of India, is the Head of Government, chief adviser to the President of India, head of the Council of Ministers and the leader of the majority party in the Lok Sabha. 
•    The Prime Minister leads the executive branch of the Government of India. 
•    The incumbent Prime Minister of India is Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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T Nanda Kumar resigns as Chairman of National Dairy Development Board

T Nanda Kumar resigned from the post of Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). Kumar had submitted his resignation on 29 June 2016.
•    Kumar’s resignation was accepted by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet on 27 July 2016.
•    Kumar, who had a five-year term ending in 2019, will be relieved on 1 August 2016.
•    T Nanda Kumar is a retired 1972-batch IAS officer from the Bihar cadre.
•    He retired from the IAS in 2010.
•    He was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of NDDB in March 2014 after the exit of Dr Amrita Patel in February 2014.
•    The National Dairy Development Board is an institution of national importance set up by an Act of Parliament of India in 1965.
•    Its main office is in Anand, Gujarat.
•    Its subsidiaries include IDMC Limited-Anand, Mother Dairy, Delhi, NDDB Dairy Services, Delhi and Indian Immunologicals Ltd., Hyderabad.
•    It was founded by Verghese Kurien.
•    NDDB launched its Perspective Plan 2010 with four thrust areas, which are Quality Assurance, Productivity Enhancement, Institution Building and National Information Network.

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Hilary Clinton first woman to get US Prez nominations

The Democratic convention formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on making history by choosing a woman to be the first standard-bearer of a major political party.
•    Vince Insalaco, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas, where the Clintons built their public profile over two decades, said the choice of the first female presidential nominee was a historic moment.
•    Mrs. Clinton’s primary rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, played a symbolic role in hopes of unifying the party behind her. 
•    After Vermont arranged to go last in the roll call, Mr. Sanders joined its delegation to roars of “Bernie, Bernie” and called on the party to rally behind Mrs. Clinton.
•    Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton had their own brutal competition this year, and their policy differences were greater than those between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama — part of why many of Mr. Sanders’s supporters are reluctant to get behind her.

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Rohit Khandelwal first Indian to win Mr. World

India's contestant Rohit Khandelwal won the coveted Mister World 2016 title on 19 July 2016. The grand finale of Mr World 2016 was held at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre in Southport, U.K.

•    With this, Khandelwal has become the first Indian and Asian to win the Mr World title at the competition.
•    Mr World 2014 Nicklas Pedersen passed on the title to Khandelwal. He also won a cash prize of 50000 US dollar.
•    Puerto Rico’s Fernando Alberto Alvarez Soto was named the first runner-up and Aldo Esparza Ramirez of Mexico was named the second runner-up.
•    Rohit Khandelwal was born on 19 August 1989 in Hyderabad.
•    He graduated from Aurora Degree College.
•    He served as ground staff for SpiceJet and technical support assistant at the Dell Computers prior to entering the modelling industry.
•    He made his television debut by appearing in the Episode 76 of Yeh Hai Aashiqui, an Indian television series.
•    He won Mr India 2015 contest held on 23 July 2015 at Club Royalty in Mumbai.

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Guruprasad Mohapatra appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority of India

Odisha-born bureaucrat Guruprasad Mohapatra was on 15 July 2016 appointed as the Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) with effect from 19 July 2016.Guruprasad Mohapatra is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.
•    Prior to the recent posting, he was posted as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce.
•    Mohpatra also served the Sales Tax department as Special Commissioner (Enforcement), and as a Commissioner of Commercial Taxes and as the Commissioner of Transport.
•    He was the Joint MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) during his service in Gujarat.
•    He had also served as Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad for over three years.
•    He started in the State Electricity Sector with the erstwhile Gujarat Electricity Board in 2002 and worked with various Electricity Companies such as GSEC and the distribution companies such as PGVCL, DGVCL & UGVCL.
•    He is an MA in Political Science, MPhil in Diplomacy (International Relation) and also an MBA degree holder.

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Paul Romer to be World Bank's new chief Economist

World Bank Group on 18 July 2016 appointed Paul Romer as World Bank Chief Economist with effect from September 2016. Romer is a widely respected economist and a successful entrepreneur.

•    Romer is currently a professor at New York University (NYU), Director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, and a professor of economics in NYU's Stern School of Business. 
•    Earlier in his career, his research brought the economics of ideas into the analysis of economic growth.
•    His start-up company Aplia, focused on educational technology, signals the breadth of his intellectual and practical interests.
•    Before joining NYU, Romer taught at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. 
•    His earlier roles included professorships at the Universities of California Berkeley, Chicago and Rochester.
•    He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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