People in News: August 2019

Damodar Ganesh

  • He is a Padma Shri winner and noted social worker in tribal areas of Chhattisgarh.
  • He recently passed away.
  • He dedicated his life to treating leprosy patients.

Ravi Shastri 

  • He is a former Indian all-rounder.
  • He has been appointed as head coach of Indian Cricket team for another two years.

P T Usha

  • She is an Indian sprinter.
  • She has been recently appointed as a member of Asian Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission for the second time.

Amarendra Sharan

  • He is a former Additional Solicitor General in Supreme Court from 2004-2009.
  • He recently passed away.
  • Supreme Court hearing a petition for fresh investigation in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi appointed him as amicus curiae.

Rafael Nadal 

  • He is a Spanish Tennis player.
  • Recently he won Montreal Masters title by defeating Russian Daniil Medvedev by 6-3, 6-0.
  • This is his 35th Masters Crown.

Lionel Messi

  • He is an Argentinean Football Player.
  • He has been awarded UEFA’s Goal of the Season award 2018-19.
  • He has been awarded for his free-kick against Liverpool.

Bajrang Punia

  • He is an Indian freestyle wrestler and competes in 65 kg weight category.
  • He won Gold at Tbilisi Grand Prix held in Georgia by defeating Iran’s Peiman Bibyani.

Chandrima Shaha

  • She is a former Director of National Institute of Immunology.
  • She is going to be the 1st Woman President of Indian National Science Academy.
  • Tenure will start from January 2020.

Hashim Amla

  • He is a South African opening batsman.
  • Recently he has announced his retirement from International Cricket.
  • He is the only South African batsman to score a triple ton in test cricket.

Serena Williams

  • She is a Tennis player.
  • She has topped Forbes List of best-paid female athletes in 2019.
  • This is the fourth consecutive time she has topped the list.

Kandikuppa Sreekant 

  • He has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India.
  • He will have tenure till 31st December 2023.

Naaz Joshi

  • She is an Indian transsexual woman.
  • She has been crowned Miss World Diversity 2019 held in Mauritius.
  • This is his third successive victory in this title.

Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy

  • She was an educationist.
  • Recently she passed away.
  • She was awarded Padma Shri for her contribution to the field of education in 2010.
  • She has founded Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Group of Schools.

Sushma Swaraj

  • She was former External Affairs Minister and also the first full-time woman external affairs minister of India.
  • Recently she passed away.

Ravichandran Ashwin

  • He is an Indian off-spinner.
  • He has been named as professional Cricketers Association’s Player of the month of July 2019 for his performance in County Championship.

Dale Steyn

  • He is South African fast bowler.
  • He has announced his retirement from Test Cricket.
  • He picked 439 wickets in 93 tests with a strike rate of 42.3 balls per wicket.

Vinesh Phogat

  • She is an Indian wrestler in the category of 53 kg.
  • She won Gold in Open Wrestling Tournament held at Poland.
  • She defeated Roksana in the final.
  • This is her 3rd consecutive Gold.

Debashis Chatterjee

  • He has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mindtree Ltd 

Giriraj Prasad

  • He is an Indian Civil Accounts Service officer.
  • He has been appointed as Controller General of Accounts (CGA).

Bhasha Mukherjee

  • She is an Indian origin doctor.
  • Recently she has been crowned as Miss England 2019.

Ravi Capoor

  • He is an IAS officer.
  • He has been appointed as Secretary in Ministry of Textiles.
  • He has worked in the World Bank, United Nations, and the European Union.

Guruprasad Mohapatra

  • He is an IAS officer.
  • He has been appointed as a Secretary in Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

Ravish Kumar

  • He is an Indian Journalist.
  • He has been awarded with 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.

Tarun Chaudhari

  • He is a Wing Commander in Indian Air Force.
  • He became the first IAF pilot to perform wingsuit skydive jump by jumping from an altitude on 8500 ft.

Justice A K Sikri

  • He has been appointed as Ombudsman and Ethics officer in Indian Federation of Sports Gaming.
  • He will investigate queries/complaints of users of sports fantasy.

Kapil Dev

  • He is a former Indian Captain and all-rounder.
  • He has been honoured with Bharat Gaurav Award by East Bengal Club.

Ellyse Perry

  • She is an Australian all-rounder.
  • She became the first cricketer (among both male and female) to score 1000 runs and take 100 wickets in the T20 format.

Marnus Labuschagne

  • He is an Australian cricketer.
  • He became the first Concussion Substitute player.
  • He was substituted for Steve Smith.

Ravinder Takkar

  • He has been appointed as MD and CEO of Idea-Vodafone.

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth

  • He is a former Indian fast bowler.
  • Recently BCCI ombudsman has reduced his life ban to 7 years.
  • He was banned for life for spot-fixing in IPL in 2013.

Rajiv Gauba

  • He has been appointed as Cabinet Secretary for a period of two years.
  • He replaced P K Sinha.

Ajay Kumar

  • He has been appointed as Defence Secretary.
  • He is going to replace Sanjay Mitra.

P K Sinha

  • He has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in PMO.
  • He was serving as Cabinet Secretary.

Arun Jaitley

  • He was an Indian politician and attorney. A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jaitley served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India from 2014 to 2019.
  • Recently he passed away.
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