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People in News: October 2019 PDF

Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rafael Grossi

  • Rafael Mariano Grossi has been elected as the new Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • He belongs to Argentina. He succeeds Yukiya Amano of Japan.

Datta Padsalgikar

  • Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and Maharashtra DGP Datta Padsalgikar has been appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA).
  • He had earlier served in the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Birender Singh Yadav

  • Birender Singh Yadav has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Iraq.
  • He is an IFS officer of 1997 batch.

Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde

  • Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has been appointed as the 47th Chief Justice of India.
  • He will replace Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Nirmal Purja

  • Nirmal Purja has created a new speed record by climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks over 8,000 metres (26,250 feet) in just 189 days.
  • He is a mountaineer from Nepal.

Manohar Lal Khattar

  • Manohar Lal Khattar was sworn in as the chief minister of Haryana for the second time.

Bill Gates

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates overtook Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person.
  • The current worth of Bill Gates is $105.7 billion.

Ilham Tohti

  • Ilham Tohti has been awarded with the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament.
  • Ilham Tohti is an Uyghur economist and he was awarded for his attempts to “foster dialogue” between Chinese people and the Uighur.

Abhijit Banerjee

  • Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee has been conferred life membership to the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club.

Deepika Padukone & PV Sindhu

  • Deepika Padukone & PV Sindhu has been named as the ambassadors for Bharat Ki Laxmi.
  • It is an initiative by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi which aims to celebrate the contribution & accomplishments of women of the nation for the public good.

Pankaj Kumar

  • IAS officer Pankaj Kumar has been appointed as the new CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
  • At present, he is the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

Sourav Ganguly

  • Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly took over as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand has been appointed as the Vice President of BCCI.

Jennifer Aniston

  • Jennifer Aniston will receive People’s Icon Award 2019 at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards.
  • The actress would be the 2nd-ever recipient of the title.

Rajnish Kumar

  • SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as the new chairman of Indian Banks’ Association.
  • He will succeed Sunil Mehta, who was the MD & CEO of Punjab National Bank.

K Parasaran

  • Former Attorney General of India, K Parasaran has been awarded with the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.
  • He was honoured with the award on the occasion of Elder’s Day celebration organized by Age Care India.

Anup Kumar Singh

  • Anup Kumar Singh has been appointed as Director-General of the National Security Guard (NSG).
  • He is a senior IPS officer of 1985-batch Gujarat cadre.

Christine Lagarde

  • Christine Lagarde has been appointed as the new chief of the European Central Bank.
  • She will replace Mario Draghi of Italy.

Lionel Messi

  • Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his 6th Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues.
  • He has won the award for the 3rd straight year.

Anoop Kumar Mendiratta

  • Anoop Kumar Mendiratta has been appointed as the new Law Secretary (Secretary, Legal Affairs) in the Union Law Ministry.

Kais Saied

  • Kais Saied has been elected as the new President of Tunisia.


  • Noted director and producer Priyadarshan has been conferred the Madhya Pradesh government’s National Kishore Kumar Samman for 2018-19.

Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo

  • Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize.
  • Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and Bernardine Evaristo is a British author.

Chandi Prasad Bhatt

  • The 31st Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the years 2017 and 2018 will be awarded to the pioneer of the Chipko Movement Chandi Prasad Bhat.
  • He will be awarded for his services in promoting and preserving the national integration.

K Satish Reddy

  • Chairman of Dr Reddy’s, K Satish Reddy, has been appointed as President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) for 2019-2021.

Mukesh Ambani

  • Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has topped “The Forbes India Rich List 2019”.
  • He has a net worth of $51.4 billion.

Ramesh Pandey

  • IFS officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award by the United Nations Environment Programme.
  • He will receive the award at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

Ashleigh Barty

  • Ashleigh Barty has been awarded Australian sport’s highest individual honour ‘The Don’ Award at the annual Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Abiy Ahmed Ali

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • He has been awarded for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

Antonio Costa

  • Antonio Costa has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Portugal.

Justice Vinod Kumar Sharma

  • The Punjab government has appointed Justice Vinod Kumar Sharma (retired) as the new Lokpal.
  • The Lokpal holds the office for a term of 6 years.

Yalitza Aparicio

  • Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio has been named as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.
  • She is the first indigenous Mexican woman to be so recognized by the US Academy Awards.

Amur Lakshminarayanan

  • Tata Communications has named Amur S Lakshminarayanan as Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer designate of the company.

Sushil Chandra

  • Sushil Chandra has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Oil India Limited.
  • He will replace Utpal Bora.

Azizbek Ashurov

  • Human rights lawyer from Kyrgyzstan Azizbek Ashurov has been awarded with the 2019 UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) prestigious Nansen Award.

SS Mallikarjuna Rao

  • SS Mallikarjuna Rao has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive of the Punjab National Bank (PNB).
  • He is currently serving as chief executive of the Allahabad Bank. 

Surjit S Bhalla

  • Economist Surjit Bhalla has been appointed as the executive director of the International Monetary Fund for a period of three years.

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