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S S Deswal

  • S S Deswal has been given an additional charge of Director General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). 
  • He is currently the Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • He has succeeded R R Bhatnagar.

Mukund Naravane

  • General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff.
  • He took charge as the 28th Chief of Army Staff.
  • He has succeeded General Bipin Rawat.

General Bipin Rawat

  • General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
  • After the creation of this new post, Chief of Defence Staff will be a 4-star General, the principal military advisor to the defence minister, and will also head the new Department of Military Affairs.
  • The maximum age limit for a CDS is 65 years.

Christina Koch

  • Christina Koch has created a record of longest single spaceflight by a woman.
  • She has stayed more than 300 days in space.
  • Christina is a NASA Astronaut.
  • She has surpassed the earlier record of 288 days in space held by Peggy Whitson.

Hemant Soren

  • Hemant Soren became the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  • He is the leader of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

Santosh G Honavar

  • Indian ophthalmologist has been conferred with the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Life Achievement honour.
  • It is the highest award of the academy given to its members.
  • He is the first Indian chosen for the honour.

Virat Kohli

  • Indian Cricket team Captain Virat Kohli is one of the five players who have been named in the Wisden Cricketers of the Decade.
  • Other players in the list are Australian batsman Steve Smith, and South Africans, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry who is the only female cricketer in the list.

Niranjan Hiranandani

  • Niranjan Hiranandani took over as the new president of The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham).
  • Assocham is India's apex organisation of industry and trade.
  • He will succeed in Balkrishan Goenka.

Sangita Reddy

  • Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group, Sangita Reddy has been appointed as the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for 2019-20.
  • She succeeds in Sandip Somany.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla

  • India’s Ambassador to the US and a Senior Diplomat, Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.
  • He will succeed in Vijay Gokhale.
  • He is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service.

Manuel Marrero Cruz

  • Manuel Marrero Cruz has been appointed Cuba's first prime minister in more than 40 years by the president of the country.
  • The post of prime minister was scrapped in the country in the year 1976 by the then-revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

Monisha Ghosh

  • Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghosh has been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • She will replace Dr Eric Burger.

Aditya K

  • Kerala's Aditya K. has become the first child from the State to bag the Bharat Award for bravery.
  • It is the most prestigious bravery award given away by the Indian Council for Child Welfare.

R. Nagaswamy

  • Noted archaeologist R. Nagaswamy has been honoured at the Silver Jubilee International Conference of Art in Dhaka by Bangladesh.

Sethuraman Panchanathan

  • Sethuraman Panchanathan will lead the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) in USA.
  • He is an Indian-American computer scientist.
  • At present, Panchanathan is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University.

Justice CV Ramulu

  • Former High Court Justice CV Ramulu has been appointed as the Lokayukta of Telangana.
  • This is the first time that the state government has constituted the Lokayukta and Human Rights Commission since the state was formed in 2014.

Atul Karwal

  • IPS officer Atul Karwal has been appointed as the Director of National Police Academy.
  • He is a 1988 batch IPS officer.

Ben Stokes

  • England cricketer Ben Stokes has been awarded with Sports Personality of the Year 2019 award.
  • He has become the first cricketer since Andrew Flintoff in 2005 to win the prize.

Boris Jhonson

  • Boris Jhonson has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of UK.
  • His Conservative Party crossed the magic number of 326 required for a majority in the Parliament.

Sridhar Patra

  • Sridhar Patra has been appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director of National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO).

Ravi Mittal

  • IAS officer Ravi Mittal took charge as the new Secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
  • He succeeded Amit Khare.

R N Ravi

  • R N Ravi has been given additional charge of Meghalaya.
  • At present, he is the governor of Nagaland.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune

  • Abdelmadjid Tebboune became the new president of Algeria.
  • He is a former prime minister of the country.
  • He succeeds Abdelkader Bensalah.

Toni-Ann Singh

  • Toni-Ann Singh became the Miss World 2019 at an event held at the ExCeL London.
  • She belongs to Jamaica.
  • Ophelia Mezino of France and Suman Rao of India were the first and second runners up of the beauty pageant respectively.

Greta Thunberg

  • Greta Thunberg has been named as Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.
  • She is a Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change. She became popular with the “#FridaysForFuture“.
  • Also, she became the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine.

Nirmala Sitharaman

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been ranked 34th by Forbes in ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’.
  • The list has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Priyanka Chopra

  • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been honoured at the Marrakech Film Festival which was held at the famous Jemaa el Fna square.
  • She has been honoured for her 20 years of work and contribution in cinema

C. Sugandh Rajaram

  • C. Sugandh Rajaram has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana.
  • At present, he is the Consul General, Consulate General of India to Southern Germany.
  • He will succeed Birender Singh Yadav.

Suniel Shetty

  • Actor Suniel Shetty has been signed as the brand ambassador of National Anti-Doping Agency NADA.

Arnab Goswami

  • Arnab Goswami has been appointed as the President of the governing board of the News Broadcasters Federation (NBF).
  • NBF is the country’s largest association of over 78 news channels.

Sanna Marin

  • Sanna Marin became the youngest prime minister of Finland.
  • She is 34 year old.

Girish Chandra Chaturvedi

  • Girish Chandra Chaturvedi has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE).

Zozibini Tunzi

  • Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019.
  • The event was held in Atlanta, US.
  • Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was the runner-up in this contest.

Arun Jaitley

  • Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been bestowed with the Economic Times (ET) Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service 2019.
  • The award was received by Arun Jaitley’s spouse Sangeeta Jaitley.

Joaquin Rafael Phoenix

  • American Actor Joaquin Rafael Phoenix has been honored with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ‘Person of the Year’ Award 2019.
  • He got fame from his movie ‘Joker’.

Pritivirajsing Roopun

  • Pritivirajsing Roopun has been elected as new President of Mauritius by parliament.
  • Roopun was former arts and culture minister of the country.

Masatsugu Asakawa

  • Masatsugu Asakawa has been elected as the new President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • He will replace Takehiko Nakao.

Sundar Pichai

  • Sundar Pichai has been promoted as the CEO of Alphabet Inc.
  • Sundar Pichai will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet.

Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record 6th time.

Tony Joseph

  • English author Tony Joseph has won the 12th ‘Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize’.
  • He has been awarded for his book, “Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From".

Soma Roy Burman

  • Soma Roy Burman has become the new Controller General of Accounts.
  • She has become the 24th CGA and the seventh woman to hold this position.
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