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Sanjana Kapoor

  • Renowned theatre artist Sanjana Kapoor has received the prestigious French honour of ‘Chevalier dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).
  • She has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre.

Rani Rampal

  • Indian women Hockey team captain Rani Rampal has been named as the World Games Athlete of the Year 2019.
  • With this, Rani became the 1st-ever hockey player worldwide to win the prestigious award.

Abhijit Banerjee

  • Nobel Prize winner Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee has been conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by Calcutta University at its annual convocation in Kolkata.
  • Banerjee is an Indian-origin economist and an academic professor.

Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani

  • Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani has been named as the new prime minister of Qatar.
  • He will succeed Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu

  • Taranjit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to the United States.
  • He will replace Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
  • At present, Sandhu is the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.

Sunil Mehta

  • Sunil Mehta has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
  • He will succeed in VG Kannan.

N Ram

  • Eminent journalist and the chairman of “The Hindu Group” N. Ram has been honoured with the outstanding media person by Kerala Media Academy.

Sunil Arora

  • Sunil Arora has been appointed as the new chairman of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) for the year 2020.
  • Arora who is the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India has replaced KM Nurul Huda.
  • Huda is the present Chief Election Commissioner of Sri Lanka.

Katerina Sakellaropoulou

  • Katerina Sakellaropoulou has been elected as the first female president of Greece.

Priya Prakash

  • The founder and CEO of India based HealthSetGo, Priya Prakash, has won the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award for the year 2019.

Challa Sreenivasulu Setty

  • Challa Sreenivasulu Setty has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the State Bank of India by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet.
  • He has been appointed for a tenure of 3 years.

J. M. Bolsonaro

  • Brazilian President J. M. Bolsonaro was the Chief Guest at the 71st Republic Day celebrations of India.
  • This was the third time that a Brazilian president was part of the celebrations.

Arjun Munda

  • Arjun Munda has been appointed as the President of the suspended Archery Association of India (AAI).
  • Arjun Munda is the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs.

Nripendra Misra

  • Nripendra Misra has been as the Chairman of the Executive Council (EC) of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) by the central government.
  • Nripendra Misra was the former principal secretary to the Prime Minister.

Yuvraj Malik

  • Lt Col Yuvraj Malik has been appointed as the Director of the National Book Trust (NBT) on deputation from the Indian Army.
  • He has replaced Rita Chowdhury who is a Sahitya Akademi-awardee writer.

Vasdev Mohi

  • Renowned Sindhi poet and writer Vasdev Mohi will be awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman.
  • He will be awarded for his short stories collection:- Chequebook, published in 2012.
  • He has also received the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Sakya Singha

  • Indian scientist Sakya Singha Sen has been awarded the “Merck Young Scientist Award 2019”.
  • He has been awarded for his remarkable research in chemical science.
  • He is a scientist at National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) Pune.

Robert Abela

  • Robert Abela has been elected as the new prime minister of Malta.
  • Abela became the 14th prime minister of the country.

Bipul Behari Saha

  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have appointed Bipul Behari Saha as its bureau member for 2020-23.
  • He is the 2nd Indian after CNR Rao to hold the position.

Anand Prakash Maheshwari

  • Anand Prakash Maheshwari has appointed Director General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force.
  • He is an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.

MS Swaminathan

  • MS Swaminathan has been honoured as the first recipients ‘Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence’.
  • The famous Agricultural Scientist has been awarded for his distinguished contribution to the field of agriculture.
  • The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs and a citation.

Ishwar Sharma

  • Indian-British yoga boy Ishwar Sharma has Global Child Prodigy Award.
  • He has been chosen from the United Kingdom for the award.

Michael Patra

  • Michael Patra has been appointed as the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India.
  • At present, he was serving as the Executive Director of RBI.

Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said

  • Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said has been appointed as the new Sultan of Oman.
  • He has succeeded Sultan Qaboos bin Said who was passed away recently.

M Nagaraj

  • M Nagaraj has been appointed the Chairman and Managing Director of State-owned Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco).
  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs gave approval to his appointment.

A Sakthivel

  • Apparel Export Promotion Council of India (AEPC) has appointed A Sakthivel as its new chairman of for 2020-21.
  • He will replace HKL Magu.

Jasbinder Bilan

  • Jasbinder Bilan has won the UK based Costa Children’s Award for the year 2019.
  • She has been awarded for her debut novel ‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’.
  • Jasbinder will 5,000 pounds as prize money.

Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar

  • Former CRPF Director-General, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed as Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • LG now has three advisors. Other two advisors are- KK Sharma and Farooq Khan.

Suresh Chandra Sharma

  • Professor Suresh Chandra Sharma has been appointed the chairman of National Medical Commission.
  • He is the chief of ENT head-neck surgery department of Delhi AIIMS.
  • He will attain the position for a period of three years or till the age of 70 years.

H.K. Joshi

  • Harjeet Kaur Joshi has been appointed as the new Chairperson & Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of India.
  • Along with this, she will also hold the additional charge of Director (Finance) of the company for 3 months.

Aayushi Dholakia

  • Aayushi Dholakia became the Miss Teen International for the year 2019.
  • She also won the titles for Best in National Costume Award and Best in Speech Award.

Abhinav Kumar

  • Abhinav Kumar has extension as the Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), up to June 27, 2021.
  • This was done after the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs to extend his tenure.
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