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Person in News: April 2020 PDF

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

Prakash Javadekar

Person in News: April 2020
  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar participated in the first virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
  • It was the 11th session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
  • The dialogue saw representatives & ministers from around 30 other countries.
  • The dialogue had discussions related to climate technology and COVID-19.

Rajiv Kumar

Person in News: April 2020
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).
  • Rajiv Kumar is a former finance secretary and an IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.
  • His tenure will be of 3 years.

Suresh N. Patel

Person in News: April 2020
  • Suresh N. Patel has been appointed as a vigilance commissioner.
  • Patel's tenure as vigilance commissioner will be of 4 years or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
  • Patel is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Andhra Bank.

Neeraj Vyas

Person in News: April 2020
  • Neeraj Vyas has been appointed as the Interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Punjab National Bank.
  • He has been appointed for a period of eight months.
  • At present, Vyas is the independent director on the board of the company.

Irrfan Khan

Person in News: April 2020
  • Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan passed away.
  • He was 53 years old.
  • Some of his famous movies are Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire, the Amazing Spider-man, etc. His latest Bollywood movie was Angrezi Medium.
  • He was also a Padma Shri awardee.

Rishi Kapoor

Person in News: April 2020
  • Veteran Bollywood Actor Rishi Kapoor died at the age of 67.
  • He acted in more than 100 films during his career.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 

Person in News: April 2020
  • Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has been included in the world's top 20 inspirational leaders in Biopharma according to the Medicine Maker Power List 2020.
  • Kiran has become the part of this list consecutively for the sixth time since 2015.
  • Kiran is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, which is based in Bangalore.

Shiv Das Meena

Person in News: April 2020
  • Shiv Das Meena has been given an additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) ltd for 6 months.
  • At present, he is the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

Madhavan Menon

Person in News: April 2020
  • The Reserve Bank of India has extended the term of appointment of Madhavan Menon as the part-time Chairman of the Catholic Syrian Bank.
  • His term has been extended till July 21, 2020. He was appointed as the part-time Chairman of the bank on April 22, 2019.
  • He is Chairman and Managing Director of Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. 

Rajnath Singh

  • Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the first Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) to test COVID-19 samples in India.
  • The inauguration was done via video conferencing.
  • The name of the Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) is “Mobile BSL-3 VRDL Lab”.
  • The lab has been developed by DRDO, ESIC Hyderabad, and Private industry.

Adam Higginbotham

Person in News: April 2020
  • Author Adam Higginbotham has won the William E. Colby Award for his book "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster".
  • The award carries an amount of $5,000.
  • Adam hails from the United Kingdom.

PV Sindhu

Person in News: April 2020
  • Badminton player PV Sindhu has been named as one of the ambassadors for the “I am badminton” awareness campaign by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • The campaign provides a platform for players to express their love and respect for the sport and advocate for clean and honest play.

Rakesh Sharma

Person in News: April 2020
  • Rakesh Sharma has been appointed as the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA).
  • Rakesh is the Executive Director (ED) of Bajaj Auto.
  • His tenure will be of 2 years.

N Kamakodi

Person in News: April 2020
  • N Kamakodi has been re-appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of City Union Bank (CUB).
  • His tenure will be of 3 years.
  • City Union Bank (CUB) is a private sector bank based in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

Noel Quinn 

Person in News: April 2020
  • Noel Quinn has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) Bank.

PK Purwar

Person in News: April 2020
  • Pravin Kumar Purwar has been given the additional charge of CMD of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) for 6 months.
  • Pravin is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) at present.

Viswanathan Anand

Person in News: April 2020
  • Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has been appointed as the ambassador of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India’s environmental education program.
  • The program was started in 1976.

Tamas Ajan

Person in News: April 2020
  • Tamas Ajan gave his resignation from the post of president of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  • Ursula Papandrea has been appointed as the acting president of IWF.

Ajay Mahajan

Person in News: April 2020
  •  Ajay Mahajan has been appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Analysis and Research Limited (CARE) Rating.
  • His tenure will be of 5 years.
  • He has succeeded T.N. Kumar.

Vineet Arora

Person in News: April 2020
  • Vineet Arora has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paytm General Insurance Limited (Ltd).

Abdelouahab Aissaoui

Person in News: April 2020
  • Novelist Abdelouahab Aissaoui has won the 13th edition of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2020.
  • He has won this award for his novel ‘The Spartan Court’.
  • He hails from Argentina.

MS Dhoni

Person in News: April 2020
  • Former Indian Captain MS Dhoni has been appointed as the brand ambassador of PokerStars India.
  • PokerStars India is a platform to play online poker games.

Mahabaleshwara M S

Person in News: April 2020
  • Karnataka Bank has re-appointed Mahabaleshwara M S as the MD and CEO of the bank.
  • His tenure will be of 3 years.

Raghuram Rajan 

Person in News: April 2020
  • Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has been named to an external advisory group of International Monetary Fund MD Kristalina Georgieva.
  • Rajan has been included in the group along with 11 other members.
  • This advisory group will provide outlook from around the globe on major developments and policy issues and coronavirus.

Ben Stokes

Person in News: April 2020
  • England All-rounder Ben Stokes became the first English player to be named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer 2020 since 2005.
  • Ellyse Perry of Australia has been named as the leading female cricketer 2020.

Jeff Bezos

Person in News: April 2020
  • Amazon Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Bezos has topped the Forbes' 34th annual list of Global Billionaires 2020.
  • He has topped the list for the third time.
  • He is followed by Microsoft co-founder and chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates.
  • India's Mukesh Ambani is 17th on the list. 

Anamika Roy Rashtrawar 

Person in News: April 2020
  • IFFCO Tokio General Insurance has appointed Anamika Roy Rashtrawar as its MD and CEO.

Parag Raja

Person in News: April 2020
  • Parag Raja has been appointed as the MD & CEO OF Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company.
  • He will succeed Vikas Seth.

UB Pravin Rao and Rekha Menon 

Person in News: April 2020
  • UB Pravin Rao has been appointed as the chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
  • Rekha M Menon has been appointed as the vice president.

Shafali Verma 

Person in News: April 2020
  • Indian women Cricketer Shafali Verma has been appointed as one of the brand ambassadors of PepsiCo.
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