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People in News: December 2021 PDF

Published on Monday, January 10, 2022

1. Madalena Andersson

  • Magdalena Andersson is elected as the 1st Female Prime Minister of Sweden.
  • She was the former Finance Minister of Sweden.
  • Sweden is the last Nordic country to get a female Prime Minister.
  • Nordic Countries include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.

2. Parag Agarwal

  • Parag Agarwal took charge as Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Twitter.
  • He was followed by the resignation of Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.
  • Parag is an Indian American and previously posted as the CTO of Twitter.

3. Lionel Messi

  • Lionel Messi won the 65th Ballon d’Or Award.
  • Messi is an Argentina Footballer and has won this award for the 7th time.
  • Ballon d’Or Award (English: Golden Ball) is an annual award and most prestigious individual award for a soccer player.

4. V Praveen Rao

  • V Praveen Rao wins the 7th Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Award for 2017 -19.
  • He is the present Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University(PJTSAU).
  • This award is given as a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to agricultural development and sustainable agriculture methods.

5. Dinyar Patel

  • Dinyar Patel won Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2021 for his book “Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism”.
  • This prize is given for nonfiction literature on modern and contemporary India.
  • It also carries a cash prize of INR 15 lakh.
  • NIF means New India Foundation.

6. Sanjay Dutt

  • Sanjay Dutt is appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Arunachal Pradesh.
  • This event was taken place on the celebration of the 50th year or Golden Jubilee celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Sanjay Dutt is a renowned Bollywood Actor.

7. Smriti Mandhana

  • Smriti Mandhana is appointed as the Brand Ambassador of GUVI.
  • GUVI is an Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) incubated Startup.
  • This is to create technological awareness among everyone, especially women.
  • Smriti Mandhana is an Indian Cricketer.

8. Anju Bobby George

  • Long Jump Player Anju Bobby George wins the women of the year award from World Athletics.
  • She has been awarded for her efforts in advancing sports in the country and also efforts for gender equality.

9. Naomi Kawase

  • Naomi Kawade is appointed as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Cultural and Creative Industries.
  • Naomi Kawase is the Japanese Film Director.
  • She was appointed by the UNESCO head Audrey Azoulay.

10. Sambit Patra

  • Sambit Patra is appointed as the New Chairman for Indian Tourism Development Corporation.
  • Prior to this post, he was working as an Independent Director of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
  • Indian Tourism Development Corporation comes under the Ministry of Tourism and its headquarters is in New Delhi.

11. Neeraj Chopra and PV Sindhu

  • Neeraj Chopra and PV Sindhu are appointed as the Brand ambassadors for Disney BYJU’s Early Learn App.
  • Neeraj Chopra is an Indian Javelin Thrower and P V Sindhu is an Indian Shuttler.
  • BYJU’s Early Learning App teaches young children aged between 6-8 years through the app.

12. Anupam Ray

  • Dr. Anupam Ray is appointed as India’s permanent representative at UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
  • He is currently serving as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • United Nations Conference on Disarmament comes under United Nations General Assembly to negotiate a multilateral disarmament forum.

13. Pankaj Sharma

  • Dr. Pankaj Sharma is appointed as the Next Ambassador of India to Mexico.
  • He served as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

14. Alia Bhatt

  • Alia Bhatt is named the PETA India “Person of the Year 2021”.
  • She is a Bollywood Actress and she was awarded for her investment in bio-degradable vegan leather “Fleather”.

15. Vijay Raaz and Varun Sharma

  • Actors Vijay Raaz and Varun Sharma are appointed as the Brand Ambassadors for the EaseMyTrip.
  • EaseMyTrip is a business portal for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer segments.

16. Atul Kumar Goel

  • Atul Kumar Goel is appointed as the new Managing Director and CEO of Punjab National Bank.
  • He will succeed in Mallikarjuna Rao.
  • Prior to this appointment, Atul served as the MD and CEO of UCO Bank.

17. Viral Desai

  • Viral Desai won Global Environment and Climate Action Citizen Award 2021.
  • He is called the Green man of Gujarat.
  • He is an industrialist from Surat, Gujarat.

18. Pankaj Advani

  • Pankaj Advani won the 2021 National Billiards Title.
  • He is an Indian Billiards and Snooker Player.

19. Harjinder Singh

  • Harjinder Singh is appointed as India’s “Chef de Mission” for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
  • He currently serves as the General Secretary of the Indian Ice Hockey Association.

20. H.O. Suri

  • H.O. Suri is appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company.
  • Prior to this position, he is the financial advisor of IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance Company.

21. Divya Hedge

  • Divya Hedge wins UN Women’s Award for Leadership Commitment.
  • She is an Indian Climate Action Entrepreneur who runs a firm called “Baeru Environmental Services”.
  • They fight climate changes through rural population especially through women and they gave employment opportunities for rural women in their firm.

22. Atul Dinkar Rane

  • Atul Dinkar Rane is appointed as the Director-General(DG) of the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
  • BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited manufactures the BrahMos supersonic cruise Missile.
  • Atul always remained in the core team of BrahMos Aerospace since its foundation as a joint venture with Russia.

23. Gabriel Boric

  • Gabriel Boric is elected as the Youngest President of Chile.
  • He is just 35-year-old and belongs to Social Convergence Party.

24. Rishabh Pant

  • Rishabh Pant is appointed as the Brand Ambassador of Uttarakhand State.
  • He is an Indian cricketer.
  • He is appointed with the aim to encourage the youth of the state towards sports and public health.

25. Salman Khan

  • Salman Khan is appointed as the Brand Ambassador of the COVID Vaccination in Maharashtra.
  • He is a Bollywood Actor and he was appointed to create COVID Vaccination awareness in Maharashtra.

26. Karl Nehammer

  • Karl Nehammer was sworn in as Austria’s Chancellor.
  • He was appointed by the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen.
  • He succeeds Alexander Schallenberg.
  • Prior to this post, he has served as the Interior Minister of Austria.

27. Avani Lekhara

  • Avani Lekhara wins “Best Female Debut” at 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards
  • She is an Indian Shooter and won India’s First Gold Medal in Shooting in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

28. Narendra Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the “Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo” award.
  • It is Bhutan’s Highest Civilian Award.
  • Modi is the 1st Foreigner to receive this award.

29. Kumar Mangalam Birla

  • Kumar Mangalam Birla is conferred with the TiE 2021 “Global Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
  • He was awarded under the category of “Business Transformation”
  • The event was held in Dubai, UAE.

30. Lewis Hamilton

  • Lewis Hamilton received “Knight Bachelor” of Services to Motorsport.
  • Hamilton is a Britain’s 7 times F1 Champion.
  • The award was presented by Charles, the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle, England.

31. Unsoo Kim

  • Unsoo Kim is appointed as the Managing Director of Hyundai Motor India Limited.
  • He will replace Seon Seob Kim.

32. General Naravane

  • General Naravane took charge as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee(CoSC).
  • He succeeds Bipin Rawat, who died in a flight crash in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.
  • Naravane is the senior-most of the Chiefs of all three armed forces- Army, Navy, and Air Force.

33. Sanjiv Mehta

  • Sanjiv Mehta is elected as the President of Hindustan Unilever Limited.
  • He currently serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Limited.

34. Balkrishna Doshi

  • Balkrishna Doshi is honored with the Royal Gold Medal 2022.
  • He is an Indian Architect who designed Chandigarh.
  • Royal Gold Medal is one of the world’s highest honors for Architecture.

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