Zoramthanga sworn in as Mizoram chief minister [15 Dec 2018]
Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Zoramthanga was in as Mizoram’s new chief minister. The 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga. A former Chief Minister, Zoramthanga, 74, was elected for a fifth term from Aizawl East-I seat, defeating Independent candidate K. Sapdanga by a margin of 2,504 votes.
BP Singh is appointed as FTII chairman [14 Dec 2018]
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting appointed TV producer BP Singh as President of FTII and chairman of its Governing Council. Singh will step in the shoes of actor Anupam Kher, who had resigned in October.
Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 [14 Dec 2018]
Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.
DLF CEO Rajeev Talwar appointed WTTCII chairman [11 Dec 2018]
World Travel & Tourism Council, India Initiative (WTTCII) has appointedDLF' CEO Rajeev Talwar, as Chairman of WTTCII for the year 2019. Talwar is also the chairman of NAREDCO and president of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Government appoints Shaktikanta Das as new RBI Governor [11 Dec 2018]
Shaktikanta Das, member of the 15th Finance Commission and former Economic Affairs Secretary, will take over as the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor.
Ex-SBI chief is SWIFT India chairman [10 Dec 2018]
SWIFT India has appointed ex-SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as the new chairman of its board. SWIFT India is a joint venture of top Indian public and private sector banks and SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).
Govt appoints Krishnamurthy Subramanian as Chief Economic Adviser for 3 years [07 Dec 2018]
The government appointed Krishnamurthy Subramanian as the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) to the finance minister for a period of three years. The main role of a CEA is to advise the government on key economic issues. Besides, the adviser and its team comes out with an annual Economic Survey ahead of Union Budget. Subramanian, who is currently the associate professor of finance (with tenure) and executive director for the Centre for Analytical Finance at country's premier business-school Indian School of Business.
Sancharam wins Sahitya Akademi Award [06 Dec 2018]
Tamil writer, traveller, essayist and scriptwriter S. Ramakrishnan has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2018 for his novel Sancharam, which poignantly captures the lives of nagaswaram players in karisal bhoomi – the arid land – of Tamil Nadu.
Yasir Shah breaks pre-World War II record, fastest to 200 Test wickets [06 Dec 2018]
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah created history as he broke an 82-year-old record during the third Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on the fourth day. Picking his fifth wicket in the match, dismissing William Somerville for 4, Shah completed his 200-wicket milestone in the longest format, becoming the fastest bowler to do so. The right-armer broke pre-World War record set by Australian Clarrie Grimmett in 1936 by requiring only 33 Tests to reach the landmark. Grimmett, on the other hand, had reached the figures in his 36th Test.
India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched successfully from French Guiana [05 Dec 2018]
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana. GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme.