Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Salil S. Parekh appointed MD and CEO of Infosys
Infosys announced the appointment of Salil S. Parekh as its new CEO and Managing Director. Salil was working in Capgemini earlier. The Bengaluru-headquartered company was searching for a new CEO after former CEO Vishal Sikka resigned in August 2017. Cofounder Nandan Nilekani returned to the company as non-executive chairman to steady operations.
A.Surya Prakash reappointed Chairman of Prasar Bharathi
Veteran journalist A Surya Prakash has been appointed the chairman of the Prasar Bharati board for a second consecutive term till February 8, 2020. Information and broadcasting ministry issued an order after a panel headed by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu recommended Prakash’s name for the post. Prasar Bharati oversees the functioning of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR).
Kenyatta was sworn in as President of Kenya for the second term
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second and final five-year term, a month after winning a bitterly disputed election rerun marked by delays and boycott. Kenyatta, 55, won 98 percent of the votes cast in October’s poll, which was boycotted by the main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who alleged the poll wouldn’t be free and fair. The Capital of Kenya is Nairobi and its currency is the Kenyan shilling.
Raj Shah becomes first Indian- American to hold Press gaggle
Raj Shah who holds a key position in the White House, gaggled with reporters on board US Presidential chopper Air Force One, becoming the first Indian-American to enjoy the privilege. Thirty-three old, Mr. Shah did so in the capacity of the Principal Deputy Press Secretary. He was accompanying Mr. Trump as he flew to Missouri to deliver a major speech on middle-class tax relief and business tax relief.
“Populism” announced the Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2017
The word ‘populism’ has been announced as Cambridge Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2017. The dictionary defined populism as “political ideas and activities that are intended to get the support of ordinary people by giving them what they want”. It said searches for ‘populism’ rose when Pope Francis made statements warning against its rising tide.
Miss Korea crowned Miss Supranational 2017
The 24-year-old model and Miss Korea Jenny Kim has bagged the title of Miss Supranational 2017 at the gala event, which was held in Poland’s Spa Resort of Krynica-Zdroj. Miss Columbia Tica Martinez and Romania’s Bianca Tirsin were adjudged First Runner’s Up and the second runner-up in the event, respectively. Kim left behind 64 contestants from different countries to bag the title. India’s official entry into the competition, Peden Ongmu Namgyal, reached top 25. Miss Supranational 2016 was India’s, Srinidhi Shetty.
India reelected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation
India has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under a category that represents nations with the largest interests in international seaborne trade. India was re-elected to the body under Category B at an assembly of the organization at its headquarters. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha represented India at the assembly where India secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146 and ahead of Australia’s 143. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships. The Secretary-General of IMO is Kitack Lim and its Headquarters is in London.
Indian Archers win 9 medals in Asian Championships
Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbed three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics.
India’s Shiva Kesavan wins Gold in Asian Luge Championships
The sole Indian participant and defending Asian champion Shiva Keshavan retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds. India’s veteran Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany. Due to technical reasons, the Asian Luge Championships took place at Altenberg in Germany.
West Bengal becomes the first State in India to set up “green university”
On the 30th November 2017; the West Bengal assembly passed a bill named “the West Bengal Green University Bill”. The bill seeks to set up an environmental studies university in Hoogly District. Thus, West Bengal becomes the first state in the country to set up a university dedicated to environmental studies.