Special Current Affair for IBPS
Topic: In The News
- PJ Kurien
- Nicolas Maduro
- Rajan Bharti Mittal
- Sunil Bharti Mittal
- Krishna Kumar Natrajan
- M F Farooqui
- Giorgio Napolitano
- Uhuru Kenyatta
- Kenya Presidential Election 2013
- Narendra Kumar Verma
- Aruna Bahuguna
- S Gopalakrishnan
- H.R. Mohan
Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien on 11 April 2013
was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the prestigious Asian Forum of
Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) during the during the
73rd Executive Committee Meeting of AFPPD at Bangkok. He replaced Yasuo Fukuda,
former Prime Minister of Japan as the Chairman of AFPPD.
PJ Kurien at present is also the Chairman of the Indian
Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
About Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and
AFPPD was established in 1981 as a regional non-governmental
organization to serve as a coordinating body of twenty five National Committees
of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
It seeks to generate cooperation and support among the Asian
Parliamentarians in different areas like population and Development.
It is committed towards educating, motivating, involving and mobilizing the
parliamentarians on linkages between the increase in population and different
issues that includes sustainable development, reproductive health, family
planning, food security, water resources, HIV/AIDS, migration, environment,
urbanization, ageing and gender equality.
Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela was
sworn in as the new President of Venezuela on 19 April 2013 in a ceremony by the
National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello. Nicolas Maduro, 50, succeeded late
President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who died on 5 March 2013.
He was elected as the President, beating the opposition leader Henrique Capriles
by just 1.5 percent votes. The aim of the new President is to deal with the
corruption along with carrying the social programmes of Hugo Chavez.
Rajan Bharti Mittal
The Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises
Rajan Bharti Mittal on 31 March 2013 appointed as the President of International
Chamber of Commerce (ICC) India. The appointment of Rajan Bharti Mittal came at
the conclusion of 82nd Annual General Meeting of ICC India. ICC India is the
Indian affiliate of the Paris-based ICC, the world business organisation with
presence in over 90 countries. Bharti Airtel a group company of Bharti
Enterprises, is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in
20 countries across Asia and Africa.
About International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) India
ICC India is one of the most active chapters of the ICC, the
world’s apex business organisation. In its fold, it has a large membership of
corporates, chambers of commerce, trade & industry associations, consultancy
organisations. The International linkages of ICC INDIA are far and wide.
The ICC network speaks, directly and indirectly, for thousands of individual
corporations and industrial and trade associations in over 140 countries. As the
process of economic reforms is gaining ground, ICC India is emerging as a
rallying point for Indian business in their effort towards globalisation.
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal , the Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti
Enterprises in the month of April 2013 appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC),which is one of the world’s oldest
global business organisations.
With the appointment as the Vice Chairman of ICC, Mittal
became the third business person from India in the history of ICC to be
appointed on the ICC Executive Board. Earlier it was Bharat Ram (1969-1971), and
Hari Shankar Singhania (1993-1994) who were appointed to ICC.Bharat Ram is also
counted as the first Indian to be appointed as the Chairman of the ICC Executive
The role of ICC is to help in driving global economic growth
by reducing barriers to trade and economic opportunity. The ICC World Council
elected the new ICC leaders at a meeting held in Doha, Qatar. ICC which was
founded in 1919, represents private-sector views to national governments and
inter-governmental bodies around the world.
Krishna Kumar Natrajan
Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO and Director of Mindtree on 8
April 2013 was appointed as the Chairman of Nasscom for the year 2013-14. He
succeeded N Chandrasekaran, MD and CEO of TCS, who was the Chairman for the year
2012-13. R Chandrasekaran, Cognizant Group Chief Executive (Technology &
Operations) was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Executive Council.
M F Farooqui
M F Farooqui on 1 April 2013 took over charge as the
secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). He replaced R
Chandrashekhar who retired in the month of March 2013. Prior to his appointment,
Farooqui was the secretary for the Department of Heavy Industries. He worked in
ministry only once many decades ago as a deputy secretary in between 1990-91 as
a private secretary to the minister.
Italy’s Parliament on 20 April 2013 re-elected Giorgio
Napolitano to an unparalleled second term as president. Giorgio Napolitano will
be the first Italian president to be re-elected to serve a second term. The
party leaders convinced the 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano to serve again in
hopes of easing the hostility that has let down the formation of a new
government. Napolitano received 738 votes, out of 1007 votes which are far more
than the 504 needed for victory easily surpassing the simple majority needed in
the sixth round of an election. As per the Article 84 of the Italian
Constitution, any citizen who is fifty or older on Day of Election and enjoys
civil and political rights can be elected President.
Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn-in as the new President of Kenyaon 9
April 2013. He is the fourth president of Kenya. Kenyatta clinched victory in a
tightly fought race for Kenya’s presidency on 9 March 2013 against Raila Odinga.
He won with 50.07 percent votes in the election. It is very important to note
that Uhuru Kenyatta along with William Ruto are are wanted by the International
Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity from alleged role in
the country’s 2007-2008 election.
About Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta is Jomo Kenyatta’s son. Jomo Kenyatta was
the first President of Kenya.
He also served as the Deputy Prime Minister (2008 to
2013), Finance Minister (2009 to 2012) under President Mwai Kibaki as well
as Minister for Trade (in April 2008).
Uhuru Kenyatta, at the age of 51 years is the youngest
President of Kenya.
He also served as Member of Parliament for Gatundu South
Constituency starting from 2002.
He was the Chairman of Kenya African National Union (KANU).
KANU is the part of Party of National Unity (PNU).
Kenya Presidential Election 2013
Jubilee Alliance coalition nominated Uhuru for presidential
race against Raila Odinga. Uhuru Kenyatta needed over 50 percent of the national
vote to avoid a run-off. He received 50.07 percent in the election and became
the President of Kenya. Uhuru Kenyatta’s party, The National Alliance (Kenya) (TNA)
formed alliance with United Republican Party (URP) of William Ruto, National
Rainbow Coalition party of Charity Ngilu and Republican Congress Party (RCP) of
Najib Balala. This coalition was called Jubilee Alliance coalition.
Narendra Kumar Verma
Narendra Kumar Verma on 4 April 2013 was appointed as the new
director of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) Exploration. 54
year old Narendra Kumar Verma would be replacing S.V. Rao, who term super-annuated
on 31 March 2013. As Director-Exploration at OVL, Responsibility of N.K. Verma
is to look for development and implementation of exploration strategy and
Business Development for past 15 months.
Aruna Bahuguna, Senior IPS Officer on 18 April 2013 was
appointed as the new Special Director General of CRPF, India’s largest
paramilitary force. With her appointment to the office of the special DG, Aruna
Bahuguna (a 1979-batch Andhra Pradesh Cadre Officer) became the first women
officer to be appointed to the top position in the hierarchy of the Force. At
present, Bahuguna is serving as the chairperson of AP Police Housing
Corporation. With this appointment in the office, Bahuguna will assume charge as
number two in the largest central police force and will be in-charge of
S Gopalakrishnan, the co-founder and Executive Co-Chairman of
Infosys, on 5 April 2013 was elected as the President of the industry body
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the year 2013-14. He is succeeding
Adi Godrej, Chairman of the Godrej Group.
S Gopalakrishnan, who is also a Padma Bhushan recipient,
Gopalakrishnan was in recent times was voted as the top CEO (IT services
category) in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of Asia’s Top
Executives, and was selected as one of the winners of the second Asian Corporate
Director Recognition Awards by Corporate Governance Asia. Ajay S Shriram,
Chairman of DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd, is President Designate of CII for the
year 2013-2014. Sumit Mazumder Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Tractors
India Pvt Ltd has been elected as the Vice-President of the business chamber for
H.R. Mohan on 16 April 2013 was elected as the
Vice-President-Cum-President Elect of Computer Society of India (CSI). H.R.
Mohan is the Assistant Vice-President (Systems), The Hindu.
About H.R. Mohan
Mr. Mohan is a graduate in Engineering from IIT, Madras
Currently, he is working with India’s National Newspaper,
The Hindu as Associate Vice President (Systems)
Computer Society of India (CSI) was formed in 1965, and has
been instrumental in guiding the Indian IT industry down the right path since
its formative years. At present, the CSI has 70 chapters all over India with 418
student branches, and more than 90000 members including India’s most famous IT
industry leaders, brilliant scientists and dedicated academicians.