Special Current Affair for IBPS Exams : In The News Part - 1

Special Current Affair for IBPS Exam

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


PJ Kurien

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 Development (AFPPD)

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

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 Board.

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.


  • NASSCOM Foundation is a non-profit organization that represents the Indian IT BPO industry and it played a leading role in developing the Indian IT-BPO industry to reach mark of 100 billion dollar industry.

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.

Giorgio Napolitano

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

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

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 operations.

S Gopalakrishnan

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 the year.

H.R. Mohan

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)

About CSI

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.