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Person Current Affairs July 2nd Week 2017
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Person Current Affairs July 2nd Week 2017

1. Carrie Lam sworn in as first female Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
 
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Carrie Lam was sworn in as the first female Chief Executive (CE) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), an autonomous territory of China on the Pearl River Delta. The CE of Hong Kong is the head and representative of the Hong Kong and also head of the Government of Hong Kong. Carrie Lam took her oath to office before Chines President Xi Jinping on the occasion marking 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China from Britain. She is fifth CE of Hong Kong since it became part of China in 1997. 

Prior to getting electing as CE, she was the Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong SAR Government (from 2012 to 2017), the senior most rank of principal officials of Hong Kong. About Hong Kong Hong Kong was part of China back in early 18th Century. 

Later it was ceded to Britain after China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842. Later in 1898, Kowloon island other 235 Outlying Islands surrounding Hong Kong Island were leased to Britain for 99 years period. After end of 99 year lease Britain handed Hong Kong to People’s Republic of China on 1st July 1997 under the principle condition of ‘One Country, Two Systems’. 

This arrangement allows Hong Kong maintains a separate political and economic system and enjoys high degree of autonomy, including retaining its capitalist system, independent judiciary and rule of law, free trade and freedom of speech. At present, Hong Kong is a service-based economy and serves as important gateway to the world’s largest market. 

2. Achal Kumar Joti appointed as Chief Election Commissioner.

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President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed election commissioner Achal Kumar Joti as the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). He will be the 21st CEC and shall succeed Nasim Zaidi. He will continue as CEC till 17 January 2018. He had joined the three-member election commission as an election commissioner in May, 2015.

A K Joti is retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1975-batch. He had retired as the Gujarat Chief secretary in January, 2013. In his home cadre he had worked in various capacities, including as the chairman of the Kandla Port Trust (1999- 2004), managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNNL). He also had served as the Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the State. He was also Gujarat Vigilance Commissioner.

3. Sanjay Kumar appointed new NDRF Chief.

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Senior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar was appointed as Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He will succeed R K Pachnanda who was has taken charge as DG the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Sanjay Kumar is a 1985-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. Prior to this appointment, he was director general of police (DGP) in Himachal Pradesh. 

NDRF is India’s elite disaster mitigation combat force established under The Disaster Management Act, 2005. It was established in 2006 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It functions under Union Ministry of Home Affairs. 

It is mandated to undertake special disaster response, relief, rescue operations and combat roles independently in the case of an event of any disaster (natural or man-made), accident or emergency. 

It also assists local authorities in launching a quick rescue and response operation to save life and property. It is assisted by 12 battalions with strength of over 13,000 personnel positioned in various states of country.

4. New Israeli flower named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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A new fast-growing Israeli flower was today named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a special gesture to mark the first visit of an Indian premier to the Jewish nation.

Israeli Crysanthumun flower will now be called “MODI”, officials said.

“New fast-growing Israeli Crysanthumun flower named in honor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be called “MODI”. Indeed, a #GrowingPartnership!,” Israel’s official twitter handle said in a tweet.

“Crysanthumun flower will be named in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The flower will be called ‘Modi’,” Office of the Prime Minister tweeted.

Earlier, Modi visited the Danziger “Dan” flower farm along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Mishmar Hashiva where they were briefed about the latest technologies being used for floriculture.

“Commemorating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, Danziger Flower Farm names the flower Crysanthumun as ‘Modi.’, on the name of Prime Minister,” Press Information Bureau said in a tweet.

“A symbol of blooming In a special gesture, a new fast growing variety of chrysanthemum flower named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

The Danziger flower farm is one of Israel’s leading floriculture companies with approximately 80,000 square meters of state-of-the-art greenhouses specialising in reproduction of plants.

The farm, founded in 1953, is located in Moshav Mishmar Hashiva, about 56 km from Jerusalem, in central Israel.

His three-day visit to Israel is the first by an Indian prime minister to the Jewish nation.

5. N Chandrasekaran appointed as Chairman of Tata Global Beverages Limited.

 

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Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) on Monday appointed Tata Sons head N Chandrasekaran as Chairman with immediate effect.

TGBL’s board in a meeting held on Monday approved the “appointment of N Chandrasekaran as an Additional Director and as Chairman of the Board of the Company in place of Mr Harish Bhat who expressed a desire to step down as Chairman,” the company said in a BSE filing.

The Board has also appointed Siraj Azmat Chaudhry as Non Executive Independent Director.

On November 15, ousted Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry was voted out as chairman by the board of the Tata Global Beverages and Harish Bhat was appointed in his place.

6. Sanjiv Goenka named as IIT-Kharagpur chairman.

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RP Sanjiv Goenka Group Chairman, Sanjiv Goenka, has been named as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIT-Kharagpur. He will serve as the Chairman for three years.

Sanjiv Goenka was nominated by the President, Pranab Mukherjee, in his capacity as Visitor of the Institute. With this appointment, Sanjiv Goenka will serve his second term as the Chairman of Board of Governors at the IIT-KGP. He held his previous stint between 2002 and 2007.

Previously, Sanjiv Goenka had served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry; and also on several academic institutions as member and chair of its Governing bodies.


 

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