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Person Current Affairs September 4th Week 2017

1. Union Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York to Attend UNGA Session.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrive here today to represent India at the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session with a packed schedule of super diplomacy among an array of world leaders. During her week-long stay, Swaraj, leading a high-powered Indian delegation, is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the session.

Swaraj, was received at the airport by the Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, and India’s permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin. She would kick off her official engagement later today with a trilateral meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts Rex Tillerson, and Taro Kono respectively.

Aimed at lending momentum to cooperation between the three countries, the meeting also turns significant amid China flexing its muscles in the region. In a day jam-packed with consecutive meetings, Swaraj will also participate in a high-level meeting on UN reforms, hosted by the US and chaired by president Donald Trump.

India is among the 120 countries who have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary General. India has said that the UN reforms need to be “broad- based and all-encompassing” and the changes should not be restricted to its Secretariat only. In a preview of the Swaraj’s engagements during her week-long stay in the US, Akbaruddin had said that issues of climate change, terrorism, people centric migration and peacekeeping are other key focus areas for India this year.

Swaraj will also participate in a special panel of selected countries by the UN Secretary General on climate action, he said earlier. She will address the UNGA on September 23. The minister is scheduled to have a series of meetings today including that with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and her Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani.

Akbaruddin in an interaction with Indian reporters ruled out a bilateral meeting between Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart.

However, the two leaders are likely to see each other during several multilateral meetings including that of SAARC and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Swaraj is scheduled to leave for India, a day after her address to the UN General Assembly.
 
2. YC Modi appointed as new National Investigation Agency.
 YC Modi appointed as new National Investigation Agency
Senior IPS officer Y C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was on Monday named chief of the National Investigation Agency.

The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Modi`s appointment as director general of the NIA, said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). He will hold the post till his superannuation on May 31, 2021, the order said.

The ACC also approved the appointment of Modi as officer on special duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover.

A 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Modi is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

He will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30, the order said. Kumar, who was appointed DG NIA in July 2013, has been given two extensions.
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In October last year, he was given a one-year extension. The government said it was to help the agency complete the probe in Pathankot terror case and various ISIS related cases.

Kumar is the longest serving chief of the NIA. Under his stewardship, the agency started probing terror financing cases allegedly involving some separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.

Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal and the Indo-Bhutan borders.

He will hold the post till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2019, the DoPT order said.

Misra, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present additional director general in the Border Security Force (BSF).
 
3. Rajni Kant Mishra appointed new DG of SSB.
Rajni Kant Mishra appointed new DG of SSB
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Mishra (58) as new Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). He will succeed Archana Ramasundaram, who holds distinction of being first woman IPS officer to head a para-military force in the country.

Mr. Mishra is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is native of Bihar and had joined Border Security Force (BSF) as Inspector General in 2012. He was elevated to Additional Director General of the BSF in November 2014. He was recently elevated to Special Director General rank in the BSF.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
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SSB is one of India’s Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). It is entrusted with guarding the country’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan. It was established in 1963 following Sino-Indian War. It was formerly known as Special Service Bureau. It is under administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Its headquarters are in New Delhi and motto is “<em>Service, Security and Brotherhood”. It has specialist jurisdictions for national border patrol, security, and integrity.
 
4. Akshay Kumar appointed Uttarakhand Swachh Bharat Mission Brand Ambassador.
 Akshay Kumar appointed Uttarakhand Swachh Bharat Mission Brand Ambassador
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced the appointment of actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.
On completion of his six months in office on Monday, the chief minister said, "Akshay Kumar has happily agreed to become our brand ambassador for the state`s Swachchata Abhiyan," 

The 50-year-old actor was also appointed as the brand ambassador for the cleanliness campaign in Uttar Pradesh last month and his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was made tax-free in the state.

When asked whether Akshay will also ditch, like previous brand ambassadors appointed by the state government, the Chief Minister replied in the negative.
"I can assure you that he will definitely come. However, it will not be possible for him to come by October 2. After all, we also need time to make necessary arrangements for his visit," he said in reply to a question. 
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Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha joined the 100 crore club within eight days of its release.

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film features Bhumi Pednekar and Anupam Kher in pivotal roles.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. Set around a love story, the film primarily centres on the need for sanitization in India, thereby encouraging cleanliness in the country.
 
5. Nigerian Zannah Mustapha wins UN High Commission for Refugees 2017 Award.
Nigerian Zannah Mustapha wins UN High Commission for Refugees 2017 Award A Nigerian, Zannah Mustapha, the Director, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, has won the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) 2017 Nansen Refugees Award, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Mr. Mustapha, the first Nigerian Laureate of the award, will be unveiled on Monday in Abuja.

UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday that Mustapha was chosen as the winner of the award for his humanitarian work in championing the rights of children.

They noted that Mr. Mustapha’s NGO not only provides education for children but also caters to the needs of orphans, widows and abandoned children affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, thereby bringing succour to them.

In a statement issued in Geneva on Monday and made available to NAN, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said: “Education is one of the most powerful tools for helping refugee children overcome the horrors of violence and forced displacement.

“It empowers young people, equips them with skills and works to counter exploitation and recruitment by armed groups.

“Conflict can leave children with physical and emotional scars that are deep and lasting as it forces them from their homes, exposes them to unspeakable atrocities and often rips apart their families.

“The work Mustapha and his team are doing is of the utmost importance, helping to foster a peaceful coexistence and rebuild communities in North-Eastern Nigeria.

“With this award, we honour his vision and services,’’ Mr. Grandi said.

Speaking with NAN in Abuja, Jose-Antonio Canhandula, UNHCR Representative to Nigeria, said that Mr. Mustapha was recognised for his efforts in championing the rights of children.

“In addition to his education work, Mustapha has demonstrated a commitment to helping all parts of the society affected by the conflict which includes setting up cooperatives for widows and supporting nearly 600 women in Maiduguri.

“The UNHCR recognises his role as a mediator between the government and the insurgents for the release of the 82 Chibok girls and the 21 young women held captive by Boko Haram for two years,’’ Canhandula said.

In a separate statement, issued by the Norwegian Refugee Council, its Secretary-General, Jan Egeland, said that the recognition of Mustapha’s brave works highlighted the importance of education for the future of Nigeria.

“Schools lie at the heart of a society and destroying them crushes the chance of Nigeria’s next generation succeeding,’’ Egeland said.

In his reaction to the award, Mr. Mustapha told NAN in Abuja that he felt humbled and honoured to be “listed among great icons’’ in the world for his humanitarian works in the North-East.
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He said that the award would give impetus to his humanitarian works as his vision is for the activities of his foundation to serve as a template for peaceful reconciliation in the North-East and other parts of the country.

He said that in just a decade since its inception, the school had recorded tremendous success, which gives him the assurance that peaceful reconciliation through education and integration is achievable.

Mr. Mustapha told NAN that he founded his NGO in 2007 to provide free education, meals, uniforms and healthcare to children and orphans among others, in an effort to engender peace and reconciliation.

“We started with 36 students and have graduated more 1,000 students; enrolled 626 in 2017, more than half of whom are girls, including 186 IDPs with 5,000 on the waiting list.
 
“These children include children from both the military and the Boko Haram and they have grown to see themselves as one.

“If it continues like this, then we are sure of peaceful reconciliation and an end to the insurgency,’’ Mr. Mustapha said.

NAN reports that the 2017 Nansen Refugees Award will be presented to Mr. Mustapha on October 2, in Geneva.

The UNHCR Nansen Refugees award was established in 1954 and awarded annually to an individual, group or organisation in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced and stateless persons.

The award includes a commonwealth medal and monetary prize of $100,000 donated by the governments of Norway and Switzerland to begin a project in consultation with UNHCR, to complement the laureate’s existing work.
 
6. Sambamurthy appointed as NPCI interim chairman.
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in the country, has appointed B Sambamurthy as interim Chairman of the board.

According to a NPCI statement, he will replace M Balachandran, who was Non-Executive Chairman of NPCI from September 23, 2013 till September 20, 2017.

Sambamurthy was formerly Director and CEO of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) and Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank prior to that.

He has been the nominee director from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the board of NPCI since December 5, 2013.

7. Liliane Bettencourt, Richest Woman in the World Dies at 94.
Liliane Bettencourt, Richest Woman in the World Dies at 94
Liliane Bettencourt, heir to the French L’Oreal hairspray empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, who was at the centre of a long-running French courtroom saga over alleged hangers-on who took advantage of her frailty to elicit money and gifts, has died aged 94.

Bettencourt, whose net worth was estimated at about €33bn (£29bn) this year, was the face of one of France’s biggest cosmetics conglomerates and had once captured the public’s imagination as the nation’s poor little rich girl.

She was the daughter of Eugène Schueller, a chemist and one-time Nazi sympathiser who made a fortune as the inventor of modern hair dye and founder of L’Oréal. Her mother died when she was five, leaving her alone with Schueller whose company she inherited.

Bettencourt hit the headlines in 2007 when members of her entourage were charged with exploiting her failing mental health – leading to a vast inquiry that threatened to engulf the then-president Nicolas Sarkozy.

When Bettencourt’s husband, the politician André Bettencourt, died in 2007, their daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, decided to take legal action against her mother’s eccentric best friend, François-Marie Banier. The dandy photographer, artist and one-time society golden boy was accused of taking advantage of Bettencourt’s frailty to accept almost €1bn worth of gifts, including paintings, life insurance policies and a salary from L’Oreal.

Shocked domestic staff at Bettencourt’s mansion west of Paris whispered how the flamboyant Banier would pee in the flowerbeds, lie on Bettencourt’s bed with his shoes on and make requests for money.

Banier denied the allegations, but it was just the start of a multi-layered legal inquiry that became the nation’s soap opera.

The saga resulted in not only a public family feud but a major political scandal and courtroom drama when the investigation was extended to look at whether Sarkozy and other figures in his party had also taken advantage of the elderly Bettencourt, asking for money from her after it was declared that she had dementia.

The money, alleged to have been given in brown envelopes, was said to have funded Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign.
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The “Bettencourt affair” tarnished the latter half of Sarkozy’s presidency, and when he lost the 2012 election he was placed under formal investigation for illegal campaign financing and taking advantage of Bettencourt. But the charges against Sarkozy were dropped in October 2013 due to lack of evidence.

In 2015, the photographer Banier was convicted of exploiting Bettencourt and sentenced to three years in jail, fined €350,000 and ordered to pay €158m in damages. He appealed and last year received a suspended prison sentence and a fine but did not have to pay the vast damages.

In the meantime, other cases had opened around the affair, including a court case over the publication of secretly recorded conversations between Bettencourt and her wealth manager which were taped when her butler hid a recorder in her mansion.

Bettencourt had been declared unfit to run her own affairs in 2011 after a medical report showing she had suffered from “mixed dementia” and “moderately severe” Alzheimer’s disease since 2006. She was rarely seen in public after leaving the L’Oreal board in 2012.

“Liliane Bettencourt died last night at home,” her daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers said in a statement. “My mother left peacefully.”
 
8. Kuldeep Yadav becomes First Indian spinner to take hat trick in ODIs.
Kuldeep Yadav becomes First Indian spinner to take hat trick in ODIs
Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight in the second ODI against Australia on Thursday, becoming only the third Indian to register a hat-trick in the 50-over format of the game.

The 22-year-old removed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins off three consecutive deliveries at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to join Kapil Dev (1991) and Chetan Sharma (1987) in an elite club of Indians who have claimed a hat-trick.

Incidentally, Kapil`s hat-trick was the only ODI hat-trick at the Eden until Kuldeep joined him on Thursday.

However, it was not the first time that he registered a hat-trick for the country. 

Kuldeep became the first Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Under-19 World Cup history and in the process, sent Scotland Under-19s crashing to 88 all out in Dubai.
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Kuldeep`s mystery element claimed the wickets of Nick Farrar, Kyle Stirling and Alex Baum in three successive balls spread out over two overs.

Kuldeep played only his ninth ODI and with MS Dhoni`s tactical help from behind the stumps, the young leg-spinner showed his variety and completely derailed Australia`s chase of 253.

India rode on a 92 by skipper Virat Kohli and a 55 by Ajinkya Rhane to post a competitive 252 on the board for the Aussies and followed it up with a brilliant bowling display by  Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and, of course, Kuldeep.g.

9. Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu becomes first woman minister in Mizoram in 30 yrs.

Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu becomes first woman minister in Mizoram in 30 yrs
The lone woman legislator in Mizoram Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu has become Mizoram’s first woman minister since the 1987 state assembly elections, after she was inducted to Lal Thanhawla’s cabinet on Friday .

Chawngthu was sworn in as a minister by Mizoram governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Rtd) during a searing-in-ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. She is the second woman in Mizoram to hold ministerial post after Lalhlimpuii Hmar, who was made a minister in 1987.

Chawngthu will hold the rank of Minister of State in Lal Thanhawla’s government.

With Chawngthu, Mizoram now has 12 ministers.

 Earlier on September 20, senior Congress leader and Aizawl South III assembly constituency MLA, K S Thanga was sworn in as minister in the Congress government.
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Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (MPYCC) president, Chawngthu joined the Congress party and won the Hrangturzo by-poll with a margin of 2503 votes to retain the seat for the ruling Congress in May 2014 as Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla vacated the seat after winning it along with Serchhip in 2013 assembly polls.

Chawngthu, better known as O.P-i, is the daughter of senior Congress leader and former minister C Chawngkunga and she is presently the chairperson of Mizoram state commission for women. In Mizoram’s political history, Chawngthu became the fourth woman legislator.

Speaking to media persons after the swearing-in-ceremony today, Chawngthu said she would try her best for the welfare of the women.

She then thanked Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla for his concern for the empowerment of women and inducting a woman minister in his government after a gap of about 30 years.
 
10. China Real Estate Developer Hui Ka Yan Becomes the Richest Man in Asia.
China Real Estate Developer Hui Ka Yan Becomes the Richest Man in Asia
Hui Ka Yan, the chairman of big China real estate developer China Evergrande Group, has become Asia’s richest man following a run-up in the company`s Hong Kong-listed shares.
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Among mainland Chinese, Hui’s estimated fortune of $42.2 billion puts him ahead of Tencent Holdings Chairman Ma Huateng ($39.1 billion), Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma ($38.9 billion), and Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin ($30.4 billion), according to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List.  Each member of that group has ranked as China’s richest man at some point this year. (Click here for a link to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List.)    Ma Huateng currently ranks second in Asia and Jack Ma third.

Evergrande’s stock climbed by 4.6% to HK$30.4 today, and has increased by more than five times from its close of HK$5.44 a year ago. Investors have bid up its shares amid triple-digit increases in sales and profit at the company from a year earlier.

Guangzhou-headquartered Evergrande’s revenue for the first six months of the year rose by 115% to 188 billion yuan, or $28 billion; net profit soared by 832% to 18.8 billion yuan.   As of June 30, the company had 547 projects under construction with a total of 28 million square meters.

Hui still has a way to go to catch the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, who is currently worth $85.7 billion.  Hui today ranks No. 15 globally.

11. PV Sindhu becomes world number 2 in latest BWF womens singles ranking.

PV Sindhu becomes world number 2 in latest BWF womens singles ranking

PV Sindhu attained her best ever world ranking by rising to world No 2 on the latest Badminton World Federation rankings list. The 21-year-old Rio Olympic silver medallist jumped three places from fifth at the start of this month.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying stayed on the top of the list with 87911 ranking points and Spain’s Carolina Marin is on third place with 75664 points. Sindhu has 75759 points.

PV Sindhu’s jump in the rankings came mainly after winning the India Open Superseries where she defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin 21-19, 21-16 in the final.

The maiden title win helped the Indian shuttler narrow down her head-to-head record against the Olympian champion Spaniard to 4-5. Sindhu had last defeated Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai last year.

The other Indian in the top 10 of the women’s singles world ranking is Saina Nehwal, who dropped one place to be at nine. Both Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu lost in the first round of the Malaysia Open Superseries on Wednesday.

Sindhu had lost to unseeded Chen Yufei of China 18-21 21-19 21-17 in women’s singles at the Stadium Perpaduan on Wednesday.

At the India Open last week, third seed Sindhu had also defeated Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals.

Saina Nehwal, of course, was the first Indian woman to top the badminton rankings when she attained it in April 2015.

In the men’s singles rankings, Ajay Jayaram remained the highest ranked Indian on 20th spot. He is the only Indian in fray at the Malaysia Open after defeating fourth seed Viktor Axelsen of England 9-21, 21-14, 21-19 in the second round on Thursday.

Jayaram had defeated China’s Qiao Bin 21-11, 21-8 in the first round on Wednesday. Jayaram, however, has lost one spot and has dropped from world No 19 to 20th this week.


 

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