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Person in NEWS Current Affairs December 4th Week 2018

 1. PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to former PM Chodhary Charan Singh on his birth anniversary

PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to former PM Chodhary Charan Singh on his birth anniversary.
Chaudhary Charan Singh (23 December 1902 – 29 May 1987) served as the 5th Prime Minister of India between 28 July 1979 and 14 January 1980. Historians and people alike frequently refer to him as the `champion of India`s peasants.
Charan Singh was born on 23 December 1902 in a rural peasant Jat family of village Noorpur, District Hapur (Erstwhile District Meerut), Uttar Pradesh (Erstwhile United Provinces of Agra and Oudh).
Charan Singh entered politics as part of the Independence Movement motivated by Mohandas Gandhi.
He was active from 1931 in the Ghaziabad District Arya Samaj as well as the Meerut District Indian National Congress for which he was jailed twice by the British. 
Charan Singh opposed Jawaharlal Nehru on his Soviet-style economic reforms, and he helped transform the agricultural economy of North India after 1947. Charan Singh was of the opinion that cooperative farms would not succeed in India. 
He became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1967, and later in 1970.
He served as Deputy Prime Minister,Home Minister and Finance minister in the Janata government headed by Morarji Desai.

Person in NEWS Current Affairs December 3rd Week 2018

 1. Famous classical singer Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away Famous classical singer 

Pandit Arun Bhaduri passed away at the age of 75, after a prolonged illness. 
Pandit Arun Bhaduri was born on 7th October 1943 in Murshidabad, West Bengal. He was a Hindustani Classical Music and Semi-Classical Music Vocalist, initially tutored by Mohammed A. Daud Khan. Points to Remember .
Pandit Arun Bhaduri was an exponent on Kirana and Rampur Gharana. 
In 2014, he was awarded Banga Bibhushan Samman. He also won many other awards.
2. Madhavi Divan appointed as the new Additional Solicitor General
The Union government has appointed advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) in the government of India. 
She will hold office of ASG till 30 June, 2020 and will appear in the Supreme Court on behalf of the government of India.
She is the third woman to be appointed as ASG in the apex court.
Senior lawyer Indira Jaising was the first woman ASG. Pinky Anand, the second woman lawyer to hold the post, is still in office. 
Divan, who is not a designated senior advocate, has been appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Divan is a law graduate from University of Cambridge, UK, and started her career in the Bombay High Court and later moved to the Supreme Court where she represented Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. 
3. Hamid Nahal Ansari meets EAM Sushma Swaraj 
Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari who returned to India after languishing in Pakistani jails for over six years, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.
Hamid`s mother thanked Government of India and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for rescuing her son.   
33-year-old Ansari was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he met online. 
In 2015, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to three years in prison for possessing a fake Pakistani ID card.
4. Belgium PM Charles Michel resigns over migration spat


Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government over his support for the UN global pact on migration.
The pressure increased after Michel lost the backing of coalition partner nationalist New Flemish Alliance over his support for a UN migration deal signed in Marrakech last week.
His move follows angry demonstrations in Brussels against the UN pact.
He announced his resignation following a debate in parliament in which opposition parties refused calls to support his minority government. 
While Belgium was due to go to the polls next May, his decision now raises the possibility of early elections. 
Michel, 42, took office in October 2014 after forming a right-wing coalition, becoming at 38 the country`s youngest prime minister since 1841.
5. Philippines contestant Catriona Gray named Miss Universe



Catriona Gray of Philippines clinched Miss Universe 2018 crown beating contestants from 93 other countries. 
Gray edged out first runner-up Tamaryn Green of South Africa and third-placed Sthefany Gutierrez of Venezuela. She succeeds Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. Gray is the fourth Filipina to be named Miss Universe.
6. Nepal: Former PM Tulsi Giri passes away at 93
Former Prime Minister of Nepal Tulsi Giri passed away at his residence in Kathmandu on Tuesday. He was 93. 
Dr. Giri was suffering from liver cancer for a long time and he was recently discharged from the hospital. 
Dr. Giri had a long political career. He twice served as the prime minister of Nepal first from 1962 to 1964 and again from 1975 to 1977. 
Nepal`s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and other senior leaders from various political parties have expressed condolences on Dr. Giri`s demise. 

Person in NEWS Current Affairs December 2nd Week 2018

 1. Former Finance Secretary Shaktikanta Das appointed new RBI Governor

A day after Urjit Patel resigned from his post as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India with immediate effect citing personal reasons, Former Finance Secretary Shaktikanta Das has been appointed as the new Governor of the apex bank.
Mr. Das will have a tenure of three years.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his name.
Mr Das is currently the Member of the Finance Commission. 
2. BP Singh to be the new President of FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council
Government of India has nominated Shri Brijendra Pal Singh as President of the FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council, in pursuance of Rule 3 and Rule 22 of the Rules of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). 
Shri B.P. Singh’s tenure will be for the remaining period of block of 3 years starting from 04.03.2017 as per the provisions of Rule 6(1) of the Rules of FTII.
Shri BP Singh is an FTII alumnus (1970-73) who specialized in film cinematography and has earned repute as Producer- Director of popular TV serial CID which recently completed a record 21 years unbroken run on SONY TV. 
In 2004 he made it to the Limca Book of Records for taking a single continuous shot of 111 minutes to mark the completion of six years of CID.
3. Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas takes Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, UPSC
Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS (J&K 1986) (Retired.) took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). 
The Oath was administered by Shri Arvind Saxena, Chairman, UPSC. 
He served in State & Centre in various capacities and retired as Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir. Before assuming charge as Member, UPSC, he was serving as Adviser to the Governor, Jammu & Kashmir.
4. Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh honoured with Jnanpith Award
Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with this year`s Jnanpith Award. 
In his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways. 
Ghosh, one of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, is known for a series of novels such as "Shadow Lines", "The Glass Palace", "The Hungry Tide", and Ibis Trilogy  "Sea of Poppies", "River of Smoke", and "Flood of Fire" chronicling the Opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company. Ghosh is also recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award.
5. CAG Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Rajiv Mehrishi was elected as Vice-Chair of United Nations (UN) Panel of Auditors at its annual meeting held in New York.
In this meeting CAG of UK was also appointed as Chair of Panel for another term (2019).
The meeting discussed various issues concerning audit of United Nations and the agencies under the United Nations System.
The next meeting will be held in in Bonn, Germany in November-December 2019.
6. Prime Minister Modi condoles the passing away of Shri Jagdish Thakkar
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO.
“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi. He was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature.
He had previously served with many Chief Ministers of Gujarat. We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence. Condolences to his family and well wishers”, the Prime Minister said.
7. Sahitya Akademi Award



India’s national academy of letters Sahitya Academy has announced names of 24 poets and authors who will be conferred the prestigious 2018 Sahitya Akademi Award in 24 different Indian languages.
It is literary honour that is conferred annually on Indian writers for their outstanding works of literary merit.
It was established in 1954.
It is conferred annually on writers of outstanding works in one of the twenty-four major Indian languages (22 Scheduled Languages+ English and Rajasthani).
The award consists of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque (designed by film-maker Satyajit Ray), a shawl and cheque of Rs.1 Lakh.
8. ISB professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as new Chief Economic Adviser
Krishnamurthy holds a PhD from Chicago-Booth and is a top-ranking IIT-IIM alumnus. He is one of the world’s leading experts in banking, corporate governance and economic policy.
Krishnamurthy Subramanian was appointed as the new Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) for a period of three years.
“The post of CEA had been lying vacant since Arvind Subramanian stepped down after a four-year stint earlier this year.
He served as a member of SEBI’s Standing Committees on Alternative Investment Policy, Primary Markets, Secondary Markets and Research. As part of his corporate policy work, he served on the boards of Bandhan Bank, the first bank to be licensed after independence in eastern India, the National Institute of Bank Management, and the RBI Academy.

Person in NEWS Current Affairs December 1st Week 2018

 1. Senior AIR broadcaster Ashutosh Jain passes away

Senior Hindi News Reader of All India Radio, Ashutosh Jain passed away in New Delhi. He was 60.
Ashutosh Jain, who joined the AIR in 1989 in Chandigarh retired from Delhi in April this year.
2. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji conferred with highest French Civilian Honour

Chairman of IT major Wipro and philanthropist Azim Premji was bestowed with highest French civilian distinction Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour).
He was awarded for his outstanding contribution to developing information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France and his contribution to society as philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University.
It is the highest civilian award given by the French government to person for his outstanding service to France,. It was instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

Person in NEWS Current Affairs November 4th Week 2018

1. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Shri Ambareesh

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Shri Ambareesh.
Ambareesh was former cabinet minister in the previous Congress government from May 2013 to June 2016 when then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sacked him along with 13 other ministers in a major reshuffle of his ministry.
The 66-year-old rebel actor, who died at a private hospital following a heart attack, was described by Modi as “a strong voice for Karnataka’s welfare, at the state and central level”.
2. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Shri C. K. Jaffer Sharief
Shri C. K. Jaffer Sharief was a former Union railway minister.
He was one of @INCIndia`s senior most leaders, many times MP and one of India`s most successful Railway minister, Karnataka`s very own son.
As a veteran Parliamentarian, he enriched parliamentary proceedings. He was an effective voice for Karnataka’s aspirations in Delhi. 
3. Sunil Arora to be new Chief Election Commissioner of India
Sunil Arora will be the new Chief Election Commissioner of India. 
He succeeds Om Prakash Rawat who retires on 1st December. 
A former bureaucrat, Arora was appointed as Election Commissioner in August, last year. 
4. Shri Arvind Saxena appointed  as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)  
The President has appointed Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The tenure of Shri Arvind Saxena as Chairman, UPSC will commence from the date he enters upon the office of Chairman, UPSC. The term of his appointment will be till 07. 08.2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders whichever is earlier.
Prior to joining  UPSC as Member, Shri Saxena was working as  Director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
5. Nageshwara Rao Guntur appointed as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
Union Government has appointed renowned scientist Nageshwara Rao Guntur as Chairperson of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). His appointment as the AERB chairperson will be for three years.
Guntur is the chairman, Project Design Safety Committee, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) and former distinguished scientist Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
It was established in November 1983 to carry out certain regulatory and safety functions in the fields of nuclear and radiation safety on a countrywide basis.
It is headquartered is in Mumbai, Maharashtra.