Current Affairs July 2017 - Appointments

1 - Shri Sanjay Gupta appointed as the Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of IIM Amritsar

Shri Sanjay Gupta

Shri Sanjay Gupta, CEO & Whole Time Director, Jagran Prakashan Limited has been appointed as Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management Amritsar for a period of five years.

Shri Sanjay Gupta is the Editor in Chief of Dainik Jagran since 2014 and has been associated with the Jagran Group for more than two decades.

He also served as a Member of Board of Governors in Indian Institute of Management Lucknow from 2004 to 2009 and as Member, Board of Governors of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad from 2003-2011.

2 - Achal Kumar Joti appointed as new Chief Election Commissioner

Achal Kumar Joti

Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti has been appointed as the next Chief Election Commissioner,CEC. He will succeed Nasim Zaidi. He will continue as CEC till 17th of January 2018. He had joined the three-member poll panel as an election commissioner on 8th of May 2015.

Mr Joti, a 1975-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, retired as the Gujarat Chief secretary in January 2013. He will be the 21st CEC. As per the law, a CEC or an Election Commissioner can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

3 - DGP Sanjay Kumar appointed as new NDRF chief

DGP Sanjay Kumar

1985-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjay Kumar was appointed as new National Disaster Response Force chief director general, by Union Home Ministry.

The post was vacant after incumbent R K Pachnanda was appointed as the chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Prior to this appointment, Sanjay Kumar was working as Himachal Pradesh’s director general of police. Sanjay Kumar is set to retire in December 2017.

Sanjay kumar has experience of working in central deputation earlier with the CISF, vigilance wing of the Railway Ministry and the Railway Protection Force.

4 - Pradeep Kumar Rawat appointed as the new Ambassador of India to Indonesia

Pradeep Kumar Rawat

Shri Pradeep Kumar Rawat, presently Joint Secretary of East Asia in the Ministry has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia.

Mr Rawat succeeded Nengcha Lhouvum Mukhopadhaya, who retired from service. He is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1990 batch.

He will have to represent India to Indonesia and improve bilateral relations between the two nations. Pradeep Rawat will have duties to enhance co-operation between the two nations.

5 - Tata Global Beverages Limited appointed N Chandrasekaran as its Chairman


Head of TATA Sons, Natarajan Chandrasekaran was appointed as the Chairman as an Additional Director of its board. Another appointment was of Siraj Azmat Chaudhry as Non-Executive Independent Director.

Earlier, 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.

Tata Global Beverages Limited is an Indian multinational non-alcoholic beverages company headquartered in Kolkata, India.

6 - Sandeep Chakravorty appointed as New York Consul General

Sandeep Chakravorty

1996 Indian Foreign Service officer, India’s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty was appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York, replacing Riva Ganguly Das.

He has also served as India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka. He also served in India’s missions in Madrid and Bogota and on several desks including working as Press Relations Officer and to the minister of state for external affairs.

He has experience of serving in Eurasia Division dealing with Central Asia and in the East Asia Division dealing with China, Japan, Koreas and Mongolia.

7 - John Joseph appointed as chief of GST intelligence agency

John Joseph

John Joseph, a 1983 batch, Indian Revenue Service officer, was selected as the Director General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DG GSTI). Intelligence unit will have to check evasion of Goods and Services Tax.

Mr Joseph has experience of working in the Finance Ministry's important departments, including the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) has been renamed as DGGSTI. Another appointment was assigned to 1985 IRS officer, Debi Prasad Dash as Director General of the DRI. DRI is agency to check smuggling and black money.

8 - Subhash Garg appointed as Economic Affairs Secretary

Subhash Garg

Ministry of Finance appointed IAS officer Subhash Chandra Garg as Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), in the Finance Ministry. Prior to this appointment, he was World Bank Executive Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka.

He has replaced Shaktikanta Das, who retired after an extended tenure on May 31. Ge will have duties to oversee capital markets, Budget preparation as well as infrastructure financing and decide on borrowing. Mr Garg has experience of working with the Central Government in various capacities for more than 30 years.

9 - Aarthi Subramanian appointed as Chief Digital Officer of TATA Sons

Aarthi Subramanian

Tata Group appointed Aarthi Subramanian as TATA Sons’ chief digital officer, who was serving as an executive director at TCS. She has been working with TATA group for more than 26 years.

She has worked with Tata Consultancy Services with diverse roles in India, Sweden, the US and Canada. Post this appointment, Aarthi Subramanian appointed Saurabh Agrawal as the group Chief Financial Officer and Shuva Mandal as Group General Counsel.

As a chief digital officer, Aarti will have to intensify driving digital adoption across group companies.

10 - Gopal Baglay appointed Joint Secretary in PMO

Gopal Baglay

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. He will replace Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who has been already named as India’s Ambassador to France.

The ACC has appointed Mr Baglay for a period of three years. Baglay is a 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer. Raveesh Kumar, Consul General of India in Frankfurt, will replace Baglay as the spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry.

11 - Google CEO Sundar Pichai joined Alphabet Board of Directors

Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been appointed to the board of directors of Alphabet. Alphabet Inc., is the parent company of the web search giant.

Sundar joins the company’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin; its chairman, Eric Schmidt; and nine other veterans of technology, finance and automotive industries. Pichai joined Google in 2004.

Pichai became the CEO of the company in August 2015. During his tenure, Google’s stock has risen about 50 percent.

12 - Ajay Kanwal appointed as CEO of Janalakshmi Financial Services

Ajay Kanwal

Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), the largest microfinance company, has appointed Ajay Kanwal as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He will take charge of office from August 1. V. S. Radhakrishnan, the current CEO, will take over as Vice-Chairman.

Kanwal has 27 years of experience in both consumer and commercial banking sector. Currently, Kanwal is a senior adviser to private equity firm TPG Capital and global payments company Mastercard. The microfinance company is in the process of becoming a small finance bank.

13 - ADB appointed Subhash Chandra Garg as India’s Alternate Governor


Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from 12th July, 2017. Shri Garg has been appointed in place of Former Secretary, DEA, Shri Shaktikanta Das.

The Asian Development Bank is an international development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through financial assistance. ADB is composed of 67 members.

14 - ACC Appointments


The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments for an initial period of two years −

  • Shri Sanjay Kothari, IAS (HY 78) (Retd.), presently Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) as Secretary to the President.

  • Shri Bharat Lal, IFoS (GJ 88) as Joint Secretary to the President.

  • Shri Ashok Malik, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi as Press Secretary to the President.