Current Affairs July 2018 - Appointments


1 - Vijay Srinivas Appointed Director & GM of United India Insurance

Vijay Srinivas

United India Insurance Company has appointed K B Vijay Srinivas as its Director and General Manager with effect from 1st July. Prior to his appointment, Mr Srinivas was working as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager with National Insurance Company Ltd.

Mr Srinivas has more than 37 years of experience. He is an associate member of Insurance Institute of India. United India Insurance Company (wholly owned by the Government of India) is the 2nd Largest General Insurance company with a premium of Rs.16000+ Crore in India.

2 - P K Shrivastava took over as DG of Ordnance Factory Board

PK Shrivastava

Shri P K Shrivastava, IOFS, has taken over as the new Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) with effect from 1st July, 2018. Previously, he was Additional DGOF and Member at OFB and was in charge of Armoured Vehicles, headquartered in Avadi, Chennai.

Mr Shrivastava was the General Manager of Ordnance Factory Varangaon and has very ably led Ordnance Factory Khamaria as the Senior General Manager. He has also authored a book on 'Total Quality Management'.

3 - Payments Council of India appointed Vishwas Patel as its new Chairman

Vishwas Patel

Payments Council of India (PCI) has appointed Vishwas Patel as its new Chairman. He is the director of Infibeam Avenues. He will replace Naveen Surya, who has been elevated to the post of Chairman Emeritus. Vishwas has been associated with PCI ever since its inception in 2013 and was serving as its Co-Chairman of Payments Council of India.

PCI also appointed Loney Antony, Managing Director, Hitachi Payment Services, as its new co-chairman. PCI is the apex body representing the companies in the payments and settlement system.

4 - Uttam Dhillon appointed as New Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration

Uttam Dhillon

Indian-American, Uttam Dhillon, has been appointed as the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the USA. Dhillon will replace Robert Patterson, who has retired after 30 years of service.

In 2006, Dhillon was confirmed by the Senate as the first Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to DHS, Dhillon served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Justice, where he chaired the Attorney General’s Anti-Gang Coordination Committee.

5 - Major General José Eladio Alcaín to Head UN Military Observer Group in India, Pakistan

Jose Eladio Alcain

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Major General José Eladio Alcaín of Uruguay as Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

Major General Alcaín will succeed Major General Per Gustaf Lodin of Sweden. Major General Alcaín has had a distinguished career with the Uruguayan Army since 1977. Most recently, he held the position of Director of the National Health Service of the Armed Forces.

6 - Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel appointed as Chairperson of National Green Tribunal

Adarsh Kumar Goel

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed Justice AK Goel as new Chairperson of National Green Tribunal. Justice Goel had previously served as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court and executive chairman of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority. Justice Goel will have to handle two important issues such as Tamil Nadu’s Sterlite plant shutdown and cease of trees cut down in Delhi for construction purpose.

The National Green Tribunal established under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010, looks into effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection.

7 - Dr. TCA Raghavan appointed as Director General of ICWA

TCA Raghavan

The Vice President of India and the President of ICWA, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has appointed Dr. TCA Raghavan (IFS: 1982) as the Director General, ex officio Member-Secretary of the Council, ICWA.

Dr. TCA Raghavan has served as India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad and Singapore and has served in missions at London, Thimphu and Kuwait. Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) was established in 1943 as non-official, non-political and non-profit organisation. It is devoted exclusively for the study of international relations and foreign affairs.

8 - TV Narendran appointed as Chairman of Bhushan Steel

TV Narendran

Bhushan Steel has appointed TV Narendran as Chairman and Non-Executive Additional Director of the company. He is currently CEO and MD of Tata Steel. He has more than 30 years of experience in metal and mining industry.

Bhushan Steel Ltd was acquired by Tata Steel Ltd through the new insolvency and bankruptcy process. Tata Steel completed the acquisition of 72.65% stake in the debt-laden firm.

9 - Tata AIA appointed Rishi Srivastava as CEO and MD

Rishi Srivastava

Rishi Srivastava has been appointed as new chief executive officer and managing director of Tata AIA Life. He replaced Naveen Tahilyani who took over as chief executive officer, group partnership distribution, AIA Group, Hong Kong. However, Rishi Srivastava’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval from IRDAI.

Prior to this appointment, Rishi Srivastav was Chief of Proprietary Channels, Product, Marketing & Corporate Communication at Tata AIA. He has experience of 20 years in finance and insurance and had joined Tata AIA in 2016. Tata AIA Life Insurance Company provides life insurance solutions to individuals, groups and corporate clients in India.