Current Affairs November 2019 - Appointments


1 - IPS Officer Aditya Mishra appointed Chairman of Land Ports Authority of India

Aditya Mishra

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Senior IPS officer Aditya Mishra as the Chairman of the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI). Mishra is a 1989 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. Mishra has been appointed for a period of five years from the date of assumption of the charge.

LPAI develops, sanitises and manages the facilities for cross-border movement of passengers and goods at designated points along the international borders of India.

2 - IndusInd Bank may name Sumant Kathpalia as new MD and CEO

Sumant Kathpalia

IndusInd Bank is set to appoint Sumant Kathpalia as its new MD & CEO. He currently heads the consumer banking division of the bank and will replace Romesh Sobti. Sobti's term ends on March 23, 2020.

Kathpalia is a chartered accountant by qualification and has been with IndusInd Bank since 2008. Before joining IndusInd Bank, he led the consumer banking wing of ABN AMRO. He also worked with Citibank and Bank of America. Kathpalia has been involved in developing new products such as loans against property, personal loans and credit cards.

3 - RK Mathur sworn in as LG of UT of Ladakh

RK Mathur

Former defence secretary Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn-in as the first Lt. Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh, which came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Gita Mittal. Mathur is a 1977-batch IAS officer from Tripura.

Umang Narula, an IAS officer of 1989 batch, was appointed as advisor to Mathur besides posting S S Khandare as 'Head of Police' in Ladakh.

4 - Sanjeev Nandan Sahai assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Power

Sanjeev Nandan Sahai

Sanjeev Nandan Sahai has assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Power. Prior to this, he was serving as the Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power.

Sanjeev has served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Power, DG (Additional Secretary equivalent) and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Principal Secretary in the Home Department, Chairman and MD of Delhi Transport Corporation, Secretary-cum-Commissioner Transport for Delhi Government, Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, Finance Secretary in the Government of NCT of Delhi, Home Secretary etc.

5 - Mohammad Imran appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to India

Mohammad Imran

Mohammad Imran has been appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. He is currently Bangladesh's Ambassador to United Arab Emirates. He succeeds Syed Muazzem Ali. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh.

A career diplomat Muhammad Imran belongs to the 1986 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre. He has served Bangladesh Missions in different capacities in Kolkata, Berlin, Bonn, Ottawa and Jeddah. He has also been Bangladesh's Ambassador to Uzbekistan.

6 - Justice Sanjay Karol sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Justice Sanjay Karol

Justice Sanjay Karol was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Bihar Governor Phagu Chauhan administered the oath of office to Justice Karol at the Raj Bhavan. Prior to this appointment, Justice Karol was posted as Chief Justice of Tripura.

Koral obtained Law degree from Himachal Pradesh University and in 1983 he was enrolled as an advocate, practiced in various courts. He was appointed as an additional judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court and also served as Acting Chief Justice of the High Court from 25 April 2017.

7 - Arvind Singh appointed as AAI Chairman

Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, a Maharashtra cadre officer of the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was appointed as the Chief of Airports Authority of India (AAI), replacing Anuj Aggarwal, who had earlier been with the additional charge of AAI Chairman.

Prior to this appointment, Singh was the additional chief secretary (Energy) of Maharashtra government. He has experience of working as a Chairman and Managing Director of Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. and the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd.

8 - Vinaya Shetty appointed as IODA’s 1st Indian and Asian General Vice President

Vinaya Shetty

Dr. Vinaya Shetty became the first Indian to be elected to the position of General Vice President (GVP), International Organisation Development Association (IODA) since its inception in 1986. She is known for her role in bringing change & transformation of numerous organisations across industries in India and has been contributing in facilitating IODA's efforts since 2009.

IODA is an international network of organization development professionals from 50 countries that are initiating and supporting organizational and societal change processes all over the world.

9 - Sanjay Gupta appointed as country manager at Google India

Sanjay Gupta

Google India has appointed Sanjay Gupta, former Star and Disney head as its new country manager and Vice President of Sales and Operations for India. He replaced Rajan Anandan, who left Google to join Sequoia Capital India.

Sanjay Gupta has also worked at Hindustan Unilever and Bharti Airtel earlier. He is known for his efforts in extending its traditional television content to digital consumers through video streaming platform Hotstar and expanding Star sports business by acquiring key cricketing properties and launching the Pro Kabaddi League and Indian Super League.

10 - ITDC appointed Kamala Vardhana Rao as its new Chairman and MD

Vardhana Rao

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) appointed G Kamala Vardhana Rao as the new Chairman and Managing Director. Prior to this, he has served as Principal Secretary in Kerala government and as the Secretary of Kerala Tourism in 2014-15. He has served various positions including Chairman of Indian Tobacco Board, Director of Fisheries Department, Director, Department of Tourism and Culture, Andhra Pradesh government.

The India Tourism Development Corporation is a hospitality, retail and education company owned by Government of India.