Who has been appointed LIC Chairman ? V. K. Sharma
The Union government on December 14, 2016 appointed V. K. Sharma as the chairman of state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) for a period of five years. Mr. Sharma was already acting as the chairman since September 2016 when his predecessor S.K. Roy resigned from this post. Prior to his formal elevation to the top LIC post, Mr. Sharma had been serving as its Managing Director since November 2013.
Who has been appointed the new CJI ? Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar
President Pranab Mukherjee on December 19, 2016 gave his nod for the appointment of Justice J. S. Khehar, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court as the new Chief Justice of India. He is the first CJI from the Sikh community. He succeeds Justice TS Thakur who demits on January 3, 2017 as the CJI. Justice Khehar will hold the top judicial post of the Apex Court from January 4 to August 28, 2017. He will be the 44th Chief Justice of India. Justice Khehar assumed office as a judge of the Supreme Court on September 13, 2011.
Who has been appointed new Deputy Governor of RBI ? Viral V. Acharya
Viral V. Acharya, the professor of Economics at the New York University, was appointed as a Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet cleared his name for the appointment on December 28, 2016 for a three-year tenure. Mr. Acharya’s appointment in RBI fills the vacancy that was created following Urjit Patel’s elevation to the post of RBI Governor in September, 2016. Besides Viral V. Acharya, S. S. Mundra, N. S. Vishwanathan and R. Gandhi are other Deputy Governors at the RBI.
ISRO’s PSLV-C36 successfully carried a remote-sensing satellite named resourcesat - 2A
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed its 1,235-kg remote-sensing satellite resourcesat-2A in its orbit onboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle—PSLV–C36 which took off on December 7, 2016 from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. ISRO used an XL version of the rocket in PSLV’s 38 flight to carry resourcesat–2A for numerous agricultural applications. PSLV–C36 placed the satellite in an 818 km Polar Sun Synchronous orbit.
Who flagged off ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ campaign ? President Pranab Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee on December 11, 2016 flagged off the ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ campaign—a global initiative of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s Children Foundation. The launching ceremony of the mission took place on the second day of the two-day inaugural ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit - 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, coinciding with the 81st birthday of Hon’ble President. This mission aims at mobilising 100 million youth and children for the upliftment of 100 million underpriviliged children across the globe in the next five years. It seeks to combat social evils against children especially slavery, child labour and illiteracy. Nobel laureate and spiritual leader Dalai Lama was also present on the occasion.
Who has been named ‘Time’ Person of the year for 2016 ? Donald Trump
Time magazine on December 7, 2016 declared US President elect Donald Trump as its Time Person of the year for 2016 for his historical stunning victory as the Republican candidate in the US Presidential election. Trump, the real estate billionaire in the USA, is featured on Time magazine’s cover described as ‘Donald Trump : President of the Divided States of America’. Time Person of the Year is a tradition which began in 1927 to name a person for having influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra becomes new ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ of UNICEF
China on December 22, 2016 successfully launched the 620 kg TanSat satellite, a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China’s Gobi desert on board Long March-2D rocket. This was the 243rd mission of the Long March series rocket. After successful launching of the TanSat, China became the third country to have its own greenhouse gases monitoring satellite after the USA and Japan. The satellite was placed into a sun synchronous orbit about 700 kms above the earth. It will monitor the concentration, distribution and flow of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Apart from TanSat, a high resolution micro-nano satellite and two spectrum micro-nano satellites for agricultural and forestry monitoring purposes were also launched on the same rocket.
Who has been named the winner of the 2016 Turner Prize ? Helen Marten
Helen Marten, a young U.K. artist, was honoured with the Turner Prize for 2016 at a ceremony at Tate Britain gallery in London on December 5, 2016. Writer Ben Okri presented her the award, carrying £ 25,000 as prize money. She had also won the £ 30,000 Hepworth prize for sculpture a couple of weeks earlier. Tate Britain gallery director Alex Farquharson was the chief of the award jury.
Who has been crowned Miss World 2016 ? Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico
Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico was crowned Miss World-2016, beating about 100 participants from across the globe at a pageant in Oxen Hill, Maryland, the USA on December 18, 2016. Miss Del Valle, a com-munication studies student at Pace University, New York was crowned the Miss World honour by Miss World 2015, Mireia Lalaguna of Spain. Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic and Natasha Mannuela of Indonesia were adjudged the first and second runners-up of the competition respectively. It was the 66th edition of the Miss World competition.