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Anil Kumar Lahoti Takes Over as Chairman of TRAI

On 29th January, 2024, former Railway Board Chief Anil Kumar Lahoti assumed the role of Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), filling the vacancy left by former chief PD Vaghela after the conclusion of his two-year tenure in November 2023.

Justice Prasanna Bhalachandra Varale Sworn in as Supreme Court Judge

On 25th January 2024, Justice Prasanna Bhalachandra Varale took the oath of office as a Supreme Court judge, contributing to a total of three Dalit representatives on the Bench.

Key Points

  • Seniority Norm: Justice Gavai, one of the Dalit justices, is in line to become the Chief Justice of India based on the seniority norm within the judiciary.
  • Judicial Vacancy Resolution: The appointment of Justice Varale reflects the commitment of the court to operate without judicial vacancies despite the increased workload and pending cases.
  • Workload Consideration: The Collegium resolution emphasized the need to maintain a full working judge strength, acknowledging the increased workload of judges. The Supreme Court achieved an unprecedented rate of case disposal, handling 52,191 cases in the calendar year 2023.
  • Centre's Approval: The Centre approved Justice Varale's appointment on January 24, filling the sole vacancy in the Supreme Court left by the retirement of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on December 25, 2023.
  • Judicial Strength: The sanctioned judicial strength of the Supreme Court is 34 judges, and Justice Varale's appointment ensures a complete roster.
  • Previous Role: Justice Varale served as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court before his elevation to the Supreme Court, becoming the only High Court Chief Justice from a Scheduled Caste community.

Daljit Singh Chaudhary Appointed SSB Director General

The order issued by the Personnel Ministry on 19th January, 2024, appointed senior IPS officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Key Points

  • Tenure: His time in this position is until 30th November, 2025 which corresponds to the date of his superannuation.
  • Background and Cadre: Daljit Singh Chaudhary is a senior IPS officer, having been appointed to CRPF as Special Director General. He belongs to the 1990 batch of IPS, from Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • SSB's Strategic Role: It will be under the guidance of Chaudhary that SSB shall protect India’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan. The force contributes significantly to the protection and stability of borders.

R Madhavan Appointed President of FTII Society

Recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) appointed actor R Madhavan as the President of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and the Chairperson of the Governing Council, succeeding former president director Shekhar Kapur.

Key Points:

  • Composition of FTII Society: The FTII Society comprises 12 nominees, including eight under the 'Persons of Eminence' category and four FTII alumni. Traditionally, the Ministry nominates members while appointing the institute's chairperson.
  • Appointment Process: The Ministry's recent appointment of R Madhavan appears to follow a similar pattern, as additional nominations have not been made.
  • The Governing Council, Academic Council, and Standing Finance Committee are formed once the quorum of 24 members is complete, including 12 ex-officio members.
  • These committees play a crucial role in making decisions about the institute's administration, academics, and finances.
  • R Madhavan's Profile: R Madhavan is a renowned actor known for his roles in successful films such as '3 Idiots,' 'Tanu Weds Manu,' and 'Rang De Basanti.'
  • He made his directorial debut with 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,' which received the Best Feature Film Award at the 69th National Awards.

Nivruti Rai Takes Charge as MD & CEO of Invest India

Ms. Nivruti Rai assumed the role of Managing Director & CEO of Invest India on July 12, 2023, bringing her extensive experience and expertise to the organization.

Key Points:

  • Succession from Ms. Manmeet K Nanda: Ms. Rai succeeded Ms. Manmeet K Nanda, Joint Secretary of DPIIT, who held the ad-interim charge of MD & CEO since March 2023.
  • Nari Shakti Puraskar Recipient: Ms. Rai is the proud recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar for her exceptional contributions in the technology domain.
  • Accomplished Career at Intel: Having spent 29 years at Intel, Ms. Nivruti Rai held significant global business and technology leadership roles.
  • As the Country Head for Intel India for the past seven years, she spearheaded growth and investments in the country.

Lt General (retd) Anil Chauhan

On 30th September 2022 Lt General (retd) Anil Chauhan assumed charge as the country’s second Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

  • The post has been vacant for over nine months since the death of the first CDS Gen Bipin Rawat in a chopper crash in December 2021.
  • This is the first instance since independence, of a three-star Lieutenant General rank officer taking over as a four-star General after retirement.
  • Lt Gen Chauhan (retd) is from the 11 Gorkha Rifles, the same regiment of Gen Rawat.
  • He was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981 and has served a range of staff and operational appointments including that of Director General of Military Operations.
  • Gen Chauhan took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command in September 2019 which he held until his retirement from service on May 31, 2021.

About CDS

  • As per charter, the CDS is a four-star General with salary and perquisites equivalent to a Service Chief. The CDS is first among equals with respect to the three Service Chiefs.
  • The CDS heads the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), the fifth department created in the Ministry of Defence, as its Secretary.
  • He is also the Principal Military Adviser to Defence Minister and Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).
  • Tenure: No tenure was defined by the Government in his appointment unlike for Service Chiefs. For instance, the tenure of Service Chiefs is 62 years of age or three years whichever is earlier, while the maximum age limit for the CDS is 65 years of age with no tenure defined.

R Venkataramani

The Centre has appointed R Venkataramani, Senior Advocate at Supreme Court, as the 15th Attorney General of India (AG).

  • He replaced K K Venugopal, whose tenure ended on 30th September 2022.

M. N. Bhandari appointed as Chairman, Appellate Tribunal under SAFEMA

The Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari (who is retiring on 12th September 2022) has been appointed as Chairman, Appellate Tribunal under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators Act (SAFEMA) for a period of four years, or till attaining the age of seventy years.

  • The order was issued by the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.
  • The Tribunal for Forfeiture of Property under the SAFEMA and the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) Appellate Tribunal were merged in 2016 through the Finance Act, 2016.

Liz Truss becomes 3rd Woman PM of UK

Mary Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as the Prime Minister of the UK.

  • In the recently held election she defeated Rishi Sunak.
  • Truss had emerged as a contender for the prime ministerial role after her predecessor Boris Johnson agreed to step down.
  • The UK had two women Prime Ministers before Liz Truss:
    • Margaret Thatcher was the UK's first ever woman Prime Minister (1979-1990).
    • Theresa May was the UK PM from 2016-2019.

Samir V Kamat Appointed DRDO Chief

Noted scientist Samir V Kamat has been appointed as the Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

  • Kamat succeeded Dr. G Satheesh Reddy who will take charge as Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri.
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