Current Affairs - Appointment & Resignation

Lt. General M. Subramanian becomes new Force Commander of UNMISS

Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian of the Indian Army has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

  • Lt. Gen. Subramanian succeeds Lt. Gen. Shailesh Tinaikar, also from the Indian Army.

T Raja Kumar

On 1 July 2022, T Raja Kumar from Singapore was appointed as the president of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for a two-year term. He replaced Marcus Pleyer.

  • FATF is the anti-money laundering watchdog headquartered at Paris (France) with 39 members.
  • India is a member of the FATF since 2010.

Nitin Gupta appointed as the Chairman of CBDT

IRS officer Nitin Gupta has been appointed as the new Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

  • He will replace Ms. Sangeeta Singh who was given the additional charge.

About CBDT

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963.
  • It is the administrative body for the Income Tax department.
  • The CBDT is headed by a Chairman and can have six members who are in the rank of special secretary.

Notable Recent Appointments


Brief Description

Yoon Suk-yeol

He recently replaced Moon Jae-in to become the 13th President of South Korea.

Katalin Novak

On 10th May 2022, she took office as the first-ever female president of Hungary.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

He won presidential election of the Philippines and will succeed Rodrigo Duterte.

Elisabeth Borne

She was appointed as France’s new prime minister, becoming the second woman after Édith Cresson, who served from 1991 to 1992.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

He has been appointed as the President of the UAE after the demise of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Jose Ramos-Horta

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as president of East Timor - Asia’s youngest country.

Rajiv Kumar

He was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner replacing

Sushil Chandra who demitted office on May 14.

S L Thaosen

He has been appointed as the Director-General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Dr. Manik Saha

He replaced Biplab Kumar Deb and became the 11th Chief Minister of Tripura.

Justice Pradip Mohanty

He has been appointed as the Acting Chairperson, Lokpal by President Ram Nath Kovind after Justice Pinaki Chandra Bose’s term ended.

Suresh Bhai Kotak

He has been appointed as the Chairman of the Cotton Council of India –that was formed recently by the Union Govt.

Rajesh Gera

He has been appointed as the Director-General of National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Anwar Hussain Shaik

An Indian Government Officer has been made the chair of the World Trade Organisation’s Committee on Technical Barriers on Trade.

Devendra Kumar Sharma

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman, who is a dam expert, has been elected as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Group of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).

Naveen Srivastava

He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Nepal.

A. R. Dave

He will head the Supreme Court appointed 3-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage affairs of All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Natarajan Sundar

He has been appointed as MD and CEO of the bad bank — National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited.

Ranjana Desai

Retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai will head the five-member committee formed by the Uttarakhand government for preparing a draft on implementation of uniform civil code in the state.

S L Thaosen appointed as Director-General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

IPS officer S L Thaosen has been appointed as the Director-General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

  • The post of SSB chief has been lying vacant after incumbent DG Kumar Rajesh Chandra retired on December 31 last year.
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) DG Sanjay Arora has been holding the additional charge of the Sashastra Seema Bal DG since then.
  • Prior to this appointment, S L Thaosen was serving as the Special Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF).

Indian Border Guarding Forces

  • Assam Rifles guards the Indo-Myanmar border
  • Border Security Force (BSF) guards the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) guards the Indo-China border
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) guards the Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Nepal borders

Anthony Albanese replaced Scott Morrison as Australia’s PM

Anthony Norman Albanese has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Australia on 23rd May 2022.

  • In the 2022 election, Albanese led his party to victory against Scott Morrison's Liberal-National Coalition.
  • Earlier, Albanese served as deputy prime minister of Australia under the second Rudd government in 2013.

Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Election Commissioner

On 12 May 2022, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the next chief election commissioner.

  • He will assume charge on May 15 after incumbent Sushil Chandra demits office on May 14.
  • At present, Anup Chandra Pandey is the other Election Commissioner in the three member body.

Some Facts on Election Commissioner

  • Appointment: The Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners are appointed by the President.
  • Tenure: They have tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
  • Status & Perks: They enjoy the same status and receive salary and perks as available to Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
  • Equal Say: All Election Commissioners have equal say in the decision making of the Commission.
  • Removal: The Chief Election Commissioner can be removed from the office in a manner similar to the removal of a judge of the Supreme Court of India which requires a resolution passed by the Parliament of India a two-thirds majority in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on the grounds of proved misbehaviour or incapacity. Other Election Commissioners can be removed by the President of India on the recommendation of the Chief Election Commissioner.

Some Facts on ECI

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body under the Ministry of Law and Justice.
  • This power of the Election Commission of India is derived from the Article 324 of the Constitution of India.

Lt. Gen. B.S. Raju becomes Vice Chief of the Army Staff

The Army’s Director General of Military Operations, Lt General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju, has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

  • He replaced Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, who was appointed as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).
  • This is a rare instance where a three star officer took over as Vice Chief before serving tenure as an Army Commander.
  • As a practice in the Army, Vice Chiefs have for a long time been those who had already served as Army Commander.

Lt Gen Manoj C Pande appointed as next Chief of Army Staff

  • Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, presently Vice Chief of the Army Staff, has been appointed as the next (29th) Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) with effect from the afternoon of April 30, 2022.
  • He will replace General MM Naravane.
  • He is the first engineer to become the Army Chief.
  • Currently, Admiral Hari Kumar is the Chief of Indian Navy and Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari is the chief of Indian Air Force.

Vinay Kwatra appointed as the new Foreign Secretary

  • The Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra has been appointed as the next Foreign Secretary.
  • He is set to take over the position on April 30, the day present Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla retires.
  • The foreign secretary is the administrative head of the Ministry of External Affairs, and is the principal adviser to the minister of external affairs on all matters of policy and administration within the External Affairs Ministry.

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