King Charles names William and Kate as the Prince and Princess of Wale

Britain’s King Charles has named his eldest son William and daughter-in-law Kate the Prince and Princess of Wales. In his first speech to the nation since the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, King Charles said he is proud to make his heir William the Prince of Wales, a title Charles had held since 1958.

Justice DY Chandrachud is new chairperson of National Legal Services Authority

The President of India Draupadi Murmu has nominated Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud as the next executive chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).

The NALSA has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society.

Nagesh Singh appointed India’s ambassador to Thailand

Nagesh Singh, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as India’s next ambassador to Thailand, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. Nagesh Singh is a 1995 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) who has served as Consul General of India in Atlanta.

Justice U U Lalit sworn in as 49th Chief Justice of India

Justice U U Lalit took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI) on 27 August 2022. President Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office to Justice Lalit at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Distinguished scientist Samir V Kamat appointed DRDO Chairman

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has appointed distinguished scientist, Dr Samir V Kamat, as chairman.

Kamat, who is Director General, Naval Systems & Materials (NS&M), will succeed G Satheesh Reddy. G Satheesh Reddy has been named as scientific adviser to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. 

Delhi High Court appoints committee to run IOA

The Delhi High Court has appointed a three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) to run the day-to-day affairs of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The management of IOA will be done by Justice (retired) Anil R Dave, former Chief Election Commissioner Dr SY Quraishi and former external affairs secretary Vikas Swarup.

Simon Stiell appointed new executive secretary of UNFCCC

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Simon Stiell, the former environment minister of Grenada, as the new executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He will succeed Patricia Espinosa of Mexico. 

Kuwait names first ambassador to Iran since 2016

Kuwait has appointed an ambassador to Iran. It comes after more than six years after Kuwait recalled its top envoy to Tehran in solidarity with Saudi Arabia after it severed ties with the Islamic Republic in 2016.

Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia’s president

Gustavo Petro, a former rebel fighter, has been sworn in as Colombia’s first left-wing president. Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country in South America with an insular region in North America.

SEBI constitutes 15-member committee to attract foreign investment

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has constituted an expert group of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) to boost overseas flows into the country. The FPI Advisory Committee (FAC) will be chaired by former Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian and consists of 14 other members representing foreign banks, stock exchanges depositories and RBI.

Suresh N Patel appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner

Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N Patel was appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner, a year after the post fell vacant. The tenure of a CVC and vigilance commissioner is of four years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years.

Sanjay Arora takes charge as Delhi police commissioner

Sanjay Arora, a Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer who headed the paramilitary force ITBP, has taken over as Delhi’s police commissioner. He is due for retirement in 2025. 

Sanjay Arora will succeed Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer who retired after nearly 38 years in service.

Pranay Kumar Verma appointed India’s next High Commissioner to Bangladesh

A seasoned diplomat and IFS officer of 1994 batch Pranay Kumar Verma has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to Bangladesh. Sandeep Arya, an IFS officer of 1994 batch has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Vikram Doraiswami will take over as the High Commissioner of India to UK.

Begaj takes oath as new president of Albania

The newly-elected President of the Republic of Albania, Bajram Begaj, took oath at a swearing-in ceremony in the parliament. Begaj was elected president on June 4. A total of 83 lawmakers participated in the voting that took place in the plenary session in the parliament, where Begaj received 78 votes in favour, while four lawmakers voted against and there was one abstention.

Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Sabah Becomes New Kuwait PM

In a major development in Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah on July 25 was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country. He succeeded Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled, who stepped down in April 2022.

India’s Indermit Gill appointed Chief Economist of World Bank

World Bank has appointed Indian national Indermit Gill as its Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics.

Mr Gill will succeed American economist Carmen Reinhart in the role and his appointment will be effective September 1, 2022. Mr Gill is currently Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, where he led work on macroeconomics, debt, trade, poverty, and governance.

Dinesh Gunawardena sworn in as new Sri Lankan PM

Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as the prime minister of Sri Lanka by President Ranil Wickremesinghe along with 17 other cabinet ministers. Along with Prime Ministership, Gunawardena has additional charge of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Council, and Local Government.

Manipur Governor La. Ganesan given additional charge of West Bengal

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has been nominated as the vice president candidate by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

Manipur Governor La. Ganesan has been given the additional charge of West Bengal.

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn-in as interim President of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the interim President after Parliament Speaker Mahinda Abeywardena accepted the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe was appointed as the acting President by former President Rajapaksa on July 13 after the latter fled to the Maldives due to the massive protest demanding his resignation.

Alvaro Lario appointed IFAD’s 7th President

Alvaro Lario has been appointed as the 7th President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He will take office on October 1, 2022 for a four-year term.

Ex-NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is new G-20 Sherpa

Former NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has been picked as India’s new Sherpa for the G-20, replacing Piyush Goyal, Minister for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, who was appointed as the G-20 Sherpa in September last year.

Sanjiv Puri elected CII VP for FY23

ITC chairman and managing director Sanjiv Puri has been elected the Vice President of CII for 2022-23, while TVS Supply Chain Solutions Executive Vice Chairman R Dinesh has become the new President Designate. Sanjiv Bajaj, Chairman and Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv Limited, continues to be the President of CII for the year 2022-23.

Rahul Narwekar becomes youngest Speaker in India

Rahul Narwekar, a first-time MLA, was elected as the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Sunday defeating Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Narwekar is the “youngest speaker” in the country.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in President of the Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos Jr has been sworn in as the President of the Philippines in Manila. He succeeded the outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte. Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing president, is being sworn in as vice-president.

Indian origin T Raja Kumar takes over as President of FATF

Indian origin T Raja Kumar has taken over as President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the world’s anti-terrorism financing agency. FATF tweeted that Raja Kumar will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures, improving asset recovery and other initiatives.

Mohammed Jalood elected president of the International Weightlifting Federation

Iraqi official Mohammed Jalood was elected president of the International Weightlifting Federation.

Jalood is the first permanent president since Tamás Aján stepped down in 2020 after controlling the IWF for 44 years. He faced allegations that failed drug tests were covered up and millions of dollars were unaccounted for under his presidency. Aján was banned for life last week by CAS.

IRS officer Nitin Gupta named new CBDT chief

IRS officer Nitin Gupta has been appointed as the new CBDT chairman. Gupta, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1986 batch of the Income Tax cadre, is serving as the Member (investigation) in the Board and is scheduled to retire in September next year.

Anil Khanna becomes acting president of IOA

Anil Khanna has been appointed the acting President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The Delhi High Court ordered that Narinder Dhruv Batra cannot continue as the President of the IOA and appointed Anil Khanna as acting president.

Parameswaran Iyer to take over as Niti Aayog CEO

After a six-year-long stint, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is set to leave the government policy think tank at the end of June. He will be replaced by former Secretary of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Parameswaran Iyer, who spearheaded the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission.

Tapan Kumar Deka appointed as Director of Intelligence Bureau

The Central government has appointed senior IPS officer Tapan Kumar Deka as Director of Intelligence Bureau.

Tapan Kumar Deka, a 1988 batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IPS officer, was appointed Director of Intelligence Bureau for a tenure of two years from the date of assumption of the charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

IPS officer Dinkar Gupta appointed as chief of NIA

Former Punjab DGP and 1987-batch IPS officer Dinkar Gupta has been appointed as the new chief of the National Investigative Agency. Gupta will hold the post till March 31, 2024, that is the date of his retirement, or till further orders by the government, whichever takes place earlier.

Ruchira Kamboj appointed Permanent Representative to UN

Ruchira Kamboj, currently Indian ambassador to Bhutan, has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at New York. She will succeed T S Tirumurti, and is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

Arati Prabhakar becomes Science Advisor to US President

Dr. Arati Prabhakar has been appointed as the science advisor to the US President – Mr. Joe Biden. She will be spearheading the core science team. Born in India and raised in Texas, Dr. Prabhakar has been in public service for decades, heading key institutions in different presidential terms.

Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai named PCI chief

Retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai on Friday became the first women chairperson of the Press Council of India (PCI) with the government formally announcing her appointment.

Ranil Wickremesinghe – new PM of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, in a bid to restore stability in the island nation in the midst of a political impasse and stifling economic crisis.

Yoon Suk-yeol – South Korea President

Yoon Suk-yeol has been sworn in as South Korea’s new president.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea.