सामयिक विषय: Personalities

Gautam H. Bambawale appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People's Republic of China

Gautam H. Babawale

Question: Recently, Gautam H. Babawale, senior officer of the Indian Foreign Service, was appointed as the next ambassador of India in which country?
(a) Russia
(b) China
(c) America
(d) Japan
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on October 12, 2017, Shri Gautam H. Bambawale, (IFS: 1984), has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China.
  • He is the IFS officer of the 1984 year’s batch.
  • Presently he is High Commissioner of India to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Reference:
http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/29023/Gautam_H_Bambawale_appointed_as_the_next_Ambassador_of_India_to_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China
http://mea.gov.in/press-releases-hi.htm?dtl/29023/Gautam_H_Bambawale_appointed_as_the_next_Ambassador_of_India_

Nisha Desai Biswal appointed US-India Business Council president

New president of US India Business Council

Question: Recently, who has been appointed as the new president of US India Business Council (USIBC)?
(a) Nisha Mathur
(b) Nisha Desai Biswal
(c) Indra Nooyi
(d) Asha Khemka
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On October 10, 2017, Nisha Desai Biswal, former Indian American associate secretary of South and Central Asia, was appointed as the new president of US-India Business Council (USIBC).
  • In this post, she will replace Mukesh Aghi, who is the head of the current US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).
  • The objective of this Council is to create an inclusive bilateral business environment between India and America.

Reference:
http://www.usibc.com/press-release/us-chamber-appoints-nisha-desai-biswal-president-us-india-business-council
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nisha-biswal-made-usibc-president/article19835637.ece
http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/nisha-desai-biswal-appointed-us-india-business-council-president/story-bN9tbqS2bVRhSL1NZZracP.html

Audrey Azoulay UNESCO

New Director-General of UNESCO

Question: Who amongst the following has recently been nominated by UNESCO Executive Board for the post of Director General?
(a) Margaret Chan
(b) Adre Juoly
(c) Audrey Azoulay
(d) Robert Azoulay
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On October 13th, 2017, the 58-member UNESCO executive board nominated former French Minister of Culture, Audrey Azoulay for the post of Director General of the Organization.
  • Azoulay will succeed outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, whose eight-year term was marred by financial woes.
  • Audrey Azoulay served as France’s Minister of Culture from February 2016 to May 2017.
  • It is notable that UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) was established on November 16, 1945.
  • Its headquarters is in Paris, France.
  • Recently, the United States and Israel have announced its intention to withdraw from UNESCO, a 195 member’s organization.

Reference:
http://en.unesco.org/news/audrey-azoulay-nominated-unesco-executive-board-post-director-general
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/audrey-azoulay-wins-vote-unesco-chief-171014070743142.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-and-qatar-get-to-final-of-unesco-chief-vote/2017/10/13/5720edc0-b022-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.3bacf14f4fce
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/un-france-regret-us-decision-to-quit-unesco-117101300364_1.html

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