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New U.S. National Security Advisor

New U.S. National Security Advisor

Question- Who has been appointed as the new national security adviser of the United States of America?

a) Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster
b) Gen Colin Powell
c) Gen Douglas MacArthur
d) Sara Palin
Ans: (a)

• On 20th February, 2017 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was appointed as the new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.
• Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been serving as acting national security adviser, will return to his role as the National Security Council chief of staff.
• The national security adviser serves as the chief in-house counselor to the president on national security. The position does not require Senate confirmation.
• Lt. Gen McMaster is widely known as smart, intense and fiercely outspoken.
• He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and commanded troops during the first Gulf War.
• He has received the Silver Star for his role commanding a tank during the Battle of 73 Easting.
• Lt. Gen McMaster also received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina and has written a book titled, “Dereliction of Duty”.
• Lt. Gen McMaster, who is currently serving as the director of the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center, is the second active-duty military officer to take the post.
• Before him, Gen. Colin Powell served in the role during the final years of the Reagan administration.
Reference:
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/20/politics/who-is-gen-hr-mcmaster-national-security-adviser/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-taps-army-lt-gen-hr-mcmaster-as-his-new-national-security-adviser/2017/02/20/3a8fd9fa-f7ae-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html?utm_term=.898350837616

Narinder Chauhan appointed Indian Ambassador to Republic of Philippines

Narinder Chauhan

Question: Recently Narinder Chauhan Serbia has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to which of the following country?

(a) Japan
(b) Malaysia
(c) Philippines
(d) Thailand
Ans: (c)
Related facts:
• On 11 February 2017; Narinder Chauhan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of the Philippines.
• She is presently the Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Serbia.
• She is Indian Forest Service officer of 1985 batch.
Reference:
https://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/28061/Narinder+Chauhan+appointed+as+Ambassador+of+India+to+the+Republic+of+Philippines
https://www.eoibelgrade.gov.in/pages.php?id=8

Vikas Swarup

India’s New High Commissioner to Canada

Question: Who has been recently appointed as the new High Commissioner of India to Canada?
(a) Vikas Swarup
(b) Saiyad Akabaruddeen
(c) S Jaisankar
(d) M J Akbar
Ans:(a)

  • According to press release by Ministry of External Affairs dated 16th February, 2017, Shri Vikas Swarup
  • presently Additional Secretary has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of lndia to Canada.
  • He will replace Arun Kumar Sahu who is currently working as acting Indian High Commissioner to Canada.
  • Mr. Swarup is expected to join his new post in Ottawa by mid-March.
  • He is an India Foreign Services Officer of 1986 batch.
  • Mr. Swarup is a well-known author. He became the MEA spokesperson in April 2015.

Reference:
https://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/28071/Vikas+Swarup+appointed+as+High+Commissioner+of+lndia+to+Canada

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