#4. Current Affairs 2018 – 2019: Persons in News

Persons in News Purpose
Prakash Padukone Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred Badminton Association of India Lifetime Achievement Award to 1983 World Championship medallist Prakash Padukone.
Ingvar Kamprad Ingvar Kamprad, the Founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, died at the age of 91 at his home.
Vijay Keshav Gokhale Vijay Keshav Gokhale assumed charge as the new foreign secretary for a two-year term.
Rachel Morrison Rachel Morrison, became the first woman to receive an Oscar nomination for cinematography
Chief Guests of 70th Republic Day Cyril Ramphosa
Dilip Chenoy Industry Chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General
Sunil Arora Chief Election Commissioner
Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon has become the richest man in the history, overtaking Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Yusuf Pathan BCCI banned Yusuf Pathan for 5 months retrospectively for failing a doping test.
K Sivan K Sivan appointed as the new Indian Space Research Organisation chairman.
Peter Sutherland Peter Sutherland, first WTO Director-General, passes away in Dublin.
A R Rahman Music maestro AR Rahman was named the official Brand Ambassador of Sikkim.
Akshay Kumar After Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) urged Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to partner it to promote the Swachh Survekshan 2018 campaign, the actor promptly agreed.
John Young John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA has announced.
Rajinder Khanna & Pankaj Saran Rajinder Khanna and Pankaj Saran have been appointed as the deputy National Security Adviser (NSA).
Kamal Hassan Actor Kamal Haasan launched his political party ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam‘ and hoisted a flag carrying the party’s symbol in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.
Avani Chaturvedi Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.
Cyril Ramaphosa Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
Khagra Prasad Oli The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has become new Prime Minister of Nepal.This is the second time Mr. Oli has become the prime minister. He had served as prime minister from October 2015 to August 2016.
Christiano Ronaldo Real Madrid frontman Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score 100 goals for a single club.
Indra Nooyi PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) first-ever independent female director.
Myint Myanmar’s parliament has elected Win Myint as the country’s next President.
Jawad Rahim The Supreme Court appointed Justice Jawad Rahim, judicial member of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), as its acting chairperson.
Indu Bhushan Indu Bhushan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Centres ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM).
Martin Vizcara Martin Vizcarra was sworn in as Peru’s new president after his predecessor Pedro Pablo Kuczynski abruptly resigned over a corruption scandal.
Kedarnath Singh Eminent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh passed away here on 20th March following a prolonged illness.A Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awardee, Kedarnath Singh was known for his simple style of writing.Some of his best-known works include the award-winning poetry collection “Akaal Mein Saras”, “Bagh”, “Abhi Bilkul Abhi”, “Zameen pak Rahi Hai”, “Yahan se Dekho”, “Tolstoy aur cycle”.
Li Keqiang Li Keqiang has been appointed as the Prime Minister of China for his 2nd term 5 year term.
Vladmir Putin George Corones, who turns 100 in April, completed the 50m freestyle in 56.12 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 1:16.92 set by the late Canadian swimmer Jaring Timmerman in 2009 Putin wins 4th term as President of Russia.
George Corones George Corones, at the age of 99, completed the 50 m freestyle swimming in 56.12 seconds.
Pawan Chamling Pawan Chamling has created history by surpassing the record of former communist ruler of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu, as the longest serving chief minister in the country.
Indu Malhotra First Indian woman to be directly appointed as a Supreme Court Judge from the Supreme Court bar.She became the 7th Indian woman Judge in the Supreme Court.Fatima Biwi was the 1st Indian woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court Judge.
Mario Abdo Benitez Conservative former senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been elected as the president of Paraguay
Taniya Sanyal Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed its first woman firefighter, Taniya Sanyal
Nabi Tajima World’s oldest person Nabi Tajima (Japan) has died at the age of 117.
Jim Bridenstine Jim Bridenstine is the NASA Chief.
K Sivan ISRO Chief
Bashar al Assad Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’ honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad
Karan Johar Karan Johar has become the first Indian filmmaker to have his wax statue at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.
Dilip Chenoy Director General of FICCI.
PP Malhotra Lieutenant General PP Malhotra has assumed the charge as Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organization in the world.
Sampanna Ramesh Shelar Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar became the first person in the world to double cross Bangla Channel
Rakesh Bharti Mittal Bharti Enterprises Vice-Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal assumed the office of the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2018-19.
Rishad Premji Rishad Premji appointed as NASSCOM Chairman.
Debjani Ghosh Debjani Ghosh appointed as NASSCOM President.
Yuvraj Singh Indian star cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare’.
G Satheesh Reddy DRDO Chief

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