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PERSONS IN NEWS - May 2019

May 2019

May 31, 2019

Maneka Gandhi Likely to be Pro-tem Speaker

  •  Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi is likely to be the pro tem speaker of the new Lok Sabha. As the temporary speaker, the former union minister will administer oath to the newly elected MPs and preside over the sitting of the Lok Sabha to elect its speaker.
  • Maneka was the women and child development minister in the outgoing government, but she did not find a place in the new council of minister.
  • Maneka is a seven term Lok Sabha MP and the senior most member of the lower house of the parliament after Santosh Kumar Gangwar.

May 30, 2019

Chirag Doshi Resigns

  • Chirag Doshi, an independent director of Manpasand Beverages resigned in wake of search and seizure proceedings by the Commissioner of Central GST and Customs at various premises of the company.

3M India's New MD

  • 3M India, the Indian subsidiary of Minnesota-based 3M Co., appointed Ramesh Ramadurai as MD with effect from June 1. Mr. Ramadurai takes over from Debarati Sen, who had led the company for the past three years and is now returning to 3M USA as the vice president and general manager for 3M Abrasives Systems Division.

May 29, 2019

Papua New Guinea PM Formally Resigns

  •  Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O`Neill formally resigned after losing the support of parliament during weeks of political turmoil in the South Pacific island nation.
  • O`Neill was met with applause when he announced to parliament that he had delivered his resignation to Governor-General Bob Dadae.

Vidyashankar New Vice-Chancellor of KSOU

  •  Vidyashankar S., professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT), has been appointed Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Karnataka State Open University in Mysuru. The new Vice-Chancellor is likely to take charge on May 30.
  • Mr. Vidyashankar's name was shortlisted along with three others by the search committee, which was constituted for choosing the Vice-Chancellor.

May 28, 2019

Nasheed Nominated as Maldives Speaker

  •  Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been nominated as the country's parliamentary Speaker. 
  • Mr. Nasheed was unanimously chosen to head the People's Majlis, or the Parliament, by his Maldivian Democratic Party.

Stephen Ravindra New Intelligence Chief

  •  Chief Minister-designate Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has zeroed in on Stephen Ravindra, who is at present working as Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Hyderabad range, for the post of Intelligence chief.
  • Mr. Jagan's choice assumes significance in the wake of intense competition among top police officials for the post which is considered as eyes and ears of the Chief Minister.
  • This is against the backdrop of the controversy triggered by the transfer of A. B. Venkateswara Rao, who was serving a Additional Director General (Intelligence) by the Election Commission just before the general elections.
  • The TDP government even filed a petition in the High Court challenging the EC's decision.

BJP Nominates Kamakhya Prasad Tasa for RS Berth

  •  The Bharatiya Janata Party named its former Lok Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa for the Rajya Sabha election in Assam, scheduled to be held on June 7.
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Santiuse Kujur (both from the Congress) will complete their terms in the upper house next month, and the BJP-led alliance is expected to win both the seats.
  • In 126-member Assam assembly, the BJP has 61 MLAs while its allies, the Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodoland People's Front, have 14 and 12 MLAs, respectively.
  • The BJP, however, has not named a candidate for the second seat, and is expected to support the AGP candidate.

First Black Female Head of Cambridge College

  •  The 500-year-old Jesus College in the University of Cambridge has elected its first woman and first black as its Master, reflecting change in the university that recently launched a study into its historical links with slavery.
  • Barbados-born Sonita Alleyne, 51, an alumna of the university, will take up the role from October 1 as the 42nd Master of the college, which was founded in 1496.
  • A businesswoman and entrepreneur, Alleyne has held various roles, including on the BBC Trust.
  • Alleyne, who studied philosophy at the university, was elected in the context continuing concern over the lack of diversity of students being admitted to the university.
  • There have also been student led campaigns in various countries to decolonise education.
  • Jesus College notes in its announcement that Alleyne has championed diversity and inclusivity in her previous roles.

Punjab Congress Chief Tenders Resignation

  •  Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has tendered his resignation from the post following the defeat in the Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur.
  • In his resignation letter sent to party president Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Jakhar pointed out that despite support from him, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, he failed to retain his seat. 
  • Mr. Jakhar was defeated by BJP's actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol.
  • Capt. Amarinder Singh said that Mr. Jakhar's resignation was unnecessary, given what he termed an impressive performance of the party in the State.

Sajid Javid Enters Race to Replace May

  •  U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid became the ninth candidate to enter the race to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister, promising to deliver Brexit after repeated delays.
  • Referring to the drubbing Ms. May's Conservatives received in European Parliament elections, Mr. Javid said that the new party leader had to restore voters' trust.

Sikkim Gets New Chief Minister after 25 Years

  •  Prem Singh Tamang, popular as P. S. Golay, became the sixth Chief Minister of Sikkim as he was sworn in by governor Ganga Prasad at Gangtok's Paljore stadium.
  • It marked the end of the 25-year rule of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and its leader Pawan Chamling, who holds the record of the longest serving chief minister in any Indian state by administering Sikkim for 8,932 days.
  • Immediately after being sworn in, the new Chief Minister declared a five-day week for the state government employees. 

May 27, 2019

Patnaik be Sworn in for Fifth Consecutive Term

  •  Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal invited Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik are set to form the next government in the State.
  • The swearing-in is scheduled to be held on May 29 at the Exhibition Ground.
  • Set to be sworn in as the Chief Minister for a record fifth consecutive term, Mr. Patnaik met the Governor and staked claim to form the government after being elected the leader of the BJD Legislature Party.

Ashok Chavan Offers to Resign

  •  Amid clamour for the complete restructuring of the grand old party following the drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan has offered to step down from the post.
  • Chavan, who lost the Lok Sabha elections from Nanded, submitted his resignation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 
  • Chavan's offer came on the day the Congress Working Committee (CWC) authorised Gandhi to overhaul and restructure the party organisation following the poll debacle.
  • Prior to this, three senior Congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka had sent in their resignations to Gandhi owning responsibility for the party's dismal performance.
  • Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar offered to resign after the Congress.
  • HK Patil, who was tasked to oversee the Karnataka Congress campaign in December, also put in his papers.
  • Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik too offered to step down from his post after the Congress won just 9 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat. 
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