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PERSONS IN NEWS - March 2020

Mar 2020

Aug 21, 2021

CVC Re-appoints T. M. Bhasin as Chairman of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds

  • The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) re-appointed T. M. Bhasin as chairman of the Advisory Board for Banking and Financial Frauds (ABBFF), a panel constituted to examine bank frauds of over Rs. 50 crore and recommend action.
  • The re-appointment of Bhasin is with effect from August 21, for a further period of two years.
  • Bhasin, a veteran banker, served as vigilance commissioner in the CVC for four years from June 2015 to June 2019. Prior to vigilance commissioner, he was chairman and managing director of Chennai-based Indian Bank for more than five years.

Aug 20, 2021

PR Sreejesh to be Brand Ambassador of Kerala Adventure Tourism

  • Olympian Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh (PR Sreejesh), goalkeeper and former captain of the Indian National Hockey team is set to be named as the brand ambassador of adventure tourism in Kerala. Sreejesh was a part of the Indian Hockey team that won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. PR Sreejesh hails from Ernakulam, Kerala.

O.M. Nambiar Passes Away

  • Renowned athletics coach O.M. Nambiar, who nurtured one of India's greatest track and field stars PT Usha, passed away due to age-related illness. He was 89.
  • He is one of the first Dronacharya Award winners and this year's (2021) Padma Shri awardee.
  • A former Air Force man, Nambiar has turned several young talent into international athletes during his tenure as a renowned coach, including the legendary Usha, who missed a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics by one-hundredth of a second.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas Named MAMI Film Festival Chairperson

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas was announced as the chairperson of Jio MAMI Film Festival, almost four months after Deepika Padukone stepped down from the position.
  • The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) unveiled its plans for the coming year, edition and the change in leadership.
  • Priyanka was unanimously nominated by MAMI's Board of Trustees which comprises Nita M Ambani (Co-Chairperson), Anupama Chopra (Festival Director), Ajay Bijli, Anand G. Mahindra, Farhan Akhtar, Isha Ambani, Kabir Khan, Kaustubh Dhavse, Kiran Rao, Rana Daggubati, Riteish Deshmukh, Rohan Sippy, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vishal Bhardwaj and Zoya Akhtar.

Aug 19, 2021

Journalist Joe Galloway, Chronicler of Vietnam War Passes Away

  • Longtime American foreign correspondent Joseph L Galloway, best known for his book recounting a pivotal battle in the Vietnam War that was made into a Hollywood movie, has died. He was 79.
  • A native of Refugio, Texas, Galloway spent 22 years as a war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, including serving four tours in Vietnam. He then worked for US News & World Report magazine and Knight Ridder newspapers in a series of overseas roles, including reporting from the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Samsung Ropes in Alia Bhatt to Endorse Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Flip3 5G

  • Samsung has signed Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt as the face for its newly announced Galaxy Z series of foldable smartphones for India.
  • Samsung will bring its ultra-premium Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G smartphones in India from September.
  • The South Korean tech giant - which competes with Apple in the premium smartphone category - had unveiled the two high-end foldable smartphones at its Galaxy unpacked event last week.
  • Bhatt will be involved in a robust campaign that entails digital and outdoor activations.

Aug 18, 2021

Godfather of Sudoku Maki Kaji Passes Away

  • Maki Kaji, the creator of the popular numbers puzzle Sudoku whose life's work was spreading the joy of puzzles, has died. He was 69.
  • Known as the "Godfather of Sudoku," Kaji created the puzzle to be easy for children and others who did not want to think too hard. Its name is made up of the Japanese characters for "number" and "single," and players place the numbers 1 through 9 in rows, columns, and blocks without repeating them.
  • In 2004, Sudoku became a global hit, after a fan from New Zealand pitched it and got it published in the British newspaper The Times.
  • Maki traveled to more than 30 countries spreading his enjoyment of puzzles. Sudoku championships have drawn some 200 million people in 100 countries over the years.

Aug 17, 2021

Amway India Appoints Mirabai Chanu as brand Ambassador for Nutrilite Range

  • Amway India has appointed Olympian Saikhom Mirabai Chanu as the brand ambassador for its Nutrilite range of products. Chanu will spearhead the company's campaigns focused on its foundation range such as Nutrilite Daily, Omega and All Plant Protein amongst others, across platforms. The association with the Olympic medalist is in line with Amway's focus on consolidating its health and nutrition category, especially targeting women and youth in the country.
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