Sanjiv Ranjan Appointed As The Ambassador of India To The Republic Of Colombia
i. Ministry of External Affairs announced that Sanjiv Ranjan has been appointed as new Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia. Ranjan, who is the current Ambassador to Argentina, is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
ii. Ranjan who is a 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service officer holds a bachelors in Economics from Delhi University and an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Yes Bank Senior Group President Pralay Mondal Resigns
i. Yes bank Senior group President and head of retail and business banking, Pralay Mondal resigned from his post. He will serve his notice until 31st March 2019. Pralay Mondal joined Yes Bank in 2012.
ii. The bank recently named Ravneet Gill as its new MD and CEO. Former CEO Rana Kapoor has demitted office and Ajai Kumar will be the interim chief till Gill takes over.
- Yes Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, Tagline: Experience our Expertise.
Schemes and Committees
Government Sets Up Committee To Explore Prepaid Payments By Discoms To Generator Companies
i. On the recommendation of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the government constituted a committee under the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) to explore prepaid payments by state electricity distribution companies to power plants.
ii. The formed committee, consist of the chairman of distribution companies of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and representatives from Union power ministry and power associations to look into problems of delayed payments from distribution companies to power generators.
Mithali Raj Becomes First Woman To Play 200 ODIs
i. India captain Mithali Raj has become the first woman cricketer to play 200 ODIs, adding another achievement to her illustrious career. The 36-year-old is also the highest run-getter in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33, including 7 hundreds.
ii. Mithali made her ODI debut way back in 1999. She has also played 10 Tests and 85 T20s.
Qatar Defeat Japan To Win Their First-Ever Asian Cup Title In Football
i. Qatar defeated four-time champions Japan 3-1 in the final to win their first ever Asian Cup. Qatar forward Almoez Ali broke the record of most goals in a single Asian Cup after netting his ninth goal.
ii. This was the first time that Japan lost in an Asian Cup final.
South Korean Footballer Ki Sung-yueng Announces Retirement
i. Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
ii. The midfielder though decided to retire after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia yet decided to compete in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Vani Kapoor Becomes First Indian To Grab Australian LPGA Card
i. Golfer Vani Kapoor has become the first Indian to grab Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after securing 12th Rank tied with three others in the first-ever qualifying tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club in Australia.
ii. Total 81 players participated in the Qualifying tournament out of which top-20 earned the card for LPGA.
INS Dronacharya Wins Kochi Area Boat Pulling Regatta 2019
i. The INS Dronacharya team won the Regatta trophy in the Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019 of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) held in the Ernakulam Channel. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School & Diving School secured the runners up position.
ii. The Boat Pulling Regatta is one of the most prestigious and traditional naval sporting activities conducted by the Navy.
- Admiral Sunil Lanba is the present Chief of Naval Staff.
- Navy Day in India is celebrated on 4th December.
World Wetlands Day: February 2
i. World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of Februaryto raise global awareness on the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.
ii. The theme of World Wetlands Day 2019 is ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’.
Former IIMC Director Hiten Bhaya Passes Away
i. Former Planning Commission member and ex-director of IIMC Hiten Bhaya passed away in Delhi. Bhaya was 98.
ii. Bhaya was a member of the Planning Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi government and had also served as director of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and chairman of Hindustan Steel.