16th January 2019 Current Affairs
Deepak Maheshwari has taken charge as CCO at axis bank


Deepak Maheshwari, the retired HDFC Bank executive and former Federal Bank board member has taken charge as Chief credit officer (CCO) at Axis Bank.

• He had taken over as CCO to oversee corporate credit appraisal and disbursement at the Axis Bank.

• He was also granted an exemption to take over as CCO by the board of Axis Bank as he is now 64 which is above the bank's retirement age of 60.


Shakil Ahmed sets a World Record in Indoor Rowing


• Asian Cup gold medallist Shakil Ahmed set a world record in Indoor Rowing by completing 1 lakh meters in above-40 years category in Kolkata on 14th January 2019.

• She achieved the milestone by completing 1 lakh meters of simulated distance in 10 hours. 

• She also has the record of completing 50,000 meters of simulated distance in 4 hours 13 minutes which is already in the Limca Record Book.


TCA Anant appointed as a member of UPSC


• Former chief statistician TCA Anant has been appointed as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

• He was administered the oath of office by UPSC Chairman Arvind Saxena.

• A member of UPSC has a maximum of six-year tenure or till incumbent attains the age of 65 years.

• The commission has a strength of 10 members, besides a chairperson.

• Former Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi, Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi, Air Marshal A S Bhonsle (retired), Sujata Mehta, Manoj Soni, Smita Nagaraj, Msathiyavathy and Bhushan Vyas are members of the UPSC.

• After Anant's appointment, the commission has one more vacancy.


Vice President inaugurated the International Kite Festival and Sweet Festival in Hyderabad, Telangana


• Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 4th International Kite Festival and 2nd International Sweet Festival in Hyderabad, Telangana on 13th January.

• The theme of the International Kite Festival was for the empowerment of the girl child: "Educate girl child and she will save the world".

• In this Kite Festival, 42 professional kite flyers from aboard and 60 from India participated. Moreover, sweets from 20 countries and from 25 India states were displayed at the Sweet Festival.

• Makar Sankranthi is the festival of Sun God who is often regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom.

• In south India, it is called 'Pongal', in Panjab and Haryana it is called 'Lohri', in Assm it is called 'Bihu' and in Bihar it is called 'Khichdi Festival'.


Fields Medal-Winning Mathematician Michael Atiyah Passes Away


• Fields Medal-Winning Mathematician Michael Atiyah Passed away at the age of 89.

• He was a British mathematician who received the 1966 Fields Medal, also known as the 'Nobel for Mathematics'.

• He was also the President of the Royal Society from 1990-1995.

• He was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.


ICICI Bank appointed B Sriram, Rama Bijapurkar as independent director


• ICICI Bank appointed B Sriram and Rama Bijapurkar as independent directors.

• Both are appointed for 5 years, subject to the approval of shareholders, ICICI Bank stated in a regulatory filing on stock exchanges.

• B Sriram retired as the managing director of IDBI Bank in September in 2018, prior to IDBI Bank, he was SBI Managing Director

• B Sriram is former SBI managing Director and Rama Bijapurkar is a management consultant.


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