Friday, 4 December 2015

NOV 12th 2015-Current Affairs

>>Former RBI Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn was  appointed as an Executive Director on the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Gokarn will represent India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan on the Washington-based IMF's Executive Board, which is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the multilateral institution.
>>Iran has appointed its first woman ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution, naming foreign ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham to head its embassy in Malaysia, the foreign minister announced.

“Choosing Afkham as ambassador took a few minutes but choosing her successor took four months,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a ceremony in Tehran for the 50-year-old career diplomat who will be replaced at the ministry by a man, Jaber Ansari.

>>Today India is observing Public Service Broadcasting Day.
On November 12, Mahatma Gandhi had for the first and last time visited Delhi's All ndia Radio (AIR) studio in 1947 to address the people who were temporarily settled in Kurukshetra after the partition of the Indian subcontinent.

>>The UN has announced the appointment of Filippo Grandi as the new UN refugee chief, tasked with handling the world’s worst ever refugee crisis.
The 58-year-old diplomat would replace Antonio Guterres, of Portugal, who was high commissioner for refugees since 2005, said Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general.

He worked for UNHCR in Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Iraq, and led humanitarian operations in Yemen and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among other countries.

The appointment was seen as a nod to Italy, which has been hard-hit by the refugee crisis in Europe, but also as a recognition of Grandi’s work in several tough UN positions such as UNRWA.

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