Who has been appointed new Chairman of the UGC ? Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh
Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh was on December 22, 2017 appointed the chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a period of five years. The post of UGC chairman had been lying vacant since April 2017 after the retirement of Prof. Ved Prakash. Prior to be appointed as the UGC Chief Prof. Singh was the director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru. He has been serving as director of NAAC, an autonomous body for higher education institutions under UGC, since August 2015.
Who has been appointed DG of Narcotics Control Bureau ? Abhay
Senior IPS officer Abhay was on December 27, 2017 appointed Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved his name for the top NCB post till November 18, 2019. The DG post of NCB was lying vacant after R.R. Bhatnagar took over as DG of CRPF in April this year.
Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat ? Vijay Rupani
The Bharatiya Janata Party won the Gujarat Assembly polls for a record sixth straight time by winning 99 seats in the 182 member state assembly on December 18, 2017. The Congress performed well by winning 77 seats, but failed to get majority. Vijay Rupani was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat by Governor O.P. Kohli on December 26, 2017 in Gandhinagar. Nitin Patel became the Deputy C.M. 18 other ministers were also sworn in as ministers in the government.
Who became the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh ? Jai Ram Thakur
Jai Ram Thakur, a five-time BJP MLA was sworn in as the 14th Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on December 27, 2017 in Shimla. Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat administered the oath of office to Mr. Jai Ram along with his 11 ministerial colleagues. The Bharatiya Janata Party got about two-thirds majority in the 2017 Himachal assembly polls by winning 44 seats out 68 member state assembly. The Congress could win 21 seats only.
PM Narendra Modi Commissioned INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy. It is The first Scorpene class diesel-electric submarine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned the first of six Scorpene class diesel-electric submarines named INS Kalvari into the Indian Navy on December 14, 2017 at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. INS Kalvari is the Navy’s first modern conventional submarine in more than 15 years. It is named after the dreaded tiger shark of the Indian ocean. INS Kalvari is manned by a team of eight officers and 35 sailors. India developed this Scorpene class submarine with the technical assistance of France.
Who has been appointed first ever female Bishop of London ? Sarah Mullally
Former nurse Sarah Mullally was appointed Bishop of London on December 18, 2017, becoming the first woman to take up the job which is one of the most senior posts in the church of England. Mullally succeeds Richard chartres as the Bishop of London. She is the 133rd person to hold the job which falls below only the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York in the British Church’s hierarchy.
Time magazine gave its ‘Time’s Person of the Year honour for 2017’ to The Silence Breakers
Time magazine on December 6, 2017 announced ‘The Silence Breakers’ as its persons of the year for 2017. Those women who have shared their bitter experience about sexual harassment and assault, have been collectively named ‘Time magazine’s person of the year 2017 under the title of ‘The Silence Breakers’. The magazine appreciates the courage of numerous women who have spoken out time to time, especially since October about sexual misconduct by several high-profile men in entertainment, media business and sports. The magazine's cover features. Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and others as the ‘Silence Breakers’.
Which city of Israel has been recognized as the New capital of Israel by the USA ? Frank-Walter Steinmeier
US President Donald Trump on December 5, 2017 officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But this decision of America created a political storm on the international front as the Arab countries severely criticized this move, terming it a blow to the peace process between Israel and Arab countries. The US faced political isolation on international front when many of his close allies like Britain, France, Italy rejected this US move. More than 100 countries including India voted against the move in the UN General Assembly. Actually Jerusalem is an apple of discord between Israel and Palestine along with other Arab countries.
Which word has been chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2017 ? Youthquake
Oxford Dictionaries declared ‘Youthquake’ as its word of the year for 2017. The ‘Youthquake’ is defined as ‘a significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’. It pipped ‘Antifa’, ‘Broflake’, ‘Milkshake Duck’, Kompromat’ to become the Oxford Dictionaries word of 2017. Former ‘Vogue’ magazine editor Diana Vreeland coined ‘Youthquake’ word in 1960s. Youthquake is already included in the dictionary.