APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana takes over as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air)
Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana has been appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air) at New Delhi.
Rear Admiral Mukul Asthana – Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air):
i. Mukul Asthana was commissioned in the Executive Branch of Indian Navy in 1986. He commanded INS Rajali from August 2009 to December 2010. He commanded the 21 Mine Counter Measure Squadron and the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Rana.
ii. He has held positions like Command Aviation Officer at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command Visakhapatnam, Chief Staff Officer (Air) at Headquarters Naval Aviation, Goa and Principal Director Naval Air Staff at the Naval Headquarters, New Delhi.
iii. He was elevated to Flag rank in January 2016. He is a recipient of the prestigious Nausena Medal, Tenzing Norgay National Award etc. He was involved in the commands of INS Nashak, INS Tarangini etc.
About Indian Navy:
♦ Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Sunil Lanba
♦ Motto – May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us
Bangladesh elects Abdul Hamid as president for second consecutive term
On 7th February 2018, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid was re-elected unopposed for another five-year term
Bangladesh elects Abdul Hamid as president for second consecutive term:
i. Abdul Hamid has been re-elected as Bangladesh President for a second 5 year term as no one else contested for the President post. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda made this announcement.
ii. The Awami League had nominated Abdul Hamid as Presidential candidate. Abdul Hamid is 74 years old. He was first elected as President of Bangladesh in 2013. He has 60 years of experience in politics.
Presidents of various countries:
♦ Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani
♦ Albania – Ilir Meta
♦ Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Hardayal Prasad appointed as SBI Card MD & CEO
On 5th February 2018, Hardayal Prasad was appointed as Managing Director and CEO of SBI Card.
Hardayal Prasad – Managing Director and CEO of SBI Card:
i. Hardayal Prasad replaces Vijay Jasuja. Vijay Jasuja retired on 31st January 2018. Hardayal Prasad’s appointment as MD and CEO came to effect from 1st February 2018.
ii. Hardayal Prasad joined State Bank of India in 1983 as a Probationary Officer. He has worked in various locations in different circles and countries. He has vast experience in many areas of banking.
About State Bank of India (SBI):
♦ Chairman – Rajnish Kumar
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai