Archive | July, 2013

Sharad Kumar appointed as NIA chief

31 Jul

Senior IPS officer of Haryana cadre (1979-batch), Sharad Kumar has been appointed the new chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Sharad Kumar is presently working as director general (Prisons) in Haryana.

The post of the Director General (DG) of the agency was lying vacant for about last two months following the retirement of incumbent SC Sinha. Sinha was later appointed as a member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The NIA was set up to tackle terrorism-related incidents in the country.


Current Affairs for July month 2013

31 Jul

Appointments of the month:

  • Sunil Soni –Director General of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
  • Sujata Singh – Foreign Secretary of India (succeeded by Ranjan Mathai)
  • Adli Mansour – Interim president of Egypt (Will hold this post till next elections take place,succeeded Mohamed Morsi who was removed after military coup)
  • R. Chandrasekhar – Appointed as president of NASSCOM (has also served as secretary of Department of Telecommunications)
  • Mohamed ElBaradei – Sworn as Prime Minister of Egypt
  • Najeeb Jung – 20th Lt Governor of Delhi (previously working as Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia University)
  • Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil – Appointed as Governor of Sikkim
  • KK Paul – Appointed as Governor of Meghalaya(was former Delhi Police Chief)
  • Lt Gen (Retd) AK Singh – Appointed as Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam – Selected as Chief Justice Of India(succeeded Justice Altamas Kabir)
  • Bhim Sain Bassi – Appointed as New Police Commissioner of Delhi Police.  
  • Abdul Rahim Rather – Appointed as Chairman of GST Panel (also served as Finance Minister of J&K)
  • Arvind Sharma – re-elected as the President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (also serves as The Chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett, India)
  • Nisha Desai Biswal – Indian-American woman was nominated for the Post of Assistant Secretary of State of USA

Deaths of the month:

  • Douglas Engelbart –  Known as father of the computer mouse who died on 3 July 2013
  • Mahasundari Devi – Was famous for Madhubani paintings , passed away in Ranti
  • Arun Nehru – Former Minister for Internal Security and cousin of Rajiv Gandhi, who died in Gurgaon
  • Jagdish Raj – Indian actor, who was awarded by Guinness World Record for being the most type-cast actor, died on 28th July,2013
  • Dr. H.A.B. Parpia – Passed away on 9th July,2013, worked as director of the Central Food Technological Research Institute(CFTRI)
  • Pran – The legendary actor of Indian Cinema passed away (was awarded by Dada Saheb Phalke Award and Padma Bhushan)
  • Vaali – Veteran Tamil Film lyricist who died at Chennai
  • Manjula Vijayakumar – Died at Chennai , who was famous as south Indian actor
  • SN Hanumantha Rao – Former Test Umpire, who died on 29th July,2013



Awards of the month:

  • Vandana Gandhi – First ever Indian woman to receive Dubai Government’s coveted Emirates Woman Award for business excellence in June 2013
  • Vidya Balan – Awarded as best actress award at 14th IIFA(International Indian Film Academy) for year 2013 held at Macau.
  • Zubin Mehta – Awarded as Tagor award-2013
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – Indian American author whose novel “The Lowland” longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013
  • Amjad Ali Khan – chosen for the 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadhbhavna Award

Other news of the month:



  • World Population Day-11 July – The Theme of observed across the World on this day focuses on Adolescent Pregnancy


  • Nelson Mandela International Day-18 July – This day is celebrated  to inspire people to be an agent of change
  • World Book Capital City – Incheon – UNESCO announced   South Korean city- Incheon  as the World Book Capital for the year 2015
  • Prince George Alexander Louise – Baby boy of The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William. Kate Middleton who gave birth to a baby boy on 22 July 2013 at the London hospital
  •  Paradip Port – India Port awarded as excellent performance in the year 2012-13.