Persons in News

A) Appointments

Sushil Kumar Shinde as the new Leader in house of Lok Sabha

Sushile Kumar Shinde has been appointed as the new Leader in the House of Lok Sabha taking the place of Pranab  Mukherjee who has now become the President on 3 August 2012.

Hyderabadi Advocate becomes a Vice-Chairman of ABA

Hyderabad based lawyer Mr.JLN Murthy has been appointed to the Vice-Chairman of the AmericanBar Association Section of International Law, Europe Committee, for the year 2012-13.The main aim of this association is to focus on several international legal issues.

Nasim Ahmad Zaidi is new election commissioner

Former civil aviation secretary Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi was 7 August 2012, appointed an election commissioner by President Pranab Mukherjee.The former EC V.S. Sampath took charge as CEC(Chief Election Commissioner.

Dimple Yadav and M. Raja Mohan Reddy takes oath as Lok Sabha member

Dimple Yadav, the wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, 8 August 2012 took oath as a Lok Sabha member from Kannauj. She had won the by-election, caused by her husband’s resignation, unopposed in June.Along with Yadav,
M. Raja Mohan Reddy, the newly-elected MP from  Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, also took oath. Reddy is from the YSR Congress.

Raghuram Rajan is chief economic advisor

The government has issued formal orders to appoint Raghuram Rajan, former International Monetary Fund chief economist, as the chief economic advisor in the finance ministry. The economist, who is currently a professor at Chicago University’s Booth School of Business, is not expected to take charge for the next few weeks due to academic commitments. Rajan will take over at a time when the government is trying to combat a hostile economic climate.

Cabinet nod for Customs’ first-ever woman chief

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has given its nod for Praveen Mahajan to be a full-fledged Chairperson of the Central Board of Excise and Customs(CBEC). She is the first lady ever to head the highest policy-making body on indirect
taxes.Prior to this elevation, she was Member (Personnel and Vigilance) in the CBEC from August 2011.

Ansari takes oath for second term

Hamid Ansari became the second Vice-President of India to take oath of office for second consecutive terms in New Delhi on 11 August 2012 Ansari, a former diplomat, followed Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who served two successive terms as Vice-President.

Indian origin Sanjay Reddy, appointed as the director of new York University’s Centre

New York’s leading University, the new school, has named an Indian-origin academician as director of its center of trans-regional study, which is focused on research on the relations between India, china and U.S. He associate ‘Professor of Economics,has been named academic director of the new school’s India, China Institute(ICI) along with Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics on 16 August 2012.

New Envoy to Syria is Lakhdar Brahimi

The United Nations on 17 August, 2012 confirmed that Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace the former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan as the International mediator on Syria as the 17 month old conflict slides deeper into  civil war. Brahimi, who served as Algeria’s foreign minister from 1991 to 1993 and joined UN in 1994 and
served various high profile positions until he retired in 2005.

P.J. Kurien is Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

P.J. Kurien is unanimously elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha on 21 August 2012.

Poonam Kishore Saxena appointed as Chairman of CBDT

The government appointed Dr.Poonam Kishore Saxena,a 1975 batch IRS officer as the Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 22nd August 2012.

P. M. Nair Appointed as Director General,NDRF & CD

Shri P. M. Nair, IPS has been appointed as Director General, National Disaster Response Force & Civil Defence (NDRF & CD), Ministry of Home Affairs.Shri Nair is presently working as Special Director General, Central Reserve Police Force.

Admiral D K Joshi takes charge as new Navy chief

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi took over as the new Indian Navy chief on 31st August 2012.Admiral Joshi is the 21st  Chief of Naval Staff of independent India and the 19th Indian to command the Indian Navy.

New President Of Libya is Mohammad Magarief

National Assembly of Libya elected their former Opposition leader Mohammed Magarief as its New President. Mr.Magarief seen as a Moderate Islamist, will head the 200-member congress. The 72-year-old Magarief who is the head of National
front party. An economist and former Libyan ambassador to India who had lived in exile since the 1980s, Magarief was a leading figure in Libya’s oldest movement opposition movement. Magarief won 113 votes versus independent Alli zindan who secured 85 votes.

New Jammu Varsity Chancellor is Vohra

Jammu & Kashmir governor N.N.Vohra has been appointed the first chancellor of the Central University of Jammu. Pranab Mukharjee on his visit to that University appointed Mr. Vohra the chancellor if the University for a period of five years.

B) Resigns

Gopal Goyal Kand Home Minster of Haryana Quits

Haryana Minster of state for home, Goyal Kanda resigned on 5 August 2012 night after a 23-year – old farmer air hosters named him in a suicide note before hanging herself.

Kofi A.Annan Resigns as Syria Peace Envoy

Kofi A.Annan resigned as the UN Peace envoy to Syria on 2 August 2012 by complaining the international community had not done enough to support his bid to persuade Bashar al-Assad to
accept a peace plan. His term as UN peace interlocutor was set to expire on 31 August 2012. Annan was appointed the UN-Arab League Peace envoy to Syria in February 2012.

Indo American Fareed Zakaria resigned from Yale Government Board

After a long association with Yale University the noted Indo American Writer and and journalist Fareed Zakaria has resigned from its governing body to focus on journalistic career.Zakaria, who received his bachelor’s degree from the university, was associated with the Yale Corporation for past six years. The decision of Zakaria to shed some of his
non-journalistic responsibilities has come close on the heels of accusations of plagiarism against him.

Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi Quit as Iraq communication Minister

Iraqi Communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi quit his post in 27 Aug accusing Prime Minister Nuri – Maliki of “Political Interference” in his ministry. Allawi’s resignation is the first by a cabinet member since Iraq’s national unity government was formed in December 2010.


Contrarian Author Gore Vidal Dies

“Writer Gore Vidal, who filler his novels and essays with acerbic observation on politics,sex and American culture. While carrying on feuds with bigname literary rivals,died on 1 August 2012 at home in Los angels of complications from pneumonia,age 86. His historical novels was ‘Burr’, ’18762 .’Lincoln’,’The Golden Age’.

Vilasrao Deshmukh passes away

The Union Minister for science and Technology and Ex. chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh ,who was suffering from sclerosis of the liver, passed away at a chennai hospital on 2012 August 14th.

Hindi cinematographer Ashok Mehta Passed away

The ace cinematograoher Ashok Mehta, who lost the battle with lung cancer at a mumbai hospital on 15 August 2012.The   man who worked with best in the business, raging from the highly accomplished shyam benegal, Girish Karnad and shekhar Kapur, hugely populared Sunhash Ghai. He did films like Utsav, Mandi,36 chowsinghee Lane.

Science Friction Writer Harry Harrison Passed Away

American Author Harry Harrison has died in Britain on 16 august 2012 at 87. He was best known for his”The Stainless Steel rat” series. His 1966, “Make  room! Make Room!- a Science Friction take on the horrors of over population. The Other works included anthologies, collections and children’s stories-including one particularity goofs tale about an Intergalactic force of Mutant pigs.

Philippine Minister Jesse Robredo died in Plane Crash

The most powerful minister of Philippine died in plane crash on 19 August 2012. The Interior secretary Jesse Robredo. This crash was held at the central island of Masbate.

Prime Minister of Ethipio Meles Zenavi passed away

Meles Zenavi, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, passed away on 20 August 2012 following prolonged illness. He was 57 Ethiopio’s foreign minister will assume the change as the acting P.M. of the country.

US Astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong passed away

US Astronaut , Armstrong, as the commander of the Apollo 11 mission, became the first human to land on the moon on 20 July 1969,passed away on 25th August 2012.

Veteran actor Hangal Passed away

Actor A.K.Hangal, who had the rare ability to imbue the smallest and the most ordinary of roles with quality and dignity, passed away on 26 Aug at Mumbai followed Health complications caused by a recent hip fracture.

D) Visitors

Fijian President calls on Pranab

Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikaw called on his Indian counter part Pranab Mukherjiee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 7 August 2012 and discussed the scope for expanding trade and bilateral ties.Mr. Mukherjiee also granted Fiji for
joining the Non-Alignment movement.

Chinese defence minister to visit India

India and China are expected to discuss ways of strengthening defence ties during the three-day visit of Chinese defence minister General Liang Guanglie starting September 2 in Mumbai.


Miss China Crowned Miss World

Chaina’s Wen Xia Yu was on 18 August 2012 crowned Miss world-2012 the competitions are conducted in China at Innar Mangolia Erina. Wales Sophie Moulds was first runner up and the second runner up position to Jessica. Kahawaty of  Australia. Indian beauty Vanya Mishra on the 6th position by winning two awards in miss world competition. The
multimedia award and social networking skin & beauty.

Student Prafull Sharma Discovers SOHO

A Delhi boy has discovered a new comet using data from NASA and European Space Agency;s Space Craft-based observatory SOHO that studies the sun. Prafull sharma, is a XII class student of Ahlcon public  school, the new comet SOHO-2333 is a fragment believed to have separated from a relatively larger comet Machholz when it last came close to the sun in 2007. sharma, who has been associated with Delhi-based NGO science. Popularization Association of  Communicators and educators (SPACE), ia apart of a world wide team os comet hunters. Who scour through images of the  sun transmitted back to earth by Solar and Heliosphere Observatory(SOHO).

Zakaria suspended by CNN/TIME Magazine

Indo – American Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria has been suspended by his employers and Time Magazine because he copied some Portions of an article he wrote on “ Gun Control for Time”, from the New Yorker Magazine. He suspended  for one month.

Ex-Prez Pratibha Patil spent 140Cr on air Travel

According to RIT report India’s ex-President visited 18 Countries in 10 trips from November 2008 to October   2011.India’s former president Pratibha Patil sets a new record by spending 140 Cr travel expenses alone. Patil was the most frequent flyer using IAF planes 255 times as compared to PM ManMohan(108) abd Vice President Ansari(106).
As A.P.J.Abdul Kalam visited 17 Countries in 7 trips and K.R.Narayana covered 10 Countries in 6 trips. S.D.Shrama covered 16 Nations in 4 trips.

Himachal Hotel Gets Heritage Status

The Castel Magar, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s prime hotel in the picturesque, Kullu Valley was notified under the heritage status by the Union tourism ministry on 23 August 2012. Maggar was the capital of the erst
while kullu state for about 1460 years. The Castle was built by Raja Sidhi Singh in the 16th century.

Amir Khan on the Cover Page of Time Magazine

The most successful Tv show Satyamev Jayate made Amir Khan features in the cover page of the Time Magazine.Aamir Khan is featured on the cover of Time with the caption ‘Khan’s Quest’. Bollywood actors who have featured before on Time cover are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Parveen Babi. Parveen Babi became the cover girl of Time’s July  1976 issue, after acting in super hit flick Deewar. The cover story was titled ‘Asia’s Frenetic Film Scene’.On one of 2003  issues, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was called ‘New Face Of Film’. The magazine mentioned: ‘Aishwarya Rai   leads the invasion as Bollywood goes global and becomes hip.’

9 IAF personnel killed in mid-air copter collision

Nine IAF personnel, including five officers, were killed when two Mi-17 medium-lift utility helicopters collided in mid-air while on a “live firing exercise” at the Sarmat field range near the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on 30 August 20112.


One Response to “August 2012 Persons in News”

  • hardeep kashyap says:

    thats gud…………………..

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