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News in Short - 07-March-2020

Anurag Shrivastava appointed MEA spokesperson

Date: 07 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Anurag Srivastava is set to replace Raveesh Kumar as the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • Anurag Srivastava is currently the Indian ambassador to Ethiopia and African Union and is from Indian Foreign Service batch 1999.
  • Srivastava has earlier served at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva where he dealt with work related to human rights, refugee issues and trade policy.

Kerala records highest tourist footfall in 24 years

Date: 07 March 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Kerala recorded the highest growth rate in tourist footfalls in 24 years attracting around 1.96 crore domestic and foreign visitors in 2019.
  • Of the 14 districts, Ernakulam attracted the largest number of tourists (45,82,366), followed by Thiruvananthapuram (33,48,618), Thrissur (25,99,248) and Idukki (18,95,422).
  • In terms of statistics, Kerala registered an increase of 27.8 lakh domestic tourists as compared to the previous year.

Indira Gandhi and Amrit Kaur named by TIME among '100 women of the year'

Date: 07 March 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Former prime minister Indira Gandhi and freedom fighter Amrit Kaur have been named by the TIME magazine among world’s 100 powerful women who defined the last century.
  • TIME named Kaur as ‘Women of the Year’ for 1947 and Gandhi for 1976 in special covers recreated by the publication.
  • The project has named several prominent women leaders through the century including designer Coco Chanel, author Virginia Wolf, Queen Elizabeth, actress Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Chinese pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou, only Japanese citizen and first woman to lead the UN refugee agency Sadako Ogata and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Bimal Julka appointed Chief Information Commissioner

Date: 07 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Information Commissioner Bimal Julka was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC).
  • President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Mr. Julka as the CIC in the Central Information Commission.
  • The transparency watchdog has been functioning without a chief after Sudhir Bhargava retired on January 11 and is at a reduced strength of six information commissioners, against the sanctioned strength of 11 (including the CIC).

Sonia Syngal appointed CEO of Gap. Inc

Date: 07 March 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Gap Inc announced its long-time executive Sonia Syngal as the apparel retailer’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • She will replace interim chief Bob Fisher, a member of the founding family behind Gap, who will also step down as chairman of the company’s board.
  • Syngal, who was heading Gap’s Old Navy unit, expanded its North American presence to more than 1,200 stores in the US, Canada, and Mexico in three years.