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News in Short - 24-April-2019

Manish Maheshwari appointed new MD of Twitter India

Date: 24 April 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Former Network 18 Digital CEO, Manish Maheshwari was appointed as Managing Director (MD) of Twitter India.
  • He will succeed Balaji Krish who was serving as interim head after Taranjeet Singh had stepped down from the same role.
  • In his new role, he will be responsible for managing integrated business strategy to stimulate Twitter’s audience and revenue growth in India.
  • He will also oversee Twitter India’s teams in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi. Prior to Network 18 Digital, he had served in various roles at Flipkart, Intuit, txtWeb, McKinsey and P&G.

Vikas Khanna: Brand ambassador of Indo-American Arts Council

Date: 24 April 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna was named brand ambassador of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC),
  • IAAC is leading cultural organisation which organises annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). This year’s festival will showcase Vikas Khanna’s film ‘The Last Color” and Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer ‘Photograph’.
  • NYIFF is North America’s longest-running and most prestigious Indian film festival that would be organised from May 7 to 12, 2019.
  • This year it be the 19th edition of the festival. It will showcase 30 feature-length films, including 3 documentaries, 30 shorts and 19 regional films.

Government revamps Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack

Date: 24 April 2019 Tags: Tackling Security Threats
  • Union Government has revamped high-level ‘anti-hijack panel’ to include top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office especially National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval.
  • The revamped panel will be called Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack (COSAH).
  • It will have 15 top officials including pre-identified nominated members who can represent regular members during their absence.
  • Members:NSA, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Additional Principal Secretary, Heads of R&AW (Research and Analysis Wing) and Intelligence Bureau. Inclusion of NSA will enable him to coordinate any immediate military response.

Govt raises authorised capital of Allahabad Bank

Date: 24 April 2019 Tags: Banking Agreements
  • Union Government has increased its authorised capital by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore in Allahabad Bank.
  • This decision was taken after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Earlier Government had authorised capital of Rs 3,000.
  • The increase in authorised capital will help enable bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore.

24th April: World Day for Animals

Date: 24 April 2019 Tags: Days & Dates
  • The World Day for Animals in Laboratories also known as World Lab Animal Day is observed every year on 24 April.
  • Observance of this day is aimed at supporting movement to end the suffering of animals in laboratories around the world and their replacement with advanced scientific non-animal techniques.
  • This Day was established in 1979 by National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). It is observed on birthday of Hugh Dowdin, famous animal rights fighter and former president of NAVS.