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CURRENT AFFAIRS - PERSONS IN NEWS Peace is top priority for next UN chief Antonio Guterres | 14-Oct-2016 18:39

The next Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres has said, UN has the moral duty and the universal right to ensure peace and he will promote a new diplomacy for peace advocating dialogue to settle disputes.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, he said, it is high time to fight for peace and make people understand that whatever divisions exist it is more important to unite and end the suffering because of the risks for countries in conflict and the international community.

Gutteres said, he will try to bring people together in conflicts and crisis from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan. Guterres, who will become the ninth U.N. Chief in the world body's 71-year history, said he is not only fully aware of the challenges the United Nations faces but the limitations surrounding the Secretary General.



Smt. Alka Sirohi to perform the duties of UPSC Chairman | 21-Sep-2016 14:24

The President has appointed Smt. Alka Sirohi, Member, Union Public Service Commission to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, with effect from the September 21, 2016 (Forenoon). The appointment is till further orders or till completion of her term as Member on January 03, 2017, whichever is earlier.

The post of Chairman. UPSC will fall vacant on 20.09.2016, consequent upon demitting of office by Sh. Deepak Gupta on attaining 65 years of age.

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim heads for 2nd 5-year term | 18-Sep-2016 19:26


World Bank President Jim Yong Kim effectively won a second five year term after nominations to lead the global development bank closed on Wednesday with no other candidates proposed.

The World Bank executive board said in a statement that, following official procedures, it would formally meet with Kim as a candidate with the expectation of completing the selection process by the 2016 Annual Meetings, which take place on 7th to 9th of October.

Kim, a Korean-American medical doctor who has focused the World Bank on programs to reduce extreme poverty, earned solid backing for a second term from the United States, France, Germany, China, and other major shareholders of the bank.