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Ovais Sarmad Appointed to Key Post in UNFCCC

Ovais Sarmad who is an Indian national has been appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the post of Deputy Executive Secretary, which is a key post in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As per the U.N. Information Centre in Delhi, the appointment has been made after making wide consultations with the Conference of Parties. The appointment assumes significance as UNFCCC aims to slow down climate change.

Ovais Sarmad who was born in 1960 is a seasoned bureaucrat having nearly 27 years of experience working with International Organization for Migration (IOM) at various capacities. He has worked in several policy and management areas to strengthen the organizations operational effectiveness in close consultation with IOM member States.  He is currently the  Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Ovais Sarmad was instrumental in bringing IOM into the United Nations system as well as in the establishment of IOM’s Ethics and Conduct Office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Osmania University in Hyderabad.

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Edouard Philippe appointed as Prime Minister of France

French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Edouard Philippe as the new prime minister of France. At 46, Edouard Philippe would be the second-youngest Prime Minister of France after Laurent Fabius (1984 to 1986), who was 37 at the time of appointment. Philippe is the Mayor of the port city Le Havre since 2010 and is a member of the Les Républicains party .

Edouard Philippe appointment as the new Prime Minister comes at the backdrop of Emmanuel Macron’s plans to draw support from the conservative opposition and appeal to rightwing voters in elections for the National Assembly to be held next month. Although, Emmanuel Macron has won with 66% of the vote, his party En Marche!, which was founded only last year has never held a single National Assembly seat. Macron needs to have a majority in the National Assembly to have the mandate to push his legislative agenda through.

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Arjun Maini becomes First Indian to Win a GP3 Race

The 19-year-old Motorsports’ Indian driver Arjun Maini, who drives for Jenzer Motorsport, has become the first Indian to win a GP3 Series (a feeder series to GP2) race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Arjun Maini is supported by JK Racing and TVS. This victory has moved Arjun Maini into third place in the driver’s championship standings after completion of the first round of the eight-round GP3 series. He has 23 points. Nirei Fukuzumi of Japan leads the championship standings with 29 points, followed by Alessio Lorandi of Italy with 25 points.

This is the third instance that the Indian National Anthem was played during an F1 weekend with the first two played after Karun Chandhok’s two wins in GP2.

GP3 rounds are held as support events during F1 Grand Prixs. GP3 is a single seater motor racing series which was launched in 2010 as a feeder series for the GP2 Series.

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