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Senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi appointed as SEBI Chairman

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior bureaucrat Ajay Tyagi (58) as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Mr. Tyagi will have tenure of 5 years or till the age of 65 years or until further orders. He will succeed UK Sinha whose term ends on March 1, 2017. His name was recommended by the search-cum-selection panel headed by the cabinet secretary along with some other candidates.

About Ajay Tyagi

  • Ajay Tyagi is 1984 batch IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.
  • Prior to this appointment, he was Additional secretary (investment) in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, handling the capital market division.
  • He had served as the chairman of the finance ministry-appointed panel which monitored the merger of the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with the SEBI.
  • He had represented India at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental body set up to combat money laundering, terror financing and other related threats.
  • Currently he is also representing India at the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body to monitor global financial systems. He also had led the initiatives on corporate bonds markets.

About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

  • SEBI is the statutory regulator for the securities market in India established in 1988. It was given statutory powers through the SEBI Act, 1992.
  • Mandate: Protect the interests of investors in securities, promote the development of securities market and to regulate the securities market.
  • SEBI has is responsive to needs of three groups, which constitute the market, issuers of securities, investors and market intermediaries.
  • It has three functions: quasi-legislative (drafts regulations in its legislative capacity), quasi-judicial (passes rulings and orders in its judicial capacity) and quasi-executive (conducts investigation and enforcement action in its executive function).
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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Viral V Acharya appointed as RBI Deputy Governor

The Union Government has appointed Viral V Acharya (42) as new Deputy Governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).  He will have regular three-year tenure.

His appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

He will fill the post that fell vacant after Urjit Patel after he was made RBI Governor to succeed Rajan with effect from September 2016. The existing three Deputy Governors of RBI are S S Mundra, R Gandhi and N S Vishwanathan.

About Viral V Acharya

  • He is an alumnus of IIT, Mumbai, with a degree of BTech in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995 and PhD in Finance from NYU-Stern in 2001.
  • He was with London Business School (2001-08) and served as the Academic Director of Coller Institute of Private Equity (2007-09) and Senior Houblon-Normal Research Fellow at Bank of England (2008).
  • He also has served as Director, NSE-NYU Stern Initiative on the Study of Indian Capital Markets. He also was member of SEBI’s International Advisory Board.
  • Prior this appointment, he was serving as the C V Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business (NYU-Stern).
  • He is known for his research in theoretical and empirical analysis of systemic risks of the financial sector, its regulation and genesis in government-induced distortions.
  • His research areas also span across agency-theoretic foundations, credit and liquidity risks as well as their general equilibrium consequences.
  • He also has co-authored in the past at least three papers with the former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan. He had once called himself ‘poor man’s Raghuram Rajan’.

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Lt General AK Bhatt appointed as new DGMO

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Lt-General A K Bhatt as the new director-general of military operations (DGMO).

He will succeed Lt-General Ranbir Singh who has been promoted and will take over 1 Corps (headquarters at Mathura), command of a strike corps on the Western border.

Lt-General A K Bhatt will be in charge of all army operations including on the LoC which has seen heightened tension.

He belongs to the Gorkha Rifles. Earlier he had served in the military operations directorate as a brigadier. Prior to this appointment he was posted as the additional director general of the complaints and advisory board at the Army HQ. Earlier he had commanded the 21 Division in Assam.

In September 2016, Lt-General Ranbir Singh along with foreign Secretary had declared Army Special Forces had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads at five separate locations in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) on 29 September 2016.

Note: 1 Corps of Indian Army is one of the three assault forces of the army — which is mandated to cross into Pakistan in a short notice. Other two are 2 Corps (Ambala) and 21 Corps (Bhopal). In all, the Army has 14 Corps under six operational or regional commands. The fourth is the new 17 Mountain Corps being raised as a deterrent against China.

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