appointments Current Affairs - 2019
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Punjab National Bank (PNB’s) managing director and chief executive, Sunil Mehta was elected as new chairman of Indian Banks Association (IBA) for year 2018-19. Bank of India’s managing director and chief executive Dina Bandhu Mohapatra was elected as the deputy chairman. Madhav Nair, country head and chief executive, Mashreqbank PSC, was elected as Honorary Secretary of IBA for 2018-19, State Bank of India’s chairman, Rajnish Kumar, and Federal Bank’s managing director, Shyam Srinivasan, will continue as deputy chairmen of IBA.
Indian Bank’s Association (IBA)
It is an association of Indian banks and financial institutions. It was established on September 26, 1946. It is headquartered in Mumbai. Its objective is to strengthen, develop and foster coordination among Indian banking stakeholders. It also facilitates various member banks. Managing Committee of IBA consists of chairman, three deputy chairmen, one honorary secretary as well as 26 members. The members of IBA comprise of public sector banks, private sector banks, foreign banks having offices in India, co-operative banks, regional rural banks and all India financial institution. Currently it has 237 members from banking sector operating in India.
Indian development economist and environment expert Satya S. Tripathi was appointed as has been appointed assistant secretary general of United Nations and will head New York office of UN Environment Programme (UNEP). He was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Tripathi holds commerce and law bachelors degrees and masters in law from Berhampur University in Odisha. He has rich experience of over 35 years with UN and has worked at UN since 1998 in Europe, Asia and Africa on strategic assignments in sustainable development, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs. Since 2017, he has been senior adviser to UNEP on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also had served as UN Recovery Coordinator for $7 billion post-tsunami and post-conflict recovery efforts in Aceh and Nias in Indonesia. He also had chaired Committees on Laws and Treaties for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004. He also has served as director and executive head of UN Office for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD)+ Coordination in Indonesia.
Note: Satya Tripathi is possibly third-highest ranking Indian in UN bureaucracy at present after Atul Khare, an under-secretary general who heads department of operations and Nikhil Seth who is assistant secretary general and had headed Geneva-based UN Institute for Training and Research in 2015.