Chairman Current Affairs - 2019
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Veteran actor Anupam Kher has resigned as Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He was appointed as Chairman of FTII in October 2017 and had replaced Gajendra Chauhan. With this, Kher became first chairperson of FTII to resign before completion of his full term. He had served as chairman of FTII for 11 months, which makes his tenure shortest since FTII’s formation.
In span of his 35 years acting career, he has appeared in over 500 films and many plays. He is best known for his roles in Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Khel, Ram Lakhan, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and A Wednesday among others. He has also acted in international films like Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Silver Linings Playbook and The Big Sick. He is recipient of Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016).
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
FTII is premier institute in country that provides training for acting, film making, video editing, direction and production. It is autonomous body under Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It was established in 1960 and is registered under Societies’ Registration Act of 1860. FTII is situated in Pune (Maharashtra) on premises of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company. Since its inception, FTII has become India’s premier film and television institute. Its alumni have become technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.
President Ramnath Kovind has appointed senior judge of Supreme Court Madan Bhimarao Lokur (64) as Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA). He was appointed by President in exercise of power conferred under Clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 3 of the Legal Authorities Act, 1987.
Madan Bhimarao Lokur
He is alumnus of Delhi’s Moden School and St. Stephen’s College. He had enrolled as Advocate in 1977. He has vast experience in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Revenue and Service laws. He got enrolled as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court in 1981.
He had served as Additional Solicitor General of India from July 1998 to February 1999. He was appointed as additional Judge of Delhi High Court in February 1999. He also functioned as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court from June 2010 to November 2011 and then as Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court in June 2012
National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA)
NALSA provides for free legal aid inter-alia to all persons in custody. It has been constituted under Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. It provides services of free legal aid in civil and criminal matters for poor and marginalised people who cannot afford services of lawyer in any court or tribunal. NALSA aims to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reasons of economic or other disabilities. It also identifies specific categories of marginalised and excluded groups and formulates various schemes for implementation of legal service programmes. It also organises Lok Adalats for amicable and speedy resolution or settlement of disputes.