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Vinodanand Jha

Vinodanand Jha, a 1983-batch retired IRS officer has been appointed as the chairperson of the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) Adjudicating Authority located in New Delhi on January 23, 2022.

Prajakta Koli

Content creator, YouTuber, and actress Prajakta Koli, known by her YouTube Channel "Mostlysane", has become India's first UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Climate Champion on January 21, 2022.

Zara Rutherford

Nineteen-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world on January 20, 2022.

She broke Guinness World Record that was set by 30-year-old American aviator Shaesta Waiz in 2017.

Vinod Rai

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the appointment of former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Vinod Rai as independent chairman of Unity Small Finance Bank (Unity SFB) on January 20, 2022.

Roberta Metsola

Centre-right Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola (43 years) has been chosen as youngest President of European Union (EU) Parliament until 2024, with 458 votes in the first round on January 18, 2022.

Pandit Birju Maharaj

Legendary Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj (Brij Mohan Nath Mishra) has passed away at the age of 83 on January 17, 2022. He was an Indian dancer, composer, singer. and exponent of the Lucknow

'Kalka-Bindadin' Gharana of Kathak dance in India.


S. Somanath


Eminent senior rocket scientist S. Somanath has been appointed as the 10th Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and secretary, Department of Space (DoS) on January 12, 2022.

Somanath, who is at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), will succeed K Sivan who completes his extended tenure on January 14, 2022.

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

French-born economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas has been named as the next chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on January 11, 2022: He will succeed Gita Gopinath, first woman to serve as the Fund's chief economist.

Maya Angelou

Poet and activist Maya Angelou has become the first Black woman to appear on the US quarter, in a new version of the coin unveiled by the US Mint on January 10, 2022. The coins depicting Angelou were part of the American Women Quarters Program, celebrating prominent women in US history.

Atul Keshap

US Chambers of Commerce has appointed Indian-origin American diplomat Atul Keshap as the President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) with effect from January 5, 2022. Atul Keshap replaced Nisha Desai Biswal.


TS Tirumurti

India's permanent representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti assumed the Chair of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee for 2022 on January 4, 2022.

Sindhutai Sapkal

The renowned social worker and recipient of the Padma Shri Award, Sindhutai Sapkal passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 74 on January 4, 2022.

In 2021, she was conferred with the Padma Shri award for her significant contribution to society.

Alka Mittal

Government-owned ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) has appointed Alka Mittal as its first woman Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) on January 3, 2022. She succeeded Subhash Kumar who retired on December 31, 2021.

VS Pathania

Virender Singh Pathania took over as the 24th Director-General of Indian Coast Guard with effect from December 31, 2021. He replaced K. Natarajan, who served as the Chief of the ICG from July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.

Baldev Prakash

Baldev Prakash has been appointed as the MD & CEO of Jammu & Kashmir Bank for three years. His appointment will be effective from the date of taking charge or April 10, 2022, whichever is earlier.

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa's struggle against apartheid, has died aged 90 on December 26, 2021. He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent opposition to apartheid.

Karolos Papoulias

Former president of Greece Karolos Papoulias, who served two terms between 2005 and 2015 passed away at the age of 92 on December 26, 2021. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1989 and again from 1993 until 1996.

Rishabh Pant

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami appointed Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant as the 'State Brand Ambassador' with the aim of

encouraging the youth of the state towards sports and public health on December 20, 2021.

Harjinder Singh

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on December 20, 2021 appointed Harjinder Singh as the 'Chef de Mission' of the country's contingent for the upcoming Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing (China).

Richard Rogers

Pritzker Prize-Winning British-Italian Architect Richard Rogers has passed away in London, UK at the age of 88 on December 18, 2021. He received the Pritzker Prize, known as the Nobel Prize of Architecture, in 2007.

GT Nanavati

Former Supreme Court judge Justice Girish Thakorlal Nanavati has passed away at the age of 86 in Ahemdabad on December 18, 2021.

After his retirement, he headed two commissions inquiring into the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and the 2002 Godhra riots.

Mohammed bin Sulayem

UAE's Mohammed bin Sulayem has been elected as the new President of the Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA) on December 17, 2021. He replaced Jean Todt (France), who retired from the role after 12 years.

Avani Lekhara

Indian shooter Avani Lekhara, who has created history by winning India's first Gold medal in Shooting at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, won the "Best Female Debut" honour at the 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards on December 16, 2021.

Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar has appointed as Director General of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) on December 14, 2021. Before joining STPI, Kumar was working with Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) a an advisor since 2004.

Bipin Rawat

India's most senior military officer, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 12 other army personnel on board died when an IAF Mi 17V5 helicopter crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on December 8, 2021.

Gautam Raghavan

Indian American Gautam Raghavan has been elevated to a key position of the head of the White House office of presidential personnel by the Joe Biden administration on December 11, 2021. He succeeded Catherine Russel, who has been appointed Executive Director of UNICEF. 

Olaf Scholz

The center-left Social Democratic Party's candidate Olaf Scholz has been nominated as Germany's next chancellor on December 8, 2021. He replaced Angela Merkel who has led Germany for 16 years.

Karl Nehammer

Karl Nehammer was sworn-in as Austria's chancellor by Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria in a ceremony in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria on December 6, 2021. He is. succeeded the career diplomat Alexander Schallenberg.

Eileen Ashe

The world's oldest Test cricketer, Eileen Ashe (England) passed away at the age of 110 on December 4, 2021. She was a right-arm seam bowler, who made her Test debut against Australia in 1937 and represented England in seven Test matches picking up 10 wickets before retiring in 1949.

Vinod Dua

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua has died after a prolonged illness following a Covid infection at the age of 67 years on December 4, 2021. He was a pioneer in Hindi journalism, with stints at Doordarshan and NDTV.

Bimal Patel

Professor Bimal Patel of India has been elected to the International Law Commission for a period of five-year with effect from January 1, 2023. The 51-year-old Patel secured 163 votes in the UN General Assembly out of 192 members.

Parag Agrawal

Parag Agrawal has been appointed as the new Twitter chief executive officer, becoming the youngest CEO in top 500 companies on November 30, 2021. He has replaced Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

Chun Doo-hwan

Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan has passed away due to cancer at the age of 90 years on November 23, 2021. He had served as the fifth president of South Korea from 1980 to 1988.

Praveen Sinha

The CBI Special Director Praveen Sinha has been elected as 'Delegate for Asia' on the executive committee of the INTERPOL on November 25, 2021.

Geoff Allardice

The ICC on November 22, 2021 appointed Geoff Allardice as its permanent CEO. Australian Geoff Allardice was appointed as interim CEO in March, 2021 when Manu Sawhney (India) was suspended on the findings of a cultural review.

Kamala Harris

US Vice-President Kamala Harris became the first woman to - briefly - be given presidential powers on November 19, 2021. The power transfer took place while Biden was under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy for 85 minutes.

Babasaheb Purandare

The eminent historian, orator and noted author from Maharashtra, Balwant Moreshwar Purandare has passed away at the age of 99 on November 15, 2021. The celebrated author was popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, who wrote extensively about Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Daniel Bruhl

Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations WFP on November 10, 2021. Daniel Bruhl will help humanitarian organisation in its mission to reach a world with Zero Hunger.

Sheel Vardhan Singh

Senior IPS officer Sheel Vardhan Singh has been appointed as the new Director-General of the CISF on November 9, 2021. Bihar cadre (1986 batch) IPS officer Sheel Vardhan Singh is currently the Special Director in the IB.

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