Persons & Places IN NEWS

BIDYA DEVI BHANDARI
Nepal’s first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari (56) was relected for second term in office. In the presidential election, she defeated Nepali Congress (NC) leader Kumari Laxmi Rai with overwhelming majority.

VLADIMIR PUTIN
Russian President Vladimir Putin stormed to victory in presidential election, giving him another six years in power. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75% of the vote according to preliminary results. He is well ahead of his nearest rival Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin at 13.2%.

ADMIRAL SUNIL LANBA
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-day visit to the USA. The visit aims to consolidate relations between the Armed Forces of both the nations and to explore new avenues of defense co-operation. During the visit, Admiral Lanba will hold bilateral discussions with US Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer among others.

AMEENAH GURIB-FAKIM
Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over the use of a credit card to buy luxury personal items. She will leave office on 23rd of this month. It has been alleged that Gurib-Fakim made personal purchases, buying jewelry and clothing using a credit card provided by London-based Planet Earth Institute.

XI JINPING
Xi Jinping was re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China’s rubber-stamp parliament. The Parliament has recently allowed Xi to have a life-long tenure. Xi was also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the overall high command of the Chinese military. He became president in 2013. Wang Qishan has been elected as the new Vice President of China.

SANGEETA BAHADUR
Sangeeta Bahadur appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Belarus. She is an IFS officer of 1987 batch. She is currently Additional Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs.

LARRY KUDLOW
President Donald Trump named Larry Kudlow as the next head of the White House National Economic Council. He replaced Gary Cohn.

NEW DELHI
The two-day Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting has started in New Delhi on March 19, 2018. Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the meet.

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