1) Arvind Gupta appointed deputy NSA: Former Indian Foreign Service officer Arvind Gupta was on Monday appointed as deputy National Security Adviser, a post which fell vacant following the resignation of Nehchal Sandhu. Mr. Gupta, a 1979 batch officer, will also be Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), an apex advisory body tasked with suggesting to the government on political, economic and strategic security concerns. The officer, who is at present Director-General of Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), has been appointed for a period of three years on “reemployment” and on contract basis, said an official order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
2) Lt Gen Philip Campose takes over as Army Vice Chief: Lt Gen Philip Campose- a veteran mechanised infantry officer, has taken over as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff succeeding Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is now heading the 1.3 million strong force. 59-year-old Lt Gen Campose, who was till now the Western Army Commander, took over as the Vice Chief on August 1, an Army release said.
3) Justice Manjula Chellur takes oath as first women chief justice of Calcutta High Court: Dr Manjula Chellur was on 5 August 2014 swornin as Calcutta High Court’s first woman Chief Justice. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath to Dr Chellur at the High Court. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee were present at the sweringin ceremony.
4) UPSC exam row: Centre says English marks should not be included: Giving in to sustained pressure from Hindi belt parties on the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern, the government on 4 August 2014 announced that marks for 8-9 English comprehension questions in Paper II of prelims exam would not be counted for gradation and merit. However, the CSAT format stays and the August 24 prelims exam will be held as per schedule.
5) Govt suspended arrested Syndicate Bank Chairman S K Jain: The government on 4 August 2014 suspended Syndicate Bank Chairman and Managing Director S K Jain, two days after CBI arrested him for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 50 lakh to enhance the credit limit of some companies, Financial Services Secretary G.S Sandhu said the Finance Ministry received a preliminary report from the CBI on the arrest of Mr. Jain on Saturday, based on which he was suspended. Mr. Jain, 54, was appointed CMD of state-owned Syndicate Bank in July last year for a period of five years. He was one of the youngest CMDs of a public sector bank and was due to retire in 2020.