World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2nd every year. It aims to raise awareness and support for people with autism. The theme for 2024 is “Empowering Autistic Voices.” A report says around 18 million people in India have autism. Between 1-1.5% of children aged 2-9 years old are diagnosed with autism. Boys are more commonly affected than girls. The United Nations established World Autism Awareness Day in 2007. The goal is to increase public awareness, accept and empower individuals with autism, and recognize their contributions to society.

The President of India, Droupadi Murmu conferred India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, on the former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, PV Narasimha Rao, former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, former Chief Minister of Bihar Karpoori Thakur and famous agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan.

Novak Djokovic, the 24-time Grand Slam champion, continues to break records on the ATP Tour. As of this week, he begins his 419th week as the World No. 1, extending his huge record. On Sunday, April 9, 2024, Djokovic will surpass Roger Federer’s record and become the oldest World No. 1 in ATP Rankings history at the age of 36 years and 321 days. Djokovic, considered one of the greatest players of all time, has proven his near-unrivalled longevity at the pinnacle of his sport even as he enters his fourth decade.

Axis Capital has appointed Atul Mehra as the new Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His appointment is waiting for final approval. Mehra will be overseeing both the investment banking and institutional equities businesses at Axis Capital. Atul Mehra is an experienced dealmaker with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He was previously the Joint MD at JM Financial.

Schaeffler India Ltd has re-appointed Harsha Kadam as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company. According to stock exchange disclosure, Kadam’s new term will commence on October 1, 2024, and extend through September 30, 2027. Kadam has over three decades of expertise, spanning across domains including sales, manufacturing, product design and development, and business excellence. He joined Schaeffler India in 2018 as president of Industrial Business. He later took up the role of MD and CEO in 2019 for an initial five-year tenure.

Union Asset Management Company has appointed Madhu Nair as the Chief Executive Officer. He will replace G Pradeepkumar who tendered his resignation after 14 years of service. Nair comes with over 25 years of diverse experience across various market segments. He was instrumental in building up asset management companies such as HSBC, Invesco and Kotak, during his career span of two and a half decades.

Pankaj Dwivedi has been appointed as the Executive Director of Union Bank of India (UBI). Following his appointment, the bank now has four Executive Directors (EDs). Besides Dwivedi, the other EDs are – Nitesh Ranjan, Ramasubramanian S and Sanjay Rudra. A Manimekhalai is helming the bank as MD & CEO. Prior to joining UBI, Dwivedi was General Manager in Punjab & Sind Bank (P&SB).

Leading beauty and personal care company, the Good Glamm Group, has appointed of Kamal Lath as Group Chief Financial Officer. As the newly-appointed Group CFO at Good Glamm Group, he will be at the forefront of our financial strategy and execution, playing a pivotal role in shaping the company’s next phase of growth.

HDFC Bank has appointed Sumant Rampal as Group Head of Mortgage Business, in the place of Arvind Kapil. Sumant Rampal has been with the bank for over 24 years. He has worked in various business domains, such as corporate banking, emerging corporate groups and business banking verticals. Prior to the new role, he was the Group Head of Business Banking Working Capital, Rural Banking Group and Sustainability Livelihood Initiative.

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