Sajid Javid, Member of British Parliament from Bomsgrove, has been inducted into the British cabinet as Secretary of State for culture, Media and Sport and Minister for equalities. He was elected to the Parliament in 2010 elections. He is 46 years old. Son of an immigrant Pakistani, Javid studied at Downend school in Bristol and later at University of Exeter. At age 20 he joined the Conservative Party. He worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York after he finished his university studies. In 2004 he became a managing director of Deutsche Bank and one year later global head of Emerging Markets Structuring. His earnings at Deutsche Bank would have been roughly 3 million pounds annually. He has been taken as replacement of Maria Miler who resigned as culture secretary on April 9 over controversial expenditure shown in bills.
Shakeel Ahmed from Varanasi has been appointed the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Minority Commission. He will hold the office for three years. A notification to the effect was issued by Governor B. L. Joshi. The appointment came after assurance given by the Government Advocate General in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. The court had ordered constitution of the Commission within a week last September on a writ petition filed by Farooq Ahmed advocate. Other members appointed to the Commission include Chaudhury Rafaqat Hussain, Suhail Ayub Zanjani, Shafi Azmi, Neelam Romilla, Lucknow, Ms. Rabba Singh, Mufti Zulfiquar Ali.
Akhtarul Iman retires from fray: Former Bihar MLA and JDU leader Akhtarul Iman announced his withdrawal from the electoral fray from the Kishenganj Lok Sabha constituency in favour of the sitting Congress MP Maulana Asrarul Haq. He had quit Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) two months ago and resigned from his membership of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. He represented Kucha Dhaman seat under Kishenganj Lok Sabha constituency. He said he wanted to avoid division of the secular votes in the constituency which has over 60 per cent Muslims voters. It is seen as a setback to the image of the Janata Dal United which Iman had recently joined.