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Renowned journalist Vinod Mehta passes away

Renowned journalist Vinod Mehta, who was the founder-editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Sunday morning after a prolonged illness.

Vinod Mehta
Vinod Mehta
Renowned journalist Vinod Mehta, who was the founder-editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here this morning after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 72.
 
"Outlook Group announces with deep sadness the demise of its founder Editor-in-Chief and editorial chairman, Vinod Mehta, in New Delhi, today," the magazine said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
AIIMS spokesperson Amit Gupta said Mr Mehta had been transferred to the hospital a week ago from Fortis Hospital for treatment of acute chest infection.
 
He had developed septicemia and was on a ventilator at AIIMS for the past week. He died of multiple organ failure this morning, Dr Gupta said.
 
Mr Mehta began his journalistic career as the editor of Debonair magazine and later edited other publications such as the Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent and The Pioneer before joining Outlook. He was editor-in-chief of Outlook until February 2012 after which he served as the Editorial Chairman of the magazine.
 
He has also written several books such as his memoirs Lucknow Boy and biographies of film actress Meena Kumari and Indira Gandhi's son Sanjay Gandhi.
 
Born on May 31, 1942 in Rawalpindi in West Punjab of undivided India, his family moved to India when he was three. He grew up in the syncretic culture of Lucknow, having attended La Martinere school and the university there. 
 
He tried his hand at a variety of jobs before taking up an offer to edit Debonair magazine in 1974. Over the years, he became one of India's most influential and respected editors. He was till recently a regular on many television debates.
 
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Doyen of Hindi poetry Gopal Das 'Neeraj' passes away

Gopal Das 'Neeraj'
Gopal Das 'Neeraj'
Doyen of Hindi poetry and legendary lyricist Gopal Das 'Neeraj' passed away at the All-India Medical Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Thursday. He was 94.
 
He had been suffering from many old age-related ailments for the past few years and was shifted from Agra to the pulmonary department of AIIMS on Wednesday after he developed respiratory complications, a family member said.
 
Shashank Prabhakar, son of Neeraj, told reporters in the national capital that the body of the late poet would be first taken to Agra for people to pay their last respects and after that it would be taken to Aligarh where the last rites would be performed.
 
Neeraj was born in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on January 4, 1924 and had endeared himself to generations with his soulful poems and lyrics. Many of his books and compositions won acclaim from his followers world over. 
 
His main compositions include Prangeet, Vibhawari, Antardhwani and Sangharsh, among others. He was honoured with the coveted Padma Shri in 1991 and the Padma Bhushan in 2007. The Uttar Pradesh government had bestowed on him the Yash Bharti award in 1994.
 
For his lyrics in Bollywood films, he won three back to back Filmfare awards in the 70s -- for "Kal ka pahiya ghoome re bhaiyya..." from the film "Chanda Aur Bijli" in 1970, "Bas yahi apradh main har baar karta hoon, aadmi hoon aadmi se par karta hoon..." from film "Pehchaan" in 1971 and "Ai bhai, zara dekh ke chalo..." from film "Mera Naam Joker" in 1972.
 
Expressing his condolences, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the death of legendary poet is an irreparable loss. He also announced institution of an annual award in the memory of late poet, to be given away to five young poets. The award would carry a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation.
 
UP Governor Ram Naik also mourned his death, while Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has described the demise of Neeraj as an irreparable loss. Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party president Mahendra Nath Pandey also mourned the demise of Neeraj. 
 
The state government has announced that the last rites of the poet would be held with full state honours.
 
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Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passes away; film, TV celebs bid adieu

Rita Bhaduri (Photo: IANS)
Rita Bhaduri (Photo: IANS)
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, whose film and television career spanned five decades, died here on Tuesday. The industry bid her a tearful adieu and remembered her as a warm and jovial person, who was one of the "finest" talents to emerge out of FTII.
 
Rita, 62, died at the Sujay Hospital in Vile Parle. She was fighting a weak kidney and was on dialysis twice a week.
 
"She died at around 1.30 a.m. and her family members took her body from the hospital at around 4," a source from the hospital where she was admitted for over a week told IANS.
 
Zama Habib, producer and writer of the actress' show "Nimki Mukhiya", said he had sensed she was critical.
 
"We were at the hospital last night (Monday). Her condition was not good," Habib told IANS.
 
In "Nimki Mukhiya", she was seen as a Imarti Devi, the grandmother of the house. The shoot for Tuesday was cancelled due to the actress' demise.
 
What's going to happen to Rita's character on the show?
 
"The last time she shot for the show was almost 15 days back. We were waiting for her to recover. Today is her funeral. We will see what can be done," said Habib, who described her as a "gem of a person".
 
Rita's cremation was held on Tuesday afternoon. Fraternity members Satish Shah, Tiku Talsania, Jaya Bhattacharya, Shishir Sharma, Paritosh and Abhay Bhargav attended the funeral.
 
Shishir was one of the first to share condolences on social media.
 
"We deeply regret to inform you that Rita Bhaduri has departed for her journey beyond... Extremely sad. Lost a wonderful human being... A mother to many of us. Will miss u Ma," he wrote.
 
Satish, who shared the screen space with her in "Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai", said she was a lovely and warm person.
 
"People who are here today (at the funeral) are the ones who really cared for her. May her soul rest in peace," he added.
 
They paid their last respects to Rita with garlands and some touched her feet.
 
Jaya said: "Ritaji was such a beautiful person. She had inner strength. You won't believe it, but she was shooting till now. In fact, while shooting with our production, she would come from dialysis and shoot. She never complained and never made any fuss about anything... And she would need dialysis twice a week. May God rest her soul."
 
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Rita, a noted alumnus of the famed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, began her career during the 1960s. She played important supporting parts in movies like "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa", "Kya Kehna", "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar" and "Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon". She also featured in Gujarati movies.
 
On the TV front, her credits include popular shows like "Hasratein", "Sarabhai vs Sarabhai", "Khichdi", "Ek Nayi Pehchaan", "Amanat", "Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka" and "Kumkum". She was particularly popular for playing roles of a mother or grandmother.
 
While for Shabana Azmi, Rita was her friend and closest competitor at FTII, Anil Kapoor said she was one of the "finest actresses that FTII gave us". 
 
"I had the honour of working with her in 'Ghar Ho to Aisa', 'Beta' and 'Viraasat' and I'm really saddened to hear about her passing. She will be dearly missed by her friends, family and fans," Anil said.
 
Actor Anupam Kher said: "Rita Bhaduri was affectionate, helpful, jovial, bright and full of life. It is sad and unfortunate that we sum up a person only when he or she is gone. I wish we met more often. We have lost a very fine actress and a brand ambassador/alumni of FTII."
 
Actress Shiwani Chakraborty of "Nimki Mukhiya" said: "For the past two months, she was not keeping well. I will really miss her. More than a co-actor, she was a great human being. I learnt a lot of things from her. She was just like a family member to me."
 
Actress Garima Singh, who played her daughter-in-law in the show, said: "We used to share the same room. So we used to talk about lots of things. She was a very positive person." 
 
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Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri dead at 62

Rita Bhaduri (Photo: IANS)
Rita Bhaduri (Photo: IANS)
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri, who worked extensively in films and television shows, including the ongoing "Nimki Mukhiya", died here on Tuesday, said a source from the hospital where she was admitted for over a week.
 
Rita was at the Sujay Hospital in Vile Parle. She was fighting a weak kidney and was on dialysis.
 
"She died at around 1.30 a.m. and her family members took her body from the hospital at around 4 a.m.," the source told IANS.
 
With a career spanning over five decades, Rita played important supporting parts in movies like "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa", "Kya Kehna", "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar" and "Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon". She also featured in Gujarati movies.
 
On the TV front, her credits include popular shows like "Hasratein", "Sarabhai vs Sarabhai", "Khichdi", "Ek Nayi Pehchaan", "Amanat", "Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka" and "Kumkum". She was particularly popular for playing roles of a mother or grandmother.
 
In "Nimki Mukhiya", she was seen as a Imarti Devi, the grandmother of the house.
 
Actor Shishir Sharma took to his Facebook account to share the news of Rita's demise.
 
"We deeply regret to inform you that Rita Bhaduri has departed for her journey beyond... Extremely sad. Lost a wonderful human being... A mother to many of us. Will miss u Ma," he wrote.
 
Sharma informed that the actress' funeral rites will be held on Tuesday at 12 noon at the Cremation Ground, Parsi Wada Road, Parshiwada, Chakala, Andheri East.
 
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HSBC India appoints Amitabh Malhotra as Head of Investment Banking, India

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) today announced the appointment of Amitabh Malhotra as the Head of Investment Banking for HSBC India.
 
In his role, Malhotra will lead the Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets (ECM) business, a press release from the  bank said.
 
Prior to HSBC, Malhotra worked at Rothschild India, where he was the Co-Head and Managing Director of the Global Investment Bank, based in Mumbai. He has also worked with KPMG, J.P.Morgan and BZW.
 
The release said Malhotra has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, having worked on many cross border mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs) and private equity (PE) transactions across industries such as telecom, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aviation, consumer, business services and power. 
 
In addition to India, his transaction experience extends to markets like China, Indonesia and Vietnam.
 
Hitendra Dave, Head of Global Banking and Markets, HSBC India said, “Amitabh is a highly experienced executive with an established track record as an investment banker. He has worked on a number of complex transactions in India and overseas markets. His wealth of experience will be a welcome addition to our franchise, and will help accelerate our investment banking proposition within the country, which is a key element of our India strategy.”
 
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T C A Raghavan named as Director General of Indian Council of World Affairs

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Former career diplomat T C A Raghavan  has been appointed as the new Director General and ex-officio Member-Secretary of the Indian Council of World Affairs.
 
The appointment was made by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is the President of ICWA on the basis of a decision taken at the meetings of the Governing Body and the Governing Council of the ICWA here today, an official press release said.
 
The post is equivalent to the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. The appointment will be with effect from July 24, the release said.
 
Dr. Raghavan, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1982 batch, has served as India's High Commissioner to Islamabad and Singapore. He has also served in Indian missions in London, Thimphu and Kuwait.
 
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Sindhi spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away at 99

Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani
Sadhu J. P. Vaswani, an eminent spiritual leader, philosopher, philanthropist of the Sindhi community, died here on Thursday following a brief illness, an official spokesperson said.
 
"Dadaji breathed his last at 9.01 a.m. today. He was 99. His body has been kept for final darshan at his ashram, Sadhu Vaswani Mission," the spokesperson told IANS.
 
He was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago for treatment of age related issues and had been discharged on Wednesday.
 
Vaswani passed away amid mega-plans for his 100th birthday on August 2, which his devotees from all over the world were expected to attend.
 
Born on August 2, 1918, to a Sindhi couple Pahlajrai and Krishnadevi Vaswani of Hyderabad in the undivided India, Dada Vaswani - as he was revered by the community - was one among seven children, three sisters and four brothers.
 
He headed the Sadhu Vaswani Mission - founded by his uncle and spiritual Guru, the late Sadhu T. L. Vaswani in Hyderabad (Sindh, Pakistan) in 1929, which has now branched out all over the world.
 
Following his demise in 1966, Sadhu J.P. Vaswani was anointed his successor and he carried forward the legacy of his Guru's mission globally.
 
A proponent of world peace, vegetarianism, girls' education, compassion for the poor, among others, Sadhu Vaswani addressed the British House of Commons in London, Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Millenium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the UN, and Parliament of World Religions in South Africa.
 
He initiated a global peace initiative - The Moment of Calm, when people observe two-minutes of silence to forgive all, on August 2, with eminent personalities like the Dalai Lama joining.
 
Among various national and international honours conferred on Sadhu Vaswani was the U Thant Peace Award in 1998, jointly with Pope John Paul II.
 
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani was a familiar face at the Pune Mission, while President Ram Nath Kovind had inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani International School here in May, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed Sadhu Vaswani's 99th birthday celebrations last year through a video conference.
 
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Sindhi spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away

Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani
Dada J.P. Vaswani, a spiritual leader of the Sindhi community, died here on Thursday, an official spokesperson said.
 
"Dadaji breathed his last at 9.01 a.m. today. He was 99. His body has been kept for final darshan at his ashram, Sadhu Vaswani Mission", the spokesperson told IANS.
 
Details of the last rites were awaited, she added.
 
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After retirement from SC, Justice Goel appointed NGT chair

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Hours after bidding farewell to the Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was appointed the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for five years, said a notification by the Department of Personnel and Training.
 
Since the retirement of former NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on December 20, 2017, the post has been lying vacant.
 
Justice Goel, who retired from the Supreme Court after a four-year tenure, will head the principal bench of the green panel located in New Delhi for five years.
 
In the apex court, Justice Goel was part of many important cases and judgments.
 
He headed the bench which delivered the judgment forbidding immediate arrest under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
He was also part of the bench which referred the issue of divorce through instant triple talaq among Muslims to a five-judge constitution bench which held it as illegal and arbitrary.
 
Justice Goel was part of another landmark judgement of 2016 quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act which sought to give the executive a say in the appointment of top judges
 
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Girish Pillai takes charge as new Member Traffic, Railway Board

Girish Pillai
Girish Pillai
Mr. Girish Pillai has taken over as the new Member Traffic, Railway Board.
 
Prior to this, he was General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur from September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
 
An Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) officer of the 1980 batch, Mr. Pillai joined Railways in January, 1982. He has done M.Sc. (Maths) and M. Phil. from Delhi University.
 
Among other assignments, Mr. Pillai has served as Additional Member (Tourism &  Catering) and Infrastructure, Railway Board; Advisor (Infrastructure) Railway Board; Chief Operations Manager, Western Railway; Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division, Western Railway; Executive Director (Perspective Planning), Railway Board; Chief Passenger Transportation Manager, Western Railway; Chief Traffic Planning Manager, Western Railway; and Director in Department of Ocean Development under Central Staffing Scheme.
 
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Dinesh Gundu Rao appointed as president of Karnataka Congress

Dinesh Gundu Rao
Dinesh Gundu Rao
Congress President Rahul Gandhi today appointed Mr. Dinesh Gundu Rao as the new president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
 
Mr. Gandhi also appointed Mr. Easwar Khandre as Working President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, a position held earlier by Mr. Gundu Rao.
 
Mr. Gundu Rao, 48, succceeds Mr. G. Parameshwara, who has become Deputy Chief Minister in the coalition government headed Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy.
 
"The Congress party appreciates the work done by G. Parameshwara, who successfully led the party for last 8 years and is stepping down from his responsibility as Karnataka PCC President," a press release issued by  All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said.
 
Mr. Gundu Rao is the second of the three sons of former Karnataka Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao. He has a B. E. degree in electronics engineering. He is a four-time member of the State Legislative Assembly.
 
He served as Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in the previous Siddaramaiah government.
 
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Former Navy chief J.G. Nadkarni passes away

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Former Indian Navy chief, Admiral Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni passed away here on Monday, an official spokesperson said. He was 86.
 
Nadkarni, the 14th Chief of Naval Staff (December 1987 - November 1990), breathed his last at the Naval Hospital here, INHS Asvini.
 
A widower, he is survived by two sons including one who is a Rear Admiral in the Indian Navy.
 
Settled in Pune post-retirement, he was an avid maritime historian and was a founding member of the Maritime History Society.
 
His wife, Vimal Nadkarni, had died in late 2016.
 
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Ailing Malayalam actor Captain Raju moved from Oman to Kochi

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Ailing veteran Malayalam actor Captain Raju was on Monday airlifted from Oman to Kochi and shifted to a leading hospital here.
 
Last week, on his way to the UAE while he was en route to the US to attend his son's wedding, he fell unconscious. The flight he was on was diverted and landed at Muscat in Oman.
 
Soon, he was shifted to a hospital there and was under medical supervision till Monday morning when the family wished to bring him to Kerala for further treatment. His condition is stable, according to industry sources.
 
The 68-year-old veteran, who quit from the Indian Army when he was a Captain, started his acting career in 1981. He has acted in several films and has directed two movies too.
 
He has often been cast as a villain on account of his towering personality. He has also featured in character roles and in TV serials.
 
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Somnath Chatterjee continues to be in critical condition

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The health condition of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, under treatment in a private nursing home here following a cerebral haemorrhage, continues to be critical with no further signs of deterioration, a hospital official said.
 
"His condition is more or less the same. He is still kept in the critical care unit and all the standard medical procedures are being followed. Such critical patients generally take time to recover," Pradip Tondon, CEO of Bellevue clinic, told IANS over phone.
 
"He is slightly conscious at times but extremely drowsy. However, there has not been any further deterioration in his condition," he added.
 
Tondon, however, confirmed the veteran politician would not undergo any surgery.
 
The 89-year-old former Left leader was admitted to the nursing home on June 25 in a critical condition. A medical board comprising Chatterjee's family physicians and other specialists are supervising his treatment.
 
Chatterjee, regarded as an outstanding parliamentarian, served as Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009.
 
The 10-time Lok Sabha member was expelled from the Communist Party of India-Marxist on July 23, 2008, "for seriously compromising the position of the party" as he refused to resign as Speaker after the CPI-M withdrew its support to the first United Progressive Alliance government over the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal.
 
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Commander Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy sets out on unique vogage

Commander Abhilash Tomy
Commander Abhilash Tomy
Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who circumnavigated the globe in 2012-13 in Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei, is all set for a unique voyage as the only invitee from Asia to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR) that commences from Les Sables d'Olonne harbour in France today.
 
The participants are required to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop. The uniqueness of the race is that boat designs and technology newer than 1968 is not permitted, hence use of Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication, navigational aids, and so on, is forbidden.
 
The Golden Globe Race is being conducted by Sir Robin Knox Johnston of the United Kingdom to commemorate 50 years since the world’s first solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968 onboard the Indian built boat, Suhaili.
 
Commander Tomy is one of India’s most prominent sailors and is a recipient of the Kirti Chakra and the Mac Gregor and Tenzing Norgay awards.
 
An official press release said Commander Tomy is representing India in the race, sailing on a replica of Suhaili. The indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ has been built by Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa. The boat showcases India’s boat building capability on the world forum and promotes the ‘Make in India’ initiative. 
 
The race is expected to complete at Les Sables d’Olonne in April 2019. Progress of the race can be viewed on the official GGR website.
 
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Vijay Bhaskar to be Karnataka's new Chief Secretary

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Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer T.M. Vijay Bhaskar will be Karnataka's new Chief Secretary, replacing K. Ratna Prabha who will be retiring on superannuation on Saturday, an official notification said.
 
A 1983-batch officer of the Karnataka cadre, Bhaskar, 57, was earlier the Additional Chief Secretary to the state government.
 
He is a former administrator of the Bengaluru civic body.
 
Prabha, 59, was on a three-month extension since April 1 due to the Assembly poll on May 12 in the southern state.
 
She was the first Dalit woman to become Chief Secretary in Karnataka and the third woman officer to hold the top administrative post. 
 
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S. Ramesh takes over as Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

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Mr. S. Ramesh has over as Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), succeeding Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna who superannuated from service today.
 
Mr. Ramesh, an officer of the 1981 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), was earlier Member (Administration) in the Board.
 
He  began his career in Mumbai as Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise and thereafter in Mumbai Customs. He has worked in various capacities in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai and Tiruchirapalli. He was the Chief Commissioner, Chennai Customs Zone from 2013 to 2016. Thereafter, he took over as Director General, Systems & Data Management. He joined the Board in September, 2016 as Member (IT, Central Excise & Service Tax), an official press release added.
 
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IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar quits

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo today said that its Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar had resigned from the airline with effect from July 15 to pursue other career interests.
 
Rahul Bhatia, Interim CEO of IndiGo, said “I would like to thank Sanjay for all he has done for the company in making IndiGo the airline it is. We are successful at what we do and Sanjay’s contribution has been very significant in getting us to the level we are today. I am grateful for all his hard work since he joined in January 2007 and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”   
 
William Boulter, currently Chief Strategy Officer, will be taking over from Sanjay Kumar as Chief Commercial Officer, a press release from the airline said.
 
Sanjay Kumar said, “The last 12 years at IndiGo has been the most satisfying and rewarding experience of my career. I am extremely proud to have been a part of commercial success of the airline. I would like to thank the founders and all colleagues for their support during this time.”
 
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Veteran rock climber and mountaineer Gautam Kanjilal dead

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Veteran rock climber and mountaineer Gautam Kanjilal died of a lung infection at a city hospital here. He was 69.
 
Kanjilal, popularly known as Kanji among the mountaineering fraternity, is survived by his wife and a son.
 
An engineer by profession and a member of city-based Himalayan Association Mountaineering Club, Kanjilal began his outward bound activities way back in 1970 when he attended a rock climbing course organised by the association in Susunia Hills. 
 
Subsequently, he underwent mountaineering training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and took part in the expedition to hitherto unclimbed Sudarshan Parvat in Garhwal Himalaya organised by Himalayan Association in 1978.
 
He also acted as instructor and course commandant in various rock climbing and adventure courses till a few years back.
 
A keen rock climber, Kanjilal explored quite a few rock routes in the hills of Bankura and Purulia districts. 
 
The most notable among those is a rock route in Susunia Hills known as "Kanjimal" which he pioneered along with three other rock climbers during the late 1970s.
 
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Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian quits, to return to the US

 
Arvind Subramanian quits as Chief Economic Adviser
 
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently convalescing after undergoing a kidney transplant recently, today said Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian had decided to quit and go back to the United States on account of pressing family commitments.
 
In a post on his Facebook page, Mr. Jaitley said Dr. Subramanian had conveyed this to him a few days ago over video conferencing.
 
"His reasons were personal but extremely important for him. He left me with no option but to agree with him," he said.
 
Dr. Subramanian, a well-known economist, had joined as the Chief Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years.
 
"On the expiry of the three years, I had requested him to continue for some more time. Even at that stage he told me that he was torn between family commitment and his current job which he considered the best and most fulfilling he has ever done," Mr. Jaitley said.
 
Mr. Jaitley, whose Finance portfolio is being temporarily looked after by his colleague Piyush Goyal during his absence from work, went on to praise Dr. Subramanian.
 
"Arvind’s interaction with the Government in the Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister’s Office and with other Departments was both formal and informal. His instantaneous communications with his interlocutors had increased his effectiveness. The Chief Economic Advisor’s job had multi-facets to it. He is not a spokesman of the Government. He is an Advisor who has to analyse and think several steps ahead. It is a unique responsibility with freedom to (do) the work that he enjoys. Arvind functioned within these parameters and concentrated on the challenges to the economy. His early diagnosis of the twin balance-sheet had led us to adopt the macro-economic strategy of higher public investment in the Budget of 2015-16. He conceptualised JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) as a data base for availing public benefits. He contributed to the debate of federalism by conceptualising that the Indian federalism has not merely to be cooperative but also competitive. He came out with newer ideas, policy reforms in the sectors of clothing, fertilizers, kerosene, power and pulses. 
 
"His report on the Revenue Neutral Rate was of great use in forging a consensus which led to the constitution amendment enabling the GST. He participated in every meeting of GST, gave his independent views and was heard in rapt attention by almost every Finance Minister. 
 
"He elevated the quality of the analysis and the presentation of ideas for public deliberation in his four Economic Surveys. His documents for four years was treated by several independent critics as one of the best ever produced. The latest survey had about 15 million visitors from 117 countries. The Economic Survey today is a basic teaching material all over India," he said.
 
"He conducted the first online course on Indian economy for the benefits of students and teachers across the country. He launched the Government’s online education platform Swayam, which became one of the most followed courses in India. He travelled across the country and spoke on public platforms on economic issues to elevate the quality of public discourse. He built up a strong team of both 'insiders' and 'outsiders' in the Economic Division of the Ministry. 
 
"Personally I will miss his dynamism, energy, intellectual ability and ideas. He would walk into my room – at times several times a day, addressing me as 'Minister' to give either the good news or otherwise. Needless to say his departure will be missed by me.  But I know that his heart is very much here. I am sure he will keep sending advice and analysis wherever he is," Mr. Jaitley added.
 
Dr Subramanian, 59, obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. Later, he completed his doctorate from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
 
Prior to taking up his present assignment, he was the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C., United States.
 
Earlier, he was assistant director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He served at the GATT (1988–92) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (1999–2000) and at Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies (2008–10).
 
He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. He has published widely in academic and other journals.
 
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General Motors names Indian Dhivya Suryadevara as its new CFO

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American automobile manufacturers General Motors Co. on Wednesday named an Indian, Dhivya Suryadevara, as the new Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective September 1, 2018.
 
Suryadevara will succeed Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, who has indicated his plans to retire after more than 40 years with the company, effective March 1, 2019, a press release from the Detroit-based company said.
 
Suryadevara will report to Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO, it said. Stevens will remain with the company as an advisor until his retirement.
 
“Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years,” said Barra.
 
Suryadevara, 39, has been vice president, Corporate Finance since July 2017. In this role, she has been responsible for corporate financial planning, investor relations and special projects, the release said.
 
According to it, she played an integral role in the Opel divestiture, Cruise acquisition, Lyft investment and more recently, SoftBank’s investment in GM Cruise.
 
From 2015 to 2017, Suryadevara served as vice president, Finance and Treasurer. She helped achieve ratings upgrades from all three credit ratings agencies, completed $2B notes issuance to fund discretionary pension contributions and upsized and renewed GM’s $14.5B revolver.
 
Suryadevara also served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of business and investment activities of GM’s $85B pension operations.
 
Suryadevara joined GM in 2005. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant.
 
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InderJit Singh appointed new Coal Secretary

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Inder Jit Singh, lAS (KL:85), Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat as Secretary, Ministry of Coal.
 
Mr. InderJit Singh, who assumed charge of his new assignment today. The post had fallen vacant after the superannuation of Mr. Susheel Kumar (IAS:1982:UP) on April 30 this year. 
 
In the interim, Mr. Anil G Mukhim (IAS:1985:GJ), Secretary Mines, had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.
 
Dr. Singh has a Ph.D in Economics from Punjab University. In the past he has also held positions in the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at the Centre and other significant portfolios in the State cadre, an official press release said.
 
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Former NIA chief appointed Vigilance Commissioner

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Mr. Sharad Kumar, former Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), has been appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) here.
 
An official press release said that Mr. Kumar would have a term of four years from the date on which he enters upon his office, or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Kumar, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1979 batch  (Haryana cadre), served as Director General of NIA from August, 2013 to October, 2017.
 
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Malayalam actress Manju Warrier's father T V Madhavan passes away

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Well-known Malayalam actress Manju Warrier's father T V Madhavan passed away at his residence at Pullu in Thrissur district of Kerala today, sources close to the family said.
 
He was 70.
 
The sources said Mr. Madhavan was undergoing treatment for cancer. He breathed his last around 3 pm today.
 
His wife Girija Madhavan, son Madhu Warrier, also an actor, Manju Warrier, daughter-in-law Anu Warrier and grand-daughter Avani M Warrier were by his side when he passed away, they said.
 
His cremation will take place today evening at his residence, the sources added.
 
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Former Union Minister L.P. Shahi dies at 98

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister L.P. Shahi died early on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. He was 98.
 
"He was shifted to AIIMS on Thursday after he complained of chest pain," Shahi's daughter-in-law, Veena Shahi, told IANS from Patna.
 
"He passed away around 3 a.m," she said, adding that his mortal remains will be brought to Patna in the evening. The final rites would take place on Sunday in the Bihar capital, she added.
 
The Congress veteran from Bihar was elected as MLA in 1980, defeating Jai Narain Prasad Nishad of the Janata Party. He became MP from Muzaffarpur in 1984 and later served as the Education and Culture Minister.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled Laliteshwar Prasad Shahi's death saying his loss will be felt by all party leaders. He also offered floral tributes to the veteran Congress leader at his south Delhi's R.K. Puram-located residence.
 
"The loss of L.P. Shahi, freedom fighter, former Union Minister and CWC (Congress Working Committee) member will be felt by all of us in the Congress Party. 
 
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also condoled the death and said: "With Shahi's death, society has lost a great leader and social worker. It is an irreparable loss to politics and society."
 
Former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi in his condolence message said: "Bihar has lost a great leader and a literary scholar. And personally it's a big loss for me."
 
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