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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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Ex-Delhi HC Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passes away

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Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar died on Friday here at a private hospital, family members said.
 
"He was admitted in Fortis Hospital two weeks ago. He passed away at around 12 noon," a family member told IANS. 
 
Sachar, who was born on December 22, 1923, chaired the Sachar Committee, constituted by then Congress-led central government, which submitted a report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India.
 
A noted human rights activist, Sachar was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Ccourt from August 6, 1985, to December 22, 1985. 
 
Since his retirement, he had been associated with the People's Union for Civil Liberties, a rights group.
 
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Mukesh Ambani, two other Indians in Fortune Greatest Leaders 2018

 File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
Three Indians, including Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani and human rights lawyer Indira Jaising, feature in Fortune magazine as the 50 Greatest Leaders of 2018, released on Thursday.
 
Architect Balkrishna Doshi is the third Indian in the list of the American magazine "of the thinkers, speakers, and doers who are stepping up to meet today's challenges" and includes Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.
 
Ranking Ambani, who turned 61 on Thursday, at 24th place, Fortune said that he had "in less than two years, brought mobile data to the masses and completely upended the country's telecom market".
 
"Since Ambani, chief of the $47 billion conglomerate Reliance Industries, launched Jio -- the first mobile network in the world to be entirely IP-based -- in September 2016, the company has signed up a staggering 168 million subscribers.
 
"The secret? Offering dirt-cheap data and free calls (and plowing billions of dollars into the infrastructure that transmits them). The effect, dubbed 'Jio-fication', has driven India's higher-price carriers to drop costs (if not run them out of business), and it fueled a 1,100 per cent rise in India's monthly data consumption," it said.
 
Lawyers Collective Founder Indira Jaising has been ranked 20. 
 
"When the poorest in India need a voice, they find one in Jaising, a lawyer who has dedicated her life to battling injustice," Fortune said.
 
"She has fought on behalf of victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, helped Syrian Christian women in India win property rights equal to their male counterparts', and helped draft India's first domestic violence law. 
 
"Her work has recently led her to Myanmar, where she was appointed by the UN to lead an investigation into the persecution of Rohingya Muslims," it added. 
 
Ranking Doshi at 43, Fortune said he is the winner of architecture's highest honour this year - the Pritzker Prize - and has spent the bulk of his 70-year career championing accessible housing, earning the nickname of "the architect for the poor".
 
"His designs include the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, a labyrinth of homes and courtyards that provide around 80,000 residents with a balance of open spaces and communal living, and the mixed-income Life Insurance Corporation Housing in Ahmedabad, where several generations of a family can occupy levels of the same building. 
 
"Underlying all his work is the ideal that all economic classes deserve good housing," it said.
 
The first rank in this year's list goes to "The Students" of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools in the US that suffered from gun violence.
 
This year's list includes Bill and Melinda Gates, tennis star Serena Williams, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Tencent CEO Huateng 'Pony' Ma, Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Hollywood actor-producer Reese Witherspoon.
 
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Tata Sons names Nupur Mallick as new group chief human resource officer

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Tata Sons today announced the appointment of Ms. Nupur Mallick as the new group chief human resource officer. 
 
Ms Mallick will report to the Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran in her new role, a press release from the company said.
 
Currently, Ms Mallick is director, human resources, for Tata Consultancy Services in UK and Ireland. A long-time Tata group employee, she started her career with TCS in 1997 and has worked across various HR functions like talent acquisition, organisational change management, compensation and benefits as well as employee engagement, policy and process development in multiple geographies.
 
Ms Mallick will take over from Mr. S Padmanabhan who is holding the responsibility presently. Mr Padmanabhan will continue to be executive chairman, Tata Business Excellence Group, and head, sustainability group reporting to Mr Chandrasekaran. Under his leadership the Tata Business Excellence Group will help companies leverage data and process excellence and enable their journey to become real-time enterprises, the release added.
 
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Subodh Gupta, appointed as Director (Finance), BHEL

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Mr. Subodh Gupta has assumed charge as Director (Finance) of the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (NHEL).
 
Prior to this, he was handling overall financial planning and strategy, treasury management and taxation in the Corporate Finance division of BHEL, besides heading the finance function of Strategic Business Units under the company’s Industry Sector business segment.
 
A career finance professional, Mr. Gupta brings with him more than 32 years of diverse experience in the financial operations of BHEL, a press release from the company said.
 
As a certified TQM assessor from European Foundation for Quality Management, he has significantly contributed in improvement of business processes and conducted several internal and external TQM assessments.  He is a Commerce (Honours) Graduate from University of Delhi and a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). 
 
Mr. Gupta started his career with BHEL as Trainee (Finance) in 1985, the release added.
 
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Sanjay Kumar Moitra takes charge as Director (Onshore), ONGC

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Mr Sanjay Kumar Moitra has taken over as Director (Onshore) of the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today. 
 
As Director (Onshore), he will look after oil and gas production from ONGC’s onshore fields, a press release from the company said.
 
With over 35 years of experience in oil & gas production activities at various Indian basins, Mr Moitra has conceptualised many out-of-box ideas for efficient resource management leading to implementation of a large number of complex and high-value projects in India's oil & gas industry, it said.
 
Before assuming charge as Director (Onshore), Mr Moitra headed the Bassein & Satellite (B&S) Asset in Western Offshore, Mumbai - the highest gas-producing and second highest oil producing Asset of ONGC and the country - since 2013. The B&S Asset caters to about 30% of total gas production of the country.
 
Earlier he has also handled critical senior management roles including Head Well Services-Offshore & Chief Offshore Technology & Projects [2012-13], Surface Area Manager - Mumbai High (North) [2010-12], In-charge Facility Engineering Group - Western Offshore [2008-10], Head- Production Planning, Monitoring & Analysis Group of all Offshore Assets and Plants of Mumbai Region of ONGC [2004-08].
 
He has headed various high-level committees and task forces to oversee critical projects related to oil and gas production, facility renewal, operational issues and technology initiatives.
 
Mr Moitra joined ONGC in the year 1982. He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Jabalpur University, India and has also completed an Advance Management Course from Cambridge University, UK in 2011.
 
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Indian animation expert Bhimsain Khurana dead

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Indian animation pioneer and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana is dead. He was 82.
 
Khurana, known for films like "Gharaonda" and for iconic animation shorts like "Ek Anek Ekta" -- with the unforgettable -- "Ek chidiya, anek chidiya" song -- died at a hospital here on Tuesday while undergoing dialysis, a family source told IANS.
 
A decorated filmmaker, Khurana is survived by his wife Neelam, sons Himaanshu and Kireet, daughters-in-law Youla and Tehzeeb and grandchildren Kabeer, Nivritti and Mohak.
 
A prayer meet will be held here Friday evening at ISKCON here.
 
Khurana obtained his diploma in Fine Arts and Classical Music from Lucknow University. In 1970, he made his debut with his first animation short "The Climb", which earned him the Silver Hugo Award in the Chicago Film Festival.
 
Soon after, he directed and produced several animation and ad films. He further established his repute as a director and producer with his landmark animation short "Ek Anek Ekta", which won him a National Award.
 
He ventured into feature film production with "Gharaonda", which got Filmfare Awards. This was followed by two other successful films - "Doooriyan" and "Tum Laut Aao".
 
Khurana also tried his hand at TV show production. His first tryst was in 1985 with popular sitcom "Choti Badi Baatein", based on superstitions. He also made documentaries.
 
In 1991, he made computer-aided animation serial "Lok Gatha", based on folk tales, and then a 26-episode series "Vartaman", aired on Doordarshan.
 
Khurana was also a writer, and penned six books.
 
His banner Climb Films has been running since the last 31 years.
 
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Bishop Geevarghese Mar Athanasius of Mar Thoma Church passes away

Geevarghese Mar Athanasius
Geevarghese Mar Athanasius
Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius, the Suffragan Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away at  a private hospital here in the early hours of today, the church annnounced.
 
Bishop Athanasisus, who had been ailing for a long time and had been in and out of hospital for the past many months, was admitted again to the P V S Memorial Hospital here yesterday and was put on a ventilator. He breathed his last at 4.40 am today, the announcement from the Thiruvalla, Kerala-headquartered church said.
 
He would have turned 74 on April 26.
 
The announcement said the Bishop, who headed the Ranni-Nilackal Diocese of the church, was "fondly remembered for his soul-stirring oration, marked with Christian maturity and vast knowledge in human relations".
 
It said he had initiated several humanitarian projects for the upliftment of the poor and needy.
 
Born as C. I. George on April 26 to C I Idicula and Achiyamma of Nedumpram,  he did his schooling at Neerattupuram and obtained his B. Sc. degree from the Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree from the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur in 1969.
 
He was ordained as a deacon on May 3, 1969 and as a priest on June 14 that year and served in various parishes of the church, including Mumbai Dadar, Kottayam, Madras Chetpet and Toronto, Canada.
 
While in Canada he did higher studies in Wycliffe College, Toronto (1975-76). He was selected as Bishop while serving in Edayaranmula parish. He was consecrated on December 9, 1989 with the name Geevarghese Mar Athanasius.
 
He was assigned to be the head of Mumbai – Delhi Diocese. Later, he served as head of Kottayam-Kochi Diocese from November, 1993 to September, 2001 before coming head of the Ranni Nilackal Diocese in October, 2001.
 
He was installed as Suffragan Metropolitan of the church  on October 2, 2015, making him the second in the official hierarchy after the Metropolitan, the Most Rev. Joseph Mar Thoma, the head of the church.
 
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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passes away, aged 77

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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passed away at a private hospital here on Tuesday night, family sources said. He was 77.
 
He is survived by his wife Sarojam and daughter Sujatha and son Ajith.
 
His body will be flown to Delhi, where the last rites would be performed.
 
Conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2003, he had been working as a journalist in Delhi for a long time.
 
Hailing from Cherai in Kerala's Ernakulam district, Shenoy began his career with Indian Express and in 1965, joined the Delhi bureau of Malayala Manorama and served with them for well over a quarter of a century.
 
He was a former Editor of The Week magazine and Sunday Mail and wrote on diverse issues as a columnist. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while condoling the death of Shenoy, remarked that he was the foremost Malayali journalist in the country.
 
"On account of his five decade professional career happening in Delhi, he was often the 'ambassador' of Kerala in Delhi," he said, adding that while people differed with him on political aspects of his writings, he was always highly-respected by all.
 
Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that he has lost an "elder brother" as he, while being an MP, always used to discuss various issues with Shenoy, who was a friend, philosopher and guide to him.
 
"Shenoy was a towering journalist and his loss is going to be a loss for journalism," he added.
 
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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passes away

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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passed away at a hospital in Karnataka's Manipal on Tuesday around 7.30 p.m.
 
He was a former Editor of The Week and Sunday Mail and wrote on diverse issues as a columnist. 
 
He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003. 
 
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Veteran journalist S. Nihal Singh passes away

S. Nihal Singh
S. Nihal Singh
Veteran journalist and editor S. Nihal Singh, a trenchant critic of the Emergency in the mid-seventies and equally of the Modi government, died on Monday following illness. He was 88.
 
The end came around 5.30 p.m. at the National Heart Institute here where he had been admitted. The cremation will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium.
 
A journalist friend of Nihal Singh said he had been in and out of the hospital four times in the past few weeks and died due to multiple organ failure. Nihal Singh would have turned 89 on April 30.
 
An incisive writer, Surendra Nihal Singh was the Chief Editor of The Statesman, Editor-in-Chief Indian Express and Editor of Khaleej Times. He was also the founding editor of the The Indian Post.
 
Author of several books, he was active till recently contributing regular columns to newspapers. 
 
He won the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award in New York for his role in opposing the state of Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in mid-1975. Of late, he was also critical of the Narendra Modi government on various issues like intolerance arising out of the activities of Hindutva organisations.
 
Nihal Singh was Director, Press Institute of India and a senior associate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York City. He was also President of the Press Club of India.
 
Paying his tributes, senior journalist H.K. Dua said Nihal Singh was one of the most outstanding journalists and an excellent commentator on national affairs and foreign policy.
 
"He was a thorough democrat-liberal, moulded in a classical mode of journalism. He was a popular leader wherever he worked," Dua said.
 
He said Nihal Singh was always fair in his approach in commentary and could be incisive in comment without malice. 
 
Senior journalist Kuldip Nayar said Nihal Singh would not only be remembered for his contribution to journalism but also to public life. 
 
Nayar said he and Nihal Singh were colleagues in The Statesman for many years and described him as a serious writer. 
 
"He was posted at Singapore when I joined the The Statesman. We used to wait for his dispatches which were read with great interest," Nayar said.
 
He recalled Nihal Singh coming regularly to the India International Centre and addressing meetings and mixing with people. 
 
"We were not only colleagues, we became good friends and I am shocked that he is no more. It is definitely a loss to the profession and also to me."
 
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala also paid his tributes, saying Nihal Singh's impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark. 
 
"My deepest condolences on the passing away of Nihal Singh. In a career spanning several decades, his impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark in today's times. My prayers are with his family and friends," Surjewala said. 
 
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Sripriya Ranganathan appointed as Ambassador to Korea

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Ms. Sripriya Ranganathan, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to South Korea.
 
A press release from MEA said Ms. Ranganathan, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1994 batch, was expected to take up her assignment shortly.
 
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Jaitley says he is being treated for kidney-related problems, infections

File photo of Arun Jaitley.
File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said he was being treated for kidney-related problems and certain infections he had contracted.
 
"I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me," Mr. Jaitley said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr. Jaitley, 65, is learnt to have cancelled a visit to London next week for the annual India-UK economic dialogue.
 
The Minister, who underwent a gastric bypass weight loss surgery in 2015, reportedly visited AIIMS on Thursday for a checkup where doctors advised him to take rest before treatment for his kidney ailment begins.
 
Mr. Jaitley is yet to take oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha after winning a fresh term in the Upper House from Uttar Pradesh recently. He has been unwell for some time now and was seen delivering his Budget speeches in the Lok Sabha while remaining seated on more than one occasion since he assumed office in May, 2014.
 
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Malayalam actor Kollam Ajith passes away

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Kollam Ajith
Malayalam film star Kollam Ajith, known for portraying negative roles, died on Thursday at a private hospital here, family sources said.
 
Ajith, 56, was admitted to the hospital ten days ago following health issues.
 
Ajith, in a career spread over three decades, had acted in around 500 films, mostly in Malayalam besides a few in Tamil and Hindi. 
 
He started his career with the 1984 hit "Paranu Paranu Paranu" by ace Malayali director Padmarajan.
 
Ajith was often referred to as Malayalam film industry's permanent villain on account of his role in the hugely successful "Irupathaam Noottaandu" (1987) starring Mohanlal. Since then he was the first choice for villain roles.
 
Ajith's body will be taken to Kollam, where the last rites would be performed later in the day.
 
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Veteran Tamil movie director C. V. Rajendran passes away

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Veteran movie director C.V.Rajendran, who was ailing for sometime, passed away here on Sunday. He was 81.
 
Rajendran has directed popular movies in Tamil like "Galatta Kalyanam", "Sumathi En Sundari" and "Raja" starring Sivaji Ganesan and J.Jayalalithaa who later became Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister.
 
He also directed other popular movies like "Vani Rani", "Sivagamiyin Selvam", "Ponnoonjal", "Maalai Sooda Va", "Garjanai" and several others in Tamil starring Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
 
Many of the songs in his movies were big hits.
 
Hailing from a village near Madurantakam, Rajendran was related to another popular Tamil movie director C.V.Sridhar, with whom he worked during his initial days.
 
Apart from Tamil movies, Rajendran had also directed movies in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.
 
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Former Manipur CM R K Dorendra Singh passes away, cremated with state honours

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Former Manipur Chief Minister R.K. Dorendra Singh passed away here on Friday and was cremated here on Saturday with full state honours. He was 84.
 
The three-time Chief Minister expired at the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences here. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. 
 
The Manipur government has announced a three-day state mourning. The flag will fly half mast and there shall be no state function during this period. 
 
As Chief Minister thrice in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, he had tried to solve the armed movement and several insurgents had come overground and had been rehabilitated. He had also been the Speaker and Minister several times as well as a Rajya Sabha member. 
 
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Speaker Y. Khemchand and others have condoled his death.
 
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Veteran journalist V. Sriharsha passes away

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Veteran journalist Veturi Sriharsha passed away here on Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 62.
 
He is survived by his wife and son. He was the younger brother of V. Srivatsa, a former Sports Editor of the Times of India and IANS.
 
Sriharsha was working as a media consultant with the GMR Group after retiring as Bureau Chief of ETV (Delhi).
 
He had previously worked with The Indian Express, Pioneer and Deccan Chronicle.
 
The cremation will be held at Lodhi Road Crematorium at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday.
 
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Govt. nominates J S Rajput as India’s representative to UNESCO Executive Board

J. S. Rajput
J. S. Rajput
The Government of India has decided to nominate Prof. J S. Rajput, former Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), as India’s representative to the Executive Board (EXB) of UNESCO. 
 
Prof. Rajput is an eminent educationist with rich experience in various fields including UNESCO, an official press release said.
 
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar, during his participation in the General Conference of UNESCO meeting from October 30 to November 4, 2017, had actively mobilised support from various nations for India’s membership to the EXB, by meeting their Ministers, it said.
 
The EXB has a four-year term of office and 58 seats. The executive board is one of the constitutional organs of UNESCO and is elected by the General Conference. The executive board examines the work for the organization and the corresponding budget estimates. In practice, the executive board is the main organ responsible for all policies and programmes of UNESCO.
 
The elections of Members of the EXB for the term 2017-21 took place on 8th November, 2017, in which India won with 162 votes in Group IV during the 39th session of the General Conference which was held from 30th October to 14th November, 2017.
 
"Being a member of the board enables us in principle to play a role in shaping and reviewing UNESCO’s policies and programmes corresponding to its five major programs on education, the natural science, the social and human Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information.The next meeting (Session204) of Executive Board of UNESCO is to be held in UNESCO HQ at Paris, from 4 - 17 April, 2018," the release said.
 
Prof. Rajput is known for his contributions in reforms in school education and teacher education. He has held several assignments which include Professor in NCERT, 1974, Principal of the Regional Institute of Education Bhopal 1977-88, Joint Educational Adviser, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, 1989-94; Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, NCTE, 1994-99 and the Director of the NCERT, 1999-2004.
 
Prof. Rajput proposed valuable changes in school education curriculum as Director, NCERT popularly known as five Sai values: Truth, Peace, Non-violence, Righteous Conduct (Dharma) and Love.
 
Though a professor of Physics, he is known for regulating the B.Ed correspondence courses as the first Chairman of NCTE and for starting the innovative two-year B.Ed course. His research publications in Physics earned him a Professorship at the age of 31 years. He has published research papers in several specialized areas in education, guided doctoral level researches and has authored several books.
 
Prof. Rajput’s association with UNESCO and other international agencies extends over three decades. UNESCO acknowledged his contributions by selecting him for the Prestigious Jan Amos Comenius Medal for outstanding contributions in research and innovations in the year 2004. He received this award in July 2009.
 
He was invited by UNESCO in April-May 2005 to participate in the evaluation of the UNESCO International Center for Technical and Vocational Education (UNEVOC), Bonn, Germany. He has completed a UNESCO project for Bremen University, Germany in 2007-08. In the recent past, he was invited to make presentations in the meetings of international experts on Technical and Vocational Education and Training organized by international agencies in Vietnam in July 2006 and in Adelaide, Australia in October 2006.
 
He has also been awarded Maharishi Ved Vyas national Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for lifelong contributions in the field of education.
 
He has recently completed the project aimed at achieving religious amity through education and his edited book “Education of Muslims in India” was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15, 2015.
 
The Government of India awarded him Padma Shri in 2014.
 
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Atul Gotsurve appointed as Ambassador to Korea

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Mr. Atul M. Gotsurve, currently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Korea.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Gotsurve, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 2004, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Actor Irrfan Khan diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, to go abroad for treatment

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan
Well-known actor Irrfan Khan confirmed today that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare disease, and that he would be going abroad for treatment.
 
"The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope," Irrfan, 51, said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes," he said.
 
About the rumours about his disease in the past few days since he went public about being afflicted by a "rare disease" on March 5, Irrfan said, " Neuro is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research;-)"
 
"To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell," he added.
 
Irrfan prefaced his remarks on Twitter today with a quote from well-known American writer Margaret Mitchell, the author of the novel Gone With the Wind: "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect".
 
On March 5, Irrfan mentioned "a rare disease" in a post about his health but urged people not to speculate and promised to share details in some days after a conclusive diagnosis.
 
"Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," he had said on that day.
 
"I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will," he said. "My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me!" 
 
On February 21, filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had said on Twitter that he was pushing  back his film, starring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone.
 
"Pushing back film by a few months, @irrfank down with jaundice and @deepikapadukone with resurfaced back issue caused during Padmaavat," Bhardwaj had said.
 
Irrfan Khan's last release was the romantic comedy Qarib Qarib Singlle in which he had co-starred with Malayalam actress Parvathy, who made her Bollywood debut with that film. His next, Blackmail, which also has Kirti Kulhari and Divya Dutta, is due for release next month.
 
Neuroendocrine tumors are abnormal growths that begin in specialized cells called neuroendocrine cells. Neuroendocrine cells have traits similar to nerve cells and to hormone-producing cells.
 
Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and can occur anywhere in the body. Most neuroendocrine tumors occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas. Neuroendocrine tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
 
Diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors depend on the type of tumor, its location, whether it produces excess hormones, how aggressive it is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
 
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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

 
Popular physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
Stephen Hawking, who was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein and had an improbable journey since being diagnosed with a motor neurone disease in 1963, has died, his family announced today.
 
He was 76. He is survived by his wife Jane, daughter Lucy, and two sons, Robert and Timothy.
 
Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st birthday, and was given two years to live. He became wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication. But he did not allow all this to affect him and continued with his research into theoretical physics. He wrote several books that became immensely popular, travelled extensively for lectures and other engagements and had hoped to make it into space one day.
 
The announcement said Hawking passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Cambridge in England.
 
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," his family said in a statement.
 
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," it said.
 
"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever,” it said.
 
Hawking, who overcame his disease to become a brilliant researcher and one of the best known scientists in the world, wrote several influential books, including "A Brief History of Time", which is an international bestseller.
 
He served as Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. 
 
He had more than a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. 
 
Later, Hawking served as the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.
 
His other books for general readers include A Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.
 
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. When he was eight his family moved to St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At the age of eleven, Stephen went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford (1952); his father's old college. Stephen wanted to study mathematics although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he pursued physics instead. After three years, he was awarded a first class honours degree in natural science. 
 
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In October 1962, Stephen arrived at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge to do research in cosmology. After gaining his PhD (1965) with his thesis titled 'Properties of Expanding Universes', he became, first, a research fellow (1965), then Fellow for Distinction in Science (1969) at Gonville & Caius college. In 1966 he won the Adams Prize for his essay 'Singularities and the Geometry of Space-time'. Stephen moved to the Institute of Astronomy (1968), later moving back to DAMTP (1973), employed as a research assistant, and published his first academic book, The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time, with George Ellis. 
 
Hawking worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein's general theory of relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes (1970). These results indicated that it was necessary to unify general relativity with quantum theory, the other great scientific development of the first half of the 20th century. One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but rather should emit 'Hawking' radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear (1974). 
 
Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time. This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science. Later, Hawking worked with colleagues on a possible resolution to the black hole information paradox, where debate centres around the conservation of information.
 
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Irrfan mentions "rare disease" in tweet, says will share story after conclusive diagnosis

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan
Well-known actor Irrfan Khan has mentioned "a rare disease" in a post about his health on micro-blogging site Twitter, but has urged people not to speculate and promised to share details in some days after a conclusive diagnosis.
 
"Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease," Irrfan, 51, said in his post.
 
"I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will," he said.
 
"My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don't speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week - ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me!" he added.
 
On February 21, filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had said on Twitter that he was pushing  back his film, starring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone.
 
"Pushing back film by a few months, @irrfank down with jaundice and @deepikapadukone with resurfaced back issue caused during Padmaavat," Bhardwaj had said.
 
Irrfan Khan's last release was the romantic comedy Qarib Qarib Singlle in which he had co-starred with Malayalam actress Parvathy, who made her Bollywood debut with that film. His next, Blackmail, which also has Kirti Kulhari and Divya Dutta is due for release next month.
 
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Air Marshal R K S Shera takes over as Air Officer-­in-­Charge Maintenance

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Air Marshal R K S Shera took over as Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance of Indian Air Force (IAF) here yesterday.
 
He was commissioned in the Aeronautical Engineering Electronics Branch of Indian Air Force on January 5, 1981.  He is a post-graduate from IIT Kanpur in Electrical Engineering.  He has been trained in Russia on MIG-29 aircraft at the time of fleet induction in 1986.  He is an alumnus of prestigious National Defence College (NDC).
 
The Air Officer is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication and Aeronautical Society of India, besides being member of Computer Society of India.
 
The Air Officer was Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at HQ Maintenance Command before taking over as Air Officer-in-charge Maintenance at Air Headquarters. During his career of 37 years, the officer has held several important command and staff assignments that include Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Engg A), SMSO HQ WAC, Station Commander TETTRA School, Director MiG-29 Weapon Cell at Air HQ, Chief of Aircraft Production at Base Repair Depot, Inspector in Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI), Chief Engineering Officer of a Fighter Base and Instructor at Technical Training School, Botswana (Africa). He has rich experience in the field of maintenance of aircraft from ‘O’ to ‘D’ Level.
 
For his distinguished service, the Air Officer was awarded “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” in 2014 and “Vishisht Seva Medal” in 1993 by the President of India.
 
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Vinay Kumar appointed as Ambassador to Afghanistan

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Mr. Vinay Kumar, currently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to Afghanistan.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Kumar, an Indian  Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1992 batch, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi passes away at 82

Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi
Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi
Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, passed away this morning at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, the Mutt said.
 
He was 82.
 
The Shankaracharya, who had been in poor health for much of last year, had been taken to a hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties. He breathed his last around 9 am today.
 
"The 69th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal attained Siddhi at 9.00 am today - Shukla Trayodashi - 28 Feb. 2018 at Sri Kanchi Kamakotii Peetam Sankara Matam, Kanchipuram," a brief announcement on the Mutt's website said.
 
Born as Subrahmanyam Mahadev on July 18, 1935, at Irulneeki in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, he was nominated by his predecessor Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal as his successor and was given the pontifical title Sri Jayendra Saraswathi on March 22, 1954. He assumed charge as the as the Peetathipathi of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham on March 22, 1994 after the demise of Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarawathi Swamigal.
 
Jayendra Saraswathi was the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. 
 
He had travelled throughout the country and expanded the activities of the Mutt in areas such as education, health, employment, temple renovation and so on.
 
He was among those charged in the 2004 murder of a Kancheepuram temple employee and was arrested on November 11, 2004 on charges of being a part of the conspiracy. Nine years later, he and 22 others were cleared of charges in the case.
 
Jayendra Saraswathi had given "sanyasa-deeksha" to a boy in his early teens, given him the name Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati and nominated him as his successor Acharya.
 
The 70th  Pontiff, Vijayendra Saraswati, 48, was born on March 18, 1969 at Peripalayam, a village near Arani in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.
 
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