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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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General Motors names Indian Dhivya Suryadevara as its new CFO

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Dhivya Suryadevara
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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InderJit Singh
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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Former Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik dead at 76

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Former Goa Congress President and two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday, a party leader said. He was 76.
 
Girish Chodankar, who replaced Naik, as state Congress president in April told IANS from Panaji: "Naik passed away around 6.30 a.m."
 
"He complained of chest pain, after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Margao town," Chodankar said. He was declared brought dead at the Trimurti hospital.
 
Naik's last rites would take place on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at his native village Cuncolim in south Goa, he added.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoling the death, said: "I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress leader, who played an important role in the battle for Goa's statehood. 
 
"My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Naik, who headed the Goa Congress until recently, represented the state in Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms -- from 2005 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2017. 
 
Beginning his political career in 1967, Naik joined the Congress as a party worker and successfully contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984.
 
He was also instrumental in the passage of the bill that led to Goa's statehood on May 30, 1987.
 
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Ex-Union Minister L.P. Shahi dead, Rahul condoles

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister L.P. Shahi died on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. He was 98.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled Shahi's death and said his loss will be felt by all party leaders.
 
Shahi was admitted to AIIMS on Thursday. 
 
"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.
 
Shahi was first elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1980 and in 1984 he became an MP from Muzaffarpur. 
 
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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dead

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Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, adventurer and television host, has died at the age of 61.
 
Bourdain, whose "Parts Unknown" series launched its 11th season on CNN last month, was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an upcoming episode of the travelogue. The cause of death was suicide, reports cnn.com. 
 
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement. 
 
"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
 
His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
 
Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. 
 
He advocated for marginalised populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
 
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GoAir appoints Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new CEO

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Low-cost carrier GoAir today announced the appointment of Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new Chief Executive Officer effective June 4, 2018. 
 
He will be reporting to the Chairman, Managing Director and the Board of Directors of GoAir, a press release from the airline said.
 
The release said Vrieswijk is a seasoned global executive and a consultant with over 25 years of experience in aviation and travel industry. 
 
He has rich experience in driving ventures, transitions, turnarounds and large-scale projects for diverse and multifaceted organizations with emphasis in aviation/travel and aircraft maintenance industry on a European stage. He has significant expertise in international business development, operational streamlining, aircraft engineering & maintenance and process automation, the release said.
 
In the past, he has contributed to the high growth of major aviation brands like Thomas Cook Group, EasyJet Airline Company and Transavia Airlines in various roles.
 
At EasyJet, he led significant operational performance improvement during a period of high growth, as well as crafting innovative solutions to business mergers and MRO in and outsourcing opportunities. Prior to joining us he was board advisor, One Tour Operator Transformation with the Thomas Cook Group PLC, UK.
 
Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir said, “On behalf of the board members, I welcome the appointment of Cornelis Vrieswijk as CEO of GoAir. Cor will work with the Board and leadership team to expand and implement a range of strategic initiatives to lead the airline into its next phase of growth. I am confident that Cor will help scale GoAir further and establish it as a most profitable low cost carrier in the highly competitive Indian market.”
 
Vrieswijk said, “I believe GoAir has tremendous potential in the aviation market today. I am truly honoured and overwhelmed to join this dynamic airline and see myself closely working with the entire GoAir team in realising its objectives. My primary focus will be to grow the airline to a strong position and modelling the desired changes for further growth and expansion.”
 
Vrieswijk is a management graduate from Catholic University Nijmegen, the release added.
 
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Jaitley back home after kidney transplant

File photo of Arun Jaitley.
File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley returned home on Monday after being discharged from the AIIMS where he underwent a successful kidney transplant surgery last month.
 
"Delighted to be back at home. My gratitude to the doctors, nursing officers and the paramedics who looked after me for over the past three weeks. I wish to thank all well-wishers, colleagues and friends who were very concerned and continued to wish me for my recovery," he said in a tweet.
 
Listed as "minister without portfolio" in the Prime Minister's official website, Jaitley is expected to resume work in the Finance Ministry after he fully recovers.
 
In the meanwhile, Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the additional charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries.
 
Suffering from kidney related problems for quite some time, Jaitley stopped coming to the Finance Ministry at the beginning of April. He underwent a kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS on May 14.
 
The 65-year-old minister was supposed to undergo the transplant in April and was even admitted to the premier hospital, but could not undergo the surgery then as the donor's organ "did not match". 
 
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Maharashtra Agriculture Minister dies of heart attack

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Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar died on Thursday following a massive heart attack here, a BJP official said.
 
Phundkar, 67, was admitted to the K.J. Somaiya Hospital on Wednesday where his condition reportedly deteriorated followed by the heart attack. He breathed his last at around 4.35 a.m. on Thursday.
 
Top Bharatiya Janata Party state and central leaders have expressed shock and grief over Phundkar's sudden demise.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior leaders will visit the hospital to pay their last respects.
 
Phundkar's body is likely to be taken to his native village in Khamgaon, Buldhana district of Vidarbha, for the last rites later on Thursday.
 
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Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on life support

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Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi is on life support and his condition is stable, senior doctors said at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram of Haryana.
 
The former IAS officer and first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was brought to Medanta Hospital by an air ambulance on Wednesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
 
Earlier, the 72-year-old Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief was undergoing treatment at a Raipur hospital.
 
"Jogi's condition is stable and he is on ventilator support. The next bulletin will be shared at 10 a.m. on Thursday," Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. A.K. Dubey told IANS.
 
Jogi is being treated by a team of doctors led by Yatin Mehta.
 
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Pankaj Saran appointed Deputy National Security Adviser

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Pankaj Saran
Mr. Pankaj Saran, currently India's Ambassador to Moscow, has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser.
 
The appointment will be for a period of two years -- on deputation basis initially till the date of his superannuation of November 30, 2018 and on re-employment on contract basis thereafter for the remainder of the two-year-period or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
 
Mr. Saran is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1982 batch and has been Ambassador to Russia since January 2016.
 
Before that, he has served as High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office from 2005 to 2007. He has also served in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva and in the Indian missions in Cairo and Washington.
 
Mr. Saran has a B. A. (Honours) in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University and an M. A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.
 
Mr. Saran's wife Preeti Saran is Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
 
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Deserted by kids, 'Pakeezah' actress Geeta Kapoor dead

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Veteran Bollywood actress Geeta Kapoor, who shot into the limelight for her role in the classic "Pakeezah", breathed her last in a Mumbai old-age home on Saturday morning, a family friend said.
 
She was 67 and had been living in the old-age home after she was reportedly abandoned by her son and daughter last year.
 
"Heartbreaking! 'Pakeezah' actress Geeta Kapoor passes away after waiting to see her children one last time," tweeted her friend and film-personality Ashoke Pandit.
 
She had acted in around 100 films in supporting roles/characters, including prominent ones in Kamal Amrohi's films "Pakeezah" and "Razia Sultan".
 
In a humanitarian gesture, film producer Ramesh Taurani and Pandit had been caring for the actress and paying her medical bills after her children turned their backs on her. Her son Raja is a choreographer and her daughter Pooja is an airhostess.
 
Kapoor was deserted by her children in May 2017 at the SRV Hospital, Goregaon, and was later shifted by Pandit and Taurani to the Jeevan Asha old-age home run by the Society of Helpers of Mary in Andheri West.
 
She had once complained of ill-treatment meted out by her son, including assault and not giving her food regularly.
 
She longed very much to see her children since then, but they never came and she kept getting weaker with passing time, and finally passed away on Saturday, said Pandit.
 
The body will be kept at the Cooper Hospital morgue ahead of the funeral on Monday amid hopes that her children would come to perform the final rites.
 
"Her body will be kept at Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle for two days hoping her children to come and at least do the last rites. Otherwise, we will do our best to bid her a dignified goodbye," Pandit tweeted.
 
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Rajiv Sikka takes over as Director (Commercial) of IGL

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Mr. Rajiv Sikka has taken over as Director (Commercial) of Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL). Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the supplier of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Rewari.   
 
Mr. Sikka possesses a degree in Civil Engineering from HBTI, Kanpur and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. 
 
A press release from IGL said he has nearly 30 years of experience in the oil and gas space, skilled in B2B & B2C sales & marketing, business strategy, business planning, team building & operations in BPCL.
 
IGL is a joint venture of GAIL (I) Ltd. and BPCL along with Government of NCT of Delhi.
 
In course of his career in BPCL, Mr. Sikka has overseen as well as executed sales and marketing activities to deliver an enormous increase in the sales of oil, gas as well as lubricant products. He was serving as Director (Commercial) at Central UP Gas Limited (CUGL), another joint venture of GAIL (India) Ltd. & BPCL, at Kanpur before joining the current assignment.
 
Mr Sikka is mentor to CXO level team members of few startups in India and also mentors IIT Kanpur on early to mid-stage start-ups.
 
He has taken over the position of Director (Commercial) from Mr. V. Nagarajan, who has been repatriated to his parent organization, BPCL, the release added.
 
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Odisha industrialist Bansidhar Panda passes away

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Noted industrialist and founder of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) Bansidhar Panda passed away at his residence here on Tuesday, said family sources. He was 87.
 
The industrialist was known for his close ties with former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
 
Panda is survived by his two sons - Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda and Subhrakant Panda, and two daughters Paramita Mahapatra and Nita Ganapati.
 
A renowned research scientist who had studied at the Banaras Hindu University, Harvard University and Michigan Technological University, Panda returned from the US and chose Therubali, a remote outpost in the then undivided Koraput district, to embark upon his dream and IMFA came into being in 1961.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik, former Chief Minister Hemanand Biswal, Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan and many others offered condolences to family members.
 
"I am saddened by the demise of Bansidhar Panda ji. He was a true son of the soil and a great contributor in ushering modern industrial revolution in Odisha. Bansidhar ji left an indelible mark in the growth and development of the state. May God give strength to his family to bear the loss," said Pradhan.
 
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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle

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Prince Harry married US actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle here on Saturday.
 
Meghan became the first royal bride to walk herself up the aisle at a royal wedding. She was met half way by Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall, who walked her down the aisle of the Quire of the chapel. Her father Thomas Markle was unable to attend due to health issues.
 
Among the 600 celebrity guests invited to the St. George Chapel were internationally acclaimed Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Tom Hardy, James Corden, James Blunt and Carey Mulligan among others.
 
Tennis star Serena Williams and rugby star Jonny Wilkinson were also present.
 
The ceremony took place in presence of Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip, Prince William, his wife Catherine, Prince Harry's uncle, Earl Spencer; the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson; and Catherine's sister Pippa Middleton.
 
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Harry and Markle become Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day on Saturday.
 
Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the dukedom on her grandson in the morning, with his wife-to-be automatically becoming a duchess. Prince Harry's titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
 
"The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel," according to the royal statement.
 
"Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex," it said.
 
The couple will wed at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
 
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Harish Manwani appointed independent director of Tata Sons

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Harish Manwani, former global chief operating officer for Unilever and the non-executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited, has been appointed as an Independent Director of Tata Sons, the company has announced.
 
Mr. Manwani is also the global executive advisor to Blackstone Private Equity group.
 
Through his career, he held several senior management positions in Unilever which included heading businesses in North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Prior to his retirement, he was the chief operating officer with worldwide responsibility for all of Unilever's operating companies.
 
Mr Manwani also serves on the board of directors of Qualcomm Incorporated, Gilead Sciences Inc, Nielsen Holdings plc, Whirlpool Corporation, Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore and is the chairman of the executive board of the Indian School of Business. In 2008, he received the CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year Award and in 2012, he was conferred the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government.
 
Commenting on his appointment, N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, said, “We welcome Harish to the board of directors. Harish brings substantial experience of managing and leading businesses on a global scale. His contribution and counsel will be of great value to Tata Sons in its governance as well as in its strategic development."
 
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Artist Uttam Pacharne appointed Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi

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The President has appointed artist and sculptor Uttam Pacharne as Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, the national academy of art.
 
"He is a widely respected person in the field of art and has held various important positions. Currently, he is Member of Advisory Committee, Kala Academy, Goa and Member of Advisory Committee, P.L. Deshpande State Lalit Kala Academy and Director, Janseva Sahakari Bank Borivali," an official press release said here yesterday.
 
He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Award 1985, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraska 1985 from Government of Maharashtra, Junior National Award 1986 and Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar 2017 from Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation, it said.
 
Mr. Pacharne will hold office for a term of three years from the date on which he assumes the charge of his office.
 
Previously, in March 2018, Mr. M.L. Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies), Ministry of Culture was appointed pro tem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi, pending appointment of a regular Chairman.
 
In April 2015, the Ministry of Culture had taken over the management of the Akademi, one of its autonomous organizations, in view of the several problems it had been facing in its functioning.
 
The Ministry had said at that time that it had, over the past few years, been receiving complaints regarding alleged administrative and financial irregularities in the Lalit Kala Akademi.
 
The Lalit Kala Akademi was inaugurated in New Delhi on August 5, 1954, by the then Minister for Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. 
 
The youngest of the three academies founded by the Government of India, the Lalit Kala Akademi was established in pursuance of the dream of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and focused on activities in the field of visual arts.
 
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U.S.-India Business Council names Ambika Sharma as Managing Director of India operations

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) has announced that Ambika Sharma will join the USIBC as Managing Director of India Operations. 
 
She will be responsible for overseeing and guiding USIBC’s growth strategy in India through its offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as leading the charge on policy advocacy issues for USIBC’s diverse membership with a variety of stakeholders. 
 
Ms. Sharma will join USIBC on June 15, a press release from the council said.
 
"We are thrilled to welcome Ambika to USIBC,” said Nisha Biswal, president of the U.S.-India Business Council. “She is a global leader with deep experience using strategic partnerships to drive economic ties between India and the world. Ambika’s leadership comes at a key time, as American investors are bullish on India and the U.S.-India growth story. She is an excellent addition to our already strong team.”
 
Sharma brings over three decades of experience in catalyzing business engagement and public policy advocacy. Most recently, Sharma served as Director General for International at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). She was responsible for developing international strategy, diversifying FICCI’s global profile, and leading the industry association’s global strategy. As Director General of FICCI, Sharma is the highest ranked female executive of an Indian industry body, the release said.
 
“I am honored and delighted to join the U.S.-India Business Council at a time of immense opportunity in U.S.-India commercial and strategic ties,” said Sharma. “India’s strong institutional reforms to improve its business climate, coupled with the country’s significance within the Indo-Pacific region and on the world stage, is encouraging global investors to deepen their ties in the market. I look forward to working with our members to expand U.S.-India trade and investment, and to grow jobs and opportunities in both countries.”
 
Formed in 1975 at the request of the U.S. and Indian governments, the U.S.-India Business Council is the premier business advocacy organization, comprising 350 top-tier U.S. and Indian companies advancing U.S.-India commercial ties. USIBC is the largest bilateral trade association in the United States, based in Washington, D.C., with a global presence in New York, San Francisco, New Delhi, and Mumbai.
 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 80 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
 
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Arun Jaitley stable after kidney transplant at AIIMS

File photo of Arun Jaitley.
File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS on Monday, the hospital said, adding that he was stable.
 
"Arun Jaitley underwent renal transplant surgery today (Monday) at AIIMS, Delhi. The surgery has been successful. Both the recipient and donor are stable and recovering well," Aarti Vij, doctor and Chairperson of Media and Protocol Division at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said in a statement.
 
Soon after the surgery, Congress President Rahul Gandhi wished Jaitley a speedy recovery.
 
"I'm happy to hear that Jaitleyji's kidney transplant surgery went well. I wish him a speedy recovery," he tweeted.
 
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also wished good health for him as well as the donor.
 
"Happy to know about the successful kidney transplant surgery... I pray for his (Jaitley's) and the donor's quick recovery and good health," he said in a tweet.
 
According to sources, Jaitley's renal transplant was carried out on Monday morning by a team of senior doctors from AIIMS. Sandeep Guleria, a specialist from Apollo Hospitals and brother of AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, was also part of the team.
 
Suffering from kidney related problems, the 65-year-old minister was supposed to undergo the transplant last month and was even admitted to the premier hospital on April 6, but could not undergo the surgery as the donor's organ "did not match". 
 
He was discharged after undergoing a series of tests and dialysis for three days. Since then, he had been undergoing dialysis and had been working from a "controlled environment at home".
 
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Arun Jaitley stable after kidney transplant

File photo of Arun Jaitley.
File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS on Monday, the hospital said, adding that he was stable.
 
The transplant was successful, Aarti Vij, doctor and Chairperson of Media and Protocol Division at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said in a statement.
 
"Both the recipient and the donor are stable and recovering well," Vij added.
 
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Malayalam actor Kalashala Babu passes away, aged 68

Kalashala Babu
Kalashala Babu
Veteran stage, TV and Malayalam film artiste Kalashala Babu passed away here in Kerala early on Monday at a private hospital, family sources said. He was 68.
 
Apart from donning the grease paint in close to 150 films, mostly in small character roles, the multifaceted Babu was also a hugely popular stage artiste, who began his own drama group in the mid 1970s.
 
Babu was not keeping well since the beginning of the year. He breathed his last just past midnight.
 
Born to Kathakali maestro Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair and Mohiniyattam exponent Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma, Babu was a naturally gifted artiste.
 
He started his acting career soon after his graduation in the early 1970s and since then had ensured that he was a presence in the cultural milieu of the state be it through, stage, TV and films .
 
What surprised many was that despite his parents prominence in classical arts, Babu did not take it up.
 
He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter who are both abroad.
 
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