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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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I feel I've lost my father again': Lata Mangeshkar on her bonding with Vajpayee

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Devastated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's death, Asia's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar who shared a very close bonding with him, said: "He was like my father. He called me Beti. I called him Dadda. I feel I've lost my father all over again.

"When I saw the glow on his face, his persuasive oratorical powers and his love for the arts, I was always reminded of my father (the legendary musician-stage actor Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar). When I was a child many national leaders and politicians would visit my home. Vir Savarkar was one of them. Atalji reminded me of Vir Savarkar. He was a noble soul. No words of praise can do justice to him. Atalji was never short of words. But I am."

Lataji gets pensive about her association with Atalaji. "He was very close to me, and I to him. When we Mangeshkars inaugurated a hospital in Pune in my name, I asked Atalji to do the inauguration. He happily agreed and gave a rousing speech -- as usual -- where he said he was in a dilemma as he thought naming a hospital after me was not right. There should be a music academy named after Lata Mangeshkar, not a hospital. Now what do I say? That people should fall sick so that this hospital named after my Beti would run?' His speeches were works of art. There is not one orator in Indian politics, or for that matter in India, to match Atalji."

In 2014 Lataji had the rare privilege of doing an entire album of song devoted to Atalji's poems.

Recalling the "unforgettable" experience, Lataji says: "I still remember the album was officially released in his home in Delhi. We had flown down for the occasion. All the poems in the album we entitled 'Antarnaad' were handpicked by me and my composer Mayuresh Pai. We then flew to Delhi to get his approval. When Atalji saw the poems we had selected he was very happy, specially with 'Geet naya gata hoon', which was among his personal favourites.

"However there was some doubt over another poem 'Thann gayi maut se' which we had selected. Though Atalji himself loved the selection his (adopted) daughter and others close to him felt it was wrong of him to challenge death through poetry. So we decided to drop that poem. When we told Atalji of our decision he was very quiet then he said, if that's what everyone wants, then so be it."

Lataji says she has seldom been more impressed by any other politician. "Atalji hriday se kavi the aur swabhav se sadhu (he was a poet at heart and a saint by nature). He was a visionary and India made rapid progress during his prime ministership. I remember how much he did to improve relations with Pakistan. He started the bus service to Pakistan. And he was very keen that I be one of the first passengers in that journey to the other side of the border. He told me that people in Pakistan were as keen to hear me as people in India. But I didn't go. It was always hard to say no to Atalji. He was such a wonderful human being and great statesman."

Lataji feels the nation has lost more than Bharat Ratna. "Dadda was man with a vision. He could see the future. His speeches were works of art. When he spoke, the nation listened. I still have his speeches on my mobile phone. I can listen to them for hours. In his going India has been orphaned. But then, if he was in so much pain it would've been selfish of us to hold him back. He is now relieved of all pain probably regaling the gods with his oration."

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Vajpayee leaves behind a foodie trail in Lucknow

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Lucknow, Aug 17 (IANS) Former Prime Minister and five-time MP from Lucknow Atal Bihari Vajpayee leaves behind memories of the foodie in him.

"Before his health deteriorated after a paralytic stroke about a decade back, Lakhnavi food always topped his list," recalls an old-timer of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He says not only did the three-time prime minister have a sweet tooth, he also liked 'chatpata' (spicy).

A close aide told IANS that Vajpayee loved 'dudhiya barfi' from a shop in Raja Bazaar, 'malai paan' from Ram Asrey and Babulal's bada-makkhan or 'thandai.' At times he would pass through narrow lanes of old Lucknow for his favourite 'gol-gappas' and 'chaat papdi'.

"I remember how his staff would order his favourite sweets in advance much before his arrival. Most of the times it was on personal request of Vajpayee Ji," says a staff member at the famous sweets shop Ram Asrey.

Vishal Khanna, a BJP worker of Lucknow, says there were occasions when Vajpayee would randomly walk into shops to have 'chaat' and have impromptu dinners for party workers. Sometimes he cooked himself.

Raj Kumar Tripathi of the famous Raja Thandai credits much of the popularity of his shop to Vajpayee. "There would be endless 'chakallas' (gossip) sessions of Atal Ji and his poet friends. There would also be some political chit-chat involving him and his close friends at our shop, run at that time by my father, Vinod Kumar Tripathi," says Tripathi.

"He was a very simple man, uninhibited...he looked so much like us," says Tripathi.

A party functionary says that despite being a diabetic, he was so fond of special milk pudding (dudhiya barfi) made at Trivedi Mishthan Bhandar in Raja Bazaar that at times it was sent by air from Lucknow to Vajpayee's 7, Race Course Road residence in New Delhi.

Tiwari Chaat of Latoosh Road and steaming hot 'poories' from Bajpayi Poori Bhandar at Hazratganj were also his favourites, residents say.

Virendra Nath Chaturvedi, an octogenarian who has followed the political career of Vajpayee, says he came across as a commoner to most people. "That made him stand apart from other politicians. Can you think of any politician today who could stop by for 'chaat' or sweets at a shop and have a bit," wondered Chaturvedi, his wrinkled face hardly hiding his emotions, as he watched the last rites of the former Lucknow MP.

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon passes away

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon died here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Raman Singh said. He was 91.
 
The Governor was put on life support earlier in the day after his health condition turned critical, hospital sources said.
 
Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday after he complained he was not feeling well. On Tuesday, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
 
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Justice Manjula Chellur takes over as new Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity

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Ms. Justice Manjula Chellur took oath as Chairperson, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Ministry of Power, here yesterday.
 
Prior to this, Ms. Justice Chellur was Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.  
 
Technical Members I.J. Kapoor, B.N. Talukdar and S. D. Dubey and Judicial Member Justice N.K. Patil were present on the occasion.  
 
Tribunal Bar Association President M.G. Ramachandran assured the Bench of full cooperation of the bar members in day-to-day business. 
 
A large number of advocates and other eminent guests were also present at the function.
 
Ms. Justice Chellur was the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. She also served as the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and the first female judge of the Karnataka High Court.  She demitted her office as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court upon attaining the age of superannuation on December 4, 2017.
 
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Teenager Garvita Gulhati from India among 60 Young Global Changemakers

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Teenager Garvita Gulhati, founder of “Why Waste?”, has been invited to Zurich in Switzerland as the only Indian amongst 60 youngsters from around the world chosen for the title of Global Changemaker for their efforts and solutions to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges.
 
The 60 young men and women, aged between 18 and 23 and drawn from 42 countries, were selected through three rigorous rounds of selection from applications received from over 185 countries. 
 
They will join the Global Changemakers network of over 1000 young leaders from across the world who, to date, have impacted over four million people.  
 
“I am excited to be part of the Global Changemakers network and it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from other young changemakers from across the world and bring back those learnings to inspire youth of our country to be changemakers. My vision is to inspire a culture of every young person of my country contributing to create change," Garvita said.
 
“Why Waste?” is a youth led organisation headquartered in Bengaluru founded by Garvita at the age of 15. Previously, for her work, Garvita has been recognised as an Ashoka Youth Venturer by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, world’s largest network of social innovators and entrepreneurs. 
 
Her campaigns and efforts to save water have also been supported extensively by Change.org, through her petition change.org/glasshalffull. 
 
Yashveer Singh, Director of Youth Venture, Ashoka Innovators for the Public said, “Garvita’ s efforts to change behavior of society to create positive change is an inspiration to our country’s youth. She will be a great ambassador to represent aspirations and possibilities which can be created by our country which has world’s largest youth population.”
 
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The changemakers will be flown to Switzerland by the Mercator Foundation to attend the Global Youth Summit taking place in Aarau, Switzerland this week.
 
At the summit they will participate in, and lead, training sessions, networking and workshops to enhance their skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations and pitching, and to learn from each other’s experiences. The changemakers will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an enabling panel and will be eligible to apply for grant funding to scale existing initiatives or create new projects.
 
The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development emphasizes young people as “critical agents of change” and the 2018 Global Changemakers are testament to that statement. This year’s Global Changemakers cohort works on issues as varied as rehabilitating victims of ISIS in Iraq, creating suicide prevention programs in high schools in Mexico, providing free health screenings for cervical and breast cancer in Cote d'Ivoire, establishing child care programs in hurricane devastated regions of Dominica, building a children’s library in a cave in a war-torn region of Afghanistan, and facilitating the entry of over 200 street children into schools in Nigeria.  
 
Global Changemakers is an international youth organisation head quartered in Zurich, Switzerland and present in 180 countries. To date the organisation has worked with over 1000 changemakers and has supported over 300 youth led projects, impacting over four million people.  
 
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Former LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away, nation mourns

Veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee, the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha who had defied his party's call to quit the post, died in Kolkata on Monday following a cardiac arrest and prolonged old age-related illness.

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Veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee, the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha who had defied his party's call to quit the post, died here on Monday following a cardiac arrest and prolonged old age-related illness.
 
Chatterjee was given a 21 gun salute in the West Bengal Assembly, while the nation mourned the death of the barrister-turned-politician, known for championing the cause of the downtrodden.
 
Chatterjee, 89, leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son.
 
"He died at 8.15 a.m," Bellevue Clinic CEO Pradip Tondon told IANS.
 
Ailing for a long time, Chatterjee's condition turned grave on Sunday after he suffered a heart attack. On August 7, he had been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition due to a kidney-related ailment and put on ventilator support.
 
A former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member, Chatterjee was Lok Sabha Speaker during the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA-1) rule from 2004 to 2009.
 
It was during this stint that direct telecast of the Zero Hour started in 2004, while the Lok Sabha television channel came into existence in 2006.
 
However, on July 23, 2008, Chatterjee was expelled from the Communist Party of India-Marxist "for seriously compromising the position of the party" as he refused to resign as the Speaker after the CPI-M withdrew its support to the UPA-1 government over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
 
Chatterjee had then contended that the office of the Speaker was above party affiliations and he ceased to be a CPI-M member once he took over the job.
 
Till the end, Chatterjee had nursed a deep sadness over his expulsion.
 
In Kolkata, as the news of Chatterjee's death became public, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the private clinic and paid her last respects.
 
From the clinic, the cortege was taken to the Calcutta High Court, where Chatterjee had started his legal practice in the early 1960s. Judges, lawyers and clerks all came out of the corridors of the court to pay homage to him.
 
The next stop was the Assembly, where the body was placed on a high platform by police personnel in a slow march. The bugle played the last post before he was accorded a guard of honour and gun salute.
 
Banerjee was present at both stops, and even walked barefoot from the high court to the Assembly.
 
The cortege was then carried to Chatterjee's house in south Kolkata, where his wife Renu and other family members wept inconsolably. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who flew here from Delhi, garlanded the body at the house.
 
Sometime after evening, the body was donated to the SSKM Hospital, in deference to Chatterjee's wish that his mortal remains be used for medical causes.
 
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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying glowing tributes to Chatterjee.
 
Calling him "a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House", the President tweeted: "A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers."
 
Modi described Chatterjee as a stalwart of Indian politics who made parliamentary democracy richer.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi hailed him as "an institution".
 
Banerjee termed it a great loss.
 
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar described Chatterjee as "a dignified person who set high standards of conduct during his stint as Lok Sabha Speaker".
 
Governors, Chief Ministers and politicians across the country grieved for Chatterjee.
 
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury "deeply mourned" for Chatterjee, and later airdashed to his residence to garland the body.
 
Chatterjee joined the CPI-M in 1968, and was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1971 from Burdwan constituency in a by-election as an Independent candidate backed by the CPI-M.
 
The seat had fallen vacant after the death of his father Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, a Hindu revivalist and one of the founders and one-time President of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha.
 
He made it to the Lok Sabha on CPI-M ticket from Jadavpur in 1977 and 1980, but lost to Mamata Banerjee -- the present West Bengal Chief Minister and then a Youth Congress leader -- in 1984.
 
However, the very next year, he re-entered the Lok Sabha after the party nominated him as its candidate from Bolpur in a by-election. He retained the seat in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. From 1989 till 2004, he served as the Leader of the CPI-M in Lok Sabha.
 
During his three decades in the opposition benches of the Lok Sabha, Chatterjee used his baritone, legal skills and debating prowess adroitly to pin the government on the mat on a plethora of issues, and was given the "Outstanding Parliamentarian Award" in 1996.
 
Born on July 25, 1929 in Tezpur in Assam, Chatterjee studied in Kolkata, before earning B.A and M.A degrees in Law from the Jesus College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar from London's Middle Temple.
 
Chatterjee was a close confidant of former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, who made him Chairman of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).
 
Working with all sincerity, Chatterjee toured various countries, inking memorandums of understanding worth thousands of crores, but very few of the pacts materialised as industrial projects on the ground.
 
A keen sports enthusiast, Chatterjee headed the West Bengal Table Tennis Association for four years, till he stepped down in May citing his poor health.
 
He was an ardent supporter of city soccer giants Mohun Bagan.
 
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Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul passes away at 85

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Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul, who explored questions of place and identity for more than half a century, has died aged 85, his family announced on Sunday.
 
Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully in London on Saturday, reports the Guardian. 
 
"He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," she said in a statement.
 
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in 1932 in Chaguanas on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, to a family that had arrived from India in the 1880s, part of what he once called "an immigrant Asian community in a small plantation island in the New World". 
 
Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community. In 2008, he recalled his childhood as "pretty awful" and his family as "terrible... very large, with too many people. There was no beauty. It was full of malice". 
 
A government scholarship offered him a chance to escape, an immigrant once more as he travelled to Oxford in 1950 to study English.
 
Turning from the comedy that began his career, Naipaul cast a steely eye on the shards of empire in a series of novels and travelogues. 
 
Unflattering portraits of the West Indies, India, Africa and the Islamic faith brought both hostility and acclaim. 
 
Critics accused him of holding people of the developing world in contempt even as his diamantine prose won him a series of awards including the Booker prize in 1971, a knighthood in 1989 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
 
His first book, "The Mystic Masseur", was published in 1951 and a decade later he published his most celebrated novel, "A House for Mr Biswas", with a protagonist based on Naipaul's father took him over three years to write, reports the BBC.
 
His other noted works include "The Enigma of Arrival", "Miguel Street", "The Loss of El Dorado" and "Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples".
 
Naipaul's death was mourned by many including Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his loss leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".
 
English novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru recalled interviewing him and said: "When we sat down, the first thing he said was 'tell me what you've read and don't lie'. Only then would he consent to be questioned."
 
Writer Jeet Heer called him a "powerful novelist" who "at his best approached Conrad and even the shadow of Dickens".
 
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Gita Mittal sworn in as J&K Chief Justice

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Justice Gita Mittal was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday.
 
Before she was sworn in,  the court's Registrar General read out the warrant of Mittal's appointment.
 
She was then administered the oath of office by Governor N. N. Vohra at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.
 
Mittal is the first female Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
 
Former Chief Ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah, Governor's advisors, serving and former judges, Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyan, Director General of Police S.P. Vaid were among those who attended the oath-taking ceremony.
 
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Justice Bose is new Jharkhand Chief Justice

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Justice Anirudh Bose on Saturday took oath as the 12th Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. The post was lying vacant for more than a year.
 
Jharkhand Governor Draupdi Mumru administered the oath ceremony, which was attended by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren.
 
Bose was born in Kolkata on April 1959. In January 19, 2004 he was appointed a Judge of the Kolkata High Court.
 
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Indira Gandhi's powerful aide R.K. Dhawan passes away

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R. K. Dhawan, once the powerful aide and confidant of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, died here on Monday in a hospital after a brief illness.
 
The 81-year-old Dhawan, who married only six years ago, had been unwell in the last five-six months and had been in and out of hospital, sources in his household said. 
 
As Personal Secretary to Gandhi, Rajinder Kumar Dhawan wielded enormous clout with his presence in the PMO and the household, especially during the Emergency, by keeping a hold on who got access to the Prime Minister. 
 
He was a witness to India Gandhi's assassination in October 1984 and had appeared as witness before the Thakkar Commission of inquiry which pointed the needle of suspicion on him. 
 
Rajiv Gandhi, who succeeded his mother Indira Gandhi, was not very enthusiastic about retaining Dhawan in his office. However, Dhawan made a comeback, rising to become a Member of Parliament and was inducted into the Congress Working Committee. 
 
The Congress on Monday expressed sadness over the passing away of Dhawan whom it described as a valued member of the party. 
 
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a veteran Congressman himself, said he was deeply shocked by the death of Dhawan who he said was a close associate and colleague in the party and the government. 
 
"Though he was ailing, I had never expected that the end will come so soon," he tweeted, adding he would forever be fondly remembered. 
 
Senior Congress leader and party General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said he was saddened by Dhawan's death. His contribution to the Congress would always be remembered, he said. 
 
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Dhawan's tireless spirit, immeasurable commitment and untiring dedication to the Congress ideals would always be remembered.
 
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Indian-Australian professor awarded the Fields Medal

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An Indian-born, Australian-raised mathematics genius Akshay Venkatesh is among the four recipients of this year's Fields Medal. He received it for his "profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics".
 
Delhi-born Venkatesh, 36, was the youngest ever student to attend the University of Western Australia at the age of 14. He is currently teaching at Stanford University.
 
He has received the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2008 and Ostrowski Prize in 2017.
 
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years by the International Mathematical Union to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.
 
The award consists of a gold medal bearing the profile of Archimedes and a cash amount of 15,000 Canadian dollars.
 
The prestigious medal has been given to Venkatesh for "his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects".
 
"Akshay Venkatesh has made profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics, including number theory, homogeneous dynamics, representation theory and arithmetic geometry.
 
"He solved many long-standing problems by combining methods from seemingly unrelated areas, presented novel viewpoints on classical problems, and produced strikingly far-reaching conjectures," the International Mathematical Union said on its website.
 
The other three laureates are Peter Scholze, Alessio Figalli and Caucher Birkar.
 
Birkar, Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University professor, has been given the medal "for the proof of the boundedness of Fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program".
 
Italian mathematician Figalli has won it for "contributions to the theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial differential equations, metric geometry and probability".
 
Germany's Peter Scholze was awarded the Fields medal for his work in arithmetic algebraic geometry.
 
The names were announced at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
 
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Gopalkrishna Gandhi chosen for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi
The Congress party has said that former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen for the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.
 
This was decided at a meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award held here on July 28, a press release from its Member Secretary and veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora said.
 
The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is given on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence. It carries a citation and cash award of Rs. 10 lakh.
 
Former recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohammed Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia & Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Jagan Nath Kaul, Dilip Kumar, Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad & Harsh Mander (jointly), S.N. Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh & Madari Moideen (jointly), K.R. Narayanan, Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N. Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, SPIC MACAY, D.R. Mehta, Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal.
 
This year's award will be presented to Mr. Gandhi at a special ceremony here on August 20, the release added.
 
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Mr. Gandhi, 73, is the son of Devadas Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi, and Lakshmi Gandhi. His maternal grandfather was C. Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India. 
 
A former officer of the 1968 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka. He had also served as Secretary to Vice-President of India and as Ambassador to Norway and Iceland. He was appointed as Governor of West Bengal in 2004.
 
Mr. Gandhi has also served as Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai and as Chairman of the governing body of Indian Institute of Advanced Study. He has also been associated with the Ashoka University as a Professor of History and Politics.
 
In July 2017, he was chosen by the Congress and 17 other Opposition parties to be their joint candidate for the post of Vice-President. The August 5, 2017 election was won by Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, the candidate of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
 
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Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla assumes Command of Southern Naval Command

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Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla took over the reins of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) as its 28th Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief here on Tuesday.
 
The Admiral has replaced Vice-Admiral AR Karve, who retired after 38 years of yeoman service. Vice Adm Chawla was previously the Chief of Personnel at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Navy in New Delhi. The Flag Officer, a native of Dehradun, had arrived here on Monday.
 
A static ceremonial parade, comprising 16 platoons including 4 armed platoons and a 50-man Guard of Honour was held at the naval base on the occasion in which both the Admirals were accorded General Salutes.
 
The ceremony concluded with a March in Review Order. Subsequently, both Flag Officers carried out the formal handing/taking over in the office of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
 
Speaking to the members of the media, prior to his departure, Vice Adm Karve expressed satisfaction at the synergy achieved by the Command with the civil administration of the state in responding to different Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) requirements.
 
On completion of the handing over, Vice Adm Karve was bid farewell by various Heads of Units, Commanding Officers, Chief Staff Officers of SNC headquarters and other senior officers. As he drove away, he was given the traditional 'Teen Jais' by officers and sailors of the Command.
 
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Former FTII director John Sankaramangalam dead

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Veteran film personality John Sankaramangalam, a former director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, died at a hospital near here on Monday, said family sources.
 
He was 84 and he died due to age-related illness. 
 
In his long career, John won two National and four Kerala State Film Awards.
 
He also served as chairman and jury of many national and international film festivals and participated as an official delegate to a number of film festivals.
 
He was also an executive member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television), association of the world's major film and television schools founded in Cannes in 1955 and was former vice chairman of Kerala Chalachithra Academy.
 
Born at Eraviperoor near here, John, after his education at the SB College and the Madras Christian College, became a teacher.
 
But since his passion was films, he joined the FTII as a student in 1962 and, after doing his diploma from there, he entered the film industry and did four films besides several documentaries for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. His directorial titles include "Saramsham", "Samandaram", "Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi" and "Janma Bhoomi".
 
Later, he went on to become the director of FTII. Post retirement, he was seen as an authority on the history of Indian films.
 
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Surendra Rosha appointed as CEO of HSBC India

Surendra Rosha
Surendra Rosha
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited today said it had appointed Surendra Rosha as Chief Executive Officer for HSBC India, subject to regulatory approvals.
 
Mr. Rosha, who is currently HSBC’s Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for Asia-Pacific, has extensive experience in working with retail and commercial banks, a press release from the said.
 
Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said: “I am delighted to confirm Surendra’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer India. His 27 years of experience in financial services makes him ideally suited to leading our bank in India and driving forward our strategy in one of HSBC’s key markets.”
 
Mr. Rosha began his financial services career when he joined HSBC’s Indian operations in 1991. He has worked in multiple roles in FX trading, Corporate Treasury Sales, Treasury and Capital Markets across a variety of countries. He has extensive experience in Global Banking and Markets – including in Sales, Treasury and Capital Markets in India during 1991 – 2005; and as Head of Global Markets in Indonesia in 2005; Head of Institutional Sales, Asia Pacific in 2007 and Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Asia-Pacific in 2015, both in Hong Kong.
 
Mr. Rosha succeeds Mr. Jayant Rikhye, who is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons, the release said.
 
Born in 1968, Mr. Rosha returns to India after 13 years of working abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University and a Master’s Degree in Business from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
 
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Karunanidhi in ICU, doctors confident about his recovery

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi's condition continued to be stable on Sunday and doctors are confident of his recovery, said a senior party official.
 
The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped.
 
Following treatment, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has stabilized but he continues to be in ICU.
 
"His condition continues to be stable. The doctors are confident that he will recover and go home," a party official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
Meanwhile, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu met Karunanidhi at the hospital and enquired about his health.
 
Naidu tweeted: "Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery."
 
The DMK said in a statement that Naidu was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. They spoke to doctors. Naidu also met Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the hospital.
 
On Saturday, night, too, the hospital said Karunanidhi's condition was stable with active medical support.
 
DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan on Saturday said that Karunanidhi would be in the hospital for two more days.
 
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Karunanidhi hospitalised after dip in blood pressure, now stable

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi, who had a slight health setback a couple of days ago and was rushed to hospital in the small hours of Saturday following a dip in blood pressure, was stable, the hospital said in a late night bulletin.
 
"DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi's health continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. He is being continiously monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU," said a medical bulletin issued in the night by Kauvery hospital, where he was admitted. 
 
The hospital said in the morning that the 94-year-old leader was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dropped.
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
During the day, leaders from various political parties including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran visited the hospital to enquire about Karunanidhi's health.
 
They met M.K. Stalin, DMK's Working President and Karunanidhi's son and his daughter Kanimozhi, who briefed them about his health. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted his wishes for speedy recovery of Karunanidhi. The entire family of Karunanidhi including his other son M.K.Alagiri, daughter Selvi and grandchildren were present at the hospital.
 
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day outside the hospital, DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry".
 
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A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday, Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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Karunanidhi in hospital, blood pressure stabilised

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here early on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped, the hospital said.
 
In a statement issued here the hospital said the 94-year-old leader was admitted into ICU at 1.30 a.m. 
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres have gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
Speaking to reporters here DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry."
 
A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treatment for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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Former Kerala Minister and IUML leader Cherkalam Abdullah passes away

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Senior Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and former Kerala Minister Cherkalam Abdullah passed away near here early on Friday, said family sources. He was 75.
 
Abdullah was unwell for a while, but he passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home, the family member said wishing not to be identified.
 
The veteran leader is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.
 
Beginning his political career as a student leader, Abdullah worked up the party order. He was a four-time legislator from Manjeswaram constituency from 1987.
 
He was Minister for Local Self Government in the A.K. Antony cabinet from 2001-04.
 
At the 2006 assembly polls he lost and since then he did not return to electoral politics. However, he was active in the IUML and was the secretary of the party.
 
It was during his stint as minister that the Women Empowerment programme of the state government "Kudumbasree", especially in Muslim-dominated areas in the northern districts of the state got strengthened.
 
Later he made a mark as the Chairman of the Committee on the Welfare of the Backward Class Communities.
 
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Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk chosen for Magsaysay Awards 2018

Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk
Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk
Two Indians -- well-known psychiatrist Bharat Vatwani, who has provided free shelter, food and treatment to mentally-afflicted destitutes for years, and engineer-innovator Sonam Wangchuk, said to be the inspiration behind the character Phunsukh Wangdu played by Aamir Khan in the Bollywood hit Three Idiots -- are among the six people named for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2018 today.
 
Apart from the two Indians, the other winners of the 60th edition of the annual awards, Asia's premier prize given by the Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, are Youk Chhang from Cambodia; Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz from East Timor; Howard Dee, from the Philippines; and Vo Thi Hoang Yen, from Vietnam. 
 
Youk Chhang has been recognized for “his great, unstinting labor in preserving the memory of the Cambodian genocide, and his leadership and vision in transforming the memory of horror into a process of attaining and preserving justice in his nation and the world.”
 
Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz has been chosen for the award for “her pure humanitarianism in uplifting Timor Leste’s poor, her valiant pursuit of social justice and peace, and hernurturing the development of autonomous, self-reliant, caring citizens, so vital in new, post-conflict nationsin the world.”
 
Howard Dee is being recognized for “his quietly heroic half-century of service to the Filipino people, his abiding dedication to the pursuit of social justice and peace in achieving dignity and progress for the poor, and his being, by his deeds, a true servant of his Faith and an exemplarycitizen of his nation.”
 
Vo Thi Hoang Yen is being recognized for “her dauntless spirit and prodigiousenergy in rising above her condition; her creative, charismatic leadership in the sustained campaign to break down physical and mental barriers that have marginalized PWDs in Vietnam; and for being a shining, inspirational model for the young in her country and elsewhere in the world.”
 
Vatwani has been chosen for “his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India’s mentally-afflicted destitute, and his steadfast and magnanimous dedication to the work of restoring and affirming the human dignity of even the most ostracized in our midst.”
 
Wangchuk was recognized for “his uniquely systematic, collaborative andcommunity-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, thus improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth, and his constructive engagement of all sectors in local society to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress, thus setting an example for minority peoples in the world.”
 
Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia’s highest honor and celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine president after whom the award is named, and is given every year to individuals or organizations in Asia who manifest the same selfless service and transformative influence that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.
 
“The Magsaysay awardees of 2018,”says RMAF President Carmencita Abella, “are clearly Asia’s heroes of hope, moving their societies forward through their unequivocal pursuit of the larger good. In genuine solidarity with the disadvantaged and marginalized, each one has addressed real and complex issues with bold, and creative, and pragmatic action that has engaged others to do likewise. The results of their leadership are manifest in the changed livesof the many they have influenced.”
 
“All are unafraid to take on large causes. All have refused to give up, despite meagerresources, daunting adversity and strong opposition. Their approaches are all deeply anchored on a respect for human dignity, and a faith in the power of collective endeavor. We draw much hope from the 2018 Magsaysay awardees, and much to celebrate about their accomplishmentsand greatness of spirit," she added.
 
The six 2018 Magsaysay awardees join the community of 324 other Magsaysay laureates who have received the honour to date.
 
This year’s Magsaysay Award winners will each receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize. They will be formally conferred the Magsaysay Award during Presentation Ceremonies to be held in Manila on August 31.
 
Struggling through school as a self-supporting student, Vatwani successfully completed his medical studies in psychiatry at Grant Medical College and at G.S. Medical College & Hospital, both in Mumbai.
 
He and his wife started an informal operation of bringing mentally-ill street persons to their private clinic for treatment, leading them to establish Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in 1988, aimed at rescuing mentally-ill persons living on the streets; providing free shelter, food, and psychiatric treatment; and reuniting them with their families.
 
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"Their rescue work has been aided by the police, social workers, and referrals. Shraddha’s free custodial care and treatment ranges from personal hygiene, medical check-ups, psychiatric treatment, to appropriate medication—all done in the open, healing environment of the Karjat facility," a press release from the Foundation said.
 
"In few countries is the contrast between great wealth and extreme poverty as stark as in India. Of the latter, a popular image are its street people, dirty, disheveled, and famished, huddled on pavements, in train stations, bus stands, and public shrines. An estimated 400,000 of them are mentally ill, victimized not so much by poverty as by a problem society has not sufficiently understood and addressed: the problem of mental health. Stigmatized and feared, the response of many to these street persons is to pretend they do not exist," the citation for Dr. Vatwani said.
 
"One man chose not to pretend. Psychiatrist Bharat Vatwani was out dining in a restaurant with his wife Smitha, also a psychiatrist, when they were appalled at the sight of a thin, unkempt man drinking water from a street canal. Taking time to talk to the man, a mentally-afflicted college graduate, they decided to bring him to their clinic to be washed and treated. This show of empathy was not entirely surprising. Vatwani knew what poverty was like. Losing his father when he was only 12 years old forced him and his brothers to take odd jobs, like peddling books door-to-door.
 
"Starting with a two-room tenement that could take only three people at a time, Shraddha drew public attention when they rescued and treated a street person who turned out to be a respected lecturer at a Mumbai art school, who had inexplicably disappeared. Learning about what the Vatwanis had done, the school’s faculty and students organized a major art exhibition that drew 141 participating artists in India and abroad, and successfully raised US$22,357. Using this seed money, the Vatwanis bought a piece of property in Mumbai for a 20-bed facility that they opened in 1997; the unexpected donation inspired them to further expand their work with the help of private donors, volunteer professionals, and social workers. In 2006, they moved to a bigger 120-patient facility in Karjat outside Mumbai, which had five buildings on a 6.5-acre land. By then, they had strengthened their three-phase therapeutic program, consisting of the rescue and treatment of mentally-ill street persons, reuniting patients with their families, and promoting awareness of mental health in communities.
 
Shraddha’s free custodial care and treatment ranges from personal hygiene, medical check-ups, psychiatric treatment, to appropriate medication—all done in the open, healing environment of the Karjat facility where patients can engage in simple farm activities and find solace in a multi-religious meditation center. The foundation tracks patients’ families, arranges reunions, and uses such opportunities to spread a supportive and enlightened understanding of mental health among the families and their communities. In a one-of-a-kind mission that began in 1988, Vatwani and the foundation have by now rescued, treated, and reintegrated into their families and communities more than 7,000 of India’s mentally-ill roadside destitute, with a remarkable reunion rate of 95%.
 
Wangchuk was a 19-year-old engineering student at the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar, Kashmir, when he went into tutoring to finance his schooling and help woefully unprepared students pass the national college matriculation exams.
 
In 1988, after earning his engineering degree, Wangchuk founded Students’ Education and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) and started coaching Ladakhi student, 95% of whom used to fail the government exams.
 
In 1994, with Wangchuk in the lead, “Operation New Hope” (ONH) was launched to expand and consolidate the partnership-driven educational reform program.  Taking a life of its own, to date ONH has trained 700 teachers, 1000 VEC leaders, and dramatically increased the success rate of students in matriculation exams from just 5% in 1996 to 75%  by 2015.
 
Born in the small, remote village of Ulaytokpo in Ladakh, one of many children of a local leader, Wangchuk had a difficult education because minorities were discriminated against, schools were lacking and poorly-equipped, teaching standards abysmal, textbook content locally irrelevant, and the medium of instruction alien in the mountains.  Left mostly to fend for himself, he took control of his life early on.
 
Renting a hotel function room, he advertised a coaching program that, exceeding expectations, drew close to a hundred students.  Teaching basic subjects like English and Math, using strategies like peer-to-peer teaching, it was a financial success. But the experience also demonstrated to him how poorly educated the students in village schools were.
 
To create lasting impact, SECMOL partnered with local government in a joint program of educational reform.  Piloted in a village school, the program involved training teachers in “creative, child-friendly, and activity-based” education; introducing curricular changes to make subjects relevant to the Ladakhi culture and context; prioritizing English over Urdu to better prepare students for higher education; and promoting the Ladakhi language.  Village education committees (VEC) were organized to support schools, monitor teacher performance, and become true stakeholders. Successfully piloted, this initiative of “localizing” schools was replicated in 33 schools and became a veritable movement.
 
In 1994, with Wangchuk in the lead, “Operation New Hope” (ONH) was launched to expand and consolidate the partnership-driven educational reform program.  In 1998, Wangchuk opened SECMOL School, with a permanent faculty, volunteers, and a yearly average of 300 students. An alternative boarding school that offers review, certificate, and associate-level courses, it rebuilds the students’ confidence, develops lifeskills, revisits the fundamentals and offers courses ranging from leadership training to solar power installation.  Also a model in its use of renewable energy and indigenous technology, SECMOL has produced students who have gone on to become pioneering entrepreneurs in different fields.
 
The release said that Wangchuk, a natural innovator, works out of local experience.  Seeing how climate change has affected the natural water supply for agriculture, he seized on the idea of building artificial glaciers in the form of “ice stupas” for irrigation during the dry summer. Called “stupas” (for public appeal in a Buddhist land), these are conically-shaped ice mountains, that store water in winter and in summer melts to supply farm irrigation water.  Six stupas he and his team have created store roughly 30 million liters of water. Beyond Ladakh, Wangchuk has shared his environmental and educational innovations with mountain peoples across the whole Himalayan belt,  and as far as Switzerland.  
 
Simple and non-confrontational in his leadership approach, Wangchuk, continues to dream of ways to help the people of Ladakh. He confidently says, “The possibilities are endless.”
 
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S. N. Agrawal takes over as Member, Staff, Railway Board

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Mr. S.N. Agrawal has taken over as Member, Staff, Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Prior to this, he was General Manager of South Eastern Railway, Kolkata.
 
Mr. Agrawal, a civil engineer, belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE). He has held several key posts in Western Railway, Central Railway, Southern Railway, North Central Railway, South East Central Railway and RDSO, including the post of Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur and as Principal Chief Engineer, Western Railway, Mumbai, an official press release added.
 
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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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