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Indian cuisine 'czar' Jiggs Kalra no more

Jiggs Kalra (Photo: Facebook)
Jiggs Kalra (Photo: Facebook)
Celebrated chef Jiggs Kalra, who earned epithets like 'Czar of Indian Cuisine' and 'Taste Maker to the Nation', passed away on Tuesday here. He was 72.
 
He was unwell for the past few weeks, and passed away at a hospital here, said a source close to his family. 
 
Last month, his son Zorawar had shared an update about his health on Instagram. 
 
"Today is my father Jiggs Kalra's 72nd birthday. This is the first time, unfortunately, it has been celebrated in hospital, as he isn't well. Last year we celebrated it together as a family. Nothing matters more than time spent with your parents as each and every single Birthday matters. He is a toughie. Has been battling his stroke for 19 years and will be back soon," Zorawar had posted on May 21.
 
The cremation will be held on Thursday at the Lodhi crematorium. 
 
Born on May 21, 1948, Kalra, whose name was Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, was a pioneering food columnist, author and food consultant. In a career spanning close to five decades, he was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to the international audience as well as setting standards of the same.
 
He is also credited with establishing some of the most critically acclaimed and best-performing restaurants in the country. He represented India at various international food festivals and summits, apart from having served the likes of British royals Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, apart from former US President Bill Clinton.
 
The senior Kalra authored over 11 titles on Indian cuisine, including "Prashad". 
 
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote a condolence message for Jiggs Kalra on Twitter, saying: "Thank you for introducing me to Indian food and its treasure of recipes. All your books adorn my bookshelf and the masala and oil on each page is testimony to how your recipes have shaped my passion for cooking."
 
Over the past some years, he was instrumental in launching revolutionary restaurant concepts like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab, Farzi Cafe and Pa Pa Ya.
 
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Singer-actress Ruma Guha Thakurta passes away

Ruma Guha Thakurta (File photo: IANS)
Ruma Guha Thakurta (File photo: IANS)
Celebrated Bengali singer-actress Ruma Guha Thakurta died at her residence here on Monday following old age-related problems, family sources said. She was 84.
 
Founder of the Calcutta Youth Choir (CYC), which played a stellar role in popularising 'gana sangeet' or mass songs in Bengal, she showcased her talent in a number of Hindi and Bengali movies working with celebrated directors like Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha and Tarun Majumdar.
 
Born Ruma Ghosh in Kolkata in 1934, she married legendary singer Kishore Kumar in 1951 and the couple's only child Amit Kumar was born next year. The couple divorced in 1958 and that year Guha Thakurta formed the CYC with composer Salil Chowdhury and Ray.
 
The choir rendered with aplomb the Bengali translations of popular mass songs from various languages. Their discs were lapped up by music lovers.
 
In 1974, the CYC, under her direction, won the first prize at the Copenhagen Youth Festival.
 
After her divorce from Kishore Kumar, she married Arup Guha Thakurta. They have a son Ayan and a daughter Sramana, a noted singer.
 
She has done playback for a number of films including "Lukochuri", "Tin Kanya" (directed by Ray), "Baksho Badal" and "Amitra Kumbher Sandhane".
 
Beginning with the Hindi film "Jwar Bhata" in 1944, she acted in "Mashaal", "Afsar" and "Rag Rang" in Bollywood, before moving into Bengali films with Rajen Tarafdar's classic "Ganga" in 1952.
 
Under Ray's direction, Guha Thakurta acted in "Abhijaan" and "Ganasahtru" while playing prominent roles in three of Sinha's films "Nirjan Saikate", "Khaniker Atithi" and "Wheel Chair". 
 
Majumdar directed her in "Polatak", "Balika Bodhu" and the evergreen comedy "Dadar Kirti". She also acted in Aparna Sen's maiden directorial venture "36 Chowringhee Lane".
 
In 2006, she acted in Mira Nair's English movie "The Namesake", which was her last film.
 
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Veteran industrialist B. M. Khaitan passes away at 92

B M Khaitan
B M Khaitan
Veteran industrialist and Williamson Magor Group patriarch Brij Mohan Khaitan died on Saturday at his residence here. He was 92.
 
He was suffering from old-age ailments, according to company sources.
 
Khaitan had recently resigned as Chairman of the group's flagship companies, Eveready Industries and McLeod Russel, citing his old age. He became Chairman Emeritus for both the companies.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her condolences.
 
"Saddened at the passing away of noted industrialist BM Khaitan Ji. He was a much respected elder statesman of the business community of Bengal. My condolences to his family, his colleagues and his friends," Banerjee said on Twitter.
 
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Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral Karambir Singh
Admiral Karambir Singh
Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy here today as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff.
 
He was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam prior to taking over as the Navy chief.
 
Admiral Karambir Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. 
 
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions.
 
In his career spanning over 39 years, he has commanded Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg, as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers, INS Rana and INS Delhi. He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Ashore, he has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai.     
 
He has also served as member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS).
 
On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).
 
In the rank of Vice-Admiral, he has been Director General Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s expansive and modern base at Karwar. At the Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), the Admiral has been the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and, subsequently, the Vice-Chief of Naval Staff before taking over as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command.
 
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Kerala: Senior Congress leader Kadavoor Sivadasan dead

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Veteran trade unionist and senior Congress leader Kadavoor Sivadasan passed away at a private hospital here early on Friday morning, party sources said. He was 87 and was under treatment for pneumonia.
 
A four-time legislator, Sivadasan was a minister in the Cabinets of K.Karunakaran and A.K.Antony.
 
Starting his political career as a trade union leader from his home district Kollam, Sivadasan was elected MLA on a Revolutionary Socialist Party ticket in 1980 and 1982. He later switched to the Congress, on whose ticket he won the 1991 and 2001 Assembly polls.
 
Sivadasan retired from politics due to his failing health after 2006.
 
His last rites will be held at Kollam, later in the day.
 
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Kumar Tuhin concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Kumar Tuhin, (IFS:1991), presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Hungary, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next to Bosnia & Herzegovina with residence in Budapest.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs also said that Padmaja, presently High Commissioner of India to Fiji, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next High Commissioner to Nauru, with residence in Suva.
 
The two officers are expected to take up the assignments shortly, the release added.
 
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Justice A K Sikri appointed NBSA Chairperson

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Former Supreme Court judge Justice A. K. Sikri has been appointed Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA). He will assume office on May 26 and succeed Justice R. V. Raveendran who completes his term on May 25.
 
In a statement, News Broadcasters Association (NBA) President Rajat Sharma said Justice Sikri's experience in judiciary and an impeccable record as a judge would strengthen the NBSA.
 
Justice Sikri has delivered several verdicts in the area of human rights -- on transgenders (given the legal status of third gender) and euthanasia (passive euthanasia for patients in permanent vegetative state). Other key verdicts include compensation for people with disability, child trafficking, child labour, juvenile delinquents and others.
 
The NBSA is a self-regulatory body that implements the Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards and Guidelines for its member news broadcasters.
 
"It is an independent body, which is free from any interference from the NBA," Sharma said.
 
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Sanjiv Puri appointed Chairman of ITC Limited

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Sanjiv Puri
Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director of multi-business conglomerate ITC Ltd, was on Monday appointed also as the Chairman of the company.
 
He has succeeded long-serving ITC Chairman Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, who passed away on May 11 after a brief illness.
 
"The Board of Directors of the Company at the meeting held today appointed Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, also as the Chairman of the Company with effect from 13th May, 2019. Consequently, Mr. Puri's new designation is Chairman & Managing Director of the Company," a press release from ITC said on Monday.
 
"It is an honour and privilege to be appointed the Chairman of ITC Ltd. It is a responsibility that I accept with humility and with a deep resolve to build on the outstanding legacy nurtured over the years, further strengthen and build market leadership across all business segments whilst reinforcing ITC’s commitment to put Nation First always. In the journey ahead, I am sure I can count on the support of our shareholders, partners, associates and most of all, the dedicated Team ITC to continue our shared aspiration to build an exemplary enterprise of pride to the nation," Puri, 56, said in a statement.
 
Puri has been the Managing Director of the company since May 16, 2018. He was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017 taking independent charge of the executive leadership of the company. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee.
 
Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ITC since July 22, 2016. Before taking over as the COO, he was responsible for overseeing the FMCG, Paperboards, Paper & Packaging and Agri Businesses of ITC. 
 
Puri is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He joined ITC in 1986.
 
Prior to his appointment as a Director on the Board of ITC, Puri was President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014. He has handled a wide range of responsibilities including business leadership positions as well as in manufacturing, operations and information & digital technology. Puri became Divisional Chief Executive of the Tobacco Division in 2009, with additional responsibility for the Company's Trade Marketing & Distribution Vertical.
 
He has led ITC Infotech India Limited (I3L), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC, as its Managing Director from May 2006 to August 2009. Puri served between 2001 and 2006 as the Managing Director of Surya Nepal Private Limited (SNPL), a joint venture subsidiary company of ITC in Nepal.
 
He has also been a Director on the Board of The Tobacco Institute of India and past Member of the Board of Governors of the Media Research Users Council. He has served as the Chairman of FICCI's FMCG Committee, the Agri & Food Processing Task Force of the CII Eastern Region and as a Council Member of the CII Eastern Region. He was also on the Executive Council of The Indian Society of Advertisers.
 
Presently, Puri is the Chairman of SNPL and the Sr. Vice Chairman of I3L and its wholly owned subsidiaries in the UK and USA. He serves on the National Executive Committees of CII and FICCI. He is also a Director on the Board of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and a Member of the Steering Committee of FICCI.
 
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ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar passes away at 72

Y C Deveshwar
Y C Deveshwar
Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, Chairman of multi-business conglomerate ITC Ltd, passed away at a private hospital in Gurugram near here this morning after a brief illness. 
 
He was 72. He is survived by his wife Bharti, son Gaurav and daughter Garima.
 
"We deeply mourn the passing away of Mr Y C Deveshwar, Chairman ITC. In this hour of profound grief and sorrow, we recall with respect and pride the legendary stewardship he provided to  ITC over two decades as its Chairman. Inspired by a patriotic fervour, manifest in his clarion call of ‘Lets Put India First’, he led ITC's strategic thrust to create an exemplary Indian enterprise dedicated to serving national priorities," a statement from Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, ITC Ltd, said.
 
The statement noted that Deveshwar had passionately championed the cause for sustainable and inclusive growth and the transformative role businesses could play in creating alrger societal value.
 
"This vision drove ITC to pursue business models that today supports over 6 million livelihoods, many amongst the weakest in society.
 
"Spearheading a journey of stellar growth that led the Harvard Business Review to rank him the 7th Best Performing CEO in the world, his leadership transformed ITC into a valuable and admired multi-business conglomerate with a robust portfolio of front-ranking businesses in FMCG, Hotels, Paperboards & Paper, Packaging and Agri-Business. His vision to make societal value creation a bedrock of corporate strategy also led ITC to become a global exemplar in sustainability and the only company in the world to be carbon positive, water positive and solid waste positive for over a decade," he said.
 
"His superordinate vision to build an exemplary Indian enterprise, to serve national priorities, create the businesses of tomorrow, impeccable values and personal integrity, the width and depth of his strategic thinking and his compassionate conduct of business will continue to inspire us in the journey ahead," the statement added.
 
Deveshwar was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC on April 11, 1984 and became its Chief Executive and Chairman on January 1, 1996.
 
On splitting the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from February 5, 2017, Deveshwar continued as Chairman in non-executive capacity and played the role of Mentor to the executive management.
 
Deveshwar had joined ITC in 1968 and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and Harvard Business School. 
 
Between 1991 and 1994, he seved national carrier Air India as Chairman and Managing Director.
 
During his stewardship of ITC, the group has become India's foremost  FMCG marketer, the country's largest and Paperboards and Packaging Business, a globally acknowledged pioneer in farmer empowerment through its wide-reaching Agri Business, and the second largest hotel chain in India.
 
The company's wholly owned subsidiary, ITC Infotech India Limited, is also a player of promise in the IT sector.
 
The company's farmer empowerment initiative, ITC e-Choupal, is today the world's largest rural digital infrastructure and is a case study at the Harvard Business School, besides receiving several global awards.
 
Deveshwar had also served as a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India and as a Member of the National Foundation for Corporate Governance. He was a Member of the Board of Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and a Member of the National Food Processing Development Council, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
 
He was a Member of the Governing Body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research and also the former Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. 
 
He was also a Member of the Governing Council of the Central Manufacturing Technology Institute, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India and an Independent Director on the Board of Air India Limited. He served on the National Executive Committees of some of India's premier trade and industry bodies, and had erved as a Member of the UK-India CEOs Forum and US-India CEOs Forum instituted by the respective Governments. He is a past President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
 
In 2011, Deveshwar was conferred the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. He is a recipient of several other awards.
 
The Government of West Bengal also conferred the 'Banga Bibhushan', the State's highest civilian honour, on Deveshwar in May 2017. He was conferred the CII President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in April 2018.
 
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Dinesh Pangtey takes charge as CEO of LIC Mutual Fund

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Dinesh Pangtey, who had joined Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) as a direct recruit officer and has risen through the ranks, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIC Mutual Fund.
 
Prior to taking over as CEO of LIC Mutual Fund, Pangtey was Director and Chief Executive Officer at LIC HFL AMC.
 
A press release from LIC MF said Pangtey had 35 years of experience across Private Equity, life, Pension, Group Superannuation Scheme and Insurance sector. During his stint as CEO with the private equity division of the LIC Group, Pangtey completed the investment of the maiden Fund corpus and achieved exit from 4 portfolio companies with an IRR of 22% and returned 79% of the amount drawn from investors.  He strategized the setting up of the new Fund under SEBI AIF platform and directly raised 92% of the base corpus. The Fund is shortly poised to exhaust the greenshoe option and close at Rs. 1000 crore.
 
He has served LIC as Regional Manager Marketing channel in Western Zone spanning the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. He has headed Divisions like Jammu and Kashmir, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
 
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Father of legal education Madhava Menon dead

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N. R. Madhava Menon
Considered as the tallest figure in modern legal education, N. R. Madhava Menon passed away early on Wednesday, here at a private hospital, said family sources. He was 84.
 
Menon was unwell and was hospitalised a few days back.
 
He was the Founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, besides the Founder Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).
 
Beginning his legal career as an advocate at the Kerala High Court in 1956, Menon shifted his base to Delhi, after first joining the faculty of Aligarh Muslim University in 1960 and then to Delhi University in 1965, where he became Professor and Head of the Campus Law Centre.
 
In 1986, Menon moved to Bangalore at the invitation of Bar Council of India to set up the National Law School of India University and to initiate a new model of legal education, the Five-Year Integrated LL.B. programme.
 
After his retirement, he settled in the capital city and served as the chairman of the prestigious Centre for Development Studies here for two terms, before calling it a day a few years back.
 
He is survived by his wife and son. His last rites would be conducted at the state-owned crematorium later in the day.
 
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Polling begins for 51 seats in fifth phase of LS elections

Polling began on Monday morning amidst tight security for 51 seats from seven states, most of them in the Hindi heartland, in the fifth of the seven phases of the crucial elections to choose a new 543-member Lok Sabha.
People wait in a queue to cast their vote at a polling booth in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Nagaur, Rajasthan on May 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
People wait in a queue to cast their vote at a polling booth in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Nagaur, Rajasthan on May 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Polling began this morning amidst tight security for 51 seats from seven states, most of them in the Hindi heartland, in the fifth of the seven phases of the crucial elections to choose a new 543-member Lok Sabha.
 
Voting began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm.
 
This phase of polling covers the 12 remaining constituencies in Rajasthan, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, five in Bihar, seven in Madhya Pradesh, four in Jharkhand, seven in West Bengal and two in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
They also include Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, where the elections are being held in three phases, the only such constituency in the country. Voting was held in Anantnag district on April 23 and in Kulgam on April 29 in the third and fourth phases of polling. On Monday, polling will be held in Shopian and Pulwama districts of the constituency.
 
More than 8.75 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in these constituencies which have 674 candidates in the fray.
 
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has set up more than 96,000 polling booths to ensure the smooth conduct of polls.
 
The first four phases of polling were held on April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29. The remaining two phases of polling will be held on May 12 and May 19. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.
 
Among the constituencies involved in today's polling are Amethi and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, from where Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, are contesting, respectively.
 
In Rae Bareli, Sonia Gandhi, who has held the seat from 2004, is facing former Congress leader Dinesh Pratap Singh of the BJP. In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi will again face Union Minister Smriti Irani.
 
Among other prominent candidates in the fray in today's polls are Union Ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Jayant Sinha (Hazaribagh) and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur Rural).
 
In the 2014 elections, the BJP had won 39 of these 51 seats -- all 12 in Rajasthan, 12 of 14 in Uttar Pradesh, all seven in Madhya Pradesh, three of five in Bihar, all four in Jharkhand and one of two in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
In West Bengal, all seven seats were won by the Trinamool Congress, in Bihar, one was won by BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party and one by then ally Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, and in Jammu and Kashmir, one seat was Peoples Democratic Party.
 
The Congress had only bagged Amethi and Rae Bareli. 
 
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Air Marshal S K Ghotia takes over as AOC-in-C, Training Command

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Air Marshal S K Ghotia took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Training Command of the Indian Air Force (IAF) last week.
 
The Air Marshal is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla and was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF in December 1981. He is a qualified flying instructor with more than 1000 hours of instructional experience.
 
He has undergone the Air Staff Course, Higher Air Command Course and holds two Master's Degrees. He has served as a Directing Staff at the prestigious Defence Services Staff College Wellington.
 
The Air Marshal has held a number of important appointments which includes Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron, Chief Operations Officer and Station Commander of a Forward Air Base in South Western Air Command. 
 
He has also served in a number of Staff appointments, which include Director Intelligence at Air HQ, Ops 1 A of Western Air Command, Principal Director Training (Flying) at Air HQ, Air Attache at Embassy of India, Paris, Air Officer Commanding COBRA Group and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence).
 
Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Senior Air Staff Officer of Training Command.
 
During his illustrious career, the Air Marshal was commended by the Air Officer Commanding-In-Chief, WAC in 1994 and Vishist Seva Medal in 2007.
 
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Former Kerala Minister Vishwanatha Menon passes away

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Former Kerala Finance Minister and CPI-M leader V. Vishwanatha Menon passed away on Friday at a private hospital here, said family sources.
 
He was 92. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
 
He was unwell for a while and was moved to hospital a few days back. 
 
Finance Minister in the E. K. Nayanar cabinet from 1987-91, Menon was one of the tallest leaders in Ernakulam, and was popularly referred to as Ambadi Viswan.
 
His political career started to gain momentum early even when he was active in student politics. 
 
He was the a popular leader of the undivided Communist party and later moved on to the CPI-M.
 
In 1967 he won from the Ernakulam Lok Sabha seat. He also served one term in the Rajya Sabha.
 
His political career though came to a halt after parting ways with the CPI-M. He had contested as an Independent with the support of the BJP in the Ernakulam Lok Sabha bye-election in 2003 and lost.
 
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Three-time MP, Jana Sena candidate S P Y Reddy is dead

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Three-time Lok Sabha member S. P. Y. Reddy, who sought re-election for a fourth consecutive term from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, passed away on Tuesday, his family said. He was 69.
 
The industrialist, who contested as a Jana Sena candidate in the April 11 polls, breathed his last at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
Reddy was suffering from heart- and kidney-related ailments and was admitted to the hospital on April 3. He took ill during the election campaign and was since undergoing treatment.
 
Reddy, who founded Nandi group of companies in 1984, began his political career with the BJP but lost the 1991 Lok Sabha polls from Nandyal. In 1999, he also contested unsuccessfully for the Assembly.
 
He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 on a Congress party ticket. He retained the seat in 2009. He was re-elected for the third time in 2014 as a candidate of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) but subsequently defected to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
 
As TDP denied him a ticket, he quit the party to join Jana Sena and at the last minute filed his nomination from Nandyal.
 
Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy have condoled the death of S. P. Y. Reddy.
 
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Former DMK Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley passes away

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DMK's former Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley has died after a brief illness.
 
Stanley, 56, died late on Saturday night. 
 
She served in the Rajya Sabha from 2008-2014.
 
DMK President M.K.Stalin on Sunday condoled the death of Stanley and said she had voiced the party's views in the House on various important issues.
 
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Bishop Chrysostom, Kerala's oldest man, celebrates 102nd birthday

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Philipose Mar Chrysostom
Bishop Philipose Mar Chrysostom, the senior most metropolitan of the Thiruvalla-headquartered Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church and also Kerala's oldest man, celebrated his 102nd birthday on Saturday.
 
The Bishop, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan last year, was born in 1918. Although he has now retired, Chrysostom even now participates in services and moves around the church in a wheel chair.
 
He was ordained as a priest in 1944 and became a bishop in 1953 and went on to head the Church as its Metropolitan in 1999 before voluntarily stepping down as the head of the church in 2007.
 
On Saturday, numerous bishops from his Church and other denominations visited him and extended their greetings. 
 
To mark the occasion, Chrysostom cut a specially made 'appam' (type of traditional pancake made with rice flour).
 
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Gen Dalbir Singh named High Commissioner to Seychelles

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General Dalbir Singh
Former Indian Army chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag (retd.) was Thursday named India's next High Commissioner to Seychelles.
 
An official release said that he is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
Gen Dalbir Singh had assumed charge as army chief in July 2014 and retired in December 2016.
 
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Chennai historian Muthiah dies at 89

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The chronicler of Chennai history, cartographer and journalist S. Muthiah, 89, died here on Saturday owing to age-related ailments.
 
The founder of Madras Musings, the free fortnightly that helped many a journalist learn the basics of journalism here, Muthiah also authored and co-authored histories of well-known corporate houses.
 
He also taught journalism at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here.
 
Muthiah was also known as "Mr. Madras" for his love for Chennai that was earlier known as Madras and for his books on the city's history.
 
He is survived by two daughters Ranjani and Parvathi. Muthiah's wife Valliammai, a practising company secretary, died some years back.
 
Born in Ramanathapuram district in the Madras Presidency during the British rule, Muthiah had moved to Sri Lanka early in his life and had his initial schooling there.
 
Completing his matriculation in India, he went to the USA for higher education and came back to Colombo to start his career as a journalist with the Times of Ceylon.
 
When the Sri Lankan government turned down his application for citizenship, Muthiah came to Chennai and joined TTK Maps -- a leading publisher of maps -- that was part of the TTK group.
 
On his retirement, he decided to take up writing and also founded Madras Musings, the pioneer of free tabloid focusing on the preservation of the city's heritage buildings.
 
When the fortnightly started facing financial crunch, several well-known corporates decided to lend financial support as it was apolitical and the city's heritage was its focus.
 
Muthiah's sustained campaign through Madras Musings and otherwise to preserve the Director General of Police (DGP) building on the Marina was instrumental in its preservation instead of razing it down to raise a new building.
 
In 1999, he co-founded Chennai Heritage and was one of the key persons behind the annual Madras Day celebrations.
 
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N Kashinath takes over as Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board

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N Kashinath has taken over as Member (Signal &Telecom) Railway Board on April 16.
 
He  belongs to the 1980 Batch of the Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) with his lien on Southern Railway. 
 
Prior to this assignment, he was working as Director General (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board since August 2018.
 
Kashinath has graduated in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Government Engineering College, Jabalpur.  After passing out in the year 1980, he worked for about one and a half years in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) before joining the Railways in February 1982.
 
He was associated with various projects like the Train Describer Project on Northern Railway, initial deployment of Optical Fibre Cable on various sections of Northeast Frontier Railway and also in the Survey for the Mobile Train Radio Communication (MTRC) Project using GSMR on Northeast Frontier Railway.
 
In 2003, he was posted as Chief Signal Engineer (CSE) and Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer (Project) in Southern Railway. Thereafter, in July 2010, he moved to Visakhapatnam as Divisional Railway Manager and in 2012 to South Eastern Railway/Kolkata as Chief Safety Officer. Later he worked as Principal Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer on Metro Railway, Kolkata and Principal Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer on South Eastern Railway.
 
He worked as Additional Member/Signal Railway Board in October 2016 and subsequently, he was promoted as DG (S&T) in August 2018.
 
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V P Pathak appointed Member (Materials Management), Railway Board

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V. P. Pathak, an Indian Railway Stores Service officer of 1980 batch, has assumed charge as Member (Materials Management) Railway Board on April 16. 
 
Prior to joining this post, he was Director General (RS), Railway Board since June 12, 2018, and General Manager of  Chittaranjan Locomotive Works since December 2016.
 
Pathak graduated in civil engineering with honours from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad in 1979. During his career, he has worked in different capacities on Indian Railways.
 
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Jaideep Sarkar appointed as High Commissioner to South Africa

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Jaideep Sarkar, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1987 batch and presently Ambassador to Bhutan, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to South Africa.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs also said that Suhel Ajaz Khan (IFS:1997), presently Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Riyadh, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Lebanon.
 
The two officers are expected to take up their new assignments shortly, the MEA added.
 
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Mukesh Ambani among Time's 100 most influential people

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Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has featured in the Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.
 
Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who led the legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India, also featured in the list that was released on Wednesday.
 
The "Time 100 Most Influential People 2019" named the world's most influential pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons of the year, and Ambani was named among the Most Influential Titans.
 
The list includes US President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj.
 
In the TIME 100 profile for Ambani, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra wrote that Ambani's vision is more ambitious than that of the father whose blessings he unfailingly invokes at the launch of each initiative.
 
"The scale of his Reliance Jio mobile-data network, which has already connected over 280 million people in India with low-cost 4G, is impressive by any standard. But what is truly jaw-dropping is the way it will allow Reliance to potentially dominate a staggering array of new businesses."
 
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Son of late N D Tiwari dies of cardiac arrest

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Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand N. D. Tiwari, died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday at south Delhi's Max Hospital, police said.
 
"A resident of Defence Colony, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, 40, was taken to Max Hospital by his mother. He was declared brought dead," Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vijay Kumar said, adding no external injuries were observed on his body. "We are waiting for the autopsy, which will be conducted on Wednesday at AIIMS," he said.
 
The DCP said Rohit's mother Ujjwala Tiwari was in Max Hospital for her treatment, when she received a phone call from home that he was unwell and bleeding from the nose. "An ambulance call was made to the hospital. Ujjwala reached her residence along with the ambulance that brought Rohit to hospital," the DCP added.
 
According to a statement from Max Healthcare, "Max Hospital received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4.41 p.m. An ambulance brought Tiwari to Max Hospital in Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the hospital emergency. As per established procedure, we have informed the authorities."
 
Born out of wedlock, Rohit fought a six-year-long paternity battle with his father, after he refused to accept him as his biological son. 
 
On April 24, 2014, the Delhi High Court, declared Rohit was Tiwari's biological son. While passing the order, the court took into account the report of Tiwari's DNA test, which proved that Rohit was indeed his son.
 
Tiwari later married Ujjwala in Lucknow.
 
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Congress leader ND Tiwari's son dies of cardiac arrest

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Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand N D Tiwari, died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday in south Delhi's Max Hospital, a police officer said.
 
"A resident of Defence Colony, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari was taken to Max Hospital by his wife and mother, but he was declared brought dead," Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vijay Kumar said, adding that they were waiting for his autopsy report.
 
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