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Banmali Agrawala appointed President, Tata Sons

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Tata Sons has announced the appointment of Mr. Banmali Agrawala as President, Infrastructure, Defence and Aerospace. 
 
He will report to the Executive Chairman, N Chandrasekaran, in his new role, a press release from the company said.
 
“The Tata group has a significant footprint in the infrastructure, defence and aerospace sectors. Banmali’s global experience in these industries will be very beneficial as we build scale and aspire for the next phase of growth. As part of the Tata Sons leadership team, his knowledge in several areas, including leadership development, digital infrastructure, innovation and technology, will be very beneficial to the Tata group,” Mr Chandrasekaran said.
 
“I am delighted to be back as part of the Tata group and contribute towards the phenomenal opportunities that the Tata group has in the core infrastructure-related sectors, in India as well as globally. I was privileged to be part of GE for close to six years and have learnt a lot at GE. I look forward to taking all my learnings and experience from GE onto my new role at Tata Sons,” Mr Agrawala said.
 
Mr Agrawala will assume his new role on October 1, 2017. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of GE South Asia, a position he held since February 2013. Earlier, Mr Agrawala was the executive director on the Board of Tata Power.
 
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Air India chief Ashwani Lohani appointed as new Chairman of Railway Board

Ashwani Lohani
Ashwani Lohani
Air India Chairman & Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, an officer of the 1980 batch of the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Railway Board in place of Mr. A. K. Mital, who has resigned in the wake of two major train accidents in four days.
 
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Ashwani Lohani, IRSME (80), CMD, Air India, as Chairman, Railway Board vice Shri A. K. Mital," a notification from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said.
 
"Necessary communication in this regard has been sent to the Ministry of Railways," it said.
 
Mr. Lohani had been appointed as the CMD of national carrier Air India on August 20, 2015. He was at that time on deputation to the Government of Madhya Pradesh, where he was serving as the Commissioner of Tourism and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
 
Mr Lohani had earlier served as Chairman and Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).
 
In the Railways, he has held positions such as Chief Mechanical Engineer, Northern Railway, Divisional Railway Manager of Delhi and Director, National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
 
Mr. Mital had been reappointed to the position of Chairman, Railway Board for a period of two years with effect from August 1, 2016. He was earlier appointed as Chairman, Railway Board on December 31, 2014. Prior to that, he was Member Staff, Railway Board. Earlier, he served as General Manager of South Western Railway (SWR), Hubli and was also looking after the additional charge of General Manager, South Central Railway (SCR) whose headquarters are in Secunderabad. He also held charge as General Manager, Central Railway, Mumbai and General Manager, Southern Railway, Chennai for some time.
 
Mr. Mital met Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu earlier in the day and is understood to have submitted his resignation in view of the two major rail mishaps since Saturday.
 
These developments took place even as Mr. Prabhu himself met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today and is understood to have offered to resign, taking full moral responsibility for the accidents, including the derailment of the Utkal Express on Saturday in which 21 people died and 97 suffered injuries.
 
"I met the Hon'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi taking full moral responsibility. Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait," Mr. Prabhu said on micro-blogging site Twitter, hours after 12 coaches and engine of the the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
While Mr. Prabhu did not explicity state that he had offered to resign, the wording of the tweet clearly suggested that he had done so and that Mr. Modi had asked him to wait.
 
"I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish," Mr. Prabhu said.
 
"In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways," he said in the first of five tweets.
 
"Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment& milestones," he said.
 
"New India envisioned by PM deserves a Rlys which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now," he said.
 
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On Saturday evening, the 18477 Utkal Express was on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand when it derailed at derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh.
 
On Sunday, a day later, the Ministry of Railways suspended four officials and sent three top officials, incuding Railway Board Member Engineering Aditya Mittal, on leave.
 
Official sources said that, based on prima facie evidence, the Junior Engineer (Permanent Way), the Senior Section Engineer (PW) and the Assistant Engineer of the concerned section as well as the Senior Divisional Engineer (II), Delhi Division of Northern Railway had been placed under suspension.
 
They said that, apart from Mr. Mittal, a Secretary-level officer, the General Manager (GM) of Northern Railway, Mr. R. N. Kulshreshtha, and the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Delhi Division, Northern Railway, Mr. R. N. singh, had been sent on leave. The Chief Track Engineer of Northern Railway has been transferred.
 
Mr. M. C. Chauhan, General Manager, North Central Railway, will look after the duties of the post of General Manager, Northern Railway, while Mr. Anshul Gupta, Executive Director (Telecom Development), Railway Board has been temporarily posted as DRM, Delhi Division, the sources said.
 
The stern measures came hours after Mr. Prabhu said earlier that day that laxity would not be allowed in the Railways' operations and that he had asked the Chairman, Railway Board, to fix responsibility on the basis of prima facie evidence today itself.
 
"Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day," he had said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Dharmendra Kumar appointed as DG, Railway Protection Force

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Mr. Dharmendra Kumar, presently working as Additional Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), has been appointed as the Director General of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
 
Mr. Kumar is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1984 batch (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory cadre).
 
An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
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Retired IAS officer I. V. Subba Rao appointed Secretary to Vice-President

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Dr. I.V. Subba Rao, a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), as Secretary to Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
 
An official press release said that the appointment would be  on contract basis, in the rank and pay of Secretary, for a period of two years initially.
 
Dr. Subba Rao, who belonged to the 1979 batch of the IAS (Andhra Pradesh cadre), had retired from service in 2015.
 
He  had served as Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, among other key assignments.
 
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Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister Sanwar Lal Jat passes away

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Sanwar Lal Jat, former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ajmer in Rajasthan, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here early today after a brief illness.
 
He was 62. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
 
Mr. Jat, who had served as the Minister of State for Water Resources in the Narendra Modi government, had been in coma for more than a week before the end came at 6.15 am today.
 
He had suffered a heart attack during a meeting of the party in Jaipur on July 22, sources said.
 
Born on January 1, 1955, Mr. Jat had a Master's degree in Commerce and a Ph.D. from the Rajasthan University. He initially worked as a supervisor at the Ajmer Dairy and later taught at the local government college.
 
He was a five-time member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly and had also served as a Minister in the State Government. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in May 2014 and served as Minister of State for Water Resources from November 9, 2014 to July 5, 2016.
 
He had also served as the Chairman of the Rajasthan Farmers' Commission.
 
His body was flown to Jaipur today and kept at the State BJP headquarters there for people to pay their last respects. His last rites will be performed at Gopalpura, his native village, tomorrow.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his passing away. " Anguished by the demise of MP & former Union Minister, Shri Sanwar Lal Jat. This is a big loss for the BJP & the nation. My condolences," he said on Twitter.
 
"Shri Sanwar Lal Jat worked extensively for wellbeing of villages & farmers. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour," he added.
 
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S. Aparna appointed as Executive Director in World Bank

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Ms. S. Aparna, a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1988 batch (Gujarat cadre), has been appointed as the Executive Director representing the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka in the World Bank.
 
Ms. Aparna is currently serving as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
 
A notification from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said Ms. Aparna would succeed Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg, who has taken over as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance.
 
The appointment is for a period of three years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the notification added.
 
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Economist Rajiv Kumar appointed as new Vice-Chairperson of NITI Aayog

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Rajiv Kumar
Noted economist Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as Vice-Chairperson of the NITI Aayog to succeed Dr. Arvind Panagaria, who has resigned from the position to return to academics in the United States.
 
A notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had approved:
 
"Accepting the request of Dr. Arvind Panagaria to relieve him from the post of Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog w.e.f. 31.08.2017;
 
"Appointment of Dr. Rajiv Kumar as Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog vice Dr. Arvind Panagaria, until further orders, on the same terms and conditions as were applicable to the previous Vice-Chairperson, NITI Aayog."
 
The notification also said that the ACC had approved the appointment of Dr. Vinod K. Paul as Member, NITI Aayog, until further orders, on the same terms and conditions as are applicable to other full-time Members of the NITI Aayog.
 
Dr. Kumar, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy and Research (CPR), New Delhi, had earlier served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). 
 
He has also served as Director & Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), as well as in positions with the Asian Development Bank, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and the Ministry of Finance.
 
He is also Chancellor of the the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics in Pune and the founding director of Pahle India Foundation, a non-profit research organisation that specialises in policy-oriented research and analysis.
 
Dr. Kumar, who holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University, has written several books on the Indian economy and India's national security. 
 
He presently sits on the boards of several international and national institutions, including the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia in Jakarta, the State Bank of India, and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He was a member of the Government of India's National Security Advisory Board between 2006 and 2008.
 
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Dr. Paul is a professor and chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who has worked in the area of public health for long.
 
He leads the WHO Collaborating Centre on Newborn Health for South East Asia Region; and the Centre for Advanced Research in Newborn Health (Indian Council of Medical Research). He is also a visiting professor at the Public Health Foundation of India.
 
Dr Paul is the chair of the Technical Advisory Group on Child Health, and co-chair of the Newborn Health Action group of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and has been a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Healthcare Coverage of the Planning Commission the country.
 
He developed the Maternal and Child Health strategy for RCH II program under National Rural Health Mission, the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI). He is a member of the core group on health, the National Human Rights Commission of India; a member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, and co-chair of the Commission on Health of the state of Himachal Pradesh.
 
Prof Paul is recognized among the key academics worldwide who brought newborn health to the centre-stage for the attainment of MDG 4 through writings, research and advocacy efforts at highest international fora. He is the principal author of the historic Delhi Declaration on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2005). He contributed to the formulation of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP).
 
Dr Paul is the recipient of the highest award of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) -- the Dr B. R. Ambedkar Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. He was recently conferred the Public Health Champion Award by WHO India.
 
Economist Bibek Debroy, agricultural economist Ramesh Chand and scientist V K Saraswat are the other three full-time members of NITI Aayog.
 
The Narendra Modi government had, on January 1, 2015, replaced the Planning Commission with the NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) to serve as a "think tank" of the government and a directional and policy dynamo.
 
The NITI Aayog is meant to provide governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice across the spectrum of key elements of policy.
 
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Govt. announces several Joint Secretary-level appointments

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved several Joint Secretary (JS)-level appointments, an official press release said here today.
 
According to the release, the following are the details of the appointments:
 
(1)     Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, IAS (KN:1990), as Joint Secretary, Department of Rural Development, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Santosh A. Mathew, IAS (BH:1985);
 
(2)     Ms. Anju Bhalla, CSS, as Joint Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Anita Chauhan, CSS;
 
(3)     Ms. Bharati, IFoS (SK:1992 ), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years up to 13.02.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Jyoti Arora, IAS (HY:1987);
 
(4)     Mr. Govind Mohan, IAS (SK:1989) as Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Saurabh Garg, IAS (OR:1991);
 
(5)     Mr. Lok Ranjan, IAS (TR:1989) as Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Director (held by Mr. Mihir Kumar, IDAS (1996) for a period of two years or till a regular JS level vacancy arises), from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
 
(6)     Mr. Kishore B, IAS (AP:1993) as Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure upto his superannuation on 30.11.2018 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Dr. E. Ramesh Kumar, IAS (MP:1999);
 
(7)     Mr. Ram Krishna Khandelwal, IAS (BH:1989), as Joint Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Prashant Trivedi, IAS (UP:1989);
 
(8)     Mr. Kamal Datta, IFoS (UT:1994), as Joint Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of combined 7 years upto 10.03.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. T.K. Manoj Kumar, IAS (KL:1987);
 
(9)     Mr. Ritesh Kumar Singh, IAS (KN:1996), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Manoj Kumar Singh, IAS (UP:1988);
 
(10)  Mr. Roshan Jaggi, IFoS (UT:1988), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Anurag Srivastava, IAS (UP:1992);
 
(11)  Mr. Ravinder Goyal, IRTS (1987), as Advisor (JS level), NITI Aayog, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever  is earlier vice Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, IAS (MP:1986);
 
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(12)  Mr. Surendra Singh Meena, IAS (JH:1993), as Joint Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Ghazala Meenai, IA&AS (1985)
 
(13)  Mr.  Sanjai  Singh,  ICAS  (1993),   as  Joint  Secretary,   Department   of  Defence,  from  the date of assumption of charge  of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further  orders whichever is earlier vice Mr. Deepak Anurag, IA&AS (1988);
 
(14)  Mr. Satinder Pal Singh, IPS (HP:1996), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 25.11.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Barun Mitra, IAS (MN:1987);
 
(15)  Mr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, IAS (UP:1994), as Joint Secretary, Ministry  of Road Transport & Highways, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice  Ms. Leena Nandan, IAS (UP:1987);
 
(16)  Mr. Anil Kumar Agarwal, IPS (UP:1988), as Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Smt. Ravneet Kaur, IAS (PB:1988);
 
(17)  Mr. Vinod Kumar Jindal, ICoAS (1988), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Praveen Prakash, IAS (AP:1994);
 
(18)  Ms. Archana Varma, IAS (AM:1995), as Additional Secretary (JS level), Central Vigilance Commission, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of combined 7 years upto 06.02.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Salim Haque, IPoS (1984) by treating the post akin to Non-CSS;
 
(19)  Mr. Sandip Mukund Pradhan, IRS (IT:1990), as DDG (JS level), Sports Authority of India (SAI) under the Department of Sports, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of combined 7 years upto 05.06.2020 (including ex-cadre tenure) or until further orders, whichever is earlier by temporarily upgrading one vacant post of Deputy Director for a period of two years;
 
(20)  Mr. Anil Sant, IAS (UP:1988), presently working as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, as Additional Registrar General (JS level), O/o Registrar General & Census Commissioner India under the Ministry of Home Affairs, by treating the post akin to a Non-Central Staffing Scheme post, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 03.09.2017 (further extendable upto a combined tenure till his superannuation i.e. 28.02.2019 on availability of NOC from the state) or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. C.K. Khaitan, IAS (CG:1987);
 
(21)  Ms. Chhavi Jha, IRAS (1990), as Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier by temporarily upgrading one vacant post of Director vice Mr. Shlok Bhardwaj, IIS (1995) or till a regular JS level vacancy arises;
 
(22)  Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, IAS (MN:1992), presently working as Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, as Member Secretary (JS level), National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of charge of the post, for a tenure of combined seven years upto 14.10.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Sharmila Mary Joseph, IAS (KL: 1997).
 
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G. Latha Krishna Rao assigned additional charge as Secretary, Dept. of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

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Ms. G. Latha Krishna Rao, IAS (KN:1982), Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, has been assigned the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
 
An official press release said the appointment was with immediate effect and until further orders.
 
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Air Marshal Hemant Bhagwat is new Air Officer-in-charge Administration of IAF of Indian Air Force

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Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force at Air Headquarters here from August 1.
 
Air Marshal Bhagwat was commissioned in Administrative branch of the IAF in June 1981. After serving for seven years as an Air Traffic Control officer in three different operational bases of the IAF, the Air Officer qualified as Parachute Jump Instructor and served in instructional capacity for fifteen years. 
 
During his paratrooping career, the officer has undertaken over 2400 live parachute jumps in combat as well as sport profile from twenty different types of aircraft. He has also served as Chief Instructor of Paratroopers’ Training School, Agra for five years and was leader of prestigious IAF Skydiving Team, Akashganga for several years. 
 
Besides para jumps in all parts of the country, the officer has also participated in several international para exercises including in the United States, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Seychelles. He is the senior most active parachute jump instructor of the IAF.
 
The Air Officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has undergone Higher Air Command Course at College of Air Warfare, Hyderabad and Senior Defence Management Course at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad. The officer has completed his M Sc in Strategic Studies from Madras University and M Phil from Osmania University. 
 
Air Marshal Bhagwat has held several important appointments including that of a Chief Administration Officer of a premier fighter base, Commandant of Garud Regimental Training Centre, as Chief Personnel Staff Officer at HQ South Western Air Command, Senior Officer in charge Administration at HQ Western Air Command and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Org & Cer) at Air HQ. Prior to assuming the appointment of AOA, he was Director General (Works & Ceremonials) at Air HQ.
 
The Air Officer was commended by Chief of Air Staff in 1999 and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal by the President of India in 2005 for his contributions to paratrooping field. He has been awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal by President of India for distinguished service of a very high order.
 
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Prabhat Kumar appointed as Ambassador to Kazakhstan

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Mr. Prabhat Kumar, (IFS: 1991), presently Ambassador of India to Colombia has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Kazakhstan.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said that he was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away in Silchar

Santosh Mohan Dev
Santosh Mohan Dev
Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev, who was a heavyweight in the party and the Government in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away at a hospital in Silchar, Assam this morning.
 
He was 83. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, including Ms. Sushmita Dev, a Congress member of the Lok Sabha from Silchar.
 
"Nothing could have prepared me for this moment. I lost him at 6.06 am today. Thank you everyone for your prayers, your love for him," Ms. Dev said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
Born on April 1, 1934, Mr. Dev had a degree in Commerce from the Gurucharan College, Silchar and an MBA from the Welsh College of Advanced Technology and Commerce, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
 
Starting out in public life as the Chairman of the Municipal Board in Silchar, Mr. Dev was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980 and was re-elected six times in the years that followed. Of his seven terms in the Lok Sabha, he represented Silchar five times and was elected from Tripura twice.
 
He served as Union Minister of State for Tourism and Communications from October 1986 to February 1988, Minister of State for defence from February 1988 to June 1988 and Minister of State for Home Affairs from June 1988 to December 1989.
 
He was Union Minister of State for Steel with  independent charge from June 1991 to May 1996 in the P V Narasimha Rao Government.
 
In the first term of the Manmohan Singh government, he served as Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, with independent charge, from May 23, 2004 to November 17, 2005. He was elevated to Cabinet Rank and put in charge of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises from November 18, 2005.
 
He lost to Mr. Kabindra Purkayastha of the BJP in the 2009 elections for the 15th Lok Sabha.
 
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Among other things, Mr. Dev was associated with sports and was Vice-President of the Assam Olympic Association and President of the Delhi Soccer Association. He was part of the Organising Committee of the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. He was a certified and professionally qualfied football referee.
 
Mr. Dev was a third generation Congressman. His father was one of the first legislators in independent India and his grandfather had played an active part in the freedom struggle was was a member of the first Silchar Municipal Council in 1913.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Mr. Dev's passing away. "Saddened by the passing away of Shri Santosh Mohan Dev. He was veteran political leader who worked extensively for welfare of people," he said on Twitter.
 
"My thoughts are with the family and supporters of Shri Santosh Mohan Dev in this hour of grief," he added.
 
Congress President Sonia also condoled Mr. Dev's death and expressed her deepest condolences to his family.
 
She noted that, in a political career spanning five decades, Mr. Dev held numerous crucial political assignments in the Congress party and in the Government including that of a Union Cabinet Minister.
 
"His immense contribution to build the party in the Northeast, right from the grassroots level would always be remembered, she said. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation," she said, expressing her solidarity with his family and supporters, particularly Congress MP Sushmita Dev.
 
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Renowned molecular biologist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away

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Renowned molecular biologist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, who was the founder-director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, passed away here today in his sleep.
 
He was 89. He is survived by a son and a daughter. 
 
Dr. Bhargava, who remained active after his retirement some years ago, was suffering from kidney ailments and was undergoing dialysis regularly. He developed fever this morning and was resting at home when he passed away, sources close to him said.
 
"We are very sad to inform you that the founding director of CSIR-CCMB, Dr. Pushpa Mitra Bhargava has passed away today," CCMB announced on Twitter.
 
Born on February 22, 1928, at Ajmer in Rajasthan, Dr. Bhargava received his B.Sc. in 1944 from Queen's College in Uttar Pradesh and then obtained M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry and Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Lucknow University.
 
He moved to Hyderabad and worked in the early 1950s at the then Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research, now called the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology – IICT, and then at Osmania University.
 
In 1953, he went on a post-doctoral fellowship to the McArdle Memorial Laboratory of Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison in the United States and worked in the laboratory of Charles Heidelberger. During 1956-57, he worked at the National Institute for Medical Research in the United Kingdom as a special Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, a stint that marked his transition from chemistry to biology.
 
He returned to the Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research in Hyderabad, which had by then been by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and named Regional Research Laboratory (now known as Indian Institute of Chemical Technology).
 
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In 1977, he established the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and retired from there in 1990 to join the newly created CSIR Distinguished Fellowship, from which he was relieved in 1993.
 
CCMB was set up initialy as a semi-autonomous centre in the Biochemistry Division of the then Regional Research Laboratory. During 1981–82, CCMB was accorded the status of a full-fledged national laboratory.
 
Dr. Bhargava also served as Vice-Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, a member of the National Security Advisory Board and a nominee of the Supreme Court of India on the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee of the Government of India. He was opposed to the approval of GM foods in India.
 
Among other things, he was involved in the promotion of science and rationality and, in 1963, along with Satish Dhawan and Abdur Rahman, founded the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper.
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour, in 1986. He, however, returned the award in 2015 to protest the alleged rise in intolerance and erosion of space for dissent in the country.
 
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Ravi Bangar appointed as Ambassador to Colombia

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Mr. Ravi Bangar, (IFS: 1982), presently High Commissioner of India to Cyprus, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Colombia.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Bangar was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Lt Gen Abhay Krishna appointed as GOC-in-C, Eastern Command

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Lt Gen Abhay Krishna has been appointed as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command of the Indian Army.
 
He will take over from outgoing incumbent Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi tomorrow, an official press release said.
 
"Lt Gen Abhay Krishna brings with him a great measure of professional competence and vast operational experience. A gallantry award winner in Counter Insurgency in Manipur, he commanded Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in the Kashmir valley. A thorough professional, he has served two tenures as UN observer, in Mozambique & Rawanda and another in Burundi. 
 
"He has served four tenures along the Line of Actual Control on the Northern Borders. He commanded an infantry battalion in Sikkim and was responsible for planning operations as BGS 3 Corps in the North East Sector and later commanded an infantry division and a Corps in the same area. After a stint in the South Western Command, he now assumes the responsibility of the Eastern Theatre," the release added.
 
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Dhrupad maestro Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar passes away

Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar
Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar
Renowed Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, the youngest of the eight famous Dagar brothers, who were all exponents of the Dhrupad tradition, passed away at a private hospital here late last night after a brief illness.
 
He was 78. He is survived by his wife Rihanna and sons, Nafeesuddin and Aneesuddin, both exponents of Dhrupad.
 
Born at Alwar in Rajasthan on April 20, 1939, the maestro, known popularly as Saeed Bhai, was the son of Ustad Hussainuddin Khan Dagar, who died in 1963. He had made Pune his home since 1984.
 
Sayeeduddin was a part of the illustrious Dagar family of musicians, who preserved the oldest existing form north Indian classical music, and represented the 19th generation of the Dagar tradition.
 
The family is credited with keeping the Dhrupad tradition alive at a time when the patronage of the royal courts and aristocrats was gone.
 
Sayeeduddin was a regular performer at the Dhrupad festival in Varanasi.
 
Among his older brothers, Nasir Moinuddin and Nasir Aminuddin Dagar were known as the elder Dagar brothers, while Nasir Zahiruddin and Nasir Faiyazuddin Dagar were called the junior Dagar brothers.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Ustad Sayeeduddin, saying his contribution to Hindustani classical music would be remembered for generations.
 
"People across India and the world were enthralled by the music of Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, an inspiration for music enthusiasts," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Renowned poet, educator Eunice de Souza passes away

Eunice de Souza
Eunice de Souza
Renowned poet, educator, novelist and columnist Eunice de Souza, who inspired generations of students as a teacher, passed away at her residence here today. She was 77.
 
Ms. de Souza served as Professor of English and later as the Head of the Department of English at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and was closely involved with its theatre activities as an actor and director and its literary festival before retiring from there some years ago.
 
Born in Pune in 1940, Ms. de Souza did her Master's in English literature from the Marquette University, Wisconsin in the United States and then completed her Ph. D. from the University of Mumbai.
 
She came to be widely recognized as one of the best Indian poets writing in English. She also used to write columns for newspapers and was involved in theatre as an actor and director.
 
She published her first collection of poems, Fix, in 1979 and the latest, Learn from the Almond Leaf, came out a year ago. She also wrote two novels, Dangerlok (2001) and Dev and Simran (2003). She also edited several anthologies of poems and essays. Several of her works have been translated into Portuguese, Italian, Finnish and Swedish. She also wrote four books for children.
 
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh passes away

N. Dharam Singh
N. Dharam Singh
Former Karnataka Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh passed away at a private hospital here this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest, official sources said.
 
He was 80.
 
Mr. Singh served as the 17th Chief Minister of the State from May 2004 to February 2006 at the head of a Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government.
 
Born on December 25, 1936, Mr. Dharam Singh was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for seven consecutive terms. He also represented Bidar in the 14th Lok Sabha.
 
He had begun his political career as an independent councillor in Kalaburagi. He started out as a socialist before joining the Congress in the late 1960s and remained loyal to the party since then, a factor that led to his elevation as Chief Minister in 2004.
 
He had also served as a Minister under various Chief Ministers such as Devraj Urs, R. Gundu Rao, S. Bangarappa, M. Veerappa Moily and S. M. Krishna, handling diverse portfolios. He also worked as president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in the 1990s.
 
The coalition government headed by him collapsed in February 2006 and he was succeeded by JD (S) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy at the head of a coalition government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr. Dharam Singh then served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
 
"Shocked to hear the demise of our former CM & one of Karnataka's tallest leaders Shri N Dharam Singh. My heartfelt condolences to his family," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Today, Karnataka has lost a well respected, affable and beloved leader. And I have lost a dear friend," he added.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the demise of Mr. Dharam Singh.
 
“Saddened by the demise of former Karnataka CM Shri N. Dharam Singh. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour.
 
"Shri N. Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka & national politics. His dedicated service towards society will be remembered," he said on Twitter.
 
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Subhash Chandra Garg appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on Board of Governors of ADB

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Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from July 12.
 
Mr. Garg has been appointed in place of former Secretary, DEA, Mr. Shaktikanta Das, an official press release added.
 
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Kerala: Well-known Gandhian and freedom fighter K. E. Mammen passes away

K. E. Mammen
K. E. Mammen
Well-known Gandhian, freedom fighter and social worker K. E. Mammen passed away at a private hospital in Neyyattinkara near here today.
 
He was 96. 
 
He had been under treatment at the hospital for issues related to old age for the past three months.
 
Mammen, who had taken part in the Quit India movement and in the agitation against Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer, the then Dewan of the erstwhile Travancore state, was also actively involved in the anti-liquor campaign in the state in recent years.
 
Born on July 31, 1921 into the renowned Kandathil family to K. C. Eapen and Kunjandamma, Mammen got involved in the freedom struggle from an early age. He practised Gandhian principles and led an austere life. He remained unmarried.
 
A man who owned no house, car or other worldly possessions, Mammen was staying with his brother's son for the past many years.
 
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Eminent scientist and educator Yash Pal passes away

File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
Well-known scientist and educator Yash Pal, who had served as Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) passed away at a hospital in Noida, near here, last night.
 
He was 90. He is survived by  his wife Nirmal Pal and two sons, Anil Pal and Rahul Pal.
 
His body will be cremated at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium in New Delhi this afternoon, his family said.
 
They said Prof. Yash Pal had been admitted to the hospital briefly for treatment of complications related to old age and breathed his last around 8 pm yesterday.
 
Born on November 26, 1926, in Jhang, now in Pakistan, Prof. Yash Pal was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. In his later years, he has become one of the leading science communicators of the country.
 
He took a degree in Physics from the Punjab University in 1949 and started his career at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, as a member of the Cosmic Rays group. Later, he went to the Masachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and completed his Ph. D. there in 1958. He also served at the Niels Bohr Institute, the California Institute of Technology and the Danish Space Research Institute. 
 
In 1973, Prof. Yash Pal took charge as the first Director of the newly set up Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad, even as he continued to be associated with the TIFR.
 
He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Second United Nations Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1981–82). He worked as Chief Consultant, Planning Commission (1983–84) and Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (1984–1986), after which he was appointed as Chairman  of UGC.
 
During his tenure as UGC chairman, he advocated the setting up of Inter-University Centres funded by the UGC, on the model of the Nuclear Science Centre (now Inter-University Accelerator Centre), New Delhi. Institutions such as the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) emerged from this vision.
 
He also headed a committee that submitted a report on "Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education" in the country to the Government in 2009.
 
The Government had honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, in 2013. Earlier, in 1976, he had been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was also involved with school education from the early 1970s, starting with the pathbreaking Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme.
 
In 1993, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, set up a National Advisory Committee, with Yash Pal as chairman, to go into the issue of overburdening of school children. The report of the committee, entitled "Learning without Burden", is now regarded as a seminal document in Indian education.
 
When the National Council of Educational Research and Training embarked on the exercise of drawing up the National Curriculum Framework, Prof. Yash Pal was asked to chair its Steering Committee.
 
Prof. Yash Pal also appeared regularly on television programmes such as Turning point on Doordarshan, in which he explained scientific concepts in language that a layman would understand. He also contributed regularly to newspapers and had a column in The Tribune in which he answered questions from readers.
Prof. Yash Pal served as the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from March 2007 to March 2012.
 
He received the Marconi International Fellowship Award (1980), GP Chatterjee Memorial Award (Indian Science Congress Association) (1987), and Association of Space Explorers Award (1989).
 
He was President, Indian Physics Association, and had been elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Gujarat Science Academy, and Indian Astronomical Society. He was National Fellow, National Institute of Education.
 
In 2009, Prof. Yash Pal was awarded UNESCO's prestigious Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science in Budapest on Thursday jointly with Prof Trinh Xuan Thuan of Vietnam.
 
The Kalinga Prize, established in 1951, is given annually to a person who has helped interpret science, research and technology for the general public.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was chosen for the award for helping to develop the concept of a number of television shows that popularise science, such as the "Science is Everywhere" series for rural children in India. The citation for prize also noted that he had contributed to the development of several institutions in India, including the University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune and the Centre for Educational Communication in Ahmedabad.
 
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Eminent space scientist and former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away

Prof. U. R. Rao
Prof. U. R. Rao
Renowned space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed away at his residence here in the early hours of today, ISRO officials said.
 
He was 85. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His last rites will be held here later today, they said.
 
Prof. Rao was respected for his original contributions to the development of space technology in India and its extensive application to communications and remote sensing of natural resources.
 
He was the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) at Ahmedabad and the Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram. 
 
Born on March 10, 1932 at Adamaru in Karnataka, he strudied at Christian High School, Udupi, Government Arts and Science College, Anantpur, and  Banaras Hindu University. He completed his Ph. D. at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.
 
Prof. Rao started his career as a cosmic ray scientist, and worked under Dr. Sarabhai, which he continued at MIT. He also worked as Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Dallas where, in association with the JPL Group, he was the first to establish the continuous nature of the solar wind and its effect on geomagnetism using Mariner 2 observations.
 
His experiments on a number of Pioneer and Explorer spacecraft led to a complete understanding of the solar cosmic ray phenomena and the electromagnetic state of the interplanetary space. 
 
Prof. Rao returned to India in 1966 as Professor at PRL, Ahmedabad. Convinced of the imperative need to use space technology for rapid development, Prof. Rao undertook the responsibility for the establishment of satellite technology in India in 1972. Under his guidance, beginning with the first Indian satellite "Aryabhata" in 1975, over 18 satellites including Bhaskara, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT-1 and INSAT-2 series of multipurpose satellites and the IRS-1A and IRS-1B remote sensing satellites were designed, fabricated and launched for providing communication, remote sensing and meteorological services.
 
After taking charge as Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space in 1984, Prof. Rao accelerated the development of rocket technology, resulting in the successful launch of Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) rocket and the operational Polar Sattelite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch vehicle, which can launch 2.0 ton class of satellites into polar orbit. 
 
Prof. Rao initiated the development of the geostationary launch vehicle (GSLV) and the development of cryogenic technology in 1991.
 
He was responsible for successful launch of INSAT satellites during his stint at ISRO, which gave a big thrust to communications in India, during the 1980s and 1990s and led to the IT boom in the country.
 
Prof Rao had published over 350 scientific and technical papers covering cosmic rays, interplanetary physics, high energy astronomy, space applications and satellite and rocket technology and authored many books.He was also the recipient of D.Sc. (Hon. Causa) degree from over 25 Universities including University of Bologna, the oldest University in Europe.
 
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour, by the Government in 1976 and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2017.
 
He was the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the prestigious “Satellite Hall of Fame” at Washington DC, USA on March 19, 2013. Earlier, he had become the first Indian to be inducted into the International Astronautics Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame on May 15, 2016 at Guadalajara, Mexico.
 
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Kerala NCP president Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away

Uzhavoor Vijayan
Uzhavoor Vijayan
Mr. Uzhavoor Vijayan, the president of the Kerala unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), passed away at a private hospital here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 60. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
According to sources, Mr. Vijayan had been admitted to the hospital on July 11 for treatment of liver-related ailments. His condition took a turn for the worse early today and he breathed his last around 7 am, they said.
 
His body will be taken to Kottayam, where it will be kept at the Police Ground for people to pay homage. The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at Uzhavoor.
 
Mr. Vijayan who entered politics through the Kerala Students' Union (KSU), the students' wing of the Congress, was admired for his oratory and caustic humour.
 
He had served as the chairman of the Kerala State Handicapped Persons' Welfare Corporation and Secretary of the State Pollution Control Board.
 
He had lost to Congress (M) chairman K. M. Mani from the Pala constituency in the 2001 assembly polls -- the only election he contested. Later, he left the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and joined the Congress (S).
 
Mr. Vijayan had also appeared in a couple of movies and television serials.
 
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ACC approves several senior-level appointments

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved several senior-level appointments, according to a notification issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).
 
The notificaiton said Mr. Ashok MR Dalawai, lAS (OR 84), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare has been appointed as CEO National Rainfed Area Authority by upgrading the post to the level of Secretary (Equivalent) .
 
Mr. Anup Wadhawan, lAS (UK 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Logistics, Department of Commerce by operating the newly created post of Special Secretary in the Ministry, at the level of Additional Secretary for two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. J. Rama Krishna Rao, lAS (BH 85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Minorities in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India.
 
Mr. Sanjiv Gupta, lAS (HP 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as CEO, National E-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Additional Secretary for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Ms. Usha Sharma, lAS (RJ 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been appointed as Director General, Archaeological Survey of India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, lAS (BH 86) Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Director General Foreign Trade in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, lAS (MP 86) Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change vice Mr. R.R. Rashmi, lAS (MN 83) who has been repatriated to his cadre.
 
Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha, lAS (JH 87) who is presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Managing Director, National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. V P Joy, lAS (KL 87) Central Provident Fund Commissioner has been appointed as Central Provident Fund Commissioner, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, by restoring the post to the earlier level of Additional Secretary.
 
Mr. Sunil Kumar, lAS (UP 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce vice Mr. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, lAS (BH 86) on his appointment as Director General Foreign Trade.
 
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, lAS (TG 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs by operating the newly created post of Special Secretary in the Ministry at the level of Additional Secretary for two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Pradip Kumar Tripathi, lAS (JK 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.
 
Mr. Raj Kumar, lAS (GJ 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs has been appointed as Director General, Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Barun Mitra, lAS (MN 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence vice Mr. J. Rama Krishna Rao, lAS (BH 85) on his appointment as Secretary, National Commission for Minorities.
 
Mr. Praveen Kumar, lAS (TN 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
 
Mr. Manoj Jhalani, lAS (MP 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
 
Ms. Vasudha Mishra, lAS (TG 87) Managing Director, NCDCI has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances vice Ms. Usha Sharma, lAS (RJ:85) on her appointment as DG, Archaeological Survey of India.
 
Mr. Lalit Kumar Gupta, lAS (TR 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
 
Ms. Leena Nandan, lAS (UP 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
 
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Mr. Jiwesh Nandan, lAS (UP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence.
 
Mr. Pravir Krishna, lAS (MP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been appointed as Managing Director, TRIFED in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, lAS (GJ 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal has been appointed as Managing Director, NAWADCO, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Pradeep Kumar, lAS ( KL 87), Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Power has been appointed as Project Director, National Disaster Management Authority in the vacancy caused on completion of tenure of Ms. Mamta Kundra, IA&AS, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh, lAS (MP 87) Administrator, Universal Services Obligation Fund has been appointed as Administrator, Universal Services Obligation Fund, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Additional Secretary for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, lAS (AGMUT 87), Deputy Election Commissioner has been appointed as Director General, National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Ajay Tirkey, lAS (MP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development.
 
Mr. Rajiv Bansal, lAS (NL 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
 
Ms. Ravneet Kaur, lAS (PB 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Ali Raza Rizvi, lAS (HP 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce Commerce has been appointed as CMD, National Mineral Development Corporation, Ministry of Steel in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Ms. Upma Srivastava, lAS (SK 88), Joint Secretary, Ministryof Civil Aviation has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare vice Mr. Ashok MR Dalawai, lAS (OR 84) on his appointmentas CEO, National RainfedArea Authority.
 
Mr. Arun Kumar Mehta, lAS (JK 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change.
 
Mr. K. Rajeshwar Rao, lAS (TR 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been appointed as Additional Secretary,Ministryn of Mines.
 
Mr. Manoj Kumar, lAS (HP 88), Chief Vigilance Officer, Delhi Development Authority has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and UrbanAffairs.
 
Mr. Shailendra Singh, lAS (MP 88), Joint Secretary, Departmentof Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion vice Mr. Sanjiv Gupta, lAS (HP 85) on his appointmentas CEO, NeGD.
 
Mr. S.K Dev Verman, lAS (MN 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs by temporarily upgrading the post held by him as a measure personal to the officer from the date of his assumption of charge of the post.
 
The notification said that the ACC had also approved:
 
(i) in-situ upgradationof Ms. Nilam Sawhney, lAS (AP 84), Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission and Mr. Udai Pratap Singh, lAS (JH 84), Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority in the rank and pay of Secretary.
 
ii) appointment of Ms. Vijaya Srivastava, lAS (MP 84), Additional Secretary, M/o Health and Family Welfare as Special Secretary, Department of Health and FamilyWelfare by temporarily upgrading the post.
 
(iii) the premature repatriation of Mr. Jishnu Barua, lAS (AM 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training ,back to the cadre with immediate effect with the imposition of extended cooling off condition.
 
(iv) the officers of the 1987/1988 batches who are serving in the Centre and who have been empanelled to hold Additional Secretary/Additional Secretary equivalent posts at the Centre, may be upgraded in-situ in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary as a measure personal to them by temporarily upgrading the posts held by them from the date their immediate inter-se junior officer in the batch assumes charge of the post of Additional Secretary/ Additional Secretary equivalent.
 
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Sanjay Kothari appointed as Secretary to President, Ashok Malik to be Press Secretary

Sanjay Kothari
Sanjay Kothari
Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), has been appointed as Secretary to the President, a notification by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has said.
 
Mr. Kothari is a retired officer of the 1978 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (Haryana cadre). He has served in various positions in Haryana and as Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training at the Centre.
 
The notification said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the appointment of Mr. Bharat Lal, IFoS (GJ 88), as Joint Secretary to the President. Mr. Lal is currently Resident Commissioner of the Gujarat Government in Delhi.
 
Well-known journalist and analyst Ashok Malik, who is currently Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, has been appointed as Press Secretary to the President, the notification added.
 
Mr. Malik, 48, is a columnist for several Indian and foreign publications. He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri in 2016. 
 
A student of La Martiniere School and Presidency College in Kolkata, he began his career with The Telegraph in Kolkata and later worked for various publications including The Times of India, India Today and Indian Express. He has been with ORF since 2015.
 
The appointments are for an initial period of two years, the notification added.
 
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