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S. K. Sinha appointed as Secretary (Security) in Cabinet Secretariat

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Mr. S. K. Sinha, Special Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB), has been appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat with effect from November 30, 2017.
 
Mr. Sinha, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1983 batch (Bihar cadre), will succeed Mr. A. R. K. Kini, IPS (BH: 1981), who will superannuate on that date, an official press release said.
 
The release said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the appointment of Mr. A. P. Maheshwari, IPS (UP:1984), Special Director General, Border Security Force (BSF), as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) for a period up to his superannuation on 28.02.2021 or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
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Vice-Admiral Ajit Kumar P assumes charge as Vice Chief of Naval Staff

Vice-Admiral Ajit Kumar P (left) taking charge as the Vice-Chief of Naval Staff from Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh (right) at a ceremony at South Block, New Delhi on October 30, 2017.
Vice-Admiral Ajit Kumar P (left) taking charge as the Vice-Chief of Naval Staff from Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh (right) at a ceremony at South Block, New Delhi on October 30, 2017.
Vice-Admiral Ajit Kumar P has assumed charge as the Vice-Chief of Naval Staff from Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh at a formal ceremony held this morning at South Block, New Delhi.
 
Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh proceeds to Visakhapatnam and is scheduled to take over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, tomorrow.
 
Vice-Admiral Ajit Kumar is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA). He was commissioned in the Indian Navy on July 1, 1981 and is a specialist in Missiles & Gunnery. 
 
The Flag Officer has had extensive operational tenures onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy. He has had the distinction of having commanded six seagoing platforms which include the guided missile corvette Kulish (commissioning), the guided missile frigate Talwar and the guided missile destroyers Mumbai and Mysore. The officer has done the Naval Higher Command Course and is also an alumnus of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
 
His important shore/ staff assignments include Director Maritime Warfare Centre, Visakhapatnam, Commanding Officer of INS Dronacharya, Kochi, and Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command, Mumbai.
 
He was promoted to Flag Rank in September, 2009 and as a Rear Admiral, his assignments included Assistant Chief of Personnel (HRD) at Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) and Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command. 
 
On promotion to the Rank of Vice-Admiral on December 1, 2013, he was appointed as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and thereafter has completed two joint service tenures as Principal Staff Officer at Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, tenanting the billets of Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Policy Planning & Force Development).
 
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N. J. Gangte appointed as High Commissioner to Zambia

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Mr. N. J. Gangte, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Zambia.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Gangte, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1994 batch, is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Renowned singer Girija Devi passes away

Girija Devi
Girija Devi
Renowned classical vocalist Girija Devi, whose renditions of thumris, khyal and tappa won her millions of admirers, passed away at a hospital here tonight after suffering a cardiac arrest, sources said.
 
She was 88. She is survived by a daughter.
 
Girija Devi was taken to the B M Birla Heart Research Centre this afternoon for treatment of cardiovascular ailments and was put on life support, the sources said.
 
Hospital sources said she was admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit and kept under continous watch. The end came at around 8.45 pm, they said.
 
"Saddened by demise of Girija Devi ji. Indian classical music has lost one of its most melodious voices. My thoughts are with her admirers," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter. 
 
"Girija Devi ji's music appealed across generations. Her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music will always be remembered," he added.
 
Girija Devi was born on May 8, 1929 to Ramdeo Rai, a zamindar. Her father played the harmonium and taught music, and he made Girija Devi take lessons in singing khyal and tappa from vocalist and sarangi player Sarju Prasad Misra from the age of five.
 
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She made her public debut in 1949 on All India Radio, Allahabad and sang at her first concert in Bihar in 1951. She continued to study with Sri Chand Misra for some more years, until his death. She worked as a member of the faculty at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata in the 1980s and at the Banaras Hindu University during the early 1990s. She also toured and continued to perform and taught several students to preserve her musical heritage.
 
Girija Devi sang in the Banaras gharana and performed the purabi ang thumri style, typical of the tradition, whose status she helped elevate. Her repertoire included the semi-classical genres kajri, chaiti, and holi and she sang khyal, Indian folk music, and tappa.
 
The Government had honoured her with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour, in 2016. She had been awarded the Padma Shri in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan in 1989.
 
She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2010.
 
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Bishop Zacharias Mar Theophilus of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church passes away

Zacharias Mar Theophilus
Zacharias Mar Theophilus
Bishop Zacharias Mar Theophilus, the Metropolitan of the Malabar Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, passed away here today, the church announced today.
 
He was 65.
 
The bishop had been undergoing treatment for cancer at the MVR Cancer Centre here, and breathed his last at around 3.40 pm, the announcement said. He had also undergone treatment at the Tata Memorial Cancer Institute in Mumbai and at a hospital in Bengaluru.
 
His mortal remains will be interred at the Thadakam Kristhusishya Ashramam, Coimbatore, on Thursday.
 
Bishop Zacharias was born on August 17, 1952 as M.C. Cherian, the second of the three children of  M.P. Chandapillai and Achamma of Chengaroor, Mallappally, Pathanamthitta. 
 
After completing his college education, he joined the Old Seminary in Kottayam. He was made a Ramban in 2004 and named Zacharias. In 2005, he was made a Metropolitan with the name Zacharias Mar Theophilus.
 
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Eminent Malayalam filmmaker I. V. Sasi passes away

I. V. Sasi
I. V. Sasi
Eminent filmmaker I. V. Sasi, who had helmed more than 150 movies, mainly in Malayalam, passed away here today, sources close to his family said.
 
He was 69. He is survived by his wife, well-known actress Seema, and their two children, daughter Anu and son Ani.
 
According to the sources, Mr. Sasi died while he was being taken to a hospital after complaining of uneasiness.
 
The sources said that he was planning to leave later today on a visit to Australia, where his daughter lives, when the end came suddenly.
 
Mr. Sasi was one of the dominant figures in Malayalam cinema during the 1970s, '80s and '90s. He also made several films in Tamil and some in Hindi, too.
 
He was credited with introducing several new aspects to filmmaking during his illustrious career and played an important role in establishing actors such as Mammootty and Mohanlal as superstars. 
 
Born as Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran on March 28, 1948, Sasi moved to Chennai and began his career in films as an art director with Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968.
 
He worked as an assistant director in some films before directing his first film, Ulsavam, in 1975. He went on to make more than 170 films, many of which turned out to big hits. "Avalude Raavukal" helped him establish himself in the industry. He met his future wife Seema during the making of that film, and the two worked together on about 30 movies.
 
He introduced Mammootty as a hero in his film Thrishna and gave Mohanlal a major break in Ineyengillum. His collaborations with M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Padmarajan and T. Damodaran produced some memorable movies.
 
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He worked with Mammootty in more than 35 films and gave Mohanlal one of his biggest hits, Devaasuram.
 
He directed superstar Kamal Haasan in films like Guru, Kasishma and Eeta. He introduced megastar Rajanikanth to Malayalm films through through Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum in 1979. Other films with Rajinikanth include the Telugu-Tamil bilingual film Kaali and Ellam Un Kairasi. 
 
His Hindi movies included Patita (Mithun Chakraborty), Anokha Rishta (Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil), Pratishodh (1980) and Karishma.
 
He won the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on National Integration in 1982 for Aaroodam.
 
At the Kerala State Film Awards, he won awards for Best Art Director in Anubhavam (1976), Second Best Film for Aalkoottathil Thaniye (1984), Best Popular Film for 1921 (1988) and Best Director Mrigaya.
 
He won the Filmfare Awards (South) for Best Director for Itha Ivide Vare (1977) and for Eetta (1978. In 2015, Filmfare honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won the prestigious J. C. Daniel Award for the year 2015.
 
His daughter has acted in Symphony directed by him. His son is also into filmmaking.
 
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Alok Kumar Pateria appointed as ADG, CISF

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr. Alok Kumar Pateria, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1986 batch (Madhya Pradesh cadre), as Additional Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on  deputation basis.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be for a period upto May 31, 2020, the date of his superannuation, from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
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IPPB appoints Suresh Sethi as its MD & CEO

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India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has appointed Mr. Suresh Sethi, the former MD of Vodafone M-Pesa Ltd. as its Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
 
Mr. Sethi had been selected by the Banks Board Bureau from amongst top contenders for the post, from both public and private sector banking and fintech professionals, a release from IPPB said.
 
The release said Mr. Sethi has broad international experience of over 27 years in the banking and financial services industry with Citigroup, Yes Bank and Vodafone M-Pesa across India, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Argentina and the United States. He has extensively worked in the financial inclusion space leveraging fintech and digital-led innovation.
 
"His experience in the Digital & Mobile Payments space will be of great relevance to IPPB which aims to deliver financial inclusion with special focus in rural and semi-urban India and among the under-banked segments," it said.
 
Mr. Sethi takes over from Mr. A.P. Singh, who had been the interim MD & CEO of IPPB since January 2017.
 
IPPB has been incorporated as a public limited company under the Department of Posts with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity. 
 
"IPPB plans to leverage the unparalleled reach of the India Post network to achieve a pan India roll out of 650 branches by early next year," the release added.
 
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HSBC appoints Jayant Rikhye as CEO India

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) today announced the appointment of Mr. Jayant Rikhye as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for HSBC India with effect from 1 December 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.
 
In his new role, Mr Rikhye will lead HSBC’s next phase of growth in the country, where he first joined the group in 1989, a press release from the bank said.
 
A HSBC Group General Manager, Mr Rikhye is currently Head of International, Asia-Pacific, responsible for 11 markets in the region. He is also Head of Strategy and Planning, Asia-Pacific.
 
Mr Rikhye succeeds Stuart Milne, who is also a Group General Manager, after five years in the role. Mr Milne will take a three month sabbatical from the beginning of January 2018 and his next role at HSBC will be announced in due course, the release said.
 
Mr. Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said: “Jayant brings with him a vast experience of leading international banking operations in Asia. I am confident he will be able to take the Bank’s India operations to the next level of development. I would like to thank Stuart for his significant contribution during his five years in India.”
 
During his career with HSBC, Mr Rikhye has worked in a number of countries and territories in a variety of functions, including Corporate Banking in Taiwan, Institutional Fund Services in Hong Kong and Head of Securities Services for the Middle East and North Africa, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
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Sibi George appointed as Ambassador to Switzerland

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Mr. Sibi George, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Aftairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Switzerland.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. George, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1993 batch, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Manika Jain appointed as the next Ambassador to Cambodia

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Ms. Manika Jain, presently Consul General of India, Melbourne has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Cambodia.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Ms. Jain, an Indian Foreign Service of the 1993 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Leslie Thng joins Vistara as chief executive officer

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Mr. Leslie Thng took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of full-service carrier Vistara, a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, here yesterday.
 
He has succeeded Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, who has returned to Singapore Airlines to take up a senior appointment. 
 
"Mr Thng has taken over as the airline’s new CEO post all requisite approvals from the Government of India and regulatory authorities," a press release from Vistara said here yesterday.
 
Mr Thng has joined Vistara from Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH, a Singapore Airlines Holding Company) where he was serving as the chief commercial officer.
 
“I am delighted to be joining Vistara that has transformed air travel experience in India and cultivated a reputation of setting new standards in service excellence in the Indian aviation industry,” said Mr Thng. “I look forward to the opportunity to build on the strong foundation and momentum created by Phee Teik Yeoh, and work with the wonderful team of Vistara. I hope to get the support of all stakeholders, including the customers, to take Vistara through its next phase of growth and development,” he added.
 
Mr Thng, who started his career in SIA in 1999 and held many senior positions in the airline, has significant leadership experience and deep knowledge of the aviation sector across international markets and various businesses. Prior to being appointed chief commercial officer for Budget Aviation Holdings, he was chief executive of SilkAir. 
 
Mr Thng holds a bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
 
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Voltas names Pradeep Bakshi as its next MD & CEO

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The Board of Directors of Voltas, the global air-conditioning and engineering services provider and a part of the Tata group, has announced that Mr. Pradeep Bakshi, executive director & chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Sanjay Johri, MD and CEO, when the latter superannuates in February 2018.
 
Simultaneously, Mr. Anil George, executive director (finance and corporate affairs), will be elevated as deputy managing director, with increased responsibilities, a press release from the company said here today.
 
Mr. Noel Tata, chairman of the Board said that the company had achieved great success under Mr Johri, MD and CEO, since 2010. 
 
“We are market leaders in the room air conditioning business, with a market share of 22 percent. Our net profit jumped by 30 percent in FY2016-17, to reach Rs 511 crores, with ROCE at 21 percent. And the Voltas share price has grown by 340 percent in five years, from Rs 120 to Rs 530," he said.
 
“The appointments of Pradeep Bakshi and Anil George mark the culmination of a formal succession process at Voltas Limited, in which MD Sanjay Johri and the Board were engaged for two years to groom the leadership team of the company," he added.
 
Mr Johri said that he was proud of Voltas’s leadership team and confident about the company’s prospects. “Our flagship consumer arm will achieve rapid growth both in the existing room AC business, and also from the launch of refrigerators, washing machines and other consumer durables in Voltas’s JV with the Arcelik group of Turkey. We will also sustain profitable growth in our engineering projects and engineering products businesses. I wish Pradeep and Anil all success in taking the company to greater heights.”
 
Mr Bakshi said that he was gratified by the trust reposed in him by the Board of Directors. “I am fortunate to have outstanding colleagues at Voltas, as also the continued mentoring from our MD and CEO and the Board of Directors. My goal is to build on the strong foundations created by Mr Johri. I am confident we will attain market leadership in the wider basket of consumer durables, as we did in the room AC industry.”
 
Mr. George said that the leadership team of Voltas was dynamic, result-oriented and pro-active, and he had absolutely no doubt that the best years for the company lay ahead.  
 
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Gautam Bambawale appointed as India's next Ambassador to China

Gautam Bambawale
Gautam Bambawale
Mr. Gautam H. Bambawale, presently High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to China.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Bambawale, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1984 batch, was expected to take up his new assignment shortly.
 
He will succeed Mr. Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who was earlier appointed as  Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
Mr. Bambawale, who was appointed as High Commissioner to Pakistan in December 2015, was earlier the Ambassador of India to Bhutan.
 
Mr. Bambawale has a Master's degree in Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.
 
After joining the IFS in 1984, he opted to learn Mandarin Chinese as his foreign language and served in Hong Kong and Beijing between 1985 and 1991. He also speaks German fluently.
 
Returning to Delhi, he was first the Desk Officer for China in the Ministry of External Affairs, later serving as Director in the Americas Division of the Ministry, responsible for relations with the US and Canada [1993-94].
 
Mr. Bambawale was then appointed the Director of the Indian Cultural Centre in Berlin, Germany between 1994-98. He returned to Beijing and functioned as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy there.
 
In March 2001, he returned to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi as the Staff Officer to the Foreign Secretary from March 2001 to June 2002.
 
Later, he worked in the Prime Minister's Office as Deputy Chief for the Division of National Security Affairs, Defence and International Policy.
 
From July 2004 to September 2007, he was Minister (Political) and Head of the Political Wing at the Embassy of India in Washington D.C.
 
From September 2007 to December 2009, Mr. Bambawale functioned as the Consul General of India in Guangzhou, China.He was the first Consul General of India in Guangzhou.
 
Returning to Delhi from Guangzhou, Mr. Bambawale served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs from December, 2009 to July 2014, responsible for relations with Japan, China and South Korea, amongst other countries.
 
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Mahesh Kumar Gupta, D. K. Gayen appointed as new Members of Railway Board

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Mr. Mahesh Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the new Member, Engineering and Mr. D. K. Gayen as the new Member, Staff of the Railway Board.
 
Both officers will be ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India, a press release from the Ministry of Railways said.
 
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Gupta, an officer of the 1979 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), was General Manager, Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli. He has also worked as Chief Administrative Officer (Constructions), Central Railway. He has also held various other posts like Chief Bridge Engineer, Eastern Railways and Central Railways, respectively, Chief Engineer (Planning & Design), Central Railways, Senior Divisional Engineer (Coordination), Nagpur Division, Central Railways, Deputy Chief Engineer, Konkan Railways, Joint Director(Tracks), RDSO, Lucknow and Deputy Chief Engineer, Central Railways.
 
He has a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Roorkee (1979).
 
Mr. Gayen, an officer of the 1981 batch of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), was earlier the General Manager of East Central Railway at Hajipur. Before that, he has worked as Chief Mechanical Engineer, South Eastern Railway. He has also worked in various important posts like Chief Rolling Stock Engineer, Eastern Railways & Chief Motive Power Engineer, Eastern Railways, Chief Workshop Manager, Jamalpur Workshop and Liluah Workshop. He has also worked as Divisional Railway Manager, Asansol and Mughalsarai Division, respectively. He has served in the capacity of Director (Inspection and Liaison), RDSO, Lucknow.
 
Mr. Gayen has a Bachelor in Engineering from the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (1979).
 
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ACC approves several Secretary-level appointments

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Mr. Ajay Narayan Jha, IAS (MN 82), Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance with immediate effect. 
 
Mr. Jha will assume charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of Mr. Ashok Lavasa, IAS (HY 80), an official press release said.
 
The release said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the following appointments:
 
Mr. C.K. Mishra, IAS (BH 83), Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change in place of Mr. Jha.
 
Mr. Injeti Srinivas, IAS (OR 83), Secretary, Department of Sports & Director General, Sports Authority of India, has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
 
Mr. Gopal Krishna, IAS (WB 83), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Shipping in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Mr. Ravi Kant, IAS (BH 84) as Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution.
 
Mr. Rabul Prasad Bhatnagar, IAS (UP 83), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Sports & DG, SAI to succeed Mr. Srinivas.
 
Ms. Preeti Sudan, IAS (AP 83), Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to succeed Mr. Mishra.
 
Mr. Ravi Kant, IAS (BH 84), Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution to succeed Ms. Sudan.
 
Mr. Alok Shrivastava, IAS (MP 84), Special Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Justice.
 
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Mr. K.V. Eapen, IAS (AM 84), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Pensions & Pensioners' Welfare.
 
Ms. Shakuntala Gamlin, IAS (AGMUT 84), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DIVYANGJAN).
 
Mr. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, AYUSH, has been appointed as  Secretary, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) on contract basis for the remainder period of three years, reckoned from the date of his assumption of charge i.e. 29.06.2017 as Special Secretary, AYUSH.
 
Ms. Amita Prasad, IAS (KN 85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. The earlier order appointing Mr. V.K. Yadav, IRSEE (80) against this post stands cancelled and the officer is debarred for appointment to any post in the Central Staffing Scheme.
 
Mr. Ram Mohan Mishra, IAS (AM 87), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
 
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India to conduct first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise from October 10

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The first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) will be conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency next week from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
 
The exercise will be a platform for sharing best practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC member countries. 
 
The main focus will be on testing the region’s preparedness and resilience towards effective activation of inter-Governmental interaction, dialogue and  agreements for immediate deployment of regional resources for disaster response, an official press release said.
 
"It will help create synergy and synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation among the member countries. The exercise will help strengthen the effective utilization of the Search & Rescue Teams for Disaster Relief & Emergency Response, including Emergency Rapid Assessment Teams and Management of mass casualties especially in situations involving the breakdown of infrastructure and communication," the release said.
 
Delegates from all seven nations of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, representatives from Embassies/High Commissions of BIMSTEC nations in Delhi, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and senior officers from the Nodal Ministries will participate in the event.
 
At the end of the four-day exercise, a publication will be brought out on the outcomes and recommendations of the Joint/Common Exercise and include Agreement among BIMSTEC Nations on regional cooperation for Disaster Management and Emergency Response. This would be presented to the BIMSTEC Leaders at the Summit to be hosted by Nepal in October/November 2017.
 
The BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 is being conducted in two phases in Delhi and NCR. The main exercise will comprise of Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and After Action Review (AAR) which is scheduled for October 10-13, 2017. Earlier, the first phase comprising a Preparatory Meeting and field visit of the site selected for FTX during the main exercise was held in Delhi NCR on August 8-9, 2017.
 
India has been at the forefront of DRR efforts by hosting the South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMEx) and the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). India has also offered its expertise and capabilities in DRR such as the South Asia satellite, GSAT-9, and the Tsunami Early Warning Centre to other countries. Disaster Management was one of the important Agenda items the BIMSTEC leaders deliberated upon during the Goa BRICS Summit in October last year where BIMSTEC leaders were the Special Invitees.
 
The BIMSTEC region is home to around 1.5 billion people, constituting around 22% of the global population with a combined GDP of US $2.7 trillion economy. Majority of the BIMSTEC countries are situated in the South Asian Region (SAR), prone to natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes, avalanches and drought.
 
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Rajnish Kumar appointed as Chairman of State Bank of India

Rajnish Kumar
Rajnish Kumar
Mr. Rajnish Kumar, Managing Director, State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, has been appointed as its Chairman, succeeding Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya.
 
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal of the Department of Financial Services for appointment of Mr. Rajnish Kumar, Managing Director (MD), State Bank of India as Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI)," a notification from the Department of Personnel and Training, said.
 
The appointment will be for a period of three years from the date of his taking over charge of the post on or after October 7, or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the notification added.
 
“It is indeed an honour to be entrusted with the leadership of SBI at a time when India is best poised for growth. I look forward to serving  the bank to the best of my abilities along with the support of all my colleagues spread across the globe," Mr. Kumar said.
 
Mr. Kumar has been Managing Director of SBI since May 26, 2015. Currently, he is looking after retail banking and latest initiatives in payments and digital banking. Prior to that, he headed SBI Capital Markets Ltd., which is the merchant banking arm of SBI, in the capacity of MD & CEO.
 
Mr. Kumar, who has an M. Sc. in Physics and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), has been with SBI for over three decades, having joined the bank as a probationary officer in 1980. He has held several key assignments across various business verticals, including two overseas assignments in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has vast experience in handling large credit, project finance, forex and retail banking. He has also held important positions such as Regional Head - SBI (UK); Chief General Manager - North East Circle, Chief General Manager - project Finance and Managing Director (Risk & Compliance). 
 
Ms. Bhattacharya had assumed charge as Chairperson of SBI on October 7, 2013. She was given a one-year extension in tenure last year.
 
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ICMR chief Soumya Swaminathan appointed Deputy Director General of WHO

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Government of India and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), was appointed today as one of the two Deputy Directors-General of the World Health Organisation.
 
While Dr Swaminathan will be Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP), Ms. Jane Ellison of the United Kingdom will be Deputy Director-General for Corporate Operations (DDC), WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement announcing senior leadership team in Geneva today.
 
Dr Swaminathan, 58, a paediatrician, has more than 30 years of experience in clinical care, research and translating those findings into programs. 
 
The statement noted that Dr. Swaminathan is a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, and brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes.
 
From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/ UNDP/ World Bank/ WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva. She has sat on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees, including the WHO Expert Panel to Review Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO, and as Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB. 
 
"She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom and the United States and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters," it said.
 
Dr. Swaminathan has been Director General of ICMR since August 2015. She completed her MBBS from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and then did her M. D. in paediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
 
Later, she held a post-doctoral medical fellowship in paediatric pulmonology at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, in the United States.
 
Dr Swaminathan is the daughter of well-known agricultural scientist M. S. Swaminathan, regarded as the father of India's green revolution, and renowned educationist Mina Swaminathan.
 
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Well-known actor Tom Alter passes away

Tom Alter
Tom Alter
Well-known film and theatre actor Tom Alter passed away at his residence here on Friday after losing a battle with skin cancer.
 
He was 67. He is survived by his wife Carol Evans, son Jamie Alter, a sports journalist, and daughter Afshaan.
 
According to sources, Alter was being treated for stage four of squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, at a Mumbai hospital, where he had been admitted earlier this month. He returned home on Thursday and breathed his last on Friday night, they said.
 
"It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father. Tom passed away Friday night at home with his family and close family members in attendance. We ask for their privacy to be respected at this time," a statement issued by the family said.
 
During an illustrious career of more than four decades, Alter acted in more than 300 movies and in several television series and plays.
 
Thomas Beach Alter was born on June 22, 1950 at Landour near Musoorie, now in Uttarakhand, to American Christian missionaries of English and Scottish ancestry, who had made India their home.
 
His grandparents migrated to India from Ohio, United States in November 1916, arriving first in Madras, now Chennai and later settling down in Lahore. His father was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan.
 
After the partition of India, his parents moved to India and lived in Allahabad, Jabalpur and Saharanpur before finally settling down in Rajpur, a small town between Dehradun and Mussoorie in present-day Uttarakhand in 1954. His elder sister, Martha Chen, has a PhD in South Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania and teaches at Harvard University. His brother John is a poet and a teacher.
 
Alter picked up fluent Hindi at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and later went to study at Yale, but returned after a year. He worked as a school teacher and worked at various other jobs, but somewhere along the way was bitten by the Hindi film bug, especially after watching Rajesh Khanna in Aradhana. He finally ended up enrolling at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and studied acting there from 1972-74 with  Naseeruddin Shah, Benjamin Gilani and Shabana Azmi among his fellow-students.
 
He made his debut in HIndi movies in 1976 with a small role in Charas and went on to appear in films such as Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Gandhi, Krant, Bose: The Forgotten Hero, Veer Zara, Junoon, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Aashiqui, Gumrah, Sardar, Kala Pani and Parinda. He worked with top directors such as Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Raj Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, V. Shataram, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Manmohan Desai, Subhash Ghai, Chetan Anand, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt and Ketan Mehta.
 
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He also acted in several films in Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kumaoni. Foreign films he appeared in included Gandhi and One Night with the King.
 
He also appeared in the much-acclaimed television series Zabaan Sambhalke (1993-97), an adaptation of the British sitcom Mind Your Language, which also featured Pankaj Kapoor. He was also part of TV shows such as Shaktiman and Captain Vyom, which were popular with children. He also did the role of the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit television series Junoon in the 1990s.
 
He remained active in theatre throughout his career and played Mirza Ghalib in the play Ghalib in Delhi.
 
In 1977, Naseeruddin Shah, Benjamin Gilani and he formed a theatre group called Motley Productions, which has produced many plays over the years. He also worked with New Delhi theatre group Pierrot's Troupe.
 
Among other things, he dabbled in direction and also worked as a sports journalist in the 1980s and 1990s. He has written three books, including two works of fiction.
 
The Government honoured him with the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2008 for his services to the field of arts and cinema.
 
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Mridul Kumar appointed as High Commissioner to Malaysia

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Mr. Mridul Kumar, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Malaysia.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Kumar, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1992 batch, is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Rajiv Mehrishi sworn in as Comptroller and Auditor General of India

Rajiv Mehrishi
Rajiv Mehrishi
Former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was today sworn in as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, succeeding Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma.
 
Mr. Mehrishi, 62, took and subscribed to the oath of office before President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
 
He will have a tenure till August 7, 2020, an official press release said.
 
A retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1978  batch (Rajasthan cadre), Mr. Mehrishi had been appointed as the Home Secretary on August 31, 2015 for a two-year term.
 
 
Rajiv Mehrishi takes oath as new CAG of India
Before that, he had served as Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, and as Chief Secretary of Rajasthan.
 
Apart from handling various assignments in his parent cadre, he had also served at the Centre as Secretary, Department of Fertiliers and as Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. 
 
Born on August 8, 1955, Mr. Mehrishi has a BA and an MA in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and also a degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow.
 
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Y. C. Modi appointed Director General of National Investigation Agency

Y. C. Modi
Y. C. Modi
Central Bureau of Investigation Additional Director Y. C. Modi was today  named as the new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
 
Mr. Modi, who belongs to the 1984 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) (Assam-Meghalaya cadre), will succeed Mr. Sharad Kumar, IPS (HY:79) on completion of his tenure on October 30, 2017, an official press release said.
 
The appointment will be with effect from the date of assumption of charge till the date of his superannuation on May 31, 2021 or until further orders, it said.
 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has also approved the appointment of Mr. Modi as Officer on Special Duty in the NIA with immediate effect to ensure smooth takeover of responsibilities in the NIA, it said.
 
Mr. Modi was part of the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the 2002 Gujarat violence cases.
 
The release said the ACC had also approved the appointment of Mr.  Rajni Kant Misra, IPS (UP:84), Additional DG, Border Security Force (BSF) as Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for a period upto the date of his superannuation, 31.08.2019, from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier. He will succeed Ms. Archana Ramasundram, IPS (TN:80) on completion of her tenure on September 30, 2017.
 
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Harsh Kumar Jain appointed as Ambassador to Slovak Republic

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Mr. Harsh Kumar Jain, presently Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr. Jain, (IFS: 1993), was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Constitutional law exert and senior advocate P P Rao passes away

P P Rao
P P Rao
Senior advocate and constitutional law expert P P Rao passed away here today  after a cardiac arrest. He was 84.
 
Mr. Rao had appeared before the Supreme Court in several landmark cases including Kesavananda Bharati, SR Bommai, Unnikrishnan v. State of AP, TMA Pai, PA Inamdar, and the Babri Masjid demolition case.
 
Born on July 1, 1933, Mr. Rao completed his LL. B. and LL. M from Osmania University in Hyderabad.
 
He started out in his career by teaching law in Delhi University in 1961. He was enrolled as an ddvocate by the Bar Council of Delhi in 1967 and thereafter started practice in the Supreme Court.
 
In February 1969, he became an Advocate-on-Record. He was Advocate-on-Record for the State of Andhra Pradesh and a Junior Standing Counsel for the Central Government before he was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in August 1976.
 
He was elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1991. The Government honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2006.
 
In 2014, then President Pranab Mukherjee had approved Mr. Rao's nomination as a jurist member of the selection committee for the appointment of a Lokpal.
 
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu was among those who condoled the passing away of Mr. Rao.
 
"My personal association with him goes back to the time to my early years in public life as he also hailed from the same district Nellore (United) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He was considered as one of the foremost constitutional law experts in the country and had completed 50 years of his legal practice in July 2017," he said.
 
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