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Former DMK Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley passes away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Actor-cum-AIADMK leader J. K. Ritheesh died of cardiac arrest on Saturday.
 
Ritheesh, 46, is survived by his wife Jotheeswari and a son.
 
Returning to his home in Ramanathapuram district for lunch after campaigning for BJP's Ramanathapuram Lok Sabha candidate Nainar Nagendran, he had complained of uneasiness and was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.
 
Ritheesh, who had acted in Tamil movies like "Kaanal Neer", "Nayagan", "Guru", "Pen Singam" and "LKG", was elected from the Ramanathapuram parliamentary constituency on a DMK ticket in 2009. However, he later quit the DMK and joined the AIADMK.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam have condoled Ritheesh's death.
 
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Poet Pradeep Chaubey dies due to heart attack

Pradeep Chaubey
Pradeep Chaubey
Hindi poet Pradeep Chaubey, famous for his humorous poetry, died on Thursday night due to cardiac arrest in Gwalior, people close to his family confirmed. He was 70 years old.
 
According to a person known to him, Chaubey was suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment. He was discharged from a private hospital on Thursday but was again admitted after he complained about uneasiness at night. 
 
Around 2 a.m. he took his last breath.
 
Besides humour, he was famous for satirical comments on the system. 
 
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Veteran Kerala politician K. M. Mani passes away at 86

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File photo of K M Mani
Veteran politician and Kerala Congress-Mani (KC-M) Chairman K. M. Mani, who never lost an Assembly election since 1967, passed away at a private hospital here on Tuesday.
 
Mani was suffering from a lung ailment and was in the hospital for the past one week. He had been unwell since January.
 
Announcing the death, a doctor told the media that Mani's condition turned worse after 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday and he died at 4.57 p.m.
 
Mani joined the undivided Kerala Congress in 1965 and went on to become its undisputed leader. Over the years, his party underwent several splits.
 
Mani's record of being the longest-serving legislator in the Kerala Assembly began in 1967 when he represented his home constituency Pala in Kottayam district -- from where he won a record 13 elections.
 
He often used to say that he has two wives: one is Kuttiyama and the other is Pala.
 
Although he won his first election in 1965, the Assembly was not convened and so he was not sworn in. Two years later he became a legislator for the first time -- and remained so for 52 long years.
 
Mani first became a state Minister in 1975 in the C. Achutha Menon cabinet and since then he sat in the cabinets of E. K. Nayanar, P. K. Vasudevan Nair, C. H. Mohammed Koya, K. Karunakaran, A. K. Antony and Oommen Chandy.
 
He holds the state record of having presented 13 budgets.
 
He is survived by his wife, son Jose K. Mani, a Rajya Sabha member, and five daughters.
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Mani's death had left Kerala grieving.
 
"He was certainly a very tall politician and is going to be missed in Kerala politics. He had proved his mettle in his job as a very effective minister," he said.
 
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Veteran Kerala politician K. M. Mani passes away

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Veteran Kerala politician K. M. Mani, who never lost any Assembly election since 1967, died on Tuesday evening at a private hospital here, doctors said.
 
The 86-year-old was undergoing treatment for a lung ailment since his admission to the hospital last week. 
 
Mani's party is the biggest ally of the Congress in the United Democratic Front. 
 
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Keshav Murugesh appointed as Chairman of NASSCOM for 2019-20

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The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), today announced the appointment of Mr. Keshav Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS Global Services as its Chairman for 2019-20. 
 
Murugesh takes on the position from his previous role as Vice-Chairman of NASSCOM, succeeding Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member, Wipro Ltd., who served as Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2018-19.
 
NASSCOM also announced the appointment of U B Pravin Rao, COO, Infosys as the Vice-Chairman of NASSCOM for 2019-20.
 
“It gives me great pleasure to take up this role and I am honoured to have the vote of confidence of the NASSCOM Executive Council. We stand on the cusp of a digitally transformed industry, with new opportunities to leverage and challenges to conquer. I look forward to continuing my journey at NASSCOM by working closely with several industry verticals and pursuing endeavours to foster development in these ever-dynamic times in national and international territories," Murugesh said.
 
Rishad Premji said, “I have been extremely privileged to have had this experience of working with NASSCOM and contributing towards aligning the Indian IT industry focus with the dynamic global developments. It was a great opportunity for me to help curate the future course of our industry. During my leadership tenure, I witnessed the rapid pace at which emerging technologies have been adopted by the industry and the digital transformation that has been set in motion. What was even more memorable was the establishment of NASSCOM’s FutureSkills platform and setting the tone for the skilling imperative in the country. I will always cherish the time and the work we did as a team. I would like to wish Keshav and Pravin the very best for this next leg of their journey with NASSCOM.”
 
Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said, “Keshav is a distinctly accomplished leader and his experience in the Indian IT industry speaks for itself. With his unique perspective and contemporary outlook towards the industry, he will be the ideal leader to drive the sector in a time where there are such dynamic developments and constant innovation. I am confident that his tenure as the NASSCOM Chairman will not only be beneficial to us but will help the industry as a whole.”
 
The appointment of the NASSCOM Chairman and Vice-Chairman is done through an election process by the Executive Council. The election witnesses nominees and voters from all verticals of the industry, across SMBs, enterprises and MNCs from the overall members base. 
 
NASSCOM is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industries in India. It has more than 2100 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India.
 
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Kanishak Kataria tops Civil Services Exam 2019, Srushti Deshmukh topper among women

Kanishak Kataria
Kanishak Kataria
Kanishak Kataria, who has a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has topped the Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2018, the results of which were announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) here today.
 
Kataria, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category, qualified the examination with Mathematics as his optional subject.
 
Srushti Jayant Deshmukh is the topper among the women candidates, securing an overall fifth rank. She has graduated with B.E. (Chemical Engineering) from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal.
 
The top 25 candidates comprise 15 men and 10 women.
 
A total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)l; Indian Foreign Service (IFS); Indian Police Service (IPS); and (iv) Central Services, Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’, an official press release said.
 
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 was conducted on June 3, 2018. As many as 10,65,552 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 4,93,972 candidates actually appeared.
 
A total of 10,468 candidates qualified for appearance in the Written (Main) Examination which was held in September – October, 2018. A total of 1994 candidates qualified for the Personality Test conducted in February-March, 2019.
 
Educational qualification-wise, the top 25 candidates belong to subjects like Engineering; Sciences; Economics; Law; Mathematics; History; Political Science; Public Administration and Commerce graduating from premier institutions of the country such as IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, DU, Mumbai University, Anna University, Pune University, and so on.
 
Optional subjects of the top 25 candidates in the examination ranged from Anthropology, Chemistry, Commerce & Accountancy, Geography, Law, Maths, History, Political Science & International Relations, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and English Literature.
 
The recommended candidates also include 36 Persons with Benchmark Disability (11 Orthopedically Handicapped; 12 Visually Challenged, 11 Hearing Impaired & 2 Multiple Disability).
 
Of the 759 recommended candidates, 361 are from the General Category (including 10 PwBD-1, 09 PwBD-2, 08 PwBD-3 & 01 PwBD-5); 209 Other Backward Classes (OBCs) (including 01 PwBD-1, 02 PwBD-2 and 02 PwBD-3); 128 Scheduled Caste (SC) (including 01 PwBD-3 & 01 PwBD-5); and 61 Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates (including 01 PwBD-2).
 
In accordance with Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules 2018, the Commission is maintaining a consolidated Reserve List of 106 candidates, including 53 General, 35 OBC, SC 7 and ST 1.
 
The release said  appointment to the various services will be made according to the number of vacancies available with due consideration to the provisions contained in the Rules for the Examination.The number of vacancies reported by the Government to be filled is 812 (180 IAS -- 91 General, 48 OBC, 27 SC, 14 ST; 30 IFS -- 15 General, 9 OBC, 5 SC, 1 ST; 150 IPS -- 75 General, 42 OBC, 24 SC, 9 ST; Central Services Group A 384 -- 198 General, 98 OBC, 57 SC, 31 ST; Central Services Group B -- 35 General, 12 OBC, 15 SC, 6 ST). These include 36 PwBD vacancies (11 PwBD-1; 12 PwBD-2, 11 PwBD-3 and 2 PwBD-5).
 
The candidature of 109 recommended candidates with following Roll Numbers is provisional:
 
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The full list of recommended candidates, in order of merit, can be seen here.
 
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Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh takes over as Flag Officer Commanding, Karnataka Area

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Rear Admiral Mahesh Singh assumed charge as Flag Officer Commanding, Karnataka Naval Area, at a ceremonial parade at Karwar on Saturday.
 
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1987 and is a Navigation and Direction specialist. 
 
His notable sea appointments include commissioning crew of INS Akshay and Jyoti, Executive Officer of Frigate Tabar and command of missile vessel INS Nirghat during Op Vijay, MCGS Vigilante whilst on deputation to Government of Mauritius and the LPD INS Jalashwa.
 
His staff assignments include tenures as Joint Director at the Directorate of Naval Operations and Principal Director at Directorate of Personnel. He has also headed the Navigation and Direction School at Kochi and the Maritime Warfare Centre at Visakhapatnam. 
 
He is a post-graduate from the Defence Services Staff College and the College of Defence Management Secunderabad. He has also attended a course at the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies, UK. 
 
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in October 2016, he was appointed as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command.
 
The Flag Officer is a recipient of the Nao Sena Medal for Devotion to Duty.
 
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Rear Admiral Suraj Berry takes over as Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet

Rear Admiral Suraj Berry
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry
Rear Admiral Suraj Berry took over the command of the Eastern Fleet, the sword arm of the Eastern Naval Command, from Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, at a ceremony held at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
 
Rear Admiral Berry was commissioned on January 1, 1987, and is a specialist in Gunnery and Missile Warfare. His sea commands include the missile vessel INS Nirbhik, missile corvette INS Karmuk, stealth frigate INS Talwar, and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya of which he was the commissioning Commanding Officer. 
 
His staff and operational appointments include those as the Operations Officer of the Mobile Missile Coastal Battery, Fleet Gunnery Officer of the Western Fleet, Defence Adviser to the Indian High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and Maldives, Director at the Directorate of Staff Requirements and Naval Assistant to the Chief of Naval Staff and Principal Director Strategy, Concepts and Transformation at the Naval Headquarters.
 
He was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (Meritorious Service Medal) in 2006 for services during the tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the Nau Sena Medal (Navy Medal) in 2015 for devotion to duty. 
 
He was elevated to the Flag Rank in October 2016 and was the Assistant Chief of Personnel for Human Resource Development prior to taking over command of the Eastern Fleet.
 
Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi has been placed in the select list for promotion to Vice-Admiral and is headed to New Delhi as the Assistant Director-General, Project Seabird, an official press release added.
 
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Vice-Admiral M A Hampiholi assumes charge as Director General Naval Operations

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Vice-Admiral M A Hampiholi assumed charge as Director General Naval Operations (DGNO) today.
 
Vice Adm Hampiholi is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on July 1, 1985.
 
The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and has held important assignments both afloat and ashore.  In the initial years of his career, he served onboard Indian Navy ships Himgiri, Agray and Ganga as ASW specialist officer and subsequently as an instructor at ASW School.  
 
His command tenures afloat include INS Nashak (missile vessel), INS Magar {Landing Ship Tank (Large)} and INS Talwar (stealth Frigate) and Second-in-Command of INS Khukri (Missile Corvette).
 
He commanded the National Coast Guard, Mauritius for two years (2003 – 05) and was also the Commandant, Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi.
 
His staff appointments include Joint Director at Directorate of Personnel at Naval Headquarters, Naval Adviser to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Senior Directing Staff at the Naval War College, Mumbai and Principal Director Staff Requirements at Naval Headquarters.
 
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in February 2015, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), and subsequently as the Flag Officer Sea Training in October 2016.
 
He was later appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet on Jan 18 and Commanded the sword arm prior to his assuming of his present appointment as the Director General Naval Operations on promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral.
 
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Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh takes over as Western Fleet Commander

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Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh took over charge of Western Fleet, the 'sword arm' of the Indian Navy, from Rear Admiral M. A. Hampiholi at a  ceremonial parade held at the Naval dockyard here on Friday.
 
Rear Admiral Singh was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1986 and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. A specialist in Navigation and Direction, he has held a range of command, training and staff appointments during his career.
 
His sea command appointments include that of the ASW and UAV-control Frigate Taragiri, where he was awarded the Nao Sena Medal, and the multi-role Frigate Trishul.
 
His other important appointments include Officer-in-Charge Local Workup Team (West), Indian Naval Attache at Iran, Joint Director of Personnel, Principal Director of Naval Operation and Principal Director of Strategy, Concepts and Transformation at IHQ MoD (N).
 
On promotion to Flag rank, he served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Communication Space and Network Centric Operation) and Flag Officer Sea Training.
 
He also has the distinction of being the lead drafter for the Indian Navy’s Maritime Doctrine in 2009, Indian Maritime Security Strategy and Strategic Guidance to Transformation in 2015.
 
A keen student of military affairs, he has completed several post-graduate study programmes, including MSc and MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University, MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, London and MA (History), MPhil (Pol) and PhD in Political Science from Mumbai University.
 
Rear Admiral Hampiholi is proceeding to IHQ MoD (N), New Delhi, as Director General Naval Operations in the rank of Vice-Admiral on March 27. Under him, the Western Fleet had undertaken several operational deployments and multinational exercises, strengthening maritime security and deterrence at sea, for which he was recently awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal.
 
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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh appointed as next Navy chief

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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh
The Government on Saturday appointed Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff.
 
He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba, whose term of office will end on May 31, an official announcement said.
 
"Govt of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM AVSM ADC as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on 31 May 19," the spokesperson for the Indian Navy said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh had assumed charge as the FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command, on October 31, 2017. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune.
 
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, the Admiral earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions.   
 
In his career spanning over 39 years, the Admiral has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Ashore, the Admiral has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai. He has also served a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS).
 
On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman & Nicobar Islands and as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).
 
In the rank of Vice-Admiral, he has been the Director General, Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s modern base at Karwar. He was also assigned higher responsibilities at IHQ, Ministry of Defence (Navy) as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff, prior to the present appointment.
 
The Admiral is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) awarded by the President of India. 
 
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Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose sworn in as India's first Lokpal

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
President Ram Nath Kovind administred the oath of office to former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the Chairperson of the Lokpal, or anti-corruption ombudsman, at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
 
Justice Ghose, 67, who was a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the Supreme Court on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013.
 
He is a former judge of the Calcutta High Court and former Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. 
 
Born in Kolkata, Justice Ghose is the son of late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. 
 
Graduating in Commerce from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, Justice Ghose completed graduation in law (LL. B.) from the University of Calcutta and obtained Attorney-at-Law at Calcutta High Court, and enrolled himself as an advocate on November 30, 1976 with Bar Council of West Bengal. 
 
He practised in civil, commercial, arbitration, constitutional and company matters both in the original side and appellate side at Calcutta High Court.
 
On July 17, 1997, Justice Ghose was elevated as a permanent Judge of High Court at Calcutta. He held the post of Executive Chairman, Andaman and Nicobar State Legal Services Authority and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, since January 2, 2007 and August 1, 2007 respectively.
 
Since January 14, 2005, he was associated with Indian Law Institute (Calcutta Chapter) and acted as the Treasurer of the Indian Law Institute till May 22, 2012. He eas Chairman of Institutional Ethics Committee of National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.
 
Jutice Ghose's appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014. 
 
The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.
 
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Senior Punjab CPI-M leader Balwant Singh passes away

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Former MLA and ex-state CPI-M Secretary Balwant Singh (82) passed away on Thursday at his residence here after a brief illness.
 
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed grief over the demise of the veteran CPI-M leader. 
 
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described Singh as a leader of the masses who worked relentlessly throughout his life for the cause of the disadvantaged sections of the society, especially to safeguard the interests of the industrial workers.
 
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AIADMK MLA R Kanagaraj dies after suffering heart attack

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AIADMK legislator R. Kanagaraj, representing the Sulur constituency in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, died of heart attack on Thursday morning, said police.
 
Kanagaraj, 64, was at his residence when he passed away. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. Sulur is part of Coimbatore district.
 
With Kanagaraj's death, the number of vacant Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu goes up to 22 and the number of AIADMK legislators in the assembly comes down to 114,  including the Speaker.
 
The Election Commission has announced bye-elections for 18 Assembly constituencies on April 18 along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
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Former SC judge Justice P. C. Ghose appointed as India's first Lokpal

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
The President today appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the Chairperson of the Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India.
 
Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi will be its Judicial Members, a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
The non-judicial Members, will be Dinesh Kumar Jain, Archana Ramasundaram, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam, it said.
 
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, it added.
 
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