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MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay appointed as Joint Secretary in PMO

Gopal Baglay
Gopal Baglay
Mr. Gopal Baglay, Joint Secretary (External Publicity) and Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 
The appointment will be for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification from the Department of Personnel and Training said.
 
Mr. Baglay is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1992 batch and had taken over as MEA spokesperson only five months ago.
 
He will succeed Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra (IFS:1988), who has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to France.
 
The notification said that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved that Mr. Kwatra and Mr. Baglay would work together in the PMO for an overlapping period of two weeks to facilitate smooth transition of work.
 
Mr. Baglay has served in Indian missions in Kyiv, Moscow, London and Kathmandu and as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad. He had served as Director (External Publicity) and Director (Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran) in the MEA. Before returning to the External Publicity Division, he had served as Joint Secretary dealing with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran in the MEA.
 
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Sanjiv Kohli concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Niue

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Mr. Sanjiv Kohli, presently High Commissioner of India to New Zealand, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next High Commissioner to Niue, with residence in Wellington.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Kohli, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1988 batch, is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Tata Sons appoints Aarthi Subramanian as Tata Group's Chief Digital Officer

Aarthi Subramanian
Aarthi Subramanian
Tata Sons today announced the appointment of Ms. Aarthi Subramanian as the Tata Group’s chief digital officer with effect from August. 
 
Ms Subramanian will report to Mr. N Chandrasekaran, Executive Chairman of Tata Sons, in her new role, a press release from the company said.
 
A professional with over 26 years of experience in the global technology sector, Ms Subramanian started her career with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and worked in diverse roles in India, Sweden, the US and Canada, thereby gaining rich experience in consulting engagements and executing large-scale technology projects as well as in operations and programme management. 
 
She is currently executive director at TCS, responsible for driving the company’s digital foray, excellence in customer engagement and delivery governance. She has also been responsible for leading key initiatives such as digital, agile and operational excellence in TCS. 
 
Ms Subramanian will continue to serve on the Board of TCS as a non-executive director, the release said.
 
Mr Chandrasekaran said, “Aarthi has a great track record of successfully leading large teams to achieve excellence in customer service delivery and she has been a strong advocate of proactive value addition for customers. As the group chief digital officer, she will play a key role in driving digital adoption across group companies as well as the group’s digital initiatives. Having worked with Aarthi for many years, I know that her experience and commitment will be very valuable in building a Tata group that is ready to rise in the digital economy”.
 
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work under Chandra’s leadership again. The Tata group is a unique institution with great strengths and it will be my endeavour to help the group capture many new economic opportunities that are emerging from the digital economy,” said Ms Subramanian.
 
Ms Subramanian is a graduate of computer science from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India, and holds a master’s degree in Engineering Management from University of Kansas, US.
 
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Subhash Chandra Garg assumes office as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs

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Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1983 batch (Rajasthan cadre), today assumed office as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance.
 
Mr. Garg was Executive Director, World Bank, Washington D.C. prior to this assignment.
 
Among other assignments, Mr. Garg has served as Director, DEA from May, 2000 to September, 2003. Later he took over as Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and continued to hold that position till May, 2005. He has also worked in the Cabinet Secretariat where he held the position of Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary from February, 2012 to December, 2013, an official press release added.
 
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Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra passes away

Naresh Chandra
Naresh Chandra
Former Indian Ambassador to the United States and former Union Cabinet Secretary Naresh Chandra passed away in a hospital in Goa late last night, sources said.
 
He was 82.
 
According to sources in the Manipal Hospital, Goa, Mr. Chandra was brought to the hospital late on Friday evening with complaints of fever and muscle pain following multiple episodes of vomiting and loose motions. His blood pressure and oxygenation were low.
 
He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital where he suffered a cardiac arrest later that night. The doctors managed to revive him but his vital organs had started failing, they said.
 
Last night, around 10.05 pm, Mr. Chandra suffered another cardiac arrest and, despite their best efforts, the doctors could not save him. He was declared dead at 10.40 pm, they added.
 
The family of Mr. Chandra, who was a bachelor, has been informed and, once they arrive, his body would be flown to Delhi for the last rites, the sources said.
 
Mr. Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990-92 and as the Ambassador to the United States from 1996 to 2001. He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, in 2007.
 
Born on August 1, 1934, Mr. Chandra, who had an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the Allahabad University, joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in May, 1956 and served in various assignments in Rajasthan and at the Centre.
 
He became Chief Secretary of Rajasthan Government in July, 1985 and served as Adviser to the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir for eight months in the following year.
 
He served as Secretary, Water Resources from 1987-89, as Defence Secretary from February 1989 to March 1990 and Union Home Secretary from March 1990 to December that year before being appointed as Cabinet Secretary.
 
In August 1992 he was appointed as Senior Adviser to the Prime Ministr and served as Governor of Gujarat from July 1, 1995 to February 29, 1996.
 
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Achal Kumar Joti takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India

 
Achal Kumar Joti takes over as CEC
Mr. Achal Kumar Joti assumed charge here today as the 21st Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, succeeding Dr. Nasim Zaidi, who demitted office yesterday after completing his tenure.
 
After the assumption of charge, Mr. Joti spoke about the priorities of the Commission and said that the Commission shall pursue vigorously its commitment to hold free, fair, inclusive and credible elections throughout the country. 
 
Secondly, the Commission will also pursue its mission to ensure that “No Voter to be Left Behind”, he said.
 
Thirdly, the Commission shall actively promote e-Governance for holding of elections to the State Assemblies and Parliamentary Elections in the country, he added.
 
Mr. Joti, 64,was the senior-most Election Commissioner in the Election Commission after Dr. Zaidi.
 
A retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Gujarat cadre, had joined as Election Commissioner on May 13, 2015. He had served as Chief Secretary of Gujarat from January 2010 until his retirement in 2013 during the period when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state.
 
Before that, he had served as Additional Chief Secretary, General Administration Department (Personnel). Among other assignments, he had served as Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) and as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust. He had also worked as Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the Gujarat Government.
 
Born on January 23, 1953, Mr. Joti holds a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi.
 
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Pradeep Kumar Rawat appointed as Ambassador to Indonesia

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Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Indonesia.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Rawat, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1990 batch, is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Achal Kumar Joti appointed Chief Election Commissioner

 
Achal Kumar Joti appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner
The President has appointed Mr. Achal Kumar Joti, the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in the Election Commission.
 
Mr. Joti, 64, will assume charge as CEC with effect from July 6 after current Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi demits office tomorrow at the end of his term.
 
Mr. Joti, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Gujarat cadre, had joined as Election Commissioner on May 13, 2015.
 
He had served as Chief Secretary of Gujarat from January 2010 until his retirement in 2013 during the period when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the state.
 
Before that, he had served as Additional Chief Secretary, General Administration Department (Personnel). Among other assignments, Mr Joti had served as Managing Director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) and as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust. He had also worked as Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the Gujarat Government.
 
Born on January 23, 1953, Mr. Joti holds a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi.
 
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Sanjay Gupta appointed as Chairman of Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar

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Mr. Sanjay Gupta, CEO & Whole Time Director, Jagran Prakashan Limited has been appointed as Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar for a period of five years with effect from June 23, 2017, an official press release said here today.
 
Mr. Gupta is the Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Jagran since 2014 and has been associated with the Jagran Group for more than two decades. He also served as a Member of Board of Governors in Indian Institute of Management Lucknow from 2004 to 2009 and as Member, Board of Governors of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad from 2003-2011. 
 
Recently, Mr. Gupta was awarded with the AIMA Managing India Award in April 2017. He is also a Member of Shri Puran Chand Gupta Smarak Trust which is running several schools, colleges and Institutes in different parts of the country. 
 
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R K Pachnanda takes charge as Director General, ITBP

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Mr. R K Pachnanda, an officer of the 1983 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), took charge as the new Director-General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) here today.
 
Mr. Pachnanda, who is the 29th chief of ITBP, succceeded Mr. Krishna Chaudhary, who superannuated from service today.
 
Mr. Pachnanda has earlier served as Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and Director-General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He has been decorated with Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1999 and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2007. 
 
Known for the mountaineering skills, ITBP, the 90000 personnel-strong Central Armed Police Force primarily guards the 3,488 km India-China border at Border Out Posts (BOPs) located at freezing heights up to 18,700 ft in the upper Himalayas. 
 
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Shamma Jain appointed as Ambassador to Greece

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Ms. Shamma Jain, presently Ambassador of India to Panama has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Greece.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said that Ms. Jain, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1983 batch, is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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S.N. Subrahmanyan to assume office as CEO and MD of L&T from July 1

S.N. Subrahmanyan
S.N. Subrahmanyan
Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan will assume office as CEO and Managing Director of infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with effect from tomorrow.
 
This follows his appointment to the role by the Board of Directors of Larsen & Toubro at its meeting held on April 7. Mr. Subrahmanyan is currently the Deputy Managing Director and President of the $ 17 billion company.
 
At the meeting on April 7, the Board had also requested Mr. A.M. Naik, Group Executive Chairman, L&T, to provide guidance and mentorship to the company’s leadership subsequent to his current term. Consequently Mr. Naik will continue as Non-Executive Chairman of the company for a period of three years effective October 1, 2017, a press release from the company said.
 
Mr. Naik said: “Mr. Subrahmanyan is the finest among the many top executives I have mentored over the last few years. Three years ago he was identified as the most likely leader to take on the role of CEO and Managing Director. Since then I have worked closely with him and engaged him in all aspects of L&T’s operations, going beyond his core domains of infrastructure and construction. Mr. Subrahmanyan has a great work ethic and business acumen to take L&T to greater heights in the future. I have full confidence that under him L&T will remain steadfast to its core values, fulfill the expectations of our stakeholders and continue to play a key role in building a stronger India.”
 
Mr. Subrahmanyan said: “This is indeed high honour and immense responsibility. I am truly blessed and count myself very fortunate. Larsen & Toubro is a flag bearer for Indian industry and is the builder of the India of tomorrow. I am very grateful to Mr. Naik for his guidance and will try my best to live up to his expectations in taking this great company forward into the future. I look forward to jointly writing a new chapter for L&T along with our high caliber employees while ensuring that we continue to deliver value to our stakeholders. I am humbled and at the same time excited and confident to be at this role in L&T.”
 
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Mr. Subrahmanyan joined the construction business of L&T in 1984 as a project planning engineer after completing a degree in civil engineering and post-graduation in business management. His ability to develop innovative solutions in the construction and infrastructure space has seen him rise rapidly up the leadership rungs of the company. He successfully helmed L&T’s largest infrastructure projects including new airports in major cities, metro, and freight corridor projects across India and expansion of operations abroad. 
 
The L&T Construction business has grown multifold under his leadership to rank among the top 25 global contractors and by far the largest EPC player in the country. In 2011, Mr. Subrahmanyan was inducted into the L&T Board.
 
Under Mr. Naik’s guidance, Mr. Subrahmanyan also demonstrated his leadership credentials by assuming apex-level responsibility for other businesses of the Group, including LTI (erstwhile L&T Infotech), L&T Technology Services, Smart World & Communication and Digital initiatives. He was also appointed Chairman of L&T Metro Rail and L&T Shipbuilding to provide guidance and strategic inputs to these businesses.
 
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Vijay Gokhale appointed as Secretary (Economic Relations) in MEA

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Vijay Keshav Gokhale, Indian Ambassador to China, as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
Mr. Gokhale, 58, is an officer of the 1981 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
 
Mr. Gokhale, who has an MA in History (History), Delhi University, has served in, among other places, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing and NewYork. He has also served as Deputy Secretary (Finance), Director (China & East Asia) and Joint Secretary (East Asia) during his stint at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 
He was High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013. From October 2013 to January 2016, he was the Ambassador of India to Germany, before taking over as Ambassador in Bejing.
 
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Rajesh V. Shah appointed Chairperson of NIFT

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The Government has appointed Mr. Rajesh V. Shah as Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
 
An official press release said Mr. Shah, who will have a tenure until March 31, 2019, will succeed Mr. Chetan Chauhan, the cricketer-turned-politician.
 
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Manoj Soni takes oath as Member, UPSC

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Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the oath of office and secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) here today. 
 
The oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman David R. Syiemlieh, an official press release said.
 
Dr. Soni, 52, a scholar of Political Science with specialization in International Relation Studies, earned his doctorate in "Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-US Relations" from Sardar Patel University. 
 
He was the youngest-ever Vice-Chancellor of a university in independent India, the release said.
 
"Dr. Soni is the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the rare honour of 'Honorary Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge' by Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA and World Education Congress Global Award for Distance Learning Leadership," the release added.
 
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Cardinal Ivan Dias passes away in Rome at age of 81

Cardinal Ivan Dias
Cardinal Ivan Dias
Cardinal Ivan Dias, former prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and nuncio to several countries, died in Rome today.
 
He was 81.
 
Cardinal Dias breathed his last around 8 pm today. The funeral details are awaited, an announcement by the Archdiocese of Bombay said here this evening.
 
Cardinal Dias had served as the Archbishop of Bombay from 1996 to 2006.
 
Born on April 14, 1936 in Mumbai, he was ordained for the Archdiocese of Bombay on December 8, 1958. He held a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
 
He entered the Holy See’s diplomatic service in 1964 and was posted to the Nordic countries, Indonesia, Madagascar, La Réunion, the Comorros, Mauritius and the Secretariat of State. On 8 May 1982, he was appointed titular Archbishop of Rusubisir and Apostolic Pro-Nuncio in Ghana, Togo and Benin, and received episcopal ordination on June 19 that year. He later served as Apostolic Nuncio in Korea (1987-91) and Albania (1991-97).
 
On November 8, 1996 he was appointed Archbishop of Bombay and served in that position till 2006.
 
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Saint Pope John Paul II in the consistory of February 21, 2001.
 
Cardinal Ivan Dias was also President Delegate of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 2001). He was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Urbanian University from 20 May 2006 until 10 May 2011.
 
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Former Chief Justice of India P. N. Bhagwati passes away at 95

P. N. Bhagwati
P. N. Bhagwati
Former Chief Justice of India P N Bhagwati, who helped introduce public interest litigation in the country's judicial system and was considered as the father of human rights jurisprudence, passed away after a brief illness here this evening.
 
He was 95.
 
He is survived by his wife Prabhavati Bhagwati and three daughters - Parul Jayakar, Pallavi Shroff and Sonali Bhagwati. His funeral is slated to be held here on Saturday, sources said.
 
Born on December 21, 1921, Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati served as the 17th Chief Justice of India from July 12, 1985 to December 20, 1986, when he retired.
 
During a long and illustrious career, he came to be considered, along with Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, as one of the pioneers of judicial activism in India. He was also the propounder of the "polluter pays principle".
 
Justice Bhagwati's father Justice Natwarlal H. Bhagwati was a judge of the Supreme Court, while his brother Jagdish Bhagwati is a renowned economist.
 
Justice Bhagwati studied at Elphinstone College in Mumbai and took a degree in mathematics (Hons.) from Bombay University and later received a law degree from the same university after studying at Government Law College in Mumbai.
 
He began practising law in the Bombay High Court before he was appointed as a judge of the Gujarat High Court in July, 1960. He was appointed the Chief Justice of that court in September, 1967. In July 1973, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of India. 
 
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The Government honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour, in 2007. He served as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee from 1995 to 2009 and also served as its chairman in 2001-03.
 
Justice Bhagwati attracted a lot of criticism when, in 1976, he was part of a five-judge bench which delivered a controversial judgement in the ADM Jabalpur v. Shivkant Shukla case. The bench held that, during the Emergency of 1975-77, a person's right to not be unlawfull detained could be suspended, thus upholding the then Government's move to suspend fundamental rights, including the Right to Life. Later, in 2011, he agreed with the popular view that the judgement was "short-sighted" and apologised for it.
 
Two years after that judgement, Justice Bhagwati was again part of a five-judge bench which delivered a landmark verdict in the Maneka  Gandhi case, which held that the Right to Life meant the Right to Live with Dignity and not just lead a mere animal existence.
 
He was against the death sentence and held in a dissenting verdict in the Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab case, that capital punishment was discriminatory and violation of Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution, as it was invariably against weaker and marginalised sections of society. He felt that such cases should be heard by five-judge benches of the apex court and the death penalty should be awarded only when all the five judges agreed.
 
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Gaitri Issar Kumar appointed as Ambassador to Belgium

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Ms. Gaitri Issar Kumar, Additional Secretary-cum-Social Secretary to the President of India, has been appointed as the new Ambassador of India to Belgium.
 
Ms. Issar Kumar, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1986 batch, will also be accredited as the Ambassador of India to the European Union, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
 
The MEA also announced that Ms. Reenat Sandhu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. (IFS: 1989), has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Italy.
 
Mr. Ajit Vinayak Gupte, (IFS: 1991), presently Joint Secretary in the MEA, has been appointed as Ambassador to Denmark.
 
The officers are expected to take up their new assignments shortly, the release added.
 
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Rajya Sabha member and Congress leader P. Govardhan Reddy passes away

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Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member from Telangana Palvai Govardhan Reddy passed away at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh after suffering a cardiac arrest there this morning.
 
He was 80. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 
 
Sources close to his family said his body would be brought to Delhi and then flown to Hyderabad, where it would be cremated tomorrow.
 
Mr. Reddy had left here this morning by air for Kullu to attend a meeting of a Parliamentary Standing Committee scheduled to be held there. He suffered a cardiac arrest soon after landing there and was rushed to the Government hospital in the town, where he breathed his last around 10.30 am.
 
Mr. Reddy served as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1985 and then from 1999 to 2004. He served as Minister of State in the State Council of Ministers in the early 1980s. He was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2007 and to the Rajya Sabha in 2012.
 
Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari condoled the passing away of Mr. Reddy and described it as a personal loss.
 
"Shri Reddy was an active and respected member of Rajya Sabha since 2012, and his presence would be missed by all who worked with him. Shri Reddy will be remembered for his relentless efforts towards the welfare of farmers in Telangana," he said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao expressed shock and grief over the sudden demise of Mr. Reddy. He directed the Chief Secretary of the State Government and the State's Resident Commissioner in Delhi to make arrangements to bring the mortal remains of Mr. Reddy to Hyderabad.
 
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Ruchira Kamboj appointed as High Commissioner to South Africa

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Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, presently Ambassador/Permanent Representative to Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to South Africa.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Ms. Kamboj, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1987 bath, was expected to take up her new assignment shortly.
 
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Param Jit Mann appointed as Ambassador to Slovenia

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Mr. Param Jit Mann, presently Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Slovenia.
 
A press release form the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Mann, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1987 batch, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Shashi Shekar Vempati has been appointed as CEO of Prasar Bharati

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Mr. Shashi Shekar Vempati, a former senior executive with IT services major Infosys and digital innovator, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.
 
The appointment has been made on the recommendation of the three- member committee headed by the Vice-President of India, and consisting of Chairman, Press Council of India and the President’s nominee -- the Secretary, Information and Broadcasting.
 
An official press release said the appointment was for a period of five years from the date of assumption of office. Mr. Vempati is currently serving as a Member (part time) of the Prasar Bharati Board since February 2016. 
 
As Part Time Member of the Prasar Bharati Board, Mr. Vempati has served as Chairman of Audit Committee, Member of Finance & Accounts Committee, Technology Committee, Sports Rights Committee and HR Committee. 
 
An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mr. Vempati has over two decades of experience as a technocrat with specialization in areas of Corporate Management, Technology Consulting and Digital Media. He has worked in Infosys for more than a decade as Product Strategist and Digital Innovator in North America. He currently holds two patents “Real Time Business Event Monitoring, Tracking and Execution Architecture” and “System and method for monitoring and management of inventory of products and assets in real time” under his name. 
 
Mr. Vempati has authored books such as “Broadcasting Technologies in India”, “National Digital Security Architecture in India”, “Creating a Global Media Platform out of India”, among others. 
 
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Surgeon Vice-Admiral A. A. Pawar assumes charge as Director General Medical Services (Navy)

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Surgeon Vice-Admiral A. A. Pawar assumed charge as Director General Medical Services (Navy) here today.
 
The Flag Officer is an alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and was commissioned in the Indian Navy on March 3, 1980. He is a renowned psychiatrist and was awarded the gold medal by Pune University for standing first in MD (Psychiatry) in the early part of his career. 
 
In an illustrious career spanning 37 years, the officer has several achievements in both professional and administrative fields, an official press release said.
 
In the professional field, the Flag Officer has served with distinction as a psychiatrist in all major hospitals of the Indian Navy and AFMC. On promotion to the rank of Surg Captain, he was posted as Senior Advisor Psychiatry at INHS Asvini. He was the driving force behind setting up of Learning Disorder Centre, the first of its kind in the Armed Forces. 
 
The officer has commanded INHS Asvini and Sanjivani with great distinction. At Sanjivani he introduced facility of ‘Sakhis’ (lady attendants), and initiated a cashless scheme for treatment of naval personnel and their families at Amrita. It was during his tenure that INHS Asvini was awarded Unit Citation and the Raksha Mantri Trophy for the 2nd Best Command hospital. 
 
The Flag Officer has also held various other administrative appointments such as ACMO at Western Naval Command, PDMS (P&M) at IHQ MoD (Navy) and CMO at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam prior to taking up the appointment of Director General (Org & Pers) in the Office of DGAFMS on September 12, 2016.
 
For his dedication and commitment to the service, he has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 2012, Chief of Naval Staff Commendation in 2012 and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (WNC) Commendation in 2001.
 
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Sanjiv Singh takes over as Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation

Sanjiv Singh
Sanjiv Singh
Mr. Sanjiv Singh has taken over as Chairman of the public sector Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) with effect from today.
 
Prior to his elevation, he was Director (Refineries) on the IndianOil Board since July 2014. 
 
Concurrently, he will also be Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) and Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd. (HURL) , a joint venture company set up to revive the fertiliser plants at Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni, a press release from IOC said.
 
A chemical engineer from IIT-Roorkee with a diploma in management, Mr. Sanjiv Singh joined IndianOil in 1981. He has served IndianOil for over 35 years, spearheading refinery operations as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects in refining and petrochemicals. 
 
With extensive experience in the refining sector, Mr. Sanjiv Singh played a key role in the setting up, commissioning and stabilisation of two of IndianOil’s biggest greenfield refineries at Panipat and Paradip.
 
The commissioning of IndianOil’s 11th refinery at Paradip in early 2016, with a capex of Rs. 34,555 crore, is his benchmark contribution to the Indian refining sector. He has also steered the successful implementation of the petrochemical projects of Paraxylene/PTA and Naphtha Cracker with downstream units at Panipat Refinery. 
 
As Director (Refineries) of IndianOil, Mr. Singh has endeavoured to improve the operation of IndianOil’s 11 refineries by revamping, debottlenecking and modernisation of process units, together with yield and profitability improvement projects, besides undertaking low-cost capacity expansions. He focussed on innovative technologies to create indigenous capability in the field of technology, while enhancing the company’s profitability. He strongly supports commercialisation of indigenous technologies and has led many such ‘firsts’ in IndianOil refineries like Octamax (for production of high-octane fuel); indJet (production of aviation fuel); inDSK (reduction of sulphur in kerosene); and indeSelect (gasoline desulphurisation), among several others. 
 
Mr. Singh has been a driving force in conceptualising India’s mammoth 60 million tonnes per annum refinery being set-up on the West coast of India, which will transform the refining landscape of India. 
 
Playing a leadership role in the energy sector, he is partnering India’s vision of emerging as a 'refining hub' in South Asia, the release said.
 
A champion of clean and green fuels, Mr. Singh ensured on-schedule rollout of BS-IV fuels across the country in April 2017 and has now set a frenetic pace for IndianOil refineries to meet the tough deadline of introducing BS-VI grade green fuels in the country by April 2020. A staunch advocate of minimum gestation time from concept-to-commissioning, under his stewardship approximately Rs.40,000 crore worth of projects shall be in various stages of implementation in the Corporation, including capex of nearly Rs. 15,000 crore in Refineries Division, in the coming three years. 
 
Mr. Sanjiv Singh is a member of several industry associations and Government bodies. Academically inclined, he is widely travelled in India and abroad and has presented papers in several important national and international forums, the release added.
 
IndianOil, a Maharatna company, is the country's largest commercial enterprise and the top-ranked Indian corporate in Fortune’s ‘Global 500’ listing of the world’s largest corporates. The IndianOil group owns and operates 11 of the country's 23 refineries with a combined refining capacity of 80.7 MMTPA, which represents 35% of the country's refining capacity. The company operates 12,800 km of pipelines and accounts for nearly half of India’s petroleum consumption. 
 
Besides its traditional dominance in the downstream petroleum sector, IndianOil is the second largest player in natural gas and petrochemicals segments as well, and has a significant upstream portfolio of 15 oil & gas assets in India and abroad. 
 
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Jaideep Mazumdar named Ambassador to Philippines, Vani Sarraju Rao posted to Finland

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Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar (IFS: 1989), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Philippines.
 
An announcement by the MEA also said that Ms. Vani Sarraju Rao (IFS: 1994), presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Finland.
 
Both officers are expected to take up their new assignments shortly, the announcements added.
 
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