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Former Punjab Police chief K P S Gill passes away

K P S Gill
K P S Gill
Former Punjab Director General of Police K. P. S. Gill, who is credited with crushing Sikh militancy in the state in the late 1980s, passed away at a private hospital here after a brief illness.
 
He was 82.
 
Mr. Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here on May 18. He breathed his last at 2.55 pm today due to end-stage kidney failure and after suffering a cardiac arrest, Dr. D. S. Rana, Chairman, Department of Nephrology and Board of Management of the hospital, said.
 
An officer of the 1958 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), Mr. Gill served as Director General of Police of Punjab twice -- first from 1988 to 1990 and then from 1991 to 1995.
 
He also served as Security Adviser to the Chhattisgarh Government in 2006 and as President of the Institute for Conflict Management and President of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).
 
Mr. Gill belonged to the Assam cadre of the IPS and he had served in a variety of assignments in that state.
 
He was inducted to Punjab as Inspector General of Police (Operations) in the 1980s and later elevated as Additional Director General of Police and finally as Director General of Police. During his tenure, he led one of the most successful counter-terrorist operations in the world and helped restore normalcy in the state.
 
He continued to be active after his retirement from the IPS in December, 1995 and has served as a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) constituted by the Government in 1998-99. He also briefly served as Security Adviser to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during May-July 2002 to help handle the situation arising out of the post-Godhra violence in the state.
 
Mr. Gill wrote extensively on politics, governance, internal security and terrorism and is the author of, among other works, Knights of Falsehood (1997).
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri award in 1989 for his contribution in civil service. 
 
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IFFCO Jt. MD Rakesh Kapur elected as chairman, International Fertiliser Association

Rakesh Kapur
Rakesh Kapur
Mr. Rakesh Kapur, Joint Managing Director, Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), has been elected as the chairman of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) at its annual conference which ended in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday.
 
More than 1400 participants from across the world attended the three-day meeting, a press release from IFFCO said.
 
The Paris-based IFA is the global fertilizer association with about 500 members worldwide, representing 68 countries, including 24 members from India.
 
Mr. Kapur is the third Indian to hold the prestigious position in IFA's 90-year history. He is currently also the chairman of the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI). 
 
IFFCO, now the world's largest fertilizer and marketing cooperative, represents 50 million farmers across  the country. IFFCO, which is currently celebrating its golden jubilee, also holds a strong position in International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).
 
Mr. Kapur is a mechanical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, and had joined IFFCO as its CFO in 2005. Prior to that, he had served in the Income Tax Department in the Government as well as in various public sector undertakings.
 
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Tata Sons appoints Saurabh Agrawal as group chief financial officer

Saurabh Agrawal
Saurabh Agrawal
Tata Sons, the promoter of all key Tata companies, has announced the appointment of Mr. Saurabh Agrawal as the group chief financial officer of the company.
 
Mr Agrawal, among India’s most successful investment bankers, brings with him over two decades of rich experience in capital markets to the Tata group, a press release from the company said.
 
Mr. Agrawal, who was head of strategy in the Aditya Birla Group, will join the company with effect from July 2017, the release said.
 
Starting his career in 1995, Mr Agrawal has a sterling record in both strategy and execution, covering a wide range of industries, it said.
 
Before joining the Aditya Birla Group, he served as head of the corporate finance unit of Standard Chartered Bank in India and South Asia, and the head of the investment banking division in DSP Merrill Lynch.
 
The Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran, said, “He brings deep capital markets knowledge and valuable cross-industry experience to this critical leadership role in the Tata group. His expertise will help us in driving rigour and synergy in capital allocation decisions, investment management as well as consolidation and optimisation of the group’s business portfolio. We look forward to his contribution in driving financial performance of the group”.
 
Mr Agrawal said, “I am honoured to join the Tata group. It is an exciting time for the group under the leadership of Mr Chandrasekaran, and I look forward to contributing to the group’s profitable growth with my experience in corporate finance”.
 
Mr Agrawal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology IIT), Roorkee, and has a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta.
 
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NRI Mathunny Mathews, the inspiration for movie Airlift, passes away in Kuwait

Mathunny Mathews
Mathunny Mathews
Well-known non-resident Indian (NRI) Mathunny Mathews, popularly known as "Toyota" Sunny, whose role during the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 was the inspiration for the Bollywood move Airlift starring Akshay Kumar, passed away at his residence in Kuwait on Saturday.
 
He was 81. He is survived by his wife Mary Mathew, son James and daughters Annie and Susan.
 
His funeral will be held later at his native place of Podippara, Eraviperoor in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, sources said.
 
A leading light of the Indian expatriate community in Kuwait for more than five decades, Mathews had been ailing for some time.
 
Mathews had played a major role in facilitating the safe evacuation of more than 1.7 lakh Indian nations from Kuwait after Iraqi forces invaded the Gulf state in 1990.
 
Mathews was just around 20 when he first reached Kuwait in 1956 and soon landed a job with the Al Sayer Group, dealers for Toyota vehicles, among other products. He went on to become the general manager of the group before retiring from service in 1989. His lifelong association with Toyota got him the name Toyota Sunny.
 
He was associated with several Indian organisations in Kuwait, including the Indian School at Jabria and various social organisations. He was also one of the founding members of the Indian Arts Circle.
 
After his retirement, he launched some business ventures, including a car rental firm.
 
He was known for his readiness to help individuals in need and support any worthwhile cause.
 
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Air Marshal P N Pradhan takes over as DCIDS (OPS), HQ IDS

Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan
Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan
Air Marshal P. N. Pradhan has taken over as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations), HQ IDS here. 
 
He was commissioned as a pilot in the Transport stream of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1981. Whilst posted at transport squadrons, he qualified on all operational roles, especially in forward areas and Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) in the North-East and Jammu & Kashmir, an official press release said.
 
Air Marshal Pradhan is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has been a pilot examiner on the Boeing and AN-32 aircraft. He was closely associated with the induction and operationalisation of Embraer-135, BBJ and C-130 fleets in the IAF. 
 
He has had four command tenures including command of two operational bases & an Air Force Selection Board. He has held several important appointments at Command and Air Headquarters which include Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Transport and Helicopters) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personal Airmen & Civilians) at Air Headquarters and served as the Senior Air Staff Officer of Southern Air Command.
 
For his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26, 2014.
 
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Former Principal Information Officer Rammohan Rao passes away

I. Rammohan Rao
I. Rammohan Rao
Mr. I. Rammohan Rao, former Principal Information Officer (PIO) in the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Government of India, passed away here today. 
 
He was 83.
 
Mr. Rao also served as Press Adviser to four Prime Ministers -- Rajiv Gandhi, V. P. Singh, Chandrasekhar and P. V. Narasimha Rao.
 
Minister for Information & Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu was among those who condoled the death of Mr. Rao.
 
"Shocked to learn about the demise of Sri Ram Mohan Rao Fmr PIO, PIB . A visionary in Govt communication, huge loss for IIS service. RIP," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"I.Rammohan Rao, former PIO #PIB passes away. He was a legend and an inspiration to so many of us. Rest in peace, sir," Mr. Frank Naronha, Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau, said.
 
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Venu Rajamony appointed as Ambassador to The Netherlands

Venu Rajamony
Venu Rajamony
Mr. Venu Rajamony, currently the Press Secretary to the President of India, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to The Netherlands.
 
Mr. Rajamony, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1986 batch, was expected to take up his new assignment shortly, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
 
The Ministry also announced the appointment of Ms. Pooja Kapur (IFS: 1996), presently Joint Secretary in the MEA here, as the Ambassador to Bulgaria.
 
Mr. Rajamony has been Press Secretary to the Presidence since August 2012.
 
Prior to joining the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr. Rajamony served as Joint Secretary and head of Multilateral Institutions Division of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance from 2010-2012.  
 
Earlier, he served as Consul General of India in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 2007 to 2010. He has also served in the Indian missions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Geneva and Washington, DC.
 
He had begun his career as a journalist, working for Indian Express from 1983-86. 
 
He holds degrees in Law from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; a Masters in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Certificate in Chinese language from University of Hong Kong.
 
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Leila Seth, first woman Chief Justice of a High Court, passes away

Leila Seth
Leila Seth
Ms. Justice Leila Seth, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India, passed away at her residence in Noida, near here, late last night after suffering a cardio-respiratory attack, sources close to her family said.
 
She was 86. She is survived by her husband Prem Nath Seth, two sons -- writer Vikram Seth and peace activist Shantum, and a daughter, filmmaker Aradhana.
 
Ms. Justice Seth had been treated for brain haemorrhage in a private hospital here in August last year. About two weeks ago, she suffered a fracture in a fall and had been discharged from hospital on May 2.
 
Born in October, 1930, Justice Seth was the first woman to top the Bar examinations in London in 1958. She joined the Bar in 1959 and was appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court in 1978. She retired as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in 1992, but continued to be active as a member of various commissions of enquiry, including one to study the effects of the popular television series "Shaktiman" on children. She had also served as the one-member commission that investigated the death of well-known businessman Rajan Pillai in Tihar Jail in 1995.
 
Ms. Justice Seth served as a member of the Law Commission of India from 1997-2000.
 
She was also a member of the committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India J. S. Verma, which suggested changes in law related to rape and other sexual crimes against women following the horrific gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapist in Delhi on December 16, 2012.
 
Ms. Justice Seth was the Chair of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) for several years, and felt that social action litigation could be aimed at providing a decent standard of living for the poor and working people. 
 
In 2001, she was appointed Vice President of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) set up by UNESCO and served for a number of years. 
 
In later years, she did some arbitration work and was involved in human rights activities. She wrote her autobiography "On Balance" (Penguin) and a book for children on the preamble to the Indian Constitution titled, "We the Children of India".
 
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Pratap Bhanu Mehta appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Ashoka University at Sonipat in Haryana, set up on the collective philanthropy model, today announced the appointment of well-known political scientist Pratap Bhanu Mehta as its second Vice-Chancellor.
 
Dr. Mehta, who is currently the President and Chief Executive of the centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, will assume his new responsibilities from July 1, the announcement said.
 
Regarded as one of India's leading political scientists and an outstanding public intellectual, Dr. Mehta has worked extensively on political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, politics and society in India, and on international politics. Before he joined as the head of the CPR, he had taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the New York University School of Law.
 
Dr Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities.
 
He is a a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and The Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.
 
Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, where he went to St. John's College, and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.
 
He is the author of The Burden of Democracy and the co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Indian Constitution, Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order, Non Alignment 2.0, The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design. 
 
Dr. Mehta’s intellectual concerns are profoundly interdisciplinary and he is deeply committed to the idea of a wide-ranging liberal education. He is an outstanding teacher and scholar, the announcement noted.
 
"After conducting an extensive global search, the selection committee – consisting of a few founders, faculty members and academic advisory board members – were of the unanimous opinion that Dr. Mehta is best suited to carry forward and enrich the vision that is already embodied in Ashoka University," it said.
 
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Dr. Mehta will succeed Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee, who is the founding Vice-Chancellor of the university. Prof. Mukherjee will be the university's next Chancellor with the completion of Prof. Andre Beteille’s three-year term. 
 
"Prof. Mukherjee has played a crucial role as Ashoka’s first Vice Chancellor, and has led the achievement of a significant number of milestones since his appointment in 2014. As the University’s Founding Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mukherjee’s guidance has been instrumental in steering the University through its formative years. In particular, he led from the front in teaching a full course load along with his day-to-day responsibilities as Vice Chancellor. He will continue this tradition as Chancellor of Ashoka University," the announcement said.
 
"Under Prof. Beteille and Prof. Mukherjee’s leadership, the University has had remarkable successes in its early years. The University has grown from a small pioneering institution to an established and highly reputed university. Going forward, under the combined leadership of Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Vice Chancellor Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University aspires to provide its students the highest quality liberal arts education and achieve its goal of becoming India’s best university," it added.
 
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Anthony Lianzuala takes over as Controller General of Accounts

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Mr. Anthony Lianzuala took over as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) here today.
 
An officer of the 1982 batch of Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS), Mr. Lianzuala is the first person from the North-Eastern region to hold the position, an official press release said.
 
Mr Lianzuala, a graduate from the Hindu College of Delhi University, has vast and rich experience in the government both at the Centre and the State levels. He has previously held senior positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Rural Development. 
 
Mr Lianzuala was the first Director of the training institute in the field of Public Financial Management and Accounting in the North-East named INGAF-NER, based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He is also credited for his IT initiatives in the North-Eastern Region. He was instrumental in computerising the functions of the State Treasuries of Mizoram. He has also served in Mizoram as Secretary in various departments including Agricultural Marketing, Border Trade and Relief & Rehabilitation. 
 
He was also selected as Managing Director of North-Eastern Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC), a public sector undertaking, based in Guwahati. 
 
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Anant Narayan Nanda appointed Secretary, Department of Posts

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr. Anant Narayan Nanda as Secretary, Department of Posts.
 
An official press release said here today that Mr. Nanda, an officer of the 1982 batch of the Indian Postal Service (IPoS), will succeed Mr. Boyapati Venkat Sudhakar, IPoS (1981).
 
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Ashish Nanda steps aside as Director of IIM Ahmedabad

Ashish Nanda
Ashish Nanda
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) Director Ashish Nanda today announced that he would step aside from his position with effect from September 1, 2017, citing personal reasons.
 
"Professionally, I have enjoyed the experience immensely and I have learned a lot. However, personally, living a long distance from my wife and son has been a challenge," Prof. Nanda said in a letter to all members of the IIMA community.
 
"When I joined, I had committed to serving at most one term. On September 1, it will be four years, to the day, since I took charge. It is a good time to step aside and to hand over the responsibility and honour of leading the Institute to the next, fortunate person. I will hand over responsibilities of director at the end of that day," he said.
 
"These past three and a half years, I have woken up every day feeling fortunate to be working for an institution that has contributed tremendously to me. I feel privileged to have followed in the footsteps of people I greatly admire, to have had the opportunity to lead the Institute at a crucial time in its trajectory, and to have contributed to the best of my ability to its continuing success," he said.
 
"I believe we are at a point when there is alignment among various constituencies of the Institute as to the direction we ought to follow and considerable momentum along the path that we are following. We have a committed and enthusiastic chairman providing vision and guidance, a wise and engaged board, faculty that is productive and energized, staff that is loyal and devoted, brilliant and hardworking students, a diaspora of alumni committed to the Institute’s long term success, governmental support for operating autonomously to achieve our dreams, and industry that respects and values the Institute. This is as good a time as any for leadership transition at the Institute," he said.
 
Prof. Nanda said he had, thus, requested IIMA Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla that he be allowed to step aside from the position of director, and he had acceded to the request.
 
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"Of course, my heart is always with IIMA. I am always available to help the Institute in any way that I can. And I will contribute to effect a smooth transition," he said.
 
"I am grateful to Mr. Naik, Mr. Patel, and Mr. Birla for their unstinted support and guidance, to the board members for their selfless contribution and prudent counsel, to the faculty for their dedication and effort, to the alumni for their avowed affection and engagement, to the staff for their fidelity and goodwill, and to the students for their dreams and their dedication. But I couldn’t have had this extraordinary adventure without the love of my wife, who, despite the distance we have lived apart, has been a partner with me in this journey every step of the way, the blessings of my parents, and the affection of my son," he added.
 
Prof Nanda was the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, before taking up his present assignment.
 
He is an alumnus of the 1983 batch of IIMA. He is a gold medalist from both Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and from IIMA. He completed his M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. from Harvard University and has taught courses in Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. 
 
He was faculty director of Executive Education and research director at Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. 
 
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Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar appointed as DG, Central Reserve Police Force

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The Government has appointed Mr. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, IPS (UP:1983), Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
 
The appointment will be with effect from the date of joining the post and up to December 31, 2019, the date of his superannuation or till further orders, whichever is earlier. 
 
The Government has also appointed Mr. R. K. Pachnanda, IPS (WB:1983), Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to the post of Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
 
He will succeed Mr. Krishna Choudhary, IPS (BH:1979), DG, ITBP due to retire on superannuation on June 30, 2017.
 
The appointment will be effective from the date of joining the post and up to October 31, 2018 or till further orders, whichever is earlier, an official press release added.
 
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Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha given one year's extension in service

Pradeep Kumar Sinha
Pradeep Kumar Sinha
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved extension in service to Mr. Pradeep Kumar Sinha, IAS (UP:1977) as Cabinet Secretary for a further period of one year beyond June 12, 2017.
 
Mr. Sinha had assumed charge as Cabinet Secretary on June 13, 2015 for a two-year term.
 
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B.N.Mohapatra takes over as Financial Commissioner of Railways

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Mr. B. N. Mohapatra has been appointed as the new Financial Commissioner (FC) (Railways) and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India and has taken over the charge yesterday.
 
Prior to this posting, Mr. Mohapatra was posted as Additional Member, Finance in the Railway Board since November 1, 2016.
 
An officer of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) of the 1980 batch, Mr. Mohapatra has a Master's degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's in Law.
 
During his career, Mr. Mohapatra has held positions such as Divisional Railway Manager, Tinsukhia in North-East Frontier Railway (NRF) and as Assistant General Manager in East Coast Railway. In the Railway Board, he has worked in various directorates like Pay Commission, Establishment, Expenditure and Accounts as Executive Director and Advisor, an official press release added.
 
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Mukta Dutta Tomar appointed as Ambassador to Germany

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Ms. Mukta Dutta Tomar, (IFS: 1984), presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Germany.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs also said Mr. Subir Dutta, (IFS: 2003), presently Ambassador to Madagascar, has been appointed as Ambassador to Comoros with residence in Antananarivo.
 
Both officers are expected to take up their assignments shortly, the release added.
 
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Gajendra Singh takes charge as Director (Marketing), GAIL

Gajendra Singh
Gajendra Singh
Mr. Gajendra Singh has taken charge as Director (Marketing) of the public sector natural gas processing and distribution major GAIL (India) Limited. 
 
Prior to his appointment as Director (Marketing), Mr. Singh served as Executive Director (Marketing), a press release from the company said.
 
He started his career in processing and interpreting of seismic data in upstream industry, and possesses 32 years of illustrious career in hydrocarbon sector, the release said.
 
Mr. Singh has been involved in the execution of several prestigious projects of GAIL starting from the HVJ and has held various leadership and strategic positions. Some of these key roles where he has served as the Head of Department include General Manager (Gas Sourcing and Gas Marketing), Executive Director (Operations & Maintenance).
 
He has  been managing  company`s  top line and bottom line through  various Zonal offices located across India. He joined GAIL in 1986, having worked in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) earlier.
 
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RBI appoints Malvika Sinha as new Executive Director

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed Ms. Malvika Sinha as Executive Director (ED) consequent upon the appointment of Mr. B P Kanungo as Deputy Governor yesterday.
 
Ms. Sinha took charge of her new position yesterday, a press release from the central bank said.
 
As Executive Director, Ms. Sinha will look after Foreign Exchange Department, Department of Government and Bank Accounts and Internal Debt Management Department.
 
Ms. Sinha holds a Master's Degree from University of Bombay and has done her Master's in Public Administration. She is also a Certificated Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers.
 
She joined RBI in 1982 and as a career central banker served in the areas of regulation and supervision, foreign exchange and Government and Bank Accounts in the Bank. Prior to being promoted as ED, she was Principal Chief General Manager, Department of Co-operative Banking Supervision in the Reserve Bank.
 
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Mahesh Kumar Jain takes charge as MD & CEO of IDBI Bank

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Mr. Mahesh Kumar Jain has assumed charge as Managing Director & CEO of IDBI Bank with effect from April 3.
 
Prior to the current assignment, Mr. Jain was the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Indian Bank.
 
A press release from IDBI Bank said Mr. Jain had joined Indian Bank as an Executive Director in September 2013 where he handled key portfolios such as Corporate & Retail Credit, SME Credit, Risk Management, Recovery & Legal, Accounts, Technology Management, Banking Operations Department, Business Process Re-engineering and Compliance Department. 
 
Prior to joining Indian Bank, he served as General Manager with Syndicate Bank and handled various portfolios, including Credit, Operations, Investments and Risk Management. He began his banking career with Punjab National Bank.
 
He was a member of the Steering Committee on Risk Management of IBA and a Member of the IBA working group on Risk Management and implementation of Basel II and III. He was also the Secretary & Coordinator to Basant Seth Committee on Review & Revamp of Internal & Concurrent Audit System in PSBs.
 
At present, Mr. Jain is a member of the NIBM Governing Board, PGDM Executive Council of NIBM, CII National Committee on Banking 2016-17 and CII National Council on Financial Sector Development 2016-17.
 
Mr. Jain has M.Com., MBA, CAIIB, CFA and FRM to his academic credit.
 
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Renowned classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away

Kishori Amonkar
Kishori Amonkar
Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar, who was recognized as one of the foremost innovative exponents of the Jaipur gharana, passed away here late last night after a brief illness.
 
She was 84. She is survived by two sons. Her husband Ravindra Amonkar had predeceased her in the 1980s.
 
Ms. Amonkar, who was ailing for some time, breathed her last at her residence in central Mumbai a week before her 85th birthday, sources close to her family said.
 
The singer had a huge following for her rendering of classical khyals as well as the lighter classical genres of thumris and bhajans.
 
Born on April 10, 1932 in Mumbai, Amonkar trained under her mother, classical singer Mogubai Kurdikar of the Jaipur gharana, but later experimented with a variety of vocal styles.
 
The singer also dabbled a bit in playback singing for Hindi movies, having sung for Geet Gaya Patharon Ne in 1964 and for Drishti in 1990.
 
Apart from performing at music recitals, Ms. Amonkar also used to speak at lecture-demonstrations on the role of rasa in music.
 
Ms. Amonkar was honoured by the Government with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour, in 1987 and with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2002. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1985 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2009.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Ms. Amonkar. "Demise of Kishori Amonkar is an irreparable loss to Indian classical music. Deeply pained by her demise. May her soul rest in peace," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"The works of Kishori Amonkar will always remain popular among people for years to come," he added.
 
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Aruna Sethi appointed as Chief Adviser (Cost) in Dept. of Expenditure

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Mrs. Aruna Sethi, a 1985 batch officer of Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS) has been elevated to the position of Chief Adviser (Cost) in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure with effect from April 1, 2017.
 
She is the first lady ICoAS officer who has reached this position.  Earlier, she headed ICoAS from 1st February, 2016 onwards, being the senior most ICoAS officer, an official press release said.
 
ICoAS is one of the six Organized Accounting Services of the Government of India. Chief Adviser (Cost) is advising the Ministries and Government Undertakings on cost accounts matters and undertaking cost investigation on their behalf, the release added.
 
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Vanaja Sarna appointed as Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs

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Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna, IRS (C&CE:1980), presently serving as Member (Administration), has been appointed as Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). 
 
She will succeed Mr. Najib Shah, IRS (C&CE:79), who superannuated from service today, an official press release said.
 
Ms. Sarna has served CBEC in several capacities over the last 36 years. These include postings in Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax formations in Kochi, Delhi, Chennai, Meerut, Chandigarh and Bangalore. She has also worked as Additional Director General, National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), in Chennai. 
 
She was also Additional Director General in Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence, New Delhi. She also served on deputation as Under Secretary, Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and as Director/ Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. 
 
Prior to becoming Member, CBEC, she held the charge of Director General of Vigilance and Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department.
 
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Rajiv Kumar Chander named Ambassador to UN Offices in Geneva

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Mr. Rajiv Kumar Chander, presently Consul General of India in Vancouver, Canada, has been appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Chander, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1983 batch, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Air Marshal S Harpal Singh assumes charge as Director General (Inspection & Safety) at Air HQ

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Air Marshal S Harpal Singh has assumed office of Director General (Inspection and Safety) at the Indian Air Force (IAF) headquarters here.
 
Air Marshal Harpal Singh graduated with 56th course of National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on June 15, 1980. He has over 2400 hours of flying on various aircrafts.
 
The Air Officer has commanded a fighter squadron, was Chief Operations Officer of a major fighter base in the Western sector, commanded a radar base and was Air Officer Commanding of a major fighter station in the Eastern sector.
 
He has served in various staff appointments at Air Headquarters, Tri Services Organisations and was the Senior Air Staff Officer of South Western Air Command prior to assuming the present assignment.
 
He is a Fighter Combat Leader, a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, and has undergone the General Course for Senior Officers at National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan. For his distinguished services of an exceptionally high order he was awarded ‘Ati Vashist Seva Medal’ and ‘Vayu Sena Medal’, an official press release added.
 
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Hardeep Singh Puri named Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries

File photo of Mr Hardeep Singh Puri
File photo of Mr Hardeep Singh Puri
Former career diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri, who had served as India's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in New Delhi.
 
An official announcement from the Ministry of External Affairs said he was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
Mr. Puri, who was the Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York from May 4, 2009 to February 27, 2013, had joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 2, 2014.
 
Mr Puri belonged to the 1974 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and had, during a distinguished career spanning 39 years, served in various positions in the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence.
 
Regarded as an expert on World Trade Organisation (WTO) issues, he has long years of experience in multilateral institutions. 
 
Before being appointed as the Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, he served as India's ambassador to Brazil, where he had an important role in the shaping of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit.
 
Before that he had served as India's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and as the Deputy High Commissioner in London.
 
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During 2011 and 2012, as Permanent Representative, he led the Indian Delegation to the Security Council. He also chaired its Counter Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013, and served as President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012.
 
At the MEA headquarters here, Mr. Puri had served as Secretary (Economic Relations) before being posted to the UN in New York.
 
Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) is an autonomous think-tank under the MEA, specializing in policy research on international economic issues and development cooperation. 
 
RIS is envisioned as a forum for fostering effective policy dialogue and capacity-building among developing countries on international economic issues. The focus of the work programme of RIS is to promote South- South Cooperation and assist developing countries in multilateral negotiations in various forums. 
 
RIS is engaged in the Track II process of several regional initiatives. It provides analytical support to the Government of India in the negotiations for concluding comprehensive economic cooperation agreements with partner countries.
 
Through its intensive network of policy think tanks, RIS seeks to strengthen policy coherence on international economic issues.
 
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