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Pradeep Singh Kharola assumes charge as CMD of Air India

Pradeep Singh Kharola
Pradeep Singh Kharola
Mr. Pradeep Singh Kharola, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1985 batch (Karnataka cadre), assumed charge yesterday as the Chairman and Managing Director of national carrier Air India.
 
Mr. Kharola had earlier served as the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Karnataka from 2012-2013. He also led Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), which was involved in raising funds from international institutions to build infrastructure across cities. 
 
As Joint Secretary of National Administrative Reforms Commission he aided in the formulation of governance reforms in public administration. 
 
A press release from Air India said Mr. Kharola brings with him an extensive and rich career-experience of 30 years, having held key positions in areas such as Urban Governance, Urban Public Transport and Policy making. He has also won the National Award for e-Governanace in 2012 and the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2013.
 
Mr. Kharola graduated in mechanical engineering from University of Indore in 1982 and did his post-graduated in industrial engineering at IIT Delhi in 1984 with top honors. He has a Diploma in Management from All India Management Association, New Delhi and a Masters in  Development Management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. He also holds a PhD in Public Transport systems from IIT Delhi.
 
Mr. Kharola has the distinction of turning around a public transport undertaking to become profitable. He revived Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), the city bus service from a loss making entity to be profitable in 2000, the first in the country. As Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation of India he has played a key role in kick starting Bengaluru Metro, the release added.
 
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Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma get married at ceremony in Italy

Cricketer Virat Kohli and film actress Anushka Sharma at their wedding in Tuscany, Italy on December 11, 2017.
Cricketer Virat Kohli and film actress Anushka Sharma at their wedding in Tuscany, Italy on December 11, 2017.
India's cricket captain Virat Kohli married popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at a ceremony in Italy today, an announcement by the couple said.
 
"Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you," Kohli and Sharma said in brief and identical posts on their Twitter pages.
 
"This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey," they said.
 
The wedding, at a private ceremony at a luxury resort in Tuscany, Italy, came after months of speculation about their plans.
 
The ceremony was attended only by close family and friends of the couple, sources close to them were quoted as saying in media reports.
 
The couple is expected to host receptions in Delhi and Mumbai for their friends later this month.
 
Kohli and Sharma, both 28, were dating each other since 2013 after meeting during the making of an advertisement film and more or less made their relationship public when they appeared together at a football match.
 
Speculation about their wedding plans heightened after Kohli pulled out of India's limited overs matches against Sri Lanka recently.
 
 
Cricketer Virat Kohli and film actress Anushka Sharma at their wedding in Milan, Italy on December 11, 2017.
Cricketer Virat Kohli and film actress Anushka Sharma at their wedding in Milan, Italy on December 11, 2017.
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K. Jeeva Sagar appointed as next Ambassador to Kuwait

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Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Kuwait.
 
A press release from MEA said Mr. Jeeva Sagar, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) of the 1991 batch, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

Shashi Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor
Veteran Hindi film actor and producer Shashi Kapoor passed away  here this evening after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 79. He is survived by his daughter Sanjana, and sons Kunal and Karan.
 
He was married to well-known English actress Jennifer Kendal, who predeceased him in 1984. The two had established the Prithvi Theatre here in 1978.
 
Sources at the Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said the actor breathed his last at 5.20 pm.
 
Kapoor had been honoured by the Government with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014 -- the top honour in Indian cinema -- for his utstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
He was the the third member of the family to get the honour after his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor in 1971 and eldest brother Raj Kapoor in 1987.
 
Born in 1938, Shashi, born as Balbir Raj Kapoor, belonged to the Kapoor family, regarded as the top dynasty in Hindi filmdom. He was the  youngest son of the late Prithviraj Kapoor and the brother of late Raj Kapoor and late Shammi Kapoor, all renowned actors.
 
Kapoor started acting at the age of four in plays directed by his father, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres. He began acting in films as a child artiste in the late 1940s, including in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), in which he played the younger Raj Kapoor. He also worked as an assistant director in the 1950s.
 
Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 100 Hindi films. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 1960s, '70s and until the mid-'80s. 
 
He had the distinction of being one of the first Indian actors to go international, having starred in many British and American films, notably Merchant Ivory Proudctions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, such as The Householder (1963), Shakespearewallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982). He also starred in other British and American films such as Siddhartha (1972) and Muhafiz (1994). 
 
In 1978, Kapoor set up his production house Filmvalas which produced critically acclaimed films such as Junoon (1978), Kalyug (1981), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Vijeta (1982) and Utsav (1984). He also produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which had Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles. 
 
In 2011, Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of three National Film Awards. 
 
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Former Chief Justice of India A S Anand passes away

Justice Adarsh Sein Anand
Justice Adarsh Sein Anand
Former Chief Justice of India Adarsh Sein Anand passed away at his residence here today after a brief illness, sources close to his family said.
 
He was 81.
 
"With profound grief and a very heavy heart we would like to inform you that our most beloved chachaji Dr. Justice (Retd.) A.S Anand passed away on Friday 1st December 2017, in New Delhi," his niece Varuna Anand said on her Facebook page.
 
The sources said Justice Anand had been ailing for some time from age-related problems and breathed his last this morning. He had been admitted to a private hospital recently for treatment of a lung problem.
 
Justice Anand had served as the 29th CJI from October 10,1998 to October 31, 2001. He had also served as chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) and had helped establish Lok Adalats in all districts of the country.
 
He had also served as Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission from February 17, 2003 to April 1, 2007. 
 
Born on November 1, 1936, in Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Anand graduated from Jammu & Kashmir University in 1958 and then took a degree in Law and a diploma in Labour Laws from the Lucknow University. He completed his Ph.D. in Laws (Constitutional Law of the Commonwealth) from London University in 1963. He called to the Bar from the Society of Inner Temple, London in 1964.
 
He practised law in the Punjab & Haryana High Court at Chandigarh for some time. In May, 1975, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and confirmed as a Judge in February, 1976. He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court on May 26, 1984 and Chief Justice of the same High Court on May 11, 1985. He was transferred as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court with effect from November 1, 1989. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in November, 1991. 
 
He was appointed as Chief Justice of India on October 10, 1998 and retired in the forenoon of November 1, 2001.
 
“Saddened by the demise of former Chief Justice of India, Justice AS Anand. My thoughts are with his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.
 
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Rear Admiral Sandeep Beecha takes over as Commandant, Naval War College

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Rear Admiral Sandeep Beecha took over the reins of the Naval War College from Rear Admiral Monty Khanna, as its third Commandant, at a ceremonial parade held at INS Mandovi, Goa on Wednesday.
 
The Naval War College is an iconic institution facilitating higher education, war gaming and cutting-edge research on maritime security and warfare at strategic and operational level.
 
Rear Admiral Beecha is an alumnus of Naval Academy and commissioned in the Indian Navy on July 21, 1986. He is a Navigation and Direction Specialist. He has commanded CGS C-05, INS Ajay, INS Vindhyagiri, INS Rajput and has earlier served as Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi.
 
His staff appointments include Joint Director Staff Requirements, Naval Assistant to the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff and Principal Director Foreign Cooperation, all at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi.
 
The officer has undergone the Principal Warfare Officers (PWO Basic) Course at HMS Dryad (UK), the Staff Course at the Defence Services Staff  College, Wellington and the Naval Higher Command Course at Mumbai. 
 
He is a post graduate in Defence Studies and holds the degree of MSc in Strategic Studies, an official press release said.
 
He has also served in the capacity of Naval Adviser at the High Commission in London from September 2012 to March 2016. On promotion to Flag Rank, the officer was appointed as the Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area from March 30, 2016, to November 28, 2017.
 
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Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artiste Kalabhavan Abi passes away

Malayalam actor Abi
Malayalam actor Abi
Popular Malayalam actor and mimicry artiste Kalabhavan Abi passed away at a private hospital here today after a brief illness. 
 
He was 52. He is survived by his wife Sunila and children Ahana and Aleena. Young Malayalam actor Shane Nigam is his son.
 
Sources close to his family said he was undergoing treatment for low blood platelet  count and breathed his last this morning.
 
Born as Habeeb Ahmed, Abi had acted in more than 50 films and appeared in hundreds of stage shows. He made his debut in movies in  Mammootty-starrer Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu (1991). He became a household name with his portrayal of "Amina thaata", an aged Muslim woman, in Kireedamillatha Rajakkanmar.
 
Other movies in which he acted include Mazhavil Koodaram, Mimics Action 500, Aniyathipraavu and Rasikan. His last appearance in a film was in Happy Wedding in 2016.
 
As a mimicry artiste, Abi had worked with well-known troupes like Kalabhavan, Harisree and Cochin Sagar. He had bagged the first prize twice in mimicry competitions in the Mahatma Gandhi University Youth Festival.
 
He also used to imitate Hindi film actors and had lent his voice for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in advertisement films in Malayalam.
 
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Snehlata Shrivastava appointed as Secretary-General of Lok Sabha

Snehlata Shrivastava
Snehlata Shrivastava
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has appointed Ms. Snehlata Shrivastava, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1982 batch (Madhya Pradesh cadre), as the Secretary-General of Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat in the rank and status of Cabinet Secretary with effect from December 1.
 
Ms. Shrivastava will be the first woman Secretary-General of Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat, a press release from the Lok Sabha Secretariat said.
 
Ms. Shrivastava has 35 years of varied administrative experience, having served in positions such as Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice and as Special/Additional Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance.
 
She has also served in senior positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh, including as Principal Secretary, Culture and Parliamentary Affairs; Principal Secretary, School Education Department; Relief Commissioner, Revenue Department; and Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department & Technical Education & Training.
 
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Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa

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Mr. Shaktikanta Das, former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, has been appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Development Track of the G20. 
 
There are two tracks in G 20- Finance Track and Development Track. Finance Track is managed by the Secretary (Economic Affairs) as India’s Deputy to G 20 and the Development Track is coordinated by the Sherpa. 
 
The Department of Economic Affairs will provide necessary support to the Sherpa, an official press release added.
 
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Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye takes over as new FOC, Gujarat Naval Area

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Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye took over as the third Flag Officer Commanding of the Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area (FOGNA) from Rear Admiral Sandeep Beecha at a ceremony at Gandhinagar near here today.
 
Gujarat, in view of its strategic location and vast coastline of 1600 km, plays a very significant role in the security and economic dynamics of the nation. 
 
FOGNA is responsible to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command for all naval operations in Gujarat, Daman and Diu Naval Area, security of its coast and Offshore Development Areas which contribute significantly to India’s commercial and maritime economic activities.
 
Rear Admiral Roye joined National Defence Academy in 1983 and was commissioned in the Indian Navy in 1986. He is a recipient of the coveted ‘Binoculars’ and ‘CNS Gold Medal’ for being adjudged the ‘Best All-round Cadet’ and ‘First in Order of Merit’ during cadets and midshipman training, respectively.
 
The officer belongs to the Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy and is a Navigation and Direction Specialist. He has held a number of staff appointments on board submarines and has commanded Indian Naval Submarines Sindhurakshak, Sindhuraj and Chakra.
 
He has also held a number of key ashore appointments, including Commodore Commanding Submarines (West) and Commanding Officer, INS Vajrabahu. Prior to the present appointment as the Flag Officer Commanding, Gujarat Daman and Diu Naval Area, the Flag Officer held the appointment of Project Director (Operations & Training) at Headquarters, Advance Technology Vessel Project in New Delhi.
 
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Sibi George concurrently accredited as Ambassador to the Holy See

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Mr. Sibi George, Ambassador of India to Switzerland, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next Ambassador to the Holy See, with residence in Berne.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. George, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1993 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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ACC approves several appointments at Joint Secretary level

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved several  appointments of officers at Joint Secretary and Joint Secretary-equivalent level.
 
According to an official press release, the following are the appointments:
 
(1)        Mr. Rajeev Singh Thakur, IAS (RJ:1995), as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Jiwesh  Nandan, IAS (UP: 1987)
 
(2)        Mr. Ravi Kant, IOFS (1986), Joint Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare as Joint Secretary, Department of Defence, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years i.e. upto 27.11.2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Rajeev Verma, IAS (UT: 1992)
 
(3)        Mr. Hari Prasad Pudi, IRAS (1994), as Joint Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Ravi Kant, IOFS (1986)
 
(4)        Mr. Kumar Vinay Pratap, IES (1992), as Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Sharmila Chavaly, IRAS (1985)
 
(5)        Mr. Kamran Rizvi, IAS (UP:1991), as Joint Secretary, Department of Rural Development, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Rajesh Bhushan, IAS (BH:1987)
 
(6)        Mr. Sachin Sinha, IAS (MP:1995), as Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Ajay Tirkey, IAS (MP: 1987)
 
(7)        Mr. V. Shashank Sekhar, IAS (NL: 1996), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, as Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 16.11.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Ms. Anita Karwal, IAS (GJ:1988)
 
(8)        Mr. Pankaj Rag, IAS (MP:1990), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Sports, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 17.03.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Rajvir Singh, IA&AS (1991)
 
(9)        Mr. Sushil Kumar Singla, IFOS (HP:1994), as Joint Secretary, Department of Land Resources from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of combined seven years upto 11.01.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, IAS (AP:1993)
 
(10)    Mr. Anuj Sharma, IDES(1991), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 24.09.2018 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. A.R. Sule, IDAS (1993)
 
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(11) Mr. Dharma Reddy Alla, IDES (1991) as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 15.04.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. V. Shashank Shekhar, IAS (NL: 1996);
 
(12)   Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sinha, IFOS (JK:1993), as Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 23.08.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, IAS (MN: 1992)
 
(13)   Mr. Shravan Kumar, IRS (IT:1991), as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of combined seven years upto 07.06.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Pankaj Rag, IAS (MP: 1990);
 
(14)   Mr. Anant Swarup, IRPS (1992), as Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Ali Raza Rizvi, IAS (HP:1988)
 
(15)   Mr. Jatindra Nath Swain, IAS (TN:1988), as Managing Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (JS level) under the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, on lateral shift basis, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 04.06.2022 or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
 
(16)   Mr. Sanjay Rastogi, IAS (OD:1991), as Development Commissioner (Handlooms) (JS level), Ministry of Textiles from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Mr. Alok Kumar, IAS (UP: 1988);
 
(17)   Mr. Sundeep Kumar Nayak, IAS (JK:1988), Managing Director, NCDCI (JS level) under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of five years or until further orders, whichever is earlier vice Smt. Vasudha Mishra, IAS (TG:1987);
 
(18)   Mr. Anoop Srivastava, IDAS (1989), as Joint Secretary & FA, Department of Space, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 31.03.2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier by temporarily downgrading one post of Additional Secretary & FA under D/o Space;
 
(19)   Mr. Keshav Chandra, IAS (UT :1995), as Joint Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for a tenure of overall five years upto 31.03.2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by temporarily upgrading a newly created post of Director, Logistics Division, Department of Commerce to Joint Secretary;
 
(20)   Mr. P. Shakil Ahamed, IAS (AM:1995) as Sr. Executive Director/OSD in Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd. (REC) under the Ministry of Power for implementation of 'SAUBHAGYAI Scheme for a combined seven year tenure upto 24.06.2019 by treating the post as Non-CSS as a one time measure.
 
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Former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, in coma since 2008, passes away

File photo of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
File photo of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008 after suffering a massive stroke, passed away here today, sources said.
 
He was 72. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Deepa Dasmunsi, who succeeded him as a Member of the Lok Sabha from Raiganj in West Bengal and is a former Union Minister, and a son, Priyadeep Dasmunsi.
 
Mr. Dasmunsi breathed his last around 1210 pm today after being "critically ill" for some weeks, the sources said.
 
Mr. Dasmunsi, who was Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs then, suffered a massive stroke on October 12, 2008, which left him paralysed and unable to speak or recognise anyone. He was treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here before being shifted to the Apollo Hospital. He remained on life support and was diagnosed with a complete failure of the left ventricular system. His body systems remained functional and he breathed through a tracheostomy tube attached to his neck and was fed through a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in his stomach. All his basic life functions such as breathing, blood pressure and sleep-wake cycle were stable but he was not conscious of his surroundings, the sources said.
 
In November 2009, he was taken to Dusseldorf, Germany where he underwent stem cell therapy in an attempt to reverse some of the loss of brain functions caused by the stroke. In October 2011, the Apollo Hospital advised his family to take him home and care for him there.
 
Mr. Dasmunsi had also served as the President of the All India Football Federation for nearly 20 years.
 
Born on November 13, 1945, Mr. Dasmunsi had completed his M. A. and LL. B. degrees. 
 
He began his political career with the Youth Congress, serving as the president of its West Bengal unit in 1970-71 before being elected president of the Indian Youth Congress from 1971-75.
 
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1971 and re-elected in 1984, 1996, 1999 and 2004. He served as Union Minister for Water Resources in the Manmohan Singh government from May 2004 to November 2005 before being assigned the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs.
 
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He was keenly associated with cultural activities and was a devoted cadet of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in his student days. He was also actively involved in student politics. He served as the chef de mission of the Indian Olympics contingent to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed her condolences on the passing away of Mr. Dasmunsi, saying that he had, in a career spanning almost five decades, served the party and the Government illustriously.
 
Remembering him as a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, Ms.  Gandhi said that his immense work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity. 
 
"Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular in imagination of his people. His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country," she said.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the passing away of Mr. Dasmunsi, desciribing him as a "popular leader with rich political and administrative experience."
 
"He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters," he said.
 
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Sibi George concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Liechtenstein

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Mr. Sibi George, presently Ambassador of India to Switzerland, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein, with residence in Berne.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. George, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1993 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Ravi Bangar concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Ecuador

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Mr. Ravi Bangar, presently Ambassador of lndia to Colombia, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next Ambassador to Ecuador, with residence in Bogota.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr. Bangar, (IFS: 1982), is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
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Daljeet Singh takes charge as Director (Works), DMRC

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Mr. Daljeet Singh has taken charge as Director (Works) of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).   
 
Before assuming charge of his new assignment, Mr. Singh was working as Director (Works & Infrastructure) in Lucknow Metro  and  was involved in the planning, design and construction of 23 km of North-South Corridor of Phase IA of Lucknow Metro Project. 
 
He was instrumental in commissioning of priority corridor of 8.5 km in less than three years, a press release from DMRC said.
 
Mr. Singh is a civil engineer who did his B.Tech from I.I.T. (BHU), Varanasi and M.Tech. from I.I.T. Kanpur . He joined the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in 1988 through Indian Engineering Services (IES) examination and was posted in various wings of CPWD. He also worked with DMRC from 1998 to 2014 and held various roles and position.
 
 In DMRC, he was involved in the construction of its first underground corridor from Central Secretariat to Vishwavidyalaya (11 km) of Phase-I during 1998-2004.  He was also involved in the construction of I.T. Park buildings as a part of DMRC Property Development and 'Metro Bhawan', the headquarter building of DMRC.  He was involved in the design and construction of 15 km elevated corridor from Qutab Minar to HUDA City Centre under Phase-II and design and construction of 13 km underground Metro Corridor from Kalkaji to Vasant Vihar under Phase-III of Delhi Metro project.
 
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Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia designated as new Finance Secretary

Hasmukh Adhia
Hasmukh Adhia
Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia was today designated as the new Finance Secretary on the supernnuation of Mr. Ashok Lavasa, who was also Expenditure Secretary.
 
An official press release said this had been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
 
Mr. Adhia, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1981 batch (Gujarat cadre), had been appointed as Secretary, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance on August 29, 2015.
 
He was earlier the Secretary, Department of Financial Services in the Ministry of Finannce. 
 
Mr. Adhia had previously served as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department in the Government of Gujarat.
 
Other positions held by him included as Principal Secretary Education Department in the Gujarat government from April 2008 to January, 2013 and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Gujarat from May 2004 to May 2006.
 
Earlier, the ACC had approved the appointment of Mr. Ajay Narayan Jha, as the new Secretary, Departmetn of Expenditure.
 
 
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Lt Gen Bipin Puri takes over as Director General, Armed Forces Medical Service

Lt. Gen. Bipin Puri
Lt. Gen. Bipin Puri
Lt Gen Bipin Puri has assumed charge as the Director General, Armed Forces Medical Service (DGAFMS) with effect from November 1.
 
An alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, the General Officer was commissioned in the Indian Army (AMC) on March 30, 1979. He did his post=graduation in general surgery in 1985, M. Ch. (PaedSurg) from PGI, Chandigarh in 1993 and Fellowship in Paediatric Urology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital (UK) in 1997.
 
A renowned paediatric surgeon, the General Officer has pioneered the NUSS Procedure for Pectus Excavatum deformity in India. For his contribution towards field of Paediatric Surgery, he was honoured with the “Ethicon Travelling fellowship” award for 2005 by the Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons. For his excellence in medical  profession, the General Officer has been awarded “Double Helical’s National Health Awards-2017” by Indian Medical Association, which was presented by Minister of Health JP Nadda in May 2017.
 
Lt. Gen. Puri has commanded Command Hospital (Northern Command), Udhampur and 155 Base Hospital, Tezpur. He has also served as MG (Med) HQ Northern Command at Udhampur, Director General (Org & Pers) in the office of DGAFMS, Director General Medical Service (Navy) and Director General Medical Service (Army) from June 1 to October 31, 2017 before taking over as DGAFMS.
 
For his distinguished service, he has awarded GOC-in-C Commendation in 2010 and Chief of the Army Staff Commendation twice (2001 & 2012). He was appointed as President’s Honorary Surgeon (PHS) on June 1, 2016. He was conferred the Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26 this year.
 
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Ajay Bisaria appointed as the next High Commissioner to Pakistan

Ajay Bisaria
Ajay Bisaria
Mr. Ajay Bisaria, presently Ambassador of India to Poland and Lithuania, has been appointed as the country's next High Commissioner to Pakistan.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr. Bisaria, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1987 batch, was expected to take up his new assignment shortly.
 
Mr. Bisaria has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, a Master's in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and a Master's in Public Policy from Princeton University, United States.
 
After training at the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi, he chose Russian as his language of specialisation and was posted at the Indian Embassy in Moscow (1988-1991) where he was attached to the economic and political wings of the Embassy. He worked as a Soviet internal affairs specialist in the months leading up to the break-up of the USSR.
 
He served as Under Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs on the East Europe desk (1991-92) when India was engaged in building new relationships with the post-Soviet countries. He then moved to the Ministry of Commerce (1992-1995), where he was part of a team that managed the transition of India’s trade from rupee barter arrangements to a hard currency system.
 
He was posted as First Secretary in the Indian Embassy in Berlin (1995-1999). During 1999-2004, he served as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
 
He was then posted to the World Bank in Washington D.C. as Advisor to the Executive Director for South Asia (2004-2008).
 
Mr. Bisaria returned to India in 2009, to serve as Joint Secretary (Eurasia) in the Ministry of External Affairs (2009-2014). His assignment was to head the Division coordinating overall policy and bilateral relations with the Eurasia region (including Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia). 
 
From January 2015, Mr. Bisaria has served as India’s Ambassador to Poland, based in Warsaw, with concurrent accreditation to Lithuania. He has also served as India’s representative in the Warsaw-based Community of Democracies.
 
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Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra given additional charge of Defence Production

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Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, IAS (WB: 1982), has been given the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Production, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said the appointment was with effect from today and until further orders.
 
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Neelmani Raju becomes first woman to head Karnataka Police

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Ms. Neelmani Raju has  become the first woman to be appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Karnataka Police.
 
Ms. Raju, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1983 batch (Karnataka cadre), has succeeded Mr. R. K. Dutta, who retired from service yesterday.
 
She was the second woman IPS officer to join the Karnataka cadre. After serving in various positions in the state, she had gone on deputation to the Intelligence Bureau in 1993. She returned to the cadre last year in the rank of DGP. She later served as DGP of Internal Security Division and Fire and Emergency Services.
 
"Congratulations to Karnataka's first woman DG-IGP Neelamani N Raju on her appointment. Wish her a successful tenure in the post," State Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command

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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC), from Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht at a ceremonial parade held at the Naval Base here today.
 
He inspected the ceremonial guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC.
 
Vice-Admiral Bisht retired from the Naval Service today on completion of forty years of illustrious career. He was accorded a farewell by the ENC by the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony, wherein he was ceremonially pulled out in a jeep by Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of Ships and Naval establishments, to resounding ‘Teen Jais’ from the men to the outgoing Commander-in-Chief.
 
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, Vice-Admiral Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla. He 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 37 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. 
 
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Ashore, he 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 as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS).
 
On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as Chief of Staff, ENC. 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 MoD (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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S. K. Sinha appointed as Secretary (Security) in Cabinet Secretariat

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

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

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