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Renowned poet, educator Eunice de Souza passes away

Eunice de Souza
Eunice de Souza
Renowned poet, educator, novelist and columnist Eunice de Souza, who inspired generations of students as a teacher, passed away at her residence here today. She was 77.
 
Ms. de Souza served as Professor of English and later as the Head of the Department of English at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and was closely involved with its theatre activities as an actor and director and its literary festival before retiring from there some years ago.
 
Born in Pune in 1940, Ms. de Souza did her Master's in English literature from the Marquette University, Wisconsin in the United States and then completed her Ph. D. from the University of Mumbai.
 
She came to be widely recognized as one of the best Indian poets writing in English. She also used to write columns for newspapers and was involved in theatre as an actor and director.
 
She published her first collection of poems, Fix, in 1979 and the latest, Learn from the Almond Leaf, came out a year ago. She also wrote two novels, Dangerlok (2001) and Dev and Simran (2003). She also edited several anthologies of poems and essays. Several of her works have been translated into Portuguese, Italian, Finnish and Swedish. She also wrote four books for children.
 
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh passes away

N. Dharam Singh
N. Dharam Singh
Former Karnataka Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh passed away at a private hospital here this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest, official sources said.
 
He was 80.
 
Mr. Singh served as the 17th Chief Minister of the State from May 2004 to February 2006 at the head of a Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government.
 
Born on December 25, 1936, Mr. Dharam Singh was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for seven consecutive terms. He also represented Bidar in the 14th Lok Sabha.
 
He had begun his political career as an independent councillor in Kalaburagi. He started out as a socialist before joining the Congress in the late 1960s and remained loyal to the party since then, a factor that led to his elevation as Chief Minister in 2004.
 
He had also served as a Minister under various Chief Ministers such as Devraj Urs, R. Gundu Rao, S. Bangarappa, M. Veerappa Moily and S. M. Krishna, handling diverse portfolios. He also worked as president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee in the 1990s.
 
The coalition government headed by him collapsed in February 2006 and he was succeeded by JD (S) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy at the head of a coalition government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mr. Dharam Singh then served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
 
"Shocked to hear the demise of our former CM & one of Karnataka's tallest leaders Shri N Dharam Singh. My heartfelt condolences to his family," Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Today, Karnataka has lost a well respected, affable and beloved leader. And I have lost a dear friend," he added.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the demise of Mr. Dharam Singh.
 
“Saddened by the demise of former Karnataka CM Shri N. Dharam Singh. My thoughts are with his family & supporters in this sad hour.
 
"Shri N. Dharam Singh had rich experience in Karnataka & national politics. His dedicated service towards society will be remembered," he said on Twitter.
 
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Subhash Chandra Garg appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on Board of Governors of ADB

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Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from July 12.
 
Mr. Garg has been appointed in place of former Secretary, DEA, Mr. Shaktikanta Das, an official press release added.
 
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Kerala: Well-known Gandhian and freedom fighter K. E. Mammen passes away

K. E. Mammen
K. E. Mammen
Well-known Gandhian, freedom fighter and social worker K. E. Mammen passed away at a private hospital in Neyyattinkara near here today.
 
He was 96. 
 
He had been under treatment at the hospital for issues related to old age for the past three months.
 
Mammen, who had taken part in the Quit India movement and in the agitation against Sir C. P. Ramaswami Iyer, the then Dewan of the erstwhile Travancore state, was also actively involved in the anti-liquor campaign in the state in recent years.
 
Born on July 31, 1921 into the renowned Kandathil family to K. C. Eapen and Kunjandamma, Mammen got involved in the freedom struggle from an early age. He practised Gandhian principles and led an austere life. He remained unmarried.
 
A man who owned no house, car or other worldly possessions, Mammen was staying with his brother's son for the past many years.
 
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Eminent scientist and educator Yash Pal passes away

File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
File photo of Prof. Yash Pal
Well-known scientist and educator Yash Pal, who had served as Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) passed away at a hospital in Noida, near here, last night.
 
He was 90. He is survived by  his wife Nirmal Pal and two sons, Anil Pal and Rahul Pal.
 
His body will be cremated at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium in New Delhi this afternoon, his family said.
 
They said Prof. Yash Pal had been admitted to the hospital briefly for treatment of complications related to old age and breathed his last around 8 pm yesterday.
 
Born on November 26, 1926, in Jhang, now in Pakistan, Prof. Yash Pal was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. In his later years, he has become one of the leading science communicators of the country.
 
He took a degree in Physics from the Punjab University in 1949 and started his career at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, as a member of the Cosmic Rays group. Later, he went to the Masachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and completed his Ph. D. there in 1958. He also served at the Niels Bohr Institute, the California Institute of Technology and the Danish Space Research Institute. 
 
In 1973, Prof. Yash Pal took charge as the first Director of the newly set up Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad, even as he continued to be associated with the TIFR.
 
He was appointed as the Secretary General of the Second United Nations Conference on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1981–82). He worked as Chief Consultant, Planning Commission (1983–84) and Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (1984–1986), after which he was appointed as Chairman  of UGC.
 
During his tenure as UGC chairman, he advocated the setting up of Inter-University Centres funded by the UGC, on the model of the Nuclear Science Centre (now Inter-University Accelerator Centre), New Delhi. Institutions such as the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) emerged from this vision.
 
He also headed a committee that submitted a report on "Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education" in the country to the Government in 2009.
 
The Government had honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, in 2013. Earlier, in 1976, he had been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was also involved with school education from the early 1970s, starting with the pathbreaking Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme.
 
In 1993, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, set up a National Advisory Committee, with Yash Pal as chairman, to go into the issue of overburdening of school children. The report of the committee, entitled "Learning without Burden", is now regarded as a seminal document in Indian education.
 
When the National Council of Educational Research and Training embarked on the exercise of drawing up the National Curriculum Framework, Prof. Yash Pal was asked to chair its Steering Committee.
 
Prof. Yash Pal also appeared regularly on television programmes such as Turning point on Doordarshan, in which he explained scientific concepts in language that a layman would understand. He also contributed regularly to newspapers and had a column in The Tribune in which he answered questions from readers.
Prof. Yash Pal served as the Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from March 2007 to March 2012.
 
He received the Marconi International Fellowship Award (1980), GP Chatterjee Memorial Award (Indian Science Congress Association) (1987), and Association of Space Explorers Award (1989).
 
He was President, Indian Physics Association, and had been elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, Gujarat Science Academy, and Indian Astronomical Society. He was National Fellow, National Institute of Education.
 
In 2009, Prof. Yash Pal was awarded UNESCO's prestigious Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science in Budapest on Thursday jointly with Prof Trinh Xuan Thuan of Vietnam.
 
The Kalinga Prize, established in 1951, is given annually to a person who has helped interpret science, research and technology for the general public.
 
Prof. Yash Pal was chosen for the award for helping to develop the concept of a number of television shows that popularise science, such as the "Science is Everywhere" series for rural children in India. The citation for prize also noted that he had contributed to the development of several institutions in India, including the University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune and the Centre for Educational Communication in Ahmedabad.
 
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Eminent space scientist and former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away

Prof. U. R. Rao
Prof. U. R. Rao
Renowned space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed away at his residence here in the early hours of today, ISRO officials said.
 
He was 85. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. His last rites will be held here later today, they said.
 
Prof. Rao was respected for his original contributions to the development of space technology in India and its extensive application to communications and remote sensing of natural resources.
 
He was the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) at Ahmedabad and the Chancellor of the Indian Institute of Science and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram. 
 
Born on March 10, 1932 at Adamaru in Karnataka, he strudied at Christian High School, Udupi, Government Arts and Science College, Anantpur, and  Banaras Hindu University. He completed his Ph. D. at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.
 
Prof. Rao started his career as a cosmic ray scientist, and worked under Dr. Sarabhai, which he continued at MIT. He also worked as Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Dallas where, in association with the JPL Group, he was the first to establish the continuous nature of the solar wind and its effect on geomagnetism using Mariner 2 observations.
 
His experiments on a number of Pioneer and Explorer spacecraft led to a complete understanding of the solar cosmic ray phenomena and the electromagnetic state of the interplanetary space. 
 
Prof. Rao returned to India in 1966 as Professor at PRL, Ahmedabad. Convinced of the imperative need to use space technology for rapid development, Prof. Rao undertook the responsibility for the establishment of satellite technology in India in 1972. Under his guidance, beginning with the first Indian satellite "Aryabhata" in 1975, over 18 satellites including Bhaskara, APPLE, Rohini, INSAT-1 and INSAT-2 series of multipurpose satellites and the IRS-1A and IRS-1B remote sensing satellites were designed, fabricated and launched for providing communication, remote sensing and meteorological services.
 
After taking charge as Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space in 1984, Prof. Rao accelerated the development of rocket technology, resulting in the successful launch of Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) rocket and the operational Polar Sattelite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch vehicle, which can launch 2.0 ton class of satellites into polar orbit. 
 
Prof. Rao initiated the development of the geostationary launch vehicle (GSLV) and the development of cryogenic technology in 1991.
 
He was responsible for successful launch of INSAT satellites during his stint at ISRO, which gave a big thrust to communications in India, during the 1980s and 1990s and led to the IT boom in the country.
 
Prof Rao had published over 350 scientific and technical papers covering cosmic rays, interplanetary physics, high energy astronomy, space applications and satellite and rocket technology and authored many books.He was also the recipient of D.Sc. (Hon. Causa) degree from over 25 Universities including University of Bologna, the oldest University in Europe.
 
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour, by the Government in 1976 and the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2017.
 
He was the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the prestigious “Satellite Hall of Fame” at Washington DC, USA on March 19, 2013. Earlier, he had become the first Indian to be inducted into the International Astronautics Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame on May 15, 2016 at Guadalajara, Mexico.
 
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Kerala NCP president Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away

Uzhavoor Vijayan
Uzhavoor Vijayan
Mr. Uzhavoor Vijayan, the president of the Kerala unit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), passed away at a private hospital here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 60. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
According to sources, Mr. Vijayan had been admitted to the hospital on July 11 for treatment of liver-related ailments. His condition took a turn for the worse early today and he breathed his last around 7 am, they said.
 
His body will be taken to Kottayam, where it will be kept at the Police Ground for people to pay homage. The funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at Uzhavoor.
 
Mr. Vijayan who entered politics through the Kerala Students' Union (KSU), the students' wing of the Congress, was admired for his oratory and caustic humour.
 
He had served as the chairman of the Kerala State Handicapped Persons' Welfare Corporation and Secretary of the State Pollution Control Board.
 
He had lost to Congress (M) chairman K. M. Mani from the Pala constituency in the 2001 assembly polls -- the only election he contested. Later, he left the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and joined the Congress (S).
 
Mr. Vijayan had also appeared in a couple of movies and television serials.
 
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ACC approves several senior-level appointments

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved several senior-level appointments, according to a notification issued by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).
 
The notificaiton said Mr. Ashok MR Dalawai, lAS (OR 84), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare has been appointed as CEO National Rainfed Area Authority by upgrading the post to the level of Secretary (Equivalent) .
 
Mr. Anup Wadhawan, lAS (UK 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Logistics, Department of Commerce by operating the newly created post of Special Secretary in the Ministry, at the level of Additional Secretary for two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. J. Rama Krishna Rao, lAS (BH 85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence has been appointed as Secretary, National Commission for Minorities in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to Government of India.
 
Mr. Sanjiv Gupta, lAS (HP 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as CEO, National E-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Additional Secretary for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Ms. Usha Sharma, lAS (RJ 85), Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been appointed as Director General, Archaeological Survey of India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, lAS (BH 86) Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Director General Foreign Trade in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Anil Kumar Jain, lAS (MP 86) Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change vice Mr. R.R. Rashmi, lAS (MN 83) who has been repatriated to his cadre.
 
Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha, lAS (JH 87) who is presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Managing Director, National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. V P Joy, lAS (KL 87) Central Provident Fund Commissioner has been appointed as Central Provident Fund Commissioner, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, by restoring the post to the earlier level of Additional Secretary.
 
Mr. Sunil Kumar, lAS (UP 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce vice Mr. Alok Vardhan Chaturvedi, lAS (BH 86) on his appointment as Director General Foreign Trade.
 
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, lAS (TG 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs by operating the newly created post of Special Secretary in the Ministry at the level of Additional Secretary for two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Pradip Kumar Tripathi, lAS (JK 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.
 
Mr. Raj Kumar, lAS (GJ 87) Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs has been appointed as Director General, Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Barun Mitra, lAS (MN 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence vice Mr. J. Rama Krishna Rao, lAS (BH 85) on his appointment as Secretary, National Commission for Minorities.
 
Mr. Praveen Kumar, lAS (TN 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
 
Mr. Manoj Jhalani, lAS (MP 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
 
Ms. Vasudha Mishra, lAS (TG 87) Managing Director, NCDCI has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances vice Ms. Usha Sharma, lAS (RJ:85) on her appointment as DG, Archaeological Survey of India.
 
Mr. Lalit Kumar Gupta, lAS (TR 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
 
Ms. Leena Nandan, lAS (UP 87) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
 
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Mr. Jiwesh Nandan, lAS (UP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence.
 
Mr. Pravir Krishna, lAS (MP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Shipping has been appointed as Managing Director, TRIFED in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, lAS (GJ 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal has been appointed as Managing Director, NAWADCO, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Pradeep Kumar, lAS ( KL 87), Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Power has been appointed as Project Director, National Disaster Management Authority in the vacancy caused on completion of tenure of Ms. Mamta Kundra, IA&AS, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh, lAS (MP 87) Administrator, Universal Services Obligation Fund has been appointed as Administrator, Universal Services Obligation Fund, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Additional Secretary for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, lAS (AGMUT 87), Deputy Election Commissioner has been appointed as Director General, National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Ajay Tirkey, lAS (MP 87), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development.
 
Mr. Rajiv Bansal, lAS (NL 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
 
Ms. Ravneet Kaur, lAS (PB 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Mr. Ali Raza Rizvi, lAS (HP 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce Commerce has been appointed as CMD, National Mineral Development Corporation, Ministry of Steel in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.
 
Ms. Upma Srivastava, lAS (SK 88), Joint Secretary, Ministryof Civil Aviation has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare vice Mr. Ashok MR Dalawai, lAS (OR 84) on his appointmentas CEO, National RainfedArea Authority.
 
Mr. Arun Kumar Mehta, lAS (JK 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change.
 
Mr. K. Rajeshwar Rao, lAS (TR 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been appointed as Additional Secretary,Ministryn of Mines.
 
Mr. Manoj Kumar, lAS (HP 88), Chief Vigilance Officer, Delhi Development Authority has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and UrbanAffairs.
 
Mr. Shailendra Singh, lAS (MP 88), Joint Secretary, Departmentof Industrial Policy & Promotion has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion vice Mr. Sanjiv Gupta, lAS (HP 85) on his appointmentas CEO, NeGD.
 
Mr. S.K Dev Verman, lAS (MN 88), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs by temporarily upgrading the post held by him as a measure personal to the officer from the date of his assumption of charge of the post.
 
The notification said that the ACC had also approved:
 
(i) in-situ upgradationof Ms. Nilam Sawhney, lAS (AP 84), Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission and Mr. Udai Pratap Singh, lAS (JH 84), Vice-Chairman, Delhi Development Authority in the rank and pay of Secretary.
 
ii) appointment of Ms. Vijaya Srivastava, lAS (MP 84), Additional Secretary, M/o Health and Family Welfare as Special Secretary, Department of Health and FamilyWelfare by temporarily upgrading the post.
 
(iii) the premature repatriation of Mr. Jishnu Barua, lAS (AM 88), Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training ,back to the cadre with immediate effect with the imposition of extended cooling off condition.
 
(iv) the officers of the 1987/1988 batches who are serving in the Centre and who have been empanelled to hold Additional Secretary/Additional Secretary equivalent posts at the Centre, may be upgraded in-situ in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary as a measure personal to them by temporarily upgrading the posts held by them from the date their immediate inter-se junior officer in the batch assumes charge of the post of Additional Secretary/ Additional Secretary equivalent.
 
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Sanjay Kothari appointed as Secretary to President, Ashok Malik to be Press Secretary

Sanjay Kothari
Sanjay Kothari
Mr. Sanjay Kothari, Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), has been appointed as Secretary to the President, a notification by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has said.
 
Mr. Kothari is a retired officer of the 1978 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (Haryana cadre). He has served in various positions in Haryana and as Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training at the Centre.
 
The notification said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the appointment of Mr. Bharat Lal, IFoS (GJ 88), as Joint Secretary to the President. Mr. Lal is currently Resident Commissioner of the Gujarat Government in Delhi.
 
Well-known journalist and analyst Ashok Malik, who is currently Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, has been appointed as Press Secretary to the President, the notification added.
 
Mr. Malik, 48, is a columnist for several Indian and foreign publications. He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri in 2016. 
 
A student of La Martiniere School and Presidency College in Kolkata, he began his career with The Telegraph in Kolkata and later worked for various publications including The Times of India, India Today and Indian Express. He has been with ORF since 2015.
 
The appointments are for an initial period of two years, the notification added.
 
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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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