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Well-known Malayalam actor Captain Raju passes away

Captain Raju (Photo by Sivahari/Wikimedia Commons)
Captain Raju (Photo by Sivahari/Wikimedia Commons)
Well-known Malayalam film actor Captain Raju passed away at his residence here this morning after a brief illness. 
 
He was 68. He is survived by wife Prameela, and son Raviraj.
 
During an illustrious career, Raju appeared in nearly 500 films in Malayalam and other South Indian languages Tamil, Telugu and Kannada as well as in Hindi.
 
Some of his stand-out roles were in movies such as "Nadodikattu", "Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha" and "CID Moosa". His last apperance was in the Mammootty-starrer "Masterpiece" which released last year.
 
In late June, Captain Raju had fallen unconscious after suffering a stroke while he was on a flight to Dubai, en route to the United States to attend his son's wedding. The flight was diverted to Muscat in Oman, where he was hospitalised for about a week.
 
Later, on July 2, he was shifted by his family to Kochi for further treatment.
 
Born as Raju Daniel, in Omalloor in Pathanamthitta district, he had quit the Indian Army when he was a captain, and then worked briefly as the marketing chief of a private company in Mumbai. During that period, he acted in several plays in Mumbai. He began his film career in 1981. His first film was Raktham. 
 
Some of his other notable vilms were "Rathilayam", "Aavanazhi", "August 1", "Pazhassi Raja", "Mumbai Police".
 
The movies he directed were "Itha Oru Sneha Gadha" and "Mister Pavanayi 99.99", in which he reprised his character Pavanayi from Naadodikattu.
 
He was often cast as a villain because of his height and towering personality. He has also featured in character roles and in TV serials. In recent years, he also did some comic roles, which were widely appreciated.
 
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Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed as next Chief Justice of India

Justice Ranjan Gogoi
Justice Ranjan Gogoi
The President has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India, an official announcement said here today.
 
He will assume the office of Chief Justice on October 3, 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.
 
Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as a Permanent Judge of the Gauhati High Court on February 28, 2001. On September 9, 2010, he was transferred to the Punjab & Haryana High Court. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court on February 12 2011. He was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on April 23, 2012.
 
Justice Gogoi is the senior-most judge of the top court after Chief Justice Misra.
 
He was one of the four Supreme Court judges who had held the unprecedented press conference in January this year, raising concerns about the administration in the apex court, saying it was "not in order". The other three judges were -- Justice J. Chelameswar (now retired), Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph.
 
Justice Gogoi is from Assam, and he headed the special bench that is monitoring the updation of National Register of Citizens to identify citizens in the northeastern state.
 
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Anshula Kant takes charge as Managing Director of SBI

Anshula Kant
Anshula Kant
Ms. Anshula Kant has taken charge as the Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI) and would be handling the areas of Stressed Assets, Risk and Compliance. 
 
Prior to this role, she was designated as the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the bank.
 
Ms. Kant is a graduate in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and post-graduate from Delhi School of Economics (DSE). She is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.
 
She started her career with SBI in 1983 as a Probationary Officer. Across a career spanning three and a half decades, Ms. Kant has gained rich experience in retail banking, corporate credit, cross-border trade and banking in developed markets – both retail and wholesale, a press release from the bank said.
 
Ms. Kant has held several key assignments in SBI including Chief General Manager (CGM) of Mumbai Circle (Maharashtra & Goa) and CEO at SBI Singapore where she was responsible for launching the retail operations, making SBI the first Indian bank to do so in that geography, the release added.
 
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NTR's son and former MP Nandamuri Harikrishna dies in road accident

Nandamuri Harikrishna
Nandamuri Harikrishna
TDP founder NTR's son and actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a road accident in Telangana's Nalgonda district early on Wednesday, doctors said. He was 61.
 
Harikrishna, a former Rajya Sabha member and a former Andhra Pradesh minister, sustained critical head injuries when the car in which he was travelling along with two others overturned near Anneparthi. 
 
The vehicle, being driven by Harikrishna, hit the divider while overtaking a vehicle and collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction.
 
He was shifted to Kamineni Hospital at Narketpally, where he succumbed. Two others accompanying him were injured.
 
Harikrishna, son of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao, was on his way to Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend a marriage.
 
He was a member of the TDP politburo and brother-in-law of TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
He is survived by two wives Lakshmi and Shalini, two sons Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram, both actors, and daughter Suhasini.
 
His eldest son Janki Ram was also killed in road accident in 2014 in the same district. In 2009, Junior NTR had escaped with injuries in a road accident, also in Nalgonda district.
 
Born on September 2, 1956 at Nimmakur in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Harikrishna, fourth son of NTR, began his film career as a child artiste in the 1960s. 
 
His debut in 1967 was in "Shri Krishnavataram" featuring his father NTR, who was the most popular actor of his times.
 
"Talla Pellamma" (1970), "Tatamma Kala" (1974), "Ram Raheem" (1974), "Daana Veera Shura Karna" (1977), "Sri Ramulayya" (1998) and "Seetharama Raju" (1999) were some of his other films.
 
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Harikrishna was the 'sarathi' (charioteer) of NTR's famous Chaitanya Ratham (chariot of awakening) in 1980s.
 
He had backed Naidu when the latter staged a revolt against NTR in 1995. Following the death of NTR in 1996, he was elected to Andhra Pradesh Assembly from Hindupur, a constituency represented by his legendary father.
 
He served as Minister for Transport in Naidu's cabinet and was also the president of youth wing of the TDP.
 
In 1999, he quit TDP accusing Naidu of deviation from the ideals of NTR and formed a new party called Anna TDP, which failed to make a mark. 
 
In 2006, he rejoined TDP and was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2008. Harkrishna resigned from Rajya Sabha in 2013 in protest over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Though he continued as TDP politburo member, Harikrishna had openly expressed his displeasure over Naidu promoting his son Nara Lokesh as his successor. 
 
He was reportedly keen to see his son Junior NTR, a popular actor, taking reins of the party founded by NTR in 1982.
 
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Malayalam film director K.K. Haridas passes away

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Malayalam film director K.K. Haridas died on Sunday following a heart attack at a hospital here, film industry sources said.
 
Haridas, 52, started his career as an assistant in the 80s and since then had worked as an associate in 48 films before turning into a full time director. He had directed a total of 20 films.
 
His debut film in 1994 "Vadhu Doctoranu" turned out to be a super hit. His other well known films are "Kakkakum Poochakkum Kalyanam" and "Kinnam Katta Kallan".
 
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Satheesh Reddy is new DRDO Chairman

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G Satheesh Reddy
Distinguished aerospace scientist G. Satheesh Reddy was on Saturday appointed the Chairman of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) and Secretary in the Department of Defence Research and Development (DDR&D).
 
Reddy succeeds S. Christopher, who retired in June. 
 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Reddy's appointment for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, an official statement said. 
 
Reddy, renowned for his research and development in missile systems and sustained contributions towards advancement of aerospace technologies and industries, is currently the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 
 
Reddy led the conceptualization, design and development of inertial sensors, navigation schemes, algorithms systems, calibration methodologies, sensor models, simulation along with development of satellite navigation receivers and hybrid navigation systems. 
 
Under his leadership, advanced products and varieties of avionics systems have been produced and successfully flight tested in strategic programmes of the country.
 
A graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) in Andhra Pradesh, Reddy is a renowned navigation scientist. 
 
He holds the distinction of being inducted as fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, London, Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, and has been awarded the full member diploma as a Foreign Member of the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control, Russia. 
 
He is an Honorary Fellow of Computer Society of India and Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), Aeronautical Society of India, Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, US, and many other professional and scientific bodies in the country and abroad. 
 
Reddy received the prestigious Indian Science Congress Association Homi J. Bhabha Memorial award. 
 
He is the first defence scientist working in India to receive the Silver Medal of Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, and has been selected for the first IEI (India) and IEEE (USA) joint award for Engineering Excellence.
 
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Orthodox Church bishop Thomas Mar Athanasios dies after falling from train

Thomas Mar Athanasios
Thomas Mar Athanasios
Thomas Mar Athanasios, one of the most senior bishops of the Kerala-based Orthodox Syrian Church and the Metropolitan of its Chengannur Diocese, passed away after falling from a train near here early this morning.
 
He was 80.
 
According to various accounts, the bishop was standing near the door of the coach as he was to alight at the Ernakulam (South) railway station here.
 
He fell from the coach when the door suddenly slammed on him when the train was near the Pullepady bridge between Ernakulam South at about 5.30 am , the accounts said.
 
His body has been  kept at the Ernakulam General Hospital, sources said, adding that the arrangements for the funeral were yet to be finalised.
 
The bishop was on his way back from Vadodara in Gujarat, a city with which he  has had a long association, going back to the days before he became a priest.
 
Born  on April 3, 1938, he took his B. Sc. (Physics) from S. B. College, Changanacherry, B. Ed. from N.S.S. College, Changanacherry before completing his B. D. from the Serampore College, Calcutta. He later completed his Master of Education (M. Ed.) from M.S. University of Baroda.
 
He was the founder of the Basil School in Vadodara and went on to found six other schools in Gujarat.
 
He became the first Metropolitan of the Diocese of Chengannur on August , 1985. Apart from that, he served the church in  various other capacities.
 
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Congress leader Gurudas Kamat dead, funeral on Thursday

Gurudas Kamat
Gurudas Kamat
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat died in New Delhi on Wednesday following a massive heart attack. He was 63.
 
According to a family friend, Kamat complained of severe chest pain while having his morning tea at his home. He called out his driver who rushed him to a hospital in Chanakyapuri where he died within minutes.
 
Kamat, 63, is survived by wife Maharookh and son Sunil.
 
His body will be flown to Mumbai on Wednesday night and the funeral shall be held in Chembur on Thursday afternoon, said a party official.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, among other leaders, condoled the death.
 
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the hospital where Kamat passed away and placed a wreath on his body.
 
Respected across party lines, the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had picked Kamat as part of a four-member official delegation to the UN in 2003 along with former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.
 
Kamat represented former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the UN International Conference on Federalism in Addis Ababa in 2010.
 
A five-time Lok Sabha member from Mumbai, Kamat served as Union Minister of State for Home in 2009 but abruptly resigned in 2011 citing "personal reasons" after his appointment as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Drinking Water and Sanitation.
 
He served as Union Minister of State for Communications and IT.
 
Kamat resigned from the Congress in 2016 over his reported unhappiness with the functioning of the local party unit in Mumbai but was persuaded by the top leadership to withdraw it.
 
In April 2017, he sprang another surprise by quitting all party posts though he remained a staunch Congressman till the end.
 
Born in North Canara district's Ankola village in Karnataka and educated in Mumbai, he was a lawyer by qualification, regarded an able organiser and a good orator.
 
Kamat was President of the party's student wing NSUI (1976-1980), Indian Youth Congress chief (1987-88), Mumbai Congress President (2003-08) and later served the party as a General Secretary.
 
Rahul Gandhi, who is in Germany, tweeted: "The sudden passing away of Kamatji is a massive blow to the Congress family. Gurudasji helped build the Congress in Mumbai and was greatly respected and admired by all."
 
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Manmohan Singh said: "I am shocked and saddened to learn about the sudden and untimely demise of Gurudas Kamat."
 
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to his son: "I am extremely saddened to learn about the demise of your beloved father... He was a dedicated public servant and a mass leader of Maharashtra. He will be missed by the country and Congress in Maharashtra."
 
Fadnavis said he was saddened by Kamat's demise.
 
Sharad Pawar said the country had "lost a leader who knew the pulse of Mumbaikars and would always voice their concern in Parliament".
 
Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan said he "lost a great colleague".
 
A pall of gloom descended at the Mumbai Congress headquarters near Azad Maidan - which Kamat headed for several years - with many senior leaders and activists seen breaking down.
 
"It is an irreparable loss. Kamatji took pains to build up the Mumbai Congress and maintained contact with all the grassroots workers," said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mumbai North-East Kirit Somaiya said: "We have lost a gentleman politician, an MP always active for the betterment of Mumbai though we contested Lok Sabha elections against each other."
 
On Tuesday evening, Kamat had greeted party leader Ahmed Patel on his birthday and congratulated him for his re-appointment as Congress treasurer. In his last tweet hours before the end, Kamat extended his greetings to the people on Eid-ul-Azha.
 
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Senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passes away

Gurudas Kamat
Gurudas Kamat
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Gurudas Kamat passed away in a private hospital in New Delhi following a massive heart attack on Wednesday, party officials said. He was 63.
 
Kamat is survived by his wife Maharookh and a son, Sunil, said a close family friend.
 
According to the friend, while having his morning tea at his New Delhi home, Kamat suddenly complained of severe chest pain.
 
He called out to his driver who rushed him to the Primus Hospital in Chanakyapuri where he is said to have succumbed within minutes.
 
Close aides Dharmesh Vyas and Ketan Shah in Mumbai said they could not believe the news and felt as if "they had lost their elder brother and guiding light".
 
The youthful face of the party, Kamat, a five-time MP from Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency, served as Union Minister of State for Home in 2009, but quit in 2011.
 
Later, he immersed himself in party affairs as the general secretary but suddenly quit all posts last year, though he remained a staunch Congressman till the end.
 
In a condolence message, Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said "a very dynamic and renowned face of the Congress and a great leader Gurudas Kamat is no more".
 
Normally hale and hearty, Kamat on Tuesday night tweeted his Bakri Eid greetings to all saying: "Eid Mubarak to all my friends celebrating Eid-Al-Adha. May all your prayers be accepted. May peace, joy and happiness never depart from your lives and homes."
 
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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon passes away

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon died here on Tuesday, Chief Minister Raman Singh said. He was 91.
 
The Governor was put on life support earlier in the day after his health condition turned critical, hospital sources said.
 
Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday after he complained he was not feeling well. On Tuesday, he was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
 
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Justice Manjula Chellur takes over as new Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity

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Ms. Justice Manjula Chellur took oath as Chairperson, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Ministry of Power, here yesterday.
 
Prior to this, Ms. Justice Chellur was Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.  
 
Technical Members I.J. Kapoor, B.N. Talukdar and S. D. Dubey and Judicial Member Justice N.K. Patil were present on the occasion.  
 
Tribunal Bar Association President M.G. Ramachandran assured the Bench of full cooperation of the bar members in day-to-day business. 
 
A large number of advocates and other eminent guests were also present at the function.
 
Ms. Justice Chellur was the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. She also served as the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court and the first female judge of the Karnataka High Court.  She demitted her office as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court upon attaining the age of superannuation on December 4, 2017.
 
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Teenager Garvita Gulhati from India among 60 Young Global Changemakers

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Garvita Gulhati
Teenager Garvita Gulhati, founder of “Why Waste?”, has been invited to Zurich in Switzerland as the only Indian amongst 60 youngsters from around the world chosen for the title of Global Changemaker for their efforts and solutions to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges.
 
The 60 young men and women, aged between 18 and 23 and drawn from 42 countries, were selected through three rigorous rounds of selection from applications received from over 185 countries. 
 
They will join the Global Changemakers network of over 1000 young leaders from across the world who, to date, have impacted over four million people.  
 
“I am excited to be part of the Global Changemakers network and it’s a great opportunity for me to learn from other young changemakers from across the world and bring back those learnings to inspire youth of our country to be changemakers. My vision is to inspire a culture of every young person of my country contributing to create change," Garvita said.
 
“Why Waste?” is a youth led organisation headquartered in Bengaluru founded by Garvita at the age of 15. Previously, for her work, Garvita has been recognised as an Ashoka Youth Venturer by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, world’s largest network of social innovators and entrepreneurs. 
 
Her campaigns and efforts to save water have also been supported extensively by Change.org, through her petition change.org/glasshalffull. 
 
Yashveer Singh, Director of Youth Venture, Ashoka Innovators for the Public said, “Garvita’ s efforts to change behavior of society to create positive change is an inspiration to our country’s youth. She will be a great ambassador to represent aspirations and possibilities which can be created by our country which has world’s largest youth population.”
 
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The changemakers will be flown to Switzerland by the Mercator Foundation to attend the Global Youth Summit taking place in Aarau, Switzerland this week.
 
At the summit they will participate in, and lead, training sessions, networking and workshops to enhance their skills such as campaigning, fundraising, project management, leadership, public relations and pitching, and to learn from each other’s experiences. The changemakers will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an enabling panel and will be eligible to apply for grant funding to scale existing initiatives or create new projects.
 
The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development emphasizes young people as “critical agents of change” and the 2018 Global Changemakers are testament to that statement. This year’s Global Changemakers cohort works on issues as varied as rehabilitating victims of ISIS in Iraq, creating suicide prevention programs in high schools in Mexico, providing free health screenings for cervical and breast cancer in Cote d'Ivoire, establishing child care programs in hurricane devastated regions of Dominica, building a children’s library in a cave in a war-torn region of Afghanistan, and facilitating the entry of over 200 street children into schools in Nigeria.  
 
Global Changemakers is an international youth organisation head quartered in Zurich, Switzerland and present in 180 countries. To date the organisation has worked with over 1000 changemakers and has supported over 300 youth led projects, impacting over four million people.  
 
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Former LS Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away, nation mourns

Veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee, the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha who had defied his party's call to quit the post, died in Kolkata on Monday following a cardiac arrest and prolonged old age-related illness.

Somnath Chatterjee (File photo: IANS)
Somnath Chatterjee (File photo: IANS)
Veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee, the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha who had defied his party's call to quit the post, died here on Monday following a cardiac arrest and prolonged old age-related illness.
 
Chatterjee was given a 21 gun salute in the West Bengal Assembly, while the nation mourned the death of the barrister-turned-politician, known for championing the cause of the downtrodden.
 
Chatterjee, 89, leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son.
 
"He died at 8.15 a.m," Bellevue Clinic CEO Pradip Tondon told IANS.
 
Ailing for a long time, Chatterjee's condition turned grave on Sunday after he suffered a heart attack. On August 7, he had been admitted to the hospital in a critical condition due to a kidney-related ailment and put on ventilator support.
 
A former Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee member, Chatterjee was Lok Sabha Speaker during the first United Progressive Alliance (UPA-1) rule from 2004 to 2009.
 
It was during this stint that direct telecast of the Zero Hour started in 2004, while the Lok Sabha television channel came into existence in 2006.
 
However, on July 23, 2008, Chatterjee was expelled from the Communist Party of India-Marxist "for seriously compromising the position of the party" as he refused to resign as the Speaker after the CPI-M withdrew its support to the UPA-1 government over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
 
Chatterjee had then contended that the office of the Speaker was above party affiliations and he ceased to be a CPI-M member once he took over the job.
 
Till the end, Chatterjee had nursed a deep sadness over his expulsion.
 
In Kolkata, as the news of Chatterjee's death became public, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the private clinic and paid her last respects.
 
From the clinic, the cortege was taken to the Calcutta High Court, where Chatterjee had started his legal practice in the early 1960s. Judges, lawyers and clerks all came out of the corridors of the court to pay homage to him.
 
The next stop was the Assembly, where the body was placed on a high platform by police personnel in a slow march. The bugle played the last post before he was accorded a guard of honour and gun salute.
 
Banerjee was present at both stops, and even walked barefoot from the high court to the Assembly.
 
The cortege was then carried to Chatterjee's house in south Kolkata, where his wife Renu and other family members wept inconsolably. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who flew here from Delhi, garlanded the body at the house.
 
Sometime after evening, the body was donated to the SSKM Hospital, in deference to Chatterjee's wish that his mortal remains be used for medical causes.
 
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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying glowing tributes to Chatterjee.
 
Calling him "a veteran parliamentarian who had a forceful presence in the House", the President tweeted: "A loss for public life in Bengal and India. My condolences to his family and innumerable well-wishers."
 
Modi described Chatterjee as a stalwart of Indian politics who made parliamentary democracy richer.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi hailed him as "an institution".
 
Banerjee termed it a great loss.
 
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar described Chatterjee as "a dignified person who set high standards of conduct during his stint as Lok Sabha Speaker".
 
Governors, Chief Ministers and politicians across the country grieved for Chatterjee.
 
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury "deeply mourned" for Chatterjee, and later airdashed to his residence to garland the body.
 
Chatterjee joined the CPI-M in 1968, and was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1971 from Burdwan constituency in a by-election as an Independent candidate backed by the CPI-M.
 
The seat had fallen vacant after the death of his father Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, a Hindu revivalist and one of the founders and one-time President of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha.
 
He made it to the Lok Sabha on CPI-M ticket from Jadavpur in 1977 and 1980, but lost to Mamata Banerjee -- the present West Bengal Chief Minister and then a Youth Congress leader -- in 1984.
 
However, the very next year, he re-entered the Lok Sabha after the party nominated him as its candidate from Bolpur in a by-election. He retained the seat in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. From 1989 till 2004, he served as the Leader of the CPI-M in Lok Sabha.
 
During his three decades in the opposition benches of the Lok Sabha, Chatterjee used his baritone, legal skills and debating prowess adroitly to pin the government on the mat on a plethora of issues, and was given the "Outstanding Parliamentarian Award" in 1996.
 
Born on July 25, 1929 in Tezpur in Assam, Chatterjee studied in Kolkata, before earning B.A and M.A degrees in Law from the Jesus College, Cambridge. He was called to the bar from London's Middle Temple.
 
Chatterjee was a close confidant of former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, who made him Chairman of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).
 
Working with all sincerity, Chatterjee toured various countries, inking memorandums of understanding worth thousands of crores, but very few of the pacts materialised as industrial projects on the ground.
 
A keen sports enthusiast, Chatterjee headed the West Bengal Table Tennis Association for four years, till he stepped down in May citing his poor health.
 
He was an ardent supporter of city soccer giants Mohun Bagan.
 
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Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul passes away at 85

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V. S. Naipaul
Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul, who explored questions of place and identity for more than half a century, has died aged 85, his family announced on Sunday.
 
Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully in London on Saturday, reports the Guardian. 
 
"He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," she said in a statement.
 
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in 1932 in Chaguanas on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, to a family that had arrived from India in the 1880s, part of what he once called "an immigrant Asian community in a small plantation island in the New World". 
 
Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community. In 2008, he recalled his childhood as "pretty awful" and his family as "terrible... very large, with too many people. There was no beauty. It was full of malice". 
 
A government scholarship offered him a chance to escape, an immigrant once more as he travelled to Oxford in 1950 to study English.
 
Turning from the comedy that began his career, Naipaul cast a steely eye on the shards of empire in a series of novels and travelogues. 
 
Unflattering portraits of the West Indies, India, Africa and the Islamic faith brought both hostility and acclaim. 
 
Critics accused him of holding people of the developing world in contempt even as his diamantine prose won him a series of awards including the Booker prize in 1971, a knighthood in 1989 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
 
His first book, "The Mystic Masseur", was published in 1951 and a decade later he published his most celebrated novel, "A House for Mr Biswas", with a protagonist based on Naipaul's father took him over three years to write, reports the BBC.
 
His other noted works include "The Enigma of Arrival", "Miguel Street", "The Loss of El Dorado" and "Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples".
 
Naipaul's death was mourned by many including Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his loss leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".
 
English novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru recalled interviewing him and said: "When we sat down, the first thing he said was 'tell me what you've read and don't lie'. Only then would he consent to be questioned."
 
Writer Jeet Heer called him a "powerful novelist" who "at his best approached Conrad and even the shadow of Dickens".
 
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Gita Mittal sworn in as J&K Chief Justice

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Justice Gita Mittal was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday.
 
Before she was sworn in,  the court's Registrar General read out the warrant of Mittal's appointment.
 
She was then administered the oath of office by Governor N. N. Vohra at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.
 
Mittal is the first female Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
 
Former Chief Ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah, Governor's advisors, serving and former judges, Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyan, Director General of Police S.P. Vaid were among those who attended the oath-taking ceremony.
 
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Justice Bose is new Jharkhand Chief Justice

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Justice Anirudh Bose on Saturday took oath as the 12th Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court. The post was lying vacant for more than a year.
 
Jharkhand Governor Draupdi Mumru administered the oath ceremony, which was attended by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren.
 
Bose was born in Kolkata on April 1959. In January 19, 2004 he was appointed a Judge of the Kolkata High Court.
 
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Indira Gandhi's powerful aide R.K. Dhawan passes away

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R. K. Dhawan, once the powerful aide and confidant of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, died here on Monday in a hospital after a brief illness.
 
The 81-year-old Dhawan, who married only six years ago, had been unwell in the last five-six months and had been in and out of hospital, sources in his household said. 
 
As Personal Secretary to Gandhi, Rajinder Kumar Dhawan wielded enormous clout with his presence in the PMO and the household, especially during the Emergency, by keeping a hold on who got access to the Prime Minister. 
 
He was a witness to India Gandhi's assassination in October 1984 and had appeared as witness before the Thakkar Commission of inquiry which pointed the needle of suspicion on him. 
 
Rajiv Gandhi, who succeeded his mother Indira Gandhi, was not very enthusiastic about retaining Dhawan in his office. However, Dhawan made a comeback, rising to become a Member of Parliament and was inducted into the Congress Working Committee. 
 
The Congress on Monday expressed sadness over the passing away of Dhawan whom it described as a valued member of the party. 
 
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, a veteran Congressman himself, said he was deeply shocked by the death of Dhawan who he said was a close associate and colleague in the party and the government. 
 
"Though he was ailing, I had never expected that the end will come so soon," he tweeted, adding he would forever be fondly remembered. 
 
Senior Congress leader and party General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said he was saddened by Dhawan's death. His contribution to the Congress would always be remembered, he said. 
 
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Dhawan's tireless spirit, immeasurable commitment and untiring dedication to the Congress ideals would always be remembered.
 
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Indian-Australian professor awarded the Fields Medal

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An Indian-born, Australian-raised mathematics genius Akshay Venkatesh is among the four recipients of this year's Fields Medal. He received it for his "profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics".
 
Delhi-born Venkatesh, 36, was the youngest ever student to attend the University of Western Australia at the age of 14. He is currently teaching at Stanford University.
 
He has received the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2008 and Ostrowski Prize in 2017.
 
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years by the International Mathematical Union to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.
 
The award consists of a gold medal bearing the profile of Archimedes and a cash amount of 15,000 Canadian dollars.
 
The prestigious medal has been given to Venkatesh for "his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory, which has resolved long-standing problems in areas such as the equidistribution of arithmetic objects".
 
"Akshay Venkatesh has made profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics, including number theory, homogeneous dynamics, representation theory and arithmetic geometry.
 
"He solved many long-standing problems by combining methods from seemingly unrelated areas, presented novel viewpoints on classical problems, and produced strikingly far-reaching conjectures," the International Mathematical Union said on its website.
 
The other three laureates are Peter Scholze, Alessio Figalli and Caucher Birkar.
 
Birkar, Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University professor, has been given the medal "for the proof of the boundedness of Fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program".
 
Italian mathematician Figalli has won it for "contributions to the theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial differential equations, metric geometry and probability".
 
Germany's Peter Scholze was awarded the Fields medal for his work in arithmetic algebraic geometry.
 
The names were announced at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
 
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Gopalkrishna Gandhi chosen for Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

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The Congress party has said that former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen for the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.
 
This was decided at a meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award held here on July 28, a press release from its Member Secretary and veteran Congress leader Motilal Vora said.
 
The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is given on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence. It carries a citation and cash award of Rs. 10 lakh.
 
Former recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohammed Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia & Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Jagan Nath Kaul, Dilip Kumar, Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad & Harsh Mander (jointly), S.N. Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh & Madari Moideen (jointly), K.R. Narayanan, Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, N. Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, SPIC MACAY, D.R. Mehta, Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal.
 
This year's award will be presented to Mr. Gandhi at a special ceremony here on August 20, the release added.
 
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Mr. Gandhi, 73, is the son of Devadas Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi, and Lakshmi Gandhi. His maternal grandfather was C. Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India. 
 
A former officer of the 1968 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka. He had also served as Secretary to Vice-President of India and as Ambassador to Norway and Iceland. He was appointed as Governor of West Bengal in 2004.
 
Mr. Gandhi has also served as Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai and as Chairman of the governing body of Indian Institute of Advanced Study. He has also been associated with the Ashoka University as a Professor of History and Politics.
 
In July 2017, he was chosen by the Congress and 17 other Opposition parties to be their joint candidate for the post of Vice-President. The August 5, 2017 election was won by Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, the candidate of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
 
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Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla assumes Command of Southern Naval Command

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Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla took over the reins of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) as its 28th Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief here on Tuesday.
 
The Admiral has replaced Vice-Admiral AR Karve, who retired after 38 years of yeoman service. Vice Adm Chawla was previously the Chief of Personnel at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Navy in New Delhi. The Flag Officer, a native of Dehradun, had arrived here on Monday.
 
A static ceremonial parade, comprising 16 platoons including 4 armed platoons and a 50-man Guard of Honour was held at the naval base on the occasion in which both the Admirals were accorded General Salutes.
 
The ceremony concluded with a March in Review Order. Subsequently, both Flag Officers carried out the formal handing/taking over in the office of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
 
Speaking to the members of the media, prior to his departure, Vice Adm Karve expressed satisfaction at the synergy achieved by the Command with the civil administration of the state in responding to different Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) requirements.
 
On completion of the handing over, Vice Adm Karve was bid farewell by various Heads of Units, Commanding Officers, Chief Staff Officers of SNC headquarters and other senior officers. As he drove away, he was given the traditional 'Teen Jais' by officers and sailors of the Command.
 
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Former FTII director John Sankaramangalam dead

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Veteran film personality John Sankaramangalam, a former director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, died at a hospital near here on Monday, said family sources.
 
He was 84 and he died due to age-related illness. 
 
In his long career, John won two National and four Kerala State Film Awards.
 
He also served as chairman and jury of many national and international film festivals and participated as an official delegate to a number of film festivals.
 
He was also an executive member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television), association of the world's major film and television schools founded in Cannes in 1955 and was former vice chairman of Kerala Chalachithra Academy.
 
Born at Eraviperoor near here, John, after his education at the SB College and the Madras Christian College, became a teacher.
 
But since his passion was films, he joined the FTII as a student in 1962 and, after doing his diploma from there, he entered the film industry and did four films besides several documentaries for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. His directorial titles include "Saramsham", "Samandaram", "Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi" and "Janma Bhoomi".
 
Later, he went on to become the director of FTII. Post retirement, he was seen as an authority on the history of Indian films.
 
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Surendra Rosha appointed as CEO of HSBC India

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The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited today said it had appointed Surendra Rosha as Chief Executive Officer for HSBC India, subject to regulatory approvals.
 
Mr. Rosha, who is currently HSBC’s Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for Asia-Pacific, has extensive experience in working with retail and commercial banks, a press release from the said.
 
Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, said: “I am delighted to confirm Surendra’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer India. His 27 years of experience in financial services makes him ideally suited to leading our bank in India and driving forward our strategy in one of HSBC’s key markets.”
 
Mr. Rosha began his financial services career when he joined HSBC’s Indian operations in 1991. He has worked in multiple roles in FX trading, Corporate Treasury Sales, Treasury and Capital Markets across a variety of countries. He has extensive experience in Global Banking and Markets – including in Sales, Treasury and Capital Markets in India during 1991 – 2005; and as Head of Global Markets in Indonesia in 2005; Head of Institutional Sales, Asia Pacific in 2007 and Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Asia-Pacific in 2015, both in Hong Kong.
 
Mr. Rosha succeeds Mr. Jayant Rikhye, who is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons, the release said.
 
Born in 1968, Mr. Rosha returns to India after 13 years of working abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bombay University and a Master’s Degree in Business from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
 
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Karunanidhi in ICU, doctors confident about his recovery

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi's condition continued to be stable on Sunday and doctors are confident of his recovery, said a senior party official.
 
The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped.
 
Following treatment, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has stabilized but he continues to be in ICU.
 
"His condition continues to be stable. The doctors are confident that he will recover and go home," a party official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
Meanwhile, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu met Karunanidhi at the hospital and enquired about his health.
 
Naidu tweeted: "Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery."
 
The DMK said in a statement that Naidu was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. They spoke to doctors. Naidu also met Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the hospital.
 
On Saturday, night, too, the hospital said Karunanidhi's condition was stable with active medical support.
 
DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan on Saturday said that Karunanidhi would be in the hospital for two more days.
 
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Karunanidhi hospitalised after dip in blood pressure, now stable

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi, who had a slight health setback a couple of days ago and was rushed to hospital in the small hours of Saturday following a dip in blood pressure, was stable, the hospital said in a late night bulletin.
 
"DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi's health continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. He is being continiously monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU," said a medical bulletin issued in the night by Kauvery hospital, where he was admitted. 
 
The hospital said in the morning that the 94-year-old leader was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dropped.
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
During the day, leaders from various political parties including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran visited the hospital to enquire about Karunanidhi's health.
 
They met M.K. Stalin, DMK's Working President and Karunanidhi's son and his daughter Kanimozhi, who briefed them about his health. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted his wishes for speedy recovery of Karunanidhi. The entire family of Karunanidhi including his other son M.K.Alagiri, daughter Selvi and grandchildren were present at the hospital.
 
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day outside the hospital, DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry".
 
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A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday, Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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Karunanidhi in hospital, blood pressure stabilised

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here early on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped, the hospital said.
 
In a statement issued here the hospital said the 94-year-old leader was admitted into ICU at 1.30 a.m. 
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres have gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
Speaking to reporters here DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry."
 
A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treatment for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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