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Veteran actress Lalita Chatterjee passes away

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Veteran film and folk theatre actress Lalita Chatterjee died at a private hospital in the city on Wednesday following a cerebral attack, family sources said.
 
Chatterjee, 81, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday after she fell down at her residence and suffered a massive stroke. She was put on ventilation.
 
Chatterjee began her film career in 1964 with the movie "Bivas" opposite Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar.
 
Her other films including Antony Firingee, Jai Jayanti, Har Mana Har and Memsaheb.
 
Chatterjee spent ten years in Bollywood, where her notable films included Victoria No. 203, Raat Andheri Thi, Aap ki Kasam, Chori Chori and Talash.
 
She was also a regular in Bengali jatra (folk theatre).
 
In her condolence message, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recalled Chatterjee's four-decade long acting career and termed her death as an "irreparable loss for stage and screen.
 
"I express my heartfelt sympathies to her family members and fans," she said.
 
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Appointments Committee of Cabinet approves several senior-level appointments

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved several appointments at the Additional Director General, an official press release said here today.
 
An official press release said Dr. Sameer Sharma, IAS, (AP:85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has been appointed as Director General, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
 
Ms. Shefali Shah, IRS (IT:85), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.
 
Mr. Sanjeev Nandan Sahai, IAS (UT:86), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power.
 
Mr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, IAS (JK:86), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, vice Mr. T. Jacob, IAS (TN:84) on his superannuation on 31.05.2018.
 
Ms. Rajni Sekhri Sibal, IAS (HY:86), Director General, National Institute Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.
 
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Vats, IAS (WB:86), Additional Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare, has been appointed as Chairperson, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under the Department of Pharmaceuticals in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
 
Ms. Mala Dutt, IES (86), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Defence.
 
Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, IDAS (86), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Rural Development.
 
Mr. M. Srinivas Rao, IAS (AM:87), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary.
 
Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, IAS (TR:88), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare vice Dr Vats.
 
Ms. Anjali Bhawara, IAS (PB:88), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
 
Ms. Juthika Patankar, IAS (UP:88), presently in the cadre, has been appointed as Director General, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary, vice Ms. Sibal.
 
Mr. K. Sanjay Murthy, IAS (HP:89), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
 
Mr. Devesh Chaturvedi, IAS (UP:89), Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, has been appointed as Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers' Welfare.
 
The ACC also approved extension of the Central Deputation tenure of Mr. Arun Goel, IAS (PB:85), Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Labour & Employment, and that of Ms. S. Radha Chauhan, IAS (UP:88), Chief Executive Officer, GeM SPV, by a further period of one year beyond 31.05.2018 i.e. upto 30.05.2019.
 
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Karnataka BJP MLA B N Vijaya Kumar passes away

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from the Jayanagar assembly segment, B.N. Vijaya Kumar, died here early on Friday, a party official said. He was 60.
 
The two-time lawmaker was in the fray from the same constituency for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections.
 
"Vijaya Kumar was admitted into a nearby hospital after he collapsed on Thursday evening following a cardiac arrest while campaigning in his constituency," the official told IANS.
 
He died at the state-run hospital after efforts to revive him failed, a doctor said.
 
The party's state unit chief B.S. Yeddyurappa mourned the death. "I am deeply pained at the untimely demise of my friend and party stalwart Vijaya Kumar...," Yeddyurappa tweeted.
 
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also expressed his condolences over Kumar's demise. "..I express my condolences to his family and loved ones. Vijaya Kumar was a sincere and hard working political leader," he tweeted.
 
The Election Commission is likely to countermand the poll in Jayanagar Assembly seat on account of Kumar's death as a candidate in the fray.
 
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AirAsia India's MD & CEO Amar Abrol resigns

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Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India on Wednesday announced that its Managing Director and CEO Amar Abrol has resigned and that he "will be moving back to the AirAsia Group headquarters in Malaysia to work on Group Strategic Projects effective June 2018".
 
"Abrol had expressed his desire to return to Malaysia to be closer to his family. The Board of AirAsia India would like to thank him for his contributions and will work closely with him to ensure a smooth transition," the company said in a statement.
 
"Abrol has led AirAsia India operations over the last two years and has expanded its fleet, people and network by three-fold."
 
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Sitanshu Kar takes over as DG, PIB

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Mr. Sitanshu Ranjan Kar, a 1983 batch  officer of the Indian Information Service, took over as the 27th Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India and  Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB) here today.
 
He has succeeded Mr. Frank Noronha, who superannuated yesterday. 
 
In a career spanning nearly 35 years, Mr Kar has worked in key positions in various Media Units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 
 
After attending the Foundation Course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and Orientation Course at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Mr Kar had joined the News Services Division of All India Radio for a short stint before moving to Doordarshan News. He spent nearly 17 years in this medium and played a substantial role in its growth.  In 1988, he became the first Indian to win the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London in a world-wide competition and traveled through Europe and North America to experience the cutting-edge technologies being used in the production of television news by leading broadcasters. 
 
Mr. Kar joined the Press Information Bureau in 2003. He anchored the publicity of several key Ministries such Environment & Forests, Rural Development, Human Resource Development, Science & Technology, Atomic Energy and Space before joining the Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence as the Principal Spokesperson in August 2005. 
 
He has the distinction of being the longest serving spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence for over a decade at a stretch. 
 
In December 2015, he was appointed as the Director General of the News Services Division of All India Radio. 
 
Mr Kar had graduated in Humanities from BJB College, Bhubaneswar and secured the First Rank in Political Science Honours in Utkal University. He earned his post-graduate degree in Political Science and M. Phil in Chinese and Japanese Studies from Delhi University.
 
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Maj Gen Annakutty Babu assumes charge as ADG, MNS

Maj Gen Annakutty Babu
Maj Gen Annakutty Babu
Major General Annakutty Babu assumed charge as Additional Director General, Military Nursing Service (MNS), here today.
 
She took over the reins from her predecessor Major General Elizabeth John who retired yesterday. She hails from Koothattukulam in Ernakulam district of Kerala.
 
Born into an agriculturist family, she inherited values of compassion and hard work from her parents. Before taking over this appointment, she was serving as Principal Matron, Army Hospital Research & Referral –an apex quaternary care hospital of the Armed Forces.
 
With her extensive expertise, positive leadership and vision, she is able to instil a guiding philosophy of excellence for raising the calibre of patient care.
 
On this occasion, ADG, MNS, said the Nursing Service officers play a pivotal role in the care of the sick and injured soldiers and their families along with medical corps in Tri-Services.
 
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Economist and former West Bengal Finance Minister Ashok Mitra passes away

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Eminent Marxist economist Ashok Mitra, who served as Chief Economic Adviser during Indira Gandhi's prime ministerial tenure and as Finance Minister of West Bengal, passed away at a nursing home here on Tuesday following old age complications. He was 89.
 
The Sahitya Akademi awardee was a widower.
 
Mitra, who was minister in the state's Left Front government, was hospitalised for almost a month with complaints of diarrhoea and later developed respiratory problems. He passed away at 9.15 a.m.
 
Rated as a brilliant scholar, Mitra chaired the Agricultural Prices Commission for four years from 1968 and served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Central government between 1970 and 1972.
 
After the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front came to power in West Bengal in 1977, Mitra was one of the first five ministers to be sworn in alongside Chief Minister Jyoti Basu after he won the Assembly polls from Rashbehari.
 
Handed the Finance portfolio, Mitra vigorously sought more powers for the states. He campaigned countrywide on the issue, playing a good part in forcing the Central government to set up the Sarkaria Commission that examined the relationship and balance of power between States and the Centre and suggested changes within the framework of the Indian Constitution.
 
Mitra lost the election in 1982, but was brought back to the Cabinet after he won a bye-election from Jadavpur.
 
However, he developed differences with the Chief Minister and CPI-M topguns on the matter of restructuring payscales for principals of state government-aided colleges, and resigned in 1986.
 
In 1991, Mitra volunteered to contest from the Chowringhee Assembly constituency against Congress candidate and former West Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Ray, whom he had often berated for his "semi-fascist rule" in the state in the 1970s. Mitra campaigned hard, but lost.
 
In the mid-1990s, the CPI-M made him a member of the Rajya Sabha, where he served as Chairman of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Industry and Commerce.
 
Born in Dhaka in 1928, Mitra did his graduation from the University of Dacca and post-graduation in economics from Benaras Hindu University.
 
He also studied in the Delhi School of Economics in the early 1950s.
 
As an academician, he taught Economics at the University of Lucknow before proceeding to the Netherlands, where he got his doctorate in 1953 from University of Rotterdam (now The Netherlands School of Economics) under Jan Tinbergen (who later won the Nobel Prize). His doctoral thesis was titled "Share of Wages in National Income".
 
He also worked with the National Council of Applied Economic Research and briefly served as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Finance.
 
Mitra had a stint with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at Bangkok and in 1961, joined as a teacher at Economic Development Institute in Washington.
 
On his return to India, Mitra became a professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C).
 
A prolific writer in both English and Bengali, Mitra penned regular newspaper columns, and even reported on the 1996 cricket World Cup for The Telegraph.
 
In 1996, his collection of Bengali essays "Tal Betal" won the Sahitya Akademi award.
 
Mitra's repertory of Bengali books include "Okhatha-Kukatha", "Ochenake Chine-Chine", "Kabita Theke Michhila, "Nastikatar Baire", "Charitrabali", "Tal-Betal" and the much-acclaimed memoir Apila Chapila.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled Mitra's death.
 
"Saddened at the passing away of noted economist, former Finance Minister of Bengal and former Rajya Sabha MP, Dr Ashok Mitra. He had a long career with the World Bank, IIM Calcutta and as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. Condolences to his family & well wishers," she said in a tweet.
 
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Former Indian Air Force chief Idris Hassan Latif passes away

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Former chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif, died here on Monday. He was 94.
 
He breathed his last at a private hospital, where he was admitted last week with pneumonia, family sources said.
 
He is survived by three children. His wife Bilkees Latif, a noted social activist and writer, died in October last year.
 
Latif headed the IAF from September 1978 to August 1981 and after his retirement, served as the Governor of Maharashtra and India's Ambassador to France.
 
He will be buried at a burial ground in the old city of Hyderabad on Tuesday.
 
Born on June 9, 1923 at Hyderabad, Latif joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1941 at the age of 18 and was commissioned in 1942.
 
During 1943-44, he was one of the few Indian pilots to be seconded to the Royal Air Force in the UK, where he underwent training on more contemporary aircraft like the Hurricane and Spitfire.
 
He returned to India in 1944 and took part in the Burma campaign.
 
At the time of partition, he chose IAF and during the 1971 War with Pakistan, he was Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans).
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao have condoled the death of Latif.
 
The Chief Minister, in his message, said that Latif had served the nation in various capacities and was pride of the nation. 
 
"He was a product of Nizam College, Hyderabad and served in various capacities in the Air Force and rose to become the Air Chief Marshal," he said. 
 
The Chief Minister noted that Latif was also recipient of Param Visisht Seva Medal.
 
Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao also expressed his condolences. "Latif created a distinct mark of his work as Air Force Chief and later as Governor of Maharashtra. During his tenure as Governor, Latif took keen interest in the development of the state," he said.
 
"As chancellor of universities in Maharashtra, Latif made serious efforts to enhance the quality of higher education in the State. With his impartial and dignified conduct, Latif enhanced the stature of the post of governor," added the Governor.
 
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Aditya Ghosh quits IndiGo, Gregory Taylor likely to be President and CEO

Aditya Ghosh
Aditya Ghosh
InterGlobe Aviation Limited, the owners of low-cost carrier IndiGo, today announced that Mr. Aditya Ghosh is resigning from the  post of President of IndiGo effective July 31 and as a Director of the company with effect from April 26.
 
A press release from the company said Mr. Rahul Bhatia had been appointed as interim CEO and would continue as a Director of the company.
 
The company also announced the appointment of Gregory Taylor as Senior Advisor to the company reporting directly to Mr. Bhatia.
 
"In the coming months, the Board will consider the appointment of Greg as President and CEO of the Company, subject to receiving the necessary regulatory approvals and paperwork," the release said.
 
Mr. Bhatia said, “We are delighted at Greg’s decision to rejoin the IndiGo team and welcome him back to the company. His enormous and varied experience and understanding of the complexities of the airline industry will be invaluable to our future plans. At the same time, we thank Aditya for all his hard work and contributions and for the successes that the company has enjoyed.”
 
Mr. Ghosh said, "For the last ten years, it has been a relentless, exhilarating and a most satisfying task building IndiGo.  It is now time for me to step off the treadmill and sometime in the near future embark on my next adventure. I wish all my colleagues at IndiGo the very best as they move on to the next phase of growth.”
 
Mr. Taylor has more than 40 years of experience in large, world class airlines. During 2016 and 2017, Mr. Taylor was the Executive Vice President of Revenue Management and Network Planning at IndiGo. 
 
Prior to that he held various senior management roles at United Airlines and US Airways in the areas of Corporate Planning, Strategy, Network Planning, Fleet Planning, Finance, Cost Management and Airline Express Operations. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
 
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Tarang Gianchandani appointed as CEO of Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital

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Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), today announced the appointment of Dr Tarang Gianchandani as the Chief Executive Officer of Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital at Girgaum, Mumbai. 
 
Dr Gianchandani is currently with Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai, as Chief Executive Officer since 2012.
 
Mr. Jalaj Dani, representative of the Trust said, “It gives me immense pleasure in welcoming Dr Tarang Gianchandani as the new CEO of Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital. With her vast administrative and clinical experience, both in India and abroad, and organisational skills she will steer the hospital in its quest to rank among the very best in India, delivering quality care.”
 
Dr Gianchandani said, “I am happy and honoured to have been asked to shoulder the responsibility of this truly world-class hospital in the heart of Mumbai. I am looking forward to take Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital further as a centre of excellence in areas of speciality treatment and patient care.”
 
Dr Gianchandani did her Masters of Business Administration in 2007 from Singapore, with specialisation in Healthcare Management from the National University of Singapore, Business School. She has also worked with the Ministry of Health, Hospital Services in Singapore, where she managed strategic development and promotion of integrated and holistic healthcare. She has also worked at Alexandra Hospital, Singapore, as a Fellow in the Department of Orthopaedics, and was also the head of Clinical Quality, Changi General Hospital, Singapore.
 
A recipient of Rashtra Vibhushan and Rashtriya Rattan Awards, Dr Gianchandani has worked as a member of a task force set up by the Maharashtra government on Organ Transplant and turn the state into a hub for medical tourism.
 
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Tata Sons names S. Jaishankar as president, Global Corporate Affairs

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Tata Sons today announced the appointment former Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as the Tata Group’s president, Global Corporate Affairs.
 
Dr. Jaishankar will report to Mr. N Chandrasekaran, executive chairman of Tata Sons in his new role, a press release from the company.
 
Dr. Jaishankar, 63 served as India's Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018. He had, before that, also served as India's Ambassador to the United States, China and Singapore. He had, as Joint Secretary, played a key role in negotiating the India-US civilian nuclear agreement in July 2005.
 
In his new role, he will be responsible for the Tata group’s global corporate affairs and international strategy development and Tata Sons’ international offices will report to him. Dr Jaishankar will work with Tata companies to help them strengthen their business presence and positioning in their respective geographies globally, the release said.
 
“I am delighted to welcome Dr Jaishankar to the Tata group. His extensive experience and knowledge on international affairs will be very valuable to the group as we work to reinforce our brand and leadership globally," Mr. Chandrasekaran said.
 
Dr. Jaishankar said, “The Tata group is an iconic institution known for its value-based leadership as well as India’s most respected brand globally. I look forward to being part of the Tata group and working with key stakeholders to make an impact.”
 
An officer of the 1977 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, Dr. Jaishankar had served as Third and Second Secretary(Political) at Embassy of India, Moscow from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he was Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning in the MEA. From 1985 to 1988, he served as First Secretary handling Political Affairs in the Embassy in Washington. Thereafter, from 1988 to 1990, he was First Secretary and Political Adviser to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.  From 1990 to 1993, he served as Counsellor (Commercial) in Budapest. He returned to headquarters and served as Director (East Europe). He was the Press Secretary of the President of India from 1994-1995. 
 
He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he was appointed the Ambassador of India to Czech Republic and served in Prague till 2004. He came back to headquarters to head the Americas Division in the Ministry from 2004 to 2007, in which assignment he played a key role in the negotiations for the India-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement of July 2005.
 
Dr. Jaishankar holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in International Relations and an M.A. in Political Science.  He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.
 
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Sanjay Bhattacharya appointed as Ambassador to Turkey

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Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharya , presently Ambassador of India to Egypt,  has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Turkey.
 
Mr. Bhattacharya will succeed Mr. Rahul Kulshreshth, who will take his place as the new Ambassador to Egypt, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said here last week.
 
The Ministry also announced the concurrent accreditation of Mr.  Ravi Thapur, Ambassador of lndia to Panama, as the country's next Ambassador to Nicaragua.
 
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Ex-Delhi HC Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar passes away

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Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar died on Friday here at a private hospital, family members said.
 
"He was admitted in Fortis Hospital two weeks ago. He passed away at around 12 noon," a family member told IANS. 
 
Sachar, who was born on December 22, 1923, chaired the Sachar Committee, constituted by then Congress-led central government, which submitted a report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India.
 
A noted human rights activist, Sachar was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Ccourt from August 6, 1985, to December 22, 1985. 
 
Since his retirement, he had been associated with the People's Union for Civil Liberties, a rights group.
 
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Mukesh Ambani, two other Indians in Fortune Greatest Leaders 2018

 File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
File photo of Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
Three Indians, including Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani and human rights lawyer Indira Jaising, feature in Fortune magazine as the 50 Greatest Leaders of 2018, released on Thursday.
 
Architect Balkrishna Doshi is the third Indian in the list of the American magazine "of the thinkers, speakers, and doers who are stepping up to meet today's challenges" and includes Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.
 
Ranking Ambani, who turned 61 on Thursday, at 24th place, Fortune said that he had "in less than two years, brought mobile data to the masses and completely upended the country's telecom market".
 
"Since Ambani, chief of the $47 billion conglomerate Reliance Industries, launched Jio -- the first mobile network in the world to be entirely IP-based -- in September 2016, the company has signed up a staggering 168 million subscribers.
 
"The secret? Offering dirt-cheap data and free calls (and plowing billions of dollars into the infrastructure that transmits them). The effect, dubbed 'Jio-fication', has driven India's higher-price carriers to drop costs (if not run them out of business), and it fueled a 1,100 per cent rise in India's monthly data consumption," it said.
 
Lawyers Collective Founder Indira Jaising has been ranked 20. 
 
"When the poorest in India need a voice, they find one in Jaising, a lawyer who has dedicated her life to battling injustice," Fortune said.
 
"She has fought on behalf of victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, helped Syrian Christian women in India win property rights equal to their male counterparts', and helped draft India's first domestic violence law. 
 
"Her work has recently led her to Myanmar, where she was appointed by the UN to lead an investigation into the persecution of Rohingya Muslims," it added. 
 
Ranking Doshi at 43, Fortune said he is the winner of architecture's highest honour this year - the Pritzker Prize - and has spent the bulk of his 70-year career championing accessible housing, earning the nickname of "the architect for the poor".
 
"His designs include the Aranya low-cost housing project in Indore, a labyrinth of homes and courtyards that provide around 80,000 residents with a balance of open spaces and communal living, and the mixed-income Life Insurance Corporation Housing in Ahmedabad, where several generations of a family can occupy levels of the same building. 
 
"Underlying all his work is the ideal that all economic classes deserve good housing," it said.
 
The first rank in this year's list goes to "The Students" of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and other schools in the US that suffered from gun violence.
 
This year's list includes Bill and Melinda Gates, tennis star Serena Williams, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Tencent CEO Huateng 'Pony' Ma, Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Hollywood actor-producer Reese Witherspoon.
 
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Tata Sons names Nupur Mallick as new group chief human resource officer

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Tata Sons today announced the appointment of Ms. Nupur Mallick as the new group chief human resource officer. 
 
Ms Mallick will report to the Chairman of Tata Sons, N Chandrasekaran in her new role, a press release from the company said.
 
Currently, Ms Mallick is director, human resources, for Tata Consultancy Services in UK and Ireland. A long-time Tata group employee, she started her career with TCS in 1997 and has worked across various HR functions like talent acquisition, organisational change management, compensation and benefits as well as employee engagement, policy and process development in multiple geographies.
 
Ms Mallick will take over from Mr. S Padmanabhan who is holding the responsibility presently. Mr Padmanabhan will continue to be executive chairman, Tata Business Excellence Group, and head, sustainability group reporting to Mr Chandrasekaran. Under his leadership the Tata Business Excellence Group will help companies leverage data and process excellence and enable their journey to become real-time enterprises, the release added.
 
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Subodh Gupta, appointed as Director (Finance), BHEL

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Mr. Subodh Gupta has assumed charge as Director (Finance) of the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (NHEL).
 
Prior to this, he was handling overall financial planning and strategy, treasury management and taxation in the Corporate Finance division of BHEL, besides heading the finance function of Strategic Business Units under the company’s Industry Sector business segment.
 
A career finance professional, Mr. Gupta brings with him more than 32 years of diverse experience in the financial operations of BHEL, a press release from the company said.
 
As a certified TQM assessor from European Foundation for Quality Management, he has significantly contributed in improvement of business processes and conducted several internal and external TQM assessments.  He is a Commerce (Honours) Graduate from University of Delhi and a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). 
 
Mr. Gupta started his career with BHEL as Trainee (Finance) in 1985, the release added.
 
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Sanjay Kumar Moitra takes charge as Director (Onshore), ONGC

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Mr Sanjay Kumar Moitra has taken over as Director (Onshore) of the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today. 
 
As Director (Onshore), he will look after oil and gas production from ONGC’s onshore fields, a press release from the company said.
 
With over 35 years of experience in oil & gas production activities at various Indian basins, Mr Moitra has conceptualised many out-of-box ideas for efficient resource management leading to implementation of a large number of complex and high-value projects in India's oil & gas industry, it said.
 
Before assuming charge as Director (Onshore), Mr Moitra headed the Bassein & Satellite (B&S) Asset in Western Offshore, Mumbai - the highest gas-producing and second highest oil producing Asset of ONGC and the country - since 2013. The B&S Asset caters to about 30% of total gas production of the country.
 
Earlier he has also handled critical senior management roles including Head Well Services-Offshore & Chief Offshore Technology & Projects [2012-13], Surface Area Manager - Mumbai High (North) [2010-12], In-charge Facility Engineering Group - Western Offshore [2008-10], Head- Production Planning, Monitoring & Analysis Group of all Offshore Assets and Plants of Mumbai Region of ONGC [2004-08].
 
He has headed various high-level committees and task forces to oversee critical projects related to oil and gas production, facility renewal, operational issues and technology initiatives.
 
Mr Moitra joined ONGC in the year 1982. He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Jabalpur University, India and has also completed an Advance Management Course from Cambridge University, UK in 2011.
 
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Indian animation expert Bhimsain Khurana dead

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Indian animation pioneer and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana is dead. He was 82.
 
Khurana, known for films like "Gharaonda" and for iconic animation shorts like "Ek Anek Ekta" -- with the unforgettable -- "Ek chidiya, anek chidiya" song -- died at a hospital here on Tuesday while undergoing dialysis, a family source told IANS.
 
A decorated filmmaker, Khurana is survived by his wife Neelam, sons Himaanshu and Kireet, daughters-in-law Youla and Tehzeeb and grandchildren Kabeer, Nivritti and Mohak.
 
A prayer meet will be held here Friday evening at ISKCON here.
 
Khurana obtained his diploma in Fine Arts and Classical Music from Lucknow University. In 1970, he made his debut with his first animation short "The Climb", which earned him the Silver Hugo Award in the Chicago Film Festival.
 
Soon after, he directed and produced several animation and ad films. He further established his repute as a director and producer with his landmark animation short "Ek Anek Ekta", which won him a National Award.
 
He ventured into feature film production with "Gharaonda", which got Filmfare Awards. This was followed by two other successful films - "Doooriyan" and "Tum Laut Aao".
 
Khurana also tried his hand at TV show production. His first tryst was in 1985 with popular sitcom "Choti Badi Baatein", based on superstitions. He also made documentaries.
 
In 1991, he made computer-aided animation serial "Lok Gatha", based on folk tales, and then a 26-episode series "Vartaman", aired on Doordarshan.
 
Khurana was also a writer, and penned six books.
 
His banner Climb Films has been running since the last 31 years.
 
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Bishop Geevarghese Mar Athanasius of Mar Thoma Church passes away

Geevarghese Mar Athanasius
Geevarghese Mar Athanasius
Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius, the Suffragan Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, passed away at  a private hospital here in the early hours of today, the church annnounced.
 
Bishop Athanasisus, who had been ailing for a long time and had been in and out of hospital for the past many months, was admitted again to the P V S Memorial Hospital here yesterday and was put on a ventilator. He breathed his last at 4.40 am today, the announcement from the Thiruvalla, Kerala-headquartered church said.
 
He would have turned 74 on April 26.
 
The announcement said the Bishop, who headed the Ranni-Nilackal Diocese of the church, was "fondly remembered for his soul-stirring oration, marked with Christian maturity and vast knowledge in human relations".
 
It said he had initiated several humanitarian projects for the upliftment of the poor and needy.
 
Born as C. I. George on April 26 to C I Idicula and Achiyamma of Nedumpram,  he did his schooling at Neerattupuram and obtained his B. Sc. degree from the Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree from the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur in 1969.
 
He was ordained as a deacon on May 3, 1969 and as a priest on June 14 that year and served in various parishes of the church, including Mumbai Dadar, Kottayam, Madras Chetpet and Toronto, Canada.
 
While in Canada he did higher studies in Wycliffe College, Toronto (1975-76). He was selected as Bishop while serving in Edayaranmula parish. He was consecrated on December 9, 1989 with the name Geevarghese Mar Athanasius.
 
He was assigned to be the head of Mumbai – Delhi Diocese. Later, he served as head of Kottayam-Kochi Diocese from November, 1993 to September, 2001 before coming head of the Ranni Nilackal Diocese in October, 2001.
 
He was installed as Suffragan Metropolitan of the church  on October 2, 2015, making him the second in the official hierarchy after the Metropolitan, the Most Rev. Joseph Mar Thoma, the head of the church.
 
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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passes away, aged 77

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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passed away at a private hospital here on Tuesday night, family sources said. He was 77.
 
He is survived by his wife Sarojam and daughter Sujatha and son Ajith.
 
His body will be flown to Delhi, where the last rites would be performed.
 
Conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2003, he had been working as a journalist in Delhi for a long time.
 
Hailing from Cherai in Kerala's Ernakulam district, Shenoy began his career with Indian Express and in 1965, joined the Delhi bureau of Malayala Manorama and served with them for well over a quarter of a century.
 
He was a former Editor of The Week magazine and Sunday Mail and wrote on diverse issues as a columnist. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while condoling the death of Shenoy, remarked that he was the foremost Malayali journalist in the country.
 
"On account of his five decade professional career happening in Delhi, he was often the 'ambassador' of Kerala in Delhi," he said, adding that while people differed with him on political aspects of his writings, he was always highly-respected by all.
 
Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said that he has lost an "elder brother" as he, while being an MP, always used to discuss various issues with Shenoy, who was a friend, philosopher and guide to him.
 
"Shenoy was a towering journalist and his loss is going to be a loss for journalism," he added.
 
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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passes away

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Veteran journalist T.V.R. Shenoy passed away at a hospital in Karnataka's Manipal on Tuesday around 7.30 p.m.
 
He was a former Editor of The Week and Sunday Mail and wrote on diverse issues as a columnist. 
 
He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003. 
 
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Veteran journalist S. Nihal Singh passes away

S. Nihal Singh
S. Nihal Singh
Veteran journalist and editor S. Nihal Singh, a trenchant critic of the Emergency in the mid-seventies and equally of the Modi government, died on Monday following illness. He was 88.
 
The end came around 5.30 p.m. at the National Heart Institute here where he had been admitted. The cremation will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium.
 
A journalist friend of Nihal Singh said he had been in and out of the hospital four times in the past few weeks and died due to multiple organ failure. Nihal Singh would have turned 89 on April 30.
 
An incisive writer, Surendra Nihal Singh was the Chief Editor of The Statesman, Editor-in-Chief Indian Express and Editor of Khaleej Times. He was also the founding editor of the The Indian Post.
 
Author of several books, he was active till recently contributing regular columns to newspapers. 
 
He won the prestigious International Editor of the Year Award in New York for his role in opposing the state of Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in mid-1975. Of late, he was also critical of the Narendra Modi government on various issues like intolerance arising out of the activities of Hindutva organisations.
 
Nihal Singh was Director, Press Institute of India and a senior associate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New York City. He was also President of the Press Club of India.
 
Paying his tributes, senior journalist H.K. Dua said Nihal Singh was one of the most outstanding journalists and an excellent commentator on national affairs and foreign policy.
 
"He was a thorough democrat-liberal, moulded in a classical mode of journalism. He was a popular leader wherever he worked," Dua said.
 
He said Nihal Singh was always fair in his approach in commentary and could be incisive in comment without malice. 
 
Senior journalist Kuldip Nayar said Nihal Singh would not only be remembered for his contribution to journalism but also to public life. 
 
Nayar said he and Nihal Singh were colleagues in The Statesman for many years and described him as a serious writer. 
 
"He was posted at Singapore when I joined the The Statesman. We used to wait for his dispatches which were read with great interest," Nayar said.
 
He recalled Nihal Singh coming regularly to the India International Centre and addressing meetings and mixing with people. 
 
"We were not only colleagues, we became good friends and I am shocked that he is no more. It is definitely a loss to the profession and also to me."
 
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala also paid his tributes, saying Nihal Singh's impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark. 
 
"My deepest condolences on the passing away of Nihal Singh. In a career spanning several decades, his impeccable integrity and journalistic ethics is a benchmark in today's times. My prayers are with his family and friends," Surjewala said. 
 
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Sripriya Ranganathan appointed as Ambassador to Korea

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Ms. Sripriya Ranganathan, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to South Korea.
 
A press release from MEA said Ms. Ranganathan, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1994 batch, was expected to take up her assignment shortly.
 
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Jaitley says he is being treated for kidney-related problems, infections

File photo of Arun Jaitley.
File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said he was being treated for kidney-related problems and certain infections he had contracted.
 
"I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me," Mr. Jaitley said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr. Jaitley, 65, is learnt to have cancelled a visit to London next week for the annual India-UK economic dialogue.
 
The Minister, who underwent a gastric bypass weight loss surgery in 2015, reportedly visited AIIMS on Thursday for a checkup where doctors advised him to take rest before treatment for his kidney ailment begins.
 
Mr. Jaitley is yet to take oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha after winning a fresh term in the Upper House from Uttar Pradesh recently. He has been unwell for some time now and was seen delivering his Budget speeches in the Lok Sabha while remaining seated on more than one occasion since he assumed office in May, 2014.
 
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Malayalam actor Kollam Ajith passes away

Kollam Ajith
Kollam Ajith
Malayalam film star Kollam Ajith, known for portraying negative roles, died on Thursday at a private hospital here, family sources said.
 
Ajith, 56, was admitted to the hospital ten days ago following health issues.
 
Ajith, in a career spread over three decades, had acted in around 500 films, mostly in Malayalam besides a few in Tamil and Hindi. 
 
He started his career with the 1984 hit "Paranu Paranu Paranu" by ace Malayali director Padmarajan.
 
Ajith was often referred to as Malayalam film industry's permanent villain on account of his role in the hugely successful "Irupathaam Noottaandu" (1987) starring Mohanlal. Since then he was the first choice for villain roles.
 
Ajith's body will be taken to Kollam, where the last rites would be performed later in the day.
 
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