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Sunil Arora takes charge as CEC, seeks support for 2019 polls

Sunil Arora
Sunil Arora
Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Sunday assumed charge as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), a day after O. P. Rawat demitted office, and sought support from "all the stakeholders" for conducting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind had on November 27 appointed Arora to the post. 
 
He will have a nearly two-and-a-half year tenure as CEC till April 2021, during which he would preside over the general elections in 2019, besides elections to the Assemblies of Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir.
 
A retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1980 batch (Rajasthan cadre), Arora had been working as an Election Commissioner since September 1, 2017.
 
"I have already remained here as an Election Commissioner for a little over a year. It is with utmost humility and an enormous sense of responsibility that I have just taken over as Chief Election Commissioner," he said. 
 
"All I can say at this stage is that all of us in the Commission shall continue to put our best foot forward to meet the expectations of all the stakeholders strictly in consonance and in conformity with the vision and ideals of the Constitution."
 
He said the EC had appointed a committee led by Senior Deputy EC Umesh Sinha to review the various facets of Section 126 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, and its report was likely to be submitted by December 30. 
 
Arora retired on April 30, 2016 as Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 
 
In 36 years of his service, he held various crucial positions in the Rajasthan and central governments.
 
He served in several key positions including Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, as Chairman and Managing Director of the then Indian Airlines between 2002 to 2005, member of Board of Directors of Air India, Airport Authority of India Ltd and National Skill Development Corp. 
 
He also served as the Chairman of Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corp (RIICO) in 2005-13 and as Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in the Rajasthan government in 2013-14.
 
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A. K. Tiwari takes charge as Director (Finance), GAIL

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Anjani Kumar Tiwari assumed charge as Director (Finance) of the public sector natural gas major GAIL (India) Limited here today.
 
Prior to this, he was the Officer on Special Duty & Executive Director (Finance) in GAIL and was head of Finance & Accounts Department, a press release from the company said.
 
A cost accountant, Tiwari has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Taxation, Treasury, Corporate Accounts, Capital Budgeting, and Finalization of EPC Contracts.
 
He was in charge of Project Finance at GAIL for handling the prestigious project Jagdishpur - Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline, popularly known as Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga.
 
He also holds the position of Director in GAIL Gas Ltd., Green Gas Ltd., Ratnagiri Gas and Power Private Ltd., GAIL Gas (USA) Inc., and GAIL Global (USA) LNG LLC. 
 
Besides serving a long tenure at the GAIL, Tiwari was posted as CFO, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) during its formative years.  During his tenure at BCPL, he was actively involved in Project Handling, Project Finance and Contract Finalization for construction of the Project. 
 
He is also actively involved in Investor Relations and interactions with analysts fraternity. He is an active member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and The Institute of Directors.
 
He has also served in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) and Cawnpore Chemicals. ?
 
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Arvind Saxena takes oath as Chairman, UPSC

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Mr. Arvind Saxena was sworn in as the Chairman of Union Public Service Commission here today.
 
The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi, senior-most Member of the Commission at a ceremony here, an official press release said.
 
The term of his appointment will be till August 7, 2020 when he attains the age of 65 years or till further orders, whichever is earlier, it said.
 
Mr. Saxena joined the Commission as Member on May 8, 2015 and has been performing the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC since June 20 this year.
 
A graduate in Civil Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering and M. Tech. in Systems Management from IIT, New Delhi, Mr. Saxena joined the Indian Postal Service in 1978. In 1988, he left the Indian Postal Service to join the Research & Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat, where he specialised in the study of strategic developments in neighbouring countries, including Nepal, China and Pakistan.
 
Prior to joining  UPSC as Member, he was working as  Director of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC).
 
Mr. Saxena is a recipient of awards for Meritorious Services (2005) and Distinguished Services (2012), conferred by the Prime Minister, in recognition of his exemplary work and unblemished service record in the R&AW.
 
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Alka Mittal takes charge as Director (HR) of ONGC

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Dr Alka Mittal took charge as Director (Human Resources) of the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited here on Tuesday.
 
A post graduate in Economics with an MBA (HRM) and a doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies, Dr. Mittal had joined ONGC as a graduate trainee in 1985 and brings with her an extremely rich experience spanning over three decades, a press release from the company said.
 
She is on the Board of ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Limited (OMPL) as ONGC nominee Director since August 2015.
 
Prior to joining as Director (HR), Dr Mittal held the post of Chief Skill Development (CSD) of the Company. In her capacity as CSD she streamlined the activities and brought in uniformity in the working of the Skill Development Centres promoted or supported by ONGC. During this period, she has also implemented Apprenticeship Training scheme in ONGC engaging more than 5000 apprentices across all work centres.    
 
Previously she worked as Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), at Corporate Office and took up major CSR projects across India, the release added.
 
Earlier, she led the HR-ER functions in various capacities across regions including Vadodara, Mumbai, Delhi and Jorhat and was also the Head of Corporate Communications, Delhi during 2009.
 
She is an Executive Committee member of NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management), and was President of Forum for Women in Public Sector (WIPs) Northern Region till recently and heads the Women’s Development Forum of ONGC, the release added.
 
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Sunil Arora appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner

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The President has appointed Mr. Sunil Arora, the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the next Chief Election Commissioner.
 
Mr. Arora, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, will assume charge of the office of the Chief Election Commissioner on December 2, succeeding Mr. Om Prakash Rawat, who will demit office on December 1 at the end of his tenure, an official press release said.
 
Mr. Arora, a retired IAS officer of the 1980 batch  (Rajasthan cadre), had been appointed as an Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India on August 31, 2017.
 
He had earlier served as Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting before superannuating on April 30, 2016.
 
Later, he was appointed as the Director General and CEO of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), a think tank under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
 
Among other assignments, Mr. Arora had served as Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Development Commissioner (Handlooms) under the Ministry of Textiles; and as Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines before it was merged with Air India.
 
In Rajasthan, he had held various  positions, including as Secretary to the Chief Minister.
 
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CNN-News 18 Managing Editor Radhakrishnan Nair passes away

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Radhakrishnan Nair, the  Managing Editor of CNN-News 18, passed away at a private hospital here in the early hours of today.
 
He was 54. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
He had been suffering from a kidney ailment for about two years. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment of various complications and breathed his last in the wee hours today, sources close to the family said.
 
Radhakrishnan, or Radha or RK as he was known to friends and colleagues, began his career in journalism with United News of India (UNI), the news agency, before shifting to television.
 
He joined as a producer with TV18's India Business Report, which was broadcast on BBC India, and helped with research and writing for reality-based legal serial Bhanwar, produced by TV18 for Sony. 
 
He was part of the founding team at CNN-News18 and went on to become its Managing Editor in 2014.
 
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Former Union Minister Jaffer Sharief passes away

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Former Union Minister and veteran Congress leader from Karnataka C. K. Jaffer Sharief died at a private hospital here on Sunday following a heart attack, a party official said. He was 85.
 
"Sharief passed away around 12.30 p.m. at Fortis Hospital in the city centre. 
 
"He was admitted on Friday after he collapsed at home. He was ailing for sometime with age-related problems," party's state unit spokesman Ravi Gowda told IANS.
 
A veteran parliamentarian from Bengaluru North and Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha constituencies, Sharief was Union Railway Minister from 1991-1995 under the P.V. Narasimha Rao government at the Centre.
 
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Veteran Kannada films rebel star Ambareesh passes away

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Veteran Kannada films rebel actor M. H. Ambareesh died at a private hospital here on Saturday night following a heart attack, a duty doctor said. He was 66.
 
"Ambareesh died at around 10.15 p.m. after a massive cardiac arrest (heart attack) a couple of hours after he was brought to our hospital in the evening due to breathing (respiratory) problem," the doctor told IANS from Vikram Hospital in the city centre.
 
The super star of the Kannada film industry is survived by his wife and multi-lingual actress Sumalatha and son Abhishek.
 
In a statement on early Sunday, the hospital, however, said, Ambareesh was found unresponsive at his residence (in the city's southern suburb) and resuscitation efforts were initiated at his home and continued en-route to the hospital.
 
"Despite all aggressive resuscitation efforts, Amabreesh could not be revived and is declared deceased at 22.15 on 24.11.2018," added the statement.
 
As the shocking news of Ambareesh death was flashed on local news channels and went viral on social media, hundreds of his frenzied fans thronged the hospital, wailing for the sudden loss of their legendary hero.
 
Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy and Cabinet ministers K. J. George and D. K. Shivakumar were among the several political leaders who visited the hospital soon after doctors declared Ambareesh dead.
 
"With a heavy heart, visited the hospital and met the grieving family members of my dear friend rebel star #Ambareesh," tweeted Kumaraswamy.
 
In consultation with the family, the chief minister has directed the officials concerned to make arrangements for the public and fans to pay their last respects to Ambareesh at Kanteerva Stadium opposite Cubbon Park in the city centre from 8 a.m. onwards.
 
"#Ambareesh was a rebel who was loved by all. He carved a unique place in both politics and films. He leaves back a legacy that will be cherished by his family, friends, fans and followers. May his soul rest in peace and his family get strength to bear this loss," said the chief minister in another tweet.
 
Kumaraswamy also assured the fans to arrange special buses from Ambareesh's home district (Mandya) to allow them travel to Bengaluru for paying homage to him.
 
"I request Ambareesh fans and people to maintain peace, prevent any untoward incident over his death and pay homage to the departed soul peacefully," added Kumaraswamy through a tweet.
 
In a statement after midnight, the chief minister's office said the last rites of Ambareesh would be performed on Monday near Rajkumar Smaraka at Kanteerava Studio in the city's northwest suburb with state honours, as decided in consultation with his family members.
 
Ambareesh was former cabinet minister in the previous Congress government from May 2013 to June 2016 when then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah dropped him along with 13 other ministers in a major reshuffle of his ministry.
 
He was Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in the first UPA government and a Parliament member from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, about 100 km from here.
 
Ambareesh was also a member of the state legislature, representing Mandya and Srirangapatna assembly segments as a Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader.
 
Though the Congress leadership wanted Ambareesh to contest in the May 12 assembly elections, he declined on health grounds, saying he would not be able to do justice to the people as their public representative.
 
Mourning Ambreesh, Siddaramaiah tweeted that the rebel star was not only a great actor and a proven politician, but also a great human being. "You will be missed," he said.
 
Ambareesh entered filmdom through the role of 'Jaleel' in veteran director Puttanna Kanagal's 'Naagarahaavu' in 1972.
 
He also acted in 'Shubhamangala', 'Antha', 'Chakravyuha', 'Masanada Hoovu', 'Olavina Udugere', 'Hrudaya Haadithu', 'Odahuttidavaru', 'Diggajaru' and 'Elu Suttina Kote', where he played a critically acclaimed role.
 
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Veteran Kannada film actor Ambareesh passes away

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Ambareesh
Veteran Kannada film actor M. H. Ambareesh passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday night following a heart attack, said a duty doctor. He was 66.
 
"Ambareesh died after a massive cardiac arrest a couple of hours after he was brought to our hospital due to breathing problem in the evening," the doctor told IANS.
 
The super star of the Kannada film industry is survived by his wife and multi-lingual actress Sumalatha and a son.
 
Ambareesh was also a Congress leader and had served as a Minister in the previous Congress government.
 
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Classical musician Ustad Imrat Khan passes away at 83

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Indian classical music doyen, Ustad Imrat Khan, known for promoting the sitar and the surbahar internationally, has passed away in the United States at the age of 83, his family said on Friday.
 
Khan breathed his last in a hospital in St. Louis on Thursday after a stroke. He was unwell for quite some time and was hospitalised last week. He had been living in St. Louis for well over two decades. 
 
"No words can express the loss… May Allah bless his soul," Khan's nephew, Hidayat Husain Khan, said confirming his death. The funeral is expected to take place on Saturday. 
 
He belonged to the Etawa Gharana, which traces its origins through an unbroken line of celebrated musicians to the 16th century, where training was passed down from father to son for almost 400 years. 
 
Khan was the younger brother of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan and was born in what was then Calcutta into a family of musicians. 
 
His father was Enayat Khan, recognised as a leading sitar and surbahar player of his time, as had been his grandfather, Imdad Khan before him. His father died when Khan was a child and he was raised by his mother, Bashiran Begum, and her father, singer Bande Hassan Khan. 
 
In 1944, the family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai), where he learned extensively from his uncle Wahid Khan. In 1961, he performed at the Edinburgh International Festival. The year also saw his first concerts in Berlin and London and first recordings for BBC radio and television. He also performed at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970. 
 
From then onwards, Khan had performed and recorded solo, playing both sitar and surbahar, and appeared at numerous music festivals across the globe. 
 
The noted musician was disappointed that the Indian government never recognised his contributions, even as several of his juniors and those who trained under him were presented with Padma awards. 
 
Khan had turned down the Padma Shri last year and expressed his disappointment publicly, saying that the recognition had come too late. 
 
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Congress MP from Kerala M. I. Shanavas passes away

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M. I. Shanavas, Congress Lok Sabha member from Wayanad in Kerala and the Working President of the party's state unit, passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday, a party leader said.
 
He was 67. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
"The party has lost a stalwart. I have lost a dear brother," Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said.
 
Shanavas, a two-time Member of Parliament (MP) , was ailing for sometime and was admitted at a hospital in the Tamil Nadu capital. 
 
"His body will be brought to Kochi today. It will lie in state for the public to pay their last respects and the final rites will take place tomorrow," said Chennithala.
 
A long-time close aide of former Kerala Chief Minister K. Karunakaran, Shahnavas along with Chennithala and former Kerala Speaker late G. Karthikeyan in the 1980s parted ways with Karunakaran and formed their own faction, 'the reformist'.
 
Shanavas won the 2009 Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad, which he retained in 2014.
 
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues condoled the passing away of Shanavas.
 
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Ajay Bhushan Pandey to be new Revenue Secretary

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay  Bhushan  Pandey will be the new Revenue Secretary in the Ministry  of Finance, succeeding Mr. Hasmukh Adhia, who will retire from service on November 30. Mr. Adhia was also the Finance Secretary.
 
Mr. Pandey is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1984 batch (Maharashtra cadre).
 
He will continue to hold the additional charge of CEO, UIDAI and Chairman, Goods and Services Tax Network until further orders, a notification from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) said.
 
Mr. Adhia is an IAS officer of the 1981 batch (Gujarat) cadre.
 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) also approved the appointment of Mr. Girish Chandra Murmu, an IAS officer of the 1985 batch (Gujarat cadre), currently Special Secretary, Department of Revenue, as Officer on Special Duty  in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. He will take over as Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of Mr. A.N. Jha, IAS (MN:82) on 31.01.2019.
 
According to the notification, the ACC has also approved the following appointments:
 
--Ms. Upma Chawdhry, IAS (HP:83), Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration as Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs on superannuation of Mr. Amarendra Kumar Dubey, IAS (KL:82) on 31.12.2018.
 
--Mr. N Sivasailam, IAS (KN:85), Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications as Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce.
 
--Mr. Sumanta Chaudhuri, IAS (WB:85), Managing Director, Small Farmers' Agri-Business Consortium, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare as Secretary, Ministry of Coal vice Mr. Inder Jit Singh. Orders for a new assignment for Mr. Inder Jit Singh, IAS (KL:85) are being issued separately.
 
--Mr. Chhabilendra Roul, IAS (PB:85), Special Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Fertilizers. The officer will take over as Secretary, Department of Fertilizers on superannuation of Ms. Bharathi S. Sihag, IAS (HP:83) on 31.12.2018.
 
--Mr. Yogendra Tripathy, IAS (KN:85), Chairman and Managing Director, Food Corporation of India as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism on superannuation of Ms. Rashmi Verma, IAS (BH:82) on 30.11.2018.
 
--Ms. Shalini Prasad, IAS (UP:85), Special Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj as Member Secretary, Tariff Commission, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion in the existing vacancy by temporarily upgrading the post to the level of Secretary.
 
--Mr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Lok Sabha Secretariat Service, Additional Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariat as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in the vacancy caused due to superannuation of Mr.  Raghav Chandra, IAS (MP:82) by temporarily downgrading the post to HAG Grade (Level 15 of the Pay Matrix).
 
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Veteran actor, adman Alyque Padamsee passes away

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Alyque Padamsee
Well-known theatre personality, actor and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee passed away here on Saturday, sources close to his family said.
 
He was 90.
 
He is survived by four children -- two sons Rahul and Quasar and two daughters Raell and Shazahn -- from his three marriages, two of which  (Pearl Padamsee and Dolly Thakore) ended in divorce and the third (Sharon Prabhakar) in a separation.
 
Among his various achievements, Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough's multi-Oscar award winner classic, "Gandhi" (1982).
 
In the world of advertising, he acquired stardom with memorable campaigns like the Liril girl in a waterfall, Lalitaji in Surf, Hamara Bajaj, MRF Muscle Man and the Kamasutra Couple, among others. He headed Lintas India for 14 years.
 
Alyque was born in 1928 into a traditional Khoja Muslim family from the Kutch region of Gujarat, whose ancestors were court poets and musicians.
 
Alyque was one of eight children. One of his brothers is the acclaimed painter Akbar Padamsee. He was educated at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.
 
Padamsee was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London in 1960-61 and, on his return to Mumbai, embarked on what turned out to be a long and eminently successfully career in English-language theatre.
 
He distinguished himself both as actor and director. Among his popular productions were Jesus Christ Superstar, Man of La Mancha, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of A Salesman and Evita.
 
His production of Pratap Sharma’s A Touch of Brightness was staged at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in London in 1965. 
 
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A short film by him on disabled children — Story of Hope — was voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame.
 
For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its enrichment, Padamsee received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction for 1986.
 
After building Lintas India into one of the country's top advertising agencies, Padamsee went on to become the Regional Co-ordinator of Lintas South Asia. Called the "Brand Father" of Indian advertising, he is credited with building more than 100 brands. Later, he served as CEO of AP Advertising Pvt Ltd and as Creative Adviser of McCann Erickson India.
 
The Government honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2000.
 
Padamsee was also actively involved in public service and was part of many campaigns against various social evils such as eve teasing and sexual molestation launched by the Mumbai Police.
 
He had worked as Communications Advisor to Chandrababu Naidu, then Chief  Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. He had served on the Advisory Board of IIT Bombay
 
His best-seller "A Double Life", which traces his life and times in the worlds of theatre and advertising, is prescribed in business schools.
 
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Decorated war veteran Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri dead

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Decorated war veteran Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri died in a private hospital in Mohali near here on Saturday, family sources said. He was 78.
 
Chandpuri, who was an Army Major during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, had held his post through the night in the famous battle of Longewala in Rajasthan with just 120 men against a full-fledged attack by advancing Pakistani Patton tanks. 
 
He was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) for the heroic stand-off against the tanks and forcing the enemy to retreat. 
 
The feat of Brig Chandpuri and his men was later featured in Bollywood blockbuster movie "Border" which was released in 1997.
 
His role was played by actor Sunny Deol.
 
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Anju Seth takes over as Director of IIM Calcutta

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Prof. Anju Seth took over as the new Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta here this morning -- the first woman to hold the coveted position.
 
An announcement to this effect was made by the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta, Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni.
 
“We are indeed delighted that Anju will be the first woman Director of IIMC. She was the unanimous choice of the Search Cum Selection Committee and the BOG. On behalf of the IIMC fraternity, it is my privilege to welcome her to the IIMC team," Mr. Kulkarni added.
 
Prof. Seth is an alumnus of IIMC and has most recently held the position of Pamplin Professor of Management at Virginia Tech in the United States.
 
She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has a distinguished academic career spanning over 25 years.
 
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Prof. Seth was Professor of Business Administration at University of Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research.
 
She is on the editorial board of many scholarly journals. During the past several years she has maintained strong connections with academic and professional organizations in India such as Vedica Scholars Program and many others.
 
Speaking on her new responsibility, Prof. Seth said, “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed to serve IIM Calcutta in the position of Director. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, Governors and all other stakeholders to build on the Institute’s strong foundations and accomplish new heights of eminence.”
 
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Infosys appoints Jayesh Sanghrajka as interim CFO

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IT services major Infosys today said its Board of Directors had appointed  Jayesh Sanghrajka as the interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Key Managerial Personnel of the company with effect from November 17.
 
The Board is in the process of selecting the next CFO. The current CFO, M. D. Ranganath will step down on November 16, a press release from the company said.
 
Sanghrajka has spent 13 years in Infosys over two stints and has performed various leadership roles in the finance function. He is currently Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Infosys.  He Sanghrajka has over 20 years of experience and is a Chartered Accountant.
 
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Binny Bansal resigns as CEO of Flipkart Group after probe into "serious personal misconduct"

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Binny Bansal today resigned as CEO of Flipkart Group with immediate effect following an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of "serious personal misconduct".
 
"Earlier today, Binny Bansal announced his resignation as CEO of Flipkart Group, effective immediately. Binny has been an important part of Flipkart since co-founding the company, but recent events risked becoming a distraction and Binny has made a decision to step down," a statement from Flipkart said.
 
"His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of the Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct. He strongly denies the allegation. Nevertheless, we had a responsibility to ensure the investigation was deliberate and thorough. 
 
"While the investigation did not find evidence to corroborate the complainant’s assertions against Binny, it did reveal other lapses in judgement, particularly a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation. Because of this, we have accepted his decision to resign," the statement said.
 
"Binny has been contemplating a transition for some time and we have been working together on a succession plan, which has now been accelerated.
 
"Going forward, Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue to be CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong, continuing to operate as separate platforms within the Flipkart business. Ananth Narayanan will continue providing great leadership as CEO of Myntra and Jabong, and will report into Kalyan. Sameer Nigam will continue leading PhonePe as CEO. Both Kalyan and Sameer will report directly into the board.
 
"As we look ahead, we have full confidence in the strength and depth of leadership across the company. We remain committed to investing for the long-term and are supportive of the leadership team’s desire to evolve into a publicly-traded company in the future," the statement added.
 
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, had in May this  year taken a 77 percent stake in Flipkart for $ 16 billion.
 
The remainder of the business is held by some of Flipkart’s then-existing shareholders, including Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, Tencent Holdings Limited, Tiger Global Management LLC and Microsoft Corp. 
 
Founded in 2007, Flipkart has led India’s e-commerce revolution. The company has grown rapidly and earned customer trust, leveraging a powerful technology foundation, including artificial intelligence, and emerging as a leader in electronics, large appliances, mobile and fashion and apparel. The group also includes platforms such as Myntra, Jabong and PhonePe.
 
Flipkart was co-founded in 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, who are not related though they share a surname. They both hail from Chandigarh and were both students of computer engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
 
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Malayalam actress Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy passes away at 90

Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
Well-known Malayalam actress and dubbing artiste Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy, who appeared in several films as an elderly mother or grandmother, passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday,
 
She was 90. She is survived by  a daughter, Sandhya, and a son, Arun.
 
Among the movies in which she appeared are Kamal's Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Sathyan Anthikad's Thooval Kottaram (1996), G Aravindan's Vasthuhara (1991), Shaji N Karun's Piravi (1988) and Hariharan's Panchagni (1986).
 
Born at Chalappuram in Kozhikode, Kerala to Chengalathu Devaki Amma and Mullassery Govinda Menon, Lakshmi wanted to become a nurse but became an artiste-cum-announcer for All India Radio while studying at the Presidency College here. She later began worked for All India Radio in Kozhikode in 1950.
 
In between, she got married to Krishnamoorthy, who belonged to Mysore and was working in the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) at Hyderabad.
 
Lakshmi went on to act in plays and began working as a dubbing artiste. She soon bagged the role of a former freedom fighter in Panchagni to set out on a new career in films.
 
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IIM-Lucknow Director Ajit Prasad passes away

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Professor Ajit Prasad, Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Lucknow passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness, T.R. Girijavallabhan, administrative officer of the institute said. He was 61.
 
Prasad was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) two weeks back and had been on life support since then.
 
Prasad joined IIM-Lucknow as its Director on November 2, 2015.
 
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Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal to wed on December 12 in Mumbai

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Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal -- scions of the Ambani and Piramal business families -- will get married in Mumbai on December 12, their parents announced on Tuesday.
 
"We are delighted to share that the marriage of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal will take place in the residence of Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani in Mumbai with family members and close friends on 12th December, 2018. The ceremonies will be performed in accordance with Indian traditions, customs and culture," said a statement late this evening.
 
During the weekend prior to the wedding, the Ambani and Piramal families will host their friends and family in Udaipur, where they are partnering with artisans and craftsmen to integrate local culture and traditions into the festivities.
 
Both families sought the blessings and good wishes of everyone for Isha and Anand as they start their journey of togetherness, said the parents Mukesh and Nita Ambani and Ajay and Swati Piramal.
 
The twin sister of Akash Ambani and sister of Anant, Isha is on the Boards of Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail.
 
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and South Asian Studies from Yale University and is a master in Business Administration programme from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford.
 
Anand and Isha have been long-time friends and both the families have known each other for over four decades.
 
Anand, who had proposed to Isha at a temple in Mahabaleshwar last May, is the founder of Piramal Realty, one of India's leading real estate companies.
 
The son of corporate magnates Ajay and Swati Piramal with varied business interests, Anand had also launched Piramal Swasthya, a rural healthcare initiative that treats 40,000 patients a day.
 
Anand holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
 
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Navin Chandra Pandey takes charge as Director (T&FS), ONGC

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Mr. Navin Chandra Pandey has assumed the charge of Director – Technical and Field Services (T&FS) of the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) here today. 
 
Mr. Pandey is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad (NIT, Allahabad).
 
He joined ONGC in 1982 and has vast experience of over 36 years in the oil and gas industry. He held various key positions in both offshore & onshore portfolio, handling challenging assignments in oil & gas asset management, operations and services. He has a strong track record in project delivery with his excellent project execution skills. 
 
He has a rich experience in offshore deep-water/ shallow water as well as onshore drilling. As Operations Manager of deep-water areas, he brought about significant performance improvements in deep-water drilling operations. He is credited with successful management of floater drilling rigs Sagar Bhushan and Sagar Vijay. He was conferred CMD’s ‘Manager of the Year’ award in 2007.
 
As Asset Manager, CBM Asset Bokaro, he made a turnaround in the asset operations by fast-tracking development activities in major CBM blocks including land acquisition and synergizing resource mobilization, a press release from the company added.
 
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Former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana passes away at 83

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Former Delhi Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana passed away on Saturday at his residence here. He was 83.
 
Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor told IANS, "Khuranaji passed away today (Saturday) around 11 p.m. at his residence."
 
Khurana, who served as Delhi Chief Minister from 1993 to 1996. resigned amid controversy in relation to the hawala scandal.
 
He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. "He breathed his last at around 11 pm at Kirti Nagar residence here," his son Harish Khurana said.
 
He said that his father was suffering from a chest infection and fever from the last few days.
 
"He was feeling breathless since Saturday morning," Harish Khurana said
 
Born on October 15, 1936, Khurana also served as Union Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
 
He was appointed Rajasthan Governor in January 2004. However, he resigned from the post and joined active politics in October 2004.
 
The four-time MP also served as the Delhi chief of BJP unit and was also former national vice-president of the party.
 
BJP President Amit Shah condoled the death and said: "The news of passing away of former Delhi CM and senior BJP leader is very saddening. Khuranaji was an ideal swayamsewak, a dedicated student wing worker and he shall be always remembered as a strong pillar of the Jana Sangh and the BJP."
 
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan also condoled the passing away of Khurana.
 
"My heartfelt condolences to the BJP parivar and the family of our beloved former Chief Minister of Delhi and veteran BJP leader Madan Lal Khuranaji who passed away after prolonged illness," Vardhan tweeted.
 
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani also condoled the death said: "Saddened by the demise of Madan Lal Khuranaji. As an elder he was a guide with an ever supportive outlook and kind words to spare. My condolences to his loved ones."
 
Cremation will take place on October 28.
 
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Sanjay Mishra to hold additional charge of post of Director, ED

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The Government has entrusted the additional charge of the post of Director, Enforcement Directorate, to Mr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1984 batch.
 
He will succeed Mr Karnal Singh, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1984 batch (AGMUT cadre), whose tenure will end on Sunday.
 
A notification from the Department of Personnel said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had approved the appointment of Mr. Mishra to the post of Principal Special Director, Enforcement Directorate in the pay level 16.
 
The notification also said that the ACC had approved "entrustment of additional charge of the post of Director, Enforcement Directorate to Mr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra for a period of 03 months, or till the appointment of a regular incumbent, whichever is earlier".
 
Mr. Karnal Singh had been appointed as Director, Enforcement Directorate on February 8, 2017. He was earlier given additional charge as Director on August 20, 2015.
 
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Suresh Nambath appointed as next Editor of The Hindu

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The Hindu Publishing Group today said that its Board of Directors had unanimously appointed Suresh Nambath as the new Editor of The Hindu with effect from March 1, 2019.
 
He will succeed Mukund Padmanabhan, who has been Editor of the newspaper from March, 2016.
 
A statement from the newspaper said that, over the past 22 years, Nambath had himself in "various aspects of bringing out an iconic newspaper, which is now 140 years old".
 
"He has played a coordinating and leadership role on the news as well as editorial and opinion sides," it said.
 
Nambath joined The Hindu as Principal Correspondent covering Tamil Nadu politics in October, 1996; served as Tamil Nadu Bureau Chief between July, 2006 and February, 2012; and was promoted to Senior Associate Editor and Coordinating Editor in March, 2014. He has been the National Editor of The Hindu since October, 2015, and deputising for the Editor in his absence.
 
The Board of Directors commended Nambath’s leadership capabilities, particularly his integrity, sharp political perspective, and many-sided journalistic experience and said it recognised that "he is best placed to steer The Hindu editorially to a bright future". 
 
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IUML Kerala legislator Abdul Razack dead

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P. B. Abdul Razack, a senior IUML legislator from Kerala, died at a private hospital here Saturday, party sources said. He was 63.
 
Razack, a two time legislator representing the state's northern most constituency of Manjeswaram that borders Karnataka, was in the hospital for the past few days.
 
In the 2016 Assembly polls, he won with a margin of 89 votes when he defeated senior BJP leader K. Surendran.
 
His death comes at a time when an election petition filed by Surendran is being heard in the Kerala High Court.
 
Malappuram Lok Sabha member and veteran IUML leader P. K. Kunhalikutty said Razack, a successful businessman, rose from the ranks of the party, and was liked by all.
 
The last rites would be held on Saturday evening.
 
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