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After retirement from SC, Justice Goel appointed NGT chair

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Hours after bidding farewell to the Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was appointed the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for five years, said a notification by the Department of Personnel and Training.
 
Since the retirement of former NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on December 20, 2017, the post has been lying vacant.
 
Justice Goel, who retired from the Supreme Court after a four-year tenure, will head the principal bench of the green panel located in New Delhi for five years.
 
In the apex court, Justice Goel was part of many important cases and judgments.
 
He headed the bench which delivered the judgment forbidding immediate arrest under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
He was also part of the bench which referred the issue of divorce through instant triple talaq among Muslims to a five-judge constitution bench which held it as illegal and arbitrary.
 
Justice Goel was part of another landmark judgement of 2016 quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act which sought to give the executive a say in the appointment of top judges
 
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Girish Pillai takes charge as new Member Traffic, Railway Board

Girish Pillai
Girish Pillai
Mr. Girish Pillai has taken over as the new Member Traffic, Railway Board.
 
Prior to this, he was General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur from September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
 
An Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) officer of the 1980 batch, Mr. Pillai joined Railways in January, 1982. He has done M.Sc. (Maths) and M. Phil. from Delhi University.
 
Among other assignments, Mr. Pillai has served as Additional Member (Tourism &  Catering) and Infrastructure, Railway Board; Advisor (Infrastructure) Railway Board; Chief Operations Manager, Western Railway; Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division, Western Railway; Executive Director (Perspective Planning), Railway Board; Chief Passenger Transportation Manager, Western Railway; Chief Traffic Planning Manager, Western Railway; and Director in Department of Ocean Development under Central Staffing Scheme.
 
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Dinesh Gundu Rao appointed as president of Karnataka Congress

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Dinesh Gundu Rao
Congress President Rahul Gandhi today appointed Mr. Dinesh Gundu Rao as the new president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
 
Mr. Gandhi also appointed Mr. Easwar Khandre as Working President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, a position held earlier by Mr. Gundu Rao.
 
Mr. Gundu Rao, 48, succceeds Mr. G. Parameshwara, who has become Deputy Chief Minister in the coalition government headed Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy.
 
"The Congress party appreciates the work done by G. Parameshwara, who successfully led the party for last 8 years and is stepping down from his responsibility as Karnataka PCC President," a press release issued by  All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said.
 
Mr. Gundu Rao is the second of the three sons of former Karnataka Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao. He has a B. E. degree in electronics engineering. He is a four-time member of the State Legislative Assembly.
 
He served as Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in the previous Siddaramaiah government.
 
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Former Navy chief J.G. Nadkarni passes away

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Former Indian Navy chief, Admiral Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni passed away here on Monday, an official spokesperson said. He was 86.
 
Nadkarni, the 14th Chief of Naval Staff (December 1987 - November 1990), breathed his last at the Naval Hospital here, INHS Asvini.
 
A widower, he is survived by two sons including one who is a Rear Admiral in the Indian Navy.
 
Settled in Pune post-retirement, he was an avid maritime historian and was a founding member of the Maritime History Society.
 
His wife, Vimal Nadkarni, had died in late 2016.
 
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Ailing Malayalam actor Captain Raju moved from Oman to Kochi

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Ailing veteran Malayalam actor Captain Raju was on Monday airlifted from Oman to Kochi and shifted to a leading hospital here.
 
Last week, on his way to the UAE while he was en route to the US to attend his son's wedding, he fell unconscious. The flight he was on was diverted and landed at Muscat in Oman.
 
Soon, he was shifted to a hospital there and was under medical supervision till Monday morning when the family wished to bring him to Kerala for further treatment. His condition is stable, according to industry sources.
 
The 68-year-old veteran, who quit from the Indian Army when he was a Captain, started his acting career in 1981. He has acted in several films and has directed two movies too.
 
He has often been cast as a villain on account of his towering personality. He has also featured in character roles and in TV serials.
 
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Somnath Chatterjee continues to be in critical condition

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The health condition of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, under treatment in a private nursing home here following a cerebral haemorrhage, continues to be critical with no further signs of deterioration, a hospital official said.
 
"His condition is more or less the same. He is still kept in the critical care unit and all the standard medical procedures are being followed. Such critical patients generally take time to recover," Pradip Tondon, CEO of Bellevue clinic, told IANS over phone.
 
"He is slightly conscious at times but extremely drowsy. However, there has not been any further deterioration in his condition," he added.
 
Tondon, however, confirmed the veteran politician would not undergo any surgery.
 
The 89-year-old former Left leader was admitted to the nursing home on June 25 in a critical condition. A medical board comprising Chatterjee's family physicians and other specialists are supervising his treatment.
 
Chatterjee, regarded as an outstanding parliamentarian, served as Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009.
 
The 10-time Lok Sabha member was expelled from the Communist Party of India-Marxist on July 23, 2008, "for seriously compromising the position of the party" as he refused to resign as Speaker after the CPI-M withdrew its support to the first United Progressive Alliance government over the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal.
 
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Commander Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy sets out on unique vogage

Commander Abhilash Tomy
Commander Abhilash Tomy
Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who circumnavigated the globe in 2012-13 in Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Mhadei, is all set for a unique voyage as the only invitee from Asia to participate in the prestigious Golden Globe Race (GGR) that commences from Les Sables d'Olonne harbour in France today.
 
The participants are required to sail around the world, single-handed and non-stop. The uniqueness of the race is that boat designs and technology newer than 1968 is not permitted, hence use of Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communication, navigational aids, and so on, is forbidden.
 
The Golden Globe Race is being conducted by Sir Robin Knox Johnston of the United Kingdom to commemorate 50 years since the world’s first solo non-stop circumnavigation undertaken by him in 1968 onboard the Indian built boat, Suhaili.
 
Commander Tomy is one of India’s most prominent sailors and is a recipient of the Kirti Chakra and the Mac Gregor and Tenzing Norgay awards.
 
An official press release said Commander Tomy is representing India in the race, sailing on a replica of Suhaili. The indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ has been built by Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa. The boat showcases India’s boat building capability on the world forum and promotes the ‘Make in India’ initiative. 
 
The race is expected to complete at Les Sables d’Olonne in April 2019. Progress of the race can be viewed on the official GGR website.
 
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Vijay Bhaskar to be Karnataka's new Chief Secretary

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Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer T.M. Vijay Bhaskar will be Karnataka's new Chief Secretary, replacing K. Ratna Prabha who will be retiring on superannuation on Saturday, an official notification said.
 
A 1983-batch officer of the Karnataka cadre, Bhaskar, 57, was earlier the Additional Chief Secretary to the state government.
 
He is a former administrator of the Bengaluru civic body.
 
Prabha, 59, was on a three-month extension since April 1 due to the Assembly poll on May 12 in the southern state.
 
She was the first Dalit woman to become Chief Secretary in Karnataka and the third woman officer to hold the top administrative post. 
 
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S. Ramesh takes over as Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs

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Mr. S. Ramesh has over as Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), succeeding Ms. Vanaja N. Sarna who superannuated from service today.
 
Mr. Ramesh, an officer of the 1981 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), was earlier Member (Administration) in the Board.
 
He  began his career in Mumbai as Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise and thereafter in Mumbai Customs. He has worked in various capacities in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai and Tiruchirapalli. He was the Chief Commissioner, Chennai Customs Zone from 2013 to 2016. Thereafter, he took over as Director General, Systems & Data Management. He joined the Board in September, 2016 as Member (IT, Central Excise & Service Tax), an official press release added.
 
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IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar quits

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo today said that its Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar had resigned from the airline with effect from July 15 to pursue other career interests.
 
Rahul Bhatia, Interim CEO of IndiGo, said “I would like to thank Sanjay for all he has done for the company in making IndiGo the airline it is. We are successful at what we do and Sanjay’s contribution has been very significant in getting us to the level we are today. I am grateful for all his hard work since he joined in January 2007 and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”   
 
William Boulter, currently Chief Strategy Officer, will be taking over from Sanjay Kumar as Chief Commercial Officer, a press release from the airline said.
 
Sanjay Kumar said, “The last 12 years at IndiGo has been the most satisfying and rewarding experience of my career. I am extremely proud to have been a part of commercial success of the airline. I would like to thank the founders and all colleagues for their support during this time.”
 
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Veteran rock climber and mountaineer Gautam Kanjilal dead

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Veteran rock climber and mountaineer Gautam Kanjilal died of a lung infection at a city hospital here. He was 69.
 
Kanjilal, popularly known as Kanji among the mountaineering fraternity, is survived by his wife and a son.
 
An engineer by profession and a member of city-based Himalayan Association Mountaineering Club, Kanjilal began his outward bound activities way back in 1970 when he attended a rock climbing course organised by the association in Susunia Hills. 
 
Subsequently, he underwent mountaineering training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and took part in the expedition to hitherto unclimbed Sudarshan Parvat in Garhwal Himalaya organised by Himalayan Association in 1978.
 
He also acted as instructor and course commandant in various rock climbing and adventure courses till a few years back.
 
A keen rock climber, Kanjilal explored quite a few rock routes in the hills of Bankura and Purulia districts. 
 
The most notable among those is a rock route in Susunia Hills known as "Kanjimal" which he pioneered along with three other rock climbers during the late 1970s.
 
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Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian quits, to return to the US

 
Arvind Subramanian quits as Chief Economic Adviser
 
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently convalescing after undergoing a kidney transplant recently, today said Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian had decided to quit and go back to the United States on account of pressing family commitments.
 
In a post on his Facebook page, Mr. Jaitley said Dr. Subramanian had conveyed this to him a few days ago over video conferencing.
 
"His reasons were personal but extremely important for him. He left me with no option but to agree with him," he said.
 
Dr. Subramanian, a well-known economist, had joined as the Chief Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance on October 16, 2014 for a period of three years.
 
"On the expiry of the three years, I had requested him to continue for some more time. Even at that stage he told me that he was torn between family commitment and his current job which he considered the best and most fulfilling he has ever done," Mr. Jaitley said.
 
Mr. Jaitley, whose Finance portfolio is being temporarily looked after by his colleague Piyush Goyal during his absence from work, went on to praise Dr. Subramanian.
 
"Arvind’s interaction with the Government in the Ministry of Finance, Prime Minister’s Office and with other Departments was both formal and informal. His instantaneous communications with his interlocutors had increased his effectiveness. The Chief Economic Advisor’s job had multi-facets to it. He is not a spokesman of the Government. He is an Advisor who has to analyse and think several steps ahead. It is a unique responsibility with freedom to (do) the work that he enjoys. Arvind functioned within these parameters and concentrated on the challenges to the economy. His early diagnosis of the twin balance-sheet had led us to adopt the macro-economic strategy of higher public investment in the Budget of 2015-16. He conceptualised JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) as a data base for availing public benefits. He contributed to the debate of federalism by conceptualising that the Indian federalism has not merely to be cooperative but also competitive. He came out with newer ideas, policy reforms in the sectors of clothing, fertilizers, kerosene, power and pulses. 
 
"His report on the Revenue Neutral Rate was of great use in forging a consensus which led to the constitution amendment enabling the GST. He participated in every meeting of GST, gave his independent views and was heard in rapt attention by almost every Finance Minister. 
 
"He elevated the quality of the analysis and the presentation of ideas for public deliberation in his four Economic Surveys. His documents for four years was treated by several independent critics as one of the best ever produced. The latest survey had about 15 million visitors from 117 countries. The Economic Survey today is a basic teaching material all over India," he said.
 
"He conducted the first online course on Indian economy for the benefits of students and teachers across the country. He launched the Government’s online education platform Swayam, which became one of the most followed courses in India. He travelled across the country and spoke on public platforms on economic issues to elevate the quality of public discourse. He built up a strong team of both 'insiders' and 'outsiders' in the Economic Division of the Ministry. 
 
"Personally I will miss his dynamism, energy, intellectual ability and ideas. He would walk into my room – at times several times a day, addressing me as 'Minister' to give either the good news or otherwise. Needless to say his departure will be missed by me.  But I know that his heart is very much here. I am sure he will keep sending advice and analysis wherever he is," Mr. Jaitley added.
 
Dr Subramanian, 59, obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. Later, he completed his doctorate from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
 
Prior to taking up his present assignment, he was the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C., United States.
 
Earlier, he was assistant director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He served at the GATT (1988–92) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (1999–2000) and at Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies (2008–10).
 
He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. He has published widely in academic and other journals.
 
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General Motors names Indian Dhivya Suryadevara as its new CFO

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Dhivya Suryadevara
American automobile manufacturers General Motors Co. on Wednesday named an Indian, Dhivya Suryadevara, as the new Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective September 1, 2018.
 
Suryadevara will succeed Chuck Stevens, GM executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, who has indicated his plans to retire after more than 40 years with the company, effective March 1, 2019, a press release from the Detroit-based company said.
 
Suryadevara will report to Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO, it said. Stevens will remain with the company as an advisor until his retirement.
 
“Dhivya’s experience and leadership in several key roles throughout our financial operations positions her well to build on the strong business results we’ve delivered over the last several years,” said Barra.
 
Suryadevara, 39, has been vice president, Corporate Finance since July 2017. In this role, she has been responsible for corporate financial planning, investor relations and special projects, the release said.
 
According to it, she played an integral role in the Opel divestiture, Cruise acquisition, Lyft investment and more recently, SoftBank’s investment in GM Cruise.
 
From 2015 to 2017, Suryadevara served as vice president, Finance and Treasurer. She helped achieve ratings upgrades from all three credit ratings agencies, completed $2B notes issuance to fund discretionary pension contributions and upsized and renewed GM’s $14.5B revolver.
 
Suryadevara also served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017. In this capacity, she was responsible for the management of business and investment activities of GM’s $85B pension operations.
 
Suryadevara joined GM in 2005. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in Chennai, India and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant.
 
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InderJit Singh appointed new Coal Secretary

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Inder Jit Singh, lAS (KL:85), Secretary (Coordination), Cabinet Secretariat as Secretary, Ministry of Coal.
 
Mr. InderJit Singh, who assumed charge of his new assignment today. The post had fallen vacant after the superannuation of Mr. Susheel Kumar (IAS:1982:UP) on April 30 this year. 
 
In the interim, Mr. Anil G Mukhim (IAS:1985:GJ), Secretary Mines, had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.
 
Dr. Singh has a Ph.D in Economics from Punjab University. In the past he has also held positions in the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy at the Centre and other significant portfolios in the State cadre, an official press release said.
 
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Former NIA chief appointed Vigilance Commissioner

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Mr. Sharad Kumar, former Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), has been appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) here.
 
An official press release said that Mr. Kumar would have a term of four years from the date on which he enters upon his office, or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Kumar, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1979 batch  (Haryana cadre), served as Director General of NIA from August, 2013 to October, 2017.
 
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Malayalam actress Manju Warrier's father T V Madhavan passes away

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Well-known Malayalam actress Manju Warrier's father T V Madhavan passed away at his residence at Pullu in Thrissur district of Kerala today, sources close to the family said.
 
He was 70.
 
The sources said Mr. Madhavan was undergoing treatment for cancer. He breathed his last around 3 pm today.
 
His wife Girija Madhavan, son Madhu Warrier, also an actor, Manju Warrier, daughter-in-law Anu Warrier and grand-daughter Avani M Warrier were by his side when he passed away, they said.
 
His cremation will take place today evening at his residence, the sources added.
 
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Former Union Minister L.P. Shahi dies at 98

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister L.P. Shahi died early on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. He was 98.
 
"He was shifted to AIIMS on Thursday after he complained of chest pain," Shahi's daughter-in-law, Veena Shahi, told IANS from Patna.
 
"He passed away around 3 a.m," she said, adding that his mortal remains will be brought to Patna in the evening. The final rites would take place on Sunday in the Bihar capital, she added.
 
The Congress veteran from Bihar was elected as MLA in 1980, defeating Jai Narain Prasad Nishad of the Janata Party. He became MP from Muzaffarpur in 1984 and later served as the Education and Culture Minister.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled Laliteshwar Prasad Shahi's death saying his loss will be felt by all party leaders. He also offered floral tributes to the veteran Congress leader at his south Delhi's R.K. Puram-located residence.
 
"The loss of L.P. Shahi, freedom fighter, former Union Minister and CWC (Congress Working Committee) member will be felt by all of us in the Congress Party. 
 
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also condoled the death and said: "With Shahi's death, society has lost a great leader and social worker. It is an irreparable loss to politics and society."
 
Former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi in his condolence message said: "Bihar has lost a great leader and a literary scholar. And personally it's a big loss for me."
 
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Former Goa Congress chief Shantaram Naik dead at 76

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Former Goa Congress President and two-time Rajya Sabha MP, Shantaram Naik, died of a massive heart attack on Saturday, a party leader said. He was 76.
 
Girish Chodankar, who replaced Naik, as state Congress president in April told IANS from Panaji: "Naik passed away around 6.30 a.m."
 
"He complained of chest pain, after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Margao town," Chodankar said. He was declared brought dead at the Trimurti hospital.
 
Naik's last rites would take place on Sunday at 10.30 a.m. at his native village Cuncolim in south Goa, he added.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoling the death, said: "I'm sorry to hear about the passing away of Shri Shantaram Naik, former Goa Congress Chief, MP and senior Congress leader, who played an important role in the battle for Goa's statehood. 
 
"My condolences to his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Naik, who headed the Goa Congress until recently, represented the state in Rajya Sabha for two consecutive terms -- from 2005 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2017. 
 
Beginning his political career in 1967, Naik joined the Congress as a party worker and successfully contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984.
 
He was also instrumental in the passage of the bill that led to Goa's statehood on May 30, 1987.
 
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Ex-Union Minister L.P. Shahi dead, Rahul condoles

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister L.P. Shahi died on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. He was 98.
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi condoled Shahi's death and said his loss will be felt by all party leaders.
 
Shahi was admitted to AIIMS on Thursday. 
 
"The loss of L.P. Shahi, freedom fighter, former Union Minister and CWC (Congress Working Committee) member will be felt by all of us in the Congress Party. 
 
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family in their time of grief. May his soul rest in peace," Gandhi tweeted.
 
Shahi was first elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly in 1980 and in 1984 he became an MP from Muzaffarpur. 
 
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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dead

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Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, adventurer and television host, has died at the age of 61.
 
Bourdain, whose "Parts Unknown" series launched its 11th season on CNN last month, was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an upcoming episode of the travelogue. The cause of death was suicide, reports cnn.com. 
 
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement. 
 
"His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."
 
His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room on Friday morning.
 
Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. 
 
He advocated for marginalised populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
 
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GoAir appoints Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new CEO

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Low-cost carrier GoAir today announced the appointment of Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new Chief Executive Officer effective June 4, 2018. 
 
He will be reporting to the Chairman, Managing Director and the Board of Directors of GoAir, a press release from the airline said.
 
The release said Vrieswijk is a seasoned global executive and a consultant with over 25 years of experience in aviation and travel industry. 
 
He has rich experience in driving ventures, transitions, turnarounds and large-scale projects for diverse and multifaceted organizations with emphasis in aviation/travel and aircraft maintenance industry on a European stage. He has significant expertise in international business development, operational streamlining, aircraft engineering & maintenance and process automation, the release said.
 
In the past, he has contributed to the high growth of major aviation brands like Thomas Cook Group, EasyJet Airline Company and Transavia Airlines in various roles.
 
At EasyJet, he led significant operational performance improvement during a period of high growth, as well as crafting innovative solutions to business mergers and MRO in and outsourcing opportunities. Prior to joining us he was board advisor, One Tour Operator Transformation with the Thomas Cook Group PLC, UK.
 
Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir said, “On behalf of the board members, I welcome the appointment of Cornelis Vrieswijk as CEO of GoAir. Cor will work with the Board and leadership team to expand and implement a range of strategic initiatives to lead the airline into its next phase of growth. I am confident that Cor will help scale GoAir further and establish it as a most profitable low cost carrier in the highly competitive Indian market.”
 
Vrieswijk said, “I believe GoAir has tremendous potential in the aviation market today. I am truly honoured and overwhelmed to join this dynamic airline and see myself closely working with the entire GoAir team in realising its objectives. My primary focus will be to grow the airline to a strong position and modelling the desired changes for further growth and expansion.”
 
Vrieswijk is a management graduate from Catholic University Nijmegen, the release added.
 
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Jaitley back home after kidney transplant

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File photo of Arun Jaitley.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley returned home on Monday after being discharged from the AIIMS where he underwent a successful kidney transplant surgery last month.
 
"Delighted to be back at home. My gratitude to the doctors, nursing officers and the paramedics who looked after me for over the past three weeks. I wish to thank all well-wishers, colleagues and friends who were very concerned and continued to wish me for my recovery," he said in a tweet.
 
Listed as "minister without portfolio" in the Prime Minister's official website, Jaitley is expected to resume work in the Finance Ministry after he fully recovers.
 
In the meanwhile, Railways and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has been given the additional charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries.
 
Suffering from kidney related problems for quite some time, Jaitley stopped coming to the Finance Ministry at the beginning of April. He underwent a kidney transplant surgery at the AIIMS on May 14.
 
The 65-year-old minister was supposed to undergo the transplant in April and was even admitted to the premier hospital, but could not undergo the surgery then as the donor's organ "did not match". 
 
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Maharashtra Agriculture Minister dies of heart attack

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Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar died on Thursday following a massive heart attack here, a BJP official said.
 
Phundkar, 67, was admitted to the K.J. Somaiya Hospital on Wednesday where his condition reportedly deteriorated followed by the heart attack. He breathed his last at around 4.35 a.m. on Thursday.
 
Top Bharatiya Janata Party state and central leaders have expressed shock and grief over Phundkar's sudden demise.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior leaders will visit the hospital to pay their last respects.
 
Phundkar's body is likely to be taken to his native village in Khamgaon, Buldhana district of Vidarbha, for the last rites later on Thursday.
 
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Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on life support

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Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi is on life support and his condition is stable, senior doctors said at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram of Haryana.
 
The former IAS officer and first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was brought to Medanta Hospital by an air ambulance on Wednesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
 
Earlier, the 72-year-old Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief was undergoing treatment at a Raipur hospital.
 
"Jogi's condition is stable and he is on ventilator support. The next bulletin will be shared at 10 a.m. on Thursday," Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. A.K. Dubey told IANS.
 
Jogi is being treated by a team of doctors led by Yatin Mehta.
 
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Pankaj Saran appointed Deputy National Security Adviser

Pankaj Saran
Pankaj Saran
Mr. Pankaj Saran, currently India's Ambassador to Moscow, has been appointed as the new Deputy National Security Adviser.
 
The appointment will be for a period of two years -- on deputation basis initially till the date of his superannuation of November 30, 2018 and on re-employment on contract basis thereafter for the remainder of the two-year-period or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
 
Mr. Saran is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1982 batch and has been Ambassador to Russia since January 2016.
 
Before that, he has served as High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office from 2005 to 2007. He has also served in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva and in the Indian missions in Cairo and Washington.
 
Mr. Saran has a B. A. (Honours) in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University and an M. A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.
 
Mr. Saran's wife Preeti Saran is Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.
 
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