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David R. Syiemlieh to perform duties of Chairman, UPSC

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The President has appointed Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), to perform the duties of the post of Chairman, UPSC with effect from the forenoon of January 4.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be till further orders or till the completion of his term as Member on January 21, 2018, whichever is earlier.
 
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Rajiv Jain appointed as new IB chief, A. K. Dhasmana to head R&AW

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Mr. Rajiv Jain, Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), has been appointed as the new Director of IB.
 
An official press release said that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the appointment of Mr. A. K. Dhasmana, Special Secretary, Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), as Secretary, R&AW.
 
Theappointments are for a period of two years fromthe date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier, by granting extension in service under provisions of FR 56.
 
 
Mr. Jain is an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1980 batch (Jharkhand cadre) while Mr. Dhasmana belongs to the 1981 batch of IPS (Madhya Pradesh cadre).
 
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Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
The Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Vice-Chief of Air Staff, as the next Chief of Air Staff with effect from the afternoon of December 31, an official announcement said here today.
 
He will succeed Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, who has been serving as Chief of Air Staff since December 31, 2013.
 
Air Marshal Dhanoa had taken over as the Vice-Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) on June 1, 2015.
 
He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in June 1978 as a fighter pilot. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. 
 
Air Marshal Dhanoa is a Qualified Flying Instructor and has flown various types of fighter aircraft in his distinguished career. During the Kargil Operations, he commanded a fighter squadron and himself flew numerous night strike missions in the mountainous terrain. 
 
He has the distinction of having held a number of the important operational appointments including Station Commander of a fighter base and leader of an Indian Military Training Team abroad He has also served as Chief Instructor (Air) at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational Commands. Prior to being appointed as Vice-Chief of the Air Staff, the Air Marshal was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command. 
 
In recognition for his meritorious services, he was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM), Vayusena Medal (VM) in 1999, and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2015 by the President.
 
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Asha Ram Sihag to hold additional charge as Chairman, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the assignment of additional charge of the post of Chairman, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention to Mr. Asha Ram Sihag, IAS (HP:1983), Secretary, Coordination & Public Grievance.
 
An official press release said that the appointment woud be with immediate effect and until further orders.
 
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Veteran journalist Dilip Padgaonkar passes away in Pune

Dilip Padgaonkar
Dilip Padgonkar
Well-known journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, former Editor of The Times of India, passed away here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 72.
 
Doctors at the Ruby Hall Clinic said he had been admitted to the hospital on November 18 after suffering a heart attack. Later, he suffered multi-organ failure and his kidneys had stopped functioning, and he had undergone multiple dialysis during this period.
 
He was on ventilator support throughout his stay in hospital and breathed his last a little after noon today, they said.
 
Born in Pune in 1944, Mr. Padgaoonkar had studied at the St. Vincent High School and Fergusson College here before he pursued a doctorate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He also obtained a diploma from the French Institute of Higher Cinematographic Studiesin Paris.
 
In October 1968, he started working for The Times of India as its Paris corresponent. In 1973, he returned to India and served the newspaper as an assistant editor in Mumbai and Delhi.
 
In 1978 he joined UNESCO as its Asia-Pacific Information Officer in Bangkok. Two years later he was promoted as Deputy Director of Unesco’s Office of Public Information at its headquarters in Paris.
 
He returned to India again in the 1980s and resumed working for The Times of India and was appointed its Editor in 1988, a position he held for six years.
 
Later, he also had a brief stint as the Editor of the Gulf Today in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
In October 2010, Mr. Padgaonkar was named as one of the three interlocutors for holding sustained dialogue with all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir to understand their problems and chart a course for the future.
 
Considered a liberal, Mr. Padgaonkar spoke and wrote extensively against communalism, terrorism and related issues. He was equally involved with the arts and wrote on cinema, among other topics, including a book on Italian filmmaker Roberto Rosselini.
 
"Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar was a leading public thinker whose contribution to journalism will always be remembered. Pained by his demise. RIP," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Renowned Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna passes away

Dr M Balamuralikrishna
Dr M Balamuralikrishna
Legendary Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna passed away at his residence here today after a brief illness.
 
He was 86. He is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters
 
Family sources said he had been unwell for the past few days.
 
Born on July 6, 1930 in Sankaraguptam in Andhra Pradesh to musician parents Suryakanthamma and Pattabhiramayya, Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna started singing at the age of six and was considered a child prodigy. He learnt both Carnatic and Hindustani vocal music and played musical instruments like the viola, the violin and the mridangam.  At the age of 16, he had composed songs in all the 72 Melakartha ragas, considered the very foundation of Indian music.
 
He was a fifth generation descendant in the Guru Shishya Parampara of saint composer Shri Thyagaraja.
 
During a long and illustrious career, he had also composed music for and acted in some movies, including Bhakta Prahlada. He has 400 compositions to his credit including Varnams, Krithis, Havalis, Devotional songs and Thillanas.
 
Dr. Balamuralikrishna also did a comparative study of ragas in film music and classical music and presented it on Doordarshan. One of the first producers in All India Radio, he is also known for pioneering early morning broadcasting called ‘Bhakthi Ranjani’. 
 
Dr. Balamuralikrishna made sustained efforts which were responsible for the resurrection of ragas which were not in vogue like Narthaki and Sunadavinodini, besides creating new ragas like Lavangi, Mahathi, Manorama, Murali, Omkari, Prathimadhyamavathi, Rohini, Saravashree, Sumukham, Sushma, Ganapathi, Siddhi and Pushkara Godvari.
 
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He is also credited with innovating Tala systems. He has also presented Rabindra Sangeeth for preservation for future by All India Radio.
 
He performed with renowned vocalists and instrumentalists of North Indian classical music and helped in bringing about an understanding of national integration through music.
 
He was the first principal of Government Music College, Vijayawada besides having sung in various languages including Tamil, Oriya, Marathi, Telegu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and French. 
 
He was the state musician of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and Asthana Vidwan of Sringeri Peetam and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam. He was the member, Expert Advisory Committee, Music Academy, Executive Committee Member, Kalakshetra Foundation, ICCR and Central Sangeet Natak Academy.
 
Regarded as one of the best exponents of Carnatic classical music, who became a legend in his lifetime, Balamuralikrishna had a road named after him by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.
 
He was the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Kalidas Samman Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The Government honoured him with the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. He also won the National Awards for Best Playback Singer and Best Music Diector.
 
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Pankaj Patel elected President of FICCI for 2017

Pankaj Patel
Pankaj Patel
Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman and Managing Director of Zydus Cadila - Cadila Healthcare Ltd., has been elected President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for the year 2017. 
 
Zydus Cadila is a global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of healthcare therapies in over 50 countries worldwide.
 
The group has 1200 researchers across 19 sites converging to look at differentiated medicines for the future. From APIs to vaccines, biosimilars and niche technologies, the company looks at different ideas and concepts to bridge unmet healthcare needs.
 
Mr. Patel is actively involved in various educational institutions and is on the advisory committees and academic councils of several educational institutions such as Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, IISER, Kolkata, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, The Ahmedabad University and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. 
 
He is the Executive Chairman, Vice President and Trustee of the Gujarat Cancer Society and Chairman of the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, a Regional Cancer Centre and one of the largest cancer centres of India, reaching out to the needy and underprivileged cancer patients.
 
Mr. Patel will take over from Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group, during the FICCI annual general meeting to be held on December 16-17 in New Delhi.
 
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Former J&K, Assam Governor Lt. Gen. S. K. Sinha passes away

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Lt. Gen. S. K. Sinha (retired), who had served as Governor of Assam and Jammu & Kashmir, passed away here today. He was 90.
 
Lt. Gen. Sinha had also served as India's Ambassador to Nepal in the early 1990s.
 
Born in 1926, Lt Gen Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1942 at the age of 17. He joined the Army soon thereafter passing out as the Best Cadet from the Officers Training School, Belgaum. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma and Indonesia and after Independence in Kashmir.
 
The General commanded battalion of 5 Gorkha Rifles in Ladakh, a brigade in Manipur, a Mountain Division in Assam, Infantry Division in Jammu,  a Corps and a field Army in the Western Theatre. He also had the distinction of serving as Adjutant General and Vice-Chief of Army Staff.
 
During his varied career, Lt Gen Sinha, in 1949 was appointed Secretary of the Indian delegation for delineation of the Cease Fire Line in Kashmir. In 1972 he led the Indian delegation to Italy for a conference on application of human rights to warfare. In recognition of his service he was awarded Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 1973.
 
Appreciative of his work as India's envoy, the then Prime Minister of Nepal had said, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". 
 
A prolific writer, he authored five books including one on Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947-48 and his autobiography, "A Soldier Recalls".
 
Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, and serving and retired army personnel will pay homage to the ‘soldier statesman’ at Brar Square, New Delhi tomorrow, an official press release added.
 
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Lt Gen Satish Dua takes over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff

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Lt. Gen. Satish Dua has taken over as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
 
Lt. Gen. Dua, who assumed charge on October 31, paid homage to the martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate here today. He was also accorded a tri-services guard of honour at the lawns of South Block.
 
Lt. Gen. Dua was commissioned in December 1979 into 8 JAK LI (Siachen), (called the “Bravest of Brave”), a Unit of the Indian Army which is presently the Ceremonial Battalion in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
A Counter Terrorism specialist, the general officer commanded his Battalion and Brigade in active Local Conflict/Counter Terrorism (LC/CT) environment in Jammu and Kashmir. He raised a new counter terrorism formation of Assam Rifles (IGAR East) in the North East. He was also the Indian Defence Attache to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
 
Before assuming the office of CISC, Gen. Dua was commanding the Chinar Corps in Kashmir for over one year, during which the "surgical strikes" were launched and the biggest agitational protests were effectively controlled by the Indian Army, an official press release added.
 
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Sushil Chandra takes over as the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes

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Mr. Sushil Chandra, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the 1980 batch, took over as the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
 
He has succeeded Ms. Rani A. Nair, who superannuated from service yesterday.
 
Mr. Chandra has been Member (Investigation) in CBDT since December, 2015. During his career in the Income Tax Department, he has handled many prestigious assignments like the Principal Chief Commissioner & Director General of Income Tax at Ahmedabad, Commissioner of Income Tax (Central) & Director of Income Tax (Investigation) at Mumbai,  among others. 
 
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Actress Gautami announces split from mega star Kamal Haasan

Gautami
Gautami
Actress Gautami has announced that she has split from mega star Kamal Haasan after nearly 13 years of living together.
 
Announcing the decision on her blog and on Twitter, Ms. Gautami, 48, said the decision was made because she had a responsibility to her child to be the best mother she could be. 
 
"It is heartbreaking for me to have to say today that I and Mr. Haasan are no longer together. After almost 13 years together, it has been one of the most devastating decisions that I have ever had to make in my life," she said.
 
"It is never easy for anyone in a committed relationship to realise that their paths have irreversibly diverged and that the only choices in front of them are to either compromise with their dreams for life or to accept the truth of their solitude and move ahead. It has taken me a very long time, a couple of years at the very least, to accept this heartbreaking truth and come to this decision," she said.
 
The actress said it was not her intention to seek sympathy or assign blame.
 
"I have understood through my life that change is inevitable and human nature will define that change for each individual. Not all of these changes might be what we expect or anticipate but that does not, in any way, negate the very real impact of these diverging priorities in a relationship. This decision to set forth on my own at this stage in my life is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions any woman will ever have to make but it is a necessary one for me. For I am a mother first and foremost and I have a responsibility to my child to be the best mother that I can be. And to do that, it is essential that I am at peace within myself," she said.
 
Ms. Gautami said it was no secret that she had always been a fan of Mr. Haasan's since before she came to the film industry and that she continued to admire and cheer on his monumental talent and achievements.
 
"I have stood by him through all his challenges and they have been precious moments for me. I have also learned a great deal from working with him as costume designer on his films and I’m proud that I was able to do justice to his creative vision in those films. Along with all of his accomplishments to date, I know that there is much more to come from him for his audience and I look forward to applauding those successes.
 
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"I would like to say that I am sharing this monumental happening in my life because I have always lived my life in your midst, with dignity and grace to the best of my ability at all times, and all of you have been a part of my life’s journey in so many ways. I have received so much of love and support from you through the past 29 years and I would like to thank you for the many ways in which you kept me going through the darkest and most painful times in my life," she added.
 
Born as Gautami Tadimalla in Andhra Pradesh, the actress has appeared in several films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She is also a television actress and host and has designed costumes for many films.
 
Gautami was married to businessman Sandeep Bhatia in 1998 with whom she has a daughter Subbalakshmi born in 1999. The couple were divorced in 1999.  She met Kamal Haasan on the sets of Apporva Sagodharangal in 1989 and have been close friends since then.
 
Kamal Haasan was married earlier to dancer Vani Ganpathy and actress Sarika. He was divorced from Ms. Ganapathy in 1988 and from Ms. Sarika in 2004.
 
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Vice-Admiral G S Pabby assumes charge as Chief of Material, Indian Navy

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Vice-Admiral G S Pabby assumed charge as the Chief of Material, of the Indian Navy here today.
 
The Admiral is a graduate with Honours in Mechanical Engineering and MTech in Systems and Controls from IIT Mumbai.
 
During his career spanning over three and a half decades, the Admiral has served onboard a wide range of front line ships including Russian Petya class of ships, Russian Kashin class Destroyers and indigenously designed and built Delhi Class Destroyers.
 
He has done a variety of challenging jobs in the Naval Dockyard Mumbai, covering almost all facets of complex engineering functions related to major refits and upgrades of ship board equipment and systems. He has also been associated with planning and creation of new infrastructure in the Dockyard.
 
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in December 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Staff Officer (Technical) at Headquarters, Western Naval Command and later moved to Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam. 
 
The Admiral was later appointed as Director General Naval Projects at Mumbai, where he oversaw the construction of the new dry dock, which would be the largest Naval dry dock. In recognition of his distinguished services, the Admiral has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal. 
 
The Flag Officer has been the Controller Warship Production and Acquisition prior to taking over his current appointment.
 
As a Principal Staff Officer and the senior most Technical Officer in the Indian Navy, the Admiral would be in charge of all aspects related to selection, induction and maintenance of all types of equipment and weapon systems for ships and submarines. Creation of major marine and technical infrastructure and all logistics management functions of the Indian Navy would also fall within the purview of the Admiral, an official press release said.
 
He relieves Vice Admiral AV Subhedar, who is relinquishing active service on completion of an illustrious Naval career spanning over close to four decades, the release added.
 
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Sharad Kumar reappointed as DG, National Investigation Agency

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has reappointed Mr. Sharad Kumar as Director General, National Investigation Agency (NIA) for a period of one year with effect from November 1, 2016 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Mr. Kumar, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1979 batch, had been appointed to the position in July 2013.
 
Last year, Mr. Kumar, who had superannuated from service in between, was appointed on "re-employment on contract basis" for a period of one year beyond the date of his superannuation on October 31, 2015.
 
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Sunil Bharti Mittal elected GSMA Chairman

Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman, Bharti Enterprises, has been elected as Chairman of GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, for the two-year period from January 2017 through December 2018.
 
He is the first Indian to chair the prestigious telecom industry Board, which unites nearly 800 perators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. 
 
As GSMA Chairman, Mr. Mittal will oversee the strategic direction of the organisation, a press release from Bharti Airtel said here today.
 
Bharti Airtel was the host of the inaugural GSMA Mobile 360 – India event in New Delhi this week, as well as a meeting of the GSMA Board.
 
Mr. Mittal had also led a GSMA Board delegation to a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here yesterday afternoon. In a broad-ranging discussion, the meeting highlighted the pivotal role of mobile in delivering the government's Digital India vision of broadband as a utility for every citizen, bringing digital and financial inclusion to every corner of the country.
 
The GSMA also elected the new members of the 26-member Board and re-elected Mari-Noëlle Jego-Laveissiere, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Orange Group as Deputy Chair for the two-year period.
 
“I am delighted to be elected as Chairman of the GSMA, and look forward to working closely with the rest of the Board, the GSMA leadership team and our entire membership to address the critical issues facing our industry and our customers. In a relatively brief period of time, mobile has had a transformational impact on individuals, businesses, industries and societies, contributing significantly to local economies and improving the lives of billions around the world. I am excited about what the next chapter holds for us, as we work to connect everyone and everything to a better future," Mr. Mittal said.
 
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“In my new global role, I am excited to support the ongoing mobile broadband revolution in India to boost the Government’s Digital India Program and its vision of broadband access for all," he added.
 
Mr. Mittal is also currently chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He already serves on the Boards and Councils of several reputed international bodies and think-tanks like the World Economic Forum (WEF), Telecom Board of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Broadband Commission, Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council - Board of Dean’s Advisors at HBS, International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Prime Minister of Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council. He is also a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the Board of Qatar Foundation Endowment.
 
The GSMA Board has 26 members, including 25 operator representatives from the world’s largest operator groups as well as smaller, independent operators with global representation. The GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd also serves on the GSMA Board. 
 
GSMA Chairman Jon Fredrik Baksaas will step down from the Board at the end of 2016, after holding this position for the past three years. Mr. Baksaas was elected as a member of the GSMA Board in 2008.
 
“With nearly 4.8 billion individuals around the world subscribing to mobile services, it is the most pervasive and fast-growing platform of users ever built. It is now accessible to billions in both developing and developed markets, providing life-enhancing services and enabling new socio-economic opportunities for all,” commented Mr. Baksaas. “The mobile industry is at the very heart of the world’s digital transformation, driving efforts to make the world a better place, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It has been a true privilege to serve on the GSMA Board for eight years, the last three as Chair. I wish the new Board and Chair, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, the very best of luck as the GSMA focuses on extending global platform capabilities, such as GSMA Mobile Connect, to billions of users around the globe.”
 
GSM or Groupe Speciale Mobile defines the GSM standard as the internationally accepted digital cellular telephony standard.
 
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Ajay M. Gondane appointed as High Commissioner to Australia

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Dr. Ajay M. Gondane (IFS: 1985), Additional Secretary (Political) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia.
 
A press release from MEA said Dr. Gondane was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
Dr. Gondane has previously served as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea and as Deputy Consul General of India in New York.
 
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Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas takes over as Flag Officer Submarines

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Rear Admiral Vennam Srinivas assumed the duties of Flag Officer Submarines in the Indian Navy from Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru here yesterday.
 
Rear Adm Srinivas was commissioned on July 1, 1987 and has served 25 years in the Submarine Arm. He has commanded two conventional submarines and a destroyer prior to assuming command of the nuclear submarine INS Chakra.
 
While serving ashore, the officer commanded the Navy’s submarine training establishment and has been the Principal Director at Naval Headquarters.
 
He is an alumnus of the prestigious College of Naval Warfare and has also completed the Staff Course in Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, an official press release added.
 
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D. Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed as India's Ambassador to Spain

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Mr. D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Spain.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr. Varma, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1988 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
Mr. Varma, 57, has an M. A. and an M. Phil. in International Relations (Disarmament Studies). 
 
Before taking charge as Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament (COD) in Geneva in October 2013, Mr. Varma had served as the Counsellor and later as the Minister in the Permanent Mission of India to the COD and then as the Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
He has also served in the Indian Missions in Moscow and Tashkent and as Director in the Prime Minister's Office (2004-07).
 
He was the first recipient of the S. K. Singh Award for Excellence in Indian Foreign Service, in 2010.
 
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Vice-Admiral S. N. Ghormade takes over as DG, Naval Operations

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Vice-Admiral S. N. Ghormade assumed the charge of Director General Naval Operations at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) here yesterday.
 
The Flag Officer was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 1, 1984. He is a graduate of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune. He attended United States Naval Staff College at Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and the Naval War College, Mumbai.
 
In addition to a specialisation in Navigation and Direction within the Navy, the Admiral holds an M. Phil. in Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Mumbai, M.Sc. Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Madras and Master's degree in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (University of Pune).
 
During his career spanning over 32 years, his operational appointments include commands of the Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, Submarine Rescue Vessel INS Nireekshak and Minesweeper INS Allepey and second in command of Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga.
 
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His important staff appointments ashore include Principal Director of Personnel, Director Naval Plans and Joint Director Naval Plans at Naval Headquarters (as separate assignments), Director (Military Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Local Work Up Team (West), Instructor at Navigation Direction School and National Defence Academy.
 
Upon promotion to the Flag Rank in 2012, the Flag officer has held the appointments of Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development) and Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area. Prior taking over as DGNO he was the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area.
 
The officer is the recipient of the Nau Sena Medal in 2007 from the President of India and Commendation by Chief of Naval Staff in 2000.
 
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Navdeep Singh Suri appointed as Ambassador to UAE

Navdeep Singh Suri
Navdeep Singh Suri
Mr. Navdeep Singh Suri, presently the High Commissioner of India to Australia, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr. Suri, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1983 batch, was expected to take up the assignment shortly.
 
Before being posted as the High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Suri had served as India's Ambassador to Egypt.
 
He has also worked as the Consul General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa and in Indian missions in Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London.  He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the MEA headquarters here.
 
Mr. Suri has learnt Arabic and French, has a Masters degree in Economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on Public Diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as ‘The Watchmaker’ and by Harper Collins as ‘A Life Incomplete’.
 
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Amrit Lugun concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Eritrea

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Mr. Amrit Lugun (lFS: 1989), presently Ambassador of India to Sudan, has been concurrently accredited as the country's Ambassador to Eritrea.
 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said that Mr. Lugun, who would have residence in Khartoum(Sudan), would take up his assignment shortly.
 
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Businesswoman, philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej passes away

Parmeshwar Godrej
Parmeshwar Godrej
Well-known businesswoman and philanthropist Parmeshar Godrej, wife of industrialist Adi Godrej, passed away at the Breach Candy Hospital here last night.
 
She was 70.
 
According to various sources, Ms. Godrej had been suffering from a lung disease for some years and was receiving medical treatment for it. She contracted an infection some days ago and was admitted to the hospital, where she breathed her last late on Monday night.
 
Ms. Godrej was a non-executive director of Godrej Properties Limited and also served as a director of Indian Hotels and Health Resorts Private Limited, as well as Gates Foundation - Avahan, The Gere Foundation, Cine Blitz Publications and The Palace School, Jaipur. 
 
She also served as a Member of India Advisory Board of The American India Foundation.
 
Ms. Godrej was also known for her work combating AIDS in India through the Heroes Project, launched in 2004 with renowned Hollywood actor Richard Gere. She was also associated with various projects related to women's and children's health.
 
Ms. Godrej was also very active on the Mumbai's social scene and was known as one of its most gracious and generous hosts.
 
Before getting married to Adi Godrej, Parmeshwar Godrej was one of the first air hostesses for national carrier Air India.
 
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Cohort Study Centre inaugurated at AIIMS, Delhi

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The AIIMS Cohort Study Centre, inaugurated here yesterday, aims to create awareness about healthy ageing and assess the general and brain health among the elderly population.
 
Launching the project, Mr C.K. Mishra, Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) stated that the study would go a long way in preventing many diseases and will have a generational impact.
 
The study will provide valuable data on the health needs of the country and will have landmark impact on the kind of work All India Institute of Sciences (AIIMS) is performing.
 
“The importance of the study derives from the increasing portion of elderly population in the country. It is urgent and imperative that preventive strategies based on the sound epidemiologic evidence are devised and implemented,” he added.
 
The AIIMS Cohort Study is unique and probably one of its kind combining conventional and novel risk factors, genomics and neuroimaging to determine protective and risk factors for stroke and cognitive decline.  It is unique also in a way that the AIIMS is going to people, rather than people coming to the hospital, he said.
 
By creating awareness about healthy aging and making assessment of their general and brain health, the study provides an opportunity for people to prevent disease and promote their health. By carrying out repeated general and brain health assessment through MRI and memory testing and genetic testing, the study will throw light on novel protective and predictive factors. The knowledge and understanding thus gained will help the people to prevent stroke and cognitive decline.
 
The focus of the study is to determine genetic, lifestyle and socio-economic factors that are protective or risk factors for the occurrence of stroke, heart attack or cognitive decline in persons aged 50 years and above. 
 
Dr. Kameshwar Prasad, Head of Neurology, is the Principal Investigator of the study. The study is supported by the Department of Bio-Technology, with contributions from the Erasmus University, Netherlands.
 
India has made outstanding gains in terms of increase in life-expectancy. As a result, the country's older population will increase dramatically over the next four decades. Population above 60 years age is estimated to increase from 100 million in 2011 to 323 million in 2050.
 
This demographic transition is set to increase disease burden due to various non-communicable diseases. Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, cerebro vascular diseases are likely to top the list of causes of disease burden.
 
Also present at the function were Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Prof. M C Misra, Director, AIIMS, and Mr. Jelle Nijdam, Counsellor for Science, Technology & Innovation, Embassy of The Netherlands along with faculty and seniors officers from the AIIMS.
 
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Sushil Chandra appointed as Chairperson of CBDT

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr. Sushil Chandra, IRS (IT: 1980), Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) as the new Chairperson, CBDT.
 
Mr. Chandra will succeed Ms.Rani Singh Nair, IRS (IT:1979), who is superannuating on October 31 this year.
 
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Renowned Kerala-born painter Yusuf Arakkal passes away

Yusuf Arakkal
Yusuf Arakkal
Renowned figurative artist Yusuf Arakkal, whose paintings showed a rare sensitivity to his social environment and the loss of human dignity, passed away here this morning after a brief illness.
 
He was 71. He is survived by his wife Sara Arakkal and son Shibu Arakkal.
 
Born at Chavakkad in Kerala in 1945, Arakkal lost both his parents as a child. His early life had every conceivable comfort, except for parental love.
 
He always wanted to be an artist, and enrolled in the Karnakata Chitrakala Parishat in Bangalore to get a formal education and he ended up making the city his home. 
 
"There is an anguished being, disturbed and in distress somewhere deep inside me. A human being who yearns for a meaningful existence. It is the human presence that arouses my attention and stirs my creative inner space. I have been committed through my work, seeking a definition of human situations," he once said of himself and his work.
 
Starting out with abstracts, he moved to figuration and also dabbled in sculpture and poetry. 
 
Arakkal was also known for his philanthropy and the encouragement he provided to young artists through the Sara Arakkal Gallery he set up here in his wife's name. He was a prominent figure on the cultural scene in the city.
 
Apart from taking a diploma in painting in 1973 from the Chitrakala Parishat College of Art, he studied graphic print making at the National Academy Community Studios, Garhi in Delhi.
A figurative oil on canvas by Yusuf Arakkal
A figurative oil on canvas by Yusuf Arakkal
He did scores of solo shows and several group shows in India, including in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Calicut, Cochin, Trichur, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi and several group. He also held shows abroad in France, Nepal Singapore, United States, England, Hong Kong, United Arab Emrates, Cuba, Mexico, Japan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Korea, Canada and Russia.
 
Over the years, he won several awards, including a National Award in 1983. He won the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy Award, the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award and the Florence International Biennale Gold Medal.
 
His works are in many private and institutional collections all over the world, including the British Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
 
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M Sathiyavathy is new Secretary of Labour and Employment

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Ms. M Sathiyavathy has assumed office as Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India on September 30 on superannuation of Mr. Shankar Agarwal. 
 
Ms. Sathiyavathy is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1982 batch (AGMUT cadre).
 
Prior to this posting, she served as the first woman Director General of Civil Aviation from 05.01.2015 to 01.08.2016 and then she was appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Labour & Employment from 01.08.2016.
 
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