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Narsingha Mishra appointed part-time Member of Law Commission

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Mr Narsingha Mishra, a senior advocate in the Orissa High Court, has been appointed as a part-time member of the 19th Law Commission of India.


An official press release said the appointment was made with a view to induct more legal experts in the Commission, which has two full-time Members and seven part-time Members.


Mr Justice P V Reddi, retired Judge, Supreme Court of India, is the Chairman of the Commission, which was constituted for a period of three years with effect from September 1, 2009 upto August 31, 2012. Dr B A Agarwal is the Member-Secretary of the Commission.


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S K Roongta appoined non-official part-time Director in SCI

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Former Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Chairman S K Roongta has been appointed as a non-official part-time Director on the Board of the public sector Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).


An official press release said the appointment would be for a period of three years from the date of his assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.


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Lt Gen Ravi Shankar is the new DG, Border Roads

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LT. General S. Ravi Shankar
LT. General S. Ravi Shankar

Lt Gen S Ravi Shankar has taken over as the 21st Director General, Border Roads, an official press release said here today.

Prior to this appointment, Lt Gen Shankar was the Additional Director General (Financial Planning) in the Financial Planning Directorate, Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army) in New Delhi.

A recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal, the General Offier is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy Khadakvasla, Pune, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, College of Military Engineering, Pune, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Army War College, Mhow.

He was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (Madras Sappers) in 1972 and has held various staff, instructional and command appointments, including Commanding Officer of an Engineer Regiment, Commander of an Engineer Brigade, Deputy Military Secretary at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), Commandant, Selection Centre East, Allahabad and Chief Engineer at Headquarters Eastern Command. He has been an instructor at College of Military Engineering, Pune, Indian Military Academy, Deharadun and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

He also has the distinction of being awarded the Gen Harkirat Singh Gold Medal for innovation in the field while supporting operations on the Siachen Glacier and serving as Deputy Chief Engineer during United Nations assignment at Headquarters UNOSOM.

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Khare, Trivedi, Sundar among Infosys Prize 2010 winners

Prof Chandrashekhar Khare of the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) and Prof Sandip Trivedi of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai are among the six persons chosen for the prestigous Infosys Prize 2010.


The winners of the prize for this year were announced here today by the Trustees of the Infosys Science Foundation, Mr N R Narayanamurthy, Mr K Dinesh and Mr S Gopalakrishnan at a press conference here today.


Prof Khare, who is with the Mathematics Department at UCLA, gets the award for Mathematical Sciences, Prof Trivedi, who is with the Theoretical Physics Department of TIFR, was chosen for the prize in Physical Sciences.


The prize in Engineering and Computer Science goes to Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Chemical Engineering Departmnt, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, while Dr Chetan E Chitnis, Principal Leader, Malaria Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Delhi, has been chosen for the prize in Life Sciences.


In Social Sciences, Prof Amita Baviskar, Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi, and Prof Nandini Sundar, Sociology Department, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi have been chosen for the prize.


Infosys Prize 2010 winners
Infosys Prize 2010 winners

The winners were chosen by jury panels comprising eminent scientists and professors from across the globe.


In recognition of their outstanding contributions to scientific research, the winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh, a citation certificate and a gold medallion.


The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2010 will be held on January 6, 2011 in Mumbai, where Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India will present the awards to the winners.


"Scientific research is the key to sustaining India’s growth, and it is critical for India to ensure that research remains an attractive profession for the nation's finest minds. The Infosys Prize aims to recognize and acknowledge outstanding work done by researchers, creating role models and thereby encouraging the youth to pursue careers in scientific research," Mr Narayana Murthy said.


"On behalf of the Infosys Science Foundation, I would like to congratulate all the winners for their research achievements. Science like business, is planned, executed, learnt and re-executed. Science has the power to transform all impertinent questions to pertinent answers. Progress towards development needs a balanced view of science and social sciences to alleviate human misery. The Infosys Science Foundation is a step in that direction for recognizing and rewarding world-class researchers," Mr Dinesh said.


The Infosys Prize was established as an annual prize across five categories to reward and recognize outstanding inventions or discovery or a cumulative body of work. It is amongst the largest in terms of prize money for any such honour in India.


The objective of this prize is to elevate the prestige of scientific research in India and to inspire young Indians to pursue a career in scientific research, a press release from the foundation said.


The Infosys Science Foundation is a not-for-profit trust set up by Infosys Technologies in February 2009 to promote research in sciences in India. It was established with a corpus of Rs 45 crore contributed by Infosys executive board members and an annual grant from Infosys Technologies Ltd. Today the corpus stands at Rs 100 crore.


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Adm Sureesh Mehta to concurrently accredited to Kiribati

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Admiral (Retired) Sureesh Mehta, the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand, has been concurrently accredited as the country's envoy to Kiribati.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Adm Mehta, the former Chief of Naval Staff, would have residence in Wellington.


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R K Mathur appointed Director of National Police Academy, Hyderabad

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Mr R K Mathur, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1974 batch (Chhattisgarh cadre), has been appointed as Director of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.


Mr Mathur is at present the Director of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB). He will succeed Mr K Vijay Kumar, who was recently appointed as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).


An official press release said Mr Mathur's appointment would be in the scale of pay of Rs. 75,500-80,000 on lateral shift basis with effect from the date of his joining the post and till his superannuation on 30.09.2011 or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier.


Mr N K Tripathi, IPS (MP-74), currently working as Special Director General, CRPF, will succeed Mr Mathur as Director of the NCRB in the scale of pay of Rs. 75500-80000 on lateral shift basis.


Mr Anirudh Uppal, IPS (HP:76), presently working as Additional Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), has been appointed as Special Director General, CRPF, located at Jammu in the scale of pay of Rs. 75500-80-000.


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Punia takes over as Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes

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Congress Lok Sabha member P L Punia assumed charge as the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Punia said the Commission would evaluate and monitor the schemes and programmes being implemented for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and give its suggestions and recommendations as and when required under Article 338 of the Constitution.

He also said that the existing 12 regional offices of the Commission would be strengthened adequately to ensure that people can get their grievances resolved near their place of residence.

Mr Punia, 65, a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1971 batch (Uttar Pradesh cadre), has a Master's degree in Arts and a Ph.D. He is a vice-president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009 from Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh.

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Dhruv Vijai Singh appointed Secretary, Water Resources

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr Dhruv Vijai Singh, currently Special Secretry, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources.


Mr Singh, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1976 batch (Maharashtra cadre), will succeed Mr U N Panjiar on his retirement on October 31, an official press release added.


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Sunil Jain to be next Ambassador to Turkmenistan

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Mr Sunil Jain, currently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to Turkmenistan.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr Jain, who would succeed Mr Mohammad Afzal, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


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A P Mishra takes over as Member Engineering, Railway Board

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A P Mishra
A P Mishra

Mr A P Mishra today took over as the new Member Engineering of the Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.

Prior to this, he was the General Manager of South-Eastern Railway, a position he will continue to hold for the time being, an official press release said.

Mr Mishra belongs to the 1974 batch of Indian Railway Service of Engineers. He completed his Civil Engineering degree from Bihar College of Engineering, Patna and thereafter worked as a lecturer in the same college for two years before joining the Indian Railways.

He has worked in various posts including Adviser (Vigilance), Railway Board, Executive Director (PG) to Minister of Railways, Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi, Chief Administrative Officer, Northern Railway, New Delhi and Additional General Manager, Southern Railway, Chennai.

The release said Mr Mishra had also worked as an expert in Algeria between 1987 and 1990.

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Rajiv Takru appointed Additional Secretary (I&B)

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Mr Rajiv Takru, currently the Director General of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), has been appointed as the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.


Mr Takru is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1979 batch (Gujarat cadre).


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Debabrata Saha to also be India's Ambassador to San Marino

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Mr Debabrata Saha, India's Ambassador to Italy, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next Ambassador to San Marino.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr Saha would have residence in Rome.


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Eminent banker A R Barwe passes away

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A. R. Barwe
A. R. Barwe

Eminent banker A R Barwe, an eminent banker and highly respected figure in the Indian financial services sector, passed away here on Tuesday. He was 72.

During his career, Mr Barwe had served as Deputy Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI), Managing Director of SBI Capital Markets and Chief Financial Officer at IDFC.

He was on the Board of several companies, including Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company Ltd., Gujarat Borosil Ltd., Zenith Birla (India) Ltd., IFCI Financial Services Ltd., Kotak Mahindra New Pension Fund Scheme Ltd., MSPL Ltd. He was the Chairman Advisory Board, Yen Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

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K Vijay Kumar is new Director General of CRPF

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K. Vijay Kumar
K. Vijay Kumar

Mr K. Vijay Kumar, who is at present the Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, has been appointed as Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Mr Vijay Kumar, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1975 batch (Tamil Nadu cadre), will succeed Mr Vikram Srivastava, who has been moved to the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) as its new Director General.

Mr Srivastava, who is from the 1973 batch of the IPS (Uttar Pradesh cadre), had been appointed as Director General of the CRPF only in February this year. He was earlier the Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

An official press release said the appointments would take affect from the dates they join their respective posts.

Incidentally, Mr Srivastava is the younger brother of Mr Raman Srivastava, the Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). When he took over as head of the CRPF, it was the first time that two brothers were at the helm of two of the country's premier central para-military forces.

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Barclays Capital names Siddhartha Sanyal as Chief India Economist

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Barclays Capital today said it had appointed Mr Siddhartha Sanyal as Director and Chief India Economist.


Based in India, Mr Sanyal will lead the firm’s coverage of macro-economic research on the India market and economy. He will report to Mr Peter Redward, Barclays Capital’s Head of Emerging Asia Research, a press release from the company said.


Mr Sanyal has joined Barclays Capital from Edelweiss Capital where he was the Senior Economist responsible for overseeing research on India’s macro-economic and financial sector issues.


He has more than eight years of experience as an Economist in the Economic Analysis and Policy department with Reserve Bank of India. He holds a Masters in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, India.


"Siddhartha brings to Barclays Capital an excellent track record in analysing the Indian macro-economy and financial markets, further strengthening our existing research capabilities," Mr Redward said.


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Wipro names Sid Nair as Chief Sales and Operations Officer for US, Canada

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IT services provider Wipro Technologies has appointed Mr Sid Nair as Chief Sales and Operations Officer for the United States and Canada.


In his new role, Mr Nair will focus on driving value to customers' business and growing Wipro's market presence across all business units for the region, a press release from the company said.


"With our customers' agenda in the forefront, he will lead the field force team to deliver on our commitments and stated goals by leveraging Wipro's strength in innovation, technology, process insight and globalization to further enhance the company's position as a business transformation catalyst," it said.


Mr Nair succeeds Mr Manoj Punja, who will lead Wipro's Eco Energy business in the Americas along with driving special initiatives in IT Services.


Mr Nair has been with Wipro for over 15 years and has held various leadership positions across different business units in this duration.


He has an MBA degree from T.A Pai Management Institute, Manipal, near Bangalore, and is based in Dallas, Texas.


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Harsh Chitale appointed CEO of HCL Infosystems

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Harsh Chitale
Harsh Chitale

Hardware, services and ICT systems integrators HCL Infosystems has appointed Mr Harsh Chitale as its new Chief Executive Officer.

A press release from the company said Mr Chitale would take over as CEO from Mr Ajai Chowdhry, who will continue to be the Chairman.

"This has been an exhilarating journey for me from 1976 when we realised this dream of HCL, to 1994 when I took over the reins of HCL Infosystems. Over the last 16 years, HCL Infosystems as the flagship company of the enterprise has seen tremendous transformation and growth to become one of the most respected companies with unparalleled commitment and understanding of the IT Industry," Mr Chowdhry said.

"As we continue to invest in India and emerging markets, Harsh will focus on enhancing our presence, strengthening our System Integration and Services offering and capacity building. I wish Harsh the very best and I am confident he will take HCL Infosystems to its next level of development, expansion and growth," he said.

"I am extremely pleased and privileged to have got this opportunity and to be a part of these exciting times when HCL Infosystems is experiencing tremendous growth both in India and across emerging markets. I hope I am able to make an impact as a part of the family in this everlasting transformational journey," Mr Chitale said.

Mr Chitale has handled various large system integration and lifecycle service businesses in both Indian and global companies. Before joining HCL Infosystems, he was with Honeywell Proces Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., where he led the business for the North and South America region.

Before moving to the United States in 2006, Mr Chitale was the MD and CEO of Honeywell Automation India Limited, the erstwhile Tata Honeywell Ltd.

Mr Chitale completed his Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institution of Technology (IIT), Delhi, where he received the Director's Gold Medal. Thereafter, he started his career with the Tatas in the Tata Administration Services (TAS).

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Ashok Sajjanhar to be Ambassador to Latvia also

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Mr Ashok Sajjanhar, currently India's Ambassador to Sweden, has also been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Latvia.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr Sajjanhar would have residence in Stockholm.


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Vivek Rae is new DG (Acquisition) in Defence Ministry

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr Vivek Rae, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1978 batch (Uttarakhand cadre), as Director General (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence.


Mr Rae will succeed Mr Shashi Kant Sharma, who was recently appointed as Secretary, Department of Information Technology.


The ACC has also approved the appointment of Mr V. Somasundaran, IAS (Kerala cadre, 1979 batch) as Additional Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence in the vacancy of Mr Ajoy Acharya, IAS (MP:76).


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Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt passes away

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Ashok Chandulal Bhatt
Ashok Chandulal Bhatt

Gujarat Legislative Assembly Speaker and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashok Bhatt passed away at a hospital here late last night after a brief illness.

He was 71. He is survived by his wife, Jyotiben, a daughter and three sons, one of whom, Bhushan Bhatt, is a municipal corporator here.

Family sources said Mr Bhatt's body would be taken to the Assembly to enable people to pay their last respects before being cremated later today.

Mr Bhatt, a diabetic, had been undergoing treatment at the SAL Hospital here for the past few weeks for treatment of complications related to his heart and other organs. The end came around 10.45 pm last night, hospital sources said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had visited Mr Bhatt in hospital during the day yesterday. Mr Modi also visited Mr Bhatt's residence here this morning to pay his respects.

Mr Bhatt, who was elected to the State Assembly eight times from the Khadiya constituency here, was chosen as the eighth Speaker of the legislature after the December 2007 elections.

He had also served as a Minister in the State Government and handled the portfolios of Civil Supplies, Health and Law.

Born on January 28, 1939, Mr Bhatt was elected to the State Assembly for the first time in 1975 and then re-elected in 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2002 and 2007.

He served as Civil Supplies Minister from March-October 1990, Minister for Revenue, Jails, Labour and Employment from March 1995 to October 1995, Minister for Revenue and Employment from November 1995 to September 1996, Minister for Health and Labour 1998-2000, Minister for Health and Family Welfare 2001-2002 and Minister for Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs from December 2002 to December 2007. He was elected Speaker on January 18, 2008.

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Per Gustav Nilsson joins Ashok Leyland as ED, International Operations

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Per Gustav Nilsson
Per Gustav Nilsson

Commercial vehicles manufacturer Ashok Leyland, the flagship company of the Hinduja Group, has appointed Mr Per Gustav Nilsson as Executive Director-International Operations.

A press release from the company said Mr Nilsson, born in Sweden, has rich global experience and market knowledge, having handled international assignments with leading commercial vehicle manufacturers.

Prior to joining Ashok Leyland, Mr. Nilsson had been heading the group companies of Scania and MAN in the CIS countries. In fact, he helped set up Scania Finance in Russia and established MAN in the Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Armenia.

He was one of the founders of Higher School of Business, National Lois University (NLU), which is the business school arm of NLU in Europe and was also its first  Principal. He has degrees in Business Administration, Political Sciences, and Social Sciences, the release added.

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I V Subba Rao appointed Establishment Officer in Central Govt.

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr I V Subba Rao, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1979 batch (Andhra Pradesh cadre) as Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.


Mr Subba Rao will succeed Mr P K Misra, an IAS officer of the 1976 batch (Uttar Prades cadre), an official press release added.


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T K Viswanathan is new Secretary-General of Lok Sabha

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T K Viswanathan
T K Viswanathan

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today appointed former Union Law Secretary T K Viswanathan as the new Secretary General of the Lok Sabha with effect from October 1.

A press release from the Speaker's Office said Mr Viswanathan would succeed Mr P D T Achary, who will relinquish office on September 30.

Mr Viswanathan, who is at present Adviser to the Union Minister for Law & Justice, earlier held the office of Union Law Secretary (holding concurrent charge of Legislative Secretary from 31 August 2008 to 21 October 2009).

He was Secretary to the Government of India from 1 April 2000 to 1 October 2003; Member Secretary, Law Commission of India from 1 October 2003 to 31 March 2006; and Secretary, Legislative Department from 1 April 2006 to 31 October 2009.

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L Radhakrishnan named Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

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The Union Government has appointed Mr L Radhakrishnan, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1984 batch (Kerala cadre) as Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).


An official press release said the appointment would be for a period of five years with effect from the date he assumes charge of the post or upto the date of his retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.


At present, Mr Radhakrishnan is posted as Principal Secretary, Power Department, Government of Kerala.


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Economist, Rajya Sabha member Arjun Kumar Sengupta passes away

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Arjun Kumar Sengupta
Arjun Kumar Sengupta

Well-known developmental economist and Rajya Sabha member Arjun Kumar Sengupta died at a hospital here today after a brief illness.

Dr Sengupta, who was an independent member of the Upper House of Parliament from West Bengal, was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) this morning and passed away later, sources said.

He was 73. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, expressed deep grief over the demise of Dr Sengupta.

"Dr. Sengupta was a well known developmental economist and a diplomat who served in various capacities within the Government and many international organisations. He will always be remembered for his contributions when he served as Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Ambassador of India to the European Union, Member, Planning Commission and Chairman, National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector," Mr Ansari said.

He said Dr Sengupta's Report on the Unorganised Sector was a guiding force to provide minimum social security for all unorganised sectors.

"Dr. Sengupta’s studies have also reflected cross-linkages between extreme poverty and the downtrodden. His dedication, sense of public service and honesty serve as an inspiration to all," he added.

Dr Sengupta did his MA from Calcutta University and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.

During a distinguished career, he also served as Economic Advisor, Ministry of Commerce, Economic Minister, Indian High Commission, London, Special Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Executive Director for India, Bangladesh and Bhutan at International Monetary Fund (IMF), Special Advisor to the Managing Director, IMF, , Member and Member Secretary, Planning Commission, and Independent Expert on the Right to Development, Human Rights Commission, Geneva.

He was served for some time as Reader in Economics, Delhi School of Economics, and as a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics.

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