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J J Irani joins Everonn Board as non-executive Chairman

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J J Irani
J J Irani

Tata Steel director and industry veteran J J Irani has joined the Board of Directors of Everonn Education Limited as its non-executive Chairman.

"We are privileged and extremely thrilled to have -Dr Irani on our Board. It is heartening to note that all of us share the same vision that education will play a major role in shaping the country into an economic super power," Mr P Kishore, founder and Managing Director of Everonn Education said.

"A number of corporates have been benefiting from Dr Irani’s knowledge and vast experience. I am sure his guidance will be of immense benefit to Everonn as we embark on major education projects. We at Everonn, look up to him as our mentor," he added.

Dr Irani, a former Managing Director of Tata Steel, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C), Government of India, the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).

Besides Tata Steel, he is a Director on the Boards of several corporates including Tata Sons Ltd., Tata Motors Ltd., BOC (India) Ltd., Electrosteel Castings Ltd. and Repro India Ltd. He is Chairman of Tata Refractories Ltd., TRF Ltd. and Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd.

In 2007, the Goverment conferred on him the "Padma Bhushan" for his services to trade and industry in the country.

Everonn, listed on both the Bombay and the National Stock Exchanges, is the largest VSAT-based education network in the world.

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Satyananda Mishra takes over as new Chief Information Commissioner

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President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office to the Chief Information Commissioner, Satyananda Mishra, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on December 20, 2010.
President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office to the Chief Information Commissioner, Satyananda Mishra, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on December 20, 2010.

Mr Satyananda Mishra, Information Commissioner, was sworn in as the new Chief Information Commissioner by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Mr Mishra, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, succeeds Mr A N Tiwari, also a former bureaucrat, who retired from the position yesterday after a little more than two and a half months in office from October 1 this year.

Mr Mishra belongs to the 1973 batch of the IAS (Madhya Pradesh cadre). His last assignment in the Government was as Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training.

He joined the Central Information Commission (CIC) as an Information Commissioner on September 5, 2008 and would thus, in the normal course, be in office as Chief Information Commissioner till September 2013.

The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners hold office for a term of five years or till they attain the age of 65 years. The Chief Information Commissioner is not eligible for reappointment. An Information Commissioner is eligible to be appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner but his term of office shall not be more than five years in the aggregate in the two positions.

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President Pratibha Patil turns 76

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur greeted the President, Pratibha Patil, on her 76th Birthday, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 19, 2010. Dr. Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat is also seen.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur greeted the President, Pratibha Patil, on her 76th Birthday, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 19, 2010. Dr. Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat is also seen.

President Pratibha Patil received greetings from leaders and people of all walks of life on her 76th birthday today.

There was a steady stream of visitors who at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning to wish her on the occasion. Among them were Vice-President M Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mrs Gursharan Kaur and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. 

Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, in his message to her, said, "Your rich acumen, sincere and dedicated efforts to uplift women and children and to spread education will take our nation to greater heights."

"I wish you a long, happy and healthy life in your distinguished service to the nation," Mr Barnala added.

Ms Patil was born on December 19, 1934 in Nadgaon village of Jalgaon district in Maharashtra.

She assumed office as the 12th President of India on July 25, 2007, becoming the first woman to have been elected to the highest office.

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Senior Kerala Congress leader Govindan Nair dies

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Senior Congress leader and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Kodoth Govindan Nair died after a brief illness at a private hospital at Vellore in Tamil Nadu early today.


He was 68. He is survived by his daughters, Vineetha and Saritha. His wife Prasanna had pre-deceased him.


A staunch activist of the erstwhile Karunakaran faction of the party, Kodoth was also a former President of the Kasargod District Congress Committee and a member of the State Public Service Commission.


The body of Mr Nair, who breathed his last at the Vellore Christian Medical College at 0100 hours today, will be brought here tonight. It would be kept at the Kasargod Muncipal Conference Hall tomorrow morning prior to the funeral, party sources told UNI.


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Auxiliary Bishop Karikkassery elevated as Bishop of Kottapuram Diocese

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Auxiliary Bishop of the Varappuzha Archdiocese Joseph Karikkassery has been elevated as the new Bishop of the Latin Diocese of Kottappuram.


A communication from Pope Benedict XVI annointing Dr Karikkassery as the new Bishop of Kottappuram Diocese was read out by Archbishop Kallarakkat at a meeting of the archdiocesan secretariat members and others yesterday.


Dr Karikkasserry succeeds Francis Kallarakkal who now becomes the Archbishop of Varappuzha following the death of Daniel Acharuparmbil last year.


The new bishop would be installed within two months. The date of the installation is expected to be announced soon.


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Veteran Socialist leader Surendra Mohan passes away

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Veteran Socialist leader and former Rajya Sabha member Surendra Mohan passed away here this morning.


He was 84. He is survived by his wife, Manju Mohan, a son and a daughter.


Sources close to the family said Mr Mohan breathed his last around 0730 hours today at his residnece here.


Mr Mohan was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1978 to 1984. He was close to Socialist leaders such as Jayaprakah Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Madhu Dandavate and George Fernandes. He was among the leaders imprisoned during the 19-month Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government in the mid-1970s.


Mr Mohan was for some time Chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).


His funeral this afternoon was attended by several political leaders from across the spectrum and a large number of his friends and relatives.


Among others, Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy, former Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, social activist Swami Agnivesh and well-known journalist Kuldip Nayyar were present at the cremation.


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Dr Ajit Huligol elected President of Indian Society of Organ Transplant

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Dr Ajit Huligol
Dr Ajit Huligol

Columbia Asia Hospital’s leading transplant surgeon, Dr. Ajit Huligol, has been appointed the President of the Indian Society of Organ Transplant (ISOT) for a two-year term.

The announcement was made in Hyderabad at the recently concluded Annual Conference of ISOT -- a national association catering to the niche segment of transplant surgeons in the country.

Dr Hulilgol has nearly three decades of experience in the area of renal transplants and has to his credit more than 1700 transplants. He is known for having done the maximum number of multiple renal artery transplants, double ureter transplants and double kidney cadaver.

He is part of the first transplant done in Karnataka in 1980s and since then has carried out several successful transplants in the country.

"My aim will be to increase organ donation, both cadaver and living ,and also to protect the organ donors and their families with special schemes and incentives," Dr Huilgol said about his election.

Dr Huligol recently performed a third transplant for a patient, a rare and complex procedure. The patient, having been born with only one kidney and later developing a chronic kidney disease, had undergone two failed transplant surgeries leaving him dependant on dialysis.

The transplant procedure was successfully performed at Columbia Asia’s Referral Hospital in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore.

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Sanjay Sachdeva appointed President, CEO of Tata Asset Management Ltd

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Mr Sanjay Sachdev has been appointed President and CEO of Tata Asset Management Ltd., a subsidiary of Tata Sons Limited, the company announced today.


A press release from the company said Mr. Sachdev had over 23 years experience in the industry. He spent 12 years in the Principal Financial Group – first in the United States as Global Manager/International Investment Officer, and then from 2000 to 2006 in India as Managing Director/Country Manager of Principal-PNB. He was responsible for setting up Principal’s asset management and wealth management businesses in India in partnership with IDBI and later with PNB and Vijaya Bank and their subsequent growth and success.


Subsequent to that Mr. Sachdev was General Manager and Managing Director of Shinsei Bank in India. He was responsible for setting up Shinsei’s successful investment management platform and supported its parent, J C Flowers, in making fund investments in India.


Mr. Sachdev has a Master’s degree in International Business from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), Phoenix, Arizona, and degrees in Law and Business from the University of Bombay, the release added.


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Noted Gujarati journalist Hasubhai Rawal passes away

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Noted journalist and editor and owner of daily Nutan Saurashtra Hasubhai Rawal passed away at his residence in Ramkrishananagar area here early today after a brief illness.


He was 80 and is survived by his wife Manoramaben, son Vikram and five daughters --Ushaben, Smitaben, Divyaben, Madhaviben and Deepaben.


The funeral was attended by a number of dignitaries and mediapersons.


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National Film Archive Director Vijay Jadhav passes away

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File photo of Vijay Jadhav.
File photo of Vijay Jadhav.

National Film Archive of India (NFAI) Director Vijay Jadhav passed away in Pune yesterday at the age of 43, official sources said here today.

Mr Jadhav was an officer of the 1995 batch of the Indian Information Service (IIS).

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni was among those who condoled Mr Jadhav's death, saying his untimely death had left a void in the Ministry which would be very difficult to fill.

"I had the opportunity to observe Mr Jadhav’s work during our discussions on setting up of National Film Heritage Mission. His professionalism remained unmatched and committed to the tasks assigned to him from time to time. He had a vision for restoring the socio-cultural heritage of this country through the medium of films. I was deeply impressed with his innovative ideas and his ability to lead from the front," she said in her message to the bereaved family.

"The National Film Heritage Mission is expected to be completed by 2013. My Ministry shall always acknowledge Mr Jadhav’s contribution in establishing the mission’s vision during the centenary celebrations of Indian Cinema in 2013. We hope to fulfill his unfinished dreams in the realm of preservation and conservation," she added.

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Former Kerala CM Karunakaran still in critical condition

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File photo of K.Karunakaran.
File photo of K.Karunakaran.

The condition of former Kerala Chief Minister and veteran congress leader K Karunakaran, 92, slightly improved today but continues to be critical.

"Though there is a slight increase in the oxygen level in the blood, his condition has not changed as of yesterday," a medical bulletin from the hospital said.

As Mr Karunakaran's condition worsened yesterday, he was put on the ventilator. He has been diagnosed with chest and urinary infection. He was admitted to the hospital on December 11 following fever and respiratory problems.

Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly Oommen Chandy, Civil Supplies Minister C Diwakaran, Water Resources Minister N K Premachandran, Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem, Agriculture Minister Mullakara Rethnakaran and United Democratic Front Convenor P P Thankachan were among those who visited the hospital today.

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Sayan Chatterjee appointed Secretary, Department of AIDS Control

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mr Sayan Chatterjee as the Secretary, Department of AIDS Control, in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


Mr Chatterjee, presently the Director General, Sports Authority of India, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1976 batch (Kerala cadre).


He succeeds Mr K Chandramauli, who recently took over as the Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare.


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Soon H Kwon appointed new MD of LG India

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Soon H Kwon
Soon H Kwon

Consumer durables giant LG Electronics has appointed Mr Soon H Kwon as the new Managing Director of LG Electronics India.

He will succeed Mr Moon B Shin, who is taking over as the Global Head - Sales & Marketing, Home Appliances at Seoul, South Korea-- LG Electronics headquarters.

A press release from the company said that, prior to this appointmet, Mr Kwon was the Global Head, LG Electronics Business Solutions.

"One of the top contributors to LG's international business for over 25 years, Mr. Kwon has been responsible for the company's growing revenue and building LG Business Solutions Company as a leading B2B supplier," it said.

Mr. Kwon served as the Managing Director at LGE Australia in 2009, a significant driver to its market leadership, sales and brand growth in the continent. His earlier stints within LG Electronics include as the Corporate Marketing Vice-President in Korea (he was in charge of overseas marketing), and senior positions in the US and Canada markets.

"I am very excited about my new role. I look forward to not only the new challenges but also the opportunity to enhance the position of LG as the premium brand in the market. Mr. Shin has been a great leader who has created incredible benchmarks for us at LG India. I look forward to adding to that legacy and taking the company to newer heights through strong Indian team and re-affirming our commitment to the organisation," Mr Kwon said.

"My stint as the MD of LG India operations has been one of the most enriching and educative experience of my career. The leadership position that LG has achieved in the market would never have been possible without the effort and dedication of the talented LG India team. I am confident that with Mr. Kwon taking over, LG India will achieve new heights. I wish him all the success and luck for the future," Mr Shin added.

LG Electronics India Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics, South Korea, was established in January 1997 in India.

LG has achieved a turnover of Rs 13,089 crores in 2009. The company has manufacturing plants in Greater Noida and Ranjangaon, Pune.

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Maulana Marghuburrahman of Darul Uloom Deoband dies at 96

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Maulana Marghuburrahman, Rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, died today at Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh after a prolonged illness. He was 96.


"Maulana Marguburrahman breathed his last at 1115 hours at his residence in Bijnor," his family sources said.


He was Rector of Darul Uloom Deoband for the last 30 years.


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Shashidhar Reddy named Vice-Chairman of NDMA

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Shashidhar Reddy
Shashidhar Reddy

The Government has nominated Mr M Shashidhar Reddy, presently a member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as its Vice-Chairman.


Dr Muzaffar Ahmad, former Director, Health Services, Jammu and Kashmir, has been appointed as a member of NDMA, an official press release added.


The Prime Minister is the Chairman of the NDMA.


Mr Reddy, a three-time member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, has been a member of the NDMA in September 2005.


He has a master’s degree in Agronomy from the Kansas State University in the United States. He was a merit scholar of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) after graduating from the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad in 1971.


He has served as the Minister for Environment, Science and Technology in the Andhra Pradesh Government.


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Air Cmde Chandrasekhar takes over as AOC of Advance HQ, EAC

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Air Cmde B. Chandrasekhar assumed the Command of Advance HQ, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force, Fort William Kolkata on December 7, 2010.
Air Cmde B. Chandrasekhar assumed the Command of Advance HQ, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force, Fort William Kolkata on December 7, 2010.

Air Commodore B Chandrasekhar toay assumed the Command of Advance Headquarters, Eastern Air Command, Indian Air Force, at Fort William, Kolkata.

An EAC communique here said Air Cmde Chandrasekhar is an experienced helicopter pilot with over 5300 hours experience and was commissioned in the year 1984. He has flown all types of helicopters in the IAF inventory till date.

Air Cmde Chandrasekhar has a Master's degree from the College of Defence Management, where he also served as an instructor later, the release said. He had also served in a UN peace-keeping mission abroad, it added.

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Veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari hospitalised

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File photo of Narayan Dutt Tiwari.
File photo of Narayan Dutt Tiwari.

Veteran Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari was admitted to Doon hospital here today.

Mr Tiwari, 85, was administered intravenous fluids and advised rest, according to Dr K C Pant who attended on him.

According to Dr Pant, Mr Tiwari had probably caught a cold and had been brought to the hospital with complaints of nausea and dehydration. His blood pressure had also dropped and he was given medicines and administered IV fluids, the doctor said.

There was no need to worry about his health and he was expected to be discharged tonight or early tomorrow, he added.

Later, Mr Tiwari, who had also served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a Central Minister and as Governor of Andhra Pradesh, told mediapersons that he had felt neausea and discomfort due to pungent fumes of pesticides during termite-treatment undertaken in his house.

He said he was feeling much better and hoped to be on his feet soon to serve the public.

The octogenarian leader had recently announced his plan to bid adieu to active politics and had since taken keen interest in development activities in the region.

A large number of his followers and leaders of all parties thronged the hospital and enquired about his health.

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2 judges appointed to Patna High Court

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The President has appointed Ms Justice Anjana Prakash and Mr Justice Jyoti Saran, Additional Judges, of the Patna High Court, to be Judges of the same court.


An official press release said the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.


The President has also appointed Mr Mohan Lal Mehta to be an additional judge of the Delhi High Court for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.


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R P Indoria named ADG in Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

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Mr R P Indoria has been appointed as Additional Director General in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.


A regular Chief Engineer of the 1975 batch of Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group ‘A’, Mr Indoria has served previously in the Ministry as well as the National Hghways Authority of India (NHAI).


Prior to this appointment, he was working as Secretary General, Indian Roads Congress for the last two years. He has also served in the United Nations for 9 years, an official press release added.


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Chandravati, wife of UP ADGP Brijlal, passes away

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Ms Chandravati, the wife of Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brijlal, died here today after a prolonged illness. She was 55.


According to family sources Ms Chandravati was suffering from cancer and died at the Chatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Hospital this morning.


Senior police official, including State Director General of Police Karamveer Singh have expressed their grief over the demise of Ms Chandravati.


Her body was cremated at the Bhaisakund here on the banks of river Gomti.


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Freedom fighter Vyankatrao Randhir passes away in Nashik

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Freedom fighter, social worker and former MLA Vyankatrao Tanaji Randhir passed away in a private hospital here late last night after a brief illness.


He was 89 and is survived by his wife.


Mr Randhir, who was admitted to the hospital last week, died last night at around 2330 hrs following internal bleeding. He was suffering from liver complications for the last one month, family sources said.


During the freedom struggle, the British Government had sentenced him to life imprisonment for looting a treasury. After independence, he was elected twice as MLA from Shirpur Assembly constituency in Dhule district. He was also a former president of Dhule Zilla Parishad and president of Kisan Vidya Prasarak Sanstha.


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A P Singh is new Director of CBI

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A. P. Singh
A. P. Singh

Mr A.P. Singh, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1974 batch (Jharkhand cadre) today took over as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Mr Singh was the senior most Special Director in the investigating agency. He succeeded Mr Ashwani Kumar, an IPS officer of the 1973 batch (Himachal Pradesh cadre), who superannuated today after completing his tenure.

Mr Singh is the 24th director of CBI. He had served the CBI earlier from 1987 to 1995 and was associated with the investigations of sensitive cases such as the Harshad Mehta bank scam.

Before that, he served as Superintendent of Police (SP) of Katihar, Bhagalpur and Jameshdpur in Bihar. He also served as Inspector General of Police (Special Branch and CID) in Meghalaya while on deputation to the North-East and later as Chief Vigilance Officer in Indian Airlines.

On repatriation to the new Jharkhand cadre, he was made Officer on Special Duty to function as Adviser to Chief Minister. He also was, for some time, Additional Director General in the Border Security Force before joining the CBI in April last year as Special Director.

Mr Singh is a post-graduate in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. He has been decorated with the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

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Nehchal Sandhu appointed OSD in Intelligence Bureau

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Mr Nehchal Sandhu will be the next Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for a period of two years wth effect from January 1, 2011.


Mr Sandhu, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1973 batch (Bihar cadre), is currently Special Director of IB, has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the IB from December 1, an official press release added.


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Aladiyan Manickam concurrently accredited to Estonia

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Mr Aladiyan Manickam, presently Ambassador of India to Finland, has been concurrently accredited as the country's next Ambassador to Estonia.


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


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K Chandramouli appointed Secretary, Health & Family Welfare

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File photo of Mr K Chandramouli
File photo of Mr K Chandramouli

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr K Chandramouli as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Mr Chandramouli, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1975 batch (Uttar Pradesh cadre), is at present the Secretary, Department of AIDS Control in the same Ministry.

He will succeed Ms K Sujatha Rao on her retirement on November 30, an official press release added.

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