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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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Hindi writer and journalist Kanhaiya Lal Nandan passes away

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File photo of Kanhaiya Lal Nandan.
File photo of Kanhaiya Lal Nandan

Well-known Hindi writer and journalist Kanhaiya Lal Nandan died at a private hospital here this morning.

He was 77. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

According to sources close to him, Mr Nandan had been admitted to the hospital on Wednesday evening after he complained of low blood pressure and breathlessness. He had been on dialysis for some time.

Mr Nandan had been honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government in 1999 and had also won the prestigious Bharatendu award.

He had served as the editor of Parag, Sarika and Dinman magazines. He had also worked for some time as the features editor of the Hindi newspaper, Navbharat Times.

He had authored more than 35 books and had also acquired a name as a poet and lyricist.

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Piyush Upadhyay appointed ED, HR & Admn, of Volkswagen India

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Mr Piyush Upadhyay, 37, has been appointed as the Executive Director, Human Resource and Administration, of Volkswagen India Private Limited with immediate effect.

A press release from the company said that, as Executive Director, he would also be responsible for the human resource and administration functions in the India region for all companies of the Volkswagen Group which are Audi, Skoda Auto India and Volkswagen Brand.

Prior to taking up this assignment, Mr Upadhyay was with Tata BlueScope Steel as its Chief-Human Resources. He also worked in organisations like Hindustan Unilever and The Times of India.

With its country headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by three brands in India: Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda.

Its India began with the entry of the Skoda brand in 2001, and Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007. The company currently has 18 models in India and more than 120 dealerships. The Pune plant has an investment of Rs 3800 crore and a production capacity of 110,000 cars annually.

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Kundan Vyas elected President of Indian Newspaper Society

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Mr Kundan R Vyas of the Mumbai-based Janmabhoomi Group of Newspapers was today elected President of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2010-11 at its 71st annual general meeting held in Bangalore.


Mr Vyas succeeds Mr T Venkattram Reddy of the Deccan Chronicle of Hyderabad.


Mr Ashish Bagga of India Today was elected the new deputy president, Mr K N Tilak Kumar of Prajavani the vice-president and Mr Rakesh Sharma of the Hindustan Times as the honorary treasurer of the society, a statement from the INS said.


Mr V Shankaran is the officiating Secretary General of the Society.


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R. Chandrashekhar is new Secretary, Telecommunications

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Mr R Chandrashekhar, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1975 batch (Andhra Pradesh cadre) today assumed regular charge as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT).


Mr Chandrashehar, who was Secretary, Department of Information Technology (DIT), was holding additional charge of the position after Mr P J Thomas, who was Secretary, DoT, was appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner.


Mr Shashi Kant Sharma, an IAS oficer of the 1976 batch (Bihar cadre), has taken over as the new Secretary, DIT. He was until now the Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence, an official press release added.


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MP Congress leader Jamuna Devi passes away in Indore

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File photo of Jamuna Devi.
File photo of Jamuna Devi.

Veteran Congress leader Jamuna Devi, who was the leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh State Legislative Assembly, passed away at a private hospital in Indore this morning after a prolonged illness, official sources said.

She was 81. She is survived by a daughter.

Born on November 29, 1929 at Sardarpur in Dhar district, Ms Jamuna Devi was a senior tribal leader who represented the Kukshi constituency of Dhar district in the Madhya Pradesh assembly.

She was a member of the first Assembly of the then Madhya Bharat state from 1952-57.

In 1962, she was elected as a member of the Lok Sabha from Jhabua. She also served as a Member of the Rajya Sabha from 1978-81.

She became the Leader of the Opposition for the first time in 2003 and got a second term in that position in January, 2009.

Ms Jamuna Devi had served as Deputy Chief Minister in the Digvijay Singh government and earlier as a minister in the Motilal Vora government.

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Uday Chaturvedi named CTO of Tata Steel Europe

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Mr Uday Chaturvedi has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer of Tata Steel Europe with effect from October 1, the company said today.


It said in a press release that Mr Chaturvedi would join its Executive Committee and would report directly to the Tata Steel Europe Managing Director and CEO.


The release said the responsibilities of the new role would include Tata Steel Europe's proposed new manufacturing hubs. A replacement as head of Strip Products in the UK will be announced in due course, it said.



Mr Chaturvedi has held a number of high-level operational positions during his career with the Tata Steel Group. Before becoming Managing Director of Corus Strip Products UK in 2008, he was Vice-President Coke, Sinter and Iron and TQM in Jamshedpur.


Corus, whose legal name is Tata Steel Europe, is Europe's second largest steel producer, with main steelmaking operations primarily in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. It is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, one of the world’s top ten steel producers. The combined enterprise has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.



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Usha Mathur is new Secretary in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

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Ms Usha Mathur, an officer of the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), 1974 batch, has been appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.


She will succed Mr Anil Mathur, who has retired, an official press release said here today.


Prior to this appointment, Ms Mathur was Additional Member, Finance, in the Railway Board. During her long career, she has handled many finance and general management posts in the Indian Railways and also had a stint in the Ministry of Finance as Joint Secretary.


The release said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had also approved the appointment of Mr Nilanjan Sanyal, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1979 batch (Orissa cadre), as Additional Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, on an in situ elevation basis with effect from July 28, 2010.


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V N Tripathi takes over as Member Staff, Railway Board

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A file photo of V.N. Tripathi.

Mr V N Tripathi, the General Manager of Eastern Railway, has taken over as Member Staff in the Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.

An official press release said that he would also continue to look after the work of General Manager, Eastern Railway for the time being.

Mr Tripathi joined the Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) in 1974. An M.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Allahabad, Mr Tripathi has served as General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata and Southern Railway, Chennai, Chief Operations Manager, West Central Railway at Jabalpur, ADRM/CST (Mumbai), Central Railway and Divisional Railway Manager, Waltair, East Coast Railway. He also held key zonal Railway positions such as Chief Freight Traffic Manager and Senior Deputy General Manager in Central Railway.

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Mohan Kumar appointed Ambassador to Bahrain

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Mr Mohan Kumar, at present the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Paris, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Bahrain.


Mr Kumar, who will succeed Dr George Joseph, is expected to take up his assignment shortly, an official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.


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Ashwini Aggarwal named Executive Director of MAIT

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Ashwini Aggarwal
Ashwini Aggarwal

MAIT, the apex body representing the interest of IT hardware industry in India, has announced the appointment of Mr Ashwini Aggarwal as its new Executive Director with effect from today.

The announcement was made by Mr Ravi Aggarwal, President, MAIT.

An M.Sc. in Physics and Electronics with distinction from St. Stephens College and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Mr Aggarwal has 27 years of experience in the IT Industry having handled peripherals, personal computers, and mini and mainframe computers across consumer and commercial user segments.

A press release from MAIT said Mr Aggarwal had served Hewlett-Packard in various roles and more recently the Omnicom Media Group in its company, CPM India, as Vice-President, Strategic initiatives.

Mr Ravi Aggarwal said, "The wide diversity of background that Ashwini brings to MAIT would help the association in meeting the growing challenges being faced by the IT hardware industry in the highly competitive global environment. I am confident that he will add immense value towards augmenting and furthering the IT hardware industry ecosystem in the country."

MAIT represents hardware manufacturers and vendors, training, R&D and associated services sectors of the Indian IT industry. Its charter is to develop a globally competitive Indian IT industry, promote the usage of IT in India, strengthen the role of IT in national economic development and promote business through international alliances, the release added.

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Chaturvedi to step down as MD of Tata Asset Management Limited

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Mr Ved Prakash Chaturvedi, Managing Director of Tata Asset Management Limited (TAML) will step down after eight years with the company.


"Mr Chaturvedi has decided to pursue an entrepreneurial career," a statement from TAML said here today.


"Tata Mutual Fund has a good performance track record, an experienced management and investment team and a strong position in the industry. The Fund is well placed to continue growing rapidly," Mr. F. K. Kavarana, Chairman of TAML, said.


Mr. Chaturvedi will remain with TAML till a successor is identified to ensure a smooth transition, the statement added.


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Three new judges appointed for Calcutta High Court

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The President has appointed Ms Shukla Kabir (Sinha), Mr Ashoke Kumar Dasadhikari and Dr Sambuddha Chakrabarti as Judges of the Calcutta High 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.


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