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Justice Balakrishnan appointed Chairperson of NHRC

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File photo of retired Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan.
File photo of retired Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan.

The President has appointed Mr Justice (Retired) K G Balakrishnan, former Chief Justice of India (CJI), as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Mr Justice Balakrishnan had served as CJI from January 14, 2007 to May 12 this year, when he retired.

Mr Justice Balakrishnan, 65, had enrolled as an advocate on March 16, 1968 and had practised on both the civil and criminal sides at Ernakulam. He was appointed as a munsif in the Kerala Judicial Service in January, 1973 but resigned from service and resumed practice as an advocate in the Kerala High Court.

He was appointed as a Judge of the Kerala High Court on September 26, 1985. He was transferred to Gujarat High Court in November, 1997. On July 16 1998, he came the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. He was transferred to the Madras High Court and assumed charge there as Chief Justice on September 9, 1999. On June 8, 2000, he was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court.

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Vandana Kumari Jena appointed Adviser in Planning Commission

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Ms Vandana Kumari Jena as an Adviser in the Planning Commission.


Ms Jena is from the 1979 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) (Orissa Cadre) and is presently posted in her cadre.


An official press release said the ACC had also approved the continuation of Dr Ashok K Lahiri as Executive Director in Asian Development Bank (ADB) for one more year beyond June 30 this year.


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Ramakrishnan is Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre

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S Ramakrishnan
S Ramakrishnan

Mr S Ramakrishnan, Distinguished Scientist of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and hitherto Director (Projects), Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, has assumed the office of Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

An official press release from ISRO said here today that Mr Ramakrishnan took over the charge from Mr M K G Nair, the outgoing Director, on May 31.

According to it, Mr Ramakrishnan has made significant contribution to the launch vehicle technology in the country starting from the very first SLV-3 project.

After obtaining an M. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, Mr Ramakrishnan joined VSSC in 1972. His first assignment was in SLV-3 Project, wherein he was responsible for the design and development of Reaction Control Systems. He played a key role in the development of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and was responsible for the development of liquid propulsion stages and their interfacing with vehicle and launch operations.

Under his leadership as Project Director, PSLV Continuation programme (PSLV-C1 to C4), operationalisation of PSLV and enhancing the payload capability from 900 kg to 1500 kg was accomplished. As Project Director, GSLV Mark III, Mr Ramakrishnan steered the Project during the crucial phase of design, engineering and realisation of first-off hardware for development test.

The release said that, as Director (Projects) at VSSC and Chairman, Project Management Council, Mr Ramakrishnan provided technical guidance and programmatic direction to ISRO Launch Vehicle Projects as well as new developmental activities.

Mr Ramakrishnan played a lead role in the formulation of Indian Human Spaceflight Project (HSP) and completion of system concept reviews.

The Government had honoured Mr Ramakrishnan with the Padma Shri in 2003.

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Air Marshal Ganguly is new DG, Medical Services (Air)

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Air Marshal Dipankar Ganguly took over as the Director General Medical Services (Air) here today, an official press release said.


Commissioned on 22 May, 1973, Air Marshal Ganguly did his MBBS from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune in 1972 and specialized in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1989.


He had been posted to prestigious medical units like Military Hospital, Cardiothoracic Centre MH (CTC), Pune as Clinical Specialist and as Senior Advisor and Consultant at Army Hospital (Research & Referral). He also served as Deputy Commandant at Army Hospital (Research & Referral) and as Commandant, Command Hospital (Northern Command) and subsequently as DCIDS (Med) at HQ Integrated Defence Services (IDS).


For his distinguished service, Air Marshal Ganguly has been awarded Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) twice by the President of India, the release added.


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Hiroshi Takashina assumes charge as MD at Nikon India

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Hiroshi Takashina
Hiroshi Takashina

Imaging products major Nikon India today announced the appointment of Mr. Hiroshi Takashina as the new Managing Director for India.

Mr. Takashina took over fom Mr. Hidehiko Tanaka yesterday, a press release issued by the company said here today.

It said Mr Takashina, who joined Nikon in Tokyo in April 2007, came in with a vast experience in marketing and sales.

Before joining Nikon, Mr Takashina worked with one of Japan's leading automobile manufacturers for more than 24 years, looking after Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Mr Tanaka said that, by naming Mr Takashina as his successor, Nikon had reiterated its commitment to the Indian market and its interest in promoting the photography culture in the country.

"I am convinced that under the new leadership, we will further scale up our presence across India, and reach out to consumers and the photographic community in a larger way. His one and half year performance here in India to lead the sales and marketing team instilled confidence in me that he can take over the new role as Managing Director of Nikon India," he said.

The release said Mr Tanaka would move back to Japan to take over a new assignment within Nikon Corporation.

"This is both a challenging and exciting time for me as I accept this new role at Nikon India. Nikon brings to its users innovative technology in a user friendly package which is by far the most important element in any camera in this new era. My job is to build on those foundations and create a business that delivers value to Nikon business partners as well as its customers," Mr Takashina said.

Nikon India distributes markets and services the complete range of Nikon imaging products in India. These include cameras, lenses, service and repair of industrial products, microscopes and technical measuring instruments.

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Lt Gen H L Kakria takes over as DG, Medical Services (Army)

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Lt Gen H L Kakria has taken over as the new Director General of Medical Services (Army) from Lt Gen S R Mehta who has retired.


A recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva medal, Lt Gen Kakria did his MBBS from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and joined the Army Medical Corps on February 14, 1972. He did his MS (General Surgery) in 1980 and MS (Orthopaedics) in 1989 from Pune University and stood first in the University.


He is an undergraduate and post graduate teacher and examiner of MS (Orthopaedics), Pune University as well as teacher and examiner, DNB (Orthopaedics) National Board of Examination, New Delhi.


During his 38 years in the Army, the General Officer has held various appointments in Service Hospitals as well as Field Medical Units of the Armed Forces Medical Services. He has also held senior administrative appointments such as Commandant Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, Commandant ALC, Pune and Commandant, Command Hospital (SC) Pune.


He has also served as Major General (Medical), HQ Southern Command, Pune prior to assuming the appointment of commandant of AMC Centre and College Lucknow where Basic Military Training is imparted to Medical Officers and Dental Officers of Army/ Navy/ Air Force as well as members of MNS and the Paramedical Staff.


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Rita Sharma named Secretary, National Advisory Council

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Ms Rita Sharma, a 1974 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (Uttar Pradesh cadre), has been appointed as the Secretary of the National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.


An official press release said Ms Sharma would have the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India. Her appointment, on contract basis, will be until further orders, it added.


On March 29, Ms Gandhi was named as the Chairperson of the new NAC that the Government constituted. She had served as Chairperson of the NAC in the first term of the UPA Government before resigning in 2006 in the wake of the "office of profit" controversy.


The NAC was set up to advise the Government on policy matters and had an important role in the enactment of the Right to Information Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.


Ms Gandhi decided to quit when the Opposition used the Office of Profit law to attack her and her position as head of the NAC.


It was widely expected that the UPA would constitute the NAC again in its second term. This time around, it is expected to play a crucial role in such programmes as the Food Security Act.


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Vivek Sahai is new Chairman, Railway Board

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Vivek Sahai takes over as Chairman, Railway Board, in New Delhi on May 31, 2010.
Vivek Sahai takes over as Chairman, Railway Board, in New Delhi on May 31, 2010.

Mr Vivek Sahai took over as the Chairman of the Railway Board and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Railways, here today.

He succeeds Mr S S Khurana, who superannuated from service today. He was Member (Traffic) in the Railway Board from December 28, 2009.

Mr Sahai, an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer of the 2973 batch had earlier served as General Manager, Northern Railway, General Manager, North Central Railway, Additional Member Traffic, Railway Board, Chief Operations Manager, Western Railway, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai, Central Railway, Chief Freight Transportation Manager, Western Railway, Executive Director, Railway Board, New Delhi, and Chief Operations Manager, Konkan Railway Corporation Limited.

He also has extensive experience in suburban train operations in Mumbai, having worked as Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division of Central Railway and Additional General Manager, Western Railway.

Mr Sahai has a post-graduate degree in Science (Physics) from Allahabad University. He has been trained in US Rail Roads & SNCF (French Railways) under UNDP Project in the year 1989. He was also part of an Indian delegation which was sent to study the privatization of British Railways in 1996. He has also participated in advanced leadership programme held at Stern Business School, New York, in 2007.

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Rajiv Agarwal new CEO, MD of Essar Shipping Ports & Logistics

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Essar Shipping Ports and Logistics Limited (ESPLL), a part of the Essar Group, today said Mr Rajiv Agarwal had been appointed as the CEO and Whole-time Director of the company.


He has also been nominated as Managing Director subject to the approval of members of the company in the ensuing annual general meeting, an official press release said.


It said Mr Sanjay Mehta had desired to step down from his position as MD at the AGM upon his resuming a larger role in Essar Group’s growing operations in London and Europe. He has planned his succession in consultation with the Board of ESPLL.


Mr Sanjay Mehta has been with the Essar Group for over a decade. He has been at the helm of ESPLL since 2000. Under his stewardship, ESPLL has witnessed tremendous growth with major investments in shipping, logistics and in ports & terminals and has been credited with transforming Essar Shipping from being a core shipping company to a complete logistics service provider with a major presence in ports & terminals in India.


"I am glad that we are able to capitalize on the strengths of the talents that we have nurtured within the Group. Both Sanjay and Rajiv are committed professionals. I am confident that with them at the helm of their respective fields, they will take the business to greater heights," Mr Shashi Ruia, Chairman, Essar Group, said.


Prior to this appointment, Mr Agarwal was the CEO of The MobileStore Limited. He successfully started and managed this company to make it the largest retail chain in the telecom sector. He was also the Executive Director and CFO of Essar Shipping during 1998-2002.


Mr Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant and a cost accountant with more than 25 years of experience at a senior level in various industries like retail, BPO, telecom, manmade fibres and shipping and transportation. He has served on the Boards of Directors of listed companies in India and the United States.


Mr Mehta is an alumnus of the London Business School. Prior to joining as MD of Essar Shipping in 2000 he has worked with Hambros Bank, London, Goldman Sachs, New York and American Marine Advisors, New York.


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V S Seshadri named as Ambassador to Myanmar

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Dr Villur Sundararajan Seshadri, at present Ambassador of India to Ljubljana, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Myanmar.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Dr Seshadri, who will succeed Mr Aloke sen, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


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Manbir Singh appointed Secretary at HQ in MEA

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Mr Manbir Singh, currently India's Ambassador to The Netherlands, has been appointed as Secretary at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs.


An Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1976 batch, Mr Manbir Singh will succeed Ms Parbati Sen Vyas on her retirement on July 31, 2010, an official press release said.


The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has also approved the appointment of Ms Nita Kapoor, Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) (1973) as Secretary (Defence Finance) vice Ms Indu Liberhan on her retirement on May 31, the release added.


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Samajwadi Party MP Virendra Bhatia passes away

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Virendra Bhatia

Rajya Sabha member Virendra Bhatia of the Samajwadi Party (SP) died in a hospital here today after a brief illness.

He was 63. He is survived by his wife and a son and a daughter. The funeral will be held in Lucknow tomorrow, party sources said.

Mr Bhatia, a former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh during SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's tenure as Chief Minister. He was elected to the Upper House of Parliament on April 3, 2006 and, in the normal course, his term would have ended on April 2, 2012.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of Mr Bhatia, saying that he had worked against the odds to make his mark as a leading lawyer who was committed to the cause of social justice and worked actively for equal opportunities for all communities.

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Virendra Gupta new High Commissioner to South Africa

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Mr Virendra Gupta, currently the Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), has been appointed as India's next High Commissioner to South Africa.


An official announcement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Mr Gupta, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of the 1972 batch, was expected to take up his new assignment shortly.


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R K Sinha takes over as Director, BARC

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Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha taking over as Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Director, BARC in Mumbai on May 19, 2010.
Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha taking over as Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Director, BARC in Mumbai on May 19, 2010.

Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha took over as Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) from Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Director, BARC at a simple function held at Trombay here today.

He was until now the Director, Reactor & Development Group & Design, Manufacturing & Automation Group at BARC.

Dr Sinha graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Patna University in 1972, standing first in the university. After completing the one-year course at BARC Training School, he joined the Reactor Engineering Division of BARC in 1973.

A press release from BARC said Dr Sinha had been guiding the programmes for new advanced reactors under design and development at BARC to utilise thorium.

These include the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor (AHWR), which produces most of its power from thorium, and has several innovative passive safety systems.

The reactor has been designed to be robust against equipment malfunction, human errors and even insider’s malevolent acts.

Dr. Sinha has, thus, guided the development of technologies that should enable, in a large scale deployment scenario, the siting of advanced nuclear power plants close to population centres.

Most of the technological innovations in the design of AHWR have been validated under his guidance, in large experimental facilities, the release said.

The outgoing Director, Dr. Banerjee had joined BARC in 1967 after graduating in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. He received Ph.D from IIT, Kharagpur while working in BARC. He is from the 11th batch of BARC Training School.

Presently, Dr.Banerjee is Chairman, Atoic Energy Commission, and has nearly 40 years' research experience. He is one of the leading experts in materials science and technology in the country and has made outstanding contributions to many materials related areas, basic as well as application oriented. Dr.Banerjee is a recipient of many national and international awards and honours, including the coveted Padma Shri (2005).

Justice Dipak Misra appointed Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

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Chief Justice Dipak Misra
Chief Justice Dipak Misra

The President has appointed Mr Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of the Patna High Court as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

An official press release said Mr Justice Misra had been directed to assume charge of his new office on or before May 28.

The President has also, in consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Arvind Mohanlal Kapadia, Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, as a Judge of the Gujarat High Court. He has been directed to assume charge of his new office on or before May 28.

Born on October 3, 1953, Mr Justice Misra was enrolled as an advocate on February 14, 1977 and practiced in Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax matters in the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal.

He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court on January 17, 1996 and transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court on March 3, 1997. He became permanent Judge on December 19, 1997.

Justice Misra assumed charge of the office of Chief Justice, Patna High Court on December 23, 2009.

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Gautam Mukhopadhaya to be next Ambassador to Afghanistan

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Mr Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Joint Secretary at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs here, has been appointed as India's next Ambassador to Afghanistan.


An official press release from the Ministry said Mr Mukhopadhaya, who will succeed Mr Jayant Prasad, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


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Justice Sarosh Kapadia sworn in as new Chief Justice of India

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Mr Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday.

President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on May 12, 2010.
President Pratibha Patil administering the oath of office of Chief Justice of India to Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, at a Swearing-in Ceremony, in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on May 12, 2010.

Mr Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of India at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here this morning.

He made and subscribed to the oath of office before President Pratibha Patil.

Mr Justice Kapadia succeeded Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan, who retired from office on reaching the age of superannuation.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the outgoing Chief Justice and Law and Justice Minister M Veerappa Moily.

Among the others present were ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister A K Antony.

Born on September 29, 1947, Mr Justice Kapadia had enrolled as an advocate on September 10, 1974 and practised in the Bombay High Court, both on the Original Side and Appellate Side. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court on October 8, 1991 and as a Permanent Judge on March 23, 1993.

Mr Justice Kapadia was appointed as Chief Justice of the Uttaranchal High Court on August 5, 2003 before being elevated to the Bench of the Supreme Court of India on December 12 in the same year. He is due to retire on September 29, 2012.

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Parampreet Singh Randhawa appointed Ambassador to Tunisia

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Mr Parampreet Singh Randhawa, presently High Commissioner of India to Kenya, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Tunisia.


An official press release said Mr Randhawa, who will succeed Mr Basant K Gupta, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


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Sudha Pillai named Member-Secretary of Planning Commission

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File photo of Sudha Pillai.
File photo of Sudha Pillai.

Ms Sudha Pillai has been appointed as Member-Secretary of the Planning Commission in the rank of Minister of State, an official press release said here today.

An officer of the 1972 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) (Kerala cadre), Ms Pillai was until now the Secretary of the Commission. Earlier, she had served as Union Labour Secretary.

Born in Shimla, Ms Pillai was educated in Chandigarh. She finished her B.A. Honours degree at the age of 18 years and topped the Punjab University, securing the University Gold Medal. She went on to bag the gold medal again in Master of Arts in Psychology from the same University. Later, she completed her Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States.

Ms Pillai secured second rank in the IAS examination and was originally allotted to the Punjab cadre. Later, she shifted to Kerala and, among other things, learnt Malayalam on the job. She is proficient in French, English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Starting her career as Sub-Divisional Magistrate in Thiruvananthapuram, she has served as District Collector of Thiruvananthapuram, Chairman and Managing Director of Kerala Finance Corporation and Principal Secretary, Finance. At the Centre she has served in the Ministries of Industry and Corporate Affairs, Panchayati Raj and Mines.

Ms Pillai is married to Union Home Secretary G K Pillai.

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Nitin Nohria named next dean of Harvard Business School

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Nitin Nohria
Nitin Nohria

Mr Nitin Nohria, the Richard P Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston, Massachusetts, has been appointed as the School's next dean, its President Drew Faust announced on Tuesday.

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Mr Nohria has previously served as the school's senior associate dean for faculty development and chair of its organizational behavior unit.

Current co-chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative and a member of the HBS faculty since 1988, he will take up his new role on July 1, the announcement said.

Mr Nohria will succeed Mr Jay Light, who had announced in December 2009 his plans to retire at the end of the 2009-10 academic year after five years as dean and four decades of distinguished service on the HBS faculty, the announcement posted on the school's website said.

"At a pivotal moment for Harvard Business School and for business education more generally, I'm delighted that Nitin Nohria has agreed to lead HBS forward," Ms Faust said.

"He's an outstanding scholar, teacher, and mentor, with a global outlook and an instinct for collaboration across traditional boundaries. He has an intimate knowledge of the School and a strong appetite for innovation. He cares deeply about the School's commitment to both rigor and relevance — to serious scholarship that has a powerful impact on practice. And he's a person who not only studies leadership but embodies the qualities of a leader in how he engages people and ideas, in how he thinks about organizational change, and in how he sees the consequential challenges ahead," she added.

"I am grateful to President Faust for this opportunity, and I feel humbled and privileged to follow many outstanding deans, including Jay Light," Mr Nohria said.

"I feel a profound sense of responsibility for continuing Harvard Business School's proud legacy of groundbreaking ideas and transformational educational experiences. With business education at an inflection point, we must strive to equip future leaders with the competence and character to address emerging global business and social challenges. As we enter our second century, I look forward to working with the School's faculty, staff, students, and alumni to forge a vision for Harvard Business School that will enable it to remain a beacon for business education for the next 100 years," he said.

Mr Light said Mr Nohria was widely respected within the extended community as a perceptive scholar of leadership and as a thoughtful and able academic leader. He felt Mr Nohria would be a "wonderful dean" of HBS.

"He believes deeply in the distinctive mission of the School and its role in the world. He will effectively carry forward the objectives and the strategies that make this institution a very special place," he said.

Mr Nohria passed out of IIT Bombay with a degree in chemical engineering in 1984. The institute had awarded him its distinguished alumnus medal in 2007.

He took his Ph.D. in management in 1988 from teh Masachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, where he earned the outstanding doctoral thesis award in behavioral and policy sciences. He joined the HBS faculty as an assistant professor in 1988, was appointed associate professor in 1993, was promoted to tenure in 1997, and became the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration in 1999.

The HBS announcement said Mr Nohria's current academic interests include the theory and practice of leadership, the study of human motivation, the analysis of management practices critical to corporate success, and the strategic and organizational challenges of globalization.

He has co-written or co-edited 16 books, and is author of more than 50 articles and dozens of teaching cases and notes. His most recent book, "Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice" (2010, co-edited with Rakesh Khurana), reflects a colloquium he organized as part of the HBS centennial in 2008 to stimulate serious scholarly research on leadership.

Nohria has served in a series of senior roles at HBS over the years: chair of the organizational behavior unit from 1998 to 2002, director of the division of research in 2003 to 2004, and senior associate dean for faculty development from 2006 to 2009. He became co-chair of the HBS Leadership Initiative in July 2009 and sits on the executive committee of the University's interfaculty initiative on advanced leadership.

Nohria has taught across the Business School's M.B.A., doctoral, and executive education programs. He is past head of the required first-year "Leadership and Organizational Behavior" course, and he co-directed the team that designed the required first-year course on "Leadership and Corporate Accountability." He recently taught in such executive education programmes as "Building a Global Enterprise in India" and the "New CEO Workshop."

A dedicated mentor to many HBS doctoral students over the past two decades, he also taught for years in the interfaculty Ph.D. program in organizational behavior and chaired HBS task forces on case writing and course development, as well as the leadership curriculum. Earlier this year, he was one of four instructors from Harvard Schools who co-designed and taught a January term workshop on "Faith and Leadership in a Fragmented World."

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Riewad Warjri is new Ambassador to Colombia

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Mr Riewad V Warjri, currently the Ambassador of India to Brunei Darussalam, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Colombia.


Mr Warjri will succed Mr Deepak Bhojwani, who is moving as the country's new Ambassador to Cuba. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly, the Ministry of External Affairs said.



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P Uma Shankar takes over as Power Secretary

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P Uma Shankar
P Uma Shankar

Mr P Uma Shankar, who was until now the Chairman and Managing Director of the public sector Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Power.

An officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (1976 batch), Mr Uma Shankar has a Master's degree in Mathematics from IIT, Madras and in Social Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.

He has held various key assignments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh. Prior to taking over as CMD of REC in March, 2008, he was Managing Director of the National Cooperative Development Corporation.

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V D Wadhwa takes over as MD of Timex Group India

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V. D. Wadhwa - Managing Director, Timex india Limited.

Mr V D Wadhwa has taken over as the new Managing Director and CEO of Timex Group India Limited, a subsidiary of Timex Group USA, designers and manufacturers of watches and jewellery.

The decision was announced here today after a meeting of the company's Board of Directors. Mr Wadhwa succeeds Mr G Kannan, who has resigned.

According to a press release from Timex, Mr wadhwa is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and a fellow of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has been associated with Timex India since its inception in various capacities and is largely credited with the re-establishment of its entire distribution and retail base after the split of the company's joint venture with the Tatas.

The release said he subsequently played a major role in the profitable turnaround of Timex India's operations. Before taking over as the MD, he was responsible for the company's business development initiatives and was involved with several global assignments for business restructuring.

"We are delighted to have a seasoned watch industry professional like Mr Wadhwa take over charge as Managing Director," Mr Kapil Kapoor, COO, Times Group USA, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Timex India, said.

"We are confident that with his expertise and experience of the watch industry as well as long association with the Timex brand, Timex would continue on its growth trajectory, with its strong multi-brand portfolio and a robust profit model in place," he added.

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Bharti Airtel appoints Drew Kelton as President - Enterprise Services

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Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel today said it had appointed Mr Drew Kelton as President –Enterprise Services (India & South Asia).


Mr Kelton's key focus would be to lead the transformation of the business to create a world class business-to-business (B2B) organization. He will report to Mr Sanjay Kapoor, CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel, a press release from the company said.


"We are delighted to have Drew on board and his appointment is in line with our philosophy to bring in the best of global talent. In his new leadership role at Bharti Airtel, Drew will build on the existing capabilities and strengthen the international data services business to ensure Airtel continues to be the preferred enterprise solutions provider to top corporates," Mr Kapoor said.


Mr Kelton has more than 29 years of work experience and has handled various international assignments based out of Europe, Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Bharti, he was associated with Telstra in Australia.


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Deepak Bhojwani named next Ambassador to Cuba

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Mr Deepak Kishinchand Bhojwani, at present India's Ambassador to Colombia, has been appointed as the country's next Ambassador to Cuba.


In a separate announcement, the Ministry of External Affairs said Ms Homai Saha, currently Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, would be India's next Ambassador to Kazakhstan.


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