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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
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.
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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Justice Sarosh Kapadia appointed as next CJI

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Justice S. H. Kapadia
Justice S. H. Kapadia

The President has appointed Mr Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) with effect from the forenoon of May 12.

Mr Justice is the seniormost Judge in the Supreme Court of India after the current CJI, Mr Justice K G Balakrishnan, who will reach the age of superannuation on May 12.

The President has also appointed Mr Justice Hemant Laxman Gokhale, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Ms Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court, and Mr Justice Anil Ramesh Dave, Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court as Judges of the Supreme Court.

Their appointments, in that order of seniority, will be effective from the dates they assume charge of their offices.

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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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor to launch cookery channel soon

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in Ahmedabad today.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in Ahmedabad today.

Celebrated Indian chef Sanjeev Kapoor today said he would soon launch a cookery channel on television soon as part of his efforts to expand the horizons of Indian food and recipes.

"At the moment, all I can say is that, yes, the launch of the country's first dedicated cookery channel is on the cards," Kapoor told mediapersons here. He also indicated that there were plans to start a cookery magazine.

Kapoor was in town to launch the 12th outlet of his Yellow Chilli chain of restaurants. The Ahmedabad restaurant is unique in the sense that it is the only one in the chain that is completely vegetarian.

He said he could not disclose further details about the proposed television channel at this stage. But he said both the channel and the magazine would focus on improving the quality of food, eating habits and lifestyles in middle class Indian families.

"Our focus is on serving food lovers of the city, who want to enjoy traditional fare outside of their kitchens at a reasonable price. We certainly plan to extend The Yellow Chilli offering to more markets in Gujarat that will enable us a wider reach across the state," Mr Rajeev Matta, COO, Khana Khazana, said.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in Ahmedabad today.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in Ahmedabad today.

Mr Kailash Agrawal, who owns the franchise for the Ahmedabad restaurant, said it would also offer an artistically designed bar to serve mocktails and special seasonal drinks.

Mr Kapoor said the chain would soon make a foray in the Gulf states with the opening of four outlets in Bahrain and three in Kuwait.

In India, the chain is looking at opening ten more restaurants at various locations, including one each in Vadodara and Bhuj in Gujarat, he added.

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Adm Mehta concurrently accredited to Samoa

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File photo of Adm.(Retd.) Sureesh Mehta.
File photo of Adm.(Retd.) Sureesh Mehta.

Admiral (Retd.) Sureesh Mehta, the High Commissioner of India to New Zealand, has been concurrently accredited as the country's High Commissioner to Samoa.

An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said here today that Adm Mehta would have residence in Wellington.

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C V Ananda Bose is new Chairman of Coconut Development Board

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Dr C V Ananda Bose.
Dr C V Ananda Bose.

Dr C V Ananda Bose, Managing Director of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), has been appointed as the Chairman of the Coconut Development Board.

An official press release said Dr Bose, a 1977 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Kerala cadre, would hold the post concurrently with his present charge. He will take over from Ms Minnie Mathew, IAS, it said.

The CDB is a statutory body established under the Union Ministry of Agriculture for the integrated development of coconut cultivation and industry in the country. It focuses on productivity increase and product diversification.

According to the release, Dr Bose brings with him vast administrative experience. His initiatives include File to Field and Gramotsava, a model that was adopted by the Kerala Government for statewide implementation. As NAFED MD, he conceived and implemented the Easy Markets and Farm Gate to Homegate schemes as price control interventions a few months ago.

During his long years in Government, he has served as Kollam District Collector, Principal Secretary to the Kerala chief minister and Additional Chief Secretary.

His administrative initiatives have brought him awards such as the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, the United Nations Global Best Practice Award and the Singapore Government Award for Urban Green Management Excellence. He is also an award-winning author.

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Lalduhthlana Ratle named High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

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Mr Lalduhthlana Ralte, at present the Consul General of India in Hong Kong, has been named as the country's next High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.


An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said Mr Ralte, who will succeed Mr R V Warjri, was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


The Ministry also said Mr D N Srivastava, Ambassador to Congo, has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador to Gabon with residence in Kinshasa.


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Justice Ramesh Garg is new Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court

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Chief Justice R. S. Garg
Chief Justice R. S. Garg

The President has appointed Mr Justice Ramesh Surajmal Garg, a Judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, an official press release said here today.

Mr Justice Garg assumed charge of his new assignment on August 17, reports reaching here said.

Born on June 18, 1948, Mr Justice Garg, who has a Master's degree in Economics and a degree in Law, enrolled as an advocate in August, 1971. He became an additional judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in December 1994 and a permanent judge in July, 1995. He was sent as the first judge and acting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh in November 2000 when the new state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.

He was transferred to the Patna High Court in November 2001 and served in the Gujarat High Court from February 28, 2005 before returning to the Madhya Pradesh High Court in September 2007.

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Rajni Razdan sworn-in as Member, UPSC

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Ms Rajni Razdan, former Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Government of India, took the oath of office and secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) here today.


The oath was administered by UPSC Chairman D P Agrawal, an official press release said.


An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Haryana Cadre (1973 batch), Ms Razdan has held several important assignments both in Haryana and at the Centre.


Her assignments at the Centre included Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. In her home cadre, her assignments included Secretary, Cooperation and Public Health, Principal Secretary, Housing and Chairman, Haryana Housing Board.


Author of a number of publication, she became Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Pension & Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances in February 2007.


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Kuldeep Singh Bhardwaj named next Ambassador to Algeria

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Mr Kuldeep Singh Bhardwaj, at present a Joint Secretary at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs here, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Algeria.


An official press release from the Ministry said he was expected to take up his assignment shortly.


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