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2011 January Persons in News

The government appointed R. Gopalan, a 1976-batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, Economic Affairs Secretary in the Finance Ministry.

Agricultural scientist K.V. Raman has been awarded the prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award of the India International Friendship Society for his contributions to science, technology and development.

Internationally renowned music composer A.R. Rahman was honoured with the Crystal Award of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the opening ceremony of its annual meet being attended by 2,500 global leaders from the fields of business, government, art, culture and religion.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the doyen of Hindustani classical music passes away. The 88-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee.

N. Murali, Senior Managing Director of Kasturi and Sons Limited, was presented the Music Forum award for media excellence instituted by the International Foundation for the Fine Arts on Saturday.

Mr. Murali is President of the Music Academy, Chennai.

Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham who is known for his apolitical approach to issues and decision making, Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas said. He was speaking after presenting the ‘Man of the Decade' award instituted by the People's Forum of Kochi to Mr. Abraham

Suchitra Mitra, legendary exponent of Rabindra Sangeet (Rabindranath Tagore's songs), died in her South Kolkata residence after protracted illness. She was 86.

A.K. Singh to head Southern Command.
Lt. Gen. A.K. Singh, General Officer Commanding of the prestigious Strike Corps on the Western Front has been promoted as the Army Commander and re designated as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff began her first full day in office ; after pledging to build on the policies of her hugely popular predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Medical Student Servepalli Skanda Harshita was selected for 'Journal of Young Investigators', it belongs to USA. She is a final year MBBS student in Narayana Medical College in Nellore of A.P.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Baliram Bhagat passes away

The veteran Congress leader served as Speaker of the fifth Lok Sabha for about a year during the Emergency after his election to the post on January 6, 1976.

Apart from holding several posts in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Bhagat also served as Governor of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan from 1993-98.

Lieutenant-General K.T. Parnaik took over command of the prestigious Northern Command at Udhampur. He succeeds Lieutenant-General B.S. Jaiswal

Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam has been elected president of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).

Subhash Lalla, who allegedly had a role in the Adarsh Housing scam, resigned as a member of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission.

Air Marshal N.A.K. Browne assumed charge as Vice-Chief of the Indian Air Force. He succeeds Air Marshal P.K. Barbora, who retired.

Baldev Raj is INAE's new chief

Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam has been elected president of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).

T.Ashok Babu, scientist, Advanced Systems Laboratory (DRDO), Hyderabad, has been elected as vice-president of the Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres, Kolkata, for 2011-13.

New Google India head

Google said that Rajan Anandan, the former Managing Director of Microsoft, has joined the company as Vice-President (Sales and Operations) and Head of India region.

K. Rajagopal passes away

He was the chairman of Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) from 1975 to 1977 and again from 1992 to 1994. He was the chairman of the Indian Cotton Mills' Federation (ICMF) from 1980 to 1982 and was also a committee member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (1980 to 1982).

Mohiniyattam performer of Kerala enters the Guinness book of records for her 123 hours and 15 minutes long dance marathon. By this Hemalatha broke the record of Vettikotta Yadagiri of Hyderabad.

Actor Gita De passes away

Celebrated actor Gita De, popular for playing character roles in nearly 200 Bengali films and dramas, died

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari released a book, 'Secrets of RSS', authored by Ratan Sharda.

The Pakistan Punjab's liberal Governor, Mr. Salman Taseer, was assassinated by his security guard. Iran Prince Ali Raja Pahalavi died at Bostan in USA.

Anand Sinha to take over as RBI Deputy Governor

The Centre cleared the appointment of Anand Sinha as Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor in place of Usha Thorat, who retired in November last

Former Union Minister passes away

Former Union Minister and a political stalwart of erstwhile Circar districts Bulusu Prabhakara Butchi Krishna -- SBPBK Satyanarayana Rao-- (90) died

He severed as Minister of State for Agriculture in the Vajpayee government for two years between 1999 and 2001. He was MP from Rajahmundry constituency till 2004

Oscar-nominated British director Peter Yates died. He was nominated in the best director and best picture categories both for cycling story 'Breaking Away' and backstage drama 'The Dresser'.

Honour for Research Centre Imarat scientist, G. Satheesh Reddy

G. Satheesh Reddy, Director, Inertial Systems, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a premier laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation's missile complex here, has been conferred with the prestigious INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) fellowship.

The fellowship was conferred in recognition of his contributions to aerospace engineering and for spearheading the indigenous design, development and technology transfer and production of core critical navigation systems and sub-systems for missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), fighter aircraft and other applications for strategic needs of the country.

Sailaja Suman was appointed as new Director of Doordarshan.

New Chief Executive for ZTE Telecom

ZTE Telecom India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, has appointed Cui Liangjun as the new Chief Executive. Incumbent CEO Huang Dabin will continue working with ZTE at its headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Prior to his new role, Mr. Cui was the Vice-General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of ZTE Telecom India. Mr. Liangjun will be responsible for leading the ZTE India executive team.

Surinder Jakhar, IFFCO chairman and son of Balaram Jakhar, died of injuries he sustained when his pistol allegedly went off accidentally at Abohar. 



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