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August 2011 Persons

D. Subbarao: The Union government on accorded a two-year extension to Reserve Bank of India Governor beyond his term ending September 2011. The extension will be with effect from 5 September 2011 until 4 September 2013.Dr. Subbarao was appointed the 22nd Governor of the apex bank in September 2008, for a three-year term. 

Justice Shivraj V Patil, Former Supreme Court Judge, was sworn in as the new Lokayukta of Karnataka on 3 August 2011. Justice Patil succeeded Justice N Santosh Hegde who vacated office after completing eventful five-year tenure. Justice Patil headed the one-man committee to inquire into the 2G spectrum allocation issue recently. 

Norman Anil Kumar Browne took charge as India\'s 23rd Chief of the Air Staff on 31 July 2011. He succeeded Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik. 

BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka Chief Minister on 31 July 2011. Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa submitted his resignation to the Governor, H R Bhardwaj following his indictment in illegal mining fraud by the Lokayukta. 

Sucheta(33), an Indian lady from Pune, has successfully crossed the 1,623 km stretch of the Gobi desert, the largest in Asia and the fifth in the world, in a multi-national expedition. Sucheta, who was part of a 13-member team led by Ripley Davenport, accomplished the expedition on 15 July, nine days before the stipulated 60-day deadline, braving rigours and heat of the sands in Mongolia. She became the first Indian woman to cross Gobi desert.


Rohit Nandan - a joint secretary in the civil aviation ministry was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India for a three-year term. Nandan was appointed after removal of Arvind Jadhav from the position of Chairman and CMD. 

R.S.Sharma - Noted historian and indologist RS Sharma died on 20 August 2011.He taught ancient and early medieval history of India at Patna University, Delhi University and the University of Toronto. He wrote 115 books which have been published in 15 languages around the world. He was the first historian who critically studied the various aspects of early Indian social, economic and political structure and brought into focus the exploitation of weaker sections of Indian society. He was particularly known for his trenchant observations on institutions in ancient Indian society and his report on the Bihar-Bengal boundary dispute. He was the founding chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) in 1972. He also served as President of the Indian History Congress in 1975. He was a recipient of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award in 1989 and was earlier awarded the Campbell Memorial Gold Medal by the Bombay Asiatic Society in 1987. 

Madhukar Kashinath Pandhe - veteran trade unionist and Communist Party of India-Marxist Politburo member died of cardiac arrest in New Delhi. 

The Union government suspended New India Assurance chairman M Ramadoss for alleged violations in issuing insurance cover to an airline during his stint as head of another state-run insurer. 

Shammi kapoor, Veteran actor and leading star of Bollywood of the 1960s, died in Mumbai. In 1995, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002 he was honoured Invaluable Contribution to Indian Cinema at the IIFA. He went on to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) in 2008. Shammi Kapoor was the founder and chairman of Internet Users Community of India (IUCI). He had also played a major role in setting up internet organisations like the Ethical Hackers Association. 

PC Alexander- a former IAS officer who served in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s staff died of cancer. He served in the then Madras and Travancore-Cochin states before moving to the Central Government in 1955.P.C. Alexander was at different times Principal Secretary to two Prime Ministers- Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Indian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Governor of Tamil Nadu and, Maharashtra, and even a Rajya Sabha MP.

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