NEW DELHI : Ajit Jogi – the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh, one of the most prominent leaders in the state and remembered for his rebellious public life – passed away at the age of 74 on Friday after prolonged illness in Raipur. He was one of the most prominent political leaders of the state who rebelled against Congress’ top leadership to form his own regional political outfit.
Jogi began his political journey nearly 35 years ago when he joined the Congress party after quitting his job as Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer posted in Madhya Pradesh. He left the government service in 1985 and became a Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha in 1986. Jogi remained a member of the Upper House till 1998.
Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla died at a private hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday evening, his family said. He was 89.
His son Nastur Daruwalla, speaking to PTI, denied the speculation on social media that his father had contracted coronavirus. Daruwalla was suffering from only pneumonia, he said. The Apollo Hospital in the city confirmed that Daruwalla died during treatment, reported PTI.
“Saddened by the demise of renowned Astrologer Shri Bejan Daruwalla. I pray for the departed soul. My condolences. Om Shanti….,” tweeted Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
Former Malaysian PM Mahathir and supporters removed from ruling party
The former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and his son Mukhriz were removed from the ruling party on Thursday for apparently going against party constitution and insisting to sit with the opposition in the May 18 Parliament session instead of supporting the party led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, reported Reuters.
Mahathir, 94, had said he would seek to oust Muhyiddin from office for making a “backdoor arrangement” that brought back into power a graft-tainted party rejected by voters in an election in 2018.
In a letter circulated widely on social media, the party stated that Mahathir automatically ceased to be a member after he made a show of rejecting Muhyiddin’s leadership as prime minister and party president by sitting with the opposition when parliament met last week.
IIT-IIM alumnus S Gopalakrishnan appointed as additional secretary in PMO
S Gopalakrishnan, a senior Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as additional secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Gopalakrishnan’s appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
The 1991 batch IAS officer is currently serving at the ministry of electronics where his responsibilities include issues related to e-governance, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, emerging technologies, startups and innovation.
Gopalakrishnan is an electrical engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He also holds a masters degree in development studies from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Kalpana Morparia (pictured), chairman of JP Morgan South Asia and South East Asia, plans to hang up her boots by early next year. Leo Puri, former chief executive officer (CEO) of UTI Mutual Fund, will replace her.
The global banking major said in a statement Morparia, 72, had expressed her desire to retire, but agreed to stay until Q1 2021. She would oversee the smooth transition of her India, and South and South East Asia responsibilities, it said.
Murali Maiya will become the new CEO for South and South East Asia, and will report to Filippo Gori, CEO, Asia-Pacific. Madhav Kalyan, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, India, will become senior country officer for India from Q1 2021.
Anthony Fauci says coronavirus vaccine in 2020 viable
Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, said there’s a “good chance” a vaccine may be deployable by November or December.
Cases soared in Brazil, and police opened an investigation into Rio de Janeiro’s handling of the crisis, while Mexico had its deadliest day yet. The European Union will propose a fiscal package worth more than $800 billion, and Japan is planning new economic stimulus valued in excess of $1 trillion.
The euro-area is faring worse than hoped, facing a recession as bad as the European Central Bank’s more pessimistic forecasts. In Britain, pressure mounted on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to fire his chief aide and the government may look at lockdowns on a local level if cases flare.
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou loses bid to end US extradition fight in Canada
Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou failed to persuade a Canadian judge to end extradition proceedings, keeping her under house arrest in Vancouver as the fight against U.S. efforts to prosecute her moves forward.
The ruling marks an early victory for U.S. authorities but is likely to further strain relations between Canada and China. On Tuesday, China — Canada’s second-biggest trading partner — called for Meng’s immediate release “to avoid continuous damage of China-Canada relations.” Two Canadians, detained within days of Meng’s arrest in December 2018, also remain jailed in China.
Karnataka to name new flyover after Savarkar, opposition parties rage
The decision of the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka to name a new flyover in Yelhanka, Bangalore in honour of V D Savarkar has been opposed by the two chief opposition parties in the state– Congress and Janata Dal (Secular). The newly-built flyover will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Yediyurappa on Thursday, which is the 137th birth anniversary of Veer Savarkar.
Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in the Assembly, Siddaramaiah questioned the state government’s move to name the flyover in honour of Savarkar saying, “This is an insult to the freedom fighters of the state. The government should immediately drop this idea and this should be named in the honour of a freedom fighter from the state. This incident only shows that puppet masters behind the scenes are controlling the government rather than an elected government taking decisions. If the government genuinely wants the cooperation of opposition parties, it should drop such anti-people moves.”
Jayalalithaa’s Home in Chennai’s Poes Garden Can Be Converted into CM’s Residence and Office: Madras HC
Chennai: The Madras High Court has suggested that the residence of the former chief minister and AIADMK matriarch J Jayalalithaa be converted into the official residence-cum-office of the Tamil Nadu chief minister instead of turning the entire home into a memorial, saying that the utilisation of public money for acquiring private properties for memorials “may not have an end.”
A portion of Poes Garden alone could be converted into a memorial, the judges said.
“The state government shall consider the suggestion of this Court to avoid making Poes Garden property ‘VEDA NILAYAM’ as ‘memorial’ by acquiring the property, as it would incur huge expenses to the public exchequer. The state government shall consider the suggestion that Poes Garden property ‘VEDA NILAYAM’ be made as ‘Official Residences-cum-Office of the Chief Minister of the State’, after acquiring the property as per law, after issuing notice and hearing the second and third respondents viz, J Deepa and J Deepak,” the order stated.
Putin says Russia passed peak of Coronavirus epidemic, orders World War II victory Parade
President Vladimir Putin said Russia has passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic and ordered preparations to resume for military parades marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II victory.
Moscow and other cities should stage the postponed May 9 Victory Day parades on June 24, “given that the situation in the country as a whole, in most regions and in the Armed Forces is stable, and that it is stabilizing in many places after the peak of infections,” Putin told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in a videoconference Tuesday.
The Kremlin had planned particularly grand commemorations for the 75th anniversary this year, before Putin was forced in April to postpone the nationwide events as the coronavirus spread. The annual Red Square parade in Moscow involving thousands of troops and Russia’s most sophisticated weapons has long been an occasion for him to project a sense of power and national pride.