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Krishnakumar Natarajan is new Chairman of Nasscom

Mindtree’s Managing Director and CEO Krishnakumar Natarajan, on Monday, took over as Nasscom Chairman for the year 2013-14, the industry body said. Mr. Natarajan succeeds N Chandrasekaran, MD and CEO of TCS, who served as the Chairman for the year 2012-13.


Margaret Thatcher dies

Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday at the age of 87, her spokesman said. The former premier, who led Britain from 1979 to 1990, suffered from dementia and has appeared rarely in public in recent years.


Abhilash Tomy becomes first Indian to make non-stop circumnavigation

The Indian Navy's Lt. Cdr. AbhilashTomy on Saturday became the first Indian to circumnavigate the earth in a sailboat - solo, non-stop and unassisted. In 2009, Donde had also set to voyage around the earth in the same sailboat and had finished his circumnavigation in 276 days, but with four stops. Tomy's voyage had no stops.


Website on Babu Jagjivan Ram Launced

Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment launched the Website on Babu Jagjivan Ram on the occasion of Babuji’s 106th Birth Anniversary. Babu Jagjivan Ram, popularly known as Babuji was a national leader, a freedom fighter, a crusader of social justice, a champion of depressed classes, an outstanding Parliamentarian, a true democrat, an able administrator.


S. Gopalakrishnan to head CII

Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has elected S. Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder of tech giant Infosys as its new President for 2013-14. Gopalakrishnan will take charge from Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group


Bratindra Nath Mukherjee passes away

Professor Bratindra Nath Mukherjee, 79, renowned historian and an expert in epigraphy who deciphered several ancient scripts, died at his residence here on Thursday.


N K Verma takes over as Director for exploration at ONGC

Narendra Kumar Verma has taken over as Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) new Director (Exploration). Verma replaced S V Rao who superannuated on March 31.


Rajan Bharti Mittal appointed president of ICC India


Marchuk, architect of Indo-Russian scientific collaboration, passes away

Gury Marchuk, a renowned Russian physicist and mathematician, who was the moving spirit behind the Integrated Long-Term Programme (ILTP) of Cooperation in Science & Technology set up in 1987 at the initiative of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a unique and highly successful programme of Indo-Russian cooperation in science and technology, died in Moscow on Monday. He was 87.


Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Lewis dies at 85

Lewis worked for 32 years as a columnist for the Times, taking up such causes as free speech, human rights and constitutional law. He won his first Pulitzer in 1955 as a reporter defending a Navy civilian falsely accused of being a communist sympathizer, and he won again in 1963 for reporting on the Supreme Court.


Musharraf returns home despite death threats

The former President of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf returned back to Pakistan on 24 March 2013, ending four years self-imposed exile. He declared that he was going back for the political future of Pakistan, despite threats from Pakistani Taliban. He came back to Karachi from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Chinua Achebe is no more.

Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissidentwho gave literary birth to modern Africa with Things Fall Apart and continued for decades to rewrite and reclaim the history of his native country, has died. He was 82.


Nikhil Kumar sworn in as Governor of Kerala

Former Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar was today sworn in as the 20th Governor of Kerala at the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala Chief Justice Manjula Chellur administered the oath of office to Mr. Kumar.


Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman dies after illness

The president of Bangladesh, Zillur Rahman, has died after a long illness. The president, 84, had been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Singapore.


S. Venkata Mohan gets National Bioscience Award

S. Venkata Mohan of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, here has won the National Bioscience Award for 2012, awarded by the Department of Biotechnology, for scientists below 45.


Ashok Reddy is new chief of CII-AP


Veteran photojournalist Ghulam Muntaqa dead

Karnataka Rajyotsava and Karnataka Media Academy award winner, Ghulam Muntaqa, a senior photojournalist, died of a heart attack just before the morning prayers on Saturday in Bidar, according to his brother Ghulam Muzzamil. He was 77.


Argentina's Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

“Habemus Papum” “We have a pope!”


Xi formally appointed China’s President; new Vice President selected

Of the 2,956 present delegates of China's parliament, 2,952 voted for Mr. Xi, one against.


Indians who have won Man Booker Prize in the past

Salman Rushdie, Arudhati Roy, Kiran Desai, Aravind Adiga