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PERSONS IN NEWS - February 2021

Feb 2021

May 07, 2021

Vijay Goel Takes over as CMD of THDCIL

  • THDC India Ltd has announced that Vijay Goel assumed as chairman and managing director. His appointment will come into effect from May 1, 2021. He joined the company in 1990 as a senior personnel officer (SPO) from NHPC Ltd. He has more than 35 years of varied experience in the field of human resource management.
  • During his tenure as general manager, he was also in charge of corporate communications, law and arbitration functions. His key areas of interventions are policy formation, manpower planning, establishment and estate functions, employee relations, compliance of labour laws and overall formulation and implementation of policies. He played a vital role in putting in place initial HR systems immediately after the establishment of the THDCIL.

Air Marshal PM Ramachandran Passes Away

  • Former Vice Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal PM Ramachandran, passed away following a brief illness.
  • He was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force in 1955 and participated in the Liberation of Goa six years later where he destroyed a Portuguese patrol boat and was awarded the gallantry award Shaurya Chakra.
  • He held various command and staff appointments in his about four-decade old career and as Vice Chief, was "responsible for the operational deployment of India's short range ballistic missile, Prithvi.

May 06, 2021

Chaudhary Ajit Singh, Former Union Minister Passes Away

  • Rashtriya Lok Dal President Chaudhary Ajit Singh passed away due to COVID-19.
  • The son of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, Chaudhary Ajit Singh was a seven-time MP from Baghpat. He also served as the Union Minister of Civil Aviation.
  • Son of a formidable farmer leader Charan Singh, who helmed the country for six months in 1979-1980, Ajit Singh worked 15 years in the computer industry in the United States before he returned to the country to inherit the political fief of his father in the prosperous western Uttar Pradesh.
  • An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ajit Singh was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 1986.

May 05, 2021

Scientist Manas Bihari Verma, Key Man Behind Tejas, Dead

  • Aeronautical scientist Manas Bihari Verma, who played a key role in the development of the country's first light combat fighter aircraft (LCA) 'Tejas', passed away at Darbhanga in Bihar.
  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grief over Verma's demise and said his role in the field of aeronautical engineering will always be remembered.
  • Verma was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2018.
  • He worked with several aeronautical engineering establishments in the country and went on to become a programme director of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore between 2002 and 2005. Here, he got a chance to work with former President Kalam, the architect of India's nuclear program.

Sindhu, Michelle Li Appointed Ambassadors for IOC's 'Believe in Sport' Campaign

  • The Badminton World Federation announced that India shuttler PV Sindhu and Canada's Michelle Li have been nominated as athlete ambassadors for the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) 'Believe in Sport' campaign aimed at preventing competition manipulation.
  • Sindhu and Li will be working alongside other athlete ambassadors from around the world to raise awareness on the topic of competition manipulation amongst athletes and encourage. Both have been global ambassadors for BWF's 'I am badminton' campaign since April 2020. The IOC's 'Believe in Sport' campaign was launched in 2018 to raise awareness among athletes, coaches and officials of the threat of competition manipulation.

May 04, 2021

Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan Passes Away

  • Former Union Minister and Jammu and Kashmir governor Jagmohan passed away after a spell of illness. He was 93.
  • Jagmohan started his career as a bureaucrat and was seen by many as a tough and efficient administrator. He also served as the lieutenant governor of Delhi.
  • He was appointed Jammu and Kashmir governor in 1984 and completed his five-year tenure.
  • As militancy erupted in Jammu and Kashmir, he was made the governor again in 1990 but was removed within a few months as differences between him and the then V P Singh-led government at the Centre grew over tackling the militancy.

May 03, 2021

Former National Selector Kishan Rungta Dies

  • Former BCCI selector and Rajasthan captain Kishan Rungta died in Jaipur. He was 88.
  • Rungta served as a national selector from Central Zone in 1998. He played 59 first-class games between 1953 to 1970, scoring 2717 runs.
  • His late elder brother Purushottam was a BCCI treasurer in the 1970s. Purushottam's son Kishore held the same position in the early 2000s.
  • The Rungta family dominated Rajasthan cricket for nearly five decades before Lalit Modi beat them in the elections and wrested control in the mid-2000s.
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