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Manipur Governor Dr. Syed Ahmad passes away

Manipur Governor Dr Syed Ahmad passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 75.

He was sworn in as the 16th Governor of Manipur in May 2015. Prior to this he had served as the eighth Governor of Jharkhand from August 2011.

Dr. Ahmad was a senior Congress leader. He had served as the cabinet minister on two occasions during the Congress regime in Maharashtra.

He was elected to Vidhan Sabha (state legislative assembly) for five times from the Nagpada constituency in Mumbai. He also served as a state minister in Maharashtra.

Dr. Ahmad was also a writer and has authored Maktal se Manzil, Kafas se Chaman and Jange-Azaadi Me Urdu Shayari. His autobiography is Pagdandi se Shahar Tak.


Volkswagen AG appoints Matthias Mueller as new CEO

German auto maker Volkswagen AG has appointed Matthias Mueller as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as CEO of Volkswagen’s subsidiary Porsche AG.

He will succeed Martin Winterkorn who had resigned from office following an emissions cheating scandal (dubbed as Diesel Dope) described as a moral and political disaster.

Matthias Mueller first priority as CEO would be to win back trust of investors following a plunge in Volkswagen AG stock by 30 per cent over the Diesel Dope scandal. The scandal had damaged the reputation of world’s largest car manufacturer’s in terms of sales and had threatened its business.

Earlier, Volkswagen AG had admitted that it had cheated on diesel car emission test in United States by manipulating it by making changes in software on more than 4 lakh cars.

Currently, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is investigating into Volkswagen over the Diesel Dope scandal. Transport authorities in several countries including the United Kingdom, South Korea and Germany etc also have announced their own investigations.


Union Defence Ministry elevates Dr. P Sivakumar as Distinguished Scientist

Dr. P Sivakumar has been elevated as Distinguished Scientist with immediate effect by the Union Defence Ministry Ministry.

He has been promoted in recognition of his diligence and dedication in self-reliance effort for defence combat vehicle systems and sub-systems

Presently, he is serving as Director of Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) Avadi, Tamil Nadu. He has been instrumental in developing various critical systems for the Indian armed forces.

He had worked for more than two decades in Design and Development of Transmission systems for tracked and wheeled vehicles application.

He was also involved in development of various products for Indian defence industry including the Carrier Command Post Tracked Vehicle, Arjun MBT Mark-II, unmanned ground vehicles.

He is fellow of National Academy of Engineering and has been awarded with Scientist of the Year Award 2010 of DRDO for his active role in the Arjun MBT project management.