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Former diplomat TCA Raghavan appointed as Director General of Indian Council of World Affairs

Former careered diplomat Dr. TCA Raghavan was appointed as the Director General (DG) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). He was selected by Governing Body and Governing Council of ICWA headed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. The post of DG is equivalent to the rank of Secretary to Government of India.  Dr. Raghavan is Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1982 batch. He had served as India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad (Pakistan) and Singapore. He has also served in Indian missions in London, Kuwa and Thimphu.

Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)

It was established in 1943 by group of Indian intellectuals as think tank. It was established as non-official, non-political and non-profit organisation under Registration of Societies Act 1860. It was declared institution of national importance by Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), 2001 enacted by Parliament.

ICWA is devoted exclusively for the study of international relations and foreign affairs. Vice President of India is its ex-officio President. It had conducted historic international conferences like Asian Relations Conference in 1947 under leadership Sarojini Naidu and United Nations and New World Order in 1994

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Mt Ojos del Salado: Satyarup Siddhanta becomes second Indian to climb world’s highest volcano

Satyarup Siddhanta has become second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado (6893 m), the highest volcano in the world on Argentina-Chile border. He is certified mountaineer from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He has skied last degree to South Pole by covering distance of 111 km. In December 2017 he summited Vinson Massif, becoming only fifth Indian civilian to complete the seven summits (Messner’s List).

Mt Ojos del Salado

Mt Ojos del Salado is a stratovolcano (volcano built up of alternate layers of lava and ash) in Andes Mountain range on Argentina–Chile border. It is the highest active volcano in the world, situated at altitude of 6,893 m. It is also the second highest mountain in tWestern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere and highest in Chile. Its name means “Eyes of the Salty One” in Spanish and comes from enormous deposits of salt that in the form of lagoons or “eyes”, appear in its glaciers. Due to its location near tAtacama Desert, it has very dry conditions with snow usually only remaining on peak during winter. Despite the generally dry conditions, there is permanent crater lake about 100 m in diameter at elevation of 6,390 m on eastern side of mountain. It is highest lake of any kind in the world.

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