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WhatsApp looking to hire for India operations

WhatsApp is scouting for India head.pc:ht

Messaging app WhatsApp is scouting for a full-time hire to lead its operations in India, its largest market globally.

The individual will lead the company’s operations in India, “including products for people and businesses along with our interest in peer to peer payments,” a job advertisement on WhatsApp’s website.

WhatsApp has over one billion users globally. India is the largest market for the company with over 200 million monthly active users as of February 2017.

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Om Prakash Rawat appointed new Chief Election Commissioner

The Law Ministry today announced that Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner and ex-finance secretary Ashok Lavasa has been made the election commissioner.

Both Rawat and Lavasa will take charge from January 23. Rawat will succeed AK Joti as Chief Election Commissioner after he steps down on Monday.

Rawat, an IAS officer from the 1977 batch of the Continue reading

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Vijay Keshav Gokhale will be our next foreign secretary

Vijay Keshav Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, will succeed S Jaishankar as India’s next foreign secretary, a government statement said on Monday. Gokhale is currently serving as secretary, economic relations, in the external affairs ministry.

He will take over once Jaishankar’s extended term ends on January 28. Gokhale will be the third foreign secretary to serve the Modi-led government.

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Jai Ram Thakur will be the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA: The Bharatiya Janata Party picked five-time legislator Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday as its legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh, effectively making him the state’s next chief minister.

The 52-year-old MLA for Seraj in Mandi district will be sworn in as the state’s 14th chief minister on December 27 in a grand ceremony that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are expected to attend.

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Most awaited Gujarat and Himachal elections results Today

Ahead of the counting of votes in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Monday,  Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were in a huddle to discuss possible scenarios the declaration of results would deliver in the politically crucial home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Most exit polls have predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP in the elections for 182-member Gujarat assembly but the Congress insists that the result will be “surprising” for pollsters.

In Gujarat, the BJP wound up its election office in a swanky mall on the outskirts of Gandhi nagar and held a meeting of all its candidates and polling agents.

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Narinder Batra set to become Indian Olympic Association’s Chief

Top tennis official Anil Khanna has decided not to contest the election for the Indian Olympic Association president’s post even though the December 3 deadline for the withdrawal of his nomination papers has passed.

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Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association chief, was in the fray for the president’s post along with International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra.

But in a surprise move, Khanna has written to the IOA election commission, informing his decision to withdraw and support Batra for the president’s post in its elective AGM on December 14.

Khanna’s decision to withdraw will clear the decks for Batra to be elected as the IOA president. Batra will thus become one of a few sports administrators who heads a National Olympic Committee while holding the post of president of an important international federation.

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Mehbooba Mufti elected PDP chief for sixth consecutive time

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was re-elected as the president of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) here on Saturday. After the death of her father Mufti Mohammed Sayeed on January 7 last year, Mehbooba had become the party chief since the same month. Following her father’s death, Continue reading

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lower court judges required to clear the backlog of cases

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked the second national judicial pay commission, which was notified in November, to find out the number of lower court judges required to clear the backlog of cases.

The higher judiciary and the executive have been at variance over the exact strength of the subordinate judiciary. Currently, India has less than 22,000 sanctioned posts for judicial officers in the lower judiciary, of which nearly 5,000 are vacant.

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Salil Satish Parekh named new Infosys CEO & MD

BENGALURU: Salil Satish Parekh, who lost out to Vishal Sikka the last time Infosys was hunting for a new chief executive officer in 2014, has now been tasked with leading the company a little over four months after Sikka’s acrimonious exit, with chairman Nandan Nilekani and the board of India’s second largest outsourcing firm putting their faith in a technology industry experienced person of nearly three decades.

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NK SINGH NAMED 15TH FINANCE COMMISSION HEAD

Former revenue secretary NK Singh, who is also a member of the BJP, was named head of the 15th Finance Commission, whose terms of reference were notified by the Narendra Modi government.  Continue reading

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