South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially appointed a female diplomat, Kang Kyung-wha, as foreign minister on Sunday.
Kang served as a special advisor on policy to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres until last month.
Kang is South Korea’s first female foreign minister. She will help to prepare a summit with the US later this month, and deal with North Korean issues, including the country’s nuclear and missile development.
Addressing national assembly hearing earlier this month, Kang said it is international practice to observe the 2015 agreement with Japan on the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women.
However, she also suggested that Japan must take sincere measures that reach the hearts of those women, indicating that the content of the deal is insufficient.
Members of opposition parties opposed Kang’s appointment, pointing to allegations that she falsified her address to allow her daughter to transfer to another school, and under-reported the profit she made from selling property.
Moon dismissed the criticism, stressing that Kang’s capability is recognized by the international community, and the majority of people support her appointment.NHK
3rd International day of Yoga will be celebrated on 21st June, 2017 at National School of Drama between 10.00 am & 11.30 am at Chahumukh hall. On this occasion, all faculty members, students, artists and staff of NSD will do Yoga exercise under the supervision of an Yoga Expert. The assemble time for the event will be at 9.30 am.
Since it would be a great event at NSD
we would like to invite you to attend and cover the event
Bangalore, 20th June, 2017: Ather Energy, the smart electric two-wheeler start-up, today announced the new addition of Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan as the Chief Operating Officer. Fondly known as Venki, he will head supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and service delivery at Ather.
“For my 10 years in India, I have been wrestling with this singular question: can we, will we create world beating consumer hardware products and brands from scratch? We are great in value engineering, local sourcing manufacturing and even at detail engineering of designs of others. But what about solving hairy consumer problems with our own design, and our own brand?” said Venki. “When I met Tarun, Swapnil and their team at Ather, it was like a lightning bolt hit me. They surely have great brand, design and engineering mojo and are in early stages of building detail engineering and manufacturing capability. I thought I had value to add to this exciting quest and I signed up.”
“Venki’s career has taken him to multiple countries and multiple automotive companies. He has a strong knowledge base of the operational requirements for an automotive company, specially two wheelers. His network and his experience in the industry is a valuable asset for a young company.” said Tarun Mehta, CEO, Ather Energy. “Ather is a young company, building on a new platform with a nascent to often non-existent vendor ecosystem. Venki’s exposure to vendors and manufacturing processes in India will prove a strategic advantage as we close in on the production of the S340.”
After 15 years at General Motors, in 2004 Dr. Padmanabhan joined Daimler Chrysler’s (DCX) Chrysler Division to support the integration of Lean Manufacturing in its diverse operations and later also worked at Mercedes Car Division. He was brought to India in 2007 as Managing Director of Chrysler’s first South East Asia Global Sourcing Centre in Chennai from where the company today sources close to $1B every year in automotive parts.
He joined Royal Enfield as Chief Operating Officer in 2008 and rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2011. During this period, with two successful launches of the Classic and Thunderbird single cylinder UCE based motorcycles, the company saw a threefold increase in sales and twenty fold increase in profits. Royal Enfield now is a brand reborn and thriving in India and 45 other countries.
In 2013, Dr. Padmanabhan served as the MD & CEO of EICL (English Indian Clays Limited) to help recast a 75 year old $80M Kaolin Clay and Starch Producer into a modern innovation driven specialty chemicals company. He moved to Cyient in October 2015 to integrate its acquisition of Rangsons Electronics into extending the detail engineering offerings of its aerospace, defense, rail, medical and consumer business units into complete life cycle offerings.
About Ather Energy:
Ather Energy Pvt. Ltd. is an automobile design and manufacturing company founded in the year 2013 by IIT Madras graduates – Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. Ather is committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology. The company has so far received funding from Hero MotoCorp, Tiger Global and Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal. The team of about 200+ employees is currently developing an electric two-wheeler, which will be completely designed and made In India. They are presently in their stage of product testing and vendor finalization for their first product, the S340. Ather is also setting up a charging network with its own smart charging pods. These fast charging pods will be set up initially across its three market cities – Bangalore, Chennai & Pune.
French President Emmanuel Macron has re-appointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend’s legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government by Wednesday.
Sources at Macron’s office said in Paris that Yesterday’s vote saw Macron’s centrist group, the Republic on the Move (REM), secure a massive victory in the National Assembly, giving him a mandate to pursue a pro-EU, business-friendly agenda.
On Sunday’s final round of the general elections, French President Emmanuel Macron has secured a clear majority in the parliament.
“Republic on the Move,” a new party Macron set up, won a majority with 308 seats in the 577-seat lower house. Macron’s strength will reach 350 seats, if combined with the seats won by his election partner, the centrist party.
The center-right Republicans won 113 seats. The center-left Socialists got 29 seats. That’s a sharp reduction from the numbers the once powerful parties enjoyed before the election. The far-right National Front took only 8 seats.
Macron’s “Republic on the Move,” and the centrist party fielded candidates in more than 500 constituencies. Half of the candidates were ordinary citizens with no political experience.
Macron, who has been short of support from established political forces, now has a power base with his party’s majority in parliament.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters that the people have chosen hope over anger, and also trust over an inward-looking attitude. He added that one year ago, no one had imagined the politics would change so much.
The voter turnout in Sunday’s elections was the lowest-ever at about 42 percent, encouraging opposition parties to continue criticizing Macron’s administration. The new President may need to increase the public trust by trying hard to succeed in specific policy areas.
France’s defense minister Sylvie Goulard quit the government on Tuesday saying she did not want to be considered in the coming reshuffle because of the investigation overshadowing her party’s affairs in the European parliament. Goulard is a member of Modem, the centrist party that allied itself to President Emmanuel Macron’s party in the presidential and legislative elections, but which now faces an inquiry over the way it hired parliamentary assistants in the European parliament. “The honor of our armies, that of the men and women who serve… should not be mixed up with controversies that have nothing to do with them,” she said
Supreme Court today granted Sahara Chief Subrata Roy more time to deposit around 710 crore rupees out of the promised 1,500 crore rupees and extended its interim order granting him bail till July 5 which is also the next date of hearing.
Senior counsel, Kapil Sibal, appearing for Subrata Roy told the apex court that the business conglomerate required more time to pay the rest of the amount of 709.82 crores rupees
Income Tax Department, has provisionally attached few immovable properties in Misa Bharti benami land deal case.
The IT, on Monday, attached two assets in connection with its probe into Rs. one thousand crore benami land deals and tax evasion case allegedly involving family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Officials said in New Delhi, a house and a land in Delhi, have been attached after the department issued a provisional order under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on first November last year.
They said, the value of the attached properties could not be ascertained immediately.
The officials said that a few more such assets will soon be attached in the case.
Officials added that the department want to question record statements of Lalu Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with the case.
Both Bharti and her husband have skipped IT summons in the past.
Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.
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