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The Final Peak? Google CEO Sundar Pichai Named CEO Of Google’s Parent Company Alphabet

An alumnus of Wharton, Stanford and IIT Kharagpur, Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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SAN FRANSISCO (United States): Google’s India-born Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will assume the leadership role at its parent firm Alphabet after the internet giant’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from its active management, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

Page and Brin stepped down as CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet, the company announced on Tuesday. Pichai, 47, the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company, will take over as CEO of Alphabet in addition to his current role.

Considered as a significant shakeup in the Silicon Valley company, the shuffle comes at a time when Google is facing mounting scrutiny over its size, data privacy practices and potential impact on society.


With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and ‘Other Bets’ operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure, the two Google co-founders wrote in a public letter.

We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company,” they said. “And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. He will be the executive responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet’s investment in our portfolio of Other Bets,” said Page and Brin.

The co-founders will continue to serve on Alphabet’s board of directors. “We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!” they wrote.



Page and Brin, who founded the internet giant over two decades ago, took lesser roles in day-to-day operations in the company in 2015 when they turned Google into Alphabet.

In his statement, Pichai made it clear that the transition will not affect the Alphabet structure or the work they do day-to-day.

I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone,” he wrote. “At the same time, I’m excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” he said in his email.

Pichai took over as CEO of Google in 2015 as part of the company’s broader corporate restructuring to create Alphabet.

Prior that, Pichai had held a variety of roles at the company, including overseeing Chrome, product chief of Google and head of the Android operating system. Endorsing the leadership role played by Pichai ever since he was made Google CEO, Page and Sergey said the Indian-American brings humility and a deep passion for technology to their users, partners, and employees every day. “He’s worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors.


He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology,” they wrote. “There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future,” they said.

Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is an alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

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Azad Hind Pays Homage To Subhas Chandra Bose On His 123rd Birth Anniversary

In 2018, the PM had also renamed 3 Andaman & Nicobar Islands as a tribute to Netaji.

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BHARAT: An indebted nation and millions of countrymen are paying homage to Subhash Chandra Bose, who is considered as the most iconic and influential freedom fighters of India, on his 123rd birthday. t was on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha.

Bose, who is also referred to as ‘Netaji’ for his extraordinary leadership skills, is regarded by the world and his ardent admirers as a charismatic orator. His iconic exhortations ‘tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi dunga,’ ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Delhi Chalo’ sparked patriotism in the hearts of many Indians during the struggle for freedom from the British Raj.

Last year, PM Modi inaugurated a museum dedicated to Subhas Chandra Bose at the iconic Red Fort to mark his 122nd birth anniversary. The museum inaugurated by PM Modi dedicated to the legendary freedom fighter and his Indian National Army showcased various artefacts related to Bose.


A wooden chair and sword used by Bose, his medals, uniforms, badges were put on a display that day in the Bose Museum. On the same day, the PM inaugurated the Yaad-e-Jallian Museum (dedicated to Jallianwala Bagh and World War I), the Museum on 1857 – India’s first war of Independence, and Drishyakala – Indian art-based Museum within the Red Fort complex.

A few months ahead of that in October 2018, PM Modi also hoisted the national flag at Red Fort and had unveiled the plaque commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government, formed by “Netaji”.

In 2018, the PM had also renamed 3 Andaman & Nicobar Islands as a tribute to Netaji. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.



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‘Orange Cafe’ By Acid Attack Survivors To Open In Varanasi On January 29

After the Sheroes Hangout Cafe in Lucknow and Agra, acid attack survivors in Varanasi will soon have a cafe that will be run by them.

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BANARAS/KASHI (Uttar Pradesh): After the Sheroes Hangout Cafe in Lucknow and Agra, a new cafe, owned and managed by acid attack survivors, is set to be inaugurated in Banaras/Kashi on Basant Panchami (January 29)—a day which marks the advent of spring in north India.

The cafe is named The Orange — with reference to UNESCO’s ‘Orange the World’ Campaign which sets aside 16 days starting from November 25 every year to galvanise action against all forms of violence against women.

The man behind the project is Ajay Kumar Patel, who started the ‘Red Brigade’ in 2011 which is an NGO that trains women in self-defence.


Patel said: “We are starting The Orange Cafe from a rented place but we soon plan to get ownership of the place. Our aim is to make sure that the acid attack survivors own the café and run it themselves.”

‘The Orange’ was initially planned to be situated at the iconic and divine Assi Ghat—one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations—but the property rates there proved to be too prohibitive. Eventually, the selected sited is now at Varanasi’s Durga Kund area in a 600 square feet space.

Patel has been travelling through the state since the past two years to connect with acid attack survivors in various districts.



He short-listed four survivors, who were willing to shift to Varanasi and take on the responsibility of running the cafe.

So far, Patel has short-listed 4 candidates to run the café, namely, Rekha Devi (35) (acid attack during a loot attempt in 2015) from Jaunpur, Somvati (18) (acid attack following a village dispute in 2015) from Bareilly, Vimla Passi (39) (acid attack followeing rape in 2008) from Rae Bareli and Badam Devi (35) (acid attack over a property dispute in 2012) from Varanasi.

We are now training these women to cook food, serve the customers and undertake the billing. We do not want them to depend on others for these tasks. For the first four months, we will pay them a token amount but they will later share the profit among themselves,” said Patel.

Somvati from Bareilly, who is hopeful of a better life in this new venture, adds, “I want to ensure good education for my 10-year-old son and the cafe will help me fulfil my dream’’.

Somvati was attacked with acid by her neighbour three years ago when she spurned his advances.

The decor, with hints of orange and red to mark the struggles of women, has been conceptualised by the Visual Arts Department of the Banares Hindu University. “We wanted everything to be hand-painted, but time constraints have made us use flex as well”, said Patel.


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HISTORIC: Amit Shah Oversees Pact That Ends Bru-Reang Refugee Crisis

Bru-Reang refugees will be settled in Tripura. Union govt will give Rs 600 Cr for the rehabilitation process.

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah presided over the signing of an agreement between Government of India, Governments of Tripura and Mizoram and Bru-Reang representatives in New Delhi today, to end the 23-year old Bru-Reang refugee crisis.

This historic agreement is in line with PM Modi’s vision for the progress of the North East and the empowerment of the people of the region. Ever since taking office, PM Modi has initiated numerous policy-level interventions that have improved infrastructure, connectivity, economic growth, tourism and social development of the region.

Present on the occasion were Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga, CM of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb, Chairman, NEDA Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chairman, TIPRA Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, representatives of Bru tribes, along with senior officers.


Briefing the media, HM Shah said that a permanent solution has arrived for this long-standing issue of rehabilitating thousands of Bru-Reang people in Tripura and they can now look towards a bright future.

Under the new agreement, he informed, around 34,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura and would be given aid from the Centre to help with their rehabilitation and all-round development, through a package of around Rs 600 crores.

The Home Minister informed that under the new arrangement, each of the displaced families would be given 40×30 sq.ft. residential plots, in addition to the aid under the earlier agreement of a fixed deposit of Rs. 4 lakhs, Rs. 5,000 cash aid per month for 2 years, free ration for 2 years and Rs. 1.5 lakhs aid to build their house. The government of Tripura would provide the land under this agreement.



These people would get all the rights that normal residents of the States get and they would now be able to enjoy the benefits of social welfare schemes of Centre and State governments.

The settlement has been reached after detailed discussions held by Union government with the State governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the representatives of Bru tribes and it was decided that the Bru refugees, he added.

HM Shah mentioned about how the North East is being put on the track of fast-paced development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He talked about the recent surrender of 88 armed insurgents of the NLFT(SD) group and assimilating them into the mainstream. This major step, along with the Bru-Reang agreement today, is important milestones in bringing fast-paced development to the State of Tripura. Soon, lasting peace would be established in the whole of the North East, he added.

Background:

In 1997, following ethnic tension, around 5,000 families comprising around 30,000 Bru-Reang tribals were forced to flee Mizoram and seek shelter in Tripura. These people were housed in temporary camps at Kanchanpur, in North Tripura.

Since 2010, the Government of India has been making sustained efforts to permanently rehabilitate these refugees. The Union government has been assisting the two concerned state governments for taking the care of the refugees. Till 2014, 1622 Bru-Reang families returned to Mizoram in different batches.


On July 3, 2018, an agreement was signed between the Union government, the two concerned state governments and representatives of Bru-Reang refugees, as a result of which the aid given to these families was increased substantially.

Subsequently, 328 families comprising of 1369 individuals returned to Mizoram under the agreement. There had been a sustained demand of most Bru-Reang families that they may be allowed to settle down in Tripura, considering their apprehensions about their security.

PM Modi Welcomes The Agreement:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the agreement to permanently settle the Bru-Reang refugees in Tripura saying it will greatly help them.

Prime Minister described it is a special day indeed. Union Government yesterday signed an agreement with stakeholders from the State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community
bringing an end to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis.

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