Three-time National table tennis champion and former International paddler V. Chandrasekar passed away due to COVID-related complications.
Chandrasekar is a 1982 Arjuna Award winner. He has groomed many top-level players such as S. Raman, Arul Selvi, Chetan Baboor, N.R. Indu, M.S. Mythili and G. Sathiyan.
At the International level, Chandra had some success. He reached the semifinals and bagged a singles bronze in the 1982 Commonwealth Championships in Mumbai, and was instrumental in guiding the Indian men’s team from Group II to I in the 1983 World championships in Tokyo.
India’s retail inflation slowed to a three-month low of 4.29% in April, from 5.52% in March, helped by softer food prices as well as a base effect.
Retail food inflation eased to 2.02% in April, from 4.87% in the preceding month, with rural India recording a mere 1.45% food inflation compared with almost 4% in March.
Overall rural retail inflation was 3.82%, slower than the 4.77% pace averaged in urban areas.
The March IIP data showed manufacturing grew by 25.8% and electricity generation by 22.5% over the year-earlier period, when industrial activity had collapsed 18.7% in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The United Nations chief has appointed veteran British diplomat Martin Griffiths, a seasoned negotiator with wide global experience, as the new UN humanitarian chief.
The UN's top humanitarian post has traditionally gone to someone from Britain, part of an unofficial division of top UN posts among the five permanent Security Council nations.
From 1999 to 2010, he was the founding director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He focused on developing political dialogue between governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
Mr. Griffiths served as the first executive director of the European Institute of Peace from 2014-2018 and he served as special adviser to three UN special envoys for Syria and as deputy head of the UN mission in Syria from 2012-2014.