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Never misused public office: Manmohan Singh

When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy, he said.

 

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday hit out at allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against his government, saying he never used public office to "enrich" himself or his family and friends.
 
"I say in all humility that I have not used public office to enrich myself, family or friends," Manmohan Singh said at the national convention of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) here.
 
He also said that allegations of "policy paralysis" being made against the UPA government were "untrue".
 
"When our government left, India was the second fastest growing economy," he said.
 
The former prime minister said that "BJP harps on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues".

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Bengal appoints first transgender college principal

Bengal appoints first transgender college principal

 

In a major initiative to empower the community, the West Bengal government has appointed a transgender educationist as a college principal in the state, a first for India.
 
Manabi Bandopadhyay, currently associate professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya, will take over the reins of the Krishnagar Women's College on June 9.
 
"She is an able administrator and a fine human being. This will empower the community across India. I am happy that the Bengal government has taken the step," Rattan Lal Hangloo, vice-chancellor of the Kalyani University, to which the college is affiliated, told IANS on Wednesday.
 
Hangloo said probably this is the first such appointment in India.
 
This year, varsities like the Presidency University and Jadavpur University introduced separate criteria in admission forms for inclusion of the third gender.
 
At the national level, the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 was passed by the Rajya Sabha last month.
 
For the first time in 45 years, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed a private member's bill. It envisages creation of a national commission for transgender communities, and state level commissions.
 

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Forbes names SBI chief as 30th most powerful woman in the world

The Kolkata-born Bhattacharya, 59, has moved up six spots (from No.36) in the list from her ranking last year and is the SBI's first woman chairperson since October 2013

 

Forbes has named State Bank of India Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya in its annual 100 Most Powerful Women list, with a ranking of 30 in the world, a statement said here on Wednesday.
 
The Kolkata-born Bhattacharya, 59, has moved up six spots (from No.36) in the list from her ranking last year and is the SBI's first woman chairperson since October 2013.
 
As SBI chairperson, she oversees 220,000 staff in 16,000 branches which service 225 million customers as India's largest lender with offices in more than 36 countries.
 
Under her stewardship, the SBI with assets worth $400 billion, undertook various initiatives in technology banking such as sbiINTOUCH digital banking outlet, BI Tech Learning Centres for educating customers and SBI e-Pay, a payment aggregator service.
 
Recognising the multiple roles played by women, Bhattacharya has pioneered a two-year sabbatical policy for female employees taking maternity leave to extend care to their families.
 
The Forbes 12th annual list of the 100 most powerful women features extraordinary entrepreneurs, visionary CEOs, politicians, celebrities, activists and philanthropists who are transforming the world and have been ranked according to wealth, media presence and overall impact.

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