Not given permission for hunger protest at Jantar Mantar, Anna Hazare shifts venue to Rajghat

Day-long protest will include an all-religion prayer service and a debate on the Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: With the Delhi police refusing permission for a day-long hunger protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on Wednesday, Gandhian leader Anna Hazare today decided to shift the venue of his protest to Rajghat to avoid any confrontation.

This announcement was made by Mr Hazare's associates Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi, saying that denying permission for a peaceful protest was against the basic constitutional rights of citizens.

The hunger fast by Mr Hazare and some others is to protest against the violent crackdown at midnight on Saturday on Baba Ramdev and his supporters, at Ramlila Maidan.

The day-long programme at Rajghat will include an all-religion prayer service and a debate on the Lokpal Bill.

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Standard Chartered appoints Sanjeeb Chaudhuri as regional head, South Asia

Sanjeeb comes to Standard Chartered from Citibank

Standard Chartered Consumer Banking today announced it had appointed seasoned international banker Sanjeeb Chaudhuri as regional head, South Asia and as Group chief marketing officer for consumer banking.

Sanjeeb will carry out both roles from Mumbai. As regional head, South Asia, Sanjeeb will have responsibility for Standard Chartered's Consumer Banking operations in India, and the heads of consumer banking in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka will report to him. Senior Consumer Banking marketing staff who are mostly based in Singapore, will also report to him in his capacity as Group Chief Marketing Officer.

Sanjeeb comes to Standard Chartered from Citibank, where he was most recently CEO, Retail and Commercial Banking for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, while also holding the role of Head Retail Banking and Chief Marketing Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was also a member of the Citi CEO Leadership Forum, the Citi Global Digital Council and the Citi Global Advertising Council.

 "Sanjeeb is an internationally experienced banker and a well respected leader with a reputation for driving change and innovation and delivering strong top line and bottom line results.  His track record of achieving and hands-on approach is exactly what we need to take our Consumer Banking transformation to the next level in South Asia and drive our brand recognition to greater heights globally," Consumer Banking CEO and Group Executive Director Steve Bertamini said.

Neeraj Swaroop, Regional Chief Executive, India and South Asia, Standard Chartered, said "We are delighted that Sanjeeb has joined us. His considerable experience will help us strengthen and grow the consumer banking business and increase brand recognition in a strategic growth market like India for the group globally."

Sanjeeb takes over the South Asia mandate from Vishu Ramachandran, who maintains his responsibilities as Regional Head Middle East, Pakistan and Africa. Sanjeeb takes on the Chief Marketing Officer role from James Galloway, who has been appointed Global Head Preferred and Personal Banking.

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NEA India appoints AP Parigi as advisor

AP Parigi has 35 years of experience spanning across several sectors, including telecommunications, media and entertainment

New Enterprise Associates India (Pvt) Ltd, a global affiliate of the $11 billion venture capital firm, has appointed AP Parigi as advisor for its operations in India.

Bala Deshpande, senior managing director, NEA India, said, "With his unique industry experience spanning 23 years in traditional economy sectors like construction, infrastructure and manufacturing and then almost two decades of pioneering leadership in new age technology-led sectors, Mr Parigi will augment the India team substantially. His experience of creating winning businesses in emerging sectors from the ground-up stage can add significant value to our company building expertise for the portfolio companies we source and help build for the NEA Investment funds."

Mr Parigi has 35 years of experience spanning across several sectors, including telecommunications, media and entertainment. He has held key positions in Associated Cement Companies Ltd (TATA Group company), Batliboi & Company Limited and later as the CEO of BPL Mobile Communications (a JV with France Telecom), Mumbai. He is credited with developing and establishing Radio Mirchi into a power brand across 32 cities and broadcasting in 10 languages. Parigi was MD and CEO of Entertainment Network India Limited (Radio Mirchi) from 2000 to 2007.

In April 2009, Mr Parigi was the first non American recipient of the Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the year Award conferred by the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship in the Lally School of Management & Technology, New York. In June 2010, Mr Parigi joined the business advisory council of the Said Business School (Oxford University), UK. He is also on the advisory board of the Fordham Graduate School of Business, Fordham University, New York.

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