Pune University Engineering graduate Laxman Narasimhan has been named as the new CEO of coffee giant Starbucks, adding to the long list of Indian-origin corporates who are doing phenomenally well in various top decision-making positions across sectors globally, especially in the US.
Narasimhan has become the chief executive officer-elect of the five-decade-old popular coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Company, which has 34,000 stores worldwide and is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee.
Narasimhan is set to join the coffee chain as the incoming CEO on 1 October this year, after relocating from London to Seattle, and will work closely with interim head Howard Schultz, before assuming the top role and joining the board on 1 April 2023.
The newly-appointed chief, Narasimhan, brings nearly 30 years of experience.
Indian-origin corporates getting into the top positions began to be visible in the 1990s.
It all started in the mid-1990s, with the elevation of Raj Gupta as the Chairman and CEO of Rohm & Haas. At the start of the 21st century, Indra Nooyi became the CEO of PepsiCo.
LIST OF INCUMBENT INDIAN-ORIGIN CEOS IN THE U.S.
Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft
Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter
Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM
Vivek Sankaran, President and CEO at Albertsons
Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO at Micron Technology
Shantanu Narayen, Chairman and CEO at Adobe Inc
CS Venkatakrishnan, CEO at Barclays
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet
Punit Renjen, CEO at Deloitte
Revathi Advaithi, CEO at Flex
Shar Dubey – recently relieved from her role as CEO at Match
Sonia Syngal – recently relieved from her role as CEO at Gap
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Saudi Arabia introduces yoga in universities
A virtual introductory lecture on yoga was organised for all Saudi university representatives across the kingdom to spread awareness and motivate its practice as a lifestyle for all segments of society.
The lecture, organised on Monday, aimed to introduce both traditional yoga and yogasana sports to Saudi universities and give a variety of options to the students on university campuses to practice yoga, the Saudi Gazette reported. The lecture covered both mental and physical health and plans to attend professional yoga sports training to be part of competitions locally and internationally.
In cooperation with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF), the Saudi Yoga Committee organised the event in Riyadh.
The Saudi Gazette reported that the event came within the framework of an integrated system of programmes and initiatives of the Saudi Committee for Yoga, under the title “Yoga for University Students of Both Genders.”
The event coincided with the arrival of the first yoga delegation to the Kingdom from the Asian Yogasana Sports Federation in India for the qualification course for the first Saudi batch of yoga referees, the report added.
The event included issues concerning the benefits of yoga for health and physical well-being in youth, yogasana sports for tournaments and competitions, and requirements for professional yoga training. It also included the technical regulations of the Saudi Yoga Committee for Championships and Competitions in Saudi Universities.
The lecture, which motivated the youth to join professional yoga training, also shed light on the system of professional yogasana competitions within university sports and the university league.
Nouf Almarwaai, President of the Saudi Yoga Committee, said that the committee seeks to achieve its vision of spreading yoga on a large scale within Saudi society. “Therefore it took the initiative to cooperate with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation in order to build a generation of yoga lovers, especially young people, to enjoy physical and mental health.”
Almarwaai said that the committee seeks to increase the number of practitioners and build yoga teams that participate in local and regional yoga championships.
Astronomers map distances in the largest-ever catalog to 56,000 galaxies
Astronomers have assembled the largest-ever compilation of high-precision galaxy distances, called Cosmicflows-4.
Galaxies, such as the Milky Way, are the building blocks of the universe, each comprised of up to several hundred billion stars. Galaxies beyond our immediate neighbourhood are rushing away, faster if they are more distant, which is a consequence of the expansion of the universe that began at the moment of the Big Bang. Measurements of the distances of galaxies, coupled with information about their velocities away from us, determine the scale of the universe and the time that has elapsed since its birth.
“Since galaxies were identified as separate from the Milky Way a hundred years ago, astronomers have been trying to measure their distances,” said Tully, adding, “Now, by combining our more accurate and abundant tools, we are able to measure the distances of galaxies and the related expansion rate of the universe and the time since the universe was born.”
Shah Rukh Khan features on Burj Khalifa again, fans elated
Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, lit up with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s message on Wednesday evening. The world’s tallest building screened a campaign video for Burjeel Holdings, one of the private healthcare operators in the UAE. In the video, SRK is seen promoting the brand in his special way.
After seeing images and videos of the Burj Khalifa lighting up with SRK’s video, fans became extremely happy. They even started trending him on Twitter.
The musical fountain at #BurjKhalifa first played music from #ShahRukhKhan’s Om Shanti Om, and later the Burjeel Holdings campaign featuring King Khan was shown on Burj Khalifa! Truly the world’s biggest superstar,” a tweet read on one of the fan pages of SRK.
“Megastar Shah Rukh Khan featured on Burj Khalifa again, truly a KING,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
Reportedly, it’s for the fourth time that SRK has appeared on Burj Khalifa.
In 2021, the Burj Khalifa honoured Shah Rukh on his 56th birthday. The Burj Khalifa was lit up with the name of the actor to honour the actor on his birthday in 2020 as well.
On the work front, Shah Rukh is all set to make his silver screen return after four years with ‘Pathaan’, which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in the lead roles. The action-packed film is scheduled for release on 25 January 2023.
Apart from ‘Pathaan’, SRK will also be seen in upcoming film ‘Dunki’.
SC to begin hearing 300 oldest cases from Oct
In an effort to resolve pendency of cases in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit issued orders on Wednesday asking that 300 of the oldest cases from October be listed for hearing.
The oldest such pending case dates back to 1979, and over 20 cases are from the period of 1990 to 2000.
The notification released by the Registry of the Supreme Court on Wednesday said, “Take notice that 300 oldest after notice matters of which list is appended below are likely to be listed before the courts on non miscellaneous days beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2022.”
The cases that will be listed also include a PIL that was filed in 1985 by lawyer and environmental activist MC Mehta and kept languishing in the Supreme Court’s records for almost 37 years. Most of the cases have either lost their significance as a result of the passage of time or because the immediate issue they attempted to address in their petitions was resolved long ago. However, these petitions persisted in the SC docket, increasing the Supreme Court’s statistics on cases still pending.
As of September 1, the Supreme Court has 70,310 cases outstanding, according to information posted on the court’s website.
The Chief Justice of India’s most recent ruling is a continuation of his efforts to clear out old cases and Constitution bench cases from the court system. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday since becoming CJI on August 27, Justice Lalit has scheduled normal issues, which are older cases that have been lingering for more than ten years, in the morning session while the second half of the day is reserved for hearing of new matters.
To handle the majority of the 493 Constitution Bench cases (including connected cases) in the top court, CJI Lalit also formed five separate Constitution Benches, each with five judges. Of these, 343 are five-judge bench matters, 15 are seven-judge bench matters, and 135 are nine-judge bench matters.
“Hope the US visa backlog will be resolved…” : S. Jaishankar
S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, stated on Thursday that he hopes the backlog of US visa applications will be resolved and that India is ready to provide the necessary assistance, but that the US should mainly address the issue. He brought up the matter with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who gave him the assurance that the US was working to reduce the backlog of Indian nationals applying visas and that the Biden administration will soon put its new strategy into action.
“In India, I mean, there are families who are not able to meet their relatives there and people who can’t keep their business appointments. There are students who are waiting for a long time. So, it’s a really it’s a genuinely serious problem of some magnitude,” Jaishankar said.
“But I’m very confident, with the sincerity that Secretary Blinken showed and the seriousness with which I hope they would address this and with any support that we can provide, we hope that things will improve,” Jaishankar added.
According to the US State Department website, the wait time for Indians seeking a visiting visa to the US has increased to 800 days. For other non-immigrant visas as well as student/exchange visitor visas, the waiting time is close to 400 days.
“I’m extremely sensitive to this,” said Blinken as he blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the backlog. “Our ability to issue visas dropped dramatically during Covid. And the last thing we want to do is make that any more difficult. On the contrary, we want to facilitate it. So bear with us. This will play out over the next few months but we’re very focused on it,” Blinken said.
Ahead of Gujarat polls, PM Modi on two-day Gujarat visit from today
On his two-day visit to his native Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch and lay the foundation stones for initiatives worth about $29,000 crore in Surat, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, and Ambaji. On Thursday, he will also be present at the 36th National Games’ opening ceremony.
He will inaugurate the first phase of a metro rail project in Ahmedabad. He will lay the foundation stones for and dedicate more than 3,400 crore worth of projects in Surat, including those for the city’s biodiversity park, Diamond Research and Mercantile City, and water supply. Additionally, Khoj Museum in Surat’s Science Center will be inaugurated by Modi.
He will dedicate the World’s First CNG Terminal in Bhavnagar, which will be built at a cost of more than Rs. 4,000 crore.
On Friday, Modi will inaugurate the Gandhinagar-Mumbai Vande Bharat Express in Gandhinagar. He will also attend the Navratri festivities in Ahmedabad. He will board the train at Ahmedabad’s Kalupur Railway Station.
Elections in Gujarat are scheduled for this year. With a focus on health and education, the Aam Aadmi Party has been attempting to gain ground in the state.
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