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Bangladesh’s former military dictator Ershad passes away.

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BANGLADESH: The death was confirmed by his younger brother, G.M. Quader, who said Mr. Ershad had been suffering from lung and kidney infections. Mr. Ershad assumed power as the military chief in 1982 and declared himself president the next year. He later floated his own Jatiya Party and won a controversial election in 1986.

He was born Feb. 1, 1930, in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, in what was then British India. His parents migrated to present-day Bangladesh, which was then a part of Pakistan, in 1948, after the end of British colonial rule. Mr. Ershad was commissioned into the Pakistan army in 1952 from the Officers Training School in Kohat, Pakistan. He was an adjutant in the East Bengal Regiment, the largest formation in the future Bangladesh army.

A former army chief, Ershad took over the state power in a bloodless coup in 1982 and subsequently ran the country for eight years until he was forced to quit in a pro-democracy mass upsurge in 1990. Despite being imprisoned subsequently on several charges, Ershad emerged as one of the most powerful political leaders in the 1990s after his Jatiya Party became the country’s third biggest political outfit. He was elected to parliament several times, once contesting from the prison even.

In a Tweet, External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar said, the former President of Bangladesh will long be remembered for his contribution to the special bilateral relationship with India and for his public service to Bangladesh.

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Maruti Suzuki launched vehicle lease subscription service.

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  • Maruti and Orix Auto ties up offer vehicle lease subscription service.
  • Maruti will initially start this pilot project only in Gurugram and Bengaluru.

Maruti Suzuki India has launched a vehicle lease subscription service for individual customers, christened as Maruti Suzuki Subscribe. The company has tied up with Orix Auto Infrastructure Services to launch the service for the Indian market.

Through this service, Maruti Suzuki would offer cars for subscription as a pilot project in Gurugram and Bengaluru. Models available under the subscription service will be initially limited to the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga from the Arena channel. Under the Nexa channel, the brand will offer models such as the Baleno, Ciaz and XL6 for subscription based services.

Customers can choose subscription for a period of 24 months, 36 months or 48 months under the program. The payment will include usage of the vehicle, maintenance and other common services related to the vehicle ownership. The subscription charges cover annual usage of 18,000kms. Beyond this limit, customers will be charged Rs 7/km excluding taxes.

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