Goyal, Scindia, others condole J.J. Irani’s death

New Delhi: Condolences from all quarters have poured in on the death of the ‘Steel Man of India’, J.J. Irani who had passed away at the age of 86 in Jamshedpur.

Steel Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and former Infosys CFO T.V. Mohandas Pai were among prominent politicians and business leaders, who condoled Irani’s death.

Irani had retired from the board of Tata Steel in June 2011, leaving behind a legacy of 43 years, which won him and the company international acclaim in various fields.

“The Steel Man of India passes away. It is with profound grief that Tata Steel informs of the demise of Padma Bhushan Dr Jamshed J Irani,” Tata Steel said in a statement.

“The CII deeply mourns the passing away of Dr Jamshed J Irani, a shining leader of Indian industry. Always a committed and passionate champion of industry, he steered Indian industry into the economic reform era, working both with the government and industry to forge a balanced and stable path to growth,” the industry body tweeted.

Irani was CII’s national president in 1992-93.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal while condoling Irani’s death, tweeted: “Change is the outcome of steely resolve & sustained endeavour. Padma Bhushan Dr. Jamshed J Irani was a changemaker, who helped build trust for Brand India globally. India is invigorated by his spirit of enterprise. Prayers for the departed soul, condolences to his family.”

No moral conflict in India buying Russian oil: Hardeep Puri

New Delhi: Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri has said that India doesn’t have any moral conflict on purchasing oil from Russia, which has faced criticism internationally due to its war with Ukraine.

In an interview with CNN in Abu Dhabi, Puri while responding to a question on whether India felt any moral conflict while seeking oil supplies from Russia, replied: “Absolutely none.”

“Absolutely none, absolutely none. There is no moral conflict. We don’t buy from X or Y. We buy whatever is available. I don’t do the buying. The government does not do it. Oil companies do. We owe a moral duty to our consumers,” he said.

“We don’t feel any pressure. Modi’s government doesn’t feel the pressure. We are the fifth largest economy in the world. India will respond according to its supreme national interest,” he added.

Though India has not taken any sides in international fora over the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told Russian President Vladimir Putin in September during the SCO summit in Uzbekistan, that it was not a time for war with food and fertiliser being major concerns in the world at present.

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