Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has announced that his Chief of Staff John Kelly will exit the White House by the end of the year.
Trump's announcement on Saturday came after it was reported on Friday that Kelly was expected to announce his departure in the coming days, reports CNN.
"John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year," Trump told reporters before departing the White House for the Army-Navy game.
Trump noted Kelly had been with him for almost two years in his roles as Chief of Staff and Secretary of Homeland Security.
"I appreciate his service very much," the President said.
Kelly's status had become endangered in recent months as his relationship with the President deteriorated. He was not on speaking terms with Trump during his last days, officials told CNN, and their relationship was no longer seen as tenable.
Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff, Nick Ayers, has been considered a top contender to replace Kelly for more than six months.
But Trump did not announce a replacement for Kelly on Saturday, saying only that he will in the coming days, and it's still unclear if Ayers will be offered the job.
Kelly, who did not travel with the President to Kansas City on Friday, was also reportedly interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team in recent months.
The White House did not respond to request for comment about the discussions.
When Kelly first replaced Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, he ruled with an iron fist, CNN said.
He curbed Oval Office access, blocked certain outsiders from being able to call the White House switchboard and executed authority over staffing.
White House officials believed Kelly was close to resigning after he got into a heated argument with National Security Advisor John Bolton in October.
Bolton had criticised Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a discussion about the border, and Kelly stormed out of the West Wing after their profanity-laced argument.
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Anglo-Dutch oil major Shell's Indian arm on Sunday announced the launching of fourth generation ‘flat-pack all-terrain truck ‘The Ox for carrying goods, especially for people in remote areas.
The vehicle, unveiled at Shell Eco-marathon in Chennai on Saturday, is an energy-efficient affordable solution for last-mile connectivity in India, a company statement said.
The Ox truck, which can be assembled in less than 12 hours, is the result of a global partnership between Shell, Gordon Murray Design and the Global Vehicle Trust, it said.
The Ox truck "can carry a payload of 1,900 kg including everyday necessities, medical supplies, building and agriculture materials", it said.
"Powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine, the construction of the body is lightweight and an equal weight distribution which gives it credentials to tackle rough surface despite it having a front wheel drive configuration," the statement added.
Commenting on the development, Shell India Chairman Nitin Prasad said in a statement: "Limited mobility restricts access to basic amenities in remote areas. Shell is eager to contribute to developing and promoting effective mobility solutions thereby improving the quality of life of people in these areas."