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Lt. Gen Deepak Kapoor to head Indian Army

Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, presently Vice Chief of Army Staff will be the next Chief of Army Staff. The present Chief of Army Staff Gen JJ Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC retires from government service on September 30, 2007. Born in 1948, Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on June 11, 1967. During his long and distinguished service spanning over 40 years, he has worked in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has done the higher command and National Defence College courses. He is Masters in Business Administration, Political Science and Military Science. He had taken active part in the 1971 operations in Bangladesh. He served as Chief Operations Officer of the UN Peacekeeping Mission deployed in Somalia during 1994-95.
( We said this on June 7 and again on July 19)

Will Army Chief be Governor of J &K ?
Name of Army Chief Gen J J Singh has started doing the round for the post of Governor J & K.Will he make it ?.

Badal Das gets additional charge of Tourism

Badal K Das Secretary, Ministry of Culture shall hold the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Ministry of tourism, with immediate effect, for a period of three months. He is 1972 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Falguni Rajkumar is Secretary NECS

Falguni Rajkumar has been appointed as Secretary, North Eastern Council Secretariat, Shillong, under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. Falguni is 1972 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Ms Sheela Bhide gets three years tenure

Sheela Bhide has been appointed Chairperson, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 1973 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre Ms Bhide will have a tenure of three years as Chairperson, ITPO.

Is Ajay Shankar choice of Kamal Nath ?
There is a discussion in the corridors of power -whether Ajay Shankar is choice of Commerce Minister Kamal Nath or the PMO ? 1973 batch UP cadre IAS officer Ajay Shankar has been appointed Secretary of the Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Sweeping changes in Delhi police likely

There is a likelihood of sweeping changes in Delhi police now, in the wake of Y.S.Dadwal having assuming the charge of Dellhi Commissioner of Police.

Sanyal is Joint Secretary Food Processing Industries
Goutam Sanyal is new Joint Secretary in the Department of Food Processing Industries in the Government of India. He is 1978 batch CSS officer.

G Akheto Sema to be CVO NEEPCO
G Akheto Sema is all set to join in North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) as CVO. He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of M.P cadre. Currently Sema is posted as promoted to DIG- State Bureau of Investigation, Economic Offences.

S.M.Khan likely to be DDG

S.M.Khan Press Attaché to President is likely to be appointed as Deputy Director General (DDG) in Press Information Bureau, once Ms.Shipra Biswas retires by this month end. Khan is an IIS officer of the 1982 batch.

Gupta is Dy Secretary in MHA
CSS Officer V K Gupta has been posted in the Ministry of Home Affairs as Deputy Secretary.
Ambika Jain transferred to Northern Railway
Ambika Jain, JAG/Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi has been transferred to Northern Railway against an existing vacancy.

Is govt left with any humanity ?
Has the government lost humanity totally? An IRS officer, Sudhakar Tiwari, of 1974 batch, whose son has been murdered, has been pleading for his posting anywhere in Uttar Pradesh but the powers that be are not prepared to listen to him at any cost. He has been posted as Commissioner IT in Chennai.

Chief Post Master general made Board member
Chief Post Master general Mumbai Noor jehan, has reportedly been made member of Postal Board.
( We said this early this month)

Barun Mitra is JS to Prez

Barun Mitra presently Joint Secretary (in-situ) President's Secretariat will continue as Joint Secretary in relaxation of the tenure norms. He is an IAS officer of MT cadre who belongs to the 1987 batch.

Ms.V.S .Thakur is Social Secy to Prez

Ms. Vijay Thakur Singh will be Social Secretary to President Mrs.Pratibha Patil.She is an IFS officer of the 1985 batch .At present she is in the cadre.

Maj.Gen K.J.S.Oberoi will Military Secy to Prez

Major Gen. K.J.S. Oberoi, IC-27321 General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area, has been appointed as Military Secretary to the President.

Vishal Chauhan Dy.Secy to Prez

Vishal Chauhan has been appointed as s Deputy Secretary to President Mrs.Pratibha Patil. He is a Sikkim cadre IAS officer who belongs to the 1998 batch.

3 HC judges in Gujarat

Three Additional Judges to Rajasthan High Court have been promoted as Judges & appointed. They are Justice Shaileshkumar Ramanlal Brahmbhatt, Mrs. Justice Harsha Nathalal Devani and Justice Mukesh Kumar Dahyalal Shah.

3 new Addl judges in Kerala HC

Three Additional Judges to Kerala High Court have been appointed for two years. They are Thenammakkal Ismail Rawther Harun-ul-Rashid, Valiyaparambil Kuttappan Mohanan and Giri Venkitasubramani.

Vice Admiral D.K.Dewan is COP

Vice Admiral D.K. Dewan AVSM has taken over as Chief of Personnel(COP) at IHQ MoD (Navy) today. A Gunnery specialist, graduate of the Joint Staff course Paris and the Royal College of Defence Studies London, he is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. The Flag Officer was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 20 Mar 07 and was presently posted as Controller of Personnel Services (CPS) at IHQ MOD (Navy).

Railways expect Rs.10000 crore investments

An investment of about Rs.10,000/- crore is expected to flow into Railways' Container Operation sector in the next two years for wagons, logistics parks and Inland Container Depots (ICDs). This was stated by K.C. Jena, Member Staff, Railway Board while speaking at a Conference on "Privatization of Container Transportation by Rail - Issues & Options" held in Delhi

Jt Secretary Anti Naxal post in MHA

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought names of aspirant IPS officers for filling up a Joint Secretary's post. The newly created post is meant for IPS officers in the pay scale of Rs.18400-500-Rs.22400.The post is Joint Secretary (Anti Naxal Operations) in newly created Naxalite Management Division of MHA.

Manoj Agrawal is State Head of Bhaskar in Rajasthan
Manoj Agarwal has taken over as head of the the Bhaskar Group in Rajasthan. Earlier he was with the logistics major Gati .

Vijay Singh is new Secretary Defence
Vijay Singh has been appointed new Secretary Defence.1970 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Vijay Singh is presently Secretary Surface Transport. He will succeed Shekhar Dutt who is superannuating on July 31.
( We said this yesterday)

Shekhar Dutt to be Dy NSA
Secretary Defence Shekhar Dutt will be new Deputy National Security Advisor. He is 1969 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. Dutt is superannuating by this month end.
( We said this yesterday )

Maini appointed Chairman of NHAI
J S Maini has been appointed Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).He is 1974 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.
( We said this on May 11)

Pradip Kumar is new Secretary Disinvestment
Chairman of the NHAI Pradip Kumar has been moved as Secretary Disinvestment. He is 1972 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.
( We said this yesterday )

Brahma Dutt is new Secretary Surface Transport
Brahma Dutt will succeed Vijay Singh as Secretary Surface Transport. He is 1973 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.
( We said this yesterday)

Ajay Shankar is Secretary IPP
Ajay Shankar has been appointed Secretary Industrial Policy and Promotion. He is 1973 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He will succeed A K Dua who is retiring by this month end.
( We said this yesterday)

FORUM

Appointment to new Delhi C.P.

It seems that the Government's discretionary decision to appoint YS Dadwal as Delhi CP does not suits Kiran Bedi, who finds herself most suitable candidate for this job. Her behaviour on news channels, clearly showing defiance to the Government, was not expected from an officer of such senior level. She should remain in her limits and understand her responsibilities. She is already holding the rank of DG, BPR&D which is equivalent to Delhi CP. So there is no question of her suppression, as alleged. Her irresponsible attitude makes Government's decision more wise by not selecting her for the sensitive post. Some other women organisations are linking it with women's right, which is totally irrelevant and not sustainable in sensitive service matters. Ms. Bedi is believing in the phenomenon that if the Government keeps her happy, she will keep quite otherwise start crying through the media.

B G Walia

Country needs stuff like Kiran Bedi

I know neither Kiran Bedi nor YS Dadwal, to be able to informatively comment on their professional capability, or the formers' supercession for the post of DGP Delhi, and the latters acceptance by the Government. I'm given to understand that Kiran Bedi lost out because she is outspoken & not pliable!! But hasn't she been like this all through her career! Indeed, that is the stuff the country needs now - not spine benders!!
However, what is clearly evident once again is, "selective procedures", and "you show me the face and I'll show you the rule", game by the Government.
If the Government thought it fit to promote Kiran Bedi regularly up the chain to the second highest rank, how come they now find faults in her as a choice for the DGPs post?? If she was incompetent, they should not have promoted her earlier, and if they have, then the principle of seniority should have been maintained. How unfair to one who has worked hard all these years to suddenly find the carpet removed from under her feet by skullduggery!! This is yet another case of an institution being ruined by political machinations.
However, the above case will pale in significance to the drama about to unfold shortly, in choice of Chief of the Army Staff. Here the Indian public will really get to see the sordid side of "higher politics". But let me not jump the gun - I will give my comments once the issue hots up - readers of "whispers" can eagerly await some of the inside news.

Ch KS Sindhu

It is disappointing

It is very disappointing and outrageous

It is very disappointing and outrageous. A very bright and straight forward officer and above all a women officer with caliber/merit was treated like an outcast. This kind of treatment makes an average Indian's head down with shame.

Hemanth

It's Injustice

An injustice towards a competent but not adjustable women officer at this stage will invite criticism from all corners. Are the uniformed forces all male bastion?

Dinesh Kumar Mishra

It is time that the IRS learn to take responsibility
Reference comments of Mrinal about the influence JS and Director have had in the past, and the one at present has, in the implementation of the Transfer Policy. Indeed the CBDT has consistently worked to minimize the role of any non-IRS officer dealing with matters and this has gone on for long years. The most glaring example of this process is the fact that the Board chose to keep the JS in-charge of the IRS cadre totally out of the cadre restructuring exercise in 2000.

But Mrinal forgets that the Placement Committee is headed by the Chairman, Member (Personnel) and two other Members of the Board besides the JS as Member-Secretary. So suspicious are the Chairman and the three Members of the non-IAS member of the Placement Committee that they personally check each and every detail of each and every officer before taking a decision. In fact if the data base is seen it would show calculations worked out by the Chairman and the Members in their own handwriting especially in important and marginal cases. It is unfortunate indeed that the non-IRS have always been criticized when the real decisions (including the twists in the interpretation of the Transfer Policy) have always been taken by the Chairman and IRS Members of the Board. In fact, the anomalies in the transfers occur not because of wrong details or the called twists in interpretations but because the Chairman and IRS Members of the Board are ones who, given the short tenures that they are there for, are keen only on helping their own favourites or people from their own region. It is they who have always given twists to whatever leverage the Policy provides - the 'compassionate grounds being the most prominent one. It is time that the IRS learn to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions and not keep looking to blame others.

As for Sandeep's remarks, if the FM is not in favour of an IAS man as JS to look after the IRS cadre, how come the IRS could not get their own man on the post even after the last incumbent clearly argued on file that the post is best manned by an IRS officer? Why the file was kept pending for months even when the IRS key functionaries were allowed full access to it? And, where has the file vanished?

Prashant

Not correct about LBSNAA
I think that trainee 2002 IAS has been called for a program or seminar in LBSNAA by non IAS trainer with lumpsum allowances and leave from state for some time. That's why he is praising about LBSNAA
2004 IAS trainee

Quality of probationers going down

Well, with all due respect to the young 2002 batch officer, the fact remains that quality of probationers is going down in the recent batches. More Officers are seeking pastures that used to be taboo at one time!! Focus on ethics and values is going down and new officers are showing more practical attitude leading to overall fall in standards. Who is to blame is anyones guess?

A Singh

Not correct to blame non-IAS Trainers in LBSNAA

This is regarding the Non IAS trainers at LBSNAA. It may be a sort of ignorance to many who say that standard has decreased due to non IAS there. There always have been few members of Allied services to provide salt and pepper to the food with their varied experiences. In 2002 an IRPS officer was the incharge of discipline there, which is not an easy job. Dalal, IPS, was a favourite of the lot. Actually, we should not forget that LBSNAA is also holding the FC course which is a generalised one for all kinds of services and above all it also holds various kinds of courses like Civil Military liaison conference, courses for various departments and also research work in the field of government policies(LBSNAA is under DoPT). Therefore, to have few officers of other cadres will always augment its competency.

Masroor

IES and ISS should be in main stream of decision process

The development of the entire country depends on the reliable and timely statistics Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service
(ISS) plays a major role in the planning and decision process of the entire country. The economic development of the country depends on the timely and in-depth analyses. The development process in most of the developed countries is depended on well established micro and macro level economic and statistical models, which are being played around by various key planners in various sectors of economic. The planning and decision making process is a direct function of the output of micro economic model interface with the state-of-the-art statistical/forecasting system/tools. It is unfortunate that in India, at center and most of the state government departments, the planning is based on the rule of thumb (or vision of some bureaucrats, who matters?), and is not an established process. The development process in advanced countries is based on the state-of-the-art quantitative models using advanced algorithms and an integrated planning process, involving all sectors. What is needed in India, rather than adhocism and the person depended decision making or patch planning, an established scientific based process involving IES, ISS and Academician if India has to excel? If India is to have a sustainable progress, one have to make the planning as an on-line process with total transparency and regular updation of the established model(s) based on the feedback control system, so as to have sustainable and significant planned growth.? Both, IES and ISS professional have to be an integral part of the decision making process in the central government departments.

From Ramesh S's suggestion to merge IES with IAS, it follows that IES is really redundant,(whatever may be the reasons) and hence should be abolished.
The second part of Ramesh S's analysis is intriguing. How IES can be merged with IAS, the premier civil service, when the fact is that each one of IES officers could not compete to be in the IAS or even in allied services. If at all ,IES is to be merged/abolished, it should be with CSS ; because ,in any case ,IES are doing secretarial job, ie CSS's job only.

Sarvesh Moorthy

Moorthy knows nothing about the work profile of IES

Sarvesh Moorthy's observation that IES Officer are doing only Secretarial jobs are unfounded and irrational. He seems to know nothing about the work profile of IES Officers. Let me ask him back some small questions in this regards:
(1) Who prepared Economic Survey?
(2) Who calculate Minimum Support Price (MSP)?
(3) Who prepared Wholesale Price Index? Consumer Price Index and Trade Data?
(4) Who provide economic inputs to the Planning Commission and Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council?
(5) etc.. (the list could be endless)
If all the above answer could be awarded to IAS and CSS, then I will be conviced of what Moorthy is saying.. If not I am all for IES.
A K Murthy

About-CBDT and CBEC

With reference to comments on CBDT/CBEC, I have to say the following :
The CBDT/CBEC mandarins are too busy in looking out for post retirement jobs.
There is heavy politics in the Boards leading to work getting affected to a larger extent.
Financial Autonomy for the Board has been suggested numerous times including in the recent CC's and DG's conference of the cadre. There is infact no development on this.
Sandeep

Commissioners orders still awaited

The Hon'ble Prime Minster has approved the names of 30 IRS Officers for promotion to Commissioner of Income Tax , almost 15 days back. However, the Ministry of Finance , it appears, does not give too much importance to the Prime Minister as the promotion orders of the officers have still not been effected.

Mrinal

Retirement age should be raised

Retirement age of Central Government employees needs to be raised to 62 years. This will help the Government save the money for at least two years which otherwise it would have release to its retiring employees.

R Bhatia

TAIL-PIECE

With so many Rights Commissions, high time we had one DUTY commission as well.

Ravi Pipal

Aaj Ki Aawaz

Seems the Gandhi family's astrological sign is the Bofors gun!!!
That's the branch of the family of I Gandhi's older son!!!!

There's a Punjabi saying that I want to leave the blanket but the blanket does not leave me!!!
In the Bofors matter when it comes to Gandhi family this is what we see!!

They've done everything to shake off Bofors but no success!!!
Comes back after taking a recess!!

Maybe Big B's trick should be used by all those who have received kickbacks !!!
Collect 63 crores and leave the money outside Antony's house in sacks!!

Though by now the Government has spent many times more to investigate!!
And Journalists covering this had hairy heads but now have a ganjaa pate!!

Bofors is the proverbial cat with nine lives!!!
And many accused protagonists have gone yonder and now its troubling their wives!!

B. Raman's disclosures in his book The Kaoboys of R&AW will cause ripples!!!
Though Congress is going to term these as just a few days ke irritating pimples!!!

Singhvi and Natrajan will be pressed into duty to refute!!
And if it seems they are not breaking ice then Kapil ko Congress karre gi depute!!

Madam President congrats on your appointment!!!
But sadly on your appointment there's a lot of disappointment

At the swearing in Advani sat in the fourth row!!!
For Advani a new low!!!

Pawar, Laloo and Pranab jumped to the first row after being made to sit in the second one???
And why were Nitish and Buta seated side by side…… sadistic fun???

Mayawathi gave Laloo the royal ignore….. Laloo tried his best to break ice!!!
Seems from Laloo only a 'namaste' will not suffice!!!

Cabinet reshuffle, AIIC appointments, Governors appointments…. Sonia's very busy!!!
And Congresis are in a tizzy!!

Will Sonia give Rahul a Party Post or induct him into the Cabinet???
After UP's loss Delhi mein Rahul karr raha hai hibernate!!

He did go to UP for a day or two!!!!
Seems was more to just show his mooh!!!

Manmohan has everything crossable crossed!!
Hoping that out of 7 Race Course he's not tossed!!

Whenever there's talk of a reshuffle Manmohan gets a strange feeling in his tummy!!!
He knows one day he'll have to make way for Rahul or his Mummy!!!

So every time there's talk of a reshuffle he worries will it be this time???
The warning bells in his head start to chime!!

After MGP withdrew its support Congress Government is in a minority!!!
Will Governor recognize that now BJP is in a majority???

One Congress Legislator has resigned saying that she was humiliated by Congress!!!
Pannikar to be allowed to form the next Government karr raha hai press!!!

In Goa Congress and NCP have gone into a huddle!!
Strategizing how to get out of this muddle!!!

The Governor is returning form a holiday today!!!!
Some say to give Congress NCP some more time he may extend his stay!!

Kiran Bedi says she's been let down by PM…. he's let down another honest man too!!
Was sidetracking Bedi the right thing to do????

If India can have a woman President then why can't Delhi have a woman police boss??
Could gender bias be at play for Kiran's loss???

Don't think that gender is at play…. Kiran is more man that many in the Police Force!!
In fact to many in the Force she can give a manliness mein course!!!

The other honest man Manmohan let down was Kalam!!!
And he did this on orders from Sonia Madam!!!

Farroukh Abdullah says he was offered VP's post!!!
Not suited …. in fact the most!!!

Monica Bedi has been let off on bail!!!
And she sure looked very pale!!!

She says she'll now fight for better facilities for those in jail!!!
Says she says she still hears people wail!!!

She says that now she no longer is trusting…. Abu Salem should take note!!!
Monica has said again mein nahi khaaongi chot ( dhoka or decieit)!!!

She also says that now she'll listen to Daddy,
And Daddy will definitely tell her to forget ' that baddy'!!!

Bharat Kumar
Aaj_ki_aawaz@yahoo.com r

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Coal India awarded Gold Medal

Coal India has been awarded the gold medal by the New Delhi-based Institute of Economic Studies for excellent performance. Credit goes to the CMD Partha Bhattacharya.

Vikas Agnihotri leaves Standard Chartered to join Deutsche
Vikas Agnihotri has left Standard Chartered Bank to join as commercial director, advisory services in Deutsche Bank .

HPCL & Mittals move further for GGSRL
Arun Balakrishnan C&MD of HPCL has handed over a share certificate to L N Mittal, founder and Chairman of Mittal Investments S.A.R.L (MI).He did so in the presence of Murli Deora Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. M/S Mittal Group presented a cheque for Rs 500 crore as part of their equity contribution in the JV company M/s Guru Govind Singh Refinery Ltd (GGSRL). This marks the formal participation of MI through its 100% subsidiary M/s Mittal Energy Investments Pte Ltd as joint venture(JV) partner of HPCL in M/S GGSRL.The GGSRL is setting up a 9 MMTPA Bhatinda Refinery in Punjab.On this occasion, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel, Petroleum Secretary M. S. Srinivasan were also present along with Chairman IOC, C&MD BPCL, C&MD EIL, senior officers of Petroleum Ministry, HPCL, Mittal Investments and other oil PSUs. According Murli Deora the Punjab refinery at Bhatinda is the single largest investment of about Rs 19,000 crore, at any location in Punjab.

IPRC to hold PR Connect 07'

India PR Connect, India's first PR Process Outsourcing Company is organizing the first Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Media Conclave 07' on July 28 at Le-Meridien, New Delhi, with an aim to bring together the Best & The Most Experienced minds in the Public Relations, Corporate Communications and Media Circle for an Experience sharing and Networking session. Reiterating the same thought, Ms. Akanksha G. Mishra, Head Business Solutions - IPRC said "the conclave has been conceptualized and designed to serve the Public Relations , Media and Corporate Communications fraternity across India with a common platform for knowledge exchange. The esteemed speakers joining us would provide valuable inputs from their own experiences as successful communicators and also cite some of the real life case studies . The forum will be insightful for the delegates as it does not delve into the theories but on causes abounding the industries and thus would be an assured pedestal for adult contemporary and mature discussions. "The Conclave due to its unique and stimulating format has gained support from reputed industry bodies like the Indian Forum of Corporate Communicators (IFCC). The Conclave is being supported actively by leading media houses such as the Exchange4media Group , Mint , Zee Business , BIG FM & Business Wire India. "PR and Corporate Communications professionals, across the Globe are actively and increasingly becoming a part of the top strategic leadership team at the corporate level. It is imperative that corporates and brands today recognize the relevance and criticality of PR in their marketing mix." said Paresh Chaudhry, founder and President of IFCC.

India to focus on medical tourism
India is going to focus medical tourism .The medical tourism market in India estimated at US$ 333 million in 2004 grew by about 25% and is predicted to become a US $ 2 billion-a-year business opportunity by 2012.

HDFC's PBT Rs.505.01crore

The Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) has reported a profit before tax of Rs. 505.01 crores as compared to Rs. 376.73 crores in the corresponding quarter of the previous year - an increase of 34%.announced its results for the first quarter of the financial year 2007-2008.Results were announced following a Board meeting of HDFC on Wednesday in Mumbai. Loan approvals during the quarter ended June 30, 2007 amounted to Rs. 7,713 crores as against Rs. 5,998 crores in the corresponding period last year, representing a growth of 29%. Loan disbursements during the quarter ended June 30, 2007 amounted to Rs. 5,645 crores as against Rs. 4,386 crores over the corresponding period last year, representing an increase of 29%.The Corporation has received an amount of Rs. 3,114 crores for the preferential allotment of equity shares to The Carlyle Group through CMP Asia Limited and Citigroup Strategic Holdings Mauritius Limited.

Infosys bags multi yr Global BPO Contract by Royal Philips Electronics

Infosys Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: INFY) has announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with Royal Philips Electronics' (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) ("Philips") of the Netherlands. As part of the agreement, Philips will enter into a multi-year contract with Infosys BPO to provide Finance & Accounting (F&A) services and the processing of purchasing orders. Infosys will also acquire three shared service centers located in India, Poland and Thailand from Philips. The contract is amongst the largest Finance & Accounting BPO engagements from India and will expand Infosys' global network, particularly strengthening its European operations. The deal extends Infosys' global network with new centers in India, Poland and Thailand. Infosys will gain approximately 1,400 Philips professionals who will add to the Infosys BPO team a wide range of valuable skills and abilities, which include diverse language capabilities, technical expertise and domain knowledge." Global corporations require transformation partners like Infosys to enhance their competitiveness in the flat world," said S. Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Infosys Technologies Limited.

Its now Radio Mirchi & MCD

The Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM Delhi has joined hands with Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to launch a week long sanitation campaign. The drive titled 'July Mein Dhulai' being backed by Delhi's Mayor Ms.Aarti Mehra

Juno Simon is ED Mudra
Juno Simon has been appointed Executive Director by Mudra South. Earlier he was VP and Sr Director with JWT.

Electronic auction of cardamom soon
The Spices Board of India is going to launch electronic auction of cardamom in August. This is aimed at bringing transparency in the bidding process.

Bhatnagar is Director of Xerox India
Princy Bhatnagar has been appointed as the Director for Xerox's Office Group. Bhatnagar takes over from Natesh Mani, Executive Director, New Office Group, who has moved to join Xerox West Asia and Africa.

Dabral to head Bates David Enterprise

Sonal Dabral is going to be new Chairman, Bates David Enterprise, India, and regional executive creative director, Bates Asia. He would succeed Mohammad Khan who is going to retire shortly.

Saatchi & Saatchi gets new VP

Anand Siva has been appointed vice-president for Saatchi & Saatchi Solutions.Hitherto; he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) with Akshara Advertising.

Castrol Achieves Record Q2 PBT of Rs.101 Crore - Up 40%

Castrol India Limited of which Managing Director is Naveen Kshatriya has declared its second quarter results for the period April to June 2007. Net sales for the quarter is up by 13%, PBT is up 40% and PAT up by 32% over the same period last year. Hailing results
MD Castrol India Limited has said, "Castrol India has achieved record results in Q2 with significant growth in revenue and profits. On an underlying basis, after removing exceptional items, the operating profit grew by 75%. This has been driven by better margins, attributed to better price realizations and improved product and customer mix."

India bags PATA's grand award

Indian Ministry of Tourism has bagged the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) grand awards. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)'s Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in a variety of endeavours, bringing acclaim to the best the Asia Pacific's travel industry has to offer. The PATA is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. PATA which is headquartered in Bangkok (Thailand) provides leadership and advocacy to the collective efforts of nearly 100 government, state and city tourism bodies, more than 55 airlines and cruise lines, and hundreds of travel industry companies. The winners will be honoured at a special luncheon during the PATA Travel Mart 2007 in Bali on September 28.

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