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POLITICS

Inside story of a big shot (1)?
It all started in August 2011 when the Ministry of Corporate Affairs issued a show-cause notice to a big business Tycoon based in Kolkata.

Did intelligence input help government over Guru's hanging?
The Centre had obtained detailed reports from intelligence agencies about the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The agencies gave their thumbs-up that no large-scale uprising was feared at this point of time as mountain passes in Kashmir will remain closed at least till April. So that means that Pakistan would have little opportunity in infiltrating a fresh batch of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir for reprisal attacks.

Did Shinde's Hindu terror statement have a design ?
There was a sinister design in the statement made by Sushil Kumar Shinde on January 20, about 'Hindu Terror'. It was just the day before he recommended to the President that Guru's mercy petition be dismissed say inside sources.

Is this an effort of Congress to woo urban votes ?
The hangings are an effort to woo the urban middle class Hindu vote that may be veering towards Modi, even though it could shift some Muslim votes away from Congress, possibly to regional parties. The Congress has realized that it has completely lost the faith of the urban middle class and that the hanging will appease them and dim the criticism of Congress being soft on terror issues as claimed by the rival opposition.

Will political tactic change now ?
As yet Congress would focus on the aam aadmi and wooing the minorities, while the BJP would focus on terror and development. But now the political debate will change and the BJP candidate will talk about development and not terror, and the Congress talking anti-terror and not development. The next election debate will not focus entirely on the economic performance of the UPA, but on harder political issues.

Are onion prices adding to UPA's woes?
The abnormal rise in prices of onions could be a tearjerker for the UPA government which is reeling under the weight of abnormally high inflation. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be sure to use rising prices against the Congress party-led government in the campaigns. In 1998, the BJP suffered heavy losses in a key state poll, a result widely blamed on high onion prices.


BUREAUCRACY

It's all women world in CBEC
The glass ceiling has been broken with the 'women power' all prevalent in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the highest policy-making body on indirect taxes.

The CBEC Chairperson Praveen Mahajan, a 1976 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who has the rank of Special Secretary, is a post-graduate in History and English. With over 36 years experience, she is also the first from her gender on this coveted post.

For the first time since its constitution, on January 1, 1964, if the Chairperson of the CBEC is now a woman officer, what comes as an even bigger surprise for the 'male world' is that all her colleagues on the board are also women.

Ms Sheila Sangwan, currently Member (Budget) in the CBEC, is an officer of the 1976 batch of the IRS (C&CE). An alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics and the University of Washington, she is also a Law Graduate from University of Delhi and a Humphrey fellow. Ms Sangwan is a post-graduate, and holds MBA and LLB degrees too. A keen Golfer, Ms Sangwan has won a number of amateur tournaments and she is recipient of the Presidential Award for Specially Distinguished Record
of Service.

Ms J M Shanti Sundharam, currently Member (L&J) in the CBEC, is from 1977 batch of the IRS (C&CE). Prior to joining the board as Member on November 29, 2011, she was Director General, Human Resource Development, Delhi and Chief Commissioner of Customs (Preventive) at Chennai. She has a Masters degree in English Literature and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Indian Institute of Public Administration. She has also served as ADG, DRI and Assistant Director General with C E I B.,

Ms Sandhya Baliga, currently Member-(L&J), is a 1976 Batch IRS (Customs & Central Excise) officer who joined CBEC as Member on August 02, 2012. At the time of appointment as Member, CBEC, she was holding the charge of Director General, HRD, Customs and Central Excise, New Delhi. A post-graduate and M Phil In Public Administration, Ms Baliga joined the Department on November 05, 1976. She has worked on various important positions including Commissioner (Appeals) Pune,Commissioner Customs Shillong and Chief Commissioner, Customs & Central Excise, Mysore.

Ms Shobha L Chary, currently Member, (P&V) in the CBEC, is a 1977 batch IRS (Customs & Central Excise) officer who joined CBEC as Member on August 13, 2012. At the time of appointment as Member, CBEC, she was holding the charge of Chief Commissioner, Customs, Mumbai-I. Ms Chary who joined the department on November 7, 1977 has served in various capacities in the field formation of Customs and Central Excise, besides being an Under Secretary in the Board. She waspromoted as Chief Commissioner in December 2009.

Mrs Lipika Majumdar Roy Choudhury, who was Chief Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Ahmedabad, before taking over the charge of Member (Service Tax) in CBEC is looking after the charge of Chief Commissioner, CX, Bhubaneswar, Chief Commissioner, CX, Kolkata, Chief Commissioner, Customs, Kolkata, Chief Commissioner, CX, Ranchi (HQ. at Patna), Chief Commissioner, Customs (P), Patna, Chief Commissioner, CX, Shillong and DG (Service Tax).

Detailed story in our upcoming February magazine issue.

 

Javed Ahmed to be new Police Commissioner, Mumbai ?
In all probability, Javed Ahmed will succeed Dr Satyapal Singh on April 1 as new Police Commissioner of Mumbai. Dr Singh, 1980 batch IPS officer, is being promoted to the rank of DG.

Maj Gen Khosla is new Military Secretary to President
Major Gen Khosla will be new Military Secretary to the President of India. He is presently posted in Delhi.

Lt Gen Bakshi to move to Jullandar
Military Secretary to the President, Lt Gen A Bakshi is moving to Jullandar as Corps Commander.

Rahul Asthana to be Member of MERC ?
CMD of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Rahul Asthana is likely to be appointed Member of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). A 1978 batch IAS officer, Asthana is scheduled to retire this month end.

Naqvi is new Special Director, Enforcement in Mumbai
Dr Sajjad Wasi Naqvi has joined as Special Director, Enforcement in Mumbai. He is a 1990 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer.
(We said this on November 23, 2012)

Pratap Singh is new HC to Bahamas
Pratap Singh, presently High Commissioner of India to Jamaica, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to Commonwealth of the Bahamas with residence in Jamaica.

35 GMs to attend interview for ED
Altogether 35 General Managers are appearing for interview for elevation as ED in the nationalized banks this week.

National Steam Congress attracts International attention
The 10th National Steam Congress organized by the Indian Steam Railway Society and scheduled to be held on the 24th February this year at New Delhi is attracting international attention. Ashwani Lohani, the prime mover behind the steam movement in the country who is also credited with the revival of the Fairy Queen and setting a Guinness World Record is the force behind this annual event that has successfully brought national and international attention to the cause of steam locomotives in the country.

Appointment of 4 new High Court Judges
Appointment of four new Judges in the Madhya Pradesh High Court is expected to take place in a week or two.

Ms Debjani Chakrabarti is Director, Revenue
Ms Debjani Chakrabarti is joining the Government of India as Director, Department of Revenue. She is a 2002 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.


Vacancy of BHEL CMD notified by PESB

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has asked for the application to the post of Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). Duly endorsed applications may be forwarded to PESB by April 12, 2013.

60 IPS officers transferred in Uttar Pradesh
Altogether 60 IPS officers, including 17 district police chiefs have been reshuffled in Uttar Pradesh .

56 IAS officers reshuffled in Uttar Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh Government has transferred 56 IAS officers including two officers of the rank of Principal Secretaries and 26 District Magistrates.

Nagaland CS and ACS proceed on leave
Nagaland Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi Jamir and Additional Chief Secretary, Banuo Z Jamir have proceeded on leave as their son is contesting the assembly election.

Mobile number is secret in UP?
There is a very senior babu in UP Government. He talks a lot about being people friendly and other ideals like being available to public. But hisown mobile number is a secret. How can a babu whose mobile bill is paid by the government / taxpayers money keep his number a secret? No one has access to it. Even senior officers of his department have to only go thru PA. Result is that PA is all powerful.

Five Judges of Bombay HC to retire in 2013
As many as five Judges of Bombay High Court are retiring in the year-2013. Accordingly, Umesh Dattaraya Salvi is due to retire on February 26, 2013 while J P Devadhar will be retiring on April 8, 2013 and S B Deshmukh is scheduled to retire on June 22, 2012. Similarly, Avanish P Lavande will be retiring on August 20, 2013 and Ambadas Haribhau Joshi on December 16, 2013.

Chandra Bhan Singh empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI
Chandra Bhan Singh has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent in Government of India. He is a 1986 batch IES officer.

Ms Divya Malhotra posted as DG, Railway, Delhi
Ms Divya Malhotra, Director General (Railway Board Audit), New Delhi, has been transferred and posted as Director General (Railway) in this office.

Ms Seth goes to Antananarivo
Ms Manju Seth CG in St Denis has moved to HOM Antananarivo.

Three 1988 batch IPS officers are now ADG in MP
Three 1988 batch IPS officers: Arvind Kumar, Sudhir Sahi and U C Sarangi have been promoted to the rank of ADG in Madhya Pradesh.

Jha is back to Orissa
B Jha is back to the parent Orissa cadre from IB .He is a 1988 batch IPS officer. Jha is now awaiting posting.

P C Mishra gets HAG in Jharkhand
P C Mishra, Member Secretary, Jharkhand Biodiversity Board, has been given Higher Administrative Grade (HAG). He is a 1983 batch Indian Forest Service officer of Jharkhand cadre.

Subhash Goswami is new Director NPA, Hyderabad (UPDATED)
Subash Goswami has been appointed as Director, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Police Academy, Hyderabad. He is an IPS officer of 1977 batch who belongs to the AM cadre.
( We said this on January 31,2013 )

17 EDs interviewed for nine posts of CMD in PSU Banks (UPDATED)
As many as 17 Executive Directors (EDs) of various Public Sector Undertaking Banks have been interviewed for nine posts of Chairman and Managing Directors (CMDs) falling vacant in 2013-14. The Executive Directors include: Raju Rish and Raj Kumar of Indian Bank; V Kannan of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC); Rakesh Sethi , Usha A, S R Bansal of Punjab National Bank (PNB); M S Raghavan, V P Sharma of Bank of India (BoI); Amarlal Daultani of Corporation Bank; S D Arya and Deepak Narang of United Bank of India; C V R Rajendran Bank of Maharashtra India; R K Shenoy of Vijay Bank; P Srinivas and S K Jain of Bank of Baroda; Arun Tiwari of Allahabad Bank and N K Maini of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).

13 IPS officers of 1986 batch empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI (UPDATED)
As many as 13 officers of Indian Police Service (IPS) of 1986 batch and various cadres have been empanelled for the posts of Joint Secretary or equivalent in Government of India. The officers include: M Nageshwar Rao of Orissa cadre; Ram Prakash Agarwal of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; A K Pateria, Sanjay Rana and S K Shrivastava of Madhya Pradesh cadre; Mohd B S Yasin of Kerala cadre; Dalpat Singh Dinkar of Rajasthan cadre; Sehi C Srilakshmi Rao and N Tamil Selvan of Tamil Nadu; Dr B K Sinha of Haryana; Praveen Sood of Karnataka; K C Sadyal of Himachal Pradesh and Keshav Kumar of Gujarat cadre.

Ms Shashi Minz is Chief Commissioner, Customs, Bhubaneshwar (UPDATED)
Indian Revenue Service-Custom officer, Ms Shashi Minz has been appointed as Chief Commissioner of Customs, CX, Bhubaneshwar after promotion to this grade.

Ms R Shakuntala posted as Chief Commissioner, Customs, Chennai (UPDATED)
Indian Revenue Service-Custom officer, Ms R Shakuntala has been appointed as Chief Commissioner of Customs, CX, Chennai after promotion to this grade.

P J R Sekhar transferred as Chief Commissioner, Customs, Vishakhapatnam (UPDATED)
Indian Revenue Service-Custom officer, P J R Sekhar has been transferred and posted as Chief Commissioner of Customs, CX, Vishakhapatnam.

Saugata Mitra selected as Director (Finance), B & RCL (UPDATED)
Saugata Mitra, GM, BRCIL, has been selected for the post of Director (Finance), Bridge & Roof Co Limited (B &RCL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board meeting held on February 11, 2013. As many as eight persons were interviewed for the same.


CORPORATE

Khanna appointed Director, Lanco Industries Ltd
Lanco Industries Ltd has appointed R K Khanna as Director on the Board of Directors of the company.

Singh ceases to be Employee Workmen Director, PNB
M P Singh, Workmen Employee Director of Punjab National Bank (PNB) ceased to be Director on the Board of the Bank.

Gopinathnan appointed CFO, TCS
Rajesh Gopinathan has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS).

Mahajan appointed Nominee Director, STL Global Ltd
STL Global Ltd has appointed Anil Mahajan as a Nominee Director of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Kothandaraman resigns as Director, Gemini Communication Ltd
R Kothandaraman has resigned as Director on the Board of Directors of Gemini Communication Limited.

Chandran appointed Director, Gemini Communication Ltd
V J Chandran has been appointed as Director of Gemini Communication Ltd.

Khattar resigns as Independent Director, Rathi Steel & Power Ltd
Ranjit Khattar has resigned as Independent Director of Rathi Steel & Power Ltd on account of personal reasons.

Ratan Tata steps down as Director, Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Company Ltd
Ratan Tata has stepped down as Director of Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Company Ltd

Gupta appointed Whole-time Director, Arcee Industries Ltd
Arcee Industries Ltd has appointed Ramesh Chander Gupta as Whole-time Director of the company.

General Electric appoints Banmali Agarwala as President & CEO, India?
General Electric (GE) has appointed Banmali Agrawala as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in India.




FORUM

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Bureaucracy hand in gloves with politicians

Khemka who is responsible for exposing various deals of Vadra in Haryana is being hounded by vested interests with help of the government, the bureaucracy and the politicians in power. Instead of helping him and standing solidly beside him, it is sad and shocking that the IAS fraternity is spinelessly sitting like a mute spectator and Infact, pleasing the politicians to curry favors for themselves.

Similar is the case with IRS. No one seems to be turning a whistle-blower and helping their former colleague Kejriwal to expose corruption in government. This shows that bureaucracy is really hands in glove and equal partners with the politicians in the loot of the country.

Shame on them.

Ashwini Kumar

BJP itself would scuttle Modi's chances as PM !

If anyone thinks that Narendra Modi is going to be the next PM, he is in a fool's paradise. Though he is the fit man to lead the nation, BJP itself will act against him. That is why they brought in a village pramukh level leader and arch politician like Rajnath Singh as their National President, though under him as BJP State President, BJP came a cropper in UP in 2002 and as BJP National President, lost the Parliamentary elections in 2004.In case BJP wins the elections with the charisma of Narendra Modi , Singh will first instigate Sushma Swaraj and Jaitley and offer himself as a compromise candidate. If that fails they will all join together and instigate Yadavs of JD(U).If all these fail, there is that Mulayam Singh (with all those corruption chargespending against him) who has handed over the state to his son and waiting in the wings. God save this nation.

N Krishnan

Plight of CGHS beneficiaries

CGHS beneficiaries are being deprived of taking treatment in good hospitals of Delhi due to wrong and impractical decisions. Hospitals like Escorts, Okhla, Ganga Ram, Batra, Max Saket, Orthonova and so many others have drawn from CGHS empanelment. Why they have withdrawn is very clear that the treatment cost is high and Govt. reimburses lower amount. Ministry of Health and family welfare should work out a amicable solution so that CGHS beneficiaries can get the treatment in these hospitals. Things will not work one sided. Both parties have to come at reasonable charges. Now the stent cost has been reduced drastically so low that no hospitals will provide treatment to CGHS beneficiaries except RML, Safdarjung. What a plight of CGHS beneficiaries specially retired Sr. citizens who do not have any other income except pension.

N Prakash

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