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Why did Congress lose post of Leader of Opposition ?

Why did Congress lose post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha ? Had the most senior Congress leader Kamal Nath been named by the Congres Party Narendra Modi would have agreed on the name. A Gujarat businessman who has also been close to Kamal Nath had persuaded Modiji for Kamal Nath.







It is reliably learnt that only 23 IPS officers of 1984 batch are being empanelled as ADG. Reportedly, the empanelment process is in its final stage and is expected to take place before Sept 25. As many as 68 officers were in consideration zone. One can wait & watch only.





In case V K Gupta is appointed Chairman of the Railway Board Pradeep Kumar G M Northern Railway may be appointed Member (Engineering) in the Railway Board.




The 1983 batch UT cadre IAS officer Lalmalswma will succeed 1979 batch IAS officer L T Tochawng as Chief Secretary of Mizoram onNovember 1. Tochawng is retiring on October 31.





45 IRS (C&CE) poised for promotion as Commissioner

As the grapevine has it, as many as 45 IRS (C&CE) officers belonging to 1992-1993 batch are all set to get promotion from the rank of Additional Commissioner to Commissioner. Reportedly, the file in the que would be cleared by 26 Sept i.e. PM's US visit.






12 posts of Prl CCITs have been lying vacant for over 6 months

The new Modi Government is known for tis pace of working but as many as 12 positions of Principal Chief Commissioners of Income Tax have been lying vacant for over six months. Going by the 26 sanctioned posts of Prl CCITs almost half of the positions have been lying vacant.






Rahul Bali selected as CMD, SIL

Rahul Bali, Director (Tech), SIL, has been selected for the post of Chairman and Managing Director, Scooters India Limited (SIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 16, 2014. As many as 14 persons were interviewed for the same.






Mrs Vijay Laxmi Joshi is also Secretary, Panchayati Raj

Mrs Vijay Laxmi Joshi has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Panchayat Raj after appointing her as OSD, Drinking Water. She is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Prakash Singh poised for top assignment in new regime

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Prakash Singh. Former DGP of UP & former DG, BSF, has fair prospects of getting some cruicially important assignment in present regime at centre. He is known for his envisioned initiatives & ideas in the field of police reforms. Insiders say that he may be taken on board with Modi's 'think tank' which is expected soon. One can wait and watch only as what assignment he is given.






P K Rao joins as ED, OVL

P K Rao, GGM, ONGC, has joined as Executive Director, ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), New Delhi before joining as Director (Operations). A vacancy against this post is arising on November 1, 2014.





Appointment of Independent Directors on new pattern

Henceforth appointment of Independent Director in Public Sector Banks and PSU's will be made on a new pattern.






Nikam to proceed for London School of Economics

As the grapevine has it, Prashant Nanasaheb Nikam may soon move from MHA to join one year study leave. The IRAS officer, reportedly, will move to London School of Economics. He is serving with MHA as Director (Police).






Ms Surbhi moves from CBDT to Directorate of IT as Dy Dir

Surbhi Sharma moves from CBDT where she served as Deputy Secretary, ITA. The 2006 batch IRS (IT) officer has freshly taken charge as Deputy Director (HRD, IT) with Directorate of Income Tax.





CVC clears file of Sathpathy for Director, NMDC

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is reported to have cleared the file of P K Sathpathy, GM, NMDC, for the appointment as Director (Production) in National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC).





Debasis Sen joins as Director, IOCL

Debasis Sen, ED, IOCL, has taken over the charge as Director (Planning & Business Development), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL).
(We said this on January 24, 2014)






Ms Pathak shifted to NACEN

Ms Minu Shukla Pathak, Deputy Commissioner, Central Excise, has been shifted to NACEN. She is an IRS-Custom officer.






8 IRS-IT officers locally shifted

As many as eight officers belonging to Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre have locally been shifted. Accordingly, Pradeep Kumar Shukla has been posted as CIT-16, Mumbai while S K Choudhary will now be DIT (Inv), Jaipur and Arvind Kumar is CIT (C)-2, Delhi. Similarly, Manoranjan Panigrahy has been posted as CIT (TDS), Bhubaneshwar; Awungshi Gimson as Cit (A), Guwahati, Mohan Swaroop Kaushik as CIT (OSD), Kolkata, K L Maheshwari as CIT-1, Kolkata and Charanjeet Singh Gulati was posted as DIT (IT&TP)-I, Mumbai.






Pankaj Darad deputed for relief works in J&K

Pankaj Darad, IG, Rail, has been deputed to coordinate with local administration of Jammu and Kashmir for the retrieval of people belonging to Bihar stranded in flood affected areas. He is a 1995 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.






Mrs Parihar transferred to Western Railway

Mrs Aarti Singh Parihar, SS/IRTS/SECR, has been transferred to Western Railway and posted in the cadre.






Rajan Kumar nominated as Govt nominee Director, OBC

Rajan Kumar, Economic Adviser, Financial Services, has been nominated as Government nominee Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC).






Sanjay Kumar nominated as Govt nominee Director, Vijaya Bank

Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Financial Services, has been nominated as Government nominee Director of Vijaya Bank.






Post of CVO in SBI to be vacant

Post of CVO in the State Bank of India will be vacant on January 18 next year.






PESB seeks applications for Director (Exp), ONGC Ltd

Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has sought applications for the post of Director (Exploration), ONGC Limited lying vacant since August 27, 2014. Those willing to apply can send their application to the PESB before October 31, 2014.






Pangernungsang likely to join as CEO, CPSE

I Pangernungsang is expected to join as Chief Vigilance Officer in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on central deputation at Joint Secretary level. He is a 1988 batch IPoS officer.





Post of CVO, CSL, Kochi lying vacant

The post of Chief Vigilance Officer(CVO), Cochin Shipyard Ltd(CSL), Kochi, has been lying vacant.





Tiwari likely to join central deputation

Rakesh Kumar Tiwari is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 2004 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.






NTPC signs MoU with AP Govt for 1000 MW solar power projects (UPDATED)

NTPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) in Hyderabad for developing 1000 MW solar power project(s) in Andhra Pradesh. The MoU was signed by Dr Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC and Ajay Jain, Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, Department of Energy in the presence of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New& Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapati Raju, and other esteemed dignitaries. R Venkateswaran, Regional Executive Director, NTPC and Janardan Kar, Executive Director (Business Development), NTPC were also present on the occasion.







B D Gupta promoted as DCIT (UPDATED)

B D Gupta has been promoted as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax (DCIT). He is an IRS-IT officer.






R S Mina is also Director (Fin), NHPC (UPDATED)

R S Mina, Director, NHPC, has been assigned an additional charge of Director (Finance), NHPC.






Binita Kumar Thakur is now PS to Smriti Irani (UPDATED)

Ms Binita Kumar Thakur has been appointed PS to Union HRD Minister Ms Smriti Irani.She is 1996 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






AAI Engineers' Guild observes Engineers Day (UPDATED)

On the Birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesveraya every year September 15 is celebrated all over India as Engineer's Day. On these occasion, every year AAI Engineers Guild organizes programme. On September 15 this year, in the morning & afternoon session AAI Engineers Guild in association with AAI management & Indian Aviation Academy organized one day workshop on sustainable & safe infrastructures in Aviation Sector at NIAMAR. In the Evening session a function was organized by AAIEG & documentary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesveraya was shown to all Engineers came from various Airports in India on Engineers day function. Function was inaugurated by S Raheja, Chairman AAI, which was also attended by Upma Srivastva IAS & CVO AAI, KK Jha, Member (HR), GK Chaukiyal, Member(Ops) & S Suresh, Member(Finance).






Suresh Kumar Vashishth posted as PS to Jual Oram (UPDATED)

Suresh Kumar Vashishth has been appointed as Private Secretary, Jual Oram, Minister for Tribal Affairs in Government of India. He is a 1998 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.






P K Prasad selected as MD, NERAMAC (UPDATED)

P K Prasad, Senior GM, NSC, has been selected for the post of Managing Director, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 17, 2014. As many as nine persons were interviewed for the same.






Surendra Singh to be appointed as OSD, PHQ tomorrow (UPDATED)

Surendra Singh is being appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD), PHQ on September 18, as prelude to Director General of Police, Madhya Pradesh in place of Nandan Dubey retiring on September 30, 2014. Singh is a 1980 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Prof Chaudhary resigns as Director, Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd

Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury has resigned as Director of Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd following his appointment as Adviser to the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare





Makwana appointed Addl. Director, Chartered Logistics Ltd

Chartered Logistics Ltd has appointed Ms Nisha Makwana as Additional Director of the company





Mehrotra resigns as Director, South Asian Enterprises Ltd

M P Mehrotra has resigned as Director of South Asian Enterprises Ltd w.e.f. September 8, 2014





Two independent directors cease to be on Board of CPCL

L Sabaretnam and Venkatraman Srinivasan have ceased to be the Independent Directors of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) w.e.f. September 16, 2014






Hariharno appointed CFO, Simplex Castings Ltd

Simplex Castings Limited has appointed Avinash Hariharno as Chief Financial Officer of the company.





Banerjee appointed Independent Director, JSW Holdings Ltd

JSW Holdings Ltd has appointed Ms Sutapa Banerjee as an Independent Director of the company





Mehrotra resigns as Director, VLS Finance Ltd

M P Mehrotra has resigned as Director of VLS Finance Limited w.e.f. September 4, 2014.






Jani appointed CS, Sadhana Nitro Chem Ltd

Sadhana Nitro Chem Ltd has appointed Nitin R Jani as a Company Secretary of the company w.e.f. September 15, 2014





Chomal appointed Independent Director, Frontline Corporation Ltd

Frontline Corporation Ltd has appointed Rahul Chomal as an Independent Director of the company.






Prof. Sahay appointed Independent Director, IFCI Limited

IFCI Limited has appointed Prof. Arvind Sahay as an Independent Director of the company w.e.f. September 12, 2014.







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A letter to the Prime Minister.

We the pensioners availing CGHS facilities have landed in bigger problem after the advent of Dr Harshvardhan as the Health Minister. He has complicated the issue of the medicines from CGHS dispensaries. He has also deprived us from staying for a longer period abroad with our children . He has directed not to issue medicines for more than three to the CGHS beneficiaries visiting abroad which inter-alia meant that we have to pack back within two and half months so that we have enough time to find availability of specialists or the super specialists as the case may be in their OPD days and then to come back to the dispensary. Visiting again the dispensary to collect indented medicine is another exercise. And if the medicine is to be indented by MSD then collecting it from Golmarket is another problem.

The saddest part is that he did not listen to your slogan of SWAKSH BHARTH.No effort has been made to keep the cghs dispensaries clean. If a patient uses toilet, if at all available there, he is sure to catch some infection. There is no facility of drinking water. Sitting arrangement for the waiting patient is inadequate. No effort is made to reduce the waiting time to see the doctor. He has been taken for a ride by the purchase committee members. They have suggested him to go for cheapest medicines available from the pharmacists of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Faridabad who give hefty commissions. Drugs from the standard pharmacy would not be purchased henceforth as they do not give good commission. It is high that he rises to the occasion. He just wasted 100 days.

NK Das

Transparent empanelment process required

The real Civil Service Reforms can be ushered in if the opaque process of empanelment of officers to posts of Joint Secretary to Government of India and above is replaced by a transparent process which allows the full and equal participation of all Services. Right now, the 1996 batch of IAS officers is being empanelled. Empanelment of 1987-88-89-90 batches is taking place for most other Services recruited through the same examination. There is no end to the dominance of the IAS in posts which are actually deputation posts and thus open to all Services. This leads to the Government being deprived of talent and the lack of competition makes the IAS officers complacent.

K Singh

Modi can't afford to be divisive

Modi as PM cannot afford to be divisive. But we observe that he talks of sabka sath sabka vikas and he makes the most divisive man of Gorakhpur as campaign incharge. I wish he understands this and makes a mid-course correction. Because if it is not corrected, no foreigner will come and invest in India and the talk of job creation will remain a dream only never to be realised.


Some Ministers are helpless

Prime Minister Modi does believe in delivering and cleaning the system but it seems some of his Ministers are helpless before the rotten ways of bureaucrats.

Aarti Khosla







Information related to the vehicle which caused an accident

The son of the appellant suffered a serious road accident and became handicapped. The appellant sought information regarding registration details of a vehicle No.DL8C9080 which was involved in the road accident to help him to claiming compensation and other actions against the owner of the vehicle. The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that such cases have to be treated as extraordinarily urgent and as the victim is alive, he needs to fight for survival and recover from the injuries. The CIC ruled that the information sought by the appellant is very vital and pertains to life and liberty of the victim, therefore, the answer has to be provided within 48 hours. The CIC issued show cause notice to PIO why penalty should not be imposed for not providing the information within the prescribed time period.


Many public authorities are unaware of the provision whereby an applicant can seek information under the "life and liberty" clause and the same has to be provided within 48 hours. A large number of organisations are ill equipped to deal such an application. This case law provides an idea of what may be covered under the definition of "life and liberty".

Citation: Mr. Devender Kumar v. Transport Department GNCTD in File No.CIC/DS/A/2013/001464SA

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