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China turns up as a major trading nation
China's economic development has been a mainstay of analysts and media commentary over the past 20 years. It has flourished from a poor, under-developed country to a major trading nation with burgeoning levels of wealth and a positive growth outlook.





Shamma Jain who is presently Joint Secretary at ICWA will be going to Panama, to replace Y Varma who moves to Kenya.





Anumula Gitesh Sarma Ambassador to Uzbekistan is all set to move as the high commissioner to Fiji. Sarma is 1986 batch IFS officer.




Sanjay Panda who is presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Indian embassy in Japan, will be going to Seychelles, as Ambassador. He is a 1987 batch IFS officer.






Ms Parashar goes on inter cadre deputation to Haryana

An inter-cadre deputation of Ms Gauri Parashar from Odisha to Haryana has been approved for a period of three years. She is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.






Lakhtakia gets extension in SPG

IG in the SPG, Sudeep Lakhtakia, has been granted extension in deputation tenure till June 30. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Malik gets extension in SPG

IG in the SPG, Rajesh Malik, has been granted extension in deputation tenure till June 30. He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of UT cadre.






Anirudh Kumar joins as Director (M&RB), BEML Ltd

Anirudh Kumar, Executive Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has taken over the charge as Director (Metro & Rail Business), BEML.
(We said this on April 7, 2014)






Kumar is Additional CEO of SMVDSB

M K Kumar has been appointed Additional CEO of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) .He is an IFS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre.





Neerja Sekhar gets three months extension

Joint Secretary, Panchayti Raj, Neerja Sekha, has been given extension for a period of 3 months .Neerja is 1993 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.





Post of Ahmed re-designated as Director, Disinvestment in GoI

The post of Ghayas Udeen Ahmed, Deputy Secretary, Disinvestment, has been re-designated as Director in the Department of Disinvestment in Government of India. He is an IDAS officer of 2000 batch.






Advanced Mid-career programme for IRS-IT officers begins

The 10th batch- Advanced Mid-career Training Programme for IRS officers at the rank of Additional/Joint Commissioner of Income Tax has commenced from April 15, 2014.






Goswami gets award

Nilotpal Goswami, 1992 batch officer, was conferred Ph.D in Economics in the 48th convocation of IIFT for his seminal contextual and record making work on Growth Symmetry in South Asia.






One post of Judge vacant in Sikkim HC

One post of Permanent Judge is vacant against approved strength of Three in Sikkim High Court.






Ravi Chander moves to Bucharest

Ravi Chander has been moved as Second Secretary from Bublin to Bucharest. He will succeed V Venkatraman who has been transferred to Santiago.






Civil servants should play role of 'agents of change': President

Civil servants should be "agents of the change which they wish to see in their society and country," President Pranab Mukherjee said while addressing a group of probationers of the Indian Postal Service (2010-2013 batches) and the Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (2011-2013 batches). He said the officers were entering service at a time of "great flux" and "ever increasing expectations" of the citizenry. "The state is today no longer merely responsible for the maintenance of law and order or the dispensation of justice. Its role today is far more pro-active and far more inclusive...the philosophy of development today is empowerment of people through entitlements backed by legal guarantees," the President said. "As the nature and scope of the activities of the state changes, the role of its administration assumes greater importance such as Right to Information, Right to Education, etc. Therefore, the greatest challenge before the civil servants today is to adjust to this new role of the government," Mukherjee added.








Given the fact that the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is largely supported by the Corporate Houses across the country, which business house will be the top most gainer incase he assumes the high office.

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Bathe resigns as Director, BPL Ltd

Subhash Bathe has resigned as Director of BPL Ltd.







Goyal appointed Director, Harrisons Malayalam Limited

Harrisons Malayalam Limited has appointed Ashok Bachan Goyal as Director of the company.





Chandran appointed Independent Director, Coromandel International Ltd

Coromandel International Ltd has appointed Prasad Chandran, as an Independent Director of the company.





Deshmukh ceases to be Company Secy. Aftek Ltd

C G Deshmukh has ceased to be the Company Secretary of Aftek Limited.






Tolat resigns as Company Secy. JD Orgochem Limited

Ravindra C Tolat has resigned as Company Secretary of JD Orgochem Limited.







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None at all. Such blatant favouritism or crony capitalism has been rampant during UPA's regime, due to systematic subversion of all investigative agencies. Its downfall is imminent. Modi's election as PM now seems a certainty. Several corporate houses including the Ambani, Tata and Adani groups support Modi. The Adanis will continue to enjoy close ties with Modi . They stood by him during turbulent times. They will gain considerable clout. No wonder, even Robert Vadra seems keen to build bridges with Adani in order to gain access to Modi. A clip showing Vadra and Adani together has gone viral on You tube.

Consider the flip side, if Modi becomes the PM, no direct or indirect help to any corporate house would be possible under the scanner of (yet to be formed) Lokpal assisted by anti-corruption agencies like: CBI, IT, ED, CVC. Further, with C&AG watching over each transaction with a fine tooth comb, the Sibal's doctrine of "Zero loss" will collapse. Hopefully, going by the wisdom of hindsight, Modi will never permit such underhand quid pro quo deals

A K Saxena (A retired civil servant)

CGHS beneficiaries (pensioners) at receiving end

CGHS beneficiaries of Pensioners category again facing humiliation at diagnostic centres going for tests with cards on which validity period is expired. Diagnostic centres are not agreeing that cards validity has been extended by six months by CGHS. Staff available at the front desk at diagnostic centres only go as per recorded information and simply turn down the request for conducting tests as cards are no longer valid after validity period. They are also right as information to them may not be available. CGHS always create one or other problems for beneficiaries as they are not doing their duties/jobs faithfully. Why cards are not getting issued with life time validity when beneficiaries have made life time charges? It is common practice to pass on buck from one person to another without completing job in time. Who is after all responsible for all this mess? Can Minister of H&FW issue instructions for timely issue of plastic cards with life time validity for eligible beneficiaries without any delay. At least this much can be done so beneficiaries are not put in un-necessary trouble.

N Prakash







Are the DTC buses being driven by colour blind drivers?

The RTI application was referring to one single candidate Mr. Ram Kumar Bhati who was found unfit by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Medical Board. He secured appointment as driver and then he was sent to medical examination to Guru Nanak Eye Centre which issued a handwritten report certifying him to be fit. Then he was again sent to another hospital, namely, Deen Dayal Hospital for third examination in which he was certified as 'unfit'. The applicant sought copies of the reports. The Central Information Commission (CIC) perused the file and observed that the certificates of fitness or unfitness are issued in a most nonserious manner without the application of mind and without explaining the methods of test and the result. There is no medical opinion attached to such certificates. Some of the certificates are handwritten which do not reveal anything except they are 'fit'. The CIC directed to share the copies of the reports with the appellant who is pursuing a Public Interest Litigation case against a possible scam behind the issuance of certificates of fitness /unfitness to the drivers


Probe of an accident in 2011 caused by a driver without fitness lead to hundreds of candidates who were found medically unfit due to visual defects. As many as 91 out of 99 candidates were declared medically 'unfit' by the DTC Medical Board were, subsequently, declared 'fit' by the Guru Nanak Eye Centre. An independent medical board was constituted by Health Department of G.N.C.T. of Delhi which found all the 91 candidates as 'unfit' again. This case points to how dangerous the roads of Delhi are and how RTI can be used for a public cause.

Citation: Shri Hans Raj v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2013/000572/MP

Weekly article by Dr (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma, (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore.

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles regarding RTI can be read at












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