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Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.





Subject of research ?

Minister Coal, Secretary Coal and Australia?







Rajiv Yadav has been empanelled to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India. He is 1981 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.





Ms Amita Sharma will retire on August 31 to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India.1981 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Ms Sharma has now been empanelled to the rank of Secretary.




Ms Upma Chaudhary has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government of India. She is 1983 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre.





B K Tripathi empanelled as Additional Secretary

B K Tripathi has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government of India. He is 1983 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






Sanjivanee Kutty empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Sanjivanee Kutty has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the GoI.Kutty is 1983 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Karan Bir Sidhu is empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Karan Bir Sidhu has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the GoI.Sidhu is 1984 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






B R Sharma empanelled as Additional Secretary

B R Sharma has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government of India. He is 1984 batch IAS officer of J & K cadre.






Jalaj Shrivastava empanelled as Additional Secretary

Jalaj Shrivastava has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the Government of India. He is 1984 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.






Atanu Purkayastha empanelled in GoI

Atanu Purkayastha has been empanelled to the rank of Additional Secretary in the GoI. He is 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.





43 IPS officers of 1994 batch empanelled as IG in GoI

As many as 43 officers belonging to Indian Police Service of 1994 batch have been empanelled for the post of Inspector General or equivalent in Government of India. The officers include: Rajesh Khurana, Anurag Kumar, Anand Mohan, Mrs Garima Bhatnagar, Neeraj Thakur of AGMUT cadre; Deepak Kumar of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; Apte Vinayak Prabhakar, Dr Soumya Mishra, Kumar Vishwajeet, Kothakota Srinivas Reddy, Dr A Ravi Shankar and B Shiva of Dhar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh cadre; Kundan Krishna, Nirmal Kumar Azad and Mrs Anupama Nilekar Chandra of Bihar cadre; K Sivarama Prasad Kalluri of Chhattisgarh, Z Zahur Haidar Zaidi of Himachal Pradesh; Mrs Kala Ramachandran of Haryana; Mrs Tadasha Mish of Jharkhand cadre; Abdul Gani Mir, M Sulaima Salaria, Alok Puri of Jammu & Kashmir cadre; Manoj Abraham of Kerala cadre; Pronab Mohanty, Alok Kumar of Karnataka; Dr Sukhwinder Singh, Anup Kumar Singh, Deven Bharati of Maharashtra cadre; Anant Kumar Singh, Manmeet Singh Narang, Ashutosh Roy, Raja Babu Singhy and Deo Prakash Gupta of Madhya Pradesh cadre; Anurag and Sanjib Panda of Manipur-Tripura cadre; Mrs Anita Punj and Sudhanshu S Srivastava of Punjab cadre; Rajesh Kumar Arya, Anil Paliwal, Ashok Kumar Rathore of Rajasthan cadre and Binod Kumar Singh and Sujeet Pandey of Uttar Pradesh cadre.






16 IAS officers retiring in August, 2014

As many as 16 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of various cadres and batches are retiring in August, 2014. The officers are: Kailash Chandra of AGMUT cadre; S P Shourie of Chhattisgarh cadre; P A Shah of Gujarat cadre; Budhi Ram Verma of Himachal Pradesh cadre; Dr Arvind Kumar Pandey of Jharkhand cadre; K H Aswathanarayana Gowda of Karnataka cadre; Ms Amit Sharma and Ashok Kumar Shivhare of Madhya Pradesh cadre; S D Wankhede of Maharasthra cadre; Dr R K Nimai Singh of Manipur-Tripura cadre; Tapesh Pawar of Rajasthan cadre; Mrs Sheela Rani Chunkath of Tamil Nadu cadre; Ashok Ghosh of Uttar Pradesh cadre and Ashish Kumar Thakur and Sukumar Ganai of West Bengal cadre.






Who will succeed Justice Sirpurkar ?

Who will succeed Justice V S Sirpurkar Chairman of the Competition Commission Appellate Tribunal ?. A panel reportedly consisting of Justice Gyansudha Mishra,Justice D S Singhvi and Justice Ranjana Desai has been forwarded to the Government.





Tenure of World Bank ED Prasad extended

The tenure of World Bank Executive Director M N Prasad has been extended till October 31, 2014. He is a 1972 batch retired IAS officer of Bihar cadre.






Singh empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Anant Kumar Singh has been empanelled for the post of Additional Secretary or equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.





Tanjea empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Prem Kumar Taneja has been empanelled for the post of Additional Secretary or equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.





Amit Khare appointed as Member Secretary, NPPA

Amit Khare has been appointed as Member Secretary at Joint Secretary level in National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA). He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.





For first time CIC is headless?

CIC is headless for the first time since its inception in 2005. The sixth CIC Rajiv Mathur completed his tenure on August 22. At present only seven Information Commissioners are there in CIC as against the sanctioned strength of eleven; a CIC and ten Information Commissioners.






Mrs Borah among probable's for post of DG, Hydrocarbons

The name of Mrs R S Borah, Director (Finance), OIL, is in circulation for the post of Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), falling vacant in December 2014. The Ministry is reported to have started short-listing names for the same.







All 1979 & 1980 batch Odisha cadre IAS officers at centre

One would find it interesting information that all the IAS officers of 1979 & 1980 batch belonging to Odisha cadre are serving at the centre.






PESB to start selection for CMD, MIDHANI

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that PESB may soon advertise the vacancy for the post of CMD, Mishra-Dhatu Nigam Ltd. Even as the incumbent M Narayan Rao will superannuate on August 31, 2015.






Langstieh to assume charge of Chairman, DVC on Sept 1

A W K Langstieh is expected to take over the charge as Chairman, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) on September 1, 2014.
(We said this on Sept 11, 2013)






Orders of Sharma for Director (Fin), IOCL expected soon

The orders of A K Sharma, ED, IOCL, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) are expected to be issued in a couple days. A vacancy against this post is arising on September 1, 2014.





Six IPS officers from Goa, Arunachal, Mizoram & Puducherry to move to Delhi (UPDATED)

As many six IPS officers of AGMUT cadre, are all set to move to Delhi. Brajesh Kr Singh (IPS: 2003) will move from Mizoram to Delhi as DCP/EOW wheras Brahm Singh (IPS: 2003) will move from Goa to Delhi as DCP/PCR. Similarly, Rajesh Kumar (IPS: 2005) will move from Arunachal Pradesh to Delhi as DCP/7th Batallion DAP, Rishi Pal (IPS: 2005) will move from Goa to Delhi as Addl DCP-I/North-West District, Parvez Ahmed (IPS: 2005) will move from Puducherry to Delhi as DCP/Security and Raj Kumar Singh (IPS: 2006) will be moving from Mizoram to Delhi as DCP/PCR (Ops).






Applications for AD (ED) Delhi & JD (ED) Hyderabad yet to be short-listed

Amid applicants passionately watching the developments over certain appointments with ED, the fresh buzz is that applications for the posts of Additional Director, ED (Delhi) and Joint Director, ED (Hyderabad) are yet to be short-listed.







Tripathy appointed Director, Agriculture & Cooperation

K K Tripathy has been appointed as Director in the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation. He is a 1999 batch IES officer.






Nikhil Varma appointed Deputy Secretary, Economic Affairs

Nikhil Varma has been appointed as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance. He is a 2005 batch IRS-IT officer.







Sridhar to be relieved as Jt Dir (admin) ED, Hyderabad

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that N Sridhar may soon be relieved from Enforcement Directorate, Hyderabad. Sridhar, a 1993 batch IRS (C&CE) officer, is set to complete his tenure.







Two JS posts vacant with the Dept of Legislative Affairs

As many as two JS level posts are vacant with the Dept of Legislative Affairs. One post has fallen vacant recently vice G N Raju who is now Addl Secy, Dept of Legislative Affairs. Another slot of JS had fallen vacant in June 2014 after the superannuation of R Raghupati.







Applications for Chairman, NAB invited

The Ministry of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises has invited applications for the post of Chairman, National Automotive Board (NAB). Those willing to apply for this post can send their applications to the Ministry before September 30, 2014.







DoPT invites applications for MD, NCCF

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has invited applications for the post of Managing Director in the National Co-operative Consumer's Federation of India Limited (NCCF) under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The names of willing officers can be sent to the DoPT within one month of issuing advertisement circular.






Asit Gopal poised for JS empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Asit Gopal may soon be empanelled to be posted as Joint Secretary or equivalent with Govt of India. Reportedly, the 1990 batch Indian Forest Service officer of MP cadre has got clearance from CVC.






Y K Gupta in race for Director (HR) IOCL

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Y K Gupta is in the race for Director (HR), Indian Oil Corporation. PESB has started it's bit to take prospective candidates on board for selection interview soon. He is serving with IOCL as Executive Director, West Bengal State office.






Ms Urmimala Singh empanelled as Joint Secretary

Ms Urmimala Singh has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. She is a 1992 batch IP&TA&FS officer.






1982 batch anniversary

The 1982 batch is celebrating its 32nd Anniversary with an all-Services contributory Dinner at the BSF mess, Nizamuddin, Delhi, on1-9-2014 (Monday) at 7.30 PM. All service members (serving and retired)have been invited to participate with their families. Confirmations are to be sent to Avinash Srivastava (09711162377), Raghav Chandra (8826277007), Rajiv Gauba (09871374660) or Dalip Singh (09971147133).






JS level post falling vacant in Civil Aviation

A post of Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Government of India up to September 2014.






Mukesh Mangal to join central deputation !

Mukesh Mangal is expected to join central deputation at Deputy Secretary/Director level in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch Indian Telecom Service officer.




Reshuffle of IIS officers in GoI (UPDATED)

A number of officers belonging to Indian Information Service (IIS) have been transferred and posted at different places. Accordingly, Sadhana Rout has been made ADG (In-charge) Publications Division while Ira Joshi will now be ADG (M&C) PIB and R N Mishra is ADG (News) NSD: AIR in Delhi. Similarly, K S Dhatwalia has been posted as ADG (M&C) in PIB; Mamta Verma as Director (News) in DD News; S K Malviya as Director DAVP, Vijay Kumar as Director DFP in Patna, Dharini L. Mishra as Director Publications Division; K Satish Nambudiripad as Director (News), DD News; Alpana Pant Sharma as Director (M&C) in PIB Pune with additional charge of NFAI (Pune); Prashant Pathrabe as Director (News) AIR-Mumbai; Smita Vats Sharma as Director, New Media Wing (RR&TD); Natasha S. D'Souza as Director (M&C) PIB' G Surendrababu as Assistant Director, DFP Hyderabad and Gargi Malik has been appointed as APRO, DPR (Defence) in Lucknow.




Thy name is Indian Railways (UPDATED)

Railway officers are shocked at the premature removal of Ajay Singh from the post of Sr.DME/ Delhi (Director level officer) over his refusal to supply toilet paper (meant for use of passengers on trains) for residential use of a secretary level officer of the Railway Board despite madam's personal directions. Incidentally this officer is known for blatantly making the railways meet all his household requirements even in the Modi era.




Major reshuffle in Delhi Police, 13 officers gets new assignments (UPDATED)

As many as 20 police officers of AGMUT & DANIPS cadre have been transferred & posted in Delhi Police. Out of 20 officers 13 have been transferred and posted. Atul Katiyar (IPS: 1997) has been posted as Addl CP/Licencing whereas A K Singh (IPS: 1999) has been posted as Addl CP/Armed Police. B Shanker Jaiswal (IPS: 2001) is posted as DCP/Traffic (SR), Bhairon Singh Gujjar (IPS: 2003) as DCP/Security (PM), Rajeev Ranjan (IPS: 2004) as DCP/Spl Cell, Prem Nath (IPS: 2005) as DCP/ South District, Mandeep S Randhawa (IPS: 2006) as DCP/South-East District, Pushpendra Kumar (IPS: 2006) as Addl DCP/East Distt, Mahesh Bharadwaz (IPS: 2007) as Addl DCP/South-East Distt, Shweta Chauhan (IPS: 2010) as Addl DCP-I/Outer Distt, Umesh Kr (DANIPS: 1995) as Addl DCP-II/New Delhi Distt., Joy N Tirkey (DANIPS: 1996) as Addl DCP/Rectt. Cell and Rakesh Pawaria (DANIPS: 1998) as Addl DCP/Metro.






ONGC Board approves investment of Rs. 5,219 cr to enhance Gas production (UPDATED)

ONGC will be investing Rs. 5219 crore towards Daman Development project to enhance production of Natural Gas and Condensate in its Tapti Daman Block in Arabian Sea. The investment decision has been approved by the ONGC Board in its 260th Meeting here today. The project is located about 90-100 Km from Daman coast and includes additional development of C-24 field and monetization of B-12 marginal fields (B-12-11, B-12-13 and B-12-15). The production is expected by July 2016 with peak production rate of 8.35 MMSCMD of gas and 9,286 barrels of condensate per day. The cumulative production till 2034-35 is pegged at 27.67 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM) of gas and 5.01 Million Cubic Meters (MMm3) of condensate. The gas and condensate will be evacuated to Hazira through Tapti Process facilities of Tapti-JV. The project envisages installation of seven Well Head Platforms, one riser Platform with associated pipelines and drilling of 28 wells. The project is scheduled for completion by pre-monsoon 2019. Coming close on the heels of the Mumbai High South Redevelopment project (Phase-3) approved in the last Board meeting earlier this month for Rs. 5,813 crore, this approval flags the oil major's aggressive investment posture to ramp up production from the Western Offshore.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in UP (UPDATED)

As many as nine officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, Dr Surya Pratap Singh has been relieved of Principal Secretary, Rural Engineering while Jivesh Nandan was given additional charge of Rural Engineering and Vijay Kumar Yadav is Additional CEO, NOIDA, Gautambuddhnagar. Similarly, Ms Shalini Prasad was relieved of Director ESI Medical Services; S M A Rizvi as Director, ESI Medical Services, Kanpur; Ram Vishal Mishra gets additional charge of Director, State Employees Welfare Corporation and UP Secretariat Protocol Service; Shiv Sahay Awasthi as CEO, Bareilly; Bharat Lal Rai as Special Secretary, Agriculture Production and Prakash Bindu was made District Magistrate, Santkabirnagar.






Rakesh Singh is new Secretary Steel (UPDATED)

Rakesh Singh has been appointed new Secretary Steel in the Government of India. He is 1978 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.






Ashok Lavasa is new Secretary Forests and Environment (UPDATED)

Secretary Civil Aviation Ashok Lavasa has been moved as Secretary Forests and Environment. He is 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.






Mohan Kumar is new Secretary Defence Production (UPDATED)

Secretary Steel G Mohan Kumar has been moved as Secretary Defence Production. He is 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.






Sunil Arora is Secretary Skill Development (UPDATED)

Sunil Arora is joining the Government of India as Secretary Skill Development. He is 1980 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.






V Somasundaran is new Secretary Civil Aviation (UPDATED)

V Somasundaran is joining the Government of India as Secretary Civil Aviation.He is 1979 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Mishra appointed Director, NBCC

Durga Shanker Mishra, Additional Secretary (UD), Ministry of Urban Development has been appointed as Director on the Board of Directors of National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC).





Roy appointed Part-time Non Official Director BHEL

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has appointed A N Roy as Part-time Non-official Director of the company.





Four Independent Directors cease to be on Board of IOCL

K Jairaj, Nesar Ahmad, Sunil Krishna and Sayan Chatterjee have ceased to be Independent Directors of Indian Oil Corporation Limited.





Balaji appointed MD, India Nippon Electricals Ltd

India Nippon Electricals Limited has appointed Arvind Balaji as Managing Director of the company.






Basu appointed Addl. Director, Pilani Investment And Industries Corporation Ltd

Pilani Investment And Industries Corporation Limited has appointed Sucharitab Basu as an Additional Director of the company.







Rathor resigns as CS & CFO, Indus Fila Limited

Hansraj Rathor has resigned as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Indus Fila Limited




Lt. Gen ( Retd) Lall resigns as Independent Director, Indraprastha Medical Corporation Limited

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Vijay Lall has resigned as Independent Director of Indraprastha Medical Corporation Limited.






Garg appointed CS, Indiabulls Securities Ltd

Indiabulls Securities Limited has appointed Ram Mehar Garg as Company Secretary of the company.





Kapadia appointed Director, IVP Limited

IVP Limited has appointed Ms Nina D Kapadia as a Director of the company.





Mohan ceases to be Nominee Director, Petronet LNG Ltd

R Ram Mohan has ceased to be Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of Petronet LNG Limited.






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Modi acquires different status

Narendra Modi has acquired a different status now. His electoral victory and subsequent initiatives have proved that. Thus, no one can question his words. However, the proof of the pudding lies in the eating. So, now, the focus is on the deeds. The nation is behind him, and wishes that he will redeem his pledges. However, the challenge is that India is a society which it benefits politicians to divide deeply and there will always be rivals willing to pull the rug from under his feet.

A K Singh

Track record of BJP Ministers also not good

The track record of BJP Ministers is also not good. It is heard widely in BJP Circles, Modi is all alone. Can one man lead crusade all alone. Other BJP Ministers fed up of Modi. He not allowing them free hand. Raj Nath keeping quiet on all this power of curtailing Home Minister. Modi is Honest - this is most important character of Modi.

Prit Pal Singh

Latest Update about CSSS cadres promotional avenues

The officers of CSSS, particularly Stenographers Grade 'D' appointed between 1981 to 1990 and promoted on ad-hoc basis and were kept waiting for more than 10 years continued uninterrupted ad-hoc services rendered by them for regular appointment on promotion for the reasons best known to DP&T. As a result, they are being forced to retire as P.A., just one promotion during their entire service career. DP&T may kindly take sympathetic view for providing them some kind of solace in the form of giving regular promotion before the completion of 30 years of regular service so as to get them retire with some kind of pride. In other words, ad-hoc service may be counted from the first date of appointment as they completed more than 3 years uninterrupted continued service and they have met the requirement of the Government.

V P Sharma

"Not a happy augury"

Some politicos, including certain regional satraps,have been regularly and habitually making provocative and divisive utterances. These disturb communal harmony besides slowing down Modi ji's efforts for country's progress. May I urge them through this illustrious website to exercise self restraint, rise above petty politics and contribute towards national development.

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)







Raw marks scored by an unsuccessful candidate in Civil Services (Mains)

The appellant asked for scores in some of the papers of Civil Services Exam 2011. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed appellant that as per rules of Civil Services (Main) Examination 2011, "papers on Essay, General Studies and optional subjects of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of as attained such minimum standards as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian languages and English and therefore the marks in Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standards in Indian language and English paper". As the appellant had failed to attain minimum qualifying marks in Hindi, his papers in Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects have not been taken cognizance of. The PIO submitted during the hearing before the CIC that the information being sought was denied in terms of the gazette notification issued by the government of India on Feb 23, 2011 for the Civil Services Exam 2011, which clearly stipulates that if a candidate fails to obtain minimum qualifying marks in Indian language paper, marks in respect of other papers will not be disclosed to the candidate. It was further submitted that the information being sought has not attained final shape as the marks are neither tabulated nor moderated. The CIC directed the PIO to provide the information sought by the appellant. The CIC added that the Public authority is free to clarify that these are raw marks and have not been moderated.


As per Section 22 of the RTI Act, the provisions of RTI Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act and any other law for the time being in force. Hence, the sections of the RTI Act alone can be used to deny information.

Citation: Shri B Bhushana Rao v. Syndicate Bank in File No. CIC/VS/A/2013/001395/SH

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












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