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Each party called the other the "aggressor".




Mulayam Singh eying for Presidentship ?

Those who are close to Mulayam Singh Yadav say he is now eying for the Presidentship next year.



What is the secret of Narendra Modi ?

What is the secret of PM Narendra Modi's success ? There was an answer from a veteran politician "He eats politics, he drinks politics and he sleeps politics". It means one has to be a full time politician and not a casual one.




Bureaucracy is uneasy !

The union agriculture secretary's treatment at the hands of PM Narendra Modi and forced retirement of one IAS officer and two senior IPS officers have sent the chills down the spine of bureaucrats.

Anti-Incumbency + Redundancy = Flop

RaGa is obstinate and autocratic!
He cannot be diplomatic!!

Akhilesh got sick of his attitude!!
And decided not to give him any platitude!

He switched off his phone!!
RaGa's advisors began to moan!!

Asked him to make Priyanka Didi to mediate!!
Before it gets too late!!

Didi contacted Aki's biwi!!
Who watching a Serial was glued to TV!!

She told Didi she'd speak to her Miya!
Didi realised Dodo bro ne kuch galatt kiya!!

She sent 11 SMS messages too!!
No reply and into a panic she flew!!

She contacted Mummy who threw a fit!!
If she could apna head wall pe karti hit!!

She summoned her Think Tank for advice!!
She said do something but don't cut my son in size!!

Was decided Ahmed Patel would contact Aki on phone!!!
And in a very conciliatory tone would truly to atone!!

So Ahmed spoke to Aki who said!
For all purposes Congress is dead!!

'I'm giving a helping hand and what does RaGa do!!
Makes ludicrous demands and expects me to coo'!!

Ahmed responded we accept 100 to keep Alliance alive!!
But to save RaGa's face please make it 105!!

Aki asked for some time to consult his lot,
And immediately to meet Papa an appointment was sought!!

Congress is aiming for anything more than last time!!
If they get it celebratory bells will chime!!

Under RaGa's Leadership we increased our tally!!
Will be announced at every Rally!!!

Even if they get 1 seat more it'll be celebrated!!
Hoopla for RaGa's Leadership will be created!!

A Party that could not get 50 seats Nationally !!
Aki offered them 90 in UP initially!!

In his desperation to fight anti-incumbency,
He's added Congress's redundancy!!

Jalikatu protest now gone political,
Started off as apolitical!!

Congress's ally DMK steps in,
But it was Congress that did Jalikutu 'in'!!

In its Manifesto Congress promised Jalikatu ban,
A anti Jalikatu campaign it ran.

MMS and Jairam's roles should be kept in mind!!
Whoever is pro Jalikatu should be kicking Congress in the hind!

Confucius says.. Modi karte hai kaam!
And Opposition tries to give him bad naam!

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How do you see the two most powerful leaders of the World - Donald Trump and Narendra Modi ?

Some people see Donald Trump as Narendra Modi of the USA. Like Modi in 2014, they say, Trump touched the raw nerve of the US citizens in 2016 to win a decisive victory.

If Modi, with his magnetic electoral campaign, won an absolute majority for his party for the first time in 2014, Trump also staged a spectacular campaign to win the top job for himself.

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Empanelment of 1984 batch IAS next month

Empanelment of 1984 batch IAS officers to the rank of Secretary in the Government of India is expected to take place in February.




Will Sawhney be new DRI ?

Will Sunil Sawhney be dark horse for the post of Director General of Revenue Inteligence (DRI) ?. He is presently DG Human Resources Directorate. IRS (C&CE) officer Sawhney was earlier Special Director ED.




As many as 26 IAS officers of various batches and cadres are retiring in January 2017. The officers include: Naini Jayaseelan of UT cadre; Raj Bir Singh of Haryana; Deepak Sanan of Himachal Pradesh; Abdul Latief Deva of Jammu & Kashmir; Upendra Narayan Oraon, Raj Kumar, Umesh P Singh, Shiwendra Singh and Shashi Ranjan Singh of Jharkhand cadre; Shambu Dayal Meena of Karnataka; Swadheen S Kshatriya of Maharashtra; Ravinder Singh of Punjab; V Mohanraj of Sikkim; Yashpal Singh, Karuna Nidhan Debbarma and Karnamani Das of Tripura; Pradeep Shukla, Rohit Nandan, Biresh Kumar, Pushpa Singh, Arun Kumar Mishra and Chandra Kant Pandey of Uttar Pradesh and Ms Reena Venkataraman, Doma Tshering Sherpa, Akhtar Karim and Shaique Ahmed of West Bengal cadre.





1984 batch IPS officer to be CP, Delhi Police !

In all probability 1984 batch IPS officer will become new Police Commissioner Delhi. who will be ?.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is believed to have recommended name of 1984 batch IPS officer Dharmendra Kumar.






About four dozen Board Members retiring in PSUs in 2017

Around four dozen Board Members including CMDs, MDs and Directors are retiring in various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in 2017.





Will Lt Gen Bakshi head new post of General to be created in Indian Army ?

There is a serious move to create the post of a new General for armed forces during the annual Combined Commanders Conference (CCC) .The post would be equivalent to the chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force. Will Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief head the post ?






Radical change in top Bank appointments

A section of bankers is very happy with the Modi Government. They say days are gone when CMD used to be appointed after paying 50 crores.






Pawan Kumar Shrivastava likely to join central deputation at IG level

Pawan Kumar Shrivastava is expected to join central deputation at Inspector General (IG) level in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.






Three Directors of NTPC to retire in 2017

Three Directors of NTPC: S C Pandey, Director Project, K K Sharma, Director Operations and A K Jha, Director Technical are retiring in 2017.





GoI yet to find successor of Padmanabhan

The Government of India is yet to initiate the process of finding successor of P Padmanabhan as Managing Director, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL).






SCI Director seeks VRS

Capt Bipin Bihari Sinha, Director (Personnel & Administration), Shipping Corporation of India has opted for voluntary retirement from the services of the corporation.






GoI unlikely to increase strength of Judges in High Courts

The Government of India appears not be interested in increasing the approved strength of High Court Judges in the country. Presently, an actual working strength is 649 against the total approved strength 1,079.





Dr Bahuguna's political party is getting good response in Uttarakhand

Dr. VK Bahuguna former Principal Secretary Government of Tripura and DG ICFRE and Chancellor FRI University who quit his post retirement job in Tripura in April 2015 had joined Politics in September 2016 after dabbling with his non political Jan Vikas Manch for about a year as President of the Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha a registered political Party of Uttarakhand . He is fielding his party candidates only in few winning seats. His vision document and Manifesto released on 17th January for the incoming assembly elections state is being well received by the people.






Tenure of around three dozen CVOs in PSUs ending in 2017

The tenure of around three dozen Chief Vigilance Officers working with various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) is coming to an end in 2017. However, some of them are expected to be given extension for a further period of two years.





Only one Director retiring in CMPDIL in 2017

Only one Director Technical, V K Sinha is retiring in Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) in 2017.





Gajendra Singh likely to fill vacant post of Director (Mktg), GAIL

Gajendra Singh, ED, GAIL, is expected to be appointed as Director (Marketing), GAIL India Limited against the vacancy.





Who will be new MD, BBJ?

While the retirement of Brig B D Pandey is approaching, the Government of India is yet to decide his successor for the post of Managing Director, Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Company Limited (BBJ).






Bagdalkar appointed as Director (HR), BEL

R N Bagdalkar has been appointed as Director (Human Resources), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post.





P Chandrasekaran appointed as Director (E&D), OIL

P Chandrasekaran, GM, ONGC, has been appointed as Director (Exploration & Development), Oil India Limited (OIL).






Cmde Hemant Khatri appointed as Director (SP), Hindustan Shipyard Ltd

Cmde Hemant Khatri has been appointed as Director (Strategic Project), Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Visakhapatnam.





Tenure of Pravin Kumar curtailed to join as DIG, NIA

The tenure of Pravin Kumar as Director, Heavy Industry has been curtailed after he was selected as DIG, National Investigation Agency (NIA). He is a 1998 batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






Pakanj Hazarika appointed as Director, BIMSTEC

Pakaj Hazarika has been appointed as Director in Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). He is a 2000 batch IDAS officer.





Akkaraju is also Chairman, CoPT

Venkata Ramana Akkaraju, Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, has been assigned additional charge of Chairman, Cochin Port Trust (CoPT).






M T Joshi appointed as Judicial Member, MAT, Nagpur Bench

M T Joshi, retired Judge of Bombay High Court has been appointed as Judicial Member in Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT), Nagpur bench.





B P Patil appointed as Judicial Member, MAT, Aurangabad Bench

B P Patil, retired Judge of Bombay High Court has been appointed as Judicial Member in Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT), Aurangabad bench.





Use of Swadeshi steel is way forward for sustainable growth of economy: Steel Minister

Union Minister of Steel, Birender Singh chaired the meeting of National Steel Consumers' Council of Ministry of Steel in Mumbai. Singh said that there is great potential for increasing steel consumption in the country. Use of Swadeshi steel is the way forward not only for steel consumption but also for sustainable growth of the steel industry and economy. Singh, informed the members that National Steel Consumer's Council has been strengthened with the induction of industry experts. The meeting was attended by 150 of all stake holders of producers of MSME, integrated steel plants of private and public sector, machinery manufacturers and consumers of infrastructure , transport housing equipment sectors. Elaborating on the need of the hour he said, "Government of India's emphasis through Make in India and support to Swadeshi production offers huge opportunity to raise the domestic steel consumption.'' He said that India's current per capita steel consumption stands only at 60 Kgs, which is very less as compared to the world average of 208 Kgs. He informed that Ministry of Steel has already started a campaign to boost steel consumption in country through encouraging all concerned ministries to use only India-made steel for infrastructure and construction projects of the government. Also, he said that the campaign would help in educating people about the numerous sustainability benefits, which are guaranteed to be realized whenever steel is used. The attributes like low waste, offsite manufacture, resource efficiency, adaptability, long lasting appeal, safety, reusability and recyclability makes steel arguably the most befitting material for construction. He further stressed that in 2016, India had emerged as the third largest steel producer in the world and central government is taking all steps to make the country world's second largest steel producer. During his address, Singh stated that the support extended to the steel industry by way of various trade remedial measures in recent times have led to a significant reduction in imports and stabilization of domestic market. Globally, trade protection by various governments is on the rise. Indian steel industry has to acquire the competitive edge by benchmarking with the best in the world, in order to be a global leader.





B S Yadav concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Burkina Faso (UPDATED)

Birender Singh Yadav has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Burkina Faso. He is a 1997 batch IFS officer.





Ashok Warrier concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Congo (UPDATED)

Ashok Warrier has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo.





Reshuffle of IAS officers in Nagaland (UPDATED)

A number of IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Nagaland. Accordingly, IH Zhimomi has been posted as Commissioner and Secretary to Chief Minister while Kelei Zeliang is posted as Secretary to the Chief Minister and N C Thur is now Commissioner and Secretary of Transport. Similarly, L Kire has been posted as Commissioner and Secretary of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Wopen Lotha as Commissioner and Secretary of Information and Public Relations; A S Longchari as Secretary of Agriculture; Ahola Those as Secretary of Art and Culture, Motsuthung Lotha as Secretary of Urban Development, VM Yanthan as Secretary of Home, TM Yanthan as Secretary of Fisheries, Kenilo Apon as Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, SR Ritse as Secretary of School Education, YM Humtsoe as Secretary of SCERT and AT Sato has been appointed as Secretary of Labour and Employment.






Orders of Mohanty as Director (Mktg), IREL issued (UPDATED)

The orders of Kishore Kumar Mohanty, DGM, IOCL, for the appointment as Director (Marketing), Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on August 26, 2016)






Two Principal Commissioners of Customs to get President Award (UPDATED)

Two officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of Customs & Central Excise: Satya Narayan Saha, Principal Additional Director General, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Zonal Unit, Hyderabad and Syed Haider Hasan, Principal Commissioner , Central Excise Zone, Meerut, have been selected for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially distinguished Record of Service.





Two Commissioners of Customs to get President Award (UPDATED)

Two officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of Customs & Central Excise: Srinivas Murty Tata, Commissioner (Service Tax), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi and Sunil Jain, Commissioner, Central Excise Zone, Hyderabad, have been selected for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially distinguished Record of Service.





13 Commissioners of Customs to get President Award (UPDATED)

As many as 13 officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of Customs & Central Excise at the level of Director have been selected for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially distinguished Record of Service. They are: Rajendra Kumar, Director (Legal), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi; Neeraj Prasad, Additional Commissioner, Directorate General of Tax Payers Services, New Delhi; Manish Goyal, Additional Director, Directorate General of Human Resource Development (DG HRD), New Delhi; Nasim Arshi, Additional Director, Risk Management Division (RMD), Mumbai; Dr M. G. Thamizh Valavan, Director (Anti-Smuggling), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi; Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Director (Drawback), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi; Mihir Ranjan, Additional Commissioner, Directorate General of Vigilance (DGoV), New Delhi; Nitin Saini, Additional Director, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), Regional Unit, Ludhiana; Zubair Riaz Kamili, Director (Customs), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi; Maneesh Kumar, Additional Director, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI), Zonal Unit, Ahmedabad; Dr Pradyumn Kumar Tripathi, First Secretary, High Commission of India, Singapore; Pramod Kumar, Officer on Special Duty (Joint Commissioner), Tax Research Unit (TRU), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), New Delhi and Sanjiw Kumar Mishra, Joint Commissioner, Directorate General of Systems and Data Management, New Delhi.






Three Dy Commissioners of Customs to get President Award (UPDATED)

Three officers of Indian Revenue Service (IRS) of Customs & Central Excise: Chanderpal Singh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Customs Zone, Mumbai-II; Ms Samrita Kaur Gill, Deputy Director, Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI) (Hqrs.), New Delhi and Avinash Shashikant Patane, Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise Zone, Pune, have been selected for Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially distinguished Record of Service.






Foreign Secretary Dr Jaishankar gets one year extension (UPDATED)

The service tenure of Dr S Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary has been extended for a further period of one year upto January 2018. He is a 1977 batch IFS officer.






Ms Anshu Sinha appointed as CEO, KVIC (UPDATED)

Ms Anshu Sinha has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai. She is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Mrs Rina Mitra appointed as Spl Secretary, Internal Security (UPDATED)

Mrs Rina Mitra has been appointed as Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). She is a 1983 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.






Shaktikanta Das gets three months extension (UPDATED)

The service tenure of Shaktikanta Das as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, has been extended for a period of three months upto May 31, 2017. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






Manoj Pande promoted as Additional Member, Railway Board (UPDATED)

Manoj Pande has been promoted to the post of Additional Member (Staff), Railway Board.






Blazquez quits as Non-Exec. Director of United Spirits Ltd

Dr Nicholas Bodo Blazquez has quit as Non-Executive Non Independent Director of United Spirits Limited.





Sethi appointed as President & CEO of Selan Exploration Technology Ltd

Selan Exploration Technology Limited has appointed Neeraj Sethi as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.





Kedia appointed as CS of Pincon Spirit Ltd

Pincon Spirit Ltd has appointed Himangshu Kedia as Company Secretary of the company.





Binani appointed as Independent Director of Taparia Tools Ltd

Taparia Tools Ltd has appointed Kamal Binani as Independent Director of the company.






Tambe appointed as Addl. Director of Aadhaar Ventures India Ltd

Aadhaar Ventures India Ltd has appointed Naresh Kumar Tambe as Additional Director of the company.






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Modi is Dilip Kumar of Indian Politics. Trump can not be compared with him.

Dr Kumar

Trump and Modi both are autocratic. Trump is President of a literate country but not Modi.


e-Office means battle half won

If all the offices in the country become e-Office and prepared their websites according to the guidelines, 90% of the battle for achieving good governance, accountability and transparency would be won. But the feudalistic mentality people in the legislatures and bureaucracy are acting as a biggest impediment in this endeavor. They are officials in the Government who are taking re-imbursement of their mobile phone bills but they do not want the mobile numbers to displayed to public. Some higher ups should listen to me and do the needful to get the e-Office and guidelines for websites implemented in the country all through.


Old and new era

Once in old era Bhagat Singh was awarded DESH DROH by British Government and nothing to General Dior ? In New Era Hardik Patel was awarded RAJ DROH for raising voice for reservations for Patidars and nothing for the killing of 12 Patidaars ?


India suffers from a peculiar cancer !

India suffers from a peculiar cancer called "corruption". Nation building is a collective responsibility but due to vast economic disparity it is not possible to make it a corrupt free society as every human who has economic problem is ready for sale. In view of this India needs a system based on "Amul" model in each sector including farming. No other model will work, even the public units be privatized with employees as its part. This will fix responsibility and collective action. There will still be some corruption with executive committees of these units but negligible as cooperative units work on checks and balances theory.

Harish Kumar

Empanelment process for Joint Secretary post unfair

GoI has introduced the practice of 360 where the empanelment of officers to posts of Joint Secretary is considered not only on the basis of an officer's confidential reports of the last few years but also on the basis of the opinion of the seniors (not necessarily of those he or she has worked with) but also of his/her juniors. This principle has played havoc with the careers of many officers. Some excellent performers , it seems, have been left out on the basis of this 360 rule. In our scheme of things may be the senior chosen to opine has never interacted with the officer or the officer is of the nature who is not given to psycophancy or networking or maybe the opinion giver is jealous or unhappy with the officer for not obliging him with some wish somewhere in some post.Similiarly how can a junior be in a better position to evaluate his senior and if the one chosen by the DOPT has a grudge against his officer who might have upbraided him on his poor performance or denied him leave etc. at some point of time. How 360 evaluation wallahs are picked up by the departments who advise DoPT who does the entire exercise is a great mystery. The officers rejected for empanelment are never informed about those opinions so that they have a chance to represent and give the background for which these officers, the senior and the junior cannot be expected to be well disposed towards them. There is absolutely no transparency in the entire process. Why it is that when we try to reform processes we end up vitiating them further causing immense harm not only to the system but to individuals who do not deserve this injustice.

360 was a practice started by German military during World War 11 for promotion of military personnel. The same was adopted by USA but then given up precisely for the reason that those asked to give an opinion on the character of an individual were not found to be objective. It is not at all desirable in the context of civil services specially here where total objectivity is not the hallmark of our character. In the interest of fair play this outdated, irrelevant and unfair rule needs to be given up.

Aarti Khosla







Information which is not part of the original RTI Application

The appellant sought information relating to earth work in connection with Guage Conversion on Ratlam - Khandwa Section of Western Railway and matters related thereto. On receipt of the reply, the appellant contested that certain information had not been correctly supplied and sought information for a specific period. On perusal of the RTI application, the CIC noted that that the appellant had himself submitted a vague and ambiguous query with regard to the above points which were replied by the respondent to the best of their abilities. The appellant subsequently, sought information for a specific period which was not a part of the RTI application. The appellant was advised that for specific information sought by him, he should file another RTI application.


While filing an application under the RTI Act, an applicant should pinpoint the specific information being sought by him failing which the results of the RTI application would not entirely be to his satisfaction. No new information can be sought at the appellate level.

Citation: Mr. Deepak Uppal v. CPIO, Headquarters Office, Western Railway in Appeal No.:-CIC/VS/A/2014/003762/BJ

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore and Co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO's Guide to RTI by Taxmann. (The views are Personal)








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