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When nothing else inspires, History does ! ( 50)
Mankind already carries in its own hands too many seeds of its own destruction.







Singh was only congress leader invited for Priyanka Gandhi's wedding
Natwar Singh has always been a close family friend of Gandhi's. This is evident from the fact that he was the only Congress leader invited for Priyanka Gandhi's wedding.


What is the character of Narendra Modi ?

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming the third most followed world leader on Twitter, next only to US President Barack Obama and the Pope, he is being discussed everywhere so much so that people have started comparing him with world leaders of the past. "Is Modi Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt or Churchill" ?

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Will Amitabh Mathur succeed Ajit Lal as Chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) ? He is a 1977 batch R&AW officer.





It is reliably learnt that Arvind Panagaria may soon be appointed as Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) to the Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley. He has been serving at University of Columbia as Professor of Economics.




As the grapevine has it, names of as many as 67 IPS officers of 1984 batch are set to be sent to Cabinet Secretariat for ADG empanelment.





40 IPS officers under review for ADG empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that along with the empanelment of 1984 batch IPS officers as many as 40 IPS officers of senior batches are also being reviewed for ADG empanelment.






Dy NSA Nehchal Sandhu resigns

Deputy NSA Nehchal Sandhu is reported to have resigned. Former DIB Sandhu is retired 1973 batch IPS officer.






Kshatriya joins as new Chief Secretary of Maharashtra

Swadheen S Kshatriya has taken over the charge as new Chief Secretary of Maharashtra. He is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Mathur is also Secretary, Defence Production

R K Mathur has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Defence Production for a period of three months. He is a 1977 batch IAS officer of MT cadre.






Additional charge period of Vijayraghavan extended

Additional charge period of Professor K Vijayraghavan as Secretary, Department of Science and Technology and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has been extended for further three months.






UPSC Chairman to retire on August 16

The Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission, D P Agrawal ,is retiring on August 16.Agrawal had joined the UPSC as Member in 2003.





PMO clears file of R G Rao for Director (Fin), ILK

The Prime Minister Office (PMO) is reported to have cleared the file of R G Rao, Sr MGR, RINL, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Instrumentation Ltd, Kota (ILK).






Mrs Panda may look after the charge of CMD, BBNL

Mrs Arundhati Panda (Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service,1985 batch), Director (Finance) in Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) under the Department of Telecom, may look after the charge of CMD, BBNL as N. Ravi Shanker (IAS,1980 batch, Uttarakhand cadre), the present CMD, is relinquishing the charge of CMD on July 31, 2014 on being promoted as Secretary. Mrs. Panda is the senior most Director in the BBNL Board.






Rao appointed Chief Secretary of Tripura

G Kameswara Rao has been appointed Chief Secretary of Tripura. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre. Earlier the name of Pravin Srivastava was in circulation for the post.
(We said this on July29, 2014)






Jha appointed DG of NICF

Kashinath Jha has been appointed as Director General of National Institute of Communication & Finance (NICF). The 1994 batch officer of Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service had been serving as Director, NICF.






Ms Dayalan repatriated to parent cadre

Ms Ajanta Dayalan, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, has been repatriated to her parent cadre with effect from July 31, 2014. She is a 1978 batch IA&AS officer.





Tenure of Planning Commission Adviser extended

The tenure of Rakesh Ranjan as Adviser, Planning Commission has been extended for a period of three months with effect from August 25, 2014. He is a 1989 batch IPS officer of MT cadre.





Ms Arora is also PS, Women Commission in Delhi Govt

Ms Archana Arora has been assigned an additional charge of Principal Secretary, Delhi Commission for Women. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.






Coal Minister Piyush Goyal in search of young dynamic officer for his PS

Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, is looking for a dynamic young IAS officer or from A group services for the post of Private Secretary.






Khan is new HC of India to Malta

Azar A H Khan, presently Ambassador of India to the State of Libya, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Malta, with residence in Tripoli (Libya).






Post of Director in DEA vacant

It is reliably learnt that a Director rank post may soon be advertised vice Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan. The 2002 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre has recently moved on foreign training. She served with Dept of Economic Affairs as Director (multilateral institutions).





Jishnu Barua to join central deputation !

Jishnu Barua, who is presently in the cadre, is expected to join central deputation at Joint Secretary level. He is a 1988 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.





Dewangan yet to get posting in GoI
Vivek Kumar Dewangan, who served as PS, to former Minister, Food Processing Industries and wishing to join Joint Secretary level remaining on central deputation, is yet to get posting. He is 1993 batch IAS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre.







Singh appointed PS to Harsh Vardhan
D N Singh has been appointed as Private Secretary to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. He is a 1987 batch DANICS officer.
(We said it on June 5, 2014)






NHPC Dir (Projects) to get three months extension
As the grapevine has it, J K Sharma may soon be given three months extension beyond August 9. His tenure as Director (Projects) NHPC had ended on May 09 this year but he had been given three months extension beyond May 9.






Vashisht poised to be PS to Jual Oram
As the grapevine has it, S K Vashisht may soon be appointed as PS to Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram. He is 1998 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre.






20 Under Secretaries to be promoted as Director !
Whispers in the corridors of power has it that as many as 20 Under Secretaries may soon be promoted as Director.






Srivastava poised to be Principal RC to the Govt of Jharkhand
As the grapevine has it Ravindra Kumar Srivastava may soon be appointed as Principal Resident Commissioner to the Govt of Jharkhand. The post has been running vacant after Vimal Kirti Singh took VRS on the onset of Lok Sabha Elections 2014. Srivastava is completing his tenure under central deputation on 28 Aug. The 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, serving in GoI as Jt Secretary (MHA), is empanelled as Additional Secretary, Govt of India.






Bhatnagar poised to be ARC to the Govt of Jharkhand in Delhi
Whispers in the corridors of power have iot that Ajay Bhatnagar may soon be appointed as Additional Resident Commissioner to the Govt of Jharkhand in Delhi. In his new stint he would succeed Sanjay Kumar as ARC. The 1989 batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre is presently serving as OSD to the Chief Minister, Jharkhand in Delhi. He had succeeded Kamal Nayan Chaubey as OSD after Chaubey's repatriation to Jharkhand.







Mayank Joshi to move from MEA HQ

As the grapevine has it Mayank Joshi will soon move from MEA HQ. The 2003 batch officer of Indian Foreign Service is presently serving with MEA HQ as Deputy Secretary for Sri Lanka desk.






Bhopal Singh repatriates to parent cadre
Bhopal Singh is back to his parent cadre i.e. Indian Ordnance Factory Services. The 1992 batch IOFS officer had been serving with MHA as Director, Official Languages.






Ms Praveen relieved from MHA for in service training
After being relieved from MHA, Ms Praveen Kumari Singh moves on one year long in service training. The 1993 batch IRPS officer had been serving with MHA as Director, Centre State Division.






Nine IAS officers transferred in Telangana
As many as nine IAS officers have been transferred in Telangana. Accordingly, Mrs G D Priyadarshini has been posted as Collector, Mahabubnagar while J Raymond Peter will now be Director, APARD, Hyderabad and K Illambarthi is Collector, Khammam. Similarly, D Ronald Rose has been posted as Collector, Nizamabad; B Laxmi Kanthan as Joint Collector, Adilabad; Ms Amarapali Kata as Director, Women and Child Welfare; J Nivas as Joint Collector, Adilabad; Dr Preeti Meena as Joint Collector, Nalgonda and M Hari Narayanan was posted as Sub-collector, Vikraad, Ranga Reddy district.






27 senior IPS officers transferred in Karnataka
As many as 27 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Karnataka. Accordingly, Praveen Sood has been appointed as ADG & PS, Home while Dr Rajvir Pratap Sharma wil now be ADG, Railways, Bangalore and T Suneel Kumar is ADG, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force. Similarly, Sunil Agarwal has been appointed as IG, Administration (Chief office), Bangalore; C H Pratap Reddy has been appointed as IG, Internal Security Division Operations; K Ramachandra Rao as IG, Traffic Road Safety, Bangalore; Arun Chakravarthy as IG, Headquarter-1, Bangalore; Seemanth Kumar Singh as MD, Karnataka STate Police Housing Corporation Ltd, Bangalore; K V Sharat Chandra as DIG, Training, Bangalore; B Shivakumar as DIG & Principal, Police Training College, Gulbarga; H S Venkatesh as Director, Youth Empowerment & Sports Department, Bangalore; Mrs Sonia Narang as Deputy Commisiosner, Administration, Bangalore City; N Satheesh Kumar as Deputy Commissioner, East Division, Bangalore City; D Prakash as SP, Chitradurga district; T R Suresh as Deputy Commissioner, North Division, Bangalore City; Sandeep Patil as Deputy Commissioner, Central Division; Vikash Kuamr Vikash as Deputy Commissioner, North East Division, Bangalore City; Dr T D Pawr as SP, Koppal District; B R Ravikanthe as SP, Bijapur; Dr Y S Ravikumar as SP, Intelligence, Bangalore; Dr Ram Niwas Sepat as Commandant, 1st Battalion, Karnataka State Reserve Police;Dr M B Boralingaiah as SP, Davangere; Dr Rohini Katoch Septat as Deputy Commissoiner, South East Division; C Vamshi Krishna as Assistant IG, General State Police Headquarters, Bangalore; B S Lokesh Kumar as Deputy Commissioner, South Division, Bangalore City; P Rajendraprasad as SP, Udupi; H R Bhagavan Das as SP, Kolar Gold Fields; Mrs Vartika Katiyar as SP, Dharwad district; S Rangaswamy Naik as SP, Chamarajanagar district and M Muthuraya was posted as SP, Yadgir District.






Five senior IAS officers shifted in Karnataka
Five officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Karnataka. Accordingly, Mrs G Latha Krishna Rao has been appointed as ACS-cum-Development Commissioner while P Ravi Kumar will now be ACS, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs and P Manivannan is MD, Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Drainage Board. Similarly, Dr Ramegowda has been appointed as Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety and S Ziyaullah was made Commissioner for Backward Classes Welfare.






Ms Tripathi appointed as Dy Secretary in Planning Commission
Upon return from deputation, Ms Anita Prakash Tripathi has been posted as Deputy Secretary in the Planning Commission. She is a CSS officer.






18 Under Secretaries shifted after promotion to Dy Secretary grade in GoI
As many as 18 Under Secretaries have been transferred after promotion to Deputy Secretary grade in Government of India. Accordingly, Sanjay Kumar has been posted to Financial Services while P G Kaladharan was appointed to Culture and Suresh Chandra is being moved to UPSC. Similarly, D K D Rao has been shifted to Higher Education; Samita Arora to DoNER; Amrik Singh to Home Affairs; Ajay Kumar Tripathi to Statistics & Programme Implementation; Anil Kumar Joshi to Legal Affairs; Deepak Israni to I&B; A M Manichan to Heavy Industries; Mrs Shipra Roy to Women & Child Development; Sathis Kumar Chhikara to Home Affairs; Satya Mohan Gupta to Fertilizers; Deepak Grover to UPSC; Yatindra Kumar to Social Justice & Empowerment; P Sasi Kumar to Higher Education; Raj Singh to Defence and Ajay Joshi was shifted to I&B.






Air Marshal Gill to take over today
Air Marshal Kulwant Singh Gill will take over today as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Central Air Command of the Indian Air Force .






Lt Gen Hira is new GOC Vajra Corps
Lieutenant General Narinder Pal Singh Hira has taken over as the GOC of the Vajra Corps .






Tomar chairs 162nd meeting of ESI Corporation (UPDATED)
Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines has said that ESIC will keep the insured persons and their family members in centre while deciding any issue. The Corporation also approved for a pilot project to be taken up in three States initially, in order to give wider access to the Labour force in the country. This will facilitate the beneficiaries to have health care facilities in general health system of the States. A wider access of health care facilities will be ensured through initiative for larger number of people in the country. . Based on the experience of the pilot project, it will be replicated throughout the country. The Minister informed that the Corporation has decided to set up State Executive Committee to further improve the conditions of the dispensaries at lowest level. He also instructed the ESIC to conduct a large scale inspection by the Members of the Corporation and other officers to have a first hand status report of ESIC Hospitals as well as the ESI Hospitals run by the State Govts and give a report to the Corporation for taking decision for improvement in the secondary medical care of ESI Scheme. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines, Vishnu Deo Sai, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Steel and Mines released a Poster on 'Vision and Mission of ESIC' in the 162nd Meeting of the ESI Corporation held on July 31, 2014. The Members of ESI Corporation belonging to various Trade Unions, Employers Federations and Medical profession present during the Meeting welcomed the new Chairman and LEM as well as the new MOS, L&E. The agenda related to consideration of recommendations of the Sub-Committee on 'Medical Services and Medical Education'; policy with regard to giving wider access to the labour workforce on the larger health care system and optimum utilization of ESI Hospitals; policy for occupational diseases centres; policy for purchase of medicine and quality testing, etc. were discussed and important policy decisions were taken. The ESI Corporation has approved the recommendations of the Sub Committee on Medical Services and Medical Education, providing for improvements in the medical services of ESI Scheme for the benefit of the IPs and their family members.





Alva appointed Independent Director, Murudeshwar Ceramics Ltd

Murudeshwar Ceramics Ltd has appointed Ms Sarvani Alva as an Independent Director of the company.







Torii designated as Director (Production), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has appointed Shigetoshi Torii as Whole-time Director and has been designated as Director (Production) of the company .





Saletore appointed CFO, Bharat Forge Ltd

Bharat Forge Ltd has appointed Kishore Saletore as Chief Financial Officer of the company.





Singhal resigns as CS, AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd

Pawan Singhal has resigned as Company Secretary of AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd.






Parmar appointed CS, Moser Baer India Ltd

Moser Baer India Ltd has appointed Neeraj Parmar as Company Secretary of the company.






Agarwal appointed Director, Cindrella Hotels Ltd

Cindrella Hotels Ltd has appointed Sanjay Kumar Agarwal as Director of the company.






Ms Parikh appointed Director, Savant Infocomm Ltd

Savant Infocomm Ltd has appointed Ms Mina Parikh as a Director of the company






Edupuganti appointed Addl. Director, Diligent Industries Ltd

Diligent Industries Ltd appointed Srinivas Babu Edupuganti as an Additional Director of the company.





Ms Singh resigns as CS, Poly Medicure Ltd

Ms Sonia Singh, has resigned as Company Secretary of Poly Medicure Ltd.






Sharma appointed Addl. Director, EMA India Ltd

EMA India Ltd has appointed M P Sharma as an Additional Director of the company.







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What is the character of Narendra Modi ? DEBATE (1)
The best and right moment to define or speculate modi sahbe would be when he submits his report card after five years as promised by him. He might prove to be the best prime minister so far. But actual result cannot be announced in advance. All Indians should pray for prime minister's success.

R K Singh

Don't blame Railways alone

As per procedure the level crossings are constructed on 50-50 cost sharing between Railways and State Government. If the States do not spend their share and don't construct roads over the tracks, then it is not the responsibility of Railways. The Railways itself is crumbling wherein the politicians did not allow fare to be raised during the last 10 years (Laloo and Mamata the biggest culprit). Till late 1990s the Railways were running on profits. Laloo fudged figures and Mamata gave largesse.
Krishna S

Sitting idle !

I fully agree that in some Ministries they simply sit only for the sake of occupying the post.


Also cover IAS/IPS etc. in states

Why don't you look at IAS/IPS etc. in states. These services occupy about 60 percent to 70 percent of cadre strength. In any state, there are more number of secretaries/ commissioners, than DMs, ADLDMS & other staff. The field level is short of staff at the expense of super time posts


New initiatives of CBDT

CBDT has taken new initiatives to focus of corporate bosses and making data base people using SUV, spending in Malls etc. but again it is not targeting the people whose taxable income is more than 1 crore. New Govt. should increase tax base of people having taxable income of more than 1 crore. Another step taken by CBDT to see the interest earned in Cooperative banks more than 10,000/ in a year and screen those account holders about TDS. This is again targeting the people whose income may be between 5-10 lakhs and will be small tax payers. Whatever Govt. does it always settles with small tax payers only. Govt. never cross the limit of 20-30 lakhs for screening purpose. It means CBDT will look only small or medium tax payers. Why CBDT cannot prepare list people owning cars costing more than 20 lakhs, owning property more than 1 crore, staying in 5 star super deluxe hotels, traveling abroad, earned huge income thru stock options etc. Let FM should give the number in Parliament people who filed ITR having income more than 1 crore in AY 2014-15. The figure given by earlier FM with smile was around 42,800. Unexplained smile? Will new FM also follow the same?

A Kumar

Economic Census by MOSPI

Provisional results of Economic Census released by M/o Statistics on 30th July 2014 reveals its efficiency and competence. It has taken Ministry 16 months to complete the field work of the Census compared to more arduous field work carried out by its sister oganisation, Registrar General of India for completing the Population Census in just 30 days in 2011. Use of Census Enumeration Blocks for collection of information from establishments is really questionable when doubts have been raised by even the RGI Officers about identification of census enumeration blocks at this stage. Lack of field supervision by trained and experienced regular staff of State Governments and Statistics Ministry is one issue which will raise doubts about the authenticity of the data collected. Leaving the field work to contract investigators and contract supervisors who have no accountability has never been successful. It will be interesting for the Ministry to analyse the data for Gujarat vis-à-vis other States to establish the strength of claims made during the 2014 general elections about growth story.

Surendra Mohan

Change entire staff

1. As someone suggested, it would be a good idea to change entire staff of a department/section every five years by rotation.

2. Can the govt. think of reducing one of the two lower layers i.e. under secretary and director by merging into one?

Manu Ashar







RTI Act does not provide the right to supervise the day to day working

The appellant sought certain information including the weekly certificate. After receiving these documents, the appellant again wrote to the FAA to inspect records of weekly certificates signed by the officials and the dates when each of them was sent to the next officer to check their authenticity. The FAA did not reply to this communication. The case came up before the CIC where the question before the Commission was whether the appellant's request for inspection should have been allowed after the documents asked for had been provided to him, since the request for inspection was made to check the authenticity of the documents provided. The CIC held that the appellant's request virtually amounted to supervising and monitoring the day to day functions of the public authority and refused to grant any relief to the appellant. The CIC ruled that the RTI Act cannot be used for establishing an unending dialogue with a public authority about general concerns or apprehensions that an appellant may have in his mind.


Once the public authority had provided an information or complied with an order passed under the RTI Act, the obligation under the Act is fulfilled. The Section 2(j) of the RTI Act does not provide the right to supervise and monitor day to day working of a public authority.

Citation: Shri A.D. Sharma v. North Delhi Municipal Corp. Delhi in F.No. CIC/DS/A/2013/001347-YA

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












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