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Hamid Ansari graces the 48th Annual Convocation of IIFT

Vice President of India Dr Hamid Ansari graces the 48th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Deemed University, today. Union Commerce Secretary and Chairman IIFT Rajiv Kher, Jt Secretary, JK Dadoo mark their presence in the concluding ceremony of the convocation. Surajit Mitra, Director, IIFT, delivered the opening address for the event.







China emerges as world's largest jewellery market

China accounted for 26% of global private sector gold demand. Taking advantage of lower prices the country's consumers and investors increased their purchases of jewellery and bullion by a combined 259 tonnes. Today, China has emerged as both the world's largest jewellery and physical bullion investment market. These facts illustrate the extent to which China has become a key driver of global demand. This report explores the factors which have led to China becoming the world's leading gold nation and examines what the future holds for Chinese gold demand.






Vikram Misri (IFS:1989) presently Joint Secretary at Headquarters, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Spain.
(We said this on April 15, 2014)





Admiral R K Dhowan PVSM AVSM YSM ADC has been appointed as new Chief of the Naval Staff. Admiral Dhowan was commissioned in the Navy on January 1, 1975. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served with distinction in an array of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments through his exemplary career spanning 40 years.
(We said this on March 12, 2014)




P K Rao, GGM, ONGC, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting. As many as 15 persons were selected for the same.






Amarjit Singh appointed as Addl Secretary, Water Resources

Amarjit Singh has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.






Tenure of Ms Rawla as Secretary, BRPSE extended

The term of Ms Swarnamala Rawla as Secretary, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE) under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has been extended for further three months. She is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






T Vijay Kumar appointed as Addl Secretary, Rural Development

T Vijay Kumar has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Department of Rural Development under Ministry of Rural Development. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.






Ashish Chatterjee is new Director Commerce

Ashish Chatterjee has been appointed Director Commerce in the Government of India. He is 1999 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






Ganga Singh poised for JS empanelment, GoI

The 1988 batch Kerala cadre IFS officer Ganga Singh is poised to be empanelled as Joint Secretary with GoI. Reportedly he has got the clearance from CVC.





Promotions of GM to CGM in SBI

About 68 GMs of the State Bank of India have appeared in interview for the promotion to the rank of CGM.





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

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)





Rabindra Kr gets CVC clearance for JS empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Rabindra Kumar has got CVC clearance. The 1984 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre is under consideration zone for JS empanelment, GoI.






Lt Gen Singh takes over charge

Lt General K H Singh has taken over the command of the Nagrota-based 16 Corps, also called the White Knight Corps.






Member Secretary, DVC yet to be selected

Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) is yet to select Member Secretary, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).






Anil Mohan promoted as PCCF Production & Management, Nagpur

Anil Mohan, APCCF NTFP, Monitoring & Evaluation, has posted as PCCF Production and Management, Nagpur after promotion to this grade. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre.






Maiful Hussain promoted as PCCF, Research Education & Training, Pune

Maiful Hussain, Member Secretary, State Human Rights Commission, has been posted as PCCF Research, Education and Training, Pune after promotion to this grade. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre.




Two IAS officers shifted in MP

Shivshekhar Shukla has been appointed as Commissioner, Ujjain division while Arun Kumar Pandey was shifted as MD, MP State Warehouse Corporation in Madhya Pradesh.






Haj Committee delegation calls on Vice President

Qaiser Shamim , Chairman , Haj Committee of India led a delegation of the Committee and met the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari in his office on April 17 ,2014 and handed him a Memorandum requesting for increasing/restoring the quota of Haj pilgrims going through the Haj Committee of India for Haj , 2014. The Vice President promised to get the matter looked into."








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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Roy nominated Nominee Director, Dena Bank

The Central Government has nominated Ms Anna Roy, Director, Department of Financial Services as Government Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of Dena Bank with immediate effect.







Gupta nominated Director, Corporation Bank

The Central Government has nominated Manish Gupta, Director, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, New Delhi as the Director of Corporation Bank.





Mohanlal appointed MD, Oswal Minerals Ltd

Oswal Minerals Limited has appointed Sripal Kumar Mohanlal, as a Managing Director of the company.





Jain appointed Whole-time Director, Oswal Minerals Ltd

Mohanlal Bharath Kumar Jain has been as appointed as Whole-time Director of Oswal Minerals Ltd.






Singh appointed Company Secy. National Steel and Agro Industries Ltd

National Steel and Agro Industries Ltd has appointed Bharat Singh as Company Secretary of the company.





Lohit nominated Nominee Director, Uttam Sugar Mills Ltd

IDBI Bank Ltd. has nominated Kumar Neel Lohit as its Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of Uttam Sugar Mills Ltd.






Kiran appointed Company Secy. Margo Finance Ltd

Margo Finance Ltd has appointed Ms Kiran as Company Secretary of the company.






Shah resigns as Independent Director, Rishi Laser Ltd

Vandan Shah has resigned as an Independent Director of Rishi Laser Ltd.





Sarda appointed Independent Director, Mangal Credit and Fincorp Ltd

Mangal Credit and Fincorp Ltd is to appoint Bhagwan Sarda as an Additional and Non- Executive Independent Director of the company.





Dabriwala resigns as Non Exec. Director, Future Market Networks Ltd

Sumit Dabriwala has resigned as Non - Executive Director of Future Market Networks Ltd.




Kela appointed Whole-time Director, Arnold Holdings Ltd

Arnold Holdings Ltd has appointed Harshad Kela as Whole- time Director of the company.





Soni resigns as Company Secy. VHCL Industries Ltd

Pradeep Soni has resigned as Company Secretary of VHCL Industries Ltd.





Pande appointed Addl. Director, Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd

Triveni Engineering & Industries Limited has appointed Santosh Pande as an Additional Director of the company with immediate effect.






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I feel that no single corporate house is going to gain from Modi if he becomes the prime minister of the country. His 'closeness' to Adani and Ambani has been made much use of in criticising him during this campaign. The critics however forget that these two corporate houses have contributed much to the Gujarat growth and to the national growth as well.If businesses don't grow how will the employment grow and the wealth grow. For the economic growth of the nation many corporate houses need to contribute and if Modi really means to persue 'Vikas' as his motto he will have to take every business house with him. I am sure this is what he will do.

Aarti Khosla

Don't abolish CAT

Don't abolish CAT but disband it. Waste of public money. Except , a few most of the CAT Members are retired persons.


What happens to them suddenly after retirement ?

Of late, it is surprising to see very senior officers/ advisors who retire as Secretary or even Advisor to PM, seemingly totally loyal to PM and Government while in service writing something or the other against establishment. And they come up with articles/books raising fingers on working of the very same PM and very same Government, under whom they enjoyed power, clapped for the same Government for their achievements. What happens to them suddenly after retirement? Post-pension rules for may be very liberal so may be Indian democratic system but they fail to understand how public perceives their comments against their own former bosses in establish. One can understand the plight of an officer who was never given a good assignment in his lifetime by Government, coming in open and criticising government actions. But for those who were given plum postings, top level jobs, as a layman, it is difficult to digest that a bureaucrat being so loyal, part and parcel of policy-making while in service, after retirement, makes statements like a seasoned politician against same government policies. It seems like a mystery.

Singh R K







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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