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Both armies then dug themselves in, and a new kind of fighting ,trench warfare, began .



Half a dozen Governors to be appointed

About half a dozen Governors are going to be appointed in days to come, most probably after assembly elections. Presently Rajbhawans of MP, TN, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh are waiting for new Governors.

Similarity between Indian Army and Mukesh Ambani !

What is the similarity between Indian Army and Mukesh Ambani ? Answer came from a top businessman both have the strength of 11 lakh persons each.



Hike for University and College Professors !

There ia a proposal of a 20 per cent pay hike for university and college teachers.

BMC: BJP Yet (coming)..

There's this quaint eatery near Dalal Street where I meet my Stock Broker friend. Over Rawa Dosas...Upmas and Filter Coffees we get chatting.

SBF: SS has lost ground...Outsiders abhor SS and Insiders feel it's mellowed down. Viewing the shrinkage in its core voter base ...SS had stopped it vitriolic against Outsiders in the hope to woo at least the non Muslim outsiders ..hen and egg situation...which they could not manage .....Udhav has proved to be inept...
M: And I feel Mumbaikars are appreciative of the steps Modi has taken...and then a sizeable chunk is appreciative of the I Tax relief ...these are people who really work and believe in not doing anything ...khaali-fokkat...
SBF: And major chunk of Marathi Manoos are not with SS as they used to be...I go for my morning walk inShivaji Park .. and I've come to this conclusion after my interactions with a number Marathi Manoos ...after all its their Ghad (fortress)..
M: And Congress and NCP stuck in the mud ....I don't think between them they will cross 26 Wards ....max.....why is Mumbai known for low turnout during elections ..
SBF: Time is money ...just open multiple Voting Booths on Railway Stations ....percentage will rise to 60 + %...
Me: What do the 'Markets' feel about Punjab...UP...UK and Goa elections ..
SBF: UP..UK and Goa BJP will form Governments ...Punjab...always been difficult to call...last State Election too Amrinder was in celebratory mode till the morning of the day of counting afternoon he had locked himself in the loo....
M: Info that I have is Akalis and BJP will not do as badly as is being predicted...they will get 40 + Seats.
SBF: Will Amrinder want to be the CM if Congress has to take AAP support it inside or outside ...
M: It's his Swan Song and he will agree ...but I still feel there is a sting in the tail for him if Congress to your expertise ...what's your prognosis for the Markets...
SBF: Keep your powder (money) dry....rely more on Debt ...$ pain for Rs. on the horizon...
M: Inflation..
SBF: Will rise ....rising food and fuel prices....though Jaitley could chip in and reduce the Fuel rise the Fuel Windfall days he had raised the Excise Duty... on rising Food Prices Government could step in to remove some of the Middlemen pain.....if it wants it can....
M: What's wrong with Socialite Shobha De...she tweeted a pic of a grossly overweight Cop saying ...Heavy Police Bandobast....
SBF: Well I feel Mumbai Cops should tweet back....some mistake to be a Socialite they have to be Leftists and anti-establishment ....Lady it's about Partying not about aligning with a Political ideology ...

Disclaimer: Poetical Satire. Not meant to influence or inform. With inputs from MSM, SM and Blogs






Mishra's name is also doing the round for Secretary Defence

C K Mishra's name is also doing the round for the post of next Defence Secretary. Presently he is Health & Family Welfare Secretary and belongs to 1983 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer.




Will Sawhney be new DRI ?

Sunil Sawhney is likely to be appointed Director General of Revenue Inteligence (DRI) ? He is presently DG Human Resources Directorate. IRS (C&CE) officer Sawhney was earlier Special Director ED.




The Government of India has terminated the services of Jyoti S Belur, a 1993-batch officer of Uttarakhand cadre and Maria Lou Fernandes, a 1991-batch officer of Maharashtra cadre for their "unauthorised absence" and "deemed resigned".




18 IAS officers retiring in February

As many as 18 IAS officers of various cadres and batches are retiring in February, 2017. The officers are: Vinay Sheel Oberoi and Shyam Lal Mewara of Assam-Meghalaya; Subash Chandra of Haryana; Tsering Angchok of Jammu & Kashmir; Pradeep Kumar Jajora of Jharkhand; Bharat Lal Meena of Karnataka; V J Kurian of Kerala; M B Gaikwada of Marashtra; Jagpal Singh, Harbhupinder Singh and Sukhjit Singh Bains of Punjab; Vinod Zutshi of Rajasthan; Mukkamala G Gopal and Vinod Kumar Agrawal of Telangana; Balvender Kumar, Rakesh Kumar Narendera Chouhan of Uttar Pradesh and Darban Singh Garbiyal of Uttarakhand.





Look who is IO against ex- Chief , CBI

One SP level officer has reportedly been appointed Investigation Officer (IO) to enquire charges against an ex- CBI chief . The agency has filed FIR against the said Chief.






Only 29 IAS officers from MP deputed to GoI

Only 29 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of Madhya Pradesh cadre have been deputed to the Government of India in Central Deputation Reserve (CDR). There is a quota of 90 IAS officers from Madhya Pradesh in Central Deputation Reserve (CDR) and the State Government has deputed only 29 IAS officers.






Two IRS-IT officers yet to get postings on central deputation

Two officers of Indian Revenue Service of Income Tax cadre: Ms Ruby Srivastava and Sanjay Puri, who wished for joining central deputation at Joint Secretary level, are still awaited for posting in Government of India.






Mrs Saxena is now whole time member of IBBI

Mrs Suman Saxena took over charge as the Whole Time Member, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India. She is an Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS). Her last assignment was Dy C&AG.






Ajay Tyagi repatriated to parent cadre

Ajay Tyagi, Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs, has been repatriated to his parent cadre. He is a 1984 batch IAS of HP cadre.





Alok Ranjan likely to join central deputation at IG level

A 1991 batch IPS officer of MP cadre, Alok Ranjan is expected to join central deputation at Inspector General level in Government of India.






Will Purushotaman be PS to Mahesh Sharma again?

BV Purushotaman's name is doing the round for the post of PS to Mahesh Sharma, Union MoS Culture and Tourism. He was PS to Sharma before going for training abroad. Now an Uttarakhand cadre IAS officer is back.






Tenure of Badhwan as CVO, CWC ends on Feb 24

The tenure of Satnam Singh Badhwan as Chief Vigilance Officer in Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC),Delhi under the Department of Food & Public Distribution at Joint Secretary level, is coming to an end on February 24, 2017. He is a 1985 batch IFS officer of Jharkhand cadre.





HPCL Director, Pushp Kumar Joshi likely to get another term?

Pushp Kumar Joshi is expected to get another term as Director (Human Resources), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). His first five years term is completing in July this year.






NHPC to get new Director Finance in March

National Hydero-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) will be getting new Director Finance in March. Present incumbent Jayant Kumar is retiring on February 28, 2017.





Ms Mondal to succeed Binod Kumar as Director (C), SAIL on Mar 1

Ms Soma Mondal, Director (Commercial), NALCO, will be taking over the charge as Director (Commercial), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) on March 1, 2017. She will succeed Binod Kumar retiring on February 28, 2017.





REC obtains third position in spending largest amount on CSR activities

Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has obtained third position in spending as many as Rs 256.3 crore-the highest among other CPSEs-on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities/projects. A 1985 batch IAS officer of AP cadre, Dr P V Ramesh is leading the PSU as Chairman & Managing Director.





Two GMs in AAI to move ?

General Managers of Jaipur and Pune station of the Airports Authority of India are likely to be moved.






Dr. Swain appointed as ADG(Project Tiger) & Mem. Secretary, NTCA, New Delhi

Dr. Debabrata Swain has been appointed as Additional Director General(Project Tiger) and Member Secretary, National Tiger Conversation Authority, New Delhi. Dr. Swain is a 1984 batch IFS officer of Orissa.





Vinod Bharathan of UII promoted as GM

Vinod Bharathan of United India Insurance Co. (UII) has recently been promoted as General Manager.






STC gets four Independent Directors

Ms Bharathi Magdum, Mohan Lal Pareek, Dr Amitabh Rajan and Bharatsinh Prabhatsingh Parmar have been appointed as Non-official Independent Directors on the Board of STC.





Akhilesh Jain appointed as Independent Director, MECL

Akhilesh Jain has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of MECL.





Dr Dheeraj Sharma appointed Director, IIM, Rohtak

Dr Dheeraj Sharma has been appointed as Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Rohtak.





Petroleum Minister visits Myanmar for strengthening Hydrocarbon relations

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan is on an official visit to Myanmar to enhance regional cooperation in the Hydrocarbon sector with the neighbouring country. India and Myanmar have historical and close relations which have withstood the test of time. We both share a long land and maritime border. As an important element of our Look East Policy, India considers Myanmar as the friendship bridge to ASEAN countries. The visit of Pradhan is a follow up of the visit of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar to India in October, 2016. His visit is also the first Ministerial level visit between the two countries since October last and also first visit by Indian Petroleum Minister in the last 12 years. During the visit, Pradhan met with his Myanmar counterpart H.E. U Pe Zin Tun, Union Minister of Electricity and Energy, Myanmar. He discussed issues of bilateral engagement in the hydrocarbon sector. In the Upstream sector, both leaders discussed the current and future participation of Indian Oil and Gas companies in the Upstream sector of Myanmar. Presently, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) and GAIL have invested in gas producing blocks in Myanmar. OVL and Oil India Ltd have invested in exploratory blocks. The interest of Indian Upstream companies in participating in the forthcoming bid round in Myanmar was conveyed to Myanmar side. The Minister put forward various proposals on participation by the Indian Oil and Gas companies in the Mid-stream and Down-stream sector of Myanmar, including in refurbishment and upgradation of refineries in Myanmar, developing downstream market though supply of petroleum products, LPG, wax, petrochemicals, etc., integrating the Indian Natural Gas grid with Myanmar for developing their cities through CGD network and also in the area of sourcing LNG. Energy Minister U Pin Zin Tun expressed his keenness to deepen the relations and invited India to invest in all streams of Oil and Gas. Pradhan visited the Shwe gas production facility in which OVL and GAIL have joint stake. He also extended proposals to assist Myanmar in training and capacity building its hydrocarbon officials. Both Ministers expressed their keenness to work towards further strengthening the bilateral engagements in the hydrocarbon sector and make it one of the important areas of bilateral cooperation between both the countries.





Pankaj Asthana relieved to join as IG of Forests, NAEB (UPDATED)

Pankaj Asthana has been relieved to join as Inspector General of Forests, NAEB, MoEF&CC, New Delhi. He is a 1988 batch IFS officer of AGMUT cadre.





Biswaranjan Sasmal given premature repatriation (UPDATED)

Biswaranjan Sasmal has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre to avail of the benefit of promotion. He is a 1993 batch IRS-IT officer.






A K Srivastava given premature repatriation (UPDATED)

A K Srivastava has been given premature repatriation to his cadre. He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre.






Tenure of G Loganathan as Procurement Adviser, CBR extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of G Loganathan as Procurement Adviser-International with Capacity Building for Results Facility (CBR) Project at Directorate Genral Budget, Ministry of Finance Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, has been extended for a period of one year. He is a 1990 batch IRSS officer.






P K Sarangi appointed as PCCF in Andhra Pradesh (UPDATED)

P K Sarangi has been appointed as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) in Andhra Pradesh. He is a 1982 batch IFS officer.





Rajiva Sinha is also Addl Chief Secretary, Large Industries in WB (UPDATED)

Rajiva Sinha has been given the additional charge of the post of Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Large Industries & Enterprises. He is a 1986 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.






Dr Krishna Gupta appointed as Principal Secretary, IT in WB (UPDATED)

Dr Krishna Gupta has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Information Technology and Electronics. He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.





Talleen Kumar is also Principal Secretary, Consumer Affairs in WB (UPDATED)

Talleen Kumar has been given the additional charge of the post of Principal Secretary, Consumer Affairs. He is a 1987 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre.





Three IAS officers given new postings in Haryana (UPDATED)

Nitin Kumar Yadav has been given the additional charge of Director General, Development & Panchayats while Vikas Gupta was given the additional charge of the post of Director General, Urban Local Bodies and Mission Director, State Urban Livelihood Mission. Besides, Sameer Pal Srow has been given an additional charge of the post of Director, Environment and Special Secretary, Environment.





Three IFS officers shifted in Andhra Pradesh (UPDATED)

K Lohitasyudu has been appointed as Director, A P Forest Academy, Rajamahendravaram while T V Subba Reddy was posted as State Silviculturist, Tirupathi and Dr K Suryanarayana has been transferred and posted as Conservator of Forests, Guntur Circle, Guntur.





Jitendra Mathur is also Secretary, Drinking Water (UPDATED)

Jitendra Shankar Mathur has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation till the return of present incumbent from the leave till March 2. He is a 1982 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.






Anuj Kumar Bishnoi gets charge of Parliamentary Affairs (UPDATED)

Anuj Kumar Bishnoi has been assigned an additional charge of Parliamentary Affairs till the return of present incumbent from leave till March 4. He is a 1981 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






Payment of interim dividend by AAI for 2016-17 (UPDATED)

Airports Authority of India (AAI), a consistently profit making organization since its inception, has declared an interim dividend of Rs.560 crores for the year 2016-17. AAI has earned a revenue of Rs.10,824 crores (previous year - Rs.9285 crores), Profit Before Tax of Rs.3697 crores (previous year Rs.2791 crores) and the Profit After Tax of Rs.2537 crores (previous year Rs.1959 crores) for the year 2015-16. AAI has spent an amount Rs.4315 crores during the last three years (2013-14 to 2015-16) on modernization of Airport terminals, passenger facilities and Air Traffic and Navigational Aids at its Airports and has planned to spend this year Rs.1974 crores. AAI has paid Rs.1106 crores as Dividend in the last three years ( 2013-14 - 2015-16] and has also contributed to the Central Exchequer Rs.6253 Crores in different forms during the same period, apart from paying Dividend. On February 22, 2017, an Interim Dividend amounting to Rs.560.00 crores was presented by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI to Union Minister of Civil Aviation, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha in the presence of the Secretary, MoCA, Board Members of AAI and Senior officers from the Ministry.





Two former Directors convicted (UPDATED)

The Special Judge, CBI cases, Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi has sentenced P Rajendaran, then Director(Equipment) and M K Ganeshan, then Member(Finance) of the erstwhile National Airport Authority to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs one lakh each for causing undue pecuniary gain to themselves.






NTPC's solar power installed capacity reaches 475 MW

The 115 MW out of 260 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project of NTPC Limited has been commissioned. With this, the installed capacity of NTPC's solar power projects touches 475 MW now. The total installed capacity of NTPC on standalone basis has become 41,177 MW and that of NTPC group has become 48,143 MW.






Acharya quits as Independent Director of RCF

Prof Damodar Acharya has quit as Independent Director of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd.




Ms Alker is Part- time Non-official Director of HOCL

Ms Lata Alker has been appointed as Part- time Non-official Director of Hindustan Organic Chemicals Ltd.





Ms Gupta quits as CS of Tokyo Plast International Ltd.

Ms Parul Gupta has quit as Company Secretary of Tokyo Plast International Limited w.e.f March 1, 2017.




Devlin is CMD of International Paper APPM Ltd

International Paper APPM Limited has appointed Donald Paul Devlin as Chairman and Managing Director of the company w.e.f. April 28, 2017.






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Two possibilities for UP elections

1. BJP
2. President rule

Vivaek Dhawan

Misuse of LTC

Recently an order warns Central Government Employees against misuse of LTC. But, I wonder whether there is any order to prevent misuse of TA. In many offices people give fake ticket numbers / pnr numbers and make claims. The audit party says that it would verify only the claim not the authenticity of the tickets. The original bills are forwarded to the PAO of the concerned Ministry for scrutiny. Nothing gets checked properly. The Same PAO audits the annual accounts later, again nothing happens. Finally, the local AG audits and here also nothing happens. How Railways would register a profit, if people without performing journeys prefer claims and pocket the money. Some serious thought should be given by the so called policy makers.


Misuse of vehicles

The Ministers, Senior Government officials, Senior Corporate Executives & heads of NGOs misuse vehicles for personal purposes at the Goverment, companies & NGOs cost respectively, which is corruption. If this is stppped once for all by the NGT, then the clogging of city traffic in the country will reduce to a great extent. There will also be less pollution.

Nivedita Srivastava

Bring payments under section 43B of Income Tax Act

M L Gupta has raised very pertinent point. One effective way is to solve this problem is to bring such paymentsunder section 43B of Income Tax Act.

R Krishnan







Compensation for inconvenience caused due to non-transference of the RTI application

The appellant submitted that incomplete information in respect of the RTI application has been provided to him. The appellant further submitted that instead of providing information in respect of point nos. 6 and 7 of the RTI application, he was informed that the information sought pertains to Department of Official Language (DOL). However, his RTI application has not been transferred to the PIO, DOL. The appellant also apprised the Commission that due to non-availability of the copy of the DPC Minutes, he lost the case before Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in Original Application No. 2896/2015. The CIC perused the CAT order and found the contentions of the appellant to be correct.

He CIC observed that the appellant faced inconvenience and detriment due to non-availability of the documents and in exercise of the powers vested in the CIC in Section 19(8)(b) of the RTI Act, directed to compensate him by an amount of Rs. 5000/-.


If a part of the information sought pertains to another public authority, the PIO should transfer that part of the RTI application to the PIO of the concerned public authority under section 6 (3) of the RTI Act.

Citation : Shri Jaibir v. Central Translation Bureau in Decision No. CIC/SB/A/2016/000281 Dated: 07.02.2017

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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