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Akbar's name stands put in Indian history, and some times, and in some ways, he reminds one of Ashoka.



Ratan Tata declines offer of HRD Ministry !

Noted Industrialist Ratan Tata is believed to have declined the offer of the HRD Ministry to accept Chairmanship of IIT Mumbai.




Three Chief Ministers meet Advani ?

Three Chief Ministers of the BJP ruled states Ms Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Raman Singh and Shivraj Singh met veteran leader LK Advani last week. Any significance ?




Sonia-Manmohan meet Modi at 7 RCR (Imaginary)

Modi ... Jaitley ... Venkiah welcome Sonia and MMS in 7 RCR ...

Modi: Ben arrivata.... jee aaya noo...
Sonia: What is this ...we are Secular .. its .. Adaab...
MMS: Yes Adaab should be India's Official Greeting ...

Modi: I was just going out of my way to make you feel welcome ... thank you for coming ..before we start I've taken the liberty of ordering your favorite beverages .. I still have some of the Staff from Manmohan ji's time .....
<Waiter arrives with Green Tea and Lemon for MMS ... Cappuccino for Sonia>
Sonia: We are being taken or granted... no Manmohan ji will also have a Coffee can you prejudge ????
MMS: Hanji... hanji Coffee for me too.... Green Tea just became zehar for me...

Modi: Can I request Jaitley ji to give you a presentation on our stand on GST....
Sonia: Kindly wait .. Modi ji I was thinking shouldn't Congress get the LOP post in LS??

Modi: Abh yeh kaha se aa gaya???? ...Madam we are here to discuss your opposition to GST.. and not Leader of Opposition....I think I spelled this out while inviting you ... seems you misunderstood me...
Sonia: And I think it's time BJP Leaders stopped going after my Rahul.... poor boy he's started to suffer from a complex ...

Modi: Jaitley ji what is this .... I thought you too had spoken to Congress ...
Jaitley: Yes... yes.... Madam ji what's this ... I thought you wanted to get to know our take on the nitty gritty of GST..
MMS: <Repeats Sonia's demands and looks to her for appdoval>
Sonia: Good ... and I've asked .... you all have nicknamed him Madam ka Bow Bow .... to convey some 'issues' for your consideration ...he will contact Jaitley ji and Venkiah ji...

Modi: Madam ji you can spell out these issues now itself ....
Sonia: Nooooooo... have asked Bow Bow to take up these issues ...if I do so now he will feel bad he will put these up with the right dramatics ...
Jaitley : Crap ..he called me and he told me ... have to talk to you and I disconnected my Cellphone thinking Bow Bow will again try to create problems .. how did you come to know our nickname for this diehard supporter of yours ...
MMS: Our Madam ji has eyes and ears everywhere ...Madam ji jaani-jaan hai..
Sonia: Buss Manmohan ji...abh challe...

Modi: But don't you want to know our stand on GST ...this meeting was for explaining why we are not in favor of the modifications Congress is asking for!!!
Sonia: I have been appraised about it for the Press ... we will say we will be discussing your points within Congress..... and you please let me know about the two issues I have mentioned now and the issues my Bow Bow will inform you about ...
MMS: Madam ji have to use the loo...
Sonia: Oof...karr ke aana tha..
MMS: It's cold Madam ji ... Modi ji can I use the bathroom in 3rd Guest Room ...

Modi: Ahaa....sure Manmohan ji ....
<MMS comes back>
Sonia: Sorry I have to take a very urgent call.... I'll just step out into the Lawn <and she goes out>..

Modi: Manmohan ji 3rd Guest Room ke bathroom ki walls pe someone has engraved MPN so many times ... looks like its been done in extreme anger ...staff informed but as I have no use for the room I let it be ...
MMS: Hai oh Rabha... before Madam ji comes back ...but promise you will keep it to yourself .. Madam ji ke Bow Bow ko toh hint bhi matt karna ... that used to be my Gusse Waala Bathroom ..when I could not bear being called Puppet I used to lock myself in this Loo and vent my anger on the walls ... MPN... Mein Puppet Nahi..

Modi: Poppat..
MMS: Nahi Puppet ...Puppet ... Katputhli..
<Sonia rerurns> Sonia: Okay Khuda Hafeez... MMS ji ...
MMS: Hanji hanji..Khuda Hafeez...
< They leave>
Modi: Socho toh...MPN...dono fit hothe hai...Puppet and Poppat....









Three secretaries in GoI from Kerala & two from MP cadre

Once a powerful bureaucratic lobby at the centre, now only three Kerala cadre IAS officers Ms Aruna Sundarajan, V. Somsundaram of 1979 batch and Amitabh Kant of 1980 batch are posted as secretaries in GoI. Two MP cadre IAS officers- Rajan S. Katoch from 1979 batch and PD Meena of 1980 batches are also posted as secretaries in GoI.




Srinivasan gets six-month extension

CMD of New India Insurance G Srinivasan has been given an extension in service for six months.
(We said this on November 11)






Lt. Gen. Rajan Bakshi to retire today

Top Army man in Lucknow, Lt. Gen. Rajan Bakshi is retiring on November 30.







CMD, NTPC unlikely to be an IAS officer ?

All indications available say that no IAS officer is likely to be appointed new CMD of NTPC. The appointment is expected to be made in December.







Alok Verma to be Delhi Police Commissioner !

Now this is almost certain that Alok Verma will be new Commissioner of Delhi Police. He is a 1979 batch IPS officer of UT cadre.







Padhi is new Chief Secretary of Odisha

Aditya Prasad Padhi has been appointed new Chief Secretary of Odisha. A 1983 batch IAS officer, Padhi would succeed G C Pati. Padhi was earlier Principal Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.






Behera is new ACS to Odisha CM

Upendra Nath Behera is new Additional Chief Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer.






Balakrishnan is Devp. Commissioner in Odisha

R. Balakrishnan, a 1984-batch IAS officer, will be new Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), and Vishal Dev will hold additional charge of the Finance department as Special Secretary.







Appointment of Bank EDs delayed

Appointment of new bank EDs is believed to have been delayed by a month. Appointments are now expected to be made in early January.






Praveen Jha is Addl. Professor, IGNFA, Dehradun

Praveen Jha has been appointed as Additional Professor, IGNFA, Dehradun on tenure deputation. He is a 1992 batch IFS officer of Jharkhand cadre.





Will MoES get new Secretary today ?

Additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) was given to Secretary, DBT for 3 months which is ending on Nov 30, 2015. MoES may have new Secretary on Monday.






NK Gayagi posted in CGDA Hq, New Delhi

On return from deputation Niraj Kumar Gayagi has been posted in Controller General, Defence Accounts Hq in New Delhi. He was posted as Director , in the Ministry of Food Processing. He is an IDAS officer if 1997 batch.







SM Krishnan goes to Avadi, TN

S Murali Krishnan is going to Heavy Vehicle Factory ( HVF) , Avadi in Tamil Nadu as Chief Financial Advisor (CFA0. He is a 2005 batch IDAS officer. He was on deputation on UN mission in Lebanon.







Binay Dayal to join as Director (Tech), CMPDIL on Dec 1

Binay Dayal, GM, SECL, will be joining as Director (Technical), Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) on December 1, 2015.
(We said this on May 11, 2015)






Deependra Singh to join as CMD, IREL on Dec 1

Deependra Singh, Director (Marketing), IREL, will be joining as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) on December 1, 2015.
(We said this on July 31, 2015)






Hitesh Khanna yet to get orders for CMD, KRCL

Hitesh Khanna, Director (Works), IRCON, is yet to receive the orders for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL). A vacancy of this post is arising on January 1, 2016.






Post of Joint DG vacant in Civil Aviation

The post of Joint Director General in the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been lying vacant in the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Government of India.






Post of Joint Secretary (e-Gov) vacant in Electronics & IT

The post of Joint Secretary (e-Governance) has been lying vacant in the Department of Electronics & Information Technology in Government of India.






Arvind Kumar posted AGM, NW Railway

Arvind Kumar, an IRTS officer has been posted as Additional General Manager, North Western Railway, Jaipur.






SP Trivedi is AGM, WC Railway

SP Trivedi has been posted as Additional General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur. He is an IRTS officer.





IRTS officer to be Director, Environment Ministry

Manoj Kumar Gangeya of 2000 batch has been selected for Director, Environment and Forest Ministry under central staffing scheme for five years. He is presently posted as Sr. DOM in Bhusaval division of Central Railway. Ministry of Railways has issued orders in this regard.






GM Singh going on deputation to IRCTC

Gurinder Mohan Singh of North Central Railway is going on deputation as Group General Manager, IRCTC (Tourism) at New Delhi for a period of three years. He is an IRTS officer of 1993 batch.






Charge of Chairman, RRB, Patna given to Singh

BK Singh, Chief Personnel Officer (CPO), East Central Railway, Hajipur has been given additional charge of Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board, RRB, Patna. The present Chairman is superannuating on November 30.






IRPS officer's transfer cancelled

Ministry of Railways has cancelled the transfer order of Janardan Singh and posted him at DLW, Varanasi. Earlier he was transferred to Metro Railway from RDSO. He is an IRPS officer.






Lt. Gen. Saha is Dy Chief of Army

Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha has been transferred from Srinagar based 15 Corps as deputy chief to Army Headquarters in New Delhi.






Lt. Gen. Ambre is new GOC 9 Corps !

Lt. Gen. Ashok Ambre has taken over as new GOC of Yol Cantonment (Himachal Pradesh) based 9 Corps. He has succeeded Lt. Gen. Rajeev Tewari.
(We said this on Saturday)






Lt. Gen. Tewari moves to Kolkata

Lt. Gen. Rajeev Tewari has moved as GOC in Kolkata. Presently he was heading Army's 9 Corps (Rising Star Corps ) in Himachal Pradesh.
(We said this on Saturday)






Maj. Gen. Prasad is Chief of Staff 16 Corps

Maj. Gen. Gajendra Prasad has been appointed as Chief of Staff of Nagrota based 16 Corps in place of Maj. Gen. B Guha who has been transferred.






Maj. Gen. Das is now ADGPI

Maj. Gen. AK Das, GOC of Srinagar based 'Sub Area' has been appointed Additional Director General Public Information (ADGPI) in Army headquarters. Maj. Gen. Mukesh Kumar has replaced him in Srinagar.





K K Sharma to be new Member of CBEC ? (UPDATED)

K K Sharma is being tipped to be new Member of the CBEC. He is presently Chief Commissioner in Chandigarh.





Kini given additional charge of BPR&D (UPDATED)

ARK Kini Spl DG BPR&D has been given additional charge of the DG of theorganization. He is Bihar cadre IPS officer of 1981 batch .






NBCC bags Gold trophy award for its pavilion at IITF 2015 (UPDATED)

NBCC Smart Hub has been adjudged Best Pavilion in Trade Fair under PSU category. Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley gave away Gold Trophy Award to NBCC for its Pavilion - NBCC Smart Hub, put up at IITF 2015. Union Minister of Commerce, Govt. of India Ms. Nirmala Seetharaman was also present on the occasion






NDMA Member Ravinder Kumar Jain gets one year extension (UPDATED)

The Member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Ravinder Kumar Jain has been granted extension of one year. He is HP cadre 1981 batch IAS officer.






Central deputation tenure of M Gopal Reddy extended (UPDATED)

The Central deputation tenure of M Gopal Reddy, Joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, has been extended by one month w.e.f. December 7, 2015. Reddy is Madhya Pradesh cadre 1985 batch IAS officer.






Senior IRS officer A K Jain appointed CBDT's acting Chairman (UPDATED)

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer A K Jain has been appointed acting Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) after the retirement of its Chairperson Anita Kapur. Jain, a 1978 batch IRS officer, will be holding additional charge as chairperson of CBDT. He is at present Member (Personnel and Vigilance) of CBDT.






Outgoing CBDT Chairperson Anita Kapur appointed Adviser on tax reforms (UPDATED)

Chairperson Anita Kapur, who retired on Monday, has been appointed an Adviser on tax reforms in the Finance Ministry for six months. She will be contributing to the Ministry's efforts for creating better taxpayer services, bringing in an improved direct taxes regime and also help in preparing the Union Budget for the next fiscal.






Gandhi appointed CEO of Lyka Labs Ltd

Lyka Labs Ltd has appointed Kunal N Gandhi as Chief Executive Officer of the company w.e.f January 1, 2016






Makhija resigns as Director of Elecon Engineering Company Ltd

Rakesh Makhija has resigned as a Director of Elecon Engineering Company Ltd due to personal reasons






Ms Sharda appointed CS of Simmonds Marshall Ltd

Simmonds Marshall Ltd has appointed Ms Nidhi Sharda as Company Secretary of the company.






Barot resigns as Director of Anshus Clothing Ltd

Jasmin Jitendrabhai Barot has resigned as Director of Anshus Clothing Ltd






Radhakrishnan appointed as Senior VP of ZenithOptimedia Group

Tanushree Radhakrishnan has been appointed as Senior Vice President of ZenithOptimedia Group







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This is not justified

It is true that 7th PC tried to give some relief and good recommendations, as appeared in news. But truth is half revealed when you consider other services particularly professionals in GoI/ Ministry. I myself happen to be a victim of the attitude/ circumstances of British Raj legacy after 30 years of government service through UPSC starting at Under Secy. level as most professionally qualified Engineer in 1986 and so far, could climb only director level+ in 2012 through UPSC time and again as compared to Administrative/ other services guys once selected through same UPSC and those are, now, waiting for Addl Secy./ Secy level promotion. It is not that I never tried for getting my due share of pie but deliberately debarred from getting it in usual course or circumstanced to stop from getting it on some or other pretext. Is it not legitimate right of an officer to get his/her due share when every officer in GoI is performing to his/her best capability for the development of the country?.


Indian Telecommunication Service- A group A Service

Some people seem very biased against ITS cadre and they are spreading rumours that ITS is not a service. I do not know what vested interests these type of people have in spreading negativity in any organisation/instution/service/people. For those who want to know about all group A service, I advice them to go on DoPT site and see CSS empanelment page. All services including telecommunication Service are mentioned there. Further I also request Swaraj and Ajay to tell which cadre/service they belong to and what is the level of their knowledge about the subject.

Ravinder Kumar

7th pay commission recommendation

Revised pension as on 1/1/2016 can be determined not by adding 24% to anything (24% is only the total additional financial impact on revision of pensions as assessed by 7 CPC) by (i) first multiplying the present basic pension by a factor of 2.57 and (ii) then computing 50% of the minimum of revised scale of pay as increased by number of increments earned in the pre-revised original scale of pay. The higher of (i) and (ii) will be the revised pension. It will be Rs 112,500 p.m. in case of a secretary to GoI (50% of revised scale of pay of Rs 225,000 -fixed- being higher than Rs 102,800 arrived at by multiplying existing basic pension of Rs 40,000 by 2.57).

Surinder Pal







Duplicate degree

The appellant sought for the enrollment number & roll number of a student who was enrolled for the BA course in the year 1993 & passed 3rd year in 1995. The information was denied claiming that it is very difficult to manually search for the old record as computerization has been done from 2006 onwards. The appellant submitted that the degree certificates of the student were snatched and destroyed by her stepmother. The CIC directed to search the relevant record and provide the information along with the duplicate certificates.


Many cases have been brought to the public notice where students are running from pillar to post for getting copies of the old records. It is the duty of the public authority to ensure proper upkeep of the documents in its control.

Citation: Anil Kumar Punjani v. University of Delhi in Case No. CIC/SA/A/2015/000950

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

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