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Akhilesh Yadav to break feudal hegemony ?

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, it is said, has the guts to lock horns with Father and Uncle. Is he trying to break feudal hegemony ?




Cong starving for donations

With the rise of Modi on the political canvas of the country in little more than a year, the credibility of the Congress party has stooped down to such a level that it is now starving for donations mainly from business houses.

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There is a famine of good leaders in every political party.


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Who is most well dressed politician in India as on date ?

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12 IPS officers retiring in September

As many as 12 officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) of various cadres and batches are retiring in September 2016. The officers are: M R Vijay Kumar of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; K Rajendra Kumar of Jammu & Kashmir cadre; A K Sinha and Nirmal Kaur of Jharkhand cadre; Prem Singh Bisht of Madhya Pradesh; S Manglemajao Singh of Manipur; S L Mukherjee of Odisha; Malay Kumar Sinha, Durga Charan Misra, Vinod Kumar Doharey, Arun Kumar Singh and A K Shukla of Uttar Pradesh.





IB Chief to continue ?

NSA Ajit Doval showered all praise on the Intelligence Bureau on Saturday. Is it not an indication that present IB Chief Dineshwar Sharma will continue even after December ?





NDRF Chief 's post upgraded

As predicted by this website, NDRF chief' s post has been upgraded. R. K. Pachananda has been appointed DG, NDRF. The post of the Chief has been upgraded to the DG level. Earlier ADG used to be Chief of the force.
(We said this on August 7,2016)







Cadre transfer of Ajay Arora only after consents of State Govts

Ajay Arora, who is seeking cadre transfer on the grounds of Physically Handicap, will get the same only after consents of concerned State Governments. He is a 2016 batch IAS officer Manipur cadre.






56 applied for Member (Pers), Prasar Bharti

Ministry of I&B has received 56 applications for the post of Member (Personal), Prasar Bharti Board. Present member SC Panda 's term is coming to end in February next year.






Bureaucrats are now unwilling for central deputation ?

IAS and IPS officers are not showing their interest for central deputation. They say there is no accountability in the states where the Chief Ministers and the Ministers are saleble.They are unwilling as they feel Modi is a tough task master and not approachable.






Ravindra Gupta to be Member (Mechanical) in Railway Board ?

In all probability Ravindra Gupta will be new Member (Electricals) in the Railway Board in November.






Sandeep Mittal empanelled as IG in GoI

Sandeep Mittal has been empanelled for holding Inspector General of Police level posts in Government of India. He is a 1995 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.






CHS officer Dr Nangia promoted to Director Professor grade

Dr Sushma Nangia, Professor Paediatrics has been promoted to the grade of Director Professor in the Supertime Grade of Teaching Specialist sub-cadre of the Central Health Service (CHS).






DoPT seeks officer for Consul (Edu), Indian Embassy at Washington

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is seeking an officer for the post of Consul (Education), Embassy of India, Washington, DC, under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the DoPT at the earliest.






D Raj Kumar to relinquish as MD, BPRL on Sept 30

A vacancy of Managing Director, Bharat Petro Resources Limited (BPRL) is arising on October 1, as present incumbent D Raj Kumar will relinquish the post on September 30.






No one interested in joining as Director (Mkt) HECL ?

No person appears to be interested in joining as Director (Marketing), Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited (HECL). No person appeared for the interviews held by the PESB on October 23, 2015. Second interviews were held for the second time on September 9, 2016, but no person turned up at the meeting.





Tenure of Varadarajan as CMD, BPCL ends in Sept

The tenure of S Varadarajan as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is coming to an end on September 30, 2016. D Rajkumar, MD, BPRL, is expected to succeed him in October.






L B Singhal is also Development Commissioner, FALTA SEZ, Kolkata

Dr L B Singhal has been given an additional charge of the post of Development Commissioner, FALTA Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Kolkata.





Prahlad Singh is also Member, Telecom Commission

Prahlad Singh has been given the additional charge of the post of Member (Finance), Telecom Commission.






Dr M Ravichandran appointed Director, NCAOR, Goa

Dr M Ravichandran has been appointed as Director, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa.






Additional charge of P K Mukhopadhyay as Member, DVC extended

The additional charge tenure of P K Mukhopadhyay as Member (Finance), Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) has been extended.






Additional charge of S D Dubey as Member, CEA extended

The additional charge tenure of Shyam Dhar Dubey as Member (Hydro), Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has been extended.






Two Brigadiers given new postings in Assam Rifles

Brig Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as Inspector General (North) while Brig Virendra Singh was posted as Inspector General (South) in the Assam Rifles.





Nitin Chayande is also CVO, KIOCL, Bangalore

Nitin Chayande has been given the additional charge of the post of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL), Bangalore. He is a 1991 batch Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS) officer.





Jharkhand High Court gets two Additional Judges

Dr Shiva Nand Pathak and Rajesh Shankar have been appointed as Additional Judges of Jharkhand High Court.






Chhattisgarh High Court gets two Additional Judges

Sanjay Agrawal, Rajendra Chandra Singh Samant and Anil Kumar Shukla have been appointed as Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court.






Lakhwinder Singh is also Director, IIFM, Bhopal

Lakhwinder Singh, APCCF Central, Regional Officer, Bhopal, has been assigned an additional charge of Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal. He is a 1980 batch IFS officer of Kerala cadre.






Tenure of Kulbhushan Balooni as Director, IIM, Kozhikode extended (UPDATED)

The additional charge tenure of Prof Kulbhushan Balooni as Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode has been extended.






Dr G Padmanabham appointed Director, ARCI, Hyderabad (UPDATED)

Dr G Padmanabham has been appointed as Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad.






Dr Sudhanshu Vrati appointed Executive Director, RCB, Faridabad (UPDATED)

Dr Sudhanshu Vrati has been appointed as Executive Director, Regional Center for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad.





D S S Ramaiah appointed Director, PDIL (UPDATED)

D S Sudhakar Ramaiah has been appointed Director (Finance), Projects & Development India Limited (PDIL).






Tenure of M C Luther as JS, MEA extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of M C Luther as Joint Secretary and Protector General of Emigrants, Ministry of External Affairs has been extended. He is a 2000 batch Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officer.






Tenure of Dr A N Reddy as Director, SJM, Hyderabad extended (UPDATED)

The additional charge tenure of Dr A N Reddy as Director, Salar Jung Museum (SJM), Hyderabad has been extended.






Inter cadre deputation of Ms G P Joshi extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of inter cadre deputation of Ms Gauri Parasher Joshi from Odisha cadre to Haryana cadre has been extended. He is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Orissa cadre.






Y K Sinha appointed High Commissioner to UK (UPDATED)

Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom. He is a 1981 batch IFS officer.






V K Srivastava posted to RDSO, Lucknow (UPDATED)

V K Srivastava, JAG, CORE, has been transferred and posted to RDSO, Lucknow. He is an IRAS officer.






R V Murthy posted to South Central Railway (UPDATED)

R Venkataramana Murthy, JAG, CLW, has been transferred to South Central Railway and posted in the cadre. He is an IRAS officer.






Two IAS officers given new postings in Delhi (UPDATED)

Janak Digal has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary (Power) while B L Sharma was appointed as Member, DSSSB.






Dr Subhash Chandra Khunita appointed as Chief Secretary, Karnataka (UPDATED)

Upon repatriation from Central Deputation, Dr Subhash Chandra Khunita has been appointed as Chief Secretry of Karnataka with effect from October 1, 2016. Khuntia, who belongs to a 1981 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, will succeed present incumbent Arvind Jadhav retiring in September.






Post of Rahul Kashyap as OSD to Labour Minister upgraded to Director level (UPDATED)

The post of Rahul Kashyap as OSD to Labour and Employment Minister has been upgraded to the Director level. He is a CSS officer.






Tenure of Rajendra Kumar as DGP, J&K extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of K Rajendra Kumar as Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu & Kashmir, has been extended for a period of three months with effect from September 30, 2016. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of J&K cadre.






Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees approved (UPDATED)

The Government of India has given its approval to pay Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages to eligible non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) for the financial year 2015-16. The approval entails a financial implication of approximately Rs.2090.96 crore.





Mishra likely to join as Director (Tech), CCL on Oct 1
A K Mishra, GM, ECL, CIL, is expected to take over the charge as Director (Technical), Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) on October 1, 2016.






Vardhan appointed MD of Vardhman Concrete Ltd

Vardhman Concrete Ltd has appointed Ramesh Vardhan as Managing Director of the company.





Basavanhalli appointed MD & CEO of Greaves Cotton Ltd

Greaves Cotton Ltd has appointed Nagesh Basavanhalli as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company.






Patel appointed Independent Director of Rolcon Engineering Company Ltd

Rolcon Engineering Company Ltd has appointed Kiran M Patel as Independent Director of the company.






Two Independent Directors appointed on Board of Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd

Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd has appointed Pankaj Vaish and Prakash P Mallya as Independent Directors of the Bank.






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Omar Abdullah is the best dressed Indian politician among young politicians.

Dr Sanjeev Lodhi

Sonia Gandhi is the best dressed and most elegant among women Indian politicians.

Varun Singh

" Scrap Indus Waters Treaty "

Indus Waters Treaty was signed by Nehru in 1960 with Pakistan President Ayub Khan to buy peace at a time when the tension between India and China was going out of spin. As much as 80% of water is thus being transferred to Pakistan by India for the past 56 years. No logic. Nehru's "goodwill gesture ", was an euphemism for magnificent folly.

Wisdom of the hindsight compels GoI to re-visit the treaty, scrap it and divert 80% water to Kashmir that has been against the Indus Waters treaty from inception. Divert freshly available water to Kashmir for augmenting irrigation facilities, generating hydro-power and improve its overall economic health.

The Kashmiris have been consistently and justifiably demanding compensation from GoI in lieu of Nehru's mindless magnanimity ignoring Kashmiri's interests as primary stake-holders.

Such coercive action has been long over due. In absence of goodwill from Pakistan, abrogate the treaty forthwith, though 56 years late. This will improve Kashmir's economic indicators and make it prosperous. Let this be a precursor to PM Modi's much awaited " befitting reply "

A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

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Thanks for raising concern

Thanks for raising concern for the sorry state of affairs in the field stations of Prasar Bharati.








Multiple RTI Applications seeking huge information

The applicant sought huge information pertaining to Income Tax offices. He also wanted to know the basis of conducting survey and search and the specific steps taken to stop tax evasion during the financial year 2013-14 etc. The PIO submitted that the appellant has filed as many as 30 appeals before the Central Information Commission seeking all and sundry information and despite heavy pressure they have made strenuous efforts to provide the information. He further stated that much of the information sought by the appellant is in the public domain and can be accessed by visiting the department's website The appellant stated that he had lodged a TEP against a medical store in early 2015 and wants to know what action has been taken by the department. He further stated that he wants a copy of the scheme for payment of award to informants. He also requested for a note explaining the method adopted by the Income Tax Department for assessment and scrutiny. The PIO stated that he will supply the information as requested above by the appellant. The CIC observed that once a certain information is placed in the public domain accessible to the citizens either freely, or on payment of a predetermined price, that information cannot be said to be 'held' or 'under the control of' the public authority and, thus would cease to be an information accessible under the RTI Act. The Commission hoped the appellant will take a careful note of the above judicial observations and refrain from filing frivolous RTI applications in future.


Whenever one is seeking information under the RTI Act, the RTI Application should be focused and specific. Asking for voluminous information through multiple applications may lead to a charge of abuse of the process of law.

Citation: Mr. Pawan Kumar v. Income Tax Department in File No.CIC/CC/A/2014/001693+001794+002534+002537+002579+002580+002581+002586 002304+002598+002601+002603+002604+002605+002606+002607+002608+002609+ 002610+002611+002305+002306+002594+002597+002593+002596+002599+002600+003009+003010/BS/10334

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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