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The victorious allies fell out amongst themselves soon after and fought each other, and before long the shadow of the Mughal Empire of Delhi fell on them all.




Amendment in Electricity Act proposed
Ministry of Power is in process of amending the Electricity Act 2003 to enable mandatory purchase of power generated from municipal solid waste. Central Electricity Regulation Commission (CERC) is also working on determination of generic tariff for waste to energy projects to enhance financial viability of waste to energy plants in the country.

Proposals to be put before Cabinet
Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers will soon bring a proposal before Cabinet to provide Market Development Assistance on sale of city compost to farmers besides tagging of sale of compost with Urea to promote conversion of municipal waste to compost. This is being done under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Ghar aaye kuch Pardesi...

Now a home has become Pseudo lot's Mecca!!
Harr Pseudo ko iss ghar mein TV pe sabh ne hai dekha!!

Home of Akhlaak who was killed in Bishara!
Wrongly at BJP is their blame ka ishaara!!

It's sad a murder ko karr rahe hai politicise!!
This Public will soon realize!!

Two is actual other notional,
One gives clean feeling other is emotional! !

Latter has to do with safai of Pseudo lot!
And their created rot!!

Aur yeh safai Jhadoo se nahi hothi !!
Buss jalaani padthi hai zameer ki Jyoti!

Overseas now India has a Maverick image!!
Yes Modi has corrected a lot of past damage!

Problem here is his efforts are given a wrong hue!!
We are no longer seen to be in Aid Wanted queue.

You should be proud Modi calls Obama by his name!!
No longer its ...Sir Sir and looking tame!

He has changed India's status,
Now on us the Developed World does fuss!

Keep in mind World knows Modi is not wining and dining type!!
So do not get taken in by 'no banquet for Modi' hype!!

And now hear Pakis want we exchange our PM with theirs!
They want a PM who cares!

They want a PM who has foresight and guts!!
Does not believe in ifs and buts!!









The important post of DG of Defence Intelligence Agency is lying vacant. Lt. Gen. Anil Bhalla who was holding the post has retired. Military Secretary Lt. Gen. Rajiv Bhalla has also retired.




Maj. Gen. Singh is officiating DGMO

The current ADGMO, Maj. Gen. Ranbir Singh, has been asked to officiate as the DGMO. The new appointment is yet to be made.






DG, Rashtriya Rifles retires

DG, Rashtriya Rifles Lt. Gen. Sandeep Singh has retired. New appointment is yet to take place.







IA & AS officer joins Telangana govt

Mrs Anitha Balakrishna has joined the Government of Telangana on deputation basis for a period of two years. She has been appointed Deputy Director General in Dr. MCR HRD Institute. She is a 1999 batch IA & AS officer.







Punit Rastogi is IG, ITBP

After promotion, Tripura cadre 1995 batch IPS officer Punit Rastogi has been posted as IG, Eastern Frontier, ITBP, Lucknow. He was DIG there.







Ms Amongla Aiyyar relieved to join as SP, Intelligence Bureau

Ms Amongla Aiyyar has been deputed to the Government of India as Superintendent of Police, Intelligence Bureau (IB). She is a 2006 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.






Dr. B Srinivas relieved to join as Chief Security Officer, NTPC

Dr. B Srinivas has been relieved by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to join as Chief Security officer in NTPC on deputation basis. He is a 1990 batch IPS officer of Jammu & Kashmir cadre.







Aman Singh is Chairman of Pollution Control Board in Chhattisgarh
Principal Secretary to the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Aman Singh has been appointed Chairman of the Pollution Control Board in the state.







The request of Shivaji Baban Ghode, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai, for the acceptance of his Voluntarily Retirement Scheme (VRS) has not been acceded by the Government of India.







PESB seeks applications for CMD, CONCOR

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR) falling vacant next year on October 1, 2016. Those willing to apply can send their applications to the PESB before December 2, 2015.






Average stay of officers in UP is four months

In UP administrative machinery is so much politicized that average stay of an officer at one place is four months. Uncertainty and frequent transfers are badly affecting development work and law & order in state. Some retired bureaucrats opined that's the reason honest and upright officers preferred to be on Central deputation.







Dr. VB Raman Murthy is Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in AP

Dr. VB Ramana Murthy, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, AP Dairy Development Cooperative Federation, Hyderabad, has been posted as State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He is a 1987 batch IFS officer of AP cadre.







CBI arrests SE of CPWD for demanding bribe of Rs 33 lakh

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Superintendent Engineer of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for demanding and accepting an alleged bribe of Rs.33 Lacs near CPWD Guest House, Aliganj, Jorbagh, Delhi from a Director (Project) of a Visakhapatnam based infrastructure Company. The Director (Project) of the said private company was also arrested.






Majhi is new CEO in Kerala

E K Majhi has taken over as Principal Secretary (Election) and Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Kerala. He is 1989 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Richa Sharma is back to Chhattisgarh

Richa Sharma is back to the parent Chhattisgarh cadre from central deputation. She is 1994 batch IAS officer.






Cabinet Secretary inaugurates NBCC implemented toilet in S-Delhi

In continued initiative towards Swachh Bharat Mission by the Government, P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, inaugurated today, a Public Toilet constructed by the side of Ring Road at Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi. Madhusudan Prasad, Secretary (UD); D S Mishra, Addl Secretary (UD); Dr Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC; Kewal Kumar Sharma, Chief Secretary, Delhi; Chetan B Sanghi, Principal Secretary, MoUD & Director of Local Bodies; Dr Puneet Kumar Goel, Commissioner, SDMC; Subhash Arya, SDMC Mayor; Dharamvir Singh, Nigam Parshad, SDMC and Directors of NBCC were also present on the occasion. The modular toilet has been implemented by NBCC, a Navratna CPSE of the Government of India, at a cost of Rs.14.50 lac and designed to discourage open defecation and is made of composite board.






Three IAS officers get new assignment in HP

P C Dhiman has been appointed as ACS, Education while Mrs Anuradha Thakur will hold the additional charge of Secretary, Irrigation & Public Health Department and Onkar Chand Sharma is given additional charge of Secretary, Youth Services & Sports in Himachal Pradesh.






Ms Bhattacharya appointed VP (Communications) of General Motors India

General Motors India has appointed Ms Swati Bhattacharya as Vice President (Communications)






Gupta appointed VP (Govt Relations and Public Policy) of General Motors India

Pankaj Gupta has been appointed as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy of General Motors India.






Ms Mehta appointed Independent Director of Madhur Industries Ltd

Madhur Industries Ltd has appointed Ms Bhavna Mehta as an Independent Director of the company.






Ms Tekchandani resigns as CS of Adarsh Mercantile Ltd

Ms Kalpana Tekchandani has resigned as Company Secretary of Adarsh Mercantile Ltd.






Joshi appointed CS of Link Pharma Chem Ltd

Link Pharma Chem Ltd has appointed Bhushan Joshi as Company Secretary of the company.




Maharashtra attracts maximum number of foreign tourists in India- says Paraag Jaiin Nainduttia, MD MTDC

Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, an IAS officer of 1996 batch Maharashtra cadre. Presently Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia is Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). He is an ex-CEO of Maharashtra Maritime Board, Jaiin is with more than 19 years of experience in responsible roles in spheres of management and administration, Jaiin brings in expertise in team, project leadership, administration and management. Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia talked in length about his mission, vision and the pattern of its executive in an interview Corporate Editor and Vice President Abul Hasan

1. What is your USP?
Ans. : Maharashtra has beautiful coastline, pristine beaches, maximum number of forts, caves, wildlife, adventure sports, night life, floatel, segway, etc.

2. MTDC has been involved in the development and maintenance of the various tourist locations of Maharashtra also MTDC owns and maintains resorts at all key tourist centres and having more resorts is on the plan. Your comments?

Ans. : We are in the process of upgrading infrastructure and resorts and improving the quality of service. We have tied up with Make My Trip for selling inventory and we are tying up with Club Mahindra for providing additional activities at our resorts.

3. You were the part of Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis team which recently visited Japan wherein you did a road show in Osaka. Can you elaborate about your experience and future prospective of this visit taking tourism promotions in Maharashtra is concerned.

Ans. : Our road show received a overwhelming response. Various stakeholders, tour operators, people from industry and locals participated in various activities. The people are approachable. There is a curiosity for exploring Maharashtra amongst Japanese. For the road show the India Tourism Office at Tokyo have offered strong support. About delegates from the travel trade attended the event. This would definitely help us in attracting maximum tourists to our State.

4. What are your priorities? List few of them.
Ans. : Exploitation of beautiful water front of Maharashtra. Tie up with private players for mutual beneficial relationship providing seamless experience to tourists.

5. What is your vision?
Ans. : To have peaceful seamless travel to tourists.

6. Its general belief that Maharashtra is not realising its full potential as a tourist destination? As other State like Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, etc.

Ans. : Maharashtra has natural and manmade attractions in abundance. We attract maximum number of foreign tourists in India, approx. 24 percent. Tourists are happy to see the diversity of Maharashtra and hidden germs unexplored. We have beautiful hills, pristine beaches, rich wildlife, glamorous city life of Mumbai, rustic landscape of Vidarbha, cultural heritage of Ajanta-Ellora, maximum number of forts, ancient and modern structures, history and a lot. We have aggressive publicity plans to promote tourism across global. This year our major focus is to draw attention towards marketing of new concepts in tourism like eco-tourism, agri-tourism, social tourism, etc. Maharashtra is the third largest State of India both in area and population. Our State is one of the most developed, socially, economically and culturally developed States in India. With five world heritage sites in its cap, Maharashtra frontlines the tourist attractions in the country. Maharashtra has 720 km. long coastline along the lush green Konkan region. The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra offer considerable tourism potential.

7. What fresh avenues of growth do you see in tourism promotion in Maharashtra? How would you be going about it?
Ans. : Maharashtra offers versatile tourism attractions ranging from natural sites like lakes, beaches, hill stations, wild life sanctuaries alongwith manmade attractions like forts, caves, palaces, etc. We have a unique position in the realm of rock cut architecture, because of its peculiar rock characteristics of Satpuda and Western Ghat. Maharashtra has a score of pilgrimage destinations, several hill stations and water reservoirs with semi evergreen and deciduous forests are found in Western Ghats and the Sahyadri mountain range. The Vidarbha region, northern part of Maharashtra, features dense forest. It is home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The State abounds in natural and cultural attractions ranging from unspoiled beaches, forest, wildlife, unique hill stations, ancient cave temples, forts, temples and rich tradition of fairs and festivals. We also provide a perfect platform for fresh private investments in development of tourism in the State.

8. What are the different projects that you would like to start in order to generate more revenue for the State in tourism sector?

Ans. : MTDC has been on the international radar due to the marketing initiatives and participation in the international market. We are developing projects of oceanarium and scuba diving in Sindhudurg. Last year we supported projects of hot air balloons in Panchgani, opened world class information centres in Ajanta and Ellora and many more projects are underway and at proposal stages including "Sudarshan Chakra"on the lines of London Eye at Gorai and seaplane services from Mumbai to Lonavala and Mumbai to Shirdi. With Kumbh Mela in Nasik this year, we have also broken all the records boost tourism in State, which was not the part of projected growth targets.

9. There are many beaches, forts, historical caves in Maharashtra, what are the steps being taken to preserve them ? and then market them?
Ans. : We have created a beautiful infrastructure in Ajanta-Ellora caves which attracts the maximum number of tourists in India. There are about 200 to 225 ASI protected monuments in Maharashtra but due to protection, MTDC is not allowed to do certain activities that promote tourism facilities in their premises. Now we have entered into an agreement with ASI to work together not only in Maharashtra but also the rest of India. On Elephanta Island, we are upgrading infrastructure including the jetty, shopping area, with a proposed helipad and ropeway from the jetty to the caves.

10. If you have to market few hotspots as value for money tourist destination in Maharashtra? Then according to what will be those places?
Ans. : Maharashtra is the capital of dreams and the State's diversity stands proud and strong. MTDC ensures a true experience to its tourists by promoting vibrant and beautiful land. Maharashtra offers adventure tourism in the State. We are blessed with striking Sahyadris with steep cliffs sprightly waterfalls snaking their way through ridges, mist shrouded forests, the frothy Arabian Sea along its western coast. We have ensured best infrastructure in some remote areas and even handed contracts to private parties to boost adventure tourism. Options like rock-climbing and trekking programmes at Karla, near Lonavala, water sports at various lakes, aqua sports near Panshet and many more activities are offered in many parts of Maharashtra.

11. Infrastructure is cited as one of the limitations in Maharashtra that hinders tourism. How do you plan to combat with situation?
Ans. : It is a proven fact that Maharashtra is widely considered as safe State for tourists to move around. We attract lakhs of tourists from across the world every year. There are three international and five domestic airports in Maharashtra and they are well connected. Major destinations have excellent accessibility by roads, rail, water and air. We provide excellent world class amenities to our tourist by ensuring they get high quality services while they are exploring our destination. We have range of accommodation facilities from star category to budget hotels which are easily accessible for tourists.

12. What challenges you had faced initially internally and outside and how did you managed those challenges in this journey to success?
Ans. : I strongly believe in win win philosophy rather than zero. There are challenges and I have seen with proper explanation and persuasion, all challenges can be sort out.

13. Who is your role model and why?
Ans. : "Mahaveer" as he taught us philosophy of Anekantavada and Parigraha.

14. What pro-employees & officers initiatives have you taken to form a result oriented team.
Ans. : Given explosion through seminars and training.







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OROP stir in bad taste
The agitation for OROP by pot bellied retired generals jumping up and down was not only comical but also atrocious and in very bad taste. The greed of such people was clothed as fake concern for the jawan, the disabled and the war widows. None of their concerns were met. Instead the most privileged professional class among Indias professionals i.e. the army officers, gave itself yet another privilege. As it is, army officers get free rations over and above their monthly salaries. This is often sold in the black market to the despised civilians by army officers themselves for double the price. Similarly government subsidised alchohal for army officers (Why only army officers? Can't they think without being drunk?) is routinely sold to the sub-human civilians in the black market at double the rate. They also have free domestic servants as Orderlies. The Orderlies are supposed to help an army officer to dress up and put on his clothes! He cannot, even as a 45-year-old, put on his own clothes! The Orderlies are misused slaves for all types of personal and demeaning domestic work which often leads to unreported or under reported shootouts and mutinies. This has to stop. In fact either the privilege of free rations or free servants should be withdrawn. After retirement, not only the officer but his entire family as well has a free run of Mess and canteen facilities all over India. I have seen grown up sons of retired colonels staying in army messes in hill stations having a gala time. It was a holiday on the cheap. This facility too should be withdrawn. Because of time scale promotions up to the rank of colonel most officers now retire well past middle age and the army is poorly led by flabby and paunchy, beer barreled army officers. We should revert to the older system of massive weeding of mediocre officers from Major upwards. A poorly led army is responsible for military defeats. Let us not forget the lessons of the 1962 war with China which was lost because of poor leadership by pot bellied "political" generals occupying key positions.
D Choudhary

VIP racism
Again a case of VIP racism in the city of Chandigarh wherein a 90-year-old retired army doctor was crushed by the driver of an IAS official who was going to see a drama. This is not an IAS officer of exception. Almost majority of them have 'feudalistic nature' even after 70 years of independence. They misuse office perks and other facilities, which is much more than their entitlement. None are ready to listen to what his/her junior says/advises in office. Majority of funds under the Office Expenses head are utilized by them in purchase of high class computers, tabs & mobile phones and also renovation of their chambers. The chambers are renewed and new furniture are purchase immediately into an office which might have been renovated only a few years back. The Staff Car is misused by all. They feel that whatever, they say is right and the other are fools. People in Government are waiting in the wings to take voluntary retirement once the 7th Pay Commission is implemented. Thereafter, they are going to make the life of all the IAS officer miserable by making RTI applications about their misdeeds. Subsequently, they will have to present themselves before the Courts. Their future life is definitely going to be a nightmare. USA is talking about setting right the bureaucratic hurdle in the country and IAS officers are on the forefront. Still there is time. They can mend their ways.








Information regarding the officials who were compulsorily retired

The Appellant sought information regarding the officials of the Aligarh branches of the bank, who were compulsorily retired or took voluntary retirement during the period January 2003 to December 2005. The information was denied by the Bank under Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. The Appellant made certain allegations of irregularities in the functioning of the Respondent Bank and stated that disclosure of the information sought by him is also a matter of larger public interest. The CIC noted that compulsory retirement is a punishment imposed on officials as a result of disciplinary proceedings. Referring to the Supreme Court judgment in Girish Ramchandra Deshpande vs. Central Information Commissioner & Ors. [], the CIC ruled that information concerning disciplinary action against third party officials is exempt from disclosure in the absence of a finding of larger public interest. Observing that the information concerning those who obtained voluntary retirement is also their personal information, the CIC upheld the order of the bank and rejected the appeal..


Unless a larger public interest is invoked, personal information is not liable to be disclosed.

Citation: Shri Shivkant Bajpai v. Canara Bank in File No. CIC/SH/A/2014/001485

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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