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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.





Who after Modi ?

There used to be a big question "Who after Nehru" and now again people are asking one question "Who after Modi". What a similarity ?

What is the character of Narendra Modi ?

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming the third most followed world leader on Twitter, next only to US President Barack Obama and the Pope, he is being discussed everywhere so much so that people have started comparing him with world leaders of the past. "Is Modi Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt or Churchill" ?

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As many as 35 IPS officers of 1991 batch have been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent in Government of India. They are Alok Sharma of UP cadre; Dharam Chand Jain of Rajasthan; Vivek Gogia of UT cadre; Vinay Kumar of Bihar; Rashmi Ranjan Swain of Jharkhand; Nuzhat Hussan of UT; Piyus Anand of UP; Anuj Sharma of West Bengal; A Sunil Acharya of Nagaland; Preeta Verma of Bihar; Manoj Agrawal of Gujarat; Prem Chand Meena and Rajeev Krishna of Uttar Pradesh; R A Chandra Sekhar of Kerala; Brij Bhushan of UP; Updendra Kumar Jain and Yogesh Mudgal of MP; Ahmed Payam Siddique of Himachal; Praveen Vashista of Bihar; G P Singh of Assam-Megahalaya; Amaresh Pujari of Tamil Nadu; Virendra Singh of UT; Saurabh Srivastava of Rajasthan; C V Anand of Andhra Pradesh; K Jayanth Murali and M N Manjunatha of Tamil Nadu; K Babu Rao of MP; Shamsher Singh of Gujarat; N Shivakumar of Karnataka; Md Ahsan Reza of AP; Alok Ranjan of MP; Arun Kumar Choudhary of J&K; Jag Mohan and Jayant Kumar Basu of West Bengal and Varun Kapoor of Madhya Pradesh cadre.





Ministry of Law is believed to have conveyed to the Government that Central Information Commission is not defunct and it can function without the CIC.




One Secretary in the Government of India may face vigilance enquiry. Name of the Secretary is known only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.





Meeting of Collegium soon ?

A meeting of the Supreme Court Collegium is expected to take place early next month. Names of a couple of SC and HC Judges are likely to be cleared in the meeting.






Raju takes charge as Addl Secy, Legislative Affairs

Dr G N Raju takes charge as Additional Secretary, Department of Legislative Affairs. The ILS officer previously served with the Department of Legislative Affairs as Joint Secretary. The post had fallen vacant after Dr Sanjay Singh's appointment as Secretary, Department of Legislative Affairs.
(We said this on August 18, 2014)






Mohapatra takes charge as Addl Secy, Legal Affairs

S K Mohapatra has taken over as Additional Secretary, Dept of Legal Affairs. The ILS officer has succeeded R Raghupati who retired on June this year. Previously Mohapatra served as Joint Secretary & Legal Adviser, Department of Legal Affairs.
(We said this on August 13, 2014)






CVC clearance of Arun Srivastava awaited

CVC clearance of ED Bank of India Arun Srivastava is still awaited from the Commission. Srivastava is slated to take over as CMD of the Indian Overseas Bank.






One post of Member in CBDT to go !

One post of Member in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is being eliminated.






Murthy is new CVO HSL

A S N Murthy has been appointed CVO HSL Visakhapatnam. He is 1992 batch IPS officer of Karnataka cadre.





Raj to join as Director (Fin), MIDHANI on Sept 1

B G Raj, GM, MIDHANI, will be joining as Director (Finance), Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) on September 1, 2014.
(We said this on February 13, 2014)






File of Goel stuck up in CVC

The file of M K Goel for the appointment as Chairman and Managing Director, Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) is reportedly stuck up with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for its clearance. The post has been lying vacant since September 13, 2013 whereas Goel was selected for the post on December 16, 2013.






Rathore to vacate a JS slot in MoEF

As the grapevine has it Brij Mohan Singh Rathore is all set to repatriate to Madhya Pradesh. The 1982 batch IFS officer is serving with Department of Environment & Forest (GoI) as Joint Secretary. He is completing his tenure under central deputation on August 24.





Tenure of JS in HRD Khare ends this month

The tenure of Amit Khare as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources is coming to an end in August, 2014. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.






Cadre of Dayalan transferred to Punjab

The cadre of Girish Dayalan has been transferred from Jammu & Kashmir to Punjab on the grounds of marriage to Ms Amneet Kondal, a 2012 batch IPS officer of Punjab cadre. Dayalan is a 2011 batch IAS officer of Jammu &Kashmir cadre.





Avhad appointed Director, Petroleum & Natural Gas in GoI

Nilkanth S Avhad, who was put on compulsory wait in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Delhi for his balance period of central deputation upto August 2015. He is a 1999 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre.





Dagur tipped to get ACS rank in Gujarat

As the grapevine has it M S Dagur may soon be promoted to the rank of Additional Chief Secretary. He is 1985 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.





PESB seeks applications for Director (Pers), NMDC Ltd

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has invited applications for the post of Director (Personnel) in NMDC Limited falling vacant on September 1, 2015. Those willing to apply for this post can send their applications to the PESB before October 29, 2014.






Srivastava poised for JS empanelment

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that Anup Kumar Srivastava may soon be empanelled to be posted as Joint Secretary or equivalent with Govt of India. Reportedly, the 1991 batch Indian Forest Service officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre has already got CVC clearance.







Canth in race for Director (HR) IOCL

Whispers in the corridors of power have it that B S Canth is in the race of Director (HR), Indian Oil Corporation. PESB has started its bit to take prospective candidates on board for selection interview soon. He is serving with IOCL as Executive Director, Andhra Pradesh State office.






Abhay Kumar empanelled as Joint Secretary

Abhay Kumar Singh has been empanelled for the post of Joint Secretary in Government of India. He is a 1992 batch IP&TA&FS officer.






JS level post in Defense Production falling vacant

A post of Joint Secretary level is falling vacant in the Department of Defense Production in Government of India up to September 2014.






Pawan Hans bags excellence award for 'Highest Turnaround' in Service Sector

Tapang Taloh, Minister of Education, Libraries, Textiles, Handloom & Handicrafts, Arunachal Pradesh Presented an Award to Anil Srivastava, (IAS), CMD, Pawan Hans for "Performance - Highest Turnaround" under Service Sector during PSU Summit -2014 held recently at New Delhi. Pawan Hans attain Exalted Award for its Overall Excellence under Service Sector Category during PSU Summit Awards 2014 organised by E-Governance. Minister Tapang Taloh presented this Prestigious Award to Anil Srivastava, CMD, Pawan Hans. This Award has been presented to Pawan Hans in Excellence and Business Growth in YoY basis after its turnaround in 2012-13. During the Award ceremony CMD's of other PSU's and Dignitaries were presented and recognised the great success of Pawan Hans in terms of its improved Credit Rating, Leveraging Information Technology for Boosting Efficiency, Maintaining Highest Safety Standards, Resulted huge reduction in Insurance Premium, Optimal Utilisation of its human resources, Adopting Inventory Management Practices to ensure Quality Control, Promoting Heli-Pilgrimage Tourism and Specifically Enabling Oil Company's like ONGC, British Gas, GSPC, GAIL and Oil India to go deep sea for Oil Exploration and also Connecting lives through Helicopter in North Eastern Region. Ashok Lavasa, Secretary MOCA congratulated team Pawan Hans for achieving this Excellence in the Usage and Promotion of Helicopter Industry in various Business Segments across the Nation.





ITS Probationers led by Dr Mitra call on President

Indian Trade Service (ITS) Probationers led by Dr Surajit Mitra, Director, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), called on President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.






President bestows 'Honor of Excellence' award to HAL Chairman (UPDATED)

Pranab Mukherji, President of India, bestowed "Honor of Excellence" award to seven top industrial leaders that included Dr R K Tyagi, Chairman of HAL, recently. The award recognises Dr Tyagi's contribution in building self-reliant India. The President gave away these awards at the inaugural function of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur (West Bengal). He dedicated the institute to the nation on August 24, 2014. The institute has also been conferred with the status of 'Institute of National Importance' through enactment in the Parliament. Dr Tyagi is an engineer in Electronics & Telecommunications from IIT Roorkee and has served ONGC (1976-2003) where he rose to the position of General Manager. He was CMD of Pawan Hans (2007-12) before taking over as Chairman HAL in March 2012. Prof. M Anandakrishnan (Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur), Mrs Justice Manjula Chellur, Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court, T Arun Vijay, Member of Parliament, Dr. Partho Chatterjee, Education Minister (West Bengal) were present on the occasion. The erstwhile Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur was established in 1856 and was later upgraded as Bengal Engineering and Science University. The others who were also felicitated on this occasion included Chairmen from SAIL, BHEL, GRSE and CMD-TATA Steel, Director General CII, Chairperson - Development Consultant Pvt. Ltd.







7 IAS officers transferred in HP (UPDATED)

As many as 7 officers belonging to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) have been transferred and posted at different places in Himachal Pradesh. Accordingly, Maneesh Garg has been posted as Secretary, Home & Vigilance while J C Chauhan will now be Commissioner, Excise & Taxation and Dr R N Batta is Director, Transport with additional charge of MD, HRTC. Similarly, R Selvam has been appointed as Director, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj; J R Katwal as Special Secretary, Revenue, Disaster Management Cell; Vikas Labroo as MD, HP Backward Classes finance & Dev Corp, Kangra and Ritesh Chauhan was made Deputy Commissioner, Sirmour at Nahan.






C S Verma, Chairman SAIL elected first President of Indian Steel Association (UPDATED)
From left to right) Mr. CS Verma, Mr G Mohan Kumar, Dr. Edwin Basson and Mr. Sajjan Jindal.

The Indian steel industry is the 4th largest steel producer in the world and is poised to become the 2nd largest producer in the coming years with the capacity expected to reach 300 million tonnes by 2025. The industry, however, faces various challenges on this course in terms of adequate growth, markets, raw materials and technology. The industry leaders have often felt the need of a forum where they can deliberate the issues of common concern. Taking a step towards this, major steel producers of India came together and formally launched the Indian Steel Association at a meeting attended by industry leaders from SAIL, Tata Steel, JSW, RINL, JSPL, Essar in the presence of G Mohan Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Steel. C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL was unanimously elected as the first President of the Indian Steel Association and Sajjan Jindal, Chairman & Managing Director, JSW, T V Narendran, MD, Tata Steel, P Madhusudan, CMD, RINL will be apex committee members. Open to any steel producer with a yearly capacity of at least 2 million tonnes per annum, the Indian Steel Association aims to transform the steel industry.The association envisions to work towards transforming the Indian steel industry as a global leader acclaimed for its Quality, Productivity & Competitiveness. Steel producers with capacity less than 2 million tonnes can be affiliate members. It was a shot in the arm for the Indian steel association to receive recognition from World Steel Association during the meeting. A certificate to this effect was presented on behalf of Chairman and Board of Directors of World Steel Association. Dr. Edwin Basson, Director General, World Steel Association, was present during the meeting and he outlined the role and responsibilities of such an association in a competitive scenario. In the meeting, Secretary Steel, G Mohan Kumar, in his address to the association, stressed that the members of the association were expected to work with cohesion, collaboration and coordination to deal with the common issues of concern of the Indian Steel industry. Verma thanked the members for reposing confidence in him by electing him as the first President of the Indian Steel Association and mentioned that he looked forward to work along with the other members so that the Indian steel industry plays a catalyst role in the economic growth of the country.







Rahul Bojja appointed Collector, Medak in Telangana (UPDATED)
Rahul Bojja has been posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Medak in Telangana. He is a 2000 batch IAS officer of Telangana cadre.







S Ganesh posted as Commissioner, Corp. of Coimbatore in TN (UPDATED)
S Ganesh has been appointed as Commissioner, Corporation of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He is an IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.







Retirement age of Employees raised to 60 yrs in Haryana (UPDATED)
The retirement age of employees has been increased from 58 to 60 years in Haryana Government. A circular has been issued to this effect.







Retirement age of D Group employees increased to 62 yrs in Haryana (UPDATED)
The retirement age of class-IV employees has been increased from 60 to 62 years in Haryana Government. A circular has been issued to this effect.






Upper age limit for Govt jobs increased to 42 yrs in Haryana (UPDATED)
The Government of Haryana has raised the upper age limit for the entry into Government services from 40 years to 42 years.






P S Sivasankaran appointed as Policy Analyst Tax, OECD (UPDATED)
Indian Revenue Service officer of Income Tax cadre, P S Sivasankaran has been appointed as Policy Analyst Tax on Foreign Assignment with Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).






Dr Chittaranjan Kumar Khetan bereaved (UPDATED)
Mrs Gomati Devi Kethan, mother of Dr Chittaranjan Kumar Khetan, passed away on Wednesday. The last rites will be performed at her home town Sitamarhi in Bihar on Thursday. Khetan, who is presently on central deputation, belongs to 1987 batch of Chhattisgarh cadre.






NTPC to pay total dividend of Rs 5.75 per share (UPDATED)
The new Government's vision of providing power 24X7 to each household translates into robust growth opportunities amid challenges for the sector. The decision to put coal, power and renewable energy under one Minister also results in an integrated energy approach, strong focus on tapping all the possible sources also opens up new business opportunities for your Company said Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD NTPC addressing the shareholders at the 38th Annual General Meeting of the Company held in New Delhi today. All the functional and Independent Directors of the company were present with him on the occasion. Speaking about performance of the company, he said that during year the Company crossed 43,000 MW capacity and the current installed capacity is 43,128 MW. 1,835 MW new capacity was added during the financial year 2013-14. NTPC has awarded work for 4,150 MW capacity and exceeded the capex target of Rs. 20,200 crore during the year. He informed that the capex of the company has been increasing steadily since 2011-12 with an exceptional and unprecedented feat of exceeding targets by about 7.5% in 2013-14. The adjusted profit increased by 16.44% reaching Rs. 10,562 crore and the total income increased by 8.5% reaching Rs. 74,708 crore. During the AGM shareholders gave consent for a total dividend of Rs. 5.75 per share for the year. Regarding the growth of the sector he said India currently has one of the lowest annual per capita power consumption of 917.18 kwh in the world which is the lowest among BRICS nations. Demand, supply and consumption trends will be the key to the growth of the sector. He said I am confident that the future will see growth in the economy, fuelling more demand for power.






Pramod Nagpal selected as MD, CCICIL (UPDATED)
Pramod Nagpal, CGM, CCICIL, has been selected for the post of Managing Director, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited (CCICIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 27, 2014. As many as 13 persons were interviewed for the same.






Menning resigns as Chairman, Timken India Limited

James R Menning has resigned as the Chairman of Timken India Limited.He will however continue as a Director of the company.





Koul appointed Chairman, Timken India Limited

Sanjay Koul has been appointed as Chairman of Timken India Limited





Two Directors cease to be on Board of NTPC Ltd

S B Ghosh Dastidar and R S Sahoo have ceased to be the Non-official Part-time Directors of NTPC Ltd.





Rajan resigns as Nominee Director, IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Ltd

Sundram Srinivas Ranjan has resigned as SBI's Nominee Director on the Board of Directors of IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited






Jain resigns as CFO, Gruh Finance Ltd

Jayesh Jain has resigned as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Gruh Finance Limited.







Rao appointed Addl. Director, Natco Pharma Ltd

Natco Pharma Limited has appointed T V Rao as Additional Director of the company.




Ganesan resigns as Independent Director, Caplin Point Laboratories Ltd

Sridhar Ganesan has resigned as Independent Director of Caplin Point Laboratories Limited.






Ms Prasad resigns as Independent Director, Credit Analysis And Research Limited

Ms Bharti Prasad, Non-Executive Independent Director of Credit Analysis And Research Limited has resigned from the company.





Udwadia resigns as Director, Wyeth Ltd

D E Udwadia has resigned as Director of Wyeth Ltd.





Garg appointed CS, Indiabulls Securities Ltd

Indiabulls Securities Ltd has appointed Ram Mehar Garg as Company Secretary of the company.






Agrawal appointed Addl. Independent Director, Lumax Automotive Systems Ltd

Lumax Automotive Systems Ltd has appointed Ms Suman Agrawal as Additional Independent Director of the company.







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What is the character of Narendra Modi ? (Debate 1)

He is a combination of Hitler and Stalin.


Pain of pensioners

Dear Health Minister,

Feel the pain of pensioners. For one consultation in CGHS approved hospital, a pensioner patient has to visit his dispensary four times to get the medicine finally issued from CGHS dispensary. If the doctors of the Pvt. recognised hospitals are not to be trusted where is the guarantee for the doctors of govt. hospitals. A head of the department of Safdargunj Hospital is still languishing in jail. AIIMS Delhi has recently come into controversy for corruption. No doctor would refuse commission, be he of Pvt. Hospital or Govt. Hospital. kindly help out the pensioners. Simplify the procedure.

N K Das, New Delhi

True colour of this govt.

Forgot any benefit to the CG pensioners. We are now seeing the true colour of this government. Health Minister has no time for such small issues. He is also for the bigger games only. See the case of removal of CVC AIIMS.

Ravinder Kumar

Why should Rajgopalan be allowed to apply ?

Why should Rajgopalan be even allowed to apply for a post which is attached to MOEF. He becomes eligible for this just because he worked in MOEF in administration. These kinds of unethical practices adopted by those in power should be banned and those who are propagating them should be penalised to say the least.

Avalokan Drishya







Raw marks scored by an unsuccessful candidate in Civil Services (Mains)

The appellant asked for scores in some of the papers of Civil Services Exam 2011. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed appellant that as per rules of Civil Services (Main) Examination 2011, "papers on Essay, General Studies and optional subjects of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of as attained such minimum standards as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian languages and English and therefore the marks in Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects will not be disclosed to those candidates who fail to obtain such minimum qualifying standards in Indian language and English paper". As the appellant had failed to attain minimum qualifying marks in Hindi, his papers in Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects have not been taken cognizance of. The PIO submitted during the hearing before the CIC that the information being sought was denied in terms of the gazette notification issued by the government of India on Feb 23, 2011 for the Civil Services Exam 2011, which clearly stipulates that if a candidate fails to obtain minimum qualifying marks in Indian language paper, marks in respect of other papers will not be disclosed to the candidate. It was further submitted that the information being sought has not attained final shape as the marks are neither tabulated nor moderated. The CIC directed the PIO to provide the information sought by the appellant. The CIC added that the Public authority is free to clarify that these are raw marks and have not been moderated.


As per Section 22 of the RTI Act, the provisions of RTI Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Official Secrets Act and any other law for the time being in force. Hence, the sections of the RTI Act alone can be used to deny information.

Citation: Shri B Bhushana Rao v. Syndicate Bank in File No. CIC/VS/A/2013/001395/SH

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