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Culture Minister is busy in Telangana

G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and DoNER is sparing more time in Telangana. He was appointed the State President of BJP two months ago. And since then he has been busy in Telangana, where assembly elections are due early next year.

Is TN heading towards early 50s situation?

Tamil Nadu seems to be boiling again. As experts opined that in the state there is   now scenario of early 50s situation. In those days the state had faced anti- Hindi and anti- upper caste movements.

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Tenure of NTRO Chief to end in October

Tenure of Arun Sinha, Chairman of the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), is coming to an end in October. He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre.

No empanelment at Additional Secretary level from Bihar

No officer of 1998 batch from Bihar cadre has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary and Additional Secretary equivalent posts in the Government of India.

R K Tyagi selected as CMD, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd

R K Tyagi, Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, has been selected for the post of Chairman & Managing Director, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 21, 2023. As many as 11 persons were interviewed for the same.

(We said this on Dec 30, 2022; May 15, June 1, 16, 2023)

Asthana joins Religare

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has joined Religare Enterprises as Group Head, Corporate Affairs and Relationship. He is a retired 1984 batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer.

Ram Prakash Pandey appointed as Director, Cyber Crime Coordination Center

Ram Prakash Pandey has been appointed as Director for Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center under the Cyber & Information Secretary Division, MHA.

Nipun Pande appointed as Joint Development Commissioner, Handlooms

Nipun Pande has been appointed as Joint Development Commissioner at Deputy Secretary level in the office of Development Commissioner, Handlooms. He is a 2011 batch IRSEE officer.

Vageesh Tiwari appointed as Director, Electronics & IT

Vageesh Tiwari has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. He is a 2008 batch IRAS officer.

Saroj Kumar appointed as Director, Health

Saroj Kumar has been appointed as Director in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.

Tenure of Vivek Kumar as Director, CVC extended

The deputation tenure of Vivek Kumar working as Director in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has been extended for a further period upto July 30, 2024. He is a 2005 batch IDES officer.

Anuj Ojha appointed as Joint Development Commissioner, Handicrafts

Anuj Ojha has been appointed as Joint Development Commissioner, Deputy Secretary level in the office of Development Commissioner, Handicrafts. He is a 2012 batch officer of Indian Supply Service.

2 GSTAT benches to be set up in Karnataka

The Finance Ministry has notified the setting up of two GST Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) benches in Karnataka.

2 US relieved from MHA

The MHA has relieved two under secretaries to take up their new assignment. Prabhat Kumar Panigrahy has been transferred to DPIIT and Ram Rakesh Sharma goes to DEA as US.

AK Singh appointed Director (Projects), IRCON

Anand Kumar Singh, a permanent Railway officer in the Ministry of Railways has been absorbed as Director (Projects) in IRCON International Limited (IRCON) with effect from July 7, 2023. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

B Kasiviswanathan appointed Chairperson, Cochin Port Authority

B Kasiviswanathan, on deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), ITI Limited, Department of Telecommunication (DoT), has been appointed on deputation as Chairperson (JS level) in Cochin Port Authority, Cochin, under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, up to the date of his superannuation, which is up to July 31, 2026. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Ms Srivastava appointed CVO, NCRTC

Ms. Vinita Srivastava, Executive Director (ED), Heritage, Railway Board, has been selected for deputation to National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

Dr Nanda appointed Principal Consultant, ECoR

Dr. BP Nanda, Principal Consultant, Eastern Railway, has been transferred to East Coast Railway (ECoR) on his own request and posted in the same capacity.

Ranjan Srivastava moved as PCEE, Western Railway

Ranjan Srivastava, who is presently working as Principal Chief Electrical Engineer (PCEE) in East Central Railway (ECR), has been transferred to Western Railway (WR) and posted in the same capacity. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSME) officer.

SK Sadangi shifted as PCMM, ECR

SK Sadangi, who is presently working as Principal Chief Materials Manager (PCMM) in Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), has been transferred to East Coast Railway (ECR) and posted as in the same capacity. He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

AL Prabhakar sent as PCMM, Southern Railway

AL Prabhakar, who is presently working as Principal Chief Materials Manager (PCMM) in Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), has been transferred to Southern Railway (SR) and posted in the same capacity. He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

Kuldeep Singh goes as PCMM, RWF

Kuldeep Singh, who is presently posted in Patiala Locomotive Works (PLW), has been transferred to Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) and posted as Principal Chief Materials Manager (PCMM) (PHOD). He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

SK Saha shifted as PCMM, NFR

SK Saha has been transferred from Banaras Locomotive Works (BLW) to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and posted as posted as Principal Chief Materials Manager (PCMM) (PHOD). He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

AK Meshram sent as PCMM, CLW

AK Meshram has been transferred from South East Central Railway (SECR) to Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) and Principal Chief Materials Manager (PCMM) (PHOD). He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

MK Poddar is also CME (Plg.), RWF

MK Poddar, under orders for posting as Director, Indian Railway Institute Of Disaster Management (IRIDM), on promotion to higher administrative grade (HAG), has been detailed to look after the duties of the post of Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME), Planning, Rail Wheel Factory (RWF), in addition to his own. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSME) officer.


Siddharth Kati appointed PCPO

Siddharth Kati, who is presently posted in East Coast Railway (ECoR), has been appointed Principal Chief Personnel Officer (PCPO) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer.

Golcha gets DG rank in Delhi

Satish Golcha has been  given DG rank in Delhi Police. He is 1992 batch IPS officer.

Shankar Acharya is now Chancellor in AP

Former Chief Economic Advisor Shankar Acharya has been appointed Chancellor of the Andhra Pradesh Central University.

Kamlesh Chandra Varshney appointed as PCIT in Pr.CCIT office (UPDATED)

Kamlesh Chandra Varshney has been appointed as PCIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, Delhi on return from deputation. He is an IRS-IT officer.

4 IDAS officers get new postings (UPDATED)

Four IDAS officers have been given new postings. K Ravi Kumar has been posted to PCDA, Bangalore, while Rozy Agrawal was moved to CGDA Hqrs Delhi Cantt. and Kanwaldeep Singh is transferred to CDA (Navy/ CG) New Delhi with additional charge of CDA (IDS) New Delhi. Besides, Dhananjay Singh is shifted to IFA (R&D) Pune.

53rd annual general meeting of HUDCO held (UPDATED)

The Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) held its 53rd Annual General Meeting through video conferencing on September 21, 2023. Kuldip Narayan, Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO chaired the meeting and addressed the shareholders to apprise them of the outstanding performance of the Company during the year. During the financial year 2022-23, HUDCO posted the PAT of Rs 1701.62 crore. In line with the excellent performance of the company, HUDCO approved for payment of a total dividend (Interim and Final) of Rs 770.73 crore to shareholders for FY 2022-23, as against Rs 700.66 crore for the FY 2021-22, which is an increase of 10% compared to last year. The outstanding performance of HUDCO in the FY 2022-23 has resulted in increase of the net worth of the company to Rs 15,445.25 crore, which was Rs 14,468.32 crore in the previous year. Kuldip Narayan, CMD HUDCO& JS (HFA), M Nagaraj, Director Corporate Planning, D Guhan, Director Finance, Shri Sanjeet (IRAS), Director & JS & FA, Shri Satinder Pal Singh (IPS), Director, Ravinder Kumar Ray, Director, Dr. Siyaram Singh, Director, Mrs Sabitha Bojan, Director and Harish K Sharma, Company Secretary were present at the AGM.

Tajinder Gupta joins as Director (Power), BHEL (UPDATED)

Tajinder Gupta has taken over the charge as Director (Power) BHEL. Gupta was Chief General Manager (CGM) in NTPC Limited.


Neeraj Kumar Sharma appointed Controller of Accounts, Rural Development (UPDATED)

Neeraj Kumar Sharma is posted as Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Rural Development, New Delhi, upon completion of his deputation tenure as Sr Financial Adviser, AIIMS, New Delhi. He is a 2004 batch ICAS officer.


Aparna C Iyer is new CFO Wipro

Aparna C Iyer has been appointed as new chief financial officer of WiproLtd. 


RK Vishnoi gets extension on addl. charge as CMD, NHPC Ltd

Rajeev Kumar Vishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), THDC India Limited (THDCIL), has been given extension on his additional charge as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), NHPC Limited, for a further period of six months from September 1, 2023.

Ms. V Bhuvaneshwari appointed NE Director, Shiva Texyarn Ltd

Ms. V Bhuvaneshwari has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Shiva Texyarn Limited with effect from June 26, 2023.

M Ganeshkumar appointed Ind. Director, Shiva Mills Ltd

M Ganeshkumar has been appointed as Independent Director of Shiva Mills Limited.

Dr RM Mehta appointed Ind. Director, Prestige Estates Projects Ltd

Dr. Ravindra Munishwar Mehta has been appointed as Independent Director of Prestige Estates Projects Limited.

Dr CK Gariyali re-appointed Ind. Director, Caplin Point Laboratories Ltd

Dr CK Gariyali has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Caplin Point Laboratories Limited commencing from March 04, 2023.

Ms Prasad appointed Addl. Director, Solar Industries India Ltd

Ms. Rashmi Prasad has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Women Independent Director) of Solar Industries India Limited.

VR Makwana steps down as Addl. Director, Seacoast Shipping Services Ltd

Viren R Makwana has resigned from the position of Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Seacoast Shipping Services Limited.

Ms. SB Gajjar quits as Addl. Director, Seacoast Shipping Services Ltd

Ms. Shivangi Bipinchandra Gajjar has resigned from the position of Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Seacoast Shipping Services Limited.

Whispers Forum

How can Justin Trudeau behave so unfriendly?

The unfriendly behaviour of Justin Trudeau emanates from India ignoring the geo-political realities. His father had exhibited similar bitterness more than 40 years ago. In fact, the collective assault on India goes back to decades since 1947 when the West opted for Pakistan. India refused to cow down to the geo-political pressures even in those early years of independence. They had their own political and economic interests, but more the hatred against the USSR. Canada was an active partner in the communism containment policy pursued rigorously, with neither conscience nor morals moderating the assault on newer members of the UNO, whom they tagged as poor countries, LDCs or developing countries. Today India has emerged as an aspiring superpower by 2047. That does not go well with people like Justin Trudeau. They love Pakistan as a Pappu country. Pakistan intellectuals are obliged to examine critically the contribution to their present plight by the likes of Canada, who regulated their government. In the background of the Russo-Ukraine conflict, Justin thinks, mistakenly though, that Canada can exercise pressure on India to abandon Russia. Let us remember that terrorism was a creation of the West, and Taliban was the first edition of it. Canada has been investing immorally in creating its own Taliban and found the innocent Sikh youths of India easy catch. Canadian footprints were suspected in the farmers’ agitation. Is it aiming at some tantalizing incident before/during elections 2024 by demonstrating such irresponsible public conduct? There is urgent need for serious research in various aspects of such intelligent operations in the last 75 years. Research in geo-politics must connect university scholars so that it no longer remains the responsibility of a few IFS officers but gets enriched by millions of brilliant young Indian minds. The land of the Mahabharat can’t ignore the reality that a war does not begin at the spur of the moment but is a culmination of wrongs over a long period of time. Before the enemy imposes a war on us, we must make advance preparations. Trudeau is not going to stop on his own unless we make him stop. In this context, even the QUAD deserves a closer look.

M L Gupta


Penalty for not replying to RTI applicant within the time limit

No reply was provided to the Complainant by the Assam University within the stipulated time frame and hence, a show-cause notice was issued to the PIO to explain in writing as to why action should not be initiated against him under Section 20(1) and 20(2) of the RTI Act. An explanation was provided that the CPIO is the nodal officer of the University for transmitting required information to the applicant. The CPIO acquires information from different wings of the University as supplied by the concerned officer. In the instant case, the matter processed and communicated by CPIO as obtained from other wings of the University and there was no intentional delay or dilatory tactics on the part of CPIO. The said information has already been obtained and communicated to the applicant. The CIC accepted the explanation tendered by the then PIO and found no reason to disbelieve him. The CIC observed that there is nothing on record to suggest that the PIO acted malafidely or failed to exercise due diligence.


If there is a delay by the deemed PIO, penalty may be imposed on him/her. Hence, it is the duty of the deemed PIO to ensure that the information is provided as per the provisions of the RTI Act.

Citation: Nirupam Deb v. Assam University, CIC/ASUVR/C/2021/643616; Date of Decision: 10.11.2022

Dr Anuradha Verma ( is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link

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