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The British Government in Ireland was largely paralysed by the sinn Fein tactics.







Garibon ka messiah – Late Indira Gandhi or Narendra Modi ?

Till now only Late Indira Gandhi was known as Garibon ka messiah but now Narendra Modi has also emerged as anothersuch leader, rather bigger than her.







PMO and BJP unhappy with CIC

If insiders are to be believed, the PMO and the BJP is quite unhappy with the Central Information Commission (CIC). It is said that certain observations about the PMO and the BJP by the CIC  have caused them embarrassment.





Meeting between the CM and the future CM !

A meeting between Odisha CM Navin Patnaik and  Petroleum Minister Pradhan has generated interest in the political circles. People say this was  a meeting between the present CM and the future CM.







Changed India...

I'm at a famous Book Shop located in the Lobby of a Mumbai Five Star Property ....browsing. Know the Owner for years and he comes up to me and we get chatting..

Friend: Good news.. hear a disgruntled Congi is penning a 'tell all' book and it's Preface and Epilogue penned by Beta- Noire of Gandhi Family who is from BJP..

Me: Then I'm sure in nervousness Sonia's eyes must be twitching dime a dozen..

F: If you were to write the Epilogue as a disgruntled but know all Congi what would you write..

M: 'As Mother and Son walked away they turned around to say their bye one last time ... they saw Congis waving and it lifted their spirits as they felt via the waving they were saying.... come back...if only they saw it in slow motion... they were saying go . .go...'

F: Ha ha ha... you really don't like them!!!

M: I don't like what they've done to the Nation ...and their totally hypocritical statements nowadays ....they do shameless appeasement in the name of secularism ...despite all that's available in the Public Domain they talk about honesty and corruption...

F: This Sharadh Yadav fellow seems to be showing his Political standing...

M: What standing he lost his Political roots and had to enter Parliament via Rajya Sabha ...if he had political standing he would have opted for direct election ....fact is if he had political roots he would have held a rally in Bihar and not Delhi ....he claims he's a tall Bihar Leader .... I now call him Shraadh Yadav..

F: I think in Delhi all the special invitees on the stage pooled in 'rally attendance'....

M: I'm sure many Overseas Businessmen staying in the Hotel must be visiting your Bookshop ...you being the chatty kind...must be getting a lot of feedback about India ..

F: They find India a changed place .. ....business environment... confidence ... really impress them.....he said India looking 'crisper'!!

M: Anything about corruption!

F: An American from Dallas...I think his response says it all...."in the past in our price we incorporated a certain percentage for all round greasing ...right from Party to Minister to Top Level and Working Level.. . this time we were forewarned and we did not butter up our price ...if we get the order India would straightaway save 10%.... it's a New India"!!

Disclaimer:  Poetical Satire.  Not meant to influence or inform.  With inputs from MSM, SM and Blogs




Will Modi’s dream of eliminating corruption come true ?


Terming corruption as one of the greatest challenge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for special initiatives to end the menace in the next five years with the pledge of  'Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge' (We will do and surely do). He said the menace of corruption has adversely impacted the development journey of the country and has eaten the polity from the inside but will he be able to accomplish the task ? Can corruption be eliminated in India ?

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27 IAS officers retiring in August

As many as 27 IAS officers of various cadres and batches are retiring in August 2017. The officers are: Hage Kojeen, Hage Bhatt, P R Meena,  Ashutosh Kumar, V K Jain, B R Babu of AGMUT cadre; K V Satyanarayan of Andhra Pradesh; Bihar; Dr Adithela Jai Vara Prasad of Himachal Prasad; Mridula Sinha, Shivjee Choupal and Krishna Kumar Das of Jharkhand; S S Pattanashetty of Karnataka; Nalini Netto of Kerala; R K Srivastava of MP; Himmat Singh and Anjuly Chib Duggal of Punjab; Suwa Lal, Ram Niwas, Vikram Singh Chauhan, Banna Lal of Rajasthan; Navtej Singh and Bhaw Nath of UP and Ms Madhumita Ray of West Bengal cadre.

New EO will be PM's choice

One thing is certain that new EO will be of PM's choice. DoPT comes under PM and Dr Jitendra Singh is the MoS , DoPT.

File of Paritosh Gupta still in PMO ?

Paritosh Gupta is tipped to head the IIFCL (India Infrastructure Company Ltd ) and the File  is still lying in the PMO. He has worked for long with ILFS Infrastructure Development Company with SIDBI earlier. He is from SRCC and IIM Lucknow.

GoI likely to announce name for CMD, Coal India this month

The Government of India is expected to announce name for the successor of S Bhattacharya as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Coal India Limited retiring on August 31, 2017.

Senior Army officers now prefer postings in Northern & Eastern Command?

Many very senior Army officers who earlier preferred peace time postings are now keen on postings in the Northern  and Eastern Command to get in the range of Central Government’s ‘merit’ seeking radar for promotions.

Orders of Seshagiri Rao as CMD, TCIL issued

The orders of A Seshagiri Rao, Director, Railtel for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Telecommunications Consultant of India Limited (TCIL) have been issued by the Government of India. 


R N Jha again strong contender for CMD, MECL?

R N Jha, Director (Technical), MECL, is whispered to be again strong contender for the post of Chairman & Managing Director, Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL). At a selection meeting held by PESB on July 9, 2015, he was selected for the CMD post, but his pitch was queered by the extension to the present incumbent.

Appointment process for new CMD, FAGMIL likely after Nov

The Government of India is expected to initiate the process of appointment of new Chairman-cum-Managing Director, FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals (India) Limited (FAGMIL) after November this year as the appointment is getting delayed, due to some legal reasons.

Six vacancies in Supreme Court this month end

After Justice Dipak Misra takes over as the 45th CJI on August 28 there will be six vacancies of the Supreme Court Judges.

Raja Babu Singh to return Madhya Pradesh

IG in the ITBP Raja Babu Singh is returning to the parent Madhya Pradesh cadre after completion of central deputation tenure. He is 1994 batch IPS officer.

Three senior Railway officials heads roll

Three senior railway officials - A K Mittal, Member, Engineering , R. K Kulshreshtha, GM, N R, R N Singh, DRM, Delhi have been sent on leave. Four other officers including Senior Divisional Engineer have been suspended. It is said that perhaps for the first time a Member, RB was punished for train accident. 

Dayal taken over charge at CBI (UPDATED)

-As reported in this website Abhishek Dayal has taken over charge of Chief Information Officer at CBI hq. He is a 1997 batch IIS officer.

Who says BHEL is up ?

Who says that the BHEL is now rising PSU. Infact, there is only marginal profit in the company and it can again go down anytime. It is said that this year turn over in June  first quarter  is not upto the mark.

NPCC achieves operating turnover of Rs 1118 crore

Board of Directors of National Project Construction Company Limited (NPCC) has approved financial results of the company in its meeting held on August 17, 2017. The Board also took note of appointment of Sanjay Kundu (IPS), JS (PP), MoWR, as Chairman and Managing Director as an additional charge. NPCC posts a PBT of Rs. 33 crore and PAT of Rs. 29 crore in the FY 2016-17 in comparison to PBT of Rs. 21 crore and PAT of Rs. 11 crore in the FY 2015-16. Company achieved an Operating turnover Rs. 1118 crore against Rs. 941 Cr. in the FY 2015-16. Company also succeeded in earning an operating profit of Rs. 6 crore against an operating loss of Rs. 15 crore in the FY 2015-16. During the years, company took several steps to improve its systems and procedures to improve transparency and Corporate Governance. Sahab Narain, Director Finance joined NPCC in July 2017. He has also served NFDC as Director Finance from 2010 to 2015.

S Gopu still awaited for orders for CMD, ITIL

S Gopu, Director Human Resources ITI, is still awaited for his orders for the appointment as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITIL).

Jagannathan to join central deputation at Joint Secretary level !

S Jagannathan, who was empanelled for holding Joint Secretary level posts in May 2016, is expected to join central deputation soon. He is a 1989 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service.

More officials likely to be shifted from DD News

DD News  is likely to see some major changes in days to come. DG, News DD is schedule to retire this month. One ADG is already transferred to PIB, Imphal. According to sources 2-3 Directors are likely to be shifted from DD News.

All important positions in UGC are vacant

University Grant Commission(UGC) the apex body for Higher Education is without  regular officials. Presently all three important positions - Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary - are vacant. Chairman and Vice Chairman's positions are vacant for the last five to four months. V. S. Chauhan,  Member is officiating Chairman.

Thakur is Acting Secretary, UGC

PK Thakur, has been given additional charge of Secretary, UGC. Presently he is FA in the Commission.

S K Bharadwaj joins North MCD on deputation

S K Bharadwaj has joined on deputation  North MCD as CO and looking after Advertisement  and Trade Licences after getting relieved from Delhi Legislative Assembly (Secy to the Speaker) . He had put his govt service with Intelligence agencies including SPG for 20 years and then came on deputation with Delhi Legislative  Assembly as PS to Speaker n later got absorbed.   Worked with All Speakers of Delhi.

Ajay Kumar transferred to SER

Ajay kumar has been transferred to South Eastern Railway. He is an IRSS officer.

Dr. Gore transferred as Professor(Raj Bhasha), NAIR

Dr. Vibhavari B Gore has been transferred as Professor(Raj Bhasha), NAIR. She is a Railway officer.

Two IRSE officers transferred

Panna Lal has been transferred to North Eastern Railway while Rahul Srivastava was posted to Diesel Locomotive Works. Both the officers belong to IRSE service.

Ms Ingty to serve as Regional Director SSC, Kolkata till 2020

Ms Priyanka Basu Ingty has been appointed as Regional Director, Staff Selection Commission (Eastern region), Kolkata under Central Staffing Scheme upto April 3, 2020. She is a 2004 batch IAS officer of HP cadre.

Five IAS officers from Sikkim yet to file IPRs

Five IAS officers from Sikkim cadre have not filed their immovable property returns (IPRs) for the year 2016.

Four IAS officers from Tamil Nadu still to file IPRs

Four IAS officers from Tamil Nadu cadre have not filed their immovable property returns (IPRs) for the year 2016.

G Jayanthi appointed Joint Secretary in-situ, DoPT

G Jayanthi has been appointed as Joint Secretary in-situ in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). She is a CSS officer.

IDES officer promoted to HAG

A.Bhaskar Reddy , a 1987 batch IDES officer has been promoted to HAG and posted as Senior Addl DG, Defence Estates, Delhi Cabtt. Presently he is posted at Southern Command, Pune as Director. reddy is promoted against Rahul Dua who is superannuating on August 31.

IRS officer appointed Team Manager

Neeraj Kansal, Commissioner(Appeals), GST,posted at Nagpur is  going as team Manager for the UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championship-2017 to be held on August 23-27,2017 at Montichiari, Italy. He is an IRS(C&CS) officer.

MRPL to appoint two directors on its Board next month (UPDATED)

A K Sahoo and Diwakar Nath Mishra are to be appointed as directors of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) early next month.

Susanta Kumar Roy selected as Director (Proj), NTPC (UPDATED)

Susanta Kumar Roy, ED, NTPC, has been selected for the post of Director (Project), NTPC Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on August 21, 2017. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.

Ajay Vipin Nanavati appointed as non-official Chairman, Syndicate Bank (UPDATED)

Ajay Vipin Nanavati has been appointed as non-official Director/Non- Executive Chairman in Syndicate Bank for a period of three years.

J K Singh appointed as CEO, Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (UPDATED)

Jitendra Kumar Singh has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of J &K cadre.

Two IPS officers shifted in Karnataka (UPDATED)
K T Balskrishna has been appointed as SP, Coastal Security Police, Udupi while Nikham Prakash Amrit was posted as Commandant, 9th Battalion, Karnataka State Reserve Police, Bengaluru in Karnataka.
Ashish Kumar appointed as OSD to Dr Jitendra Singh (UPDATED)
Ashish Kumar has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty to Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for PMO, Personnel, DoNER. He is a 2005 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.
Dharmendra Kumar appointed as DG, RPF (UPDATED)
Dharmendra Kumar, ADG, CISF, has been appointed as Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF). He is a 1984 batch IPS officer of AGMUT cadre.
(We said this on August 11, 2017)


Mrs Sanghamitra Ghosh re-designated as CEO, WBIIDC

The designation of Mrs Sanghamitra Ghosh, IAS, (WB 1997) has been altered from Managing Director to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBIIDC).

Narayana Murthy expected back to manage Infosys?

Infosys Founder N R Narayana Murthy could be expected to be back at the helm of affairs of managing the Global IT giant soon?

Nilekani being sought after to rejoin Infosys Board?

Nandan Nilekani also being much sought after to rejoin Infosys Board.

Gupta is President & MD of GM India

Sanjiv Gupta has been appointed as President and Managing Director of General Motors India.

Ramamoorthy is ED of Cognizant India

Ramkumar Ramamoorthy has been appointed as Executive Director of Cognizant India.


DEBATE (1) Corruption


Corruption is a Mindset which needs the fertile land of inadequate system where the inadequacy is measured in terms of the gap between the aspirations and the opportunities or supply and legitimate demand. Therefore, for the eradication of corruption we need, short-term as well as long-term measures covering our education system, social system, and governance including the judiciary. In most of the schools we neither have any teaching for ethics and moral values neither we have any system of integration of the teaching with the social services and productive engagement.

A system having focus on penalty and not on proper education and training for the reorientation of the young Mind is not likely to have any long lasting impact. Moreover, a system of penalty having its focus on financial penalty is bound to encourage corruption. Can anyone think of imposing financial penalty in a game of football for foul play instead of showing yellow card or red card? If not, then why for a traffic violation we do not have a system of yellow card or red card instead of a system of financial penalty.

For a long and lasting effect, while continuous striving for reducing the gap between  the aspirations of the nation and the opportunities available to the nation is necessary, we have to ensure that no case of corruption is left unaddressed. The authorities on the top in every walk of society has to be proactive and any attempt to behave like an ostrich is going to be counterproductive. 

The present Modi Government has shown sensitivity in discouraging corruption, but the government has to come out with a blue print covering all other aspects referred above. It remains a fact that the middle and lower level machinery, everywhere, is not sensitive to anti-corruption measures. Visible corruptions at Railway Stations, Hospitals, Police Stations, Traffic Junctions, etc. have most devastating effect on the psyche of the young mind.


A.K. Verma, EX-ISS

[Ex-Director- Professor & HOD(Stat), AIIH&PH]


DEBATE (2) Corruption

Eradication of corruption from our system is impossible unless (i) execution is improved (ii) accountability is established (iii) responsibility for each Government servant is fixed and defined (iv) Colonial legacy in the system is erased (v) legality must have an edge over illegality. (vi) the rules framed are clearly defined and there should be no exceptions to the rule. These are cancers of our system. Nation building is a collective responsibility and every citizen has to do his bit.

Harish Kumar

Don’t meddle with surplus land with military/ armed forces

Aropos views on surplus land with military/ armed forces, the suggestion is dangerous and short sighted. The government has been toying with the idea of pawning family jewels - PSU, land with railways, surplus funds with milk rich organisations, etc. To use it for social sector schemes is a bottomless pit. No extent of land will suffice. Land is a limited resource, and cannot be expanded. Today if you take away the surplus land, what will you do tomorrow? The trouble with politicians, government and other policy makers is two fold - one wants immediate / short term gains & benefits, and the other bends backward to get it done. It would be a pity to trim the resources of the armed forces. Leave them alone and keep them at arms distance. Don’t meddle with such ideas. You will leave nothing for the future or future generations.

S Srinivasan

NITI AYOG'S suggestion to privatize Hospitals will br disastrous

NITI AYOG'S suggestion to privatize the Hospitals run by Railways or Armed Forces will be disastrous. We have seen the functioning of Private Hospital all over the Country. They are basically commercial venture-only motive is to make money.Recent reports of over charging for Stents etc by private Hospital is a testimony to this fact. Railway and Armed Forces Hospitals are doing great job in difficult conditions. Hope Central Government does not succumb to this suggestion of NITI AYOG.

S Gopal



Information relating to the registration of Service Association

Information about the Service Associations/Federations recognized by CBEC and their renewal was sought. With regard to the delay in furnishing the reply, the respondnet informed that consequent upon the announcement of GST and related development concerning restructuring of the department, it was not feasible to furnish the information within the specific time period and apologized for the delay. The CIC observed that a voluntary disclosure of all the information that ought to be displayed in the public domain should be the rule and members of the public who having to seek information should be an exception. The CIC directed that all information relating to the registration of Service Associations, Federations/their Service Rules etc. should be placed in the public domain to facilitate dissemination of information to the public at large.


The suo moto disclosure of all the information in compliance with Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005 should be made to ensure transparency, objectivity and accountability in the functioning of the Public Authority.

Citation:: :Shri Arvind Kumar Agarwal v. Central Board of Excise and Customs in Appeal No.:-CIC/CBECE/A/2017/133860-BJ; Date of Decision: 17.08.2017

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is the co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION – LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India - Right to Information Act 2005- RTI Foundation of India


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