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BJP decides to hold small gatherings in West Bengal elections on April 17

BJP to hold town-hall meetings instead of big rallies
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly decided to discourage large rallies in poll-bound State West Bengal. The party will hold small town-hall meeting with around 800-1000 people instead. It is said that the around 12000 town-hall meetings will be held by the party in the next 13 days. From Home Minister to MLAs of the party will address the voters.


Sixty years down the lane!

Oh, no ! Sixty years have passed this month. Unbelievable. It looks like an adventure.

Today, when I look back, I sometimes feel that I had somewhere the hidden desire to become a journalist even before knowing what journalism is.  In 1961, I casually started  working in Ujjain edition of ‘Navprabhat’ daily newspaper published from ‘Mahakaal Ki Nagri’ where I was studying. I didn’t leave my studies either and went on to complete my post graduation in History in 1966. Being a gold-medalist, it became easier for me to become a Professor in 1968 but ‘Destiny had something else in store for me.

My job of a Professor could not take away my inclination of getting published in the newspapers.  Later my association with ‘Navprabhat’ brought me close to  stalwarts (in public life) like late P C Sethi, then President of the Ujjain Municipality and RSS stalwarts Baba Saheb Natu and Kusha Bhau Thakre. I often recall these people because they used to encourage me in journalism. Since then I have met several PMs CMs Governors,top bureaucrats including several Cabinet Secretaries, PS to PMs,CBI,IB  and R&AW Chiefs and State Chief Secretaries and DGs.

In 1982, when one of my college mate,  1971 batch IAS Sudeep Banerji, who was then Director – Public Relations in Bhopal, suggested me to shift to Bhopal for a better future in Journalism, I – despite opposition at home - took a leave from teaching to finally join ‘media’.

My journey has been too long as a Correspondent in news agencies and publications  of repute like UNI, Free Press journal, Hindustan Times and later as an Editor of Dainik Bhaskar group’s English News Paper National Mail and then as an Editor of Nai Duniya.

It was here in 2001 when there came a turning point once again and I alone set on a journey to do something of my own – create a new flavour in Journalism. And this out of box thinking lead to the emergence of whispersinthecorridors.com.  I have given a  new concept in the  country, which appeared an uphill task initially. Even the closest of my  friends were apprehensive that how can a news venture – devoid of any business house support -  survive.

And today “Whispers” is known  across the country and in Missions abroad. Those who matter in politics, bureaucracy and corporate world, visit this site regularly. Information is power and for information I never embarrassed anyone but continued my work with full dedication without a single day break even in the worst of situations – including when my only son Sameer passed away.

Despite the setback, in 2008, we came out with the print edition of ‘Whispers In The Corridors’, a monthly magazine which contains all important news items of the month worth preserving for future reference.

As if the above setback was not enough, in a couple of years the back bone of the organisation Sanjeev Majupuria also left for heavenly abode. It looked that the curtains were drawn but I left everything at the mercy of God and continued to work restlessly even when sometimes - at this age of 76- my body refuses to cooperate.

However, the almighty has also been too kind to me and as they say, ‘God helps those, those who help themselves’, what could be more gratifying than the fact that whispersinthecorridors.com has not only become a name among ‘movers and shakers’ of the country but also created history in web journalism by bringing 200 crore visitors on its platform.

I staunchly believe, “Where there is a will, there is a way !”. It is true. It has happened with me and hence I can say with conviction that nothing can fail you if you have commitment towards your work and do it honestly. In such a case, success is for sure even though it is delayed many a times.

I would like to thank all those who cooperated with me in my six decades long journey in Journalism.

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


I may be reached at-mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com or suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com



This is History(2411)

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.






Why only BJP leaders are on the hit list ?

In the J& K local body election, BJP candidates won sizeable seats but many of them are on the hit list of terrorists. It is said that the BJP has fielded many surrendered militants and their ex-colleagues did not like this and that is the reason why those winning candidates are being hit.




Tourism boosts economy of J&K

Tourism is the backbone of the J&K economy. Despite the corona menace in the country, the J&K UT administration has taken up several precautionary measures for safe tourism and that is the reason all hotels in the valley are booked till June this year. The Tourism ministry wants to ensure at least a three-day stay of tourists in the valley. A three-day international convention from April 11 was organized by the ministry in Srinagar on the subject-"Another day in Paradise". Arvind Singh, Secretary announced that budget will not be a problem for the promotion of Tourism in J&K.


Is it justified to allow gatherings at political rallies and religious functions amidst Covid surge ?

Even as Covid cases continue to surge across the country, how far it is justified for the ‘powers that be’ to ignore implementation of Corona norms (restrictions) at political rallies in the poll bound states and religious functions ? Does the deadly virus becomes ineffective at such gatherings ?

Mail your to the point views in brief to mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com or suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com




Sushil Chandra to demit office in May next year

New CEC Sushil Chandra would demit office on May 14, 2022.Under him, the Election Commission would hold assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

C N Deevan Reddy joins AP Govt on deputation

C N Deevan Reddy has joined the Government of Andhra Pradesh on deputation. Reddy, who belongs to a 2011 batch IRPS officer, was posted as MD, AP General Insurance Limited.

Arunita Phukan Yadav appointed ED, Tea Board, Guwahati

Arunita Phukan Yadav has been appointed Executive Director (at Deputy Secretary level), Tea Board, Guwahati. She is a 2011 batch IRS-C&CE officer.

Postings of two IRS-IT officers in CBDT

Two IRS-IT officers, Dr Sri Vatsa Sehra and Apporv Tiwari, have been appointed Under Secretary (FT&TR), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).

G T V Rao gets proforma promotion to PrCIT grade

G T V Rao has been accorded proforma promotion to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (Pr.CIT). He is an IRS-IT officer.

Extended tenure of Md Shahbaz Ali as CMD, NMDFC ends this year

The extended tenure of Md. Shahbaz Ai as CMD, NMDFC under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, is coming to an end this year. He is a 1989 batch IP&TA&FS officer.

PESB invites applications for Director HR, BPCL

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has sought applications till June 15 for the post of Director (Human Resources), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).

10 IPS officers in J&K get new responsibility

As many as 10 IPS officers in J&K have been assigned new responsibility. Sujit Kumar has been appointed as DIG, North Kashmir Range, while M Suleman Choudhary was posted as DIG, Udhampur-Reasi Range and Atul Kumar Goel will join as DIG, Jammu-Samba-Kathua. Besides, Abdul Jabbar is posted as DIG, South Kashmir; Udayshankar Billa as DIG, Doda-Kishtwar; Rahul Malik as AIG, Technical; Shridhar Patil as SSP, CID Jammu; Amod Ashok Nagpure as SSP, CID (SB) Kashmir; Mohit Sharma as SP, North Kashmir, and Nikhil Borker is posted as Additional SP, Anantnag.

Four IDAS officers get postings after promotion to PCDA grade

Four IDAS officers have been given postings after promotion to the grade of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA). Accordingly, Dev Kumar has been posted as PCDA, New Delhi, while C Zothankhuma was posted as PCA (Fys), MO, Kolkata and Mrs Maushumi is Senior Joint CGDA in the office of CGDA, Delhi Cantt. Besides, Vinod Kumar Vijay has been posted as PCDA (SWC), Jaipur.

Seven IDAS officers transferred

As many as seven IDAS officers at HAG level have been transferred. Accordingly, Praveen Kumar has been appointed as PIFA Army-O, New Delhi, while Mohinder Singh was posted as PCDA NC Jammu and Mayank Sharma is Senior Joint CGDA in the office of CGDA, Delhi Cantt. Similarly, S S Pendharkar has been posted as PCDA SC Pune; A N Das as Senior Joint CGDA, CGDA, Delhi Cantt; Mrs K Inderjeet Kumar as PIFA Coast Guard, New Delhi and Dr R S Chavan was posted as PCDA O Pune.

V K Maheshwari is also ADG/IG, Bhopal zone in MP

V K Maheshwari has been assigned an additional charge of ADG/IG, Bhopal zone for the time being in Madhya Pradesh. He is a 1990 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.


Two 1987 batch IPoS officers promoted to HAG+
Two 1987 batch Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) officers of Indian Postal Service: Ms Alka Jha and S Mervin Alexander have been promoted to HAG+. Following promotion, Ms Alka Jha is posted as Member (Planning & HRD), Postal Services Board and S Mervin Alexander as Member (Personnel), Postal Services Board.
Services of 2 IAS officers handed over to Health Dept in Rajasthan
Services of two IAS officers in Rajasthan: Rohit Gupta, MD, Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, and Ms Shuchi Tyagi, State Mission Director, Livelihood Projects & Self-help Groups, have been temporarily handed over to the Health Department for prevention of Covid-19.
D Suresh deputed as in-charge of Charkhi Dadri

D Suresh, Principal Secretary to Government, Haryana, Art & Cultural Affairs Department has been deputed as in-charge of Charkhi Dadri district.

A K Sharma posted as Assistant Commissioner, Rohtak
Anand Kumar Sharma has been appointed as Assistant Commissioner (Under Training), Rohtak, Haryana. He is a 2019 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.
115 IRS-IT officers promoted to CIT grade

As many as 115 IRS-IT officers have been promoted to the grade of Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT). The officers are: A Dhanaraj, Albinus Tirrkey, A Tigga, Kultej Singh, D N Parakh, Milind R Chahure, Sanjay Dhariwal, dharam Veer Singh, Sujit Kumar, Ajai Pratap Singh, Monika Dhami, Neelam Shukla, Satyasai Rath, P Praveen Siddharth, Susan Thomas, A S Kumbhar, Manish Sareen, Sanjay Kumal Lal, Prakash Dubey, Vijay Kumar Jaiswal, Vijay Babu Vasantha, Pradeep Kumar Meel, Rajib Jain, R Clement Ramesh Kumar, Deshmukh S Vishwas Rao, K Shyam Prasad, Kusum, K Meghanath Chouhan, Madavathu N Murthy Naik, Nirmal Jeet Singh, Neeta Aggarwal, Arindum Bhattacharjee, Bangari Mallikarjun Rao, Naresh Kumar Neb, K J Kawade, Vidya Ramachandran, K Gopala Krishna, Vinod Johri, A S Shenoy, B P Singh Raj Mehta, Shanti Kumar Jain, N M Kane, Achal Sharma, M V Rudran Sanjay Kumar Sinha, Sampoornanand, Rajendera Prasad, Dinabandhu Naskar, Abhijit Kundu, C S Anjaria, Raju Lepcha, R N Siddappaji, Kalyan Nath, Aloke Nag, Sudipta Guha, Ann Mary Baby, Richa Gaharwar, Rajkumar Ghosh, Ajay Malik, Guru Prasad B L, Sanjay Punglia, Amisha S Gupta, Chetan P S Rao, Subhrata Verma, Surabhi Sharma, Saravanan Babu, Rajendra Singh, Rajinder Kaur, Jivendeep Singh Kahlon, Amarjyoti Mazumdar, Inosh Sharma, Ramapriya Raghavan, Roopak Kumar, Saroj Kumar Dubey, A Sundarajan, Vivek Kumar Gupta, Chabungbam Deepak Singh, R Illavarasi, Roy Jose V, Ekta Jain, Shailja Rai, Md Atahar H Chowdhury, Javed Akthar, R K Sharma, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Sarita Kumari, C V Pavana Kumar, M Murali, Nidhi Verma Singh, Sanjiv Kaushal, Kirtane Amol Bhimrao, Nimesh Yadav, Balasubramanian Ragavan, G Nantha Kumar, Battula Bala Krishna, Soumyajit Das Gupta, Santosh Kumar, S Palani Kumar Binod Kumar, Sanjay Mukherjee, Rakhi Vimal, Sucheta Chattopadhayay Roy, Rajitha Voruvuru, Debashish Lahiri, Yogesh Vishnu Kamat, Satyendra Mohan Das, Rahul Dhawan, Deepak R Lakshmipathy, Arun Kanti Sinha, Vikas Keraba Suryavanshi, M Rajan, Mahesh Kumar Deoram Akhade, Sumer Singh Meena, Dr Manjunath Karkihalli.

4 IAS officers get new responsibility in AP

Four IAS officers have been assigned new responsibility in Andhra Pradesh. G Sai Prasad has been posted as Chairman & Managing Director, AP Solar Power Corporation Private Limited and ex-officio Special Chief Secretary to Government, Energy Department, while Mutyala Raju Revu is appointed as Additional Secretary to Chief Minister and Kartikeya Misra was made Collector and District Magistrate, West Godavari District. Besides, N Gulzar, Secretary, Finance Department, is handed over additional charge of Managing Director, AP State Finance Corporation.

Chetan Prakash Jain joins as CMD, Central Electronics Ltd

Chetan Prakash Jain, Joint Secretary and Financial Advisor, DSIR & CSIR, Ministry of Science and Technology has taken over an additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director of Central Electronics Limited. He is a 1994 batch officer of Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS).

Sanjay Shrinet is new Chairman, UPPSC
Sanjay Shrinet has been appointed as new Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC). He is a 1993 batch IRS-C&CE officer.
Indira Biswas appointed Ind. Director, Simplex Infrastructures Ltd.

Mrs. Indira Biswas has been appointed as Independent Director of Simplex Infrastructures Limited.

MM Natarajan appointed MD & CEO, DCB Bank Ltd.

Murali M Natrajan has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DCB Bank Limited.

Seema Sharma appointed ED, Superior Finlease Ltd.

Ms. Seema Sharma has been appointed as Additional Director in the category of Executive Director of Superior Finlease Limited. Meanwhile, Surender Kumar has been made Additional Director in the category of Non-Executive Independent Director of the company.

Sandeep Sheth appointed Addl. Director, Gammon India Ltd.

Sandeep Sheth has been appointed as Additional WholeTime Director designated as Executive Director-Finance of Gammon India Limited.

Sanjay Sudhakaran appointed MD & CEO, SECL

Sanjay Sudhakaran has been appointed as Additional Director, Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Schneider Electric Infrastructure Limited (SECL) with effect from May 1, 2021. He succeeds Bruno Bernard Dercle, who is stepping down from the position of MD & CEO with effect from April 30, 2021. Meanwhile, Amol Phatak has been appointed as Additional Director of the company.



The universal answer to  this question for debate would be of course it is not proper to hold political rallies or have  religious gatherings like Kumbh Mela during this raging surge of Covid pandamic. It is rather criminal to let people expose themselves to the deadly virus. It is setting absolutely wrong .precedent and being rather irresponsible to the  welfare of the citizens at large. Heavens would not have fallen if the term of assemblies where elections are being held were extended by a year by taking   whatever constitutional steps were required Similarly for Maha Kumbh mela cancelling the same would not have hurt our faith. After all we are going through extraordinary times with this deadly virus spreading and taking lakhs in its grip, ending so many lives and causing  so much  misery. The scenes showing massive crowds at rallies without masks and lakhs of devotees bathing in Ganga In Haridwar is really frightening.

Aarti Khosla


Heartiest congratulations to Dr. Mehrotra

Heartiest congratulations to you on completing sixty years. May God Give you long life and energy to continue with this venture. Regards

Aarti Khosla


Krishnamurthy was not Chairman CBDT

T S Krishnamurthy IRS was not Chairman CBDT as reported but was Secretary of Dept of Corporate Affairs before joining EC.



Salary of employees of private college

The appellant sought for the pay scales for teaching staff and payments as per labour law (Minimum Wages Act of State/Central Govt.) for non-teaching Staff from the inception of the MESCO College of Pharmacy, Hyderabad i.e. from 2003-04 to 2019-20. The PIO, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to whom the RTI application was sent, the provided the information available with him and informed that the concerned college denied their consent to the disclosure of the information. The CIC observed that the square denial of the information by the PIO citing the refusal of the concerned college to part with the information is grossly inappropriate as no exemption clause of Section 8 and/or 9 of the RTI Act was invoked for the said denial. Moreover, the information sought for pertains to the pay scales of the employees of the college which should ordinarily be made available in the public domain by the concerned authorities. The CIC directed to provide the information related to the pay scale and gross salary of the faculties & non-teaching staff to the Appellant.


The case shows how information about the private institutions can be sought from the regulatory authorities. All PIOs should note that denial of information under the RTI Act can be done only as per section 8 or section 9 of the Act.

Citation: Dr Javed Akhtar Ansari v. All India Council For Technical Education in File No : CIC/AICTE/A/2019/644119, Date of Decision: 01/04/2021

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Apart from her weekly article here, her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: www.rtifoundationofindia.com

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