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Politicisation of CBI started with extension to D Sen

Politicisation of CBI started with extension to the then Director  D Sen. Prior to that it was looked upon as final appeal to fair play. Sen remained Director of CBI for six years – from 1971 to 1977 – with two extensions given to him by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 

IIS officer appointed OSD to PM

Sharad Chandra, a 1999 batch IIS officer, has been appointed as OSD(Information) to Personal Staff of PM on deputation basis until June 10,2019. He was IO in PMO.

Search powers kept in abeyance


MHA has reportedly kept in abeyance the recently issued notification that gives power to Assam Rifles to arrest after search on Indo - Myanmar border on the 16 km belt on either side. Now MHA will revisit the entire matter in consultation with the state govt.


U P gets 10 new Information Commissioners

UP govt has appointed 10 Information Commissioners from different fields. They are Subesh Kumar Singh, IPS retd, Rajeev Kapoor, IAS retd, Rachna Pal, Subhash Chandra Singh, Harshwardhan Shahi, Ajay Kumar Upreti, Kiran Bala Chaudhary, Chandra Kant Pandey, Pramod Kumar Tiwari and Narendra Kumar Srivastava. With this all ICs posts are filled. 

‘70 to 80 files with Government’


Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has remarked : “As CJI, I am telling you only 27 files are with the government. And 70 to 80 files are with the Collegium” when referring to appointment of Judges.


Pulwana episode cancelled MHA Press tour


MHA had planned to take a press party to A&N Islands on Feb 15. But Pulwana episode forced MHA to cancel the press tour. It is said that some journalists had also requested for cancellation.


Dr G Narayan Raju is also Secretary, Legal Affairs

Dr G Narayan Raju, ILS, Secretary, Legislative Department, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs till March 13, 2019.

Braj Raj Sharma to look after as Secretary, Justice

asasBraj Raj Sharma, Special Secretary, Department of Border Management, has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Department of Justice till March 13, 2019. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of J&K cadre.

Praveen Kumar appointed Director, Economic Affairs

Praveen Kumar has been appointed Director in the Department of Economic Affairs. He is an IRS-IT officer.

Vivek Aggarwal appointed Additional CIT I PrCCIT Pune

Vivek Aggarwal has been appointed Additional CIT in the office of Principal CCIT, Pune. He is an IRS-IT officer.

No Science & Tech Attache at Indian Embassy in Washington DC yet


The Central Government is yet to appoint a Attache for Science and Technology Wing at Indian Embassy in Washington DC.


10 Allahabad HC judges to retire in 2019

Justice Devendra Kumar Arora ( retirement date-June 19, 2019), Justice Pradeep Kumar Singh Baghel( retirement date-November 19, 2019, Justice Ram Surat Ram (Maurya) (retirement date-October 14, 2019), Justice Karuna Nand Bajpayee ( retirement date-December 14, 2019), Justice Shashi Kant (retirement date- July 31, 2019), Justice Sanjay Harkauli (retirement date- January 20, 2019), Justice Krishna Pratap Singh (retirement date-August 6, 2019), Justice Aniruddha Singh (retirement date- December 31, 2019), Justice Ifaqat Ali Khan (retirement date-May 24, 2019), Justice Umesh Chandra Tripathi ( retirement date-July 22, 2019).

Six IAS officers retiring in Telangana in 2019

As many as six IAS officers of Telangana cadre are retiring in 2019. The officers are: P Satyanarayana Reddy, Bhambal Ram Meena, V Anil Kumar, Shailendra Kumar Joshi, Busani Venkateswara Rao and A Dinkara Babu.

Rajiv Kumar promoted to HAG+

Rajiv Kumar has been promoted the grade of Adviser (HAG+) in the Indian

Telecommunications Service.

Amrendra Kuamr promoted to Chief Engineer grade

Amrendra Kumar has been promoted to the grade of Chief Engineer (Civil) in the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

Tenure of Mrs K Pradeepa as Lecturer Central Academy extended


Mrs K Pradeepa will continue working as Lecturer, Central Academy for State Forest Service, Coimbatore till June 14, 2022. He is a 2005 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre.


Khan to be Information Commissioner in J & K

Muneer Ahmed Khan is likely to be appointed as State Information Commissioner in J & K. He  is 1994 batch IPS officer.

Parray to be Vigilance Commissioner in J & K

Secretary GAD Hilal Ahmed Parray is likely to be appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in J & K.

Book of IRPS officer released

asIn the national capital, last week famous Kathak exponent Padmabhusan Uma Sharma released the satire collection of Dr Ravindra Kumar an Indian Railway Personnel Service Officer, 1984 batch. This is Ravindra Kumar's 17th book and 7th satire collection. He has been writing under the pen name Ravi Pipal

Hemant Kumar appointed GM(RES), RITES, Gurgaon

Hemant Kumar has been appointed as General Manager(RES), RITES, Gurgaon. He is an IRSME officer.

Seven IRSE officers appointed in RVNL

As many as Seven IRSE officers have been appointed in Rail Vikas Nigam Limited. Accordingly, Paramjit Singh, Dy. CE, RCF, has been appointed as AGM(Civil), RVNL, Chandigarh; Rajinder Kumar Kalra  as AGM(Civil), Chandigarh; Anmol Nagpal as DGM(Civil); Patiala Pankaj Rana as DGM(Civil), Chandigarh; Avtar Singh as Sr. Manager(Civil), Patiala; T C Garg as Sr. Manager(Civil), Bhatinda and Arvinder Kumar has been appointed as Sr. Manager(Civil), Chandigarh.

Satya Prakash appointed DIG (Security), NHSRCL

Satya Prakash has been appointed as DIG(Security), National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited(NHSRCL). He is an RPF officer.

Venkanna Badavath transferred to South Central railway

Venkanna Badavath has been transferred from Northeast Frontier Railway to South Central Railway. He is an IRTS officer.

Satish Kumar appointed GM(S&T), DFCCIL

Satish Kumar, CSTE, works, NCR, has been appointed as GM(S&T), DFCCIL. He is an IRSSE officer.

Chandrakant Moongray appointed DGM(Elec), DFCCIL, New Delhi


Chandrakant Moongray of Northern Railway, has been appointed as DGM(Electrical),

DFCCIL, New Delhi. He is an IRSEE officer.


Sarkar is Independent Director of Emami Ltd

Emami Limited has appointed Debabrata Sarkar as Independent Director of the company.

Ms Reema is CS of Vardhman Industries

Vardhman Industries Ltd has appointed Ms Reema as Company Secretary of the company.

Narayan quits as CFO of Manugraph India


Suresh Narayan has quit as Chief Financial Officer of Manugraph India.


Damani quits as Independent Director of Damodar Industries

Ashok Kumar Damani has quit as Non- Executive Independent Director of Damodar Industries. 


Woman power


Here the quote underestimates the woman power. We can say that black and white beards too cannot bring a revolution




Bahadurs of blind faith!


My colleague rang me to convey that he would join that very forenoon.I had not been given any posting in posting and transfer orders .I told him that since i had not been given any posting ,he should join only after 2/3 days.I thought he would agree,but he said,''Bhai sahib, my astrologer has said that i should join at 11.30.AM  sharp,i have to follow him,please don't mind''.My no argument worked and he relieved me at the exact time.It is a different story that he was suspended within 6 months of his posting, despite the astrologer's advice of joining at auspicious time.My friend ,who was highly qualified and still  more highly placed in life, would often tell me that his grand- father was a great doctor and also provided medicine for sure birth of a male child.We did not meet for more than 8 years and when we suddenly met in a training programme at Hyderabad,he told me that  he was father of two girls.I looked at him in amazement and said,'' But your grand- father used to give medicine for sure male child.' He just laughed at it.One more instance of becoming fool of blind faith;

The match- making process is considered complete only when pandit ji says  that the tewa of prospective  bride and groom also matches, in both hindu and many sikh families. The boy and the girl had met for a few minutes with the permission of the parents and had keenly  expressed  their willingness to be life partners.It appeared that the marriage then was a foregone conclusion .However ,one fine morning the bride's father rang up the boy's father in the morning. After usual pleasantries he asked , ''Bhaji , i just wanted to know the place and time of birth of kaka ji, and if possible please give me his horoscope. ''The groom's father replied, ''Bhaji, he was born at Amritsar on 18 Jan,1978 at 8 o'clock. We do not have his tewa. ''There was a pause for a few seconds and then there was one more question from bride's side.''  Is it 8 AM or PM?'' ''8AM'', the boy's father replied and then added, ''Bhaji , when should we fix the ring ceremony.'' ''Bhaji, i will inform you tomorrow after consulting my wife.'' said the girl's father. It came to boy's father's mind that his prospective relatives believed in Jyotish and they will proceed further only with their astrologer's advice.

The next day the girl's father rang up boy's father and in ecstatic tone and said, ''Bhaji, i had gone to our astrologer yesterday and  after preparing the horoscope of kaka ji ,he has told me that in his life time he had not seen any horoscopes of the prospective partners to marriage, which matched so perfectly. All the 35 stars of the kaka ji perfectly match with the stars of Biba Ji. Now , please fix the date of ring ceremony. Any date after this week will suit us.''

The marriage was celebrated with great fervour. Just a few days after the marriage, the boy's father asked his wife as to at what time Mehar, their son was born. The lady promptly replied that he was born at 8 PM and asked her husband as to why he had asked this question. However, he replied that he had just asked it. Since he himself had no interest and faith in astrology he forgot about it. The life of the new couple proved to be even much better than the prediction of the astrologer and the girl's family's faith in the astrologer grew further. About three years since the marriage, when the girl was expecting, she asked  her doting husband for his horoscope, which he did not have. However ,the boy instantly told that he was born at 8 PM. The girl was taken aback. She asked in utter surprise, ''What, 8 AM?''. She had exactly remembered what her father had told her and the time he had told the astrologer .Since she was living in heaven with the most loving person on the earth, she forgot about it. When she went to her parents' home after a few days, she just mentioned it to her mother, who, in turn informed her husband. The girl's parents were extremely happy with the boy and the new relatives and tried to forget the faux pass, but could not. They went to the astrologer and asked about the destiny of their loving daughter with the new time of their son-in-law's birth, without revealing that she had already been married with him for three years. The astrologer after consulting his many jantris and drawing the different datas on paper said, ''O, ho, ho, the boy is very unlucky, no star of the girl matched with the boy's. They will quarrel every day. The boy will also suffer great financial loss within a year of the marriage.''10 years have passed since the marriage. The most loving and understanding couple with two lovely kids, is envied by one and all. 


Surinderjit Singh Sandhu Amritsar



In camera proceedings before the CIC

The Appellant sought to inspect claim applications for 13th Press council made by certain Journalists Union and copies thereof. The CIC directed the PIO to appear in person before the bench alongwith relevant files for the ‘in-camera’ hearing to explain the denial of information under Section 8(1)(d), (j) and (e) of RTI Act. The CIC perused the records in detail and observed that apart from general information regarding the constitution, registration of the unions there are innumerable personal details of their members as well as financial details of the respective unions therein which cannot be even severed for provision. Observing that the no larger public interest has been claimed by the applicant, the CIC upheld the denial of information.


Just like any other Court, the CIC too holds ‘in camera’ proceedings. In case the information cannot be severed, the information can be denied to the RTI Applicant.

Citation: Vipin Dhuliya v. CPIO, Press Council of India in File No: CIC/PCIND/A/2017/170297/SD, Date of Final Decision: 30.11.2018

Dr. Anuradha Verma ( is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored 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 at the link: - Right to Information Act 2005- RTI Foundation of India


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