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Will AAP break after May 25?

Delhi will go to poll on May 25 and this will be a crucial test for AAP. According to sources, the AAP is likely to see some major shock.


PM giving interview to media easily

After a long time PM Modi is being media-friendly. He is giving interviews to the channels, print media and wire agencies easily. Experts ask: Will the PM be media-friendly in his third term?

Whispers bureaucracy News
1987 batch IAS officer to be next Cabinet Secretary?

If top sources are to be believed only the 1987 batch IAS officer will succeed Rajiv Gauba as next Cabinet Secretary in July. One can wait and watch.

Manoj Saunik to be CIC, Maharashtra?

Former Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Manoj Saunik is likely to be appointed Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). He is a former 1987 batch IAS officer.

Why was the interview of SBI Chairman postponed?

The much-anticipated interview for the post of chairman at the State Bank of India (SBI) has hit an unexpected snag. Scheduled for 21 May, the interview has now been postponed and in the communication received in this connection, no reason has been mentioned. Late on Monday, SBI, the country's biggest bank, received a notice about the deferral, with no new date provided for the interview. The exact reasons for postponement could not be ascertained immediately. However, sources said, the new date for the interview will be decided after the formation of the new government after June 4. Incumbent Dinesh Kumar Khara is retiring on 28 August and the next Chairman is expected to take charge the same day. The appointment of a new chairman comes at a time when SBI’s financial performance has vastly improved.

Why are orders of Vivek Chandrakant Tongaonkar for Director (Fin), ONGC post delayed?

The Government of India is yet to issue orders of Vivek Chandrakant Tongaonkar, Director (Finance) & Chief Financial Officer, Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited, for the appointment as Director (Finance), Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC). The post has been lying vacant.

Salim Purushothaman selected as Director (Ope), RINL

Salim Purushothaman, ED, Braithwaite & Co. Ltd, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on May 21, 2024. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.

57 candidates shortlisted for Junior Engg (Civil) post in ESIC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has shortlisted 57 candidates for various posts of Junior Engineers (Civil) in Employees State Insurance Corporation, (ESIC), Ministry of Labour and Employment.


Bhushn Kumar Sinha appointed as Senior Economic Adviser, Financial Services

Bhushan Kumar Sinha has been appointed as Senior Economic Adviser, Department of Financial Services. He is a 1993 batch IES officer.

Tenure of Ms Meenaxi Rawat as CVO, BPCL extended

The tenure of Ms Meenaxi Rawat as CVO, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Mumbai has been extended upto September 14, 2026. He is a 1993 batch IES officer.

Trade Service officer joined as Development Commissioner

Lokesh HD has joined as Development Commissioner, Dahej SEZ. He is an Indian Trade Service Officer.

IRS officer promoted to Jt Commissioner

Ambe M has been promoted to the grade of Joint Commissioners with effect from January 1, 2024.  He is an IRS (C&IT) officer.

Ms Supriya Malik appointed as Deputy Director, Expenditure

Ms Supriya Malik, Deputy Director, MSME, has been appointed as Deputy Director, Department of Expenditure. She is a 2016 batch IES officer.

Mishra promoted as Commissioner

Suvir Mishra has been promoted as Commissioner. He is an IRS (C&IT) officer.

S K Choudhury posted as CSO

Shubhendu Kumar Choudhury has been posted as Chief Safety Officer (CSO) on the railway itself. He is a NF-HAG, IRSME officer of Northeast Frontier Railway zone.

Proposals invited for empanelment as to NJJM

The Ministry of Jal Shakti has invited proposals for the empanelment as Sector Partners to National Jal Jeevan Mission (NJJM). The proposals can be sent latest on or before December 31, 2024.

Diploma programme in Radiological Physics

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is conducting a one-year Post-M.Sc. Diploma programme in Radiological Physics (DipRP). The interviews for the same will be held from July 1 to July 3, 2014. The last date to receive the applications is June 4, 2024.

R K Pandey will also handle charge of IGF, NTCA, MoEF&CC

Ramesh Kumar Pandey, IGF, MoEF&CC, New Delhi, is assigned with additional charge of IGF, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), MoEF&CC. He is a 1996 batch IFoS officer of UP cadre.

Pankaj will also hold charge of Director, Development & Panchayats in Haryana

Pankaj, Special Secretary to Government, Haryana, Finance Department, CEO, Haryana Parivar Suraksha Nyas and Director, Swarna Jayanti Haryana Institute for Fiscal Management, will also hold charge of Director and Special Secretary, Development & Panchayats, Haryana, in addition to his present duties during the leave period of Dusmanta Kumar Behera. Pankaj is a 2009 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Temporary Upgradation of 3 SAG Posts to HAG level for ICAS

The ACC has approved the Temporary Upgradation of 3 SAG Posts to HAG level for ICAS for a period of two years. Accordingly, two posts of Joint CGA, Office of CGA (SAG) will be temporarily upgraded to the grade of Additional CGA (Inspection, Monitoring & Oversight) (HAG), O/o, CGA and Additional CGA (Vigilance & Legal) (HAG), O/o CGA respectively, while post of Director (INGAF) (SAG) will be upgraded to Director General (INGAF) (HAG).

S K Rai transferred to DDG-IT, DoT, Hqs

Sudhir Kumar Rai has been transferred and posted at DDG-IT, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Headquarters. Prior to this appointment, he was serving at Regional Telecom Engineering Centre (RTEC), New Delhi. He is an ITS officer.

Virendra Verma gets additional charge of stores department of core

Virendra Verma has been given the additional charge to look after the SAG level work of stores department of core. Currently he is serving as Chief Material Manager (CMM). He is a SAG, IRSS officer of North Central Railway.

K Saraf transferred to SE Railway

K Saraf has been transferred to South Eastern Railway and appointed to officiate in SA Grade. He is a NF-SAG, Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

SC Kanade appointed SDGM (Operations), MAHA-Metro

Sujit Chandrakant Kanade, who is presently on deputation to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as Deputy Passport Officer, Pune, has been selected for deputation to MAHA-Metro to the post of Senior Deputy General Manager (Operations) at Pune for a period of three years. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

RS Gahlot appointed PCE, Southern Railway

Rama Shankar Gahlot, who is presently posted in Southern Railway (SR), has been posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Rajneesh Mathur appointed PCE, Central Railway

Rajneesh Mathur has been transferred from East Coast Railway (ECoR) to Central Railway and posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

BSK Rajkumar posted as PCE, ECoR

BSK Rajkumar, who is presently posted in East Coast Railway (ECoR), has been posted as Principal Chief Engineer (PCE) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

VT Pandi appointed CAO (C) (RSP), Southern Railway

V Thavamani Pandi, who is presently posted in Southern Railway (SR), has been posted as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) (C), Road Safety Projects, in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

AK Gupta appointed CAO (C), NER

Abhay Kumar Gupta, who is presently posted as Senior Deputy General Manager (SDGM) in South Eastern Railway (SER), has been transferred to North Eastern Railway (NER) and posted as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) (Construction).  He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

SP Dwivedi is also PCMM, CORE

SP Dwivedi, who is presently working as Principal Chief Materials Managers (PCMM) in North Central Railway (NCR), has been assigned additional duties of the post of PCMM, Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE). He is an Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

Ms Singh appointed Sr. Professor, IRITM

Ms. Neelima Singh, who is returning from deputation to Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) on her own request, has been transferred to Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management (IRITM) and posted as Senior Professor. She is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

Ashok Kumar appointed CBE, ECoR

Ashok Kumar, who is presently posted in East Coast Railway (ECoR), has been posted as Chief Bridge Engineer (CBE) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

KD Rao appointed CTE, ECoR

K Dhanunjeya Rao, who is presently posted in East Coast Railway (ECoR), has been posted as Chief Track Engineer (CTE) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Justice Sheel Nagu is also Chief Justice, MP HC (UPDATED)

Justice Sheel Nagu, Judge of Madhya Pradesh, has been assigned the charge of Chief Justice, Madhya Pradesh High Court upon the retirement of incumbent.

Ruchika Chaudhary Govil returns to parent cadre (UPDATED)

Ruchika Chaudhary Govil, Additional Secretary, Steel, has returned to parent cadre upon completion of central deputation. She is a 1990 batch IRS officer.

Two Senior Accounts Officers get new postings (UPDATED)

Two Senior Accounts Officers have been given new postings. D S Yadav has been posted to Office of CGA, Delhi, while Preetam Singh is posted to Ministry of I&B, Delhi.


THDCIL’sCMD visits 2400 MW Tehri Power Complex (UPDATED)

R K Vishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director of THDC India Limited, led a comprehensive two-day inspection visit at Tehri Complex on May 19 and May 20, 2024. Accompanied by Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical), and L P Joshi, Head of Project (Tehri Complex), among other senior officers of THDCIL, Sh. Vishnoi meticulously inspected the ongoing construction works of 1000 MW Tehri PSP. During the first day, Vishnoi visited Tehri Dam, and conducted an extensive inspection. L P Joshi, Executive Director (Tehri Complex) provided updates on various construction activities. Later, Sh. Vishnoi and Sh. Bhupender Gupta inspected critical areas such as the Butterfly Valve, PSC (Pen Stock Assembly Chamber), EA-7, and TRT of Tehri PSP along with Koteshwar Dam and its outlet area. Following the inspection, Vishnoi commended the efforts of the officials and stakeholders, and motivated them to maintain momentum to achieve the desired results within the set timeframe. After inspection of the construction sites of the PSP project by the Chairman and Managing Director, a review meeting was convened in which all aspects of the construction works were thoroughly deliberated.  Furthermore, during the review meeting Sh. Vishnoi stressed the significance of sustained high-quality standards while ensuring the timely completion of the project. He emphasized the significant contribution the Tehri PSP would make towards the nation's goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and providing 24*7 affordable power supply, aligning with the target of 500 GW of non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030. The project exemplifies THDC's commitment to sustainable energy solutions and environmental responsibility. Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical), reiterated THDCIL's dedication to excellence and environmental stewardship, assuring the timely completion of project activities. THDCIL, a premier PSU, boasts expertise in harnessing hydro, solar, wind, and thermal energy sources, with an installed capacity of 1587 MW, including the Tehri Dam & HPP (1000MW), Koteshwar HEP (400MW), Wind Power Projects in Gujarat, small hydro projects, and a solar power project in Kerala. Additionally, THDCIL operates coal mines in Madhya Pradesh. The meeting was attended by Sandeep Singhal, ED (Technical), R R Semwal (C.G.M. EMD), Virendra Singh, CGM (OMS), AK Ghildiyal (CGM Planning and MPS), AR Gairola (GM PSP), M K Singh (GM Mechanical), Dr AN Tripathy (GM HR & Admin) and  Neeraj Agarwal (AGM Civil Design), and other senior officers of THDCIL.

BEL wins orders worth Rs 1, 150 cr (UPDATED)

Navaratna DPSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has received orders worth Rs. 1,150 crores till date during the financial year 2024-25.  The major orders include AMC of Akash Missile System, Combat Management System for ships, Missile Fire Control System for ships, Laser Range Finders, Communication Network Centre, etc.


Markets will break all time high before 4th June ?

It is believed that Indian Markets will break all time high before 4th June. Interesting days are ahead for the business world.

Rajiv Mittal re-appointed CMD, Va Tech Wabag Ltd

Rajiv Mittal has been re-appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Va Tech Wabag Limited with effect from April 1, 2025.

Sunil Mundra re-appointed MD, Natural Capsules Ltd

Sunil L Mundra has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Natural Capsules Limited.


Rajesh Sharma re-appointed JMD, Fiem Industries Ltd

Rajesh Sharma has been re-appointed as Joint Managing Director, in the category of Whole-Time Director, of Fiem Industries Limited effective from January 1, 2025.

Ms Khatri re-appointed Ind. Director, Fiem Industries Ltd

Ms. Shobha Khatri has been re-appointed as Woman Independent Director of Fiem Industries Limited effective from January 1, 2025.

Amit Goela re-appointed NE Director, Va Tech Wabag Ltd

Amit Goela has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Va Tech Wabag Limited with effect from July 20, 2024.

Mrs Sarangi re-appointed NE Director, Sky Industries Ltd

Mrs. Sanghamitra Sarangi has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Woman Director of Sky Industries Limited with effect from August 14, 2024.

Ms Shankar re-appointed Ind.Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd

Ms. Meera Shankar has been re-appointed as Independent Director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited with effect from January 30, 2025.

KK Bangur appointed Ind.Director, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd

Krishna Kumar Bangur has been appointed as Additional Independent Director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited with effect from June 1, 2024.

JK Surana re-appointed Ind. Director, CMEI

Jay Kumar Surana has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Cochin Malabar Estates and Industries Limited  (CMEI) with effect from June 17, 2024.

VK Sharma re-appointed Ind. Director, Dhanashree Electronics Ltd

Vijay Kumar Sharma has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Dhanashree Electronics Limited.

Sandip Timbadia appointed Addl. Director, La Tim Metal & Industries Ltd

Sandip Timbadia has been appointed as Additional Director (Executive Director) on the Board of La Tim Metal & Industries Limited.

Jitendra Kumar appointed Addl. Director, Decorous Investment & Trading Co Ltd

Jitendra Kumar has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) on the Board of Decorous Investment & Trading Company Limited.

Alok Saxena re-appointed Whole-Time Director, Zuari Industries Ltd

Alok Saxena has been re-appointed as Whole time Director of Zuari Industries Limited with effect from July 1, 2024.

VT Bharadwaj re-appointed Ind. Director, Prataap Snacks Ltd

VT Bharadwaj has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Prataap Snacks Limited.

Navroze Marshall bows out as Ind. Director, Hindustan Hardy Ltd

Navroze Marshall ceased to be Independent Director of Hindustan Hardy Limited on completion of his tenure with effect from July 1, 2024.

Whispers Forum

How does it matter if he voted for BJP or not?

This is about showing the flaw and the fact. Why does it always have to be something related to politics? Freaking comes to the level where you can oppose the BJP or stop shouting.

Madhav Goyal


RTI Application returned by mistake

Respondent was of the impression that the information sought in RTI application was already replied as similar information he had already asked in some other RTI application. Hence, he returned the RTI application stating that the information requested has already been supplied previously. Later, on perusal of files, the CPIO understood that the information requested in this petition is different from previous petition and expressed his regret for the mistake assuring the CIC that such situation will not recur in future. The PIO submitted that it was not done wantonly or in malafide intention. The CIC observed that the Respondent was unable to respond correctly to the queries raised by the Appellant, subsequently, the FAA had furnished appropriate information. Considering the detailed, comprehensive and self explanatory statement of facts filed by the Respondent before it, the CIC directed the PIO to send a copy of the written submission to the Appellant. The CIC closed the matter directing the Respondent to submit a compliance report in this regard before it..

Comments  This case law offers relief in those cases where the PIO has inadvertently acted against the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005.


Citation: Shri Vanniaperumal A v. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, CIC/NIEPM/A/2023/605558/MOCAF; Date of Decision : 27.03.2024

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