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Is America's economy fragile?

 

All is not well in the US. It is said that the country's economy is in fragile mode and Biden administration has blocked the real-time data on the economy.

Will world see a major slowdown?

The World will see a big slowdown after the US presidential poll in November and December this year. Reason is said to be America's fragile economy and Ukraine - Russia and Israel -Hamas conflict have badly affected the developed countries economy.

 


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BUREAUCRACY HEADLINES
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Kudos to newest IAS officer onboard -Aditya Srivastava (AIR-1)

Aditya Srivastava is not raving with excitement, but you can easily identify the emotional arousal in his voice as he shares his splendid victory. After all, he has topped the toughest and most prestigious exams in India– the Civil Services Examination-2023 – conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the results of which were declared on April 16, 2024.  And as you converse with him, you do feel the contagious excitement in the form of goose bumps – an involuntary action of your tiny muscles.  In this off-beat heart-to-heart conversation, the 27-year-old says that it is unlikely that he would be smitten by the “IAS-snob attitude” and adds that it is alright to dip while preparing for the examination, but it is more important to bounce back as soon as possible.  Check out the UPSC-2023 All India Rank -1 holder, Aditya Srivastava’s exclusive interview with Whispers In The Corridors (WITC) from the National Police Academy in Hyderabad where he is undergoing IPS training in Hyderabad (AIR 236).

Nalin Prabhat appointed as DG, NSG

Nalin Prabhat has been appointed as Director General, National Security Guard (NSG). He is a 1992 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre.

IPS officer takes VRS

Sanjay Kumar Singh,Odisha cadre   Indian Police Service (IPS) officer  has taken voluntary retirement from the service for “personal reasons”.He is 1996 batch IPS officer .

Sanjay Malhotra is also Secretary, Corporate Affairs for a while

Sanjay Malhotra, Secretary, Revenue has been assigned an additional charge of Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs upto May 1, 2024. He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Ms Sapna Tewari appointed as Special Director, in situ, IB

Ms Sapna Tewari has been appointed as Special Director, in situ, IB. She is a 1992 batch IPS officer of Orissa cadre.

Tenure of Shantmanu as Addl Secretary, Consumer Affairs extended

The tenure of Shantmanu as Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has been extended for a period of one year upto May 14, 2025.He is a 1991 batch IAS officer of AGMUT cadre.

Neeraj Kumar Gupta designated as CVO, NCB

Neeraj Kumar Gupta, DDG (Spl Wing), NCB, has been designated as Part-time Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) in Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for a period of three years.  He is an IPS officer.

 

Narpat Singh appointed as Railway Adviser, High Commission, Dhaka

Narpat Singh has been appointed as Railway Adviser in the High Commission of India Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a 2009 batch IRTS officer.

 

Tenure of Ms Rupali Banerjee as Member Secretary, NCPCR extended

The tenure of Ms Rupali Banerjee as Member Secretary, NCPCR, Ministry of Women & Child Development has been extended upto February 28, 2025. She is a CSS officer.

 

Tenure of Ms Anu Nagar as Joint Secretary, Health Research extended

The tenure of Ms Anu Nagar as Joint Secretary, Department of Health Research, has been extended for a period of two years beyond May 29, 2024. She is a 1995 batch IFoS officer.

R Raghu Prasad empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

R Raghu Prasad has been empanelled for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent posts in the Government of India. He is a 1997 batch IFoS officer of Orissa cadre.

 

Rajesh Ravindran empanelled as Joint Secretary in GoI

Rajesh Ravindran has been empanelled for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent posts in the Government of India. He is a 1995 batch IFoS officer of Kerala cadre.

 

Three officers in grade of Chief Commissioner/DG of Customs shifted

Three officers in the grade of Chief Commissioner/DG of Customs and Indirect Taxes have been shifted. On promotion, Arti A Srinivas and Charul Baranwal have been shifted to Bengaluru Customs Zone and DGGI (East), Kolkata. Besides, V Usha was transferred to DGARM, Delhi.

 

Ashutosh is PCE WCR

Ashutosh has been transferred to West Central Railway and posted as PCE. He is a HAG/IRSE/ North Central Railway zone officer.

 

RPFS officers granted SA Grade

S Louis Amuthan (ECR) and Sandeep Kumar Ravivanshi (NWR) have been granted SA Grade on non-Functional basis with effect from January 1, 2024. Both are RPFS officers.

 

RCIL advertises for Sr Manager/ Manager for Kolkata region

The Railtel Corporation of India LImited (RCIL) has advertised for one post each of Senior Manager and Manager for Kolkata/ Eastern Region on deputation basis. The applications must reach on or before May 18, 2024.

 

Post of Asstt Prof Paediatric Cardiology advertised

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has advertised for the post of Assistant Professor (Paediatric Cardiology). The applications must reach on or before May 2, 2024.

 

Maneesh Kumar relieved to take up his new assignment

Maneesh Kumar, presently working as AIGF, MoEF&CC, New Delhi, has been relieved with effect from April 19, 2024 to take up his new assignment as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Mines, New Delhi. He is a 2011 batch IFoS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

 

Pradip Kumar shifted as CTE, SER

Pradip Kumar has been transferred from Eastern Railway (ER) to South Eastern Railway (SER) and posted as Chief Track Engineer (CTE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

Samir Dighe moved as CEE (Projects), Southern Railway

Samir Dighe, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Chennai Egmore, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to Southern Railway (SR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Chennai. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

AK Singh moved as CEE (Projects), Western Railway

Amrendra Kumar Singh, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Ahmedabad, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to Western Railway (WR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Ahmedabad. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

 

Ms Kotnis is also PFA, RWF

Ms Deepa Kotnis, who is presently working as Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer (FA&CAO) in South Western Railway (SWR), has been assigned additional duties of the post of Principal Financial Advisor (PFA), Rail Wheel Factory (RWF). She is an Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) officer

Pradip Kumar shifted as CTE, SER

Pradip Kumar has been transferred from Eastern Railway (ER) to South Eastern Railway (SER) and posted as Chief Track Engineer (CTE). He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

SS Yadav sent as CEE (Projects), Northern Railway

SS Yadav, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Ambala, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to Northern Railway (NR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Ambala. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

Samir Dighe moved as CEE (Projects), Southern Railway

Samir Dighe, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Chennai Egmore, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to Southern Railway (SR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Chennai. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

KN Prasad shifted as CEE (Projects), SCR

K Nagendra Prasad, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Secunderabad, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to South Central Railway (SCR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Secunderabad. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

AK Singh moved as CEE (Projects), Western Railway

Amrendra Kumar Singh, who is presently working as Chief Project Director (CPD), Railway Electrification (RE), Ahmedabad, in Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE), has been transferred to Western Railway (WR) and appointed as Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) (Projects) at Ahmedabad. He is an  Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer. 

 

JNPA takes strides towards green future with zero emission trucking initiative

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), a leading container handling Port in India, marked a significant milestone today in its journey towards sustainability with the announcement of its Zero Emission Trucking (ZET) initiative. The Chairman of JNPA, Unmesh Sharad Wagh, participated in a Round Table Convening on Zero Emission Trucking, an event aimed at fostering collaboration among stakeholders involved in designing and implementing ZET port pilots. This initiative underscores JNPA's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality in and around its operations. Recognizing the critical role of decarbonizing truck movements, especially within port premises, JNPA has embarked on an ambitious plan to transition its truck fleet from diesel to electric power. Currently, the majority of trucks operating within JNPA run on diesel, contributing to emissions and pollution. By transitioning to Zero Emission Trucks (ZETs), JNPA aims to achieve its vision of a fully electrified port, aligning with national sustainability goals such as the Harit Sagar guidelines and MIV 2030. JNPA is actively incorporating green energy for terminal operations and replacing diesel-operated Internal Terminal Vehicles (ITVs) with Electric ITVs (E-ITVs) to further reduce carbon emissions. The 15+ trucks plying on ITRHO handling Inter Terminal Rail Operations will be converted to E-ITVs within the next six months, followed by the conversion of 400+ diesel-operated trucks moving within terminals for the vessel and yard operations will be converted to E-ITVs within 2-3 years. Moreover 6500+ trucks plying from Terminals to Container Freight Stations and vice-versa including the Centralized Parking Plaza Trucks moving to Terminals within 3-5 years. Expressing his delight, Unmesh Sharad Wagh IRS, Chairman of JNPA, commented, “ The journey towards sustainability requires proactive measures and collaborative efforts. Zero Emission Trucks represent not just a technological advancement but a strategic imperative in our pursuit of a greener future. By embracing ZETs as well as providing the supporting infrastructure required for charging stations inside the Port area, we are not only aligning with national sustainability agendas but also reducing environmental footprint.” JNPA's Zero Emission Trucking initiative represents a significant step towards achieving a sustainable, environmentally friendly port operation while contributing to India's broader sustainability goals. In its pursuit of sustainability, JNPA has also prioritized the use of Green Energy for Terminal operations, further reducing carbon emissions within the port. With these initiatives, JNPA reaffirms its commitment to environmental responsibility while driving innovation and efficiency in port operations. The transition to Zero Emission Trucks marks a pivotal step towards a cleaner, greener future for the port and surrounding communities.

 

IFoS Probationers assigned segments for OJT (UPDATED)

IFoS Probationers of 2022 batch allocated to AGMUT Cadre have been assigned the segments for their On Job Training (OJT). Accordingly, Vikas Yadav and Ravi Kant were allocated A&N Islands, while Amarjeet Kujur, Sachin Devram Lande and Manish Kumar Jha were assigned Arunachal Pradesh and Iqbal Rasool Dar, Ankit Sinha and Shahbazul Rahman go to UT of J&K. Besides, Urvashi Jain was assigned Goa and Karthikeyan V gets Mizoram Segment for OJT.

Court Closes High Profile Legal Battle in Chhattisgarh (UPDATED)

In a major victory for Aman Singh, who was  Principal Secretary to former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the trial court in Raipur has accepted the closure report filed by  the EOW-ACB as no case of disproportionate assets could be made out against Aman Singh and his wife. The court’s decision marks the culmination of a prolonged investigative  process led by the EOW-ACB which failed to substantiate the allegations of disproportionate assets against Singh and his wife, Dr Yasmin Singh. The FIR, 09 of 2020, lodged on direct orders from former Congress Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and based on claims by RTI activist Uchit Sharma, had accused the couple of amassing unaccounted wealth.  Despite exhaustive investigations over three years, the FIR failed to hold up as the EOW found no evidence supporting the claims, leading to the filing of a closure report. Significantly, the closure report was filed by the  EOW in December last year, before the current BJP government took the oath of office in Chhattisgarh. Legal circles have closely monitored the proceedings, noting the case's implications for bureaucratic integrity and legal accountability. Noted criminal lawyer and Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, who represented the Singhs, has openly criticized the motives behind the FIR,  describing it as a tool for political retribution rather than justice. 

Despite claiming the charges were politically motivated, Aman Singh  cooperated fully with the subsequent investigation, which ultimately vindicated him and his wife as no case of disproportionate assets was made out even after a meticulous probe. The trial court’s closure of the case, after hearing all perspectives including the complainant's  agreement with the closure report, brings to an end a high-profile battle that has highlighted the vendetta politics that regime changes often bring.

 

Two officers posted to NCB Zonal Units (UPDATED)

Nilotpal Mrinal has been posted to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Delhi Zonal Unit, while Prakash Ranjan Mishra was posted to NCB Kolkata Zonal Unit. The officers have joined NCB, under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on deputation basis for a period of five years. 

 

Additional charge to Vivek Agrawal extended for 6 months (UPDATED)

The ACC has approved the proposal of extension of additional charge of Director (Finance Intelligence) to Vivek Agrawal, Additional Secretary, Department of Revenue, for further 6 months from March 30 to September 29 2024. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of MP cadre.



WHISPERS - CORPORATE WORLD
Rishad A Premji re-appointed Executive Chairman, Wipro Ltd

Rishad A Premji has been re-appointed as Whole-Time Director, designated as Executive Chairman of Wipro Limited with effect from July 31, 2024.

 

Azim H Premji re-appointed NE Director, Wipro Ltd

Azim H Premji has been re-appointed as Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director of Wipro Limited with effect from July 31, 2024.

 

AS Mittal re-appointed CMD, Arshiya Ltd

Ajay S Mittal has been re-appointed as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Arshiya Limited.

 

Ajith Kumar KK appointed MD & CEO, Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd

Ajith Kumar KK has been appointed as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Dhanlaxmi Bank Limited.
 

TK Srirang appointed JMD, ICICI Securities Ltd.

TK Srirang has been appointed as Additional Director and Joint Managing Director of ICICI Securities Limited.

 

Khurana appointed GM, Central Bank of India

Dharam Pal Khurana has been appointed as General Manager of Central Bank of India.

Mrs Anand re-appointed ED, Mega Corporation Ltd

Mrs. Anisha Anand has been re-appointed as Executive Director of Mega Corporation Limited with effect from April 23, 2024.

Mrs Shamanur appointed NE Director, Davangere Sugar Company Ltd

Mrs. Swathi Shamanur has been appointed as  Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of Davangere Sugar Company Limited.

AH Patel appointed NE Director, Munjal Auto Industries Ltd

Atul Haribhai Patel has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Munjal Auto Industries Limited.

SS Khera appointed NE Director, Munjal Auto Industries Ltd

Sameer Subhash Khera has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Munjal Auto Industries Limited.

SC Vakil appointed NE Director, Munjal Auto Industries Ltd

Sunil Chinubhai Vakil has been appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Munjal Auto Industries Limited

AJ Kapadiya appointed Addl. Director, Franklin Industries Ltd

Ashishkumar Jayantilal Kapadiya has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Director of Franklin Industries Limited.

Smit Patel quits as NE Director, Franklin Industries Ltd

Smit Patel has resigned from the position of Non-Executive Director of Franklin Industries Limited.

 

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A leader needed from south to become PM

These things are all hoax, wait for delimitation at least. A leader needed from TN or Kerala who should be well versed in Hindi too. There will be a good chance for him to become the candidate for PM from BJP.

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DATE WITH RTI

RTI Application and First Appeal filed by separate individuals

Mr. Shamim Alam filed an RTI application seeking information in relation to Non-Judicial stamp paper of the Denomination of Rupees 10 bearing a distinct number. The PIO replied that the disclosure of the sensitive details of the stamp paper(s) would adversely affect the economic interest of the country and would not serve any larger public interest. The information was denied by seeking exemption under Section 8(1)(a), 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005. First Appeal was filed by Mr. Shakil Ahmed as a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) holder of the Mr. Shamim Alam which was rejected by FAA. Upon a remark by the CIC during second appeal regarding the appropriateness of the FAA’s order in having rejected the First Appeal filed under SPA by Shakil Ahmed, the Representative of the Appellant feebly stated that the erroneous First Appeal stands rectified as the Second Appeal has been filed by Shamim Alam only. The CIC observed that the FAA has appropriately rejected the First Appeal as being not maintainable as the RTI Application and First Appeal are filed by separate individuals. Further, since the channel of First Appeal has not been properly exhausted by the Appellant, the instant second appeal is also not maintainable.

Comments

As far as possible, a person who desires an information should file the RTI application and appeal under his / her own name and signature.

Citation: Shamim Alam v. Security Printing Press, Hyderabad, CIC/SPPRE/A/2022/151493; Date of Decision: 18.03.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) 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 www.rtifoundationofindia.com

 

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