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Who engineered political crisis in Rajasthan?

Now people are trying to find out the real hero behind the ruling Congress party crisis in Rajasthan. Sources said that it is Ashok Gehlot who had played the game because the high command was reportedly trying to stop his game by saying one post formula.





Rahul’s ‘Yatra’ generates current in South!

Political observers say that Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has certainly generated current in the South. Observers, however, say that ‘Yatra’ may not get current in the North.





Whispers bureaucracy News
Raj Kumar unlikely to return GoI as Secretary Defence

Although expected, Raj Kumar because of previous experience  may return to the GoI as Secretary Defence. Now it is certain that ACS in Gujarat Raj Kumar will not join the GoI to take over as Chief Secretary. He is 1987 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Empanelment of 2008 batch IAS delayed

Empanelment of 2008 batch IAS officers to the rank of Joint Secretary in the Government of India is being delayed by over one year.

Special allowances to N-East IAS, IPS, IFoS officer withdrawn

The incentives and special allowances, which were given to IAS, IPS and IFoS officers working in the north-east region in 2009, have been withdrawn by the Government of India.

Tenure of Rakesh Agarwal as Joint Director, CBI extended

The deputation tenure of Rakesh Agarwal working as Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has officially been extended for a period of six months beyond September 2, 2022. He is a 1997 batch IPS officer of HP cadre.

(We said this on Sept 22, 2022)

Tenure of Ms Sampat Meena as Joint Director, CBI extended

The deputation tenure of Ms Sampat Meena working as Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has officially been extended upto September 21, 2024. She is a 1994 batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

(We said this on Sept 22, 2022)

Bharat Lal joins as DG, NCGG

Bharat Lal, Secretary Lokpal, has joined as Director General, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG).He is former IFS officer of Gujarat cadre.

J.K. Shukla may take over charge of Secretary, Coir Board today

J.K. Shukla is today likely to assume charge of Secretary, Coir Board which comes under Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India.

Sharad Chandra Mishra is also CVO, Prasar Bharati

Sharad Chandra Mishra, Deputy Director General (Engg) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has been assigned an additional charge of CVO, Prasar Bharati, Delhi for a period of six months.

Katuri Sudarshan Raju selected as Director (Proj), EPIL

Katuri Sudarshan Raju, ED, EIL, has been selected for the post of Director (Projects), Engineering Projects (India) Limited (EPIL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on September 26, 2022. As many as 10 persons were interviewed for the same.

57 IRS-IT officers promoted to PrCIT grade

As many as 57 IRS-IT officers have been promoted to the grade of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax (PrCIT). They are: Dhirendra Kumar Jha, Mohd Usman, Rajarshi Diwvedy, Vasundara Upmanyu, Shefali Juneja, Manisha Chandra, Dr Sibichen K Mathew, Anand Kumar Kedia, Sant Saran Mantri, Divya Misra Bajpai, Harinder Kumar, Pramila Sharan, Parwinder Kaur, Nausheen Jahan Ansari, Sanjay Kumar, Yagya Dutt Sharma, Dr Shaik Shakir Hussain, K Devarathna Kumar, G Malliarjuna, Bijoy Kumar Panda, Samir Kumar Jha, Rajesh Kumar Jha, Jayaram Raipura, Tajinder Pal Singh, Vikram Sahay, Ishtiyaque Ahmed, Sarita Mishra Kolhe, Manoj Pandey, Pankaj Kumar, Vandana Verma, Dilip Sharma, Naval Jit Kapoor, Vivek Kumar, Rakesh Gupta, Prabhat Jha, Ashish Kumar, Yagyasaini Kakkar, Dr Rajeev Harit, Darzakhum Songate, M Dayasagar, Manjit Singh, Sunitha Billa, Komal Jogpal, Piyushchandra V Kolhe, Angam Shaiza, R C Meena, Rajesh Damor, Mohit Jain, Jay Kishore Mishra, Pradeep Kumar Mitra, B V Prasad Reddy, Bhavna C Yashory, Ashish Abrol, Binod Kumar Singh Anuj Arora, Nandita Kanchan and Rita Kumari Dokania.

1990 batch IRS (C&CE) officers are yet to get posting

Several 1990 batch IRS (C&CE) officers are still waiting for posting as Chief Commissioner. Some have already been posted.

Surendra Singh goes on Inter-State cadre to UT

UP cadre IAS officer Surendra Singh has been allowed for UT cadre for three years. He is 2005 batch IAS officer.

Tenure of CMD, BPCL ending in Oct; no successor so far

Tenure of Arun Kumar Singh as CMD, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is coming to an end on October 31, 2022. The Government of India is yet to find his successor.

Wilsonbabu appointed Ambassador to Madagascar

Bandaru Wilsonbabu, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar. He is a 2004 batch IFS officer.


Vacancy for Director P&C in Directorate of P&C, Defence

The Directorate of Planning & Coordination under the Department of Defence Production seeks to appoint a CSS officer on deputation for filling up the post of Director (P&C).

Navika Gupta is Dy Press Secretary to President

 Navika Gupta has been appointed Dy Press Secretary to the President Draupadi Murmu. She is an IIS officer.

Rahul Bhandari gets new assignments in Punjab

Rahul Bhandari has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Technical Education, Industrial Training with additional charges of Food, Civil Supplies, Civil Aviation and Public Relations while Vimal Kumar Setia was made State Transport Commissioner with additional charge of Registrar, Cooperative Societies in Punjab.

Why PS to Lt Governor J&K shifted?

Why was Niteshwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, J&K, shifted to the Government of India? Niteshwar, who belongs to a 1996 batch IAS officer of UP cadre, was on inter cadre deputation to the Jammu & Kashmir UT.

Training programme at ISTM for ASOs from Oct 3

The Level B Training programme at ISTM for Assistant Section Officers (ASOs) of the CSS for promotion to Section Officer Grade will be held from October 3 to November 4.


Deputation of Vijay Choudhary to Central University cancelled

The deputation of Vijay Choudhary presently posted as Deputy Controller General of Accounts, PFMS division to Central University of Rajasthan has been cancelled with immediate effect. He is a 2012 batch ICAS officer.


Karnataka HC gets 3 Judges

Three Additional Judges of Karnataka High Court have been elevated as Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Mohammed Ghouse Shukure Kamal, Justice Rajendra Badamikar and Ms. Justice Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin.


MIB blocks fake You Tube videos

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), Government of India, has blocked 45 fake YouTube videos from 10 YouTube channels.


PC Lochab appointed ED, E (Sports), Railway Board

Prem Chandra Lochab, Director, E (Sports), Railway Board, has been promoted to senior administrative grade (SAG) and posted as Executive Director, E (Sports), Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


AK Srivastava appointed in HAG

Ashutosh Kumar Srivastava - who is presently working as Principal Chief Materials Manager (CHOD) - has been appointed in higher administrative grade (HAG) and posted as PCMM (PHOD) on the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railways Stores Service (IRSS) officer.

Ms Dhir appointed CAO (PTS), Northern Railway

Ms. Seema Dhir - who is presently working as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), PIS, in Northern Railway (NR) - has been posted as CAO, PTS, on the Railway itself. She is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


SK Tyagi appointed CAO (PIS), Northern Railway

Sudhir Kumar Tyagi - who is presently working as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), PTS, in Northern Railway (NR) - has been posted as CAO, PIS, on the Railway itself He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.


Two IAS officers get new responsibilities in UP (UPDATED)

Two IAS officers have been assigned new responsibilities in UP. Prashant Nagar was made Chief Development Officer of Mau, while Ms Pranata Aishwarya will take over as Chief Development Officer of Etawah.

Bombay HC CJ Dipankar Dutta to be elevated to SC (UPDATED)

Supreme Court collegium has recommended Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta for elevation to the top court.


Central deputation tenure of Ms Mudita Mishra extended (UPDATED)

The central deputation tenure of Ms Mudita Mishra working as Additional Development Commissioner, Handicrafts has been extended upto September 16, 2023. She is a 2001 batch IOFS officer.


Dr D K Sunil appointed as Director (Engg, R&D), HAL (UPDATED)

Dr D K Sunil, Chief Designer, HAL, has been appointed as Director (Engineering and R&D), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).  The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved his appointment to the post.


Tenure of Hemant Kumar Sharma on foreign assignment extended (UPDATED)

The tenure of Hemant Kumar Sharma as Police Planning Officer in Department of Peace Operations United Nations, New York has been extended upto November 28, 2023. He is a 2006 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.


HSCL’s Annual General Meeting held (UPDATED)

HSCL successfully completed its 58th AGM in Kolkata, Chaired by PK Gupta, Chairman, HSCL & CMD, NBCC along with the Board of Directors and Senior officials. HSCL a subsidiary of NBCC has been recently accorded the status of a ‘Miniratna-I’ Central Public Sector Enterprise.


Two IRS-IT officers get new assignments (UPDATED)

P Praveen Siddharth has been appointed as CIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, Delhi region and Ankit Jain is DCIT (OSD) in the office of Pr.CCIT, Delhi region.


Pranav Kumar appointed as GM (Oper), PLI Directorate (UPDATED)

Pranav Kumar, PMG Jabalpur, has been appointed as General Manager (Operations), PLI Directorate. He is a 1995 batch IPoS officer.


52nd Annual General Meeting of HUDCO held (UPDATED)

The Housing & Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) held its52ndAnnual General Meeting through video conferencing on September 26, 2022. Kamran Rizvi, Chairman & Managing Director, HUDCO chaired the meeting and addressed the shareholders to apprise them of the outstanding performance of the Company during the year. During the financial year 2021-22, HUDCO posted the highest ever PAT of Rs 1716.60 crore as against Rs 1578.58 crore in FY 2020-21, which is an increase of 8.7% compared to last year. In line with the excellent performance of the company, HUDCO paid a total dividend of Rs 700.66 crore to shareholders for FY 2021-22, as against Rs 435.41 crore for the FY 2020-21, which is an increase of 60.9% compared to last year. The outstanding performance of HUDCO in the FY 2021-22 has resulted in increase of the net worth of the company to Rs 14,468.31 crore, which was Rs 13,189.05 crore in the previous year. Kamran Rizvi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs& CMD HUDCO, M Nagaraj, Director Corporate Planning, D Guhan, Director Finance, Kuldip Narayan, Director, HUDCO & JS (HFA), Ravinder Kumar Ray, Director, Dr.Siyaram Singh, Director, Mrs Sabitha Bojan, Director, Banshi Lal Gujar, Director and Harish K Sharma, Company Secretary were present at the AGM.

AK Singh appointed Director (Projects), RITES Ltd

Arun Kumar Singh has been appointed as Director (Projects) of RITES Limited.


RC Gogri re-appointed MD, Aarti Drugs Ltd

Rashesh C Gogri has been re-appointed as  Managing Director of Aarti Drugs Limited with effect from October 31, 2022.

RC Gogri re-appointed MD, Aarti Drugs Ltd

Rashesh C Gogri has been re-appointed as  Managing Director of Aarti Drugs Limited with effect from October 31, 2022.

Rakesh Mohan vacates office as Ind. Director, DishTV India Ltd

Rakesh Mohan has vacated the office of Independent Director of DishTV India Limited.

CB Patel re-appointed MD, Sagar Soya Products Ltd

Chandrakant Bhai Patel has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Sagar Soya Products Limited with effect from  April 1, 2022.

PUB Rao appointed Addl. Director, Zensar Technologies

Pravin Udhyavara Bhadya Rao has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Zensar Technologies Limited.

Ms Jain appointed Ind. Director, Shivkamal Impex Ltd

Ms. Heena Jain has been appointed as Independent Director of Shivkamal Impex Limited with effect from February 12, 2022.

Ms Shah appointed Ind. Director, Integra Switchgear Ltd

Ms. Mansi Ashok Shah has been appointed as Independent Director of Integra Switchgear Limited with effect from November 2, 2021.

YS Rao appointed Addl. Director, Ajel Ltd

Yelamanchili Srinivasa Rao has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent) of Ajel Limited.

AK Agarwal appointed Addl. Director, TCI Finance Ltd

Arun Kumar Agarwal has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Non-Independent Director of TCI Finance Limited.

S Devarajan appointed NE Director, Kandagiri Spinning Mills Ltd

S Devarajan has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of Kandagiri Spinning Mills Limited.

DC Shah appointed Ind. Director, RB Gupta Financials Ltd

Dhrumesh Gopal Shah has been appointed as Independent Director of RB Gupta Financials Limited.

Deepesh Tiwari appointed Ind. Director, Kkalpana Industries (India) Ltd

Deepesh Tiwari has been appointed as Independent Director of Kkalpana Industries (India) Limited.

Tushar Agarwal appointed MD, Glittek Granites Ltd

Tushar Agarwal has been appointed as Managing Director of Glittek Granites Limited.


AS Mewar bows out Ind. Director, JK Tyre & Industries

Arvind Singh Mewar has ceased to be Independent Director of JK Tyre & Industries Limited.


CV Rao quits as Nominee Director, Excel Industries Ltd

Collu Vikas Rao has stepped down from the position of Nominee Director (representing LIC of India) of Excel Industries Limited.

Whispers Forum

‘Watch digital platforms; say no to private TV news channels’

All Indians are regularly watching provocative debates on TV channels, despite knowing their futility. The debates are rarely live but always rehearsed and recorded. These are attended by the self- proclaimed ‘political thinkers’, fighting like the uneducated illiterates. Leaders of different parties and their motor mouths are busy addressing rallies after rallies wearing branded clothes, colourful head gears, receiving bouquets, garlands , scarves from chatukaars. What is Rahul Gandhi's secret objective behind the on-going, country-wide padyatra? Can the country afford such wasteful expenditure? Divisive. The Hindus don saffron robes while the Indian Muslims appear in green attire. Do religions represent specific colours? This is the latest trend. Our politicians have a penchant for giving unsolicited advice. Scripted or tele-prompted, worse still, TV anchors get handsome remunerations for supporting the parties' spokespersons. All are tutored by political masters. One wonders, for how long will this tamasha continue? Can the Indian Hindus and Muslims not co-exist? They have been living together for centuries ,sharing the same composite culture? A majority of Hindus and Muslims wish to live together in peace and harmony. A miniscule, misled minority, however, is not on the same page. Disgusting. Why the judiciary is after passing observations, remains mute spectators. It is split from within. Kyaa Kabhi Achhe Din Aayengey? What is the way forward? First and the foremost, we must stop watching Indian TV news channels. All are owned by media houses ,whose businesses can be manipulated by the ruling political class. The controlled TV news channels dish out half-truths , sometimes, even, untruths. The debates are divisive, fuelling Hindu Muslim hatred. Instead, let us support digital platforms to get the correct perspective of whatever, good or bad, is taking place in the country. The Indian citizens are entitled to get authentic news, not trash. This is our fundamental right.

 A K Saxena (A former civil servant)


Report of UGC fact finding committee

Certified copy a report of fact finding committee constituted by the UGC, chaired by Mrs. Mamta Aggarwal, the then Joint Secretary, UGC, New Delhi and its supporting documents, were not provided and it was submitted that it is not available with the office of UGC, New Delhi. The CIC remarked that Fact finding Committee’s Report which has duly been produced before Hon’ble Supreme Court, is supposed to be available with the UGC, to which it was submitted that an effort would be made to locate the desired report, but there is another possibility of it being weeded out. The CIC observed that no information with respect to the instant RTI Application has been provided to the Appellant. The CIC further observed that the replies furnished by the UGC were inadequate, misleading and blithe, that too with inordinate delay. The CIC took grave exception for the cavalier and irresponsible conduct of the UGC and strictly admonishes them for the same. The CIC sternly cautioned the UGC that in future, they shall ensure that replies to the RTI Applications shall be provided with mindful approach and within a stipulated time-frame as specified in the provisions of the RTI Act. The CIC admonishes the UGC for poor management of the official records and cautioned them to remain careful in future. The CIC directed to make effort to search their records in a prudent manner to locate the report and provide the same along to the Appellant. The CIC directed to provide the record retention schedule and copy of the weeding out report to the Appellant with a copy marked to the CIC, in case the said Report has been weeded out.


In case of any claim of records being weeded out, the copy of destruction memo must be produced. This is one case where the CIC has admonished the public authority but has not preferred to invoke any penal provisions.

Citation: Rajesh Gill v. University Grants Commission in Second Appeal No. CIC/UGCOM/A/2021/111603, Date of Decision: 22.07.2022

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