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Jayalalitha's comeback - a jolt to Amit Shah!
Ms. Jayalalitha's likely comeback as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is seen as a jolt to Amit Shah who had plans to invade the South.




CSE pattern to be revisited
The Narendra Modi government is committed to provide maximum governance with minimum government and in order to achieve this objective, improvement in the functioning of Civil Services is as equally important as ensuring that the future IAS officers entering into services are adapted to the changing requirement of 21st century India. Therefore the government has agreed to revisit the pattern of IAS and Civil Services Examination, as told by Dr. Jitendra Singh, MOS, DoPT in Delhi.








G Mohan Kumar has been appointed Secretary, Defence. He is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre. He will succeed RK Mathur whose two-year tenure is expiring on May 24.
(We said this on May 5 and again on May 11)




AK Gupta is Secretary, Defence Production

Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed new Secretary, Defence Producton. 1981 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, Gupta is presently Special Secretary, Defence Production. He will succeed G Mohan Kumar.
(We said this on May 11)






Tenure of Dr Anant, CSI-cum-Secretary, Statistics & Programme extended

The tenure of Dr T C A Anant, Chief Statistician of India (CSI)-cum-Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has been extended until he attains the age of 60 years.






Orders of Piyush Tiwari for Director (C&M), ITDC issued

The orders of Piyush Tiwari, DGM, RINL, for the appointment as Director (Commercial & Marketing), Indian Tourism & Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) have been issued by the Government of India.
(We said this on Sept 9, 2014)







No suitable candidate for Director (Mktg), STC

The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) has failed to find a suitable candidate for the post of Director (Marketing), State Trading Corporation of India Limited (STC) after interviewing as many as six persons at its selection meeting held on May 22, 2015. The Board has now decided to see more candidates for the same.







Mrs Shikha Goel promoted as IG, CISF

Mrs Shikha Goel has been promoted from DIG rank to IG rank in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). She is a 1994 batch IPS Officer of AP cadre.






AK Verma posted as ED (Steel), Railway Board

A K Verma presently in Northern Railway has been posted as Executive Director, Railway Stores (Steel), Railway Board. He is an IRSS officer.






Ravinder Gupta posted as ED (Project), Railway Board

Ravinder Gupta, CSO, Northeast Frontier Railway has been posted as Executive Director, Mechanical Engineering (Project), Railway Board. He is an IRSME officer.






Sanjeev Sinha deputed to Bangalore Metro

Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, Deputy CEE-I, Workshop Projects, has been deputed to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) as CE/RS. He is an IRSEE officer.






Sanjay Singhal, Director/EMS, Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), has been deputed to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and appointed CE/GS&US. He is an IRSEE officer.







Sahu is CEO, MVDSB

Ajeet Kumar Sahu is Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. He is a 2003 batch IAS officer of J & K cadre.






Yadav is VC, GDA

Vijay Kumar Yadav has been appointed Vice Chairman of Ghaziabad Development Authority. He is a 2008 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.






IFS officers seek pay parity with IAS officers

Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officers Association has demanded the 7th Pay Commission pay parity with IAS officers with Joint Secretary level posts as well as adequate representation in the Government of India.






12 IAS Probationers get postings in MP

As many as 12 IAS Probationers of 2014 have been given postings as Assistant Collector after completion of their training. Accordingly, Aditya Singh has been posted to Neemuch while Ankit Asthana was appointed to Mandsaur and Arun Kumar Vishwakarma is being posted to Gwalior. Similarly, Ashish Vashisht has been appointed to Hoshangabad; Avi Prasad to Balaghat; Jangid Lokesh Kumar Ramchandra to Sehore; Ms Nea Meena to Dhar; Rishav Gupta to Singarauli; Roman Saini to Jabalpur; Saket Malviya to Sagar; Ms Shitla Patel to Guna and Ms Tanvi Huda was posted to Ratlam.







Minor reshuffle of IPS officers in West Bengal

As many as five officers belonging to Indian Police Service (IPS) have been transferred and posted at different places in West Bengal. Accordingly, Devendra Prakash Singh has been appointed as SP, Hooghly while Vineet Goyal will now be IG, CID and Ajay Nand is Asansol police commissioner. Besides, Anand Kumar has been appointed as DIG, Burdwan.








ArcelorMittal and SAIL sign MoU on automotive steel joint venture in India

ArcelorMittal, the world's leading steel and mining company, and the Steel Authority of India Limited ('SAIL'), India's leading steel company, today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding ('MoU') to set up an automotive steel manufacturing facility under a Joint Venture ('JV') arrangement in India. The MoU was signed in London today by Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, and C S Verma, Chairman of SAIL. Rakesh Singh, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Steel and Aditya Mittal, ArcelorMittal CFO and CEO ArcelorMittal Europe, were also present. The MoU is the first step of a process to establish a JV between the two companies. The proposed JV will construct a state-of-the-art cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India that will offer technologically advanced steel products to India's rapidly growing automotive sector. India is forecast to become the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturing nation by 2020, growing from approximately 3.5 million units today to over 7 million units1. In response to the level of demand, and supported by the Indian Government's 'Make In India' programme, which has been designed to transform India into a global manufacturing hub, automotive manufacturers have been establishing an increased presence in the country. Commenting on the announcement, Rakesh Singh, Steel Secretary to the Government of India, said: "Increasing the availability of indigenously produced automotive steel would reduce India's reliance on imports and provide the Indian steel industry and the automotive industry with a sustainable competitive advantage. India is expected to grow as a hub for automobile export manufacturing facilities to cater to the international market. This proposed collaboration between ArcelorMittal and SAIL is a positive and welcome step towards fulfilling the objectives of the 'Make in India' campaign launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi." Mittal, Chairman and CEO, ArcelorMittal, said: "We have been in discussions with SAIL for some time and today's signing signals our intention to further advance our collaboration. Bringing together our leading automotive technological capabilities with SAIL's production scale in India, in a similar manner to ArcelorMittal's partnership with Hunan Valin on our VAMA joint venture in China, is an exciting and powerful combination. The automotive sector is a highly strategic and important market for ArcelorMittal; establishing an automotive focussed production presence in India, one of the world's fastest growing automotive markets, is a natural progression in executing our global automotive strategy." C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL, added: "SAIL is on the verge of completing a comprehensive modernisation and expansion program to increase its hot metal capacity from 14 million tons per annum (MTPA) to 23.5 MTPA, with a quantum jump in production of value added steels.







Rly Board's foreign tour postponed

The proposed foreign tour of the railway board, including Chairman,to two countries China & Japan have been postponed.







CCIT, Rajendra Kumar gets NFU

Rajendra Kumar, Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, has been granted Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) in the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) with effect from August 2012.






Niraj Kumar appointed as Director (Expenditure), Railway Board

Niraj Kumar, Deputy Chief Vigilance Officer (A), East Central Railway, has been posted as Director, Finance (Expenditure)I, Railway Board. He is an IRAS officer.







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SCI finally steadies ship and registers profit after three years

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI), India's largest shipping company and a Government of India Public Sector Undertaking, has reported a quarterly profit of Rs. 101.49 crores for Q4 FY 2014-15 as against Rs 13.24 crores reported during the same quarter last year. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of reporting profits. After having reported losses for last three financial years, SCI has turned around and reported a net profit of Rs. 200.93 crores for the year ended 31st March 2015, as against a net loss of Rs. 274.66 crores in the previous year. While the net income from operations has almost remained flat, the appreciable decrease in various expenses, impact of judicious cancellation of new ship building orders and sale of old vessels have also contributed to the positive results. The overall financial health of the company has improved with enhanced net-worth and reduced borrowings. All the three business segments of SCI have reported profits before interest in the last quarter and also on annual basis. The losses due to unprecedented downturn in the dry bulk markets have been partially offset by the rally in the tanker market since early 2015. SCI prides in having a diversified fleet of 69 vessels of 5.89 mn dwt with an average age below 9 years. SCI has been able to maintain her tonnage over the year and is aspiring to cross the 6 million DWT mile stone in near future.






Ms Chagti appointed Part-time Director of GAIL (India) Ltd

Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has appointed Ms Anuradha Sharma Chagti, Director (IC) as Part-time Director of GAIL (India) Limited






Mathur resigns as Chairman of Omax Autos Ltd

Suresh Chand Mathur has resigned as Chairman of Omax Autos Ltd






Jhaveri resigns as Director of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd

Narendra Jhaveri has resigned as Director of Edelweiss Financial Services Limited






Sastry resigns as CS of The Sirpur Paper Mills Limited

Kundurthy Venkatappayya Sastry has resigned as Company Secretary of The Sirpur Paper Mills Limited





Simpson appointed Non Exec. Director of Merck Ltd

Merck Limited has appointed Bradley Simpson as the Non-Executive Director of the company








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Really, a successful bureaucrat is he who uses a politician. But how many?
JK Johar

Foreign training to bureaucrats

It is seen that often batches of officers, even those who are due to retire, are being sent to foreign universities for training. It is waste of tax payers' money. What purpose is being served by this expenditure ? What is the contribution of such officers after the training or study? Why waste public money?

Govt servant

The views on transfer of Stenos to Missions Abroad are very interesting! Two people have copy pasted the same information without application of mind ! Can any of them clarify if the entry level for General Cadre (Clerical Cadre as referred by them) is LDC ... Are they sure that PPS are selected through Civil Service Exam ? They also get promoted from Steno ..... and their job profile does not change with the change of designation or entering the higher scale of pay...! DoPT instructions on the issue may be glanced through!

BIS working

BIS is working under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. Actually BIS should have been under Ministry of Science & Technology.This organization was downgraded by appointing IAS & the first was Nirmal Singh. Second and third post too has been occupied by IAS, presently Ms Alka Panda is holding for last four years.
Roy Sujan








Information regarding a VSAT tender

Appellant sought detailed work information, i.e., design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 remote quick deployable suitcase type portable VSATs along with Accident site communication system on ARTs for Disaster Management in respect of a particular Indian Railways Tender. The PIO informed that portable VSAT equipment along with accident site communication equipment comes in the category of critical/security equipment used for strategic purposes of Disaster Management in Indian Railway. Since the equipments are also interlinked with material related to Ministry of Defence, the information cannot be disclosed to third party u/s 8(1)(a). The CIC directed the respondent to enable the appellant to inspect the relevant file within 30 days of this order.


It is surprising to see that the PIO had not invoked section 8(1)(d) relating to commercial confidence either of the Railways or the supplier.

Citation: Laxmi Singh v. Indian Railway Project Management Unit in Decision No.CIC/BS/A/2013/002265/VS/09430

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