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After the Napoleonic wars the country was exhausted , and there was an economic depression.




Modi and four hour sleep
Great Akbar used to sleep for four hours, Napoleon used to sleep two hours even during war and today India's PM Narendra Modi sleeps only for four hours. That is the reason people call him "Karmyogi".



Task force to review cadre structure
The Government of India has set up a task force to review the cadre structure of all Organised Group A Central Services.Additional Secretary Personnel and Training T Jacob is reportedly heading the task force.






18 IPS officers retiring in August

As many as 18 IPS officers belonging to various and cadres and batches are retiring in August, 2016. They are: Shankarsan Das, A K Singh, Ajay Kumar of AGMUT cadre; Ramesh Chand Tayal and Apurba Jiban Barua of Assam-Meghalaya cadre; Md Akhtar Hussain of Bihar cadre; Narendra Khare of Chhattisgarh cadre; V J Gautam of Gujarat cadre; Sunil Kumar Sharma of Jammu & Kashmir cadre; K P Khare of Madhya Pradesh cadre; Jagan Nath of Maharashtra cadre; Shiv Lal Joshi of Rajasthan cadre; Bishwanath Deb Barma of Tripura cadre; Dr Harish Chandra Singh and Govind Agarwal of Uttar Pradesh cadre and Surender Singh, Pallab Kanti Ghosh, Dilip Kumar Adak of West Bengal cadre.





Will Sinha succeed Navtej Sarna in London ?

In the event of Navtej Sarna,s appointment as Indian Ambassador to US ,High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Yash Sinha may succeed him as Indian High Commissioner to London.





A G West Kharkongor appointed as CMD, NEEPCO

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of A G West Kharkongor, Director (Finance), NEEPCO as Chairman-cum-Managing Director, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO).






A K Srivastava appointed as Director (Tech), SPMCIL

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of A K Srivastava, General Manager, India Government Mint, Mumbai, SPMCIL as Director (Technical), Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL).







Ravi Shankar is new HC Uganda

Ravi Shankar (lFS: 1995), presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Rome, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of lndia to the Republic of Uganda.






Kishore Kumar Mohanty selected as Director (Mkt), IREL

Kishore Kumar Mohanty, DGM, IOCL, has been selected for the post of Director (Marketing), Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting held on August 26, 2016. As many as 14 persons were interviewed for the same.






Tenure of Ajith Kumar as Chairman, Rubber Board extended

The tenure of A Ajith Kumar as Chairman, Rubber Board, Department of Commerce has been extended upto October 3, 2016. He is a 1994 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre.






Deepak Shetty empanelled as Secretary in GoI

Deepak Shetty has been empanelled for holding Secretary level posts in Government of India. He is a 1980 batch IRS (C&CE) officer.






Ashok Pai empanelled as Additional Secretary in GoI

Ashok Pai has been empanelled for holding Additional Secretary level posts in Government of India. He is a 1983 batch IFS officer of Uttarakhand cadre.






Rishi Kumar Shukla empanelled as DG in GoI

Rishi Kumar Shukla has been empanelled for holding Director General level posts in Government of India. He is a 1983 batch IPS officer of MP cadre.






R Sridharan empanelled for Secretary equivalent posts in GoI

R Sridharan has been empanelled for holding Secretary equivalent posts in Government of India. He is a 1983 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.






12 IRAS officers promoted to SAG

As many as 12 IRAS officers have been granted Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) on Non-Functional Basis. They are: Amitava Mukherjee, RVNL; Malabika Ghosh Mohan, SCR; Krishna Kant Goyal, NAIR; Mohd Jawed Mazhar, SER; N Bala Ganesh, SWR; R Lalith Mohan, SCR; Manjeet Kaur, RCF; Ramji Om, WR; K Ramasubramonia Pillai, SR; Thangavel Gopal Sudhan, SCR; Poonam Krishan Kumar Modi, WR and K Chakraborty, NFR.





Rajesh Kumar Bhoot relieved to join CBDT

Rajesh Kumar Bhoot has been relieved to join as Joint Secretary TPL-II division in CBDT. He is an IRS-IT officer.






Nagaland gets only two new IAS officers

Two candidates, who were provided Indian Administrative Service (IAS) after clearing Civil Service Examination-2015, have been allotted Nagaland cadre. They are: Abhinav Shivam, Shashank Pratap Singh, Ajit Kumar Verma and Mali Rahul Bhanudas.





Dr P C Maithani promoted to Scientist 'G' grade

Dr P C Maithani has been promoted to the grade of Scientist 'G' under the Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme.






K C Vaghari promoted to Scientist 'G' grade

K C Vaghari has been promoted to the grade of Scientist 'G' under the Modified Flexible Complementing Scheme.





Jain is still I/C DGP

S. K. Jain is In - Charge DGP of Meghalaya for the last two months. He is a Assam - Meghalaya cadre 1984 batch IPS officer. He was appointed after the retirement of Rajiv Mehra in June this year.






Bashistha Prasad posted as Sr Vice President GST Common Portal

Bashistha Prasad has been posted as Senior Vice President, GST Common Portal in Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) on deputation. He is a 1997 batch IRS-C & CE officer.






Rajeev Agarwal posted as Sr Vice President Outreach, Capability Building

Rajeev Agarwal has been posted as Senior Vice President, Outreach and Capability Building in Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) on deputation. He is a 1995 batch IRS-C & CE officer.






Tandon Manish promoted as GM, SBI

Tandon Manish has been promoted to the grade of General Manager in State Bank of India (SBI).






Transfers and postings of IRAS officers

As many as 14 IRAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places. Accordingly, Subhashish Gupta has been transferred to Northeast Frontier Railway while Maitreyee Sharma was posted to Northern Railway. Similarly, N P Sharma has been posted to DMW/Patiala while S Mukherjee was transferred to East Coast Railway; B Ramakrishnan to Metro Railway; P K Chaudhary to CORE/Allahabad; T Delson Joseph to Metro Railway; R Kalo to South Eastern Railway; Malvin Hansdak to East Central Railway; Mrs Amita Shukla to Central Railway; Gautam Jain to South East Central Railway; Vikram Singh Gill to RCF, Kapurthala; Mrs Sharda Ramakrishnan to Southern Railway and Y Mallikarjuna to South Central Railway; Ajai Mathur to Northern Railway and Ms Mukta Shekar was posted to COFMOW.






Jahanzeb Akhtar appointed CIT (OSD), Bengaluru

Mrs Jahanzeb Akhtar, Commissioner of Income Tax, has been transferred and posted as CIT (OSD), Bengaluru. She is an IRS officer.






Reshuffle of IAS officers in UP (UPDATED)

As many as 21 IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, P K Mahanti has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry while Mukul Singhal was made Principal Secretary, Planning and Sericulture, Handicrafts and Textiles and Dr Indravir Singh Yadav is Member (Judicial), Revenue Board. Similarly, Gaurav Dayal has been apoitned as DM, Agra; Dr Rajshekhar as DM, Bareilli; Satyendra Singh as DM, Lucknow; Anup Kumar Yadav as Vice-chairman, Lucknow Development Authority; Mrs Somya Agrawal as Special Secretary, Agriculture Production; Surendra Singh as DM, Unnao; Rajesh Kumar Singh as Special Secretary, Agriculture Production Commisisoner; Mrs Kanchan Verma as DM, Mirjapur; Mrs Priti Shuka as Special Secrtary, PWD; Ram Vishal Mishra as DM, Balrampur; Vivek as Vice Chairman, Kanpur Development Authority; Dr Surendra Kumar as DM, Ambedkar Nagar; Karn Singh Chauhan as Special Secretary, Agriculture Production Commisiosner Branch; Suresh Kumar Singh as DM, Bhadoi; Chandra Vijay Singh as Vice Chairman, Jhansi Development Authority and Navneet Singh Bahal was posted as CDO, Jhansi.






P Kumaran appointed as Ambassador to State of Qatar (UPDATED)

P Kumaran, presently Joint secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar. He is a 1992 batch IFS officer.





Major reshuffle of IAS officers in MP (UPDATED)

As many as 24 IAS officers have been transferred and posted to different places in Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, Kavindra Kiyawat has been transferred from Ujjain Collector to Secretary, Secretariat while M B Ojha was shifted Collector, Vidisha to Additional Secretary, School Education and Masud Akhtar, Collector, Chhatarpur was made Additional Secretary, AIDS and Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare. Similarly, Gyaneshwar B Patil has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Higher Education and Additional Project Director, National Higher Education Campaign; Rajiv Chandra Dube as Additional Secretary, Transport; Pramod Kumar Gupta as Additional Commissioner, Revenue Sagar; Arun Kumar Tomar as Secretary, Revenue Board, Gwalior; S N S Chauhan as Collector, Singrauli; Rajiv Sharma as Deputy Secretary, Secretariat; Mrs Alka Shrivastava as Collector, Shajapur; Mrs Aruna Gupta as MD, Madhya Pradesh Co-operative Dairy Federation Limited; Ashish Saxena as Collector, Jhabua; Babusingh Jamod as Collector, Ashok Nagar; Anil Suchari as Collector, Vidisha; Bhondwae Sanket Shantaram as Collector, Ujjain; Shashank Mishra as Collector, Betul; Dr Ramrao Bhonsale as Collector, Narsingpur; O P Shrivastava as Collector, Shivpuri; Deepak Singh as Collector, Burhanpur; Ramesh Bhandari as Collector, Chhattarpur; Mrs Irene Synthia JP as Collector, Panna; Sibi Chakravorty M as Deputy Secretary, Secretariat; Avinash Lawania as Collector, Hoshangabad and Ashish Singh was posted as Commissioner, Ujjain Municipal Corporation.





Reshuffle of IAS officers in Karnataka (UPDATED)

Around one dozen IAS officers have been given new postings in Karnataka. Accordingly, M Lakshminarayana has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Information & Public Relations while S R Umashankar was posted as Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries and S R Umashankar is Principal Secretary, Culture. Similarly, P S Vastrad has been appointed as Secretary, Co-operation; Darpan Jain as Chief Executive Officer, Centre for e-governance, DP & AR; with additional charge of Commissioner, Urban Land Transport; M Manjunath Naik as Commissioner for Excise; Mrs M V Savithri as Commissioner, Social Welfare; Mrs C Shikha as Director, Pre-University Education; Hemaji Nayak as MD, KSSIDC and Vipul Bansal was given an additional charge of Commissioner of Rural Drinking Water & Sanitation.





Khan steps down as Part-time Director of NHPC Ltd
Farooq Khan has resigned as Non-official Part-time Director of NHPC Limited after being appointed by President of India as Administrator of Union territory of Lakshadweep.







Prusty appointed CS of Tulsyan NEC Ltd

Tulsyan NEC Ltd has appointed P Laxmidhar Prusty as the Company Secretary of the company.






V Whabi designated as Director (Finance) of Finolex Industries Ltd

Finolex Industries Limited has designated Anil V Whabi as Director (Finance) of the company.





Ms Tej ceases to be Director of Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd

Ms Gurneet Tej has ceased to be Director of Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd.






Misra appointed CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Broadcast Business)

Punit Misra has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) (Broadcast Business).







Raju resigns as ED of HEG Ltd

Dantuluri Satyanarayana Ravindra Raju has resigned as Executive Director of HEG Ltd.







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"India's Olympian debacle"

India sent the largest ever contingent of 117 sportspersons covering 15 disciplines to Rio Olympics 2016. It won just 2 medals ( 1 silver, 1 bronze by Sindhu and Sakshi ). Brazenly disgraceful, inexcusable reprehensible for a country of 125 crores. A demographic disaster. The potential of the youth could not be tapped by imparting them training at par with international standards .The Indian athletes did not disgrace the country. The Sports Minister and his administrators failed due to their incompetence and callous approach.
The network of Sports ministry and plethora of Associations, Authorities, Academies are acting as dumping grounds and parking lots for inefficient, self-seeking ministers bureaucrats and self-styled professionals who insist on foreign jaunts for motivating players (at taxpayers' cost) spending time on photo ops and selfies. All Sports bodies are centres of politics, corruption, nepotism, cronyism and criminal negligence. Cases of suicides, humiliation, sexual harassment of female players, inhuman living conditions, deprivation of entitled facilities are being regularly reported by the Media. The maltreatment of O P Jaisha at Rio is the most pathetic reflection of official callousness. There is a need to emulate the best practices of countries like the US, Russia, China etc. Consider following suggestions. (i) Demand for scrapping Sports ministry is not advised due to Government's Parliamentary responsibility .However, there should be direct accountability to the PMO ; (ii) Invite Indian private sector and profit making public sector Maharatnas/ Navratnas for adopting potential athletes and take responsibility of their training at par with international standards ,covering all 15 disciplines. Let these bear the cost of coaching ( domestic and specialized training abroad) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities. This will enhance their Brand value ; ( iii) The private and public sector companies should form an Apex body mandated to supervise the selection of potential players, domestic and foreign coaches and monitor the progress of training; ;(iv)The existing training infrastructures should continue to be maintained by the Govt and utilized;(v) A contingent of best players not exceeding 50 to 60, should suffice. Ban foreign jaunts of ministers and bureaucrats. Coaches, motivators and councilors alone should be permitted.
A K Saxena ( A retd civil servant)

Revival of HEC

The views expressed is very corrupt. Once Mecon had eminent engineers from non Bihar and Non eastern UP. Now it has occupied by Bihar and UP and from local colleges. similarly SAIL also. There are forged age certificate holders, casteism and regionalism, corruption in promotions, transfers , recruitment's and in projects. it is time for govt to eradicate such things.

Lawyers Fee

Lawyers/Advocates or Court Officers, as they are called and treated by the Honourable Courts are an integral part of the judicial system across the globe. Infact the profession of legal practice is defined as a noble cause and is repeatedly enshrined in the Advocates Act . A professional taking up the profession of an Advocate takes a solemn pledge to serve the cause of justice , to help the Court to reach out to the bottom of truth in the interest of total justice and not to defend the guilt if he consciously seized of the facts that a particular accused, be his own client, was involved in committing a crime. But unfortunately with each passing day these have just become sermons and confined in the preambles of the books of Law. The word serve or service has evaporated from this profession. It appears there is competition among the lawyers to attain the highest ranking in the category of expensive lawyers. Imagine lawyers charging Rs.5 to Rs.8 lacs just for 2--30 minutes of conference. Those who can afford these expensive lawyers do have edge in the possible relief from the courts in respect of their cases in comparison to those who cannot think of engaging this class. What is this system of justice There are allegations that good number of lawyers pay commission to the ones referring cases to them and the ratio of sharing goes up to 50 percent depending upon the caliber of the person mobilising business . Like any other profession greed has taken over the wisdom of the mankind and he tends to forget as to what would he do with this kind of money.
There are further allegations that some advocates remain active till the client pays the fee. Once fee is paid they don't appear Of course their are actually some good advocates across the states.
O P Sharma

'Watan ki aabru khatre mein hai'

Prohibition of liquor, though part of the directive principles, has not been acknowledged across India as a evil. Some states tried it and failed. Some states have met partial success, but it has not met complete success anywhere so far.The latest to try it is Nitish Kumar in Bihar.He is determined to wipe out this evil, even if he is politically ruined. The latest hooch tragedy there, is indicative of the fact that dark forces were working there to thwart the crusader's resolve. Let us hope the determined leader, who had earlier restored law and order in the state and also controlled corruption to significant extent, also succeeds in his new mission too. Here is a small anecdote which happened about half a century ago.
In the late 1950s,as a child ,i remember the sounds and shrieks of the villagers, while running around in commotion and panic in the village streets, repeatedly saying loudly that Jhabal police had raided the village. Then, from the top of our roof we would see groups of people talking about the police raid and its fallout on the villagers. Then we would see some people handcuffed by police and some drums loaded on the bullock cart moving towards the Jhabal side. The big village located on a mound had its history going back to the Ramayana period, as it was said that Rama's mother belonged to this village. Over the period, most of the fertile land turned barren because of Kallar, setting in some economic problems for the tall, handsome, sturdy, hardworking, witty, jovial and brave people of the village, which had the distinction of producing a large number of patriots and soldiers and army officers. In order to overcome financial difficulties many villagers started distilling illicit liquor and supplying it to the notorious Amritsar city areas like Anngarh. The name of the village got sullied and as a result the police raids increased to catch hold of bootleggers and stopping the unlawful activity. The gentlemen of the village were perturbed at the frequent raids and of helping the arrested people as a social obligation.
Then came the Indo-China war in 1962,and the patriotic song , ''Watan ki aabroo khatre mein hai'', sung by the great legend from Amritsar, Mohammad Rafi ,penned by Ludhana's Sahir Ludhianvi, set to tune by great music director from Rahon town Khayyam ,filmed on 4 Punjabis Dilip kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajinder kumar, Kamaljit, and Balochistan's Raj kumar and produced by the maker of Mother India Mehboob Khan, became a rage. Every town and village of Punjab reverberated with this song to fire patriotism. About a year after that many other romantic songs replaced this song as a favourite and except in our village it was not heard often. In our village , sometimes, even in the early morning and in the thick of night, suddenly the Mohammed Rafi's soulful voice singing ' Watan ki aabru khatre mein hai, tyaar ho jao, hoshiar ho jao', would start coming from all sides of the big village. Then some activity of running around would start .I came to know of the significance of permanence of this song in the village, much later. Top brains of the village and the notorious localities in the city had joined heads and came out with a solution to ward off arrests and save the brewery material from going to police. Six places in the entire village were chosen ,where speakers were placed along with the records of the song.12 young men ,who had nothing much to do, were short listed for reaching these places, as soon as there were apprehensions of police raids and start the speakers. The people ,who indulged in the illicit distillation would ,thus be alerted to save themselves. The system worked very well for about 12 years for the people and the police as well, who claimed that the illicit distillation had been stopped .
Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Amritsar







Action taken by Bar Council against Advocates

Information regarding the number of complaints against the advocates under section 35 of the Advocates Act for the past 10 years, the number of cases that were disposed of, the number of advocates alleged to have committed misconduct or unethical conduct as provisions of Advocates Act, 1961 etc was sought. The CIC directed the Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh to furnish the information sought. The CIC further directed that the action taken under Section 35 by the Bar Council should be published under Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act on their own without anybody asking for it. The Commission also directed the First Appellate Authority of the Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh to show cause why disciplinary action cannot be recommended against him for not taking up the first appeal of the appellant. The CIC observed that though the Bar Associations are different from Bar Councils, they are also constituted under a law made by Parliament, i.e., the Advocates Act, 1961. They too have a duty to inform the people about their activities.


The Bar Council is a statutory body constituted under Advocates Act 1961, to protect ethical standards of Advocates and admonish the members for misconduct. This order has implications for all similar bodies which oversee the professional conduct.

Harinder Dhingra v. Bar Associations, Rewari, Faridabad, Punchkula, Gurgaon in Case No. CIC/SA/A/2015/001262 CIC/SA/A/2015/001263CIC/SA/A/2015/001264 CIC/SA/A/2015/001265

Weekly article by Dr. (Mrs.) Anuradha Verma (, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore. Her other articles can be read at

(, RTI Consultant to IIM, Indore and Co-author of the books: RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO's Guide to RTI by Taxmann. (The views are Personal)









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