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Swamy behind Kumawat’s repatriation; one more JS in line of fire?

The unexpected repatriation last week of Udai Singh Kumawat (IAS:1991:BH), Joint Secretary, Department of Revenue, has created a lot of buzz. It is learnt that one more Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance may be repatriated. Indianmandarins has reliably learnt Kumawat’s repatriation was done at the behest of senior…

PM, ministers, top secretaries to meet 200 young CEOs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cabinet ministers and top secretaries will interact with 200 young CEOs on June 22to get their views on issues such as jobs, health and nutrition, digital India, education and skilling. Ahead of the formal meeting, the PM will meet the CEOs for a private chat over dinner…

Prasad (Redt IAS), Media Adviser to former PM Narsimha Rao, passes away 

Retired IAS officer P V R K Prasad, who was Additional Secretary and Media Adviser to former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, passed away this morning in Hyderabad. He was 77. Throughout his career he held several other important posts which included Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (ED,…

Chauhan gets addl charge of GM, NCR, Ansul as DRM, Delhi

The Railway Board on August 20 assigned the additional charge of the post of General Manager, Northern Railway, to M C Chauhan who is currently serving as GM, North Central Railway. R N Kulshreshtha, the incumbent GM, NCR, has proceeded on leave. A similar situation prompted the Railway Board to…

IOCL awarded contract to PetroChina post Doklam

Even as Chinese communists poured venom and displayed their inbred contempt for India since they deliberately and crudely kicked off the Doklam issue, great Indian Oil Corporation went ahead and signed a contract during this period with PetroChina, a Chinese government company, for transporting the 1.6 million barrels of crude…

ISRO and NASA to develop high-tech space senors

ISRO and NASA are joining hands to develop advance space-based sensors that can help sharpen earth observation applications, according to Tapan Misra, Director of the Ahmedabad-based, Space Application Centre (SAC). The joint venture, called NISAR, will focus on making sensors in the L&S-band. They can help in observations such as…

CBI files case against IRS officer

The CBI has registered a case against former additional commissioner of Income Tax R Manjunathaswamy, for allegedly accepting a Rs 4-lakh bribe from a private company to favor it during scrutiny assessments. The Bureau booked the IRS officer and the vice-president of Bangalore-based RNS Infrastructure Ltd Sunil Sahasrabuddhe for criminal…

Four JS appointed as Govt nominee directors on PSBs

The government has replaced its nominee directors in four public sector banks (PSBs) – Allahabad Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, United Bank of India and Central Bank of India – with four Joint Secretary-level officials. Rajeev Ranjan, Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, is appointed on Allahabad Bank board…

AAI funds land aquisition study

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has assigned a research study to Ahmedabad-based CEPT University too make the land acquisition process for greenfield and brownfield airports hassle-free and effective. The study’s recommendation may be used for formulating a policy framework for land procurement for new airports and expansion of existing…

SAIL chairman calls for producing multiple grades of steel

SAIL Chairman P K Singh has called for producing multiple grades of steel to cope with the glut in supply. Speaking to employees at SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant, he said, “At a time of high overcapacities across the world, product differentiation is the requirement of the hour and we have…

Hefty penalties for call drops introduced

Telecom operators will have to pay hefty penalties for call drops. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on August 18 issued guidelines with a penalty of up to Rs10 lakh on companies in case they fail to meet the revised benchmark for three consecutive quarters. “We have proposed a…

Show-cause notice to 54 IAS

Show-cause notices have been slapped on 54 Uttarakhand IAS officers for skipping flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15. Additional secretaries, one principal secretary, five secretaries-in-charge and two secretaries are among those served the notice. The notice gives an opportunity to officials to list the reasoning for their absence at the earliest….

Latest appointment orders: Updated @ 20:05 pm

The tenure of M. V. S Rami Reddy, (IAS:1998:UP) as DDG, UIDAI (Regional Office, Hyderabad) has been extended for a period of three months. Saurabh Jain (IAS:2002:KL) appointed as Private Secretary to Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture. Jain replaced Ravinder (IAS:199:UP) who was…

Mrs Sharma selected for Dir (L&PS) SCI

The public sector headhunter on Friday selected Mrs. Sangeeta Anil Sharma (Sr Vice President, SCI) for the post of (Liner and Passenger Services); Shipping Corporation of India Limited. PESB had held the selection interview to pick the successor of Capt Sarveen Narula. The outgoing Director (L&PS) who superannuated on July…

Witless repatriation of senior IAS officers creates problems for states

Since March 2017, a number of IAS and IPS officers have been repatriated to their state cadres. Of course, the government is under no obligation to seek the consent of officers if it decides to repatriate them. However, it may do no harm to the government if it follows the…

11 addl posts of ADG & IG for CISF

It is expected that the Central Industrial Security Force may get two additional posts of ADG and nine Posts of IG following the completion of the current exercise of cadre restructuring and subsequent ACC approval. This may take the tally of ADG posts 04 posts and of IG posts to…

Bapu seen as an insurance against BJP’s opponents in Gujarat

On Wednesday, Shankersinh Bapu Vaghela, flanked by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and other BJP ministers, submitted his resignation as an MLA. Does this signal return of Bapu to the BJP – his old home? And if it does, what would Bapu do to bridge the…

NHAI launches mobile apps for decongesting toll plazas

The National Highways Authority of India launched on June 17 two mobile apps named MyFASTag and FASTag Partner in New Delhi. The apps will facilitate easy availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection. NHAI Chairman Deepak Kumar said that one of the major challenges faced by the ETC project is…

PSBs more stressed than Pvt banks

Public sector banks are more stressed than their private sector counterparts with the former figuring among the top 20 banks with the highest gross non-performing asset (GNPA) ratios, according to CARE Ratings’ analysis of the first quarter results of 38 banks. Among the top 20 banks, according to GNPAs in…

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