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Importance of being Kothari & Lal in Prez’s Secretariat

As usual, the NaMo administration sprang a surprise by placing Sanjay Kothari (Retd. IAS:1978:HY) in Prez’s Secretariat. Bharat Lal’s (IFoS:1988:GJ) placement was equally surprising. Lal himself is said to have been taken aback as his aspirations had almost faded to be part of a top office like the PMO. What…

Who is Malik – the Press Secretary of Prez-elect?

  The PM-led ACC took little time to clear the appointment of senior journalist Ashok Malik as the Press Secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. Usually, such an appointment is made co-terminus with the President’s tenure, but he has been appointed for an initial two years period which may be…

China jealous of India shining better at night

There’s no end of China’s childish jealousy against India. Instead of constructively coping with India’s rise as a political, economic, and military power, its kleptomanic leaders and half-educated media tigers have been fuming and threatening like rustic school boys. Now, there is another matter that has raised their heckles. According…

Next PESB Chairman: Senior-most Das or Ms Kumar?

Immediately after the appointment of Sanjay Kothari (Retd IAS:1978:HY) as Secretary to the 14th President of India, the speculations started doing rounds over the next Chairman of PESB. If Indianmandarins goes by its a year old news/information, former Union Secretary (MoL&E), Ms Gauri Kumar, was about to be named as…

Kothari is Secy to new President, Ashok named as Press Secy

The incumbent Chairman of public sector headhunter (PESB) Sanjay Kothari (Retd IAS:1978:HY) appointed as Secretary to the 14th President of India, Dr Ramnath Kovind whereas senior journalist and Fellow of Observer Research Foundation Ashok Malik named as his Press Secretary. In addition, Bharat Lal (IFoS:1988:GJ), currently serving as Resident Commissioner,…

Telecom companies caught red-handed

Will the Government act against Telecom companies for under reporting their revenue? The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said  in a report tabled in Parliament on Friday that Telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, understated their revenues to the extent of Rs. 61,064.5 crore during 2010-15….

Dhanush failure: CBI finds the reason

The CBI might have well unearthed the tip of the iceberg of China’s penetration into India’s defense industry with the help of Indian moles. Last week, the indigenously built Dhanush – the 155mm artillery guns developed on the lines of the famed Bofors howitzers – failed yet again after reaching…

NaMo Admin effects ‘biggest ever reshuffle’ in Secy & Addl Secy rank

The NaMo administration right in the mid-night announced the ever biggest bureaucratic reshuffle of its kind. Three IAS officers were posted in the rank of Secretary whereas dozens of IAs officers empanelled as Additional Secretary/Additional secretary Equivalent were were given fresh posting or in-situ upgraded in the rank of AS….

Baglay appointed JS in PMO, Kwatra for Paris

Senior diplomat and External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay was on Friday appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office for three years. He is a 1992 batch Indian Foreign Service officer. He was appointed in place of Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who had been already named as India’s Ambassador to France….

Ranjan selected for Dir (Fin) POSOCO

Ranjan Kumar Srivastava (ED, PGCIL) on Friday selected for the post of Director (Finance), Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO); a newly formed central PSU under the Ministry of Power. As many as 08 candidates had appeared before public sector headhunter (PESB) for selection interview. Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO)…

Government’s ‘Occupy the tribunals’ moment

On June 1, 2017, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his ‘smart’ advisers in the Department of Revenue carried out a real administrative and legal coup against the functioning of as many as 26 Tribunals reduced to 19 on the specious plea of duplication of functioning. The purpose of this…

PMO approves 247 Sr PPS/PSO posts for CSSS

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that apart from clearing 150 additional posts of DS/Director level officers in Govt of India encadred for CSS, the PMO is said to have cleared the proposal of creating 247 new posts of Senior PPS & Principal Staff Officers encadred for CSSS (Central Secretariat Stenographer Service)….

Is RBI deliberately containing circulation of Rs 2,000 notes?

Bankers believe that the RBI may be following a deliberate policy to contain the circulation of the pink Rs 2,000 notes and instead supplanting the deficit in supply by increasing the circulation of the gray Rs 500 notes. But the plan, if it does exist, has not improved the liquidity…

Sainik school features to be introduced in all schools

The HRD ministry is working out a comprehensive plan to implant the Sainik School model in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), following a suggestion in this regard from the PMO. Earlier in the week, HRD officials are said to have discussed the idea with PMO officials, and…

NHAI says no toll if waiting time exceeds three minutes

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has informed an RTI applicant that there was a provision for free passage if the waiting time at a toll booth was more than three minutes. The RTI query was filed by advocate Hariom Jindal from Ludhiana. Y Rajeev Reddy, former chief general…

Disciplinary action initiated against 133 ‘non-performing officers’

Even as the CVC investigates over 3,500 Group A officers for alleged charges of corruption, the government has taken disciplinary action against 133 non-performing officers.  Union minister Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that compulsory retirement was given to an IAS officer in 2015. “Necessary provisions…

People Vs administration

The purpose of any administration is to serve the people. No administration has any power except the power delegated by the people for serving their interests. Nuh (Haryana, next door to Delhi) Deputy Commissioner Mani Ram Sharma apparently does not understand this cardinal principle of a democratic state. And it…

Agarwal & Maheshwari selected for Dir (Fin) in SPMCIL & BVFCL respectively

The Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) on Thursday selected Ajay Agarwal (ICoS:1992) and Sanjai Maheshwari (CFO, SPMCIL) for the post of Director (Finance) in SPMCIL and BVFCL respectively. PESB held selection interview for both the CPSEs on July 20.

Ten join race for DG, Narcotics Control Bureau

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that as many as nine senior IPS officers have applied for the post of Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). An IRS (IT) officer has also reportedly joined the race. The post fell vacant following the appointment of Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar (IPS:1983:UP) as DG, CRPF in…

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