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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,…

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…

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…

Approx 150 additional DS/Dir posts (GoI) cleared

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the PMO has cleared about 150 additional posts (encadred for CSS officers) in the rank of Deputy Secretary & Director. An announcement to this effect may be made soon after cadre restructuring of CSS is complete. Sources said once executed, the measure may clear the…

HPCL-ONGC merger okayed

The central government would sell its 51% stake in HPCL to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to create an oil giant to compete with global rivals, according to a Cabinet decision announced on July 19. The process of the merger is expected to take a year. The deal is exempted…

CBI short of staff but performance guaranteed: Really?

Union MoS for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh made a rather unusual statement in Parliament on July 19. He said in a written reply that though the CBI suffered a shortage of 20 percent in staff strength, its performance was not impacted. Really? Has he ordered a performance…

Yogi orders CBI inquiry into UPPCS appointments

The Yogi administration has ordered a CBI inquiry into all the appointments made by the UP Provincial Civil Services Commission during the tenure of previous CM Akhilesh Yadav. CM Adityanath made an announcement to this effect in the state assembly on Wednesday. The decision may impact the life and career of…

15,000 Air India workers to be given VRS

Air India is reportedly drawing up a VRS proposal for 15,000 of its employees’ strength of 40,000 as part of its overall plan to sell off the company with a modicum of financial strength. Top officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry are said to be working out the VRS proposal….

It’s payback time for corporations

July 18 may be marked in history when India decided to call the bluff of big corporations and constrained them to pay back the money they had siphoned off from banks. As reported earlier by Indianmandarins, SBI and Standard Chartered Bank on Tuesday independently filed applications before the Ahmedabad branch of NCLT…

Venkaiah as VP may set many records

Venkaiah Naidu may be the first Vice President who would set too many records at the same time. He may be the first VP with the maximum innings in the Rajya Sabha. He may also be the first VP who is genuinely seen as a son of a farmer. He would be…

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