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Category Archives: Gossip-gallery

Murmur in Congress against Tharoor

  A section of the Congress is said to be annoyed with Shashi Tharoor as some people have started a signature campaign that in 2019 he should be projected as the Congress’s prime ministerial candidate. While Tharoor has kept a discreet distance from the ‘Induct Tharoor’ campaign, he recently wrote…

Congress’s magic alphabet

‘A’ seems to be a lucky alphabet for the Punjab Congress. The names of its top guns who powered the Congress to victory start with ‘A’ – be it CM-designate Amarinder Singh, AICC general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari, campaign committee chief Ambika Soni and candidate selection panel head Ashok Gehlot….

Tarnishing an officer’s image doesn’t always work

Days after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet cleared the appointment of P K Purwar to the post of CMD, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, the power corridors are abuzz with news of an ongoing inter-service rivalry. Indianmandarins has learnt that Purwar’s rivals left no stone unturned and filed a complaint…

Job-related stress takes its toll

As many as four senior Gujarat-cadre officers are said to have developed lifestyle stress – all of them at the same time towards the end of February. One of the senior most officers S K Nanda (Retd IAS:1978: cardio-vascularGJ), currently Member of the advisory committee of the NDMA, recently underwent…

Swamy’s bloomers

Subramanian Swamy (SS) is a hero of many political battles. Even though he has lost some of them, his immense intellectual capability and die hard attitude strike fear in the heart and mind of his opponents. But there is good news for his opponents because SS is seen to be…

Decision on FC post resonates in Railway Board

Railway Board’s Financial Commissioner Shehzad Shah’s (IRAS:1980) VRS w.e.f 27 February 2017 – one day before his retirement – has taken one and all by surprise. There was further surprise in store when the additional charge of Financial Commissioner was given to B B Verma (IRAS:1980) who currently serves as…

Habits really die hard

The additional PS to a cabinet minister has been steadily going around tarnishing the image of his master. Not only does he not take calls from important party and Sangh functionaries, he has also been deliberate in not responding to calls from MPs who want better coordination, like their party…

Ratnaprabha pitches for Delhi posting

Having failed to become the state chief secretary in October last year, 1981 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, Ms K Ratnaprabha, is pitching for a posting at the center as she has almost one year in hand to retire. But she seems to be her own greatest enemy. While…

New Sebi chief’s tenure puzzle solved

Ajay Tyagi (IAS:1984:HP), Additional Secretary (Investment) DEA, was appointed next SEBI Chief for five years term on 10 February 2017. Even as people were surprised over Tyagi’s appointment, they were overtaken by more surprise when on 17 Feb the announced tenure for new Sebi chief was shortened from five yrs…

Three IAS officers in running to become PS to Power Minister

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that as many as three IAS officers, belonging to 2002, 2003 and 2004 batch, are in running to become PS to Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. The post virtually fell vacant after Shantanu Gotmare (IAS:2004:AM), PS to Piyush Goyal, was on 09th February appointed to the…

HLC constituted to resolve HR issues of IRS C&CE

The NaMo administration is believed to have constituted a High-level-committee to resolve the long pending HR issues related to IRS Customs & Central Excise. Reportedly, the five-member committee met first on 10th of February in the evening – the day IRS C&CE Association met the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley…

What’s wrong with the EC?

No one in the Nirvachan Sadan knows Tamil and this has prevented the EC from initiating appropriate action in the recent high-voltage TN political affairs. The Election Commission issued V K Sasikala a notice just last week, even though complaints regarding her elevation as AIADMK’s interim general secretary had started…

Maharatna CMD regularized by default; Min kept following procedure

A CMD of a Maharatna completed one year on 31st December 2016 which required his performance appraisal and approval by the ministry for confirmation. The department moved the file. Since, accidentally, some officers in the chain of command were on leave, the completion of the process was delayed. By the…

Prabhu and Jaitley at war 

Jaitley wants to collect the annual dividends that the railways receive from the 14 central public sector units (CPSUs) under its purview. Prabhu is not amused as the saving on dividend payments to the MoF was one of the biggest arguments made in favor of scrapping the separate Rail Budget….

National security matters as much for HM as his morning prayers

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is known to be a highly religious man. But little is known he is particularly regular about two things every morning. Whatever the exigencies of the mundane world, he does his 40-minute puja every morning everywhere. Another thing he is religious about reviewing the national security…

Nadda gets different treatment in different states

Health Minister J P Nadda’s weekend visit to two northeastern states was marked by contrast in the protocol. In Guwahati, his inauguration of a cancer hospital was duly attended by CM Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. However, in neighboring Tripura, both CM Manik Sarkar and the chief secretary stayed…

Chief Secretaryship: Officers investing in future

Fearing a move by his peers to deny him a shot at chief secretaryship in case Capt. Amarinder Singh becomes the chief minister, through the filing of an appeal against the CAT order, senior Punjab IAS officer Himmat Singh (IAS:1980:PB) filed a caveat in the High Court and CAT on…

Sujata Mehta (Secy, West) tipped for Member, UPSC

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that the outgoing Secretary (West) in MEA, Ms Sujata Mehta (IFS:1980), has been appointed as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). An official announcement is expected shortly. Reportedly, she will take over the charge at UPSC on 22nd February. It is interesting to know that 45…

Will Sahay (IPS) be recalled prematurely from UN assignment?

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that Vivek Sahay, a 1988 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, may be recalled prematurely from United Nations assignment. Currently Sahay is posted as Senior Police Adviser (UNIOGBIS) at United Nations Integrated Peace Building Office in Ginea Bissau. Prior to his appointment for UN assignment he…