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Goa DGP, on official visit to Delhi, died of cardiac arrest

Goa DGP Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday. Nanda, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer, had taken charge as Goa Director General of Police in March this year.

16 Nov 2019
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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

14 Nov 2019
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Goa DGP, on official visit to Delhi, died of cardiac arrest

By IndianMandarins 16 Nov 2019

Goa DGP Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday. Nanda, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer, had taken charge as Goa Director General of Police in March this year.

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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

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DHFL-PF Scam: Agrawal in the eye of storm, out of race from UP CS post

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

After the Uttar Pradesh Economic Offence Wing, in its initial investigations, found his suspicious role into the EPF scam Union Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Secretary Sanjay Agarwal (IAS:1984:UP) proceeded on leave. Further, the NaMo administration on Thursday assigned the additional charge of Agriculture to Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH).

Earlier, it was believed that Agarwal, in addition to Union Urban Development Secretary D S Mishra (IAS:1984:UP), was in race for UP Chief Secretary post. Reportedly, Agarwal is out of race as he may be chargesheeted now whereas D S Mishra remains the alone claimant of CS. Those in the know of the affairs say that in the new scenario the Yogi Govt may draft R K Tiwari (IAS:1985:UP) as full-fledged Chief Secretary of UP. Tiwari has been in the additional charge of CS since September 01, 2019.   

It may be underlined that Agarwal was among five officials who took the decision to invest a portion of the PF in the stressed Dewan Housing and Finance Limited (DHFL). He was the Chairman of the UP Power Employees Trust (UPPET) and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) during the period 2013-2017.

EOW has already arrested three of the five officials present at the meeting on March 22, 2017 – just three days after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP formed the government in UP. It may be underlined that a few days before the meeting, Rs 18 crore was transferred to DHFL. UPPET invested Rs 2,631 crore in DHFL, which has been investigated for alleged links with mafia don Dawood Ibrahim.

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Maharashtra Crisis: Why BJP central leadership is quiet and indifferent?

By IndianMandarins 13 Nov 2019

Any guesses why the central leadership of the BJP is quiet and indifferent towards the political development in Maharashtra? If some political insiders are to be believed Devendra Fadnavis has apparently disturbed the game plan of the BJP in the state. Had he followed the advice of central leadership without suggesting his ideas, things would have been quite different.

Reportedly, the central leadership is unhappy with former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis for his greed that allowed more and more concessions to the Shiv Sena. Sources said that party president Amit Shah had clearly advised Fadnavis not to give more than 110 seats to the Shiv Sena (SS) in the Assembly but he managed to convince party leadership for 125 seats to SS with a promise of sweeping Maharashtra elections.

In the 2014 elections ties between the BJP-SS were snapped for similar reasons and his time round the BJP was rather better off in the state but Fadnavis did not want to take a chance for becoming CM for second time. The sources in the BJP said that the party wanted to get rid of SS for once and all and this seems to have been done with these unpleasant development. They wanted to expose them on many counts.

The BJP leadership does not only want to teach a lesson to Shiv Sena but also Fadnavis whose personal ambition has put the party in such a predicament and analysts feel that the number that the BJP managed to get in Assembly elections with alliance could have been better, had the party contested elections alone. 

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MP IAS Association asked to pay Rs 34 lakh in 15 days

By IndianMandarins 11 Nov 2019

Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association has been asked by the PWD to pay more than Rs 34 lakh as rent against two bungalows allotted to it or face action. Information regarding the notice was revealed in a reply to a RTI filed by an activist Ajay Dubey.

The notice says that the association is supposed to pay the rent through a bank draft within 15 days or the rent will be realised at the market rate which will continue to double. The association may be evicted from the bungalows as per Home Allotment Rules, 2000 if it fails to comply.

The PWD sent the notice to the association on October 24 which suggests that had application not been submitted, the PWD officers would have allowed the irregularities to continue for years and years.

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Is the impasse in Maharashtra an inter-party or intra-party issue?

By IndianMandarins 06 Nov 2019

Is impasse in Maharashtra on the 50:50 demand of the Shiv Sena anything to do with intra-party rivalry of the BJP? Grapevine is abuzz that it has more to do with internal squabbling in the BJP than the Shiv Sena which is just taking advantage of the situation where BJP is falling short of number despite independence supporting it.

Some of the leaders are of the view that the issue can be resolved by few party stalwarts with the blink of eyes. The RSS, as usual, is also not intervening directly to rescue the Maharashtra BJP despite another son of Nagpur in the tangle.

But the real story seems to be different, party insiders say that president of the party is not happy with the incumbent CM of Maharashtra and he does not also have godfather as such and he was made CM to balance Nitin Gadkari. Now with the party president wanting someone else that is state BJP president Chandrakant Patil to make CM, this is bound to happen.

So all this drama is enacted with the leadership fully in control of the situation and also central leadership is trying to give a message to state BJP satraps to understand their worth. Obviously, the BJP leadership is not such that it would succumb to the blackmailing of the Shiv Sena as the BJP knows it well that the SS forming the government with the help of NCP and the Congress would be biggest political hara-kiri of the recent times. However, the time tested dictum that there is no permanent friend and foe in politics works for the BJP-SS as well. 

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PF scam takes its toll: Deveraj replaces U Aparna as MD, UPPCL

By IndianMandarins 05 Nov 2019

Following the Opposition’s attack on the BJP Government over investments of approx Rs 2,600 crore of the EPF of the UPPCL in DHFL, a scam-hit housing finance firm, the Yogi Govt removed Power Secretary and MD of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited on late Monday evening. M Devraj (IAS:1996:UP) who has returned from central deputation (ADB ,Manilla) will be the new Power Secretary and MD of UPPCL. Ms Aparna was shifted to the Irrigation Department as Secretary. The Opposition (SP and Congress) had demanded the dismissal of Power Minister Shrikant Sharma and the Principal Secretary, Power. Last Saturday, the state government had recommended a CBI probe into the matter saying that the "dubious" decision was taken by the previous Akhilesh government in April 2014 and the process of investment was further carried forward in 2016.

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Nair`s fondness of Odisha?

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2019

Rumors of Prashant Nair ( IAS:2007:KL) exploring possibilities to move to Odisha from Kerala on an inter-cadre deputation basis is doing the rounds in the corridors of power. It also remains a question whether it is his take or it`s the choice of Odisha government. It is also learnt that the Naveen Patnaik government is keen to have him on inter-cadre deputation. Nair, who is popularly also known as `Collector Bro` is presently working in the cadre state of Kerala as MD, Kerala Shipping Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd.

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