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NITI: R P Singh assumes charge as PS to VC

Ravindra Pratap Singh (IAS:2007:OR) on Thursday assumed charge as Private Secretary to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, at Deputy Secretary level for a period ending 14.02.2023.

Singh replaced Manju Nath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) who moved to Ministry of Railways as PS to MoS.

31 Jul 2020
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Priyanka Gandhi invites the new occupant of her house for tea

After a fierce slugfest between the Congress and the BJP over the notice issued to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow before August 1, 2020, the Congress General Secretary on July 26 sent an invitation for tea to the new allottee of the bungalow BJP leader Anil Baluni.

It is learnt that the invite has been sent to the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, seeking his convenience and confirmation. Priyanka Gandhi is in the process of vacating the 35, Lodhi Estate house, after the Ministry of Urban Development issued her a notice on July 1, 2020 asking her to vacate the bungalow as she was no longer eligible for it after her security cover was downgraded.

She is learnt to have zeroed in on a house in Delhi and will be shifting there soon.She has, however, moved some of her belongings to a penthouse in an upscale residential society in Gurgaon’s Sector 42, but will not be living there.

They said the Gurgaon’s house is only being occasionally used by her children and she will be located in central Delhi only.

27 Jul 2020
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NITI: R P Singh assumes charge as PS to VC

By IndianMandarins 31 Jul 2020

Ravindra Pratap Singh (IAS:2007:OR) on Thursday assumed charge as Private Secretary to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, at Deputy Secretary level for a period ending 14.02.2023.

Singh replaced Manju Nath Bhajantri (IAS:2011:JH) who moved to Ministry of Railways as PS to MoS.

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Priyanka Gandhi invites the new occupant of her house for tea

By IndianMandarins 27 Jul 2020

After a fierce slugfest between the Congress and the BJP over the notice issued to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow before August 1, 2020, the Congress General Secretary on July 26 sent an invitation for tea to the new allottee of the bungalow BJP leader Anil Baluni.

It is learnt that the invite has been sent to the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, seeking his convenience and confirmation. Priyanka Gandhi is in the process of vacating the 35, Lodhi Estate house, after the Ministry of Urban Development issued her a notice on July 1, 2020 asking her to vacate the bungalow as she was no longer eligible for it after her security cover was downgraded.

She is learnt to have zeroed in on a house in Delhi and will be shifting there soon.She has, however, moved some of her belongings to a penthouse in an upscale residential society in Gurgaon’s Sector 42, but will not be living there.

They said the Gurgaon’s house is only being occasionally used by her children and she will be located in central Delhi only.

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Dear @IASassociation....tweets film actor Swara Bhaskar peeved with a senior IAS officer’s tweets

By IndianMandarins 21 Jul 2020

“Dear @IASassociation, do your officers not have enough work? This creepy old uncle ji seems to be totally jobless and a little obsessed with me! Pls offer him some counseling sessions. Since he seems unfit to be an officer of the Indian Bureaucracy”. This is what renowned film actor Swara Bhaskar commented in one of her latest tweets.

Swara is more peeved for being called a C-grade actor by an IAS officer and asked the IAS Association for counseling of the said IAS officer. She calls him unfit to be an officer of the Indian Bureaucracy”.

So the complaint of Swara is more or less taken care of as the IAS officer in question is retiring this month but her woes are likely to be amplified as he will no more be bound with code of conduct of service rules. Swara herself has breached her limits on various occasions in the name of freedom of expression. Moreover, she too is a public figure and must be ready for such remarks.

Swara has tagged Dixit’s tweet reading “Kangana Ranaut called @ReallySwara a B-grade actress. This is not acceptable. This really shocking. I hate Kangana for not telling the truth that Swara is a C-grade actress”.

Going by the track record of tweets Sanjay Dixit has been infamous for sharing fake posts and news with communal undertones and even criticises Modi government’s policies on Twitter. In his earlier tweets Dixit had questioned Modi Government’s policies adopted dealing with internal and external issues.

It is alleged that he shared a story about unpaid electricity bills of Jama Masjid which was found fake. Further, he had also shared a fake letter ‘exposing’ the West Bengal’s government’s ‘pro-Muslim policies’ and labelled the state as “Islamic state of West Bangladesh”. Later he had deleted the tweet after getting called out by Kolkata Police on Twitter.

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Senior IAS officer suspended for alleged gold smuggling case

By IndianMandarins 18 Jul 2020

The Kerala government has finally suspended M Sivasankar senior IAS officer in connection with his alleged links with the accused in the sensational gold smuggling case. Sivasankar was removed as the principal secretary to the chief minister and IT secretary after reports of his alleged links with the accused.

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Now, paramilitary forces asked to ban Facebook

By IndianMandarins 15 Jul 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a letter to all paramilitary forces including CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF, ITBP and NSG, asking them to ban Facebook in forces as well as for ex-servicemen as they remain in touch with armed forces.

The MHA sent a communication after getting an e-mail from Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy asking to extend the ban of foreign apps in paramilitary forces as well.

Another message which initiated the procedure said, "The ban should be extended to the entire force like CRPF, ITBP and ex-servicemen too because they are generally in touch with our armed forces. Ideally, India should have our own app like Facebook or Instagram to which no foreign country should have access," the e-mail said.

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Former IPS officer comes forward to support upright journalists and social workers in distress

By IndianMandarins 09 Jul 2020

It has been observed in the past two-three months that some honest, impartial journalists, upright and selfless social workers, and some unemployed persons in the society are facing severe financial distress. So much so that their families were unable to meet their daily expenses. This distressing information was reaching to Pankaj Choudhary (Ex-IPS: 2009:Rajasthan) and his wife Mukul Pankaj Choudhary from various sources. 

The Choudhary couple realized and decided that help must reach to these people in these unusual circumstances so that their faith in the system remains intact and their hope for life gets emboldened. And they are able to come out of depression and become effective for the society and the country to give voice to crores of poor people. So Choudhary couple decided to help such people secretly with the help of other influential people from across the country.

They decided to help 50 selected people by providing them Rs 15,000 each for the next six months that is from July to December 2020. The situation will be reviewed in January 2021. With this hope that this will help them meet their daily needs and other concerns.

Choudhary’s friends from across the country have come forward to help Choudhary couple in this endeavor who are taking this forward for the next six months. They are keeping names of the person secret who are provided with assistance so their self-respect does not get hurt.

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Priyanka’s bungalow allotted to BJP Media Cell chief

By IndianMandarins 06 Jul 2020

The Centre on Sunday allotted Priyanka Gandhi's 35 Lodhi Estate government bungalow to Bharatiya Janata Party MP and Media Cell in-charge Anil Baluni on medical grounds.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (PGV), Congress General Secretary, earlier this week was asked to vacate her government bungalow by 01 August after the government canceled her allotment.

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Doordarshan to telecast Arti of Lord Amarnath

By IndianMandarins 04 Jul 2020

Doordarshan has been doing many firsts all these days be it weather forecast of PoK and a few other things, now the government broadcaster has decided to telecast live Arti of Lord Amarnath from July 5, 2020, with the help of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. The telecast of Arti will be telecast twice in a day. The morning Arti will take place at 6 AM while the evening Arti at 7 PM.

This is considered to be a bold decision of the government. Though the date of Amarnath Yatra is not yet disclosed but the government has made this arrangement to watch Arti sitting at home. There are certain restrictions due to COVID 19 pandemic but this Arti will be on Doordarshan for July 5 to August 3.

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