Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Want be a consultant in MEA? Suitable candidates wanted as international relations experts

DO YOU want to work in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) along with the career diplomats? The MEA has issued advertisements to hire consultants to be employed on contract basis. The salary will be negotiable, but the travel allowances will be on par with the Group-A officers. The selected consultants will be required to work as international relations expert in the…

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Saree, tie, pen, bangle, kettle, wrist watch, mobile phone– the gifs that bureaucrats receive; Full List

DIPLOMATS and bureaucrats including foreign secretary, home secretary and defence secretary received as many as 43 gifts including saree, tie, pen, mobile phone etc. which they had deposited in the ministry of external affairs’ Toshakhana department for valuation between January and March, 2015, according to data available with the MEA. After valuation, the gifts below the worth of Rs 5,000 are usually returned to the recipients. But the very fact that 43 out of 110 gifts deposited in the Toshakhana during the period were given to civil servants (as against ministers including PM) demonstrates the importance of the babus in the set-up. Here is the list of the officers, the gifts that they received, the valuation of the gifts and whether those were returned to the officers concerned.

Monday, June 29, 2015

MEA gets a new joint secretary to handle Sanskrit; more about officers with knowledge of Sanskrit

Rig Veda: A collection of hymns written in Sanskrit
IN A first-of-its kind experiment, a new post of joint secretary for Sanskrit language has been created in the ministry of external affairs (MEA). And the announcement was made by none other than external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj herself while addressing over 600 Sanskrit experts in a conference in Bangkok on Sunday. The minister said, the Sanskrit language is “modern and universal” and…

Friday, June 26, 2015

Job for JS level officer in Washington; applicant-officers asked to write 250 words on their suitability

Indian Embassy, Washington
IN WHAT could be termed as unusual in government's appointment process, the Centre has asked candidates to write 250 words indicating the candidate’s suitability while applying for the post of Minister (Economic) in the economic wing of Embassy of India in Washington. The post is at the level of...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Qualifications, current posts and date of retirement of 51 IAS of 1985 batch empanelled as GoI additional secretaries

ON TUESDAY, the Centre released a long list of 51 IAS officers of 1985 batch who wereN empanelled for appointment as additional secretary at the Centre. Among those who made it included officers with PhD degree from America’s Cincinnati University and University of Minnesota and UK’s Prescott University, and MBA from IIM-Ahmadabad and UK universities. Here is the full list with their qualifications, current posting and date of retirement:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

36 IAS of 1982 batch empanelled as GoI secretary or secretary-equivalent; Air India’s Rohit Nandan & ITPO’s JS Deepak figure in list

THE Centre on Tuesday published the list of 36 IAS officers of 1982 batch who were empanelled as secretary or secretary-equivalent at the Centre. The names of Air India chief Rohit Nandan and commerce ministry’s JS Deepak who has additional charge as CMD of India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), have figured in the list of 28 officers empanelled as GoI secretaries. NHAI member (PPP) Sudhir Kumar who had once served as Lalu Prasad’s OSD in the ministry of railways is among eight officers empanelled as secretary-equivalent. The full list officers below:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Photo of a swanky Bengaluru police station attracts crowd in social media; any clue on CBI glass building?

KARNATAKA cadre IPS officer Abhishek Goyal, someone who did B Tech in computer sciences from IIT-Delhi before joining the police service, is a regular in the world of Twitter. On Monday, he posted a few photos with this caption: “new Police Station building in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Wow! #betterThanMyOffice”, a post that left many people to…

Monday, June 22, 2015

Office on Sunday: How Indian bureaucrats across the globe had a busy Yoga Day

FS Jaishankar with Richard Verma
FROM Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, India’s high commissioner Vishnu Prakash released a photo of him and his wife doing Yoga at the high commission premise on the occasion of International Day of Yoga on Sunday. In New Delhi, the ministry of railways released a photo of Railway Board chairman and 1976 batch officer of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS) AK Mital with the officials of the ministry of railways participating in a Yoga event. Here below are the instances of how bureaucrats and diplomats spent the Yoga Day:

Saturday, June 20, 2015

IFS gets “hidden treasure” in Beno Zephine; 10 things to know about India’s first visually challenged diplomat

Beno Zephine being felicitated in DoPT
DURING the last few days senior ministers in the corridors felicitated a 25-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu. She is Beno Zephine. Literally, Beno means daughter of God and Zephine means hidden treasure. Yes, Indian Foreign Service gets a “hidden treasure” when Beno Zephine became the first 100 per cent visually challenged person to be inducted into the country's elite foreign service. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Beno Zephine.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

IPS Archana Ramasundaram’s tenure in CBI curtailed; 10 developments of a classic appointment row

Ms Ramasundaram (File Photo)
1980-batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre Archana Ramasundaram has had no work to do as additional director in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for over a year because of judicial intervention from the apex court. Now, the Centre has prematurely curtailed her tenure in the CBI and appointed her as director in National Crime Records Bureau by temporarily upgrading the post. Yet, her new appointment would be subject to the outcome of the writ petition pending in the Supreme Court. Here are 10 developments of this unique appointment row: