Thursday, May 24, 2018

Know the Indian civil servants scaling Mt Everest; IPS Association quizzes who’s the first IPS to achieve it?

AS THIS article being written, IPS Association’s Twitter quiz on the first IPS officer to climb the Mount Everest is presently on. The quiz is: “We all know that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the 1st men to climb on the #MountEverest and Avtar Singh Cheema was the 1st #Indian to climb Mount Everest…#DoYouknow who was the 1st IPS officer to climb #MountEverest?”. The options provided are,  GR Radhika, Suhail Sharma, Aparna Kumar and Atul Karwal. And the voting is presently on. As the season of reaching the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak by climbers across the world is in the news, this…

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Know Your Babu: New commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan; 10 Things to Know

LAST week, the government announced the appointment of 1985 batch Uttarakhand cadre IAS — Anup Wadhawan, presently a special secretary in the department of commerce — as India’s new commerce secretary on July 31, 2018, when incumbent Ms Rita Teotia, 1981 batch Gujarat cadre IAS, retires. A former director in the PMO, a veteran in economic and commerce departments and also a PhD in economics, Wadhawan is already appointed as the OSD in the commerce department in the run-up to his elevation as secretary. Here are 10 things to know about India’s new commerce secretary:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ex-Election Commissioners meet the incumbents; the veterans say, there’s a need to control hate speeches during campaigns

NINE former Election Commissioners on Monday suggested that there was an urgent need to control hate speeches in larger public interest. In a roundtable held in New Delhi and participated by present Election Commissioners and the veterans — the former ECs, MS Gill, JM Lyngdoh, TS.Krishna Murthy, BB Tandon, Dr SY Quraishi, VS Sampath, HR Bramha, Dr Nasim Zaidi and GVG Krishnamurty — it was deliberated on how hate speeches during the campaigns often…

Monday, May 21, 2018

Centre weighs in options to combine UPSC score with LBSNAA foundation score to allot IAS, IFS, IPS etc.; 10 Takeaways

UPSC Building

IF THE government has its way, securing good marks in UPSC-conducted civil services examinations may not ensure a service of your choice: IAS, IFS, IPS or IRS! The government last week wrote to the cadre controlling authorities to weigh in the possibility of selecting services for officer-trainees only after looking at the candidate’s combined score in the UPSC examination and the performance in the 3-month-long foundation course in the academy. Here are the 10 key takeaways of what this new rule is and what the rule, if implemented, would mean:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mega Reshuffle: New secretaries for commerce, petroleum, steel, food processing announced; List of 24 appointments

IN A mega bureaucratic reshuffle at the Centre on Friday evening, the government either appointed or elevated the rank of at least 24 senior bureaucrats, mostly to the rank of union secretary. The main highlight of the reshuffle though was the appointment of a number of bureaucrats as OSD in the ministries like petroleum, commerce, steel and food processing, well ahead of their eventual taking over as secretaries in those ministries. New steel secretary, for example, will take over only after three and half months. Here is the list of 24 new appointments:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Senior bureaucrats including CAG Rajiv Mehrishi empty toilet pit in Pune district

Mehrishi (3rd from left; wearing saffron dress)

THE Comptroller and Auditor General of India and former home and finance secretary Rajiv Mehrishi emptied a toilet pit from a twin pit toilet in rural Maharashtra on Thursday morning. He was joined by secretary in the ministry of drinking water and sanitation Parameswaran Iyer who had also done that earlier. This time, senior sanitation officers including additional chief secretaries of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, followed suit to…

NHAI chairman Deepak Kumar prematurely repatriated; is Kumar the new Bihar chief secretary?

Deepak Kumar

IN A major bureaucratic reshuffle, the government on Wednesday prematurely repatriated chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and 1984 batch Bihar cadre IAS, Deepak Kumar, to his parent cadre with “immediate effect”. By the same order, Kumar was replaced by Yudhvir Singh Malik, who will hold the NHAI chairman’s post in addition to…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PM asks India's future diplomats to be more tech-savvy; 5 takeaways of PM’s meeting with 39 officer-trainees

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked India’s future diplomats to be more tech-savvy with an urge to engage more with diaspora, who, according to the PM, are increasingly becoming important stakeholders in the conduct of foreign relations. Here are five takeaways of the PM’s meeting with 39 officer trainees of Indian Foreign Service, currently undergoing training in the Foreign Service Institute:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey to continue holding post of environment secretary till May 20; UP cadre IAS from Rajasthan prematurely repatriated

CIVIL aviation secretary and 1981 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS Rajiv Nayan Choubey will continue to hold the additional assignment of the post of the secretary in the ministry of environment, forest and climate change till May 20, 2018, as incumbent CK Mishra is on leave. Mishra is a 1983 batch IAS. The competent authority on Monday approved the…

Monday, May 14, 2018

Centre appoints 7 joint secretaries; List includes 5 IAS, 1 IPoS, 1 IRS-IT

THE Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) last week appointed seven joint secretaries. The joint secretary appointees include five IAS officers and two non-IAS —  1987 batch Indian Postal Service (IPoS) officer SC Barmma and 1992 batch IRS-IT officer Vikram Sahay. In case of two IAS officers, it's more of a shift of the departments rather than appointments afresh. Here is the full list of new officers: