Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Co-founded by an IAS-turned entrepreneur, Unacademy raises additional $1 million

Saini (File photo; Courtesy: Twitter)
Unacademy, a free online learning platform co-founded by IAS-turned entrepreneur Roman Saini on Wednesday announced raising an additional $1 million (Rs 6.7 crore) from some of the known start-up names including Flipkart's Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal, Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and FreeCharge's Kunal Shah. Earlier this year, Unacademy raised $500,000, its first round of external funding round. Apart from Saini, who is a doctor-turned-IAS-turned-entrepreneur, there are…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

22 new joint secretaries appointed; V Sheshadri, B Navnit of PMO elevated to JS; Full list

THE Centre on Monday appointed 22 officers as union joint secretaries, the highlight of this round being the appointment of eight 1999 batch IAS as JS for the first time. Two PMO officers of 1999 batch — V Sheshadri of Telangana cadre and B Navnit of Tamil Nadu cadre, will now be joint secretary-ranked officers. Further, the officers of the batch are roped in for some key ministries including cabinet secretariat, petroleum and information and broadcasting. Here is the full list of 22 new joint secretaries:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani, other railways, accounts and revenue officers empanelled as secretaries; full list

Ashwani Lohani, a railway officer serving as chairman and managing director of India’s national carrier — Air India, among other railways, accounts and revenue officers, were last week empanelled as union secretaries or secretary-equivalent. Lohani, a 1980 batch Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineering officer and six others from 1980 and 1981 batch were empanelled as secretaries whereas 11 officers of 1982, 1983 and 1984 batches were empanelled as additional secretaries, and also 11 IPS officers of 1982 and 1983 batches were empanelled as director general or DG equivalent. Here is the list of the newly-empanelled officers, their services and batches:

Friday, August 19, 2016

Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik will now be an officer in Indian Railways; Guess, what's shuttler PV Sindhu's rail connection

INDIAN Railways’ employee Sakshi Malik who finally ended India’s long anxious wait for Olympic medal at Rio Olympics 2016 on Thursday, will now be promoted as a Gazetted officer and will also be posted in the zonal railway of her choice. Sakshi who won the Olympic bronze in 58 kg category of women’s freestyle wrestling and became the first women wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal, will also receive…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

28 IAS officer of 1999 batch empanelled as joint secretaries at the Centre; Full list

THE following 28 IAS officers of 1999 batch have been empanelled as joint secretaries or joint secretary-equivalent at the Centre, according to a notification issued on August 17, 2016. The maximum number of officers (4) happen to be from Maharashtra cadre whereas there are three each from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh cadres. The officers are…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An IAS couple's road and roadblocks for a common cadre; what CAT, DoPT have to say

INTER cadre transfer of this IAS couple — 2008 batch Assam cadre IAS S Viswanathan and 2008 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS Ms JP Irene Cynthia — to a third cadre has hit the roadblocks even after they had approached the Guwahati Bench of the CAT which in turn directed their case to the Central government. On Friday last, a DoPT meeting chaired by secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma rejected the proposal for…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Antrix-Devas Scam: Retired IAS takes to Facebook to question CBI; releases her emails sent to the investigative agency

Veena Rao (Photo Courtesy: Twitter)
“I hear from some newspaper reports that the CBI appears to have named me in a chargesheet regarding the Antrix Devas Contract. Shocking, laughable and ludicrous”, says retired IAS and former union secretary Veena Rao in a long Facebook post, making it possibly the first case where a charge-sheeted civil servant (in her case retired) takes to social media to argue a case. Retired in 2009, Rao’s name cropped up in the case as she was an additional secretary working in the department of space from December 2004 to December 2005. The ongoing CBI probe is related to…

Monday, August 15, 2016

Upper middle class faces more problems with Income-Tax than the police, says PM Modi

PRIME minister Narendra Modi said on Monday from the ramparts of the Red Fort that he wanted to change the situation where people, particularly those belonging to upper middle class, are scared of Income-Tax authorities. PM further said, upper middle class families face more problems with Income-Tax than the police. “This situation needs to change. And I am already working on it. I will ensure situation changes”, he said. Modi later tweeted:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Centre extends incentive package for its employees working in Kashmir Valley for 2 more years

THE government on Thursday decided to extend the existing special concessions and incentives for Central government and PSU employees working in Kashmir Valley for two more years, i.e. till January 1, 2019. The concessions also include options for employees to move their families to a selected place of their choice in the country at the expense of the government. And incentives include…

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Corruption in Senior Bureaucracy: A free-wheeling commentary by an anonymous IAS officer

A THOROUGH data mining of the past corruption cases of senior bureaucrats stored in agencies such as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) will reveal some kind of a pattern of corruption by senior bureaucrats in the government, both at the Centre and the states. But an IAS officer claiming to have 10 years of experience revealed a lot early this week while answering a question on Quora, a popular question-answer website. The question was — what is the lifestyle of an IAS officer? The post, seen so far by over 2.3 lakh visitors, went viral in social media sites on Monday. There, the officer mentioned about…