Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Who is Ronen Sen? And why has this former IFS been roped in to scout for Tata Sons’ next chairman?

IN A sudden and unprecedented move, Cyrus Mistry — the chairman of $100 billion Tata Group— was removed on Monday, and chairman Emeritus of the Group Ratan Tata was recalled as its interim chairman. In the meantime, a panel was set up to search a new chairman within four months. Apart from Tata himself, this search committee will include Venu Srinivasan, Amit Chandra, Sushanta Kumar Bhattacharyya and a former Indian Foreign Service officer — Ronen Sen. But who’s this ex-diplomat? And why has he been roped in to select the next men at the helm of Tata Sons. Here it goes:

Monday, October 24, 2016

IPS Association reiterates demands of pay parity with IAS; adds that DoPT is sitting over file after MHA's nod

“Quantum of pay is never a consideration for IPS officers, but they expect that their importance to the governance should not get undermined through lower emolument structure compared to others in the civil service”. If the resolution of the IPS Association’s general body meeting, released on Sunday, is any indication, the IPS officers have reiterated their demand of pay parity with “others in civil services” — the others being none other than the IAS. Currently, IAS and…

Friday, October 21, 2016

Police Commemoration Day: …and the story of Chinese Army’s attack on an Indian police team in Ladakh in Oct 1959

“Everyday we fight crime. Today, we fight our tears as well”— As the nation pays respect to police martyrs today on Police Commemoration Day, the story of October 21, 1959 when 10 police personnel at Hot Springs area in north eastern Ladakh were killed by the Chinese Army, needs to be retold. Every year, October 21 is observed as Police Commemoration Day. In fact, until the autumn of 1959, it was the Indian Police who manned the 2,500-mile-long border of India with Tibet. It was October 20, 1959, a day before India’s brave policemen lost their lives, three police parties were launched from Hot Springs in preparation for...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

11 union ministers, 35 young IAS and a discussion on the last man in the queue

2014 batch IAS officers during the interactive session
IN A unique interaction between 11 union ministers, all from Uttar Pradesh, and about 35 IAS officers of 2014 batch —either of UP cadre or those hailing from the state —the Central government on Wednesday wanted to send a message to the young bureaucrats: Bear empathy for the last man in the queue. The young officers presently posted in various ministries and departments as assistant secretaries, participated in the interactive session which was addressed by three cabinet ministers including…

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

India gets appreciation in OECD’s Paris seminar; DoPT joint secretary Devesh Chaturvedi represented India in the meet

Devesh Chaturvedi (File photo)
INDIA’s Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) scheme received appreciation from panelists from across the world who spoke in a G-20 seminar held in Paris on Monday, according to a statement issued by Central government’s personnel department — DoPT. The seminar, organized by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), was centered around the theme of corruption and global economy. India was represented by 1989 batch IAS officer and joint secretary in…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Govt modifies rules on accommodation allowance for officers selected for foreign universities

IN PARTIAL modification of the existing rules, the government has brought in better clarity on the kind of reimbursement that an officer selected for government-sponsored study in a foreign university, should receive. The government has decided to give accommodation allowance at the rate of US $ 750 per month for normal cities and US $ 1,000 per month in big cities, only if…

Monday, October 17, 2016

Navdeep Singh Suri: Know more about India's new ambassador to UAE

THE government on Monday appointed Navdeep Singh Suri, 1983 batch lFS officer and India’s current high commissioner to Australia, as the next ambassador to United Arab Emirates (UAE). That Suri knows Arabic language, will be a bonus in discharging his duties in this Arab country. Here are 10 things you may like to know about this senior diplomat:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Roles of 2 commerce ministry officials swapped; Ajay Kumar Bhalla appointed new DGFT

THE government on Saturday swapped roles of two senior commerce ministry officials — Ajay Kumar Bhalla, 1984 batch Assam cadre IAS and Anup Wadhawan, 1985 batch Uttarakhand cadre IAS. Whereas present DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) Wadhawan was appointed as additional secretary in the department of commerce, the same order issued on Thursday had appointed Bhalla as the new DGFT. Bhalla who was joint secretary and then additional secretary in the ministry of coal between 2010 and 2015 was brought into the…

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mega IPS reshuffle in Gujarat; Ahmedabad Police Commissioner shifted to IB

GUJARAT government on Wednesday undertook a major police reshuffle, involving as many as 21 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. The highlight of the IPS reshuffle, the first major one after Vijay Rupani took over as chief minister of the state replacing Anandiben Patel in August the year, is the transfer of Ahmedabad Police Commissioner and 1983 batch IPS Shivanand Jha to Intelligence Bureau, and then the shifting of Surat Police Commissioner and 1985 batch IPS Ashish Bhatia to CID (crime and Railways). Jha will be…

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Obituary: Anita Kaul — former IAS and reformer of India's elementary education

RIP Anita Kaul
1979 batch retired IAS officer of Karnataka cadre — Anita Kaul died early this week aged 62. Hailing from Delhi and married to a fellow IAS officer, Mrs Kaul retired as union secretary in the department of justice. But if one piece of her achievement as a civil servant is to be chosen, it’s clearly her stellar role in crafting…