Thursday, March 05, 2015

Who will succeed Rohit Nandan as Air India CMD? More questions, but no answers

Rohit Nandan
AFTER interviewing three candidates and finding none as suitable to be the next CMD of state-run airlines, Air India, the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) issued this statement on Tuesday: “Board did not find any candidate suitable, and recommended that the Government may choose an appropriate course of further action for selection.” This probably paves the way to the appointment of yet another career bureaucrat, possibly an IAS officer, to be…

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Deputy secretary or director ranked officer wanted as adviser in the Embassy of India, Brussels

Little Man Pee: Brussels Landmark
FOR deputy secretary or director ranked officials, here is a chance to serve in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. The government is looking for suitable candidates to fill up the post of Adviser (Industry and Engineering) in the Embassy of India, Brussels under the department of commerce, for a period of three years. The mandatory qualifications include the following:

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

IRS officer Prabhat Kumar explains a unique modus operandi used by a woman employee to dupe Pawan Hans Ltd

IN TODAY’S world, a scam worth Rs 1.30 crore does not make headlines. But the kind of modus operandi used by a lady contractual employee to dupe India’s leading state-run helicopter company Pawan Hans Ltd (PHL) for a period of five years between 2008 and 2013, is worth writing. Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Prabhat Kumar, currently serving as chief vigilance officer (CVO) in Pawan Hans Ltd, has given a detailed account of the lady assistant’s modus operandi in...

Monday, March 02, 2015

On a clear day, can you see India from Manipur? Yes, IAS-turned entrepreneur C Balagopal has the answer

OVER three decades ago, C Balagopal was a young deputy commissioner in a district in the North-eastern state of Manipur. He left his high-profile job in 1983 to set up a company that ventured into manufacturing of medical devices. He then sold his shareholding to an MNC. Now, Balagopal plans to set up an incubator in Manipur’s capital city of Imphal to help young people setting up businesses. And his book on Manipur titled,

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 new secretaries appointed; Siraj Hussain in agriculture, Jugal K Mohapatra in rural development

THE Centre on Thursday night announced the appointment of five new secretaries including Siraj Hussain as agriculture secretary and Jugal Kishore Mohapatra as new rural development secretary. Who are those five new secretaries, and what are their backgrounds? Read here:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How mythological figures like Hanuman and Vibheeshana can help an Indian diplomat? A book on Applied Diplomacy

THIS book written by a former diplomat and curated by an IAS officer is a ready reckoner for young diplomats. “Applied Diplomacy through the Prism of Mythology” released on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram establishes a link between diplomacy and mythology. Written by former ambassador TP Sreenivasan, and curated by 2014 batch IAS officer…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Know Your Babu: 1984 batch IAS Ramesh Negi may be new chief secretary of Delhi; who all will he supersede?

IN A press statement (somewhat bizarre in use of language) issued by the government of Arunachal Pradesh in January last year, 1984 batch AGMUT cadre IAS officer Ramesh Negi was praised for his hard-working nature. Now, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi has reportedly recommended his name to the Centre as the next Delhi chief secretary. In fact, incumbent chief secretary DM Spolia is scheduled to retire on February 28. First, let’s find out what that press statement had to say about Negi:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mega JS Reshuffle: 13 new appointments including lateral shift at joint secretary level; Full List

IN YET another late night administrative reshuffle, the Central government on Monday announced the appointment and lateral shift of as many as 13 officers, all at the rank of joint secretaries, Government of India. Five out of 13 new JS are women. In one instance, an IPS officer RP Meena will now replace IAS, Maninder Singh, as joint secretary in the department of health research. Full list of the reshuffle here:

16 Indian Forest Service officers empanelled as joint secretaries; Full List

THE government on Monday published a new empanelment list of 16 officers belonging to Indian Forest Service. All those IFS officers, belonging to 1989 batch, have been empanelled as union joint secretaries. Four of those officers belong to Madhya Pradesh cadre whereas three each are from Haryana and Himachal Pradesh cadre. Here is the full list:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Know Your Babu: India’s solar bureaucrat and Himachal IAS Tarun Kapoor

DURING RE-Invest 2015, the first renewable energy global investors meet, held recently in New Delhi, a joint secretary-ranked officer Varsha Joshi tweeted about her fellow JS, Tarun Kapoor, like this: “The man who has been driving solar in India- Joint Secy Tarun Kapoor- in a session on solar rooftops #ReInvest2015”. Kapoor, a 1987 batch IAS officer belonging to Himachal Pradesh cadre, has been serving in…