Envoys of 5 nations present credentials to President of India Five envoys presented their credentials to the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday. The envoys were: Jaime Virgillo Nualart Sanchez, the ambassador of Mexico, Jose Maria da Silva Vieira de Morais, the high commissioner of Mozambique, Ara Hakobyan, the ambassador of Armenia, Alexander M Kadakin, the ambassador of Russia, and Robert Tachle-Menson, the high commissioner of Ghana. In her interaction with the envoys, the President said that the global agenda was now full of complex issues such as terrorism, climate change, energy security and eradication of poverty, hunger and disease. The President felt that there was a necessity for developing an equitable world where all can live with dignity, which requires clear vision, determined action and the need for nations to work together. The credential presentation ceremony was attended by the senior members of the missions, senior officials of the ministry of external affairs and Rashtrapati Bhavan.Also Read: 7 foreign babus present their credentials to Indian President (September 25, 2009) Doc's prescription to Indian diplomats (August 26, 2009)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Why does Indian government skip appointing full-time secretaries in shipping & higher education? Two women IAS made in-charge, for now
IN AN unusual move, the government has decided not to assign two important departments--- ministry of shipping and department of higher education, to any full-time secretaries, making many a secretary-empanelled aspirant baffled. Though both those posts fell vacant on October 31, 2009, the government preferred not to appoint any full-time secretary but took the route of allocating those departments to woman officers who are already handling fairly important departments. In fact, Ms Kiran Dhingra, a 1975 batch UT cadre IAS, and secretary of ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation has been given additional charge of the post of secretary, ministry of shipping for a period of three months with effect from November 1, 2009. (In Picture: Ms Dhingra during a release of a publication titled, "Major Ports of India 2008-09-- A profile" on November 12, 2009 in New Delhi). Similarly, Ms Anshu Vaish, a 1975 batch MP cadre IAS and presently secretary, department of school education and literacy, was given additional charge of the post of secretary, department of higher education under the ministry of human resource development for a period of three months. Though these two woman officers are considered to be efficient enough to handle additional assignments, but many in power corridors have failed to comprehend the motive behind the government's decision of not appointing full-time secretaries in higher education and shipping! Also, questions have arisen what's if the government makes it a norm and gives more such additional charges for a few more important departments like DIPP where secretaries are scheduled to retire by December end.