Monday, February 21, 2011

Kashmir govt forcefully retired IPS officer for allegedly fudging birth certificate

FOR many a bureaucrat, the actual date of birth (DoB) may not exactly tally with the date of birth mentioned in the school certificates. But who do you blame for the anomaly? It was decided either by your parents or by the headmaster of your village lower primary school when you were very young!
For a senior IPS officer from Jammu and Kashmir, however, the charges seem to be far more serious in nature. Farooq Ahmed who was working as the Inspector General of Police (Security) in Jammu and Kashmir was forcefully retired by the state government for allegedly fudging his date of birth, according to media reports. But in his case, the anomaly was not originated in his school. According to reports, Farooq Ahmed, a Kashmir Police Service (KPS) officer who later got promoted to IPS cadre, submitted a new DoB certificate to the department in which his date of birth was shown as November 1951 whereas his actual date of birth turned out to be February, 1949 when a panel probed the matter. The IPS officer served many an important post in the state including IGP Kashmir, DIG Jammu, IG Security and IG CID to name a few.

Orissa tribals protest demanding the release of abducted officials
Tribals in Bhubaneswar on Sunday came out to the streets to demand for the release of two abducted government officials including R Vineel Krishna, 2005 batch Orissa cadre IAS posted as district collector at Malkangiri. It remains to be seen how soon the government can ensure the safe release of the officer even as Maoists-appointed interlocutors and civil liberty activists G Haragopal and R Someswara Rao began preliminary parleys with Orissa government officials.
Who is the Maoists-captured IAS?

Ex-home secretary BP Singh’s twin books released
It was an occasion of a twin book release at Mumbai on Saturday. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan released two books authored by Governor of Sikkim and former Union home secretary BP Singh. Singh’s books are “Bahudha and the Post 9/11 World” and “India’s Culture: The State, the Arts, and Beyond”. The Oxford University Press has published the books. Vice chairperson of Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage Tasneem Mehta and former director of National Gallery of Modern Art Dr Saryu Doshi were present on the occasion. 

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