Wednesday, May 02, 2018

1983 batch IIS Sitanshu Kar is new GoI principal spokesman; retired Karnataka IAS Khuntia appointed IRDAI boss

1983 BATCH Indian Information Service officer Sitanshu Ranjan Kar is the new principal spokesperson of the Government of India and Director General of Press Information Bureau. The officer who had a 35 years long career and is mostly known for his decade-long innings as the spokesman of the ministry of defence, assumed office on Tuesday. After joining the IIS in 1983, Kar had first joined the…
News Services Division of All India Radio for a short period before moving to Doordarshan News. He spent nearly 17 years there and played a key role in DD News’ journey.
In 1988, he won the prestigious Visnews Fellowship of London in a world-wide competition and traveled through Europe and North America to experience the cutting-edge technologies being used in the production of television news by leading broadcasters, according to a government statement issued on Tuesday. In fact, Kar was the first Indian to win that fellowship. Visnews was a London-based international news agency which was owned by NBC News, BBC and Reuters before the Reuters bought out the remaining shares of the company in 1992. In 1993 Visnews changed its name to Reuters Television and lost its independent identity.
During his career, Kar pioneered publicity in several union ministries including the ministry of environment and forests, rural development, human resource development, science and technology, atomic energy and space, in addition to the ministry of defence where he had the distinction of being the longest serving spokesperson -- between 2005 and 2015. In December 2015, he was appointed as the Director General of the News Services Division of All India Radio. 
An arts graduate from BJB college, Bhubaneswar, Kar secured the first rank in political science honours in Utkal University. He did MA in political science and M. Phil in Chinese and Japanese studies from Delhi University.
In another development, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Subhash Chandra Khuntia, 1981 batch retired Karnataka cadre IAS as chairperson of Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for a period of three years or till the age of 65 years, or until further order. 
Meanwhile, 1986 batch Assam cadre IPS Dr SB Singh’s tenure as Director General of Police, Meghalaya, has been extended for three months beyond April 30, 2018.

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