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Why Congress seniors not campaigning in Bengal?

In West Bengal not a single senior leader of Congress-Rahul Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Mallikarjuna Kharge have visited for campaign. Mamta Banerjee has given only two seats to Congress in the state and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary is only leader who is fighting and campaigning for the Congress.  Is Chowdhary on a shaky wicket?


In West Bengal, Congress is fighting only one or two seats

The state has 42 Lok Sabha seats .The state unit President, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary is fighting the poll for the third time. As per report, TMC leadership didn’t like him and is trying to defeat him. He is also facing a tough challenge.

CBI Joint Director Naval Bajaj returns parent cadre

Joint Director of the CBI Naval Bajaj was certain to become Additional Director but he was not promoted. Bajaj is now returning to the Maharashtra cadre. He is 1995 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

SC Judge Bopanna to demit office on May 19

Supreme Court  judge A S Bopanna is going to  demit office on May 19. Justice Bopanna authored more than 90 judgments during his tenure.

Fresh one-year term recommended for Justice Rajesh Sekhri

The Supreme Court Collegium has resolved to recommend that Justice Rajesh Sekhri be appointed as Additional Judge of the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court for a fresh term of one year with effect from July 29, 2024.


Gauhati HC to get 2 Permanent Judges

The Supreme Court Collegium has approved the proposal for the appointment of two Additional Judges as Permanent Judges of the Gauhati High Court. They are: Ms. Justice Susmita Phukan Khaund and Ms. Justice Mitali Thakuria


Vikas Pathak appointed DIG, ITBP

Dr Vikas Pathak has been appointed as Deputy Inspector General in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on deputation basis for a period of five years. He is a 2008 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

Manish Agarwal reinstated in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Government has reinstated Manish Agarwal after suspension of over 3 years. He is a 2010 batch IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre.

List of TATA Innovation Fellowship 2023-24 awardees announced

About 10 candidates have been selected for the Award of TATA innovation Fellowship-2023-24 session. These candidates and their affiliation include, Prof  Preeti Srivastava- Department of Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi; Dr Naveen C Bisht - National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi; Dr Sarika Gupta - Molecular Sciences Lab, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi; Dr Sudhir Pratap Singh - Center of Innovative ad Applied Bio processing, BRIC, NABI, Punjab; and Dr Girdhari Lal Laboratory of autoimmunity and tolerance, National Centre for Cell Science, Maharashtra. The other candidates are Prof Bushra Ateeq - Dept. of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering, & Mehta Family Centre for Engineering in Medicine, IIT-Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh; Dr Manali Datta - Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Rajasthan; Dr Vivek Singh – Centre for Ocular Regeneration (CORE), LV Prasad Eye Institute, Telangana; Prof Gopinath Packirisamy - Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT- Roorkee, Uttarakhand and Dr Sourav Datta Department of Biological Sciences, IISER, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


Nitin Pachauri re-transferred to NC Railway

The previous transfer orders of Nitin Pachauri to Integral Coach Factory(ICF) has been cancelled. He is now transferred to North Central Railway and posted in the cadre. He is an IRSME officer of South Central Railway zone.


S S Raju transferred to SW Railway

Sirra Santhi Raju has been transferred to South Western Railway and posted as PFA (CHOD). He is an IRAS officer.


B L Meena transferred to MCF

B L Meena has been transferred to Modern Coach Factory (MCF) and posted as PFA (CHOD). He is an IRAS officer of North Western Railway zone.


Debashish Prishthi posted Secretary, Finance Budget in Rajasthan

Debashish Prishthi has been appointed as Secretary, Finance (Budget), Rajasthan, Jaipur. He is a 2000 batch IAS officer.

Last date extended for posts of JMD, NAFED

The last date for receiving nominations for filling up of two newly created posts of Joint Managing Director (JMD) (Extension and Business) and Joint Managing Director (JMD) (Cooperation and IT) in National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), New Delhi on deputation basis has been extended. The revised date is June 10.

Faculty post in ISTM to be filled on deputation

The one faculty post of Deputy Director (Management Services) in the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) New Delhi will be filled on deputation basis.


NCAHP to engage retired CSS officers

It is proposed to engage retired Under Secretaries and Section Officers of CSS in the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions (NCAHP). The registration of eligible CSS officers will be held at NCAHP New Delhi on May 27 followed by walk-in interview on May 28.


Post of MD, NFDC advertised

The Department of Telecommunications has invited applications from  eligible SAG officers of IP&TAFS Group “A” for the post of Managing Director in National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Limited through Search-Cum-Selection Committee (ScSC) mode. The applications must reach on or before May 20, 2024.


Posts of Presiding Officer in NIT, Mumbai advertised

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has invited applications for the posts of Presiding Officer in the National Industrial Tribunal (NIT) for Mumbai location. The post has been lying vacant since December 5, 2021.  The applications must reach on or before June 30, 2024.


Last date to apply for Director (Safety) DGFASLI, Mumbai extended

The last date to apply for the post of Director (Safety) in the Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Mumbai has been extended. The revised date is June 26, 2024.


RCIL advertises for GGM & ED posts

The Railtel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL) has advertised for Group General Manager and Executive Director (both technical posts) on deputation basis. The applications must reach on or before June 8, 2024.


Professor (CE) post for Dr B R Ambedkar Institute of Tech advertised

A post of Professor (Civil Engineering) has been advertised for Dr B R Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Administration. The online applications must reach on or before May 30, 2024.


DL Meena appointed CELE, WCR

DL Meena, who is presently posted in West Central Railway (WCR), has been appointed as Chief Electrical Loco Engineer (CELE) in the Railway itself. He is an Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) officer.


Naveen Srivastava selected as Director (Ope), Power Grid

Naveen Srivastava, ED Northern Region III, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, has been selected for the post of Director (Operations), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited at a Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) meeting. As many as 12 persons were interviewed for the same.


AV Pai appointed MD, Honeywell Automation India Ltd

Atul Vinayak Pai has been appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director and Managing Director of Honeywell Automation India Limited. He succeeds Ashish Gaikwad, who has resigned from the position. Gaikwad is assuming a broader responsibility as the India Leader for Industrial Automation within a strategic business group at Honeywell International Inc

VR Panchal appointed MD & Chairperson, Sellwin Traders Ltd

Vedant Rakesh Panchal has been appointed as Managing Director and Chairperson of Sellwin Traders Limited. He succeeds Rajendra Sabavat Dakana Naik, who has resigned from the position due to family business opportunity.


Anoop Bali appointed MD, TFCI

Anoop Bali has been appointed as Managing Director of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Limited (TFCI).


Akash Passey appointed Chairperson, ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India Ltd

Akash Passey has been appointed as Non-Executive Non-Independent Director as well as Chairperson of ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India Limited with effect from May 22, 2024.


Neeraj Sagar appointed Ind. Director, ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India Ltd

Neeraj Sagar has been appointed as Independent Director of ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India Limited with effect from May 22, 2024.


Mrs Sheth re-appointed MD, Kunststoffe Industries Ltd

Mrs Soniya P Sheth has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Kunststoffe Industries Limited


Ms Patel appointed ED, Unjha Formulations Ltd

Ms.Esha Mayank Patel has been appointed as Executive Director of Unjha Formulations Limited.


Manish Modi appointed Addl. Director, Bombay Cycle & Motor Agency Ltd

Manish Modi has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Independent Director of Bombay Cycle & Motor Agency Limited.


MK Pandey appointed Addl. Director, Raghunath International Ltd

Manoj Kumar Pandey has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive Independent) of Raghunath International Limited


HIdefumi Fujii appointed Addl. Director, Panasonic Carbon India Co Ltd

HIdefumi Fujii has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Director on the Board of Panasonic Carbon India Co. Limited.


Sachin Khurana re-appointed NE Director, MCIL

Sachin Khurana has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Metal Coatings (India) Limited (MCIL).


Mrs Keswani appointed Addl. Director, MCIL

Mrs. Deeksha Keswani has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-executive Independent) of Metal Coatings (India) Limited (MCIL).


JC Laddha re-appointed NE Director, Vinati Organics Ltd

JC Laddha has been re-appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of Vinati Organics Limited.



Absolutism to replace democracy?

Absolutism is emerging as the new device to sabotage democracy. It is a new instrument of interfering in internal affairs of any democracy. In the last 5 decades the military superpowers, led by the USA, have consciously chosen the illegitimate path of weakening, destabilising and destroying emerging democracies. With the unclean motive to control these democracies, different mechanisms were devised and deployed. Bribing leaders, paralysing normal governance, causing collapse of law & order, encouraging military coups to overthrow democratically elected governments and prime ministers, executing or even assassinating heads of governments or states, berthing in political establishments, using aid as an instrument of forced changes of policy or personnel, influencing economy and elections, replacing elected governments with military dictatorship, sabotaging development projects, capturing markets to ruin local products and creating large scale unemployment, recruiting graduates to train them for subversion or rebellion against the national elected government, influencing society & culture to impose its own in its place and threatening the decision makers in various ways. Things have gone much beyond proxy ruling a government. Not satisfied with the service rendered by head functionaries of such dual governments, and doubtful of the capabilities of young leaders of the political establishment, another mechanism was put in to operation. Intellectual slaves were commanded to speak for the party at different fora simply to raise controversies, be it science or technology, tradition or modernism, nationalism & patriotism, army, air force, navy, security establishment, intelligence agencies, academic institutions, media personnel, authors, ideologues and successful business houses/corporations, only to gain popularity. Fearing exposure third country platforms were utilised. The parties were advised to set up International Headquarters. This worked well because the activities of such an organisation were out of oversight of national intelligence agencies. They were located either in tax havens or Dubai. In a way, it was a shadow government operating from foreign countries with some NRI face giving it the impression of genuine party opinion. The worst exercise is promoting “absolutism”. Absolutism is a new doctrine which swears by the law but functions contrary to it. It challenges every other legitimate authority including constitutional, political & legal. It behaves like an autocrat. It is master of anarchy. Chaos is its weapon to rule. Malevolence is its ideology. Corruption of unprecedented magnitude its energy drug. Violence is its creed. It misrules for its masters in foreign countries. It creates so much law and order all around celebrated by foreign media which never tires in singing its paeans. They prefer someone mentally challenged though looking normal human being. The purpose is to capture the country and all its resources by a new form of modern colonisation and slavery. The human resources of such a country are not allowed to develop in to more than modern slaves. Globalisation failed to serve such interests and hence now the era of Counter Globalisation through Absolutism. Democracy suffers from many ills, corruption being the worst. It needs organ transplantation forthwith. Here is Absolutism. It is invented, tested and traded by military superpowers of the world. The same who invented the atom bomb and tested it in Japan in 1945. They were so gaga for decades until some equally crazy guy invented the Human Bomb! And it has put more fear in every superpower than the atom bomb ever could! The world lives in peace alone. Let democracy flourish everywhere. War mongering ends in devastation only. Absolutism is a deadly weapon worse than the pandemic!

M L Gupta



Filing second appeal with a different public authority

The Appellant filed an RTI application with PACL Nodal Officer and Secretary, Judge (Retd) R.M. Lotha Committee seeking certain information. Having not received any response from the CPIO, the Appellant filed a First Appeal with the FAA, SEBI. Aggrieved with the non-receipt of response, the Appellant filed a second appeal with the CIC. The Appellant submitted that he is only conversant with Tamil language and submitted that he has not received any information in the matter. SEBI submitted that it did not receive the RTI Application under reference and only the First Appeal addressed to SEBI was received. Since the RTI Application with reference to which the First Appeal was filed was never received by SEBI, the First Appeal was treated as a fresh RTI Application. For the want of proper RTI fees, the Appellant was informed that SEBI can accept RTI Application accompanied with RTI fees through prescribed mode and he was also advised that he can also file a fresh RTI Application. The CIC observed that the Appellant has filed the First Appeal before the FAA, SEBI without even filing any RTI Application with SEBI. The Registry has also erroneously arrayed SEBI as a Respondent in the matter, therefore, the role of SEBI is dispensed with. The appeal was rendered as not maintainable.


An applicant must file the RTI application and appeal with the same public authority. In case the application has been transferred under section 6(3) of the RTI Act, then the appeal is liable to be filed with the FAA of the public authority to whom the RTI application has been transferred.

Citation: M. Shanmugam v. Pearls Agrotech Corporation Ltd. and SEBI, CIC/SEBIH/A/2022/133634; Date of Decision: 14.03.2024

Dr Anuradha Verma ( is a RTI Consultant currently working with IIM Visakhapatnam. She has co-authored the books, RTI Right to Information - Law and Practice and PIO’s Guide to RTI. She offers consultancy on RTI matters and Third party audit. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link


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