Today's Headlines (2024-05-17)
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POLITICS (2024-05-17)

Phalodi satta bazar revises downwards estimates for BJP,  sounds warning bell 

Polling has concluded in over 70 per cent of the total Lok Sabha seats. The projections have also changed with each phase. Prior to the fourth phase of elections, the Phalodi Satta Bazar had pegged the BJP winning 307 to 310 seats. Now, the estimates have been revised downwards to 296-300 seats for the BJP, and 329 to 332 seats for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The first four phases of elections have seen polls conclude in 379 of the 543 seats. The party’s tally in 2019 was 303 seatts. But despite revision, the opposition bloc does not appear to be making significant advances with the Satta Bazar estimating 58 to 62 seats for the Congress. The remaining 164 seats will go to polls in next three phases. 

 

What Phalodi Satta Bazar tells about BJP’s estimated tally in different states

As per the predictions, the BJP is likely to sweep Gujarat winning all the 26 seats. Of the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is expected to win 27-28 seats. The Phalodi Satta Bazar predicted 18-20 seats out of 25 seats in Rajasthan . Of the 21 seats in Odisha, the BJP is projected to win 11-12 seats. In Punjab, Satta Bazar predicted 2-3 seats for the BJP. In neighbouring Haryana, the party is likely to suffer a dent with projections suggesting 5-6 seats for the party. The market also predicts 5-6 seats for the BJP in Telangana. The party is likely to make clean sweep in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Of the 11 seats in Chhattisgarh, the party is projected to win 10-11 seats. In Jharkhand (14 seats), the BJP is projected to win 10-11 seats. The party is also projected to win 6-7 seats in Delhi . As per the predictions, in Tamil Nadu, the party is likely to win 3-4 seats. The BJP is likely to improve its tally in West Bengal, with its estimates suggesting it could win 21-22 of the 42 seats. In Uttar Pradesh, the state with 80 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP may improve its 2019 tally of 63 by a seat or two.


Will Vaidya Rajesh Kotech get another extension as Secretary, AYUSH? (2024-05-17)

Whisper has it that Vaidya Rajesh Kotech is expected to get yet another extension as Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH on contract basis. The extended tenure of Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha as Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH on contract basis, is coming to an end on June 28, 2024.

 

Who will be new VC of Jamia University? (2024-05-17)

The hot seat of VC at Jamia Millia University has been lying vacant for the last six months. According to information, the tie is said to be between the two professors. One is from Hyderabad and another is from JNU, New Delhi. Sources said that a final decision is likely to be taken after the elections are over.

 

Graduate courses likely to be four years (2024-05-17)

If sources are to be believed all types of graduate courses are likely to be four years instead of the present three.

 

Delhi Chief Secretary to get one month extension? (2024-05-17)

Delhi Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar is expected to get one month extension in service. He is 1987 batch IAS officer of UT cadre.

 

D S Kunwar quits railway service (2024-05-17)

D S Kunwar has quit railway service with effect from May 31, 2024. He is an IRSME officer.

 

Monetary ceiling revised (2024-05-17)

The Government of India has revised the monetary ceiling for reimbursement of briefcase, office bag and ladies bag. As per DoE circular, Secretary /Spl Secretariat or equivalent can purchase the above item up to Rs 12500, Addl Secretary ceiling is Rs 10,000,   JS Rs 8125 Director /DS Rs 6250, US & SO Rs 5000 and ASO Rs 4375.

 

Tenure of Dr Sonal Chandra extended (2024-05-17)

Tenure of Dr Sonal Chandra, DIG, CBI, has been extended for one-year from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025 which is a total central deputation of six years. Sonal is a: 2008 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Tenure of Murali Rambha extended (2024-05-17)

Tenure of Murali Rambha, SP, CBI, has been extended for two years from July 8, 2024 to July 7, 2026 which is total central deputation of seven years. He is a 2011 batch IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

 

Vijayendra Kumar appointed DIG, CBI (2024-05-17)

Vijayendra Kumar, presently working as SP in CBI, has been appointed as DIG in CBI for an overall combined tenure of (SP+DIG) upto July 19, 2024 which is a total central deputation of seven years. He is a 2007 batch IRS officer.

Jashandeep Randhawa inducted as SP, CBI (2024-05-17)

Jashandeep Randhawa has been inducted as SP in CBI for a combined tenure (SP+DIG) of five years. He is a 2012 batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre.

 

Subhash Chandra Jat inducted as SP, CBI (2024-05-17)

Subhash Chandra Jat has been inducted as SP in CBI for a combined tenure (SP+DIG) of five years. He is a 2015 batch IPS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

Akhilesh Sahu gets extension as CGM (Civil), IRCON (2024-05-17)

Akhilesh Sahu, formerly Senior Divisional Engineer (Sr. DEN), South East Central Railway (SECR), has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with IRCON International Limited as Chief General Manager (CGM), Civil, for the sixth year, which is up to November 28,  2024. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

SK Singh gets extension as PD (Civil), IRCON (2024-05-17)

Sitesh Kumar Singh, formerly Chief Engineer (CE), South Eastern Railway (SER) has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with IRCON International Limited as PD (Civil) for the fourth year, which is up to December 31, 2024. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

R K Sinha gets extension as ED (SW), IRCON (2024-05-17)

Rajeev Kumar Sinha, former Chief Engineer (CE), Construction, East Central Railway (ECR), has been given extension in his tenure of deputation with IRCON International Limited as Executive Director, SW, up to December 31, 2024. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

S K Garg appointed ED (U&RRT), Railway Board (2024-05-17)

Sanjeev Kumar Garg, after returning from deputation to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), has been posted as Executive Director (Urban & Rapid Regional Transport), Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

Last date for PSM & MSM nominations extended (2024-05-17)

The last date for online nomination for awards of President’s Medal for Distinguished Service (PSM) and Medal Service (MSM) for the occasion of Independence Day 2024 has been extended. The recommendation is in respect of Personnel of Police, Fire, Home Guard and Civil Defence and Correctional Services. The revised date is May 31, 2024.

 

Last date to apply for Suryamitra Skill Devp Prog extended (2024-05-17)

The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has extended the last date for submission of online applications invited under the Suryamitra Skill Development Programme. The revised date is May 31, 2024.

 

A D Tripathi transferred to MCF (2024-05-17)

Anurag Dutt Tripathi has been transferred to Modern Coach Factory (MCF) . He is an IRSME officer of the West Central Railway zone.

 

R K Sinha deputation as ED SW extended (2024-05-17)

The deputation tenure of Rajeev Kumar Sinha as ED/SW has been extended till December 31, 2025. He is an IRSE officer.

 

S K Singh deputation as PD/ Civil further extended (2024-05-17)

The deputation tenure of Sitesh Kumar Singh as PD/ Civil has been further extended for the fourth year up to December 31, 2024. He is an IRSE officer.

 

Professor (CS&E), in Dr B R Ambedkar Institute of Tech advertised (2024-05-17)

One vacancy for the post of Professor (Computer Science & Engineering) in Dr B R Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Administration has been advertised. The online applications must reach on or before May 30, 2024.

 

Post of Executive Director (C&BD), IRFC advertised (2024-05-17)

The Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited has advertised for the filling up of the post of Executive Director (Commercial and Business Development) in IRFC at New Delhi on deputation basis. The applications must reach latest within 21 days from the date of publishing of advertisement on the IRFC website.

 

RLDA advertises for JGM & DGM-Civil posts (2024-05-17)

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has advertised for the posts of Joint General Manager and Deputy General Manager (both Civil posts) for Lucknow and Delhi locations. The applications must reach on or before June 3, 2024.

 

Applications invited for Scholarship progamme (2024-05-17)

The Japanese Government, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has invited applications for the Scholarship programmes for undergraduate, College of Technology and Specialized Training College. The last date to apply for the same is May 27, 2024.

Post of Member PNG in APTEL advertised (2024-05-17)

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) has advertised for the selection of the post of Member PNG in APTEL. The applications must reach on or before June 9, 2024.

 

Asst Research Officer posts for Indian Bureau of Mines advertised (2024-05-17)

The post of Assistant Research Officer in the Indian Bureau of Mines, Ministry of Mines has been advertised. The online applications must reach on or before May 30, 2024.

 

Saurabh Jain appointed Director, CE(P), Railway Board (2024-05-17)

Saurabh Jain, Director, Civil (Transformation), Railway Board, has been appointed as Director, CE(P), Railway Board. He is an Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE) officer.

 

THDCIL launches Swachhata Pakhwada campaign to promote cleanliness (2024-05-17)

R K Vishnoi, Chairman and Managing Director, THDC India Limited informed the commencement of the SwachhataPakhwada Campaign, observed from May 16 to May 31, 2024, within THDCIL. Sh. Vishnoi underscored the campaign's inception in 2016 with the aim of intensifying focus on cleanliness practices across government ministries and departments. Sh. Vishnoi stressing the importance of cleanliness emphasized its pivotal role in overall societal progress and said that the measure of a society's development is not merely in its infrastructure or economic indicators, but also in its commitment to cleanliness and hygiene. Shallinder Singh, Director (Personnel) inaugurated the SwachhataPakhwadaon May 16, 2024 by administering a pledge in the gracious presence of Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical) at THDCIL’s Corporate Office, Rishikesh. Singh highlighted that SwachhataPakhwada is being observed from May 16 to May 31, 2024, across all unit and project offices of THDCIL. The activities planned for SwachhataPakhwada include cleanliness drives, awareness campaigns, and mass mobilization through painting and slogan writing competitions at schools. Singh added that as a responsible player in the power sector, THDC India Limited has consistently prioritized cleanliness as a cornerstone of its operations. Bhupender Gupta, Director (Technical) mentioned that through its unwavering commitment to maintaining pristine environments, THDCIL sets a standard for sustainable development and environmental stewardship.This dedication underscores its broader mission of contributing positively to the communities it serves while ensuring a greener, healthier future for generations to come.During the pledge ceremony Veer Singh, CGM (HR & A), A K Garg, CFO, along with other senior officers of THDCIL were present.

CBI Joint Director, Nawal Bajaj returns to parent cadre (2024-05-17)

Nawal Bajaj, Joint Director, CBI, has been given premature repatriation to his parent cadre with imposition of extended cooling off. He is a 1995 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre.

Debashish Prishthi posted Secretary, Finance Budget in Rajasthan (2024-05-17)

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

Fresh one-year term recommended for Justice Rajesh Sekhri (2024-05-17)

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 (2024-05-17)

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

 

Ms Shaw re-appointed Executive Chairman, Biocon Ltd (2024-05-17)

Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been re-appointed as Executive Director, designated as an Executive Chairperson, of Biocon Limited commencing from April 1, 2025.

Siddharth Mittal re-appointed MD, Biocon Ltd (2024-05-17)

Siddharth Mittal has been re-appointed as Managing Director of Biocon Limited commencing from December 1, 2024.

Atul Dhawan appointed Addl. Director, Biocon Ltd (2024-05-17)

Atul Dhawan has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive) of Biocon Limited commencing from April 1, 2025.

 

Dr Shah re-appointed Group CEO & MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (2024-05-17)

Dr. Anish Shah has been re-appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, designated as Group CEO and Managing Director, of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited with effect from April 1, 2025

Rajesh Jejurikar re-appointed ED & CEO (Auto and Farm Sector), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (2024-05-17)

Rajesh Jejurikar has been re-appointed as Whole-time Director, designated as Executive Director and CEO (Auto and Farm Sector), of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited with effect from April 1, 2025.

 

Haigreve Khaitan re-appointed Ind. Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (2024-05-17)

Haigreve Khaitan has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited with effect from August 8, 2024.

 

Ms Sharma re-appointed Ind. Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (2024-05-17)

Ms. Shikha Sharma has been re-appointed as Independent Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited with effect from August 8, 2024.

Mayur Doshi appointed V-C & JMD, Indian Hume Pipe Company Ltd (2024-05-17)

Mayur R Doshi has been appointed as Vice-Chairman & Joint Managing Director of Indian Hume Pipe Company Limited with effect from July 1, 2024.

 

AG Vaid appointed Addl. Director, Indian Hume Pipe Company Ltd (2024-05-17)

Ashish Girdharilal Vaid has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent Non-Executive) of Indian Hume Pipe Company Limited with effect from July 25, 2024.

 

RR Dhoot appointed Addl. Director, Indian Hume Pipe Company Ltd (2024-05-17)

Rohit Rajgopal Dhoot has been appointed as Additional Director (Independent Non-Executive) of Indian Hume Pipe Company Limited with effect from July 25, 2024.

 

Jeet Malhotra re-appointed MD & CEO, Sunshield Chemicals Ltd. (2024-05-17)

Jeet Malhotra has been re-appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Sunshield Chemicals Limited with effect from January 1, 2025.

 

Ms Rajan appointed Addl. Director, Exide Industries Ltd (2024-05-17)

Ms. Radhika Govind Rajan has been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Exide Industries Limited.

 

Manish Modi appointed Addl. Director, Bombay Cycle & Motor Agency Ltd (2024-05-17)

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

 

NK Jain appointed Addl. Director, Permanent Magnets Ltd (2024-05-17)

Nirmal Kumar Jain has been appointed as Additional Non-Executive Independent Director of Permanent Magnets Limited (PML).

 

Mrs Jariwala appointed Addl. Director, Trident Lifeline Ltd (2024-05-17)

Mrs. Rupaben Chetan Jariwala has been appointed as Additional Director and Whole-time Director of Trident Lifeline Limited.

 

MM Gajera quits as Whole-Time Director, Trident Lifeline Ltd (2024-05-17)

Mayurkumar Mansukhbhai Gajera has resigned from the position of  Whole-Time Director and Chief Financial Officer of Trident Lifeline Limited.

 

FORUM (2024-05-17)

Unfortunate move to belittle EC

I fully agree with the very candid and forthright views expressed. I strongly feel that the sanctity and fairness beyond doubt image of Election Commission has suffered a blow from the very day when Chief Justice of India was removed from the membership of EC by the present dispensation. Hats off to the Group of ex- bureaucrats who at the call of their conscience rose together in unison to register their protest against the unfortunate move to belittle the EC and make it toothless. This move is surely a silver lining in today's era of subservience to power to keep one's position intact. Sadly unprincipled compromise is probably equated with pragmatism in today’s world.

 Ranjit Banerjee

 

DATE WITH RTI (2024-05-17)

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.

Comments

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 (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) 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 www.rtifoundationofindia.com