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Odisha: CM’s PS VK Pandian takes voluntary retirement

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The central government on Monday (23.10.2023) granted approval for the voluntary retirement of VK Pandian (IAS:2000:OD), an Odisha cadre IAS officer who currently holds the position of Private Secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Department of Personnel and Training has transmitted an official communication to the additional chief secretary of Odisha’s general administration department regarding this decision.

“In reference to letter No.GAD-SER1-PERS-0100-2014 dated 20.10.2023 from Government of Odisha on the above mentioned subject, I am directed to convey the approval of the competent authority for acceptance of voluntary retirement of Shri V Kartikeya Pandian, IAS(OD-2000) under Rule 16(2A) of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement benefits) Rules, 1958 with waiver of the notice period as recommended by the State Government,” reads the Centre’s letter.

Pandian, who has been serving in his current capacity since 2011 and wields significant influence within the political landscape of Odisha, recently gained public attention due to his extensive travels to various districts within the state utilizing a government helicopter. Both the opposition parties, the BJP and Congress, have criticized Pandian, a native of Tamil Nadu, for alleged violations of service conditions.

REC achieves remarkable market cap growth in a year, earns spot in MSCI Global Standard Index

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REC Limited has achieved a significant milestone by securing a coveted position in the esteemed Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Global Standard Index, effective from September 1, 2023,

A recent report by Nuvama Alternative & Quantitative Research underlined REC’s strong potential as a contender for the November 2023 review. Projections from Nuvama Alternative & Quantitative Research suggest that REC could witness inflows of approximately $184 Million.

The inclusion of REC in the MSCI index solidifies its standing as a key player in the financial sector and the broader market. This achievement not only expands REC’s global reach but also highlights its remarkable influence and reputation on an international scale.

It is noteworthy that the value of REC’s stock has more than doubled over the past year, surging from Rs 100.20 on August 10, 2022, to Rs 216.65 on August 10, 2023.

The MSCI Global Standard Index, crafted by MSCI Inc., comprises a series of international equity indexes widely employed by investors, fund managers, and financial experts to gauge the performance of global equity markets.

The MSCI Global Standard Index is a comprehensive collection of international equity indexes developed by MSCI Inc. These indexes serve as a prominent benchmark utilized by investors, fund managers, and financial experts for assessing and gauging the performance of global equity markets.

Union govt appoints new Chief Justices in six High Courts

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The Union government on Sunday notified the appointment of new Chief Justices in six High Courts. The Ministry of Law and Justice notified the appointment of six high courts namely Delhi, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Gauhati.

Following judges have been appointed as Chief Justices of 6 different high courts:

  1. Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, has been transferred to Delhi High Court as Chief Justice.
  2. Justice Ujjal Bhuyan of the Telangana High Court has been elevated as the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.
  3. Justice Amjad Ahtesham Sayed of Bombay High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court.
  4. Justice Vipin Sanghi, Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court.
  5. Justice Shinde Sambhaji Shiwaji of Bombay High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court.
  6. Justice Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya of Gujarat High Court has been appointed as Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court.

UP: Five IAS officers shifted

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday (26.02.2024) issued transfer and posting orders for five IAS officers.

The names of the officers and their postings are as follows:

  1. Vishal Singh (IAS:2015:UP), Commissioner, Ayodhya and VC, Ayodhya Authority, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary,
    Appointments and Personnel.
  2. Nagendra Pratap Singh (IAS), CEO, Braj Teerth Parishad and VC, Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority, has been transferred and posted as DG, Ayush Department.
  3. Shyam Bahadur Singh (IAS), Chief Development Officer, Shahjahanpur, has been transferred and posted as CEO, Braj Teerth Parishad and VC, Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority.
  4. Ashwini Kumar Pandey (IAS), Special Secretary, Tourism, has been transferred and posted as VC, Ayodhya Authority.
  5. Santosh Sharma (IAS), CEO, Ayodhya Teerth Vikas Parishad, has been given additional charge of Commissioner, Ayodhya.

Amit Garg gets three-month extension as Acting Director of SVP NPA, Hyderabad

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Amit Garg (IPS:1993:AP), who currently serves as the Additional Director at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP NPA) in Hyderabad, has been granted an extension in holding the additional charge of the post of Director of SVP NPA for another three months. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on February 27, 2024, confirming that the competent authority has approved the continuation of the additional charge for Amit Garg beyond February 29, 2024, for an additional three months. This extension will be applicable until the appointment and joining of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever comes earlier.

It is noteworthy that Amit Garg has been holding the position of Director of SVP NPA Hyderabad on an additional charge basis for one year, starting from the retirement of A Seem Rajan (IPS:1987:BH) on February 28, 2023. This extension marks his fourth consecutive term in the role.

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SSB DG Daljit Singh Chaudhary gets addl. charge of DG of NSG

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Daljit Singh Chaudhary (IPS:1990:UP), currently serving as the Director General (DG) of Sashatra Seem Bal (SSB), has been assigned the additional charge of Director General of the National Security Guard (NSG) for a period of three months. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on February 27, 2024, stating that the competent authority has approved the additional charge following the superannuation of MA Ganapathy (IPS:1986:UK) on February 29, 2024. This arrangement is effective for three months or until the appointment and joining of a regular incumbent, or until further orders, whichever occurs earlier.

Former SC Judge A M Khanwilkar appointed Chairperson of Lokpal

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Former Supreme Court judge A M Khanwilkar has been appointed as the chairperson of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal on Tuesday, filling the position that remained vacant for nearly two years. The Lokpal had been operating without its regular chief since Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose concluded his term on May 27, 2022.

Currently, Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, a judicial member of the Lokpal, is serving as the acting chairperson. The appointment of Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar as the chairperson of the Lokpal has been confirmed by a communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and President Droupadi Murmu has approved the appointment.

Justice Khanwilkar retired from the Supreme Court in July 2022. Additionally, retired justices Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Sanjay Yadav, and Ritu Raj Awasthi have been appointed as judicial members of the anti-corruption ombudsman. Sushil Chandra, Pankaj Kumar, and Ajay Tirkey are named as non-judicial members. These appointments will take effect on the dates when they assume charge of their respective offices, as mentioned in the communique.

The selection of the chairperson and members of the Lokpal is made by the President based on the recommendations of a Selection Committee, with the Prime Minister as its chairperson. The Lokpal can consist of a chairperson and up to eight members, divided into four judicial and four non-judicial positions.

Arkaja Das appointed as Director, M/o Women & Child Development

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Arkaja Das (IPoS:2010) has been appointed to the post of Director in the Ministry of Women & Child Development. According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Tuesday (27.02.2024), the competent authority has approved the appointment of Mr. Das to the post under the central staffing scheme with effect from 01.03.2024 and for a period upto 26.10.2027 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Rupesh Kumar Thakur gets addl. charge of CVO of ESIC

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Rupesh Kumar Thakur (IAS:2006:AGMUT), Joint Secretary & Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Ministry of Labour & Employment, has been given additional charge of CVO, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Delhi, for three months. According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Tuesday (27.02.2024), the competent authority has approved the proposal for entrustment of additional charge of the post to Mr Thakur for a period of three months from the date of assumption of charge or till the appointment of a regular CVO or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

Jharkhand: 24 IPS officers shifted, RK Mallick posted as ADGP, Headquarters

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In a significant overhaul of the police administration, the Jharkhand government on Tuesday (27.02.2024) issued transfer and posting orders for 24 IPS officers, encompassing positions of ADGP, IGP, DIGP, and SP ranks.

The names of the officers and their postings are as follows;

  1. RK Mallick (IPS:1992:JH), ADGP, Telecommunication & Technical Services, with additional charge of ADGP, JAP, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as ADGP, Headquarters, Ranchi with additional charge of ADGP, Telecommunication & Technical Services, Ranchi.
  2. Prabhat Kumar (IPS:2004:JH), IGP, Provision with additional charge of IGP, Special Branch, has been transferred and posted as IGP, Special Branch, Ranchi.
  3. Pankaj Kamboj (IPS:2005:JH), IGP, ACB, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as IGP, Provisioning, Ranchi.
  4. Rajkumar Lakra (IPS:2005:JH), IGP, Palamu Range, Palamu, has been transferred and posted as IGP, JAP, Ranchi.
  5. Narendra Kumar Singh (IPS:2006:JH), IGP, Rail, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as IGP, Palamu Range, Palamu with additional charge of IGP, Rail, Ranchi.
  6. Ajay Linda (IPS:2008:JH), DIG, Kolhan Range, Chaibasa, has been transferred and posted as DIG, Home Guard & Fire Services.
  7. Manoj Ratan Chothe (IPS:2010:JH), DIG, Special Branch, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as DIG, Kolhan Range, Chaibasa.
  8. Karthik S (IPS:2010:JH), DIG, Rail, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as DIG, Special Branch, Ranchi.
  9. Shailendra Prasad Barnwal (IPS:2010:JH), DIG (SIB), Special Branch, has been transferred and posted as DIG, ACB, Ranchi.
  10. Y S Ramesh (IPS:2010:JH), DIG, Home Guard & Fire Services, has been transferred and posted as DIG, Budget, Ranchi.
  11. Sumit Kumar Agarwal (IPS:2019:JH), waiting for posting orders, has been posted as SP, Traffic, Ranchi.
  12. Praveen Pushkar (IPS:2020:JH), waiting for posting orders, has been posted as SP, Rail, Jashedpur.
  13. Shambhu Kumar Singh (IPS:2016:JH), SP, Special Branch, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as SP, Gumla.
  14. Harvinder Singh (IPS:2018:JH), SP, Gumla, has been transferred and posted as SP, Telecommunication & Technical Services.
  15. Anand Prakash (IPS:2012:JH), SP, Telecommunication & Technical Services, has been transferred and posted as Commandant, JAP-06, Jamshedpur.
  16. Mumal Rajpurohit (IPS:2020:JH), Assistant SP, Hqrs-1, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as SP, Special Branch, Ranchi.
  17. Rishabh Kumar Jha (IPS:2016:JH), SP, Jamshedpur, has been transferred and posted as SP, STF, Ranchi.
  18. Anjani Anjan (IPS:2016:JH), SP, Latehar, has been transferred and posted as SP, Rural, Ranchi.
  19. Dr. Vimal Kumar (IPS:2017:JH), SP, Seraikela-Kharsawan, has been transferred and posted as SP, Ramgarh.
  20. Rakesh Ranjan (IPS:2017:JH), SP, Chatra, has been transferred and posted as Commandant, JAP-1, Ranchi.
  21. Manish Toppo (IPS:2017:JH), SP, Rural, Ranchi, has been transferred and posted as SP, Seraikela-Kharsawan.
  22. Piush Pandey (IPS:2014:JH), SP, Ramgarh, has been transferred and posted as SP, Latehar.
  23. Vikas Kumar Pandey (IPS:2014:JH), SP-cum-Deputy Director, Jharkhand Police Academy, Hazaribagh, has been transferred and posted as SP, Chatra.
  24. Chandan Kumar Jha (IPS:2011:JH), SP, JAPT, Padma, has been given additional charge of SP-cum-Deputy Director, Jharkhand Police Academy, Hazaribagh.

WB: Two IAS officers shifted

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The West Bengal government has recently issued transfer and posting orders for two IAS officers.

The names of the officers and their posting are as follows;

  1. Prasenjit Hans (IAS:2011:WB), Senior Special Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development Department, has been given additional charge of Director, BR Ambedkar Institute of Panchayats & Rural Development (BRAIPRD).
  2. Vidhu Shekhar (IAS:2021:WB), OSD in Public Health Engineering Department, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Officer, Dinhata, Cooch Behar.

WB: Five IAS officers shifted, Roshni Sen posted as ACS, Environment

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The West Bengal government on February 19 issued transfer and posting orders for five IAS officers.

The names of the officers and their postings are as follows;

  1. Roshni Sen (IAS:1993:WB), Additional Chief Secretary, Consumer Affairs Department with additional charges of Additional Chief Secretary, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources and Fishing Harbour Department, has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Secretary, Environment Department with additional charges of Additional Chief Secretary, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources and Fishing Harbour Department and MD, WBIDC.
  2. Khalil Ahmed (IAS:1995:WB), Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department, has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary, Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department.
  3. Neelam Meena (IAS:1998:WB), Director, Institute of Environmental Studies & Wetland Management, has been transferred and posted Principal Secretary, Consumer Affairs Department.
  4. Abhinav Chandra (IAS:2001:WB), OSD, Personnel & Administrative Reforms Department, has been transferred and posted as Director, Institute of Environmental Studies & Wetland Management.
  5. Sanjay Bansal (IAS:2004:WB), Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare Department with additional charge of Secretary, Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Department, has been transferred and posted as Secretary, Backward Classes Welfare Department with additional charges of Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department and MD, WBHIDCO.

WB: Five IAS officers shifted

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The West Bengal government on February 15 issued transfer and posting orders for five IAS officers.

The names of the officers and their postings are as follows;

  1. Anil Verma (IAS:1989:WB), Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Marketing Department with additional charge of Chairman, West Bengal Valuation Board, has been transferred and posted as Director General, Netaji Subhas Administrative Training Institute with additional charge of Chairman, West Bengal Valuation Board.
  2. Onkar Singh Meena (IAS:1997:WB), Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, has been given additional charge of Principal Secretary, Agriculture Marketing Department.
  3. Priyanka Singh (IAS:2019:UP), Sub-Divisional Officer, Siliguri, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Officer, Mirik, Darjeeling.
  4. Avadh Singhal (IAS:2020:UP), Sub-Divisional Officer, Kurseong, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Officer, Siliguri, Darjeeling.
  5. Vandavasi Teja Deepak (IAS:2020:WB), Sub-Divisional Officer, Mirik, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Officer, Kurseong.
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