Archive for August, 2012

“Itna sannata kyun hai bhai”? Bollywood after Hangal’s death

“Itna sannata kyun hai bhai”?, the iconic dialogue of A K Hangal in ‘Sholay’ was recalled today on the death of the veteran actor as the film fraternity and political leaders hailed him as the “marathon man” of Hindi Cinema. Read the rest of this entry »


Government-Opposition stand-off continues in Parliament for 3rd consecutive day

Coalgate: Government-Opposition stand-off continues in Parliament for 3rd consecutive day

The stand-off between Opposition and government over the CAG report on coal block allocation resulted in the wastage of the third consecutive day of the Parliament on Thursday as BJP was unrelenting on its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Read the rest of this entry »

India 307/5 against New Zealand at stumps on Day 1

 India 307/5 against New Zealand at stumps on Day 1

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his maiden century to take hosts past 250 on day 1 of the first of two-match Test series played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday.

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मंच पर दहाड़े राज, एक बार फिर यूपी-बिहार के लोग निशाने पर

मुंबई में ताजा हिंसा के खिलाफ आजाद मैदान में रैली का आयोजन कर रहे राज ठाकरे ने पुलिस पर आरोप लगाते हुए कहा है कि पुलिस को हिंसा के बारे में पहले से पता था। उन्होंने एक बार फिर यूपी और बिहार के लोगों पर अपना निशाना साधते हुए कहा है कि इन दोनों राज्यों के लोग भारी संख्या में यहां पर आ रहे हैं। साथ ही उन्होंने कहा कि हिंसा करने वाले महाराष्ट्र के नहीं हैं। यहां भारी तादात में बांग्लादेशी छिपे हुए हैं। उन्होंने पूछा है कि हिंसा के वक्त गृहमंत्री आर आर पाटिल कहां थे। मृतकों और घायलों के लिए राज्य सरकार की ओर से कुछ नहीं किया गया। उन्होंने कहा कि वक्त पड़ने पर अपनी ताकत दिखानी चाहिए। कांग्रेस नेता संजय निरुपम द्वारा रैली का विरोध करने की बात पर राज ने कहा कि क्या उन्हें शातिपूर्ण ढंग Read the rest of this entry »

Bihar babus don’t retire, get ‘merit’ postings

Former Bihar chief secretary R J M Pillai on Saturday took over as the Chief Information Commissioner of Bihar State Information Commission, replacing Ashok Kumar Choudhary, also a former chief secretary.

Pillai is the latest addition to a list of retired bureaucrats, who have been enjoying confidence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads appointment panels of several commissions as well as boards.

The government’s standard defence on its penchant for former bureaucrats is that it is only “going for merit and experience”. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, one of the members of several appointment panels, told The Indian Express: “Bihar, which had no governance till a few years ago, needs good governance. Former bureaucrats are chosen for such positions because of proven track as good administrators.” He, however, made it clear that such appointments are not given as a matter of reward to any retired officer, as being insinuated by the Opposition.

Among about a dozen IAS and IPS officers, who have been given important post-retirement position by the Nitish Kumar government are former chief secretaries Ashok Kumar Choudhary and RJM Pillai, ex-development commissioners K C Saha and S Vijayraghavan, and former DGPs Shiv Chandra Jha and Neelmani. Former additional director general of police Rajyavardhan Sharma, who retired recently, has been appointed as member of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

Here is the list of retired IAS officers holding key positions:

Ashok Kumar Choudhary, 1972 batch: Choudhary, who retired as chief secretary in 2007, was made chairman of the BPSC in 2008. He was appointed as the chief information commissioner in 2010. The tenure of CIC is for five years or at the age of 65, whichever comes earlier. Choudhary was also the BPSC chairman from January 15, 2008 till August 2, 2009.