Chidambaram to decide on Armed Forces Special Powers Act

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Army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh has said that the Army has given its opinion on rollback of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir and now it’s for the Home Ministry to decide.

“See this is within the purview of the Ministry of the Home Affairs. They are debating this. We have given our inputs. I would not like to say anything more than that,” he said when he was asked about his views on the AFSPA debate.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday reached out to the Army over the revocation of the controversial AFSPA. The Chief Minister said that the proposed withdrawal of the Armed Forces special Power Act from certain areas of the state was in no way an effort to undermine the role of the Army.

The Chief Minister had, just last week, announced at a police function that the AFSPA would be removed from some areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Air India Limited is looking for its next Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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The Air India Limited is looking for its next Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the Public Enterprises Selection Board is inviting applications seeking qualified for the same.

The last date for the receipt of applications in November 21, 2011.
– Suhaib Ilyasi

PV Deshmukh, has been appointed as acting Chairman, HAL

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PV Deshmukh, has been appointed as acting Chairman, HAL.

PV Deshmukh, has been appointed as acting Chairman, HAL

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PV Deshmukh, HAL’s senior-most director (MiG Complex), has been appointed as acting Chairman, HAL. The Ministry of Defence letter appointing Deshmukh as the interim chief was issued on October 14, just three days after HAL’s marketing head Sqn Ldr (Retd) Baldev Singh committed suicide.

Deshmukh, currently looking after the Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI) production and upgradation projects at HAL’s Nashik Division, will hold the post for three months from November 1 to January 31.

Pawan Hans chief R K Tyagi has already been nominated by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) eligible to become HAL’s 16th chairman.

The interim arrangements are made as Tyagi has to get a complete ‘go-ahead’ from the MoD, Intelligence Bureau, Central Vigilance Commission and Cabinet Committee on Appointments. “The verification process takes at least three months,” PESB sources said.

SK Srivastava is appointed next CMD, Oil India

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SK Srivastava who is presently head of upstream oil regulatory authority, DGH, has been appointed to be the next Chairman and Managing Director, Oil India Limited.

Srivastava’s name will now be forwarded to the Cabinet Committee on Appointments (ACC) for approval. ACC, that comprises Prime Minister, Home Minister and the administrative minister, would give its consent only after receiving no objections from various agencies, including anti-graft body, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Srivastava, 56, was Director (Operations) at OIL before he became DG, DGH in February 2010. He beat B N Talukdar, Director (Exploration & Development), OIL, for the top job.

Oil Ministry had appointed Srivastava as the temporary head of DGH to replace controversial V K Sibal, in October 2009. He was formally appointed DG, DGH in February 2010.

He will serve his term till June 2015 as OIL Chairman and Managing Director.

Uday Verma took over as the Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

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Uday Kumar Verma took over as the Secretary in the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Varma succeeds Raghu Menon, who retired last month.

Prior to this appointment, Varma was serving as Secretary in the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

A 1976-batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, Varma had earlier served the I&B Ministry as Additional secretary and special secretary.

SP Singh, IAS on CBI radar

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SP Singh, IAS on CBI radar.

SP Singh, IAS on CBI radar

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A CBI team on October 17 questioned senior IAS officer SP Singh at his Prashasan Nagar residence in connection with the Emaar scam.

The premier investigating agency believes that Singh, while he was the principal secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, reportedly gave certain exemptions to Emaar group, allegedly at the behest of his political bosses.

Singh, presently principal secretary, Roads and Buildings, is understood to have told the CBI team that there was no wrongdoing on his part and he even showed some photocopies of various decisions taken during his tenure in MAUD.

‘’We have questioned him and if required, we will question him again,’’ sources said adding that he was also asked about the plush villa his wife owns in Emaar-Boulder Hills township

Kiran Dhingra is new Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj

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Kiran Dhingra has assumed charge of office as Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj on Monday. An IAS officer of 1975 batch UT Cadre, Dhingra has previously served as Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Prior to Housing Kiran was Director General (Shipping), in the Ministry of Shipping and Joint Secretary in the Textiles Ministry. She has also served as Chief Secretary, Goa.

Kiran Dhingra replaces ANP Sinha, the former Secretary in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

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