A working Diwali

A working Diwali

Many in the establishment are unhappy about the fact that their Diwali was ruined by official visits. While Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai left in the morning, Myanmar's Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Belarus Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich landed during the day. From MEA to security officials, it was a hectic holiday where they worked through the day. To top it all, the MEA and the PMO had to work for the Prime Minister's visit to Japan, which was cancelled later. In fact, on Diwali day, the advance team of MEA officials left for Tokyo, the PM's banquet speeches were printed, and security arrangements for the visit were tied up. A senior South Block mandarin was complaining that in contrast, Western countries don't entertain state visits during Christmas holidays.

Acting on Khemka's words

Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka's outspoken comments to the media after his transfer may just form the reason for possible action against him. The Department of Personnel is examining his remarks closely to see whether they amount to criticising government decisions in the media, which is a misconduct for a public servant. It's learnt that the DoPT, being the cadre controlling authority for IAS officers, has moved the file to explore the possibility of disciplinary action against Khemka. Incidentally, a similar file was moved against another officer, Srivatsa Krishna, for writing articles in newspapers but no action was taken against him.

Race for CBI director picks pace

Even as the panel list for selection of the CBI director is pending with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, those on the list and outside are engaged in a fierce battle to scuttle the chances of each other. The CVC has recommended the names of ITBP chief and 1974 batch IPS officer Ranjit Sinha; DG of National Investigation Agency and a 1975 batch IPS officer S C Sinha; and DG Home Guards (UP) and 1976 batch IPS officer Atul Kumar. Recently, the Home Ministry received a complaint that has slanderous remarks against Ranjit Sinha, who is among the top contenders. Similarly, others who have been left behind in the panel are also making a strong pitch for their names to be included in the panel. While Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar is making rounds of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and North Block, V K Gupta, a CBI insider, has also written letters that his candidature be considered.

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