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Reshuffle in top bureaucracy, Srinivas new Corporate Affairs Secretary



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New Delhi, Oct 12: The government on Wednesday made 13 high-level bureaucratic changes, appointing Ajay Narayan Jha as Secretary, Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry and Injeti Srinivas as Secretary, Corporate Affairs Ministry.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet also approved the appointment of Health Secretary C. K. Mishra as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and of Gopal Krishna as Secretary, Shipping Ministry.

An official release said Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, a former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Sports and Preeti Sudan as Health Secretary.

Ravi Kant been appointed Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution.

The release said that Jha, an IAS office of 1982 batch, who was Secretary, Environment Ministry, has been posted as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Expenditure with immediate effect.

“The officer will assume charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of Ashok Lavasa,” the release said.

Mishra, an IAS officer of 1983 batch, will replace Jha in the Environment Ministry.

The release said that Alok Shrivastava, an IAS officer from the 1984 batch, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Justice.

K.V. Eapen, also of the 1984 batch, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare.

Shakuntala Gamlin, also an officer of 1984 batch, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, AYUSH has been made Secretary, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) on contract basis “for the remainder period of three years, reckoned from the date of his assumption of charge as Special Secretary, AYUSH”.

Amita Prasad, an IAS officer of 1985 batch, has been posted as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.

“The earlier order appointing Shri V.K. Yadav, IRSEE (80) against this post stands cancelled and the officer is debarred for appointment to any post in the Central Staffing Scheme,” it said.

Ram Mohan Mishra, an IAS officer of 1987 batch, has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.


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Odisha: Dam gates opened after Cyclone ‘Daye’ triggers heavy rainfall



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Cyclone 'DAYE' has triggered heavy rainfall in several parts.

New Delhi, Sep 21: Two shutters of Upper Kolab dam in Odisha’s Koraput were opened on Friday following a rise in the water level after the cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ crossed south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast near Gopalpur on early morning, resulting in heavy rains and strong winds in various districts in the regions.

Officials said that upon its landfall, it brought heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of Odisha.

Waterlogging was witnessed in parts of Malkangiri district following heavy rainfall caused due to ‘Daye’

India Meteorological Department department has predicted light to moderate thunderstorm with moderate rainfall in parts of Komaram Bheem, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Jagtial, Warangal, Medak, Medchal, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad in the next three hours.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours.The state government has also instructed officials in coastal districts and various departments to be alert to tackle any emergency situation.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the officials to keep a close watch on the situation and take steps to ensure no loss of life. He also asked them to arrange adequate relief materials.

Earlier, IMD on Thursday had issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.


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Nun Rape: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha against Mulakkal outside CID Office



Kochi, Sep 21: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) member staged a protest against rape accused Former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, outside Crime Branch (CID) office in Kochi on Friday.

Mulakkal is being interrogated by a 5-member team of Kerala Police for the third day.

Meanwhile, several Nuns have been also protesting in Kochi for the past 14 days seeking his arrest.

The former bishop has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a nun between 2014 and 2016.

Speaking to media, Kottayam police chief Hari Sankar, who heads the police probe team on Friday said that at the moment they were unable to say anything about the arrest.

“It will only be decided after the interrogation is over. It is completely the prerogative of the investigating officer. And there is no need for him to take any permission from anyone. We have already consulted legal experts,” he stated.

The Kerala High Court will be hearing the bishop’s anticipatory bail plea on September 25.


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Over 80 children dead in 45 days in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich



Lucknow, Sep 21 :  A high alert has been sounded across six districts in Uttar Pradesh after nearly  84 children have lost their lives in past 45 days at a district hospital in Bahraich, due to a ‘mysterious fever’.

DK Singh, district hospital’s medical superintendent said, “A large number of children were admitted to the hospital and 71 died in the past 45 days. Children have died due to various diseases.”

The Uttar Pradesh government released  a press release about the outbreak of disease : mysterious fever . They identified the affected districts as Bareilly and Budaun in western Uttar Pradesh, followed by Hardoi, Sitapur, Bahraich and Shahjahanpur — which are close to state capital Lucknow.


He stated that people from the nearby villages admit their children to the hospital for treatment, but due to limited facility, the hospital authorities face a lot of problems.

According to reports the children have been suffering from various diseases. However, the medical reports have not mentioned any disease in particular.

While talking about the dearth of number of beds in the hospital he added, “We have 200 beds but currently, 450 patients are admitted here. The workload is very high. We are trying our best to save as many lives as we can.”

Over 120 children lost their lives in 10 days at the infamous BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur town of Uttar Pradesh due to alleged shortage of oxygen despite the assurances from the government to improve conditions at the hospital. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath virtually blamed the doctors for the deaths from Encephalitis, saying there was lack of sincerity in their efforts to find a cure.

Yogi Adityanath made several promises of upgrading the hospital facilities but sill, the district hospital reportedly lacks the proper infrastructure to treat the patients.


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