Media personality, IIS official Akshey Kumar passes away
Akshey Kumar (65), an Indian Information Service official and an eminent media personality, passed away on February 11. Kumar had several important stints in his career having served as deputy press secretary of the president of India, director PR with the PMO and as the media in charge of vice president’s office. He retired as the director general, Press Information Bureau, in 2006. His daughter Manisha Saxena is an IAS official of UT cadre while son-in-law Devesh Srivastava is an IPS officer. In his last days, he was working as a guest lecturer at IIMC and various colleges and universities.
Ahead of solo concert, sore throat worries Biswajit
Additional solicitor general of India Biswajit Bhattacharyya is otherwise busy defending the government in various cases in the Supreme Court. But currently, he is worried about a different ‘hearing’. Bhattacharyya has to sing in a solo concert in Kolkata on March 3 and after a week, in a private birthday bash. But his sore throat is giving him sleepless nights. “I can tackle the hearing of the Supreme Court. But the Kolkata concert is the hearing I am afraid of,” Bhattacharyya quips amid gulping homeopathic medicines.
PM’s secretary on the look-out for new officials
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s principal secretary Pulok Chatterjee is not only keeping an eye on various issues and cracking the whip on the bureaucracy to take quick decisions, he is also taking a keen interest in key appointments. During the past few weeks, he reportedly called a few cabinet ministers to discuss the posting of new officials in their ministries. “His aim is to find the best person for a particular post. And in almost all cases, his suggestions are found to be right,” said a senior minister in a key infrastructure ministry.