Gurgaon Housing project: Delhi EOW registers FIR against Emaar

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New Delhi: The economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police today (31 August 2018) registered an FIR against Emaar MGF Land Limited (also called Emaar India), its directors and officials on a complaint lodged by a number of buyers who have alleged that they have been cheated by the company that lured them with false representations to invest their hard earned money in buying flats in the “Palm Gardens” Group Housing Complex at Sector – 83 in Gurgaon.

Emaar MGF, its directors and officers have been accused of committing the offence of cheating and fraud against the Complainants. Apart from the Complainants, there are hundreds of other buyers have also been defrauded by the accused company, it is alleged and the total amount of fraud and cheating committed by the Accused Company is more than Rs.  20 million, according to t he complainants.

In the year 2011, the accused company had advertised to promote its Group Housing Complex, in the name of “PALM GARDENS” at Sector – 83 in Gurgaon. The Complainants have told the EOW that they were lured into investing their hard earned money in the Palm Gardens Project based on the rosy picture presented by the accused Company.

The EMAAR website says:  “Palm Gardens embraces you with vast expanses of inter-connected theme gardens with aesthetically designed water bodies. Bask in the serenity of living close to nature in the choicest upscale residences, including luxury penthouses. The central green area of the community sprawls over a luxuriant 8 acres and is replete with all the amenities you desire. A mini golf course, swimming pool, 3 km jogging track, fully equipped clubhouse, health club, tennis, badminton and basket ball courts and an exclusive kids play area ensure there’s never a dull moment. Strategically located on the state highway, off the Dwarka Expressway, it offers excellent connectivity to Gurugram, Delhi and Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3).”

There were flashy advertisements, promotion brochures, besides digital marketing and other channels  were used  to induce hundreds of innocent people into purchasing flats in Palm Gardens Project though the accused Company never had the intention to deliver the project in time in accordance with the provisions of the Buyer’s agreement, it has been underscored by the complainants, who have also alleged  that the accused company wanted to collect money from the people and thereafter divert the funds for other purposes.

To drive home their point about diversion of funds collected from the buyers, the complainants have alleged in their complaint lodged with the EOW that the accused company had siphoned off the amount paid by the complainants and deposited it in an escrow account to use it for completing other projects, thereby causing wrongful loss to them and wrongful gain to themselves. When pressed to meet its commitment, the  accused company wrote to the complainants and other home buyers that funds were being brought into the company to complete the incomplete projects for which about 90-95 % amount had already been demanded and collected from the buyers by the company till 2014.

The complainants have accused the company of making fraudulent promises and representations – especially that the flats will be constructed as per schedule  and possession will be handed over within 3 years. This induced the buyers to invest their money in the Palm Gardens Project. The company also misled the buyers by giving false information regarding the master plan and layout of the Palm Gardens Project in order to extract more money from the flat buyers, the EOW has been in told.

There was excessive delay in starting the construction of flats in the Palm Gardens Project launched in 2010-2011. The deadline for handing over the flats was 2015 but the flats, which are incomplete, have not been handed over to the complainants till date.

Besides the gross delay in handing over the flats, the company also has been accused of misrepresenting the project layout details at the time of booking. This according to the complainants was with the purpose of extracting a high premium and PLC (preferred location charges) from the buyers. Land not belonging to company, including revenue land used by people as thoroughfare, was shown as project land. Besides, the land initially shown for development of central greens and for constructing a 24 m wide approach road near Gate 1 was represented as the land owned by the accused company, which has now changed the location of the green area from what was earlier shown at the time of the booking of apartments. The revised Plan will make the area congested once the possession is handed over, the complainants have pointed out.

The company misrepresented facts by telling the buyers that all the necessary approvals from the Government authorities have been obtained and in this way the buyers were duped and were charged illegal taxes and fees. Whereas, project layout specifying the extent of land, green areas etc., as shown in the Buyers’ Agreement, was never approved by the Government of Haryana and DTCP. The accused company also collected excess EDC/IDC (government / Levies) and concealed the excess collection of taxes and retained the amounts in some undisclosed account, the complainants have alleged adding it was only after the Complainants and other home buyers took up this matter that the accused company selectively refunded the excess tax collected during the year 2016-17 paying an interest of 8% on the excess EDC/IDC while the buyers were paying an interest of 9.5 % to lending banks for money borrowed to pay this amount to the company.

Further, it has been recorded in the FIR that the accused company continued to deny site inspection to the complainants and also to the Banks. Still the banks approved the project, and continued to sanction and disburse the loans. It has also been pointed out that  the company made a fraudulent document stating that the construction was going on schedule and the apartment/flat will be delivered in Q3 2015, whereas the construction was much behind schedule in 2015.

Another point of complaint against the accused company is that there is no direct connection with NH-8 whereas the buyers were lured with the projection that the Palm Gardens Project would be linked directly with NH-8.

It has also been recorded in the FIR that the revised layout plan shared by the accused company in November, 2016 has critical changes in the original master plan. Such changes are extremely detrimental in nature and have completely changed the basis on which the complainants had given consent for buying the flats.  Contrary to what was initially projected, Tower 2 has no Central Greens View and has been constructed right opposite the club. Initially, the allottees of Tower 2 were being charged preferential location charges because the Tower 2 had a central view. The accused company is still charging PLC for this Tower  Similarly, Recreational and Green Area behind Tower 6 has been reduced in size. But, as in the case of Tower 2, PLC is also being charged for this Tower. Besides, Tower 8 has been shifted right behind Tower 7. Another allegation, contrary to what is even now being projected on the Emaar India website, is that the mini Golf course, jogging track and Water fountain are also no longer there in the new layout plan.

Government of India Transfers and postings this week

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New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for grant of cadre clearance to Dr. Vasanthakumar N (IAS – AGMUT: 2004) to take up Long Term Foreign Assignment to University of Manitoba, as Executive Director, Uttar Pradesh technical support Unit (UP-TSU) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, under Rule 6(2)(ii) of the AIS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 for a period of three years, in relaxation of the condition of serving for at least two years before being eligible for undertaking foreign assignments/consultancies on return from Training or Study leave.

India Health Action Trust (IHAT) was established in 2003 by University of Manitoba (UM), as part of a five-year (2001 to 2006) bilateral development project between Canada and India and registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976 in 2009. The Trust aims at improving public health initiatives by supporting programs nationally and globally through providing comprehensive technical assistance in program planning, management and monitoring.

The objective of UP – Technical Support Unit is to support the Government of Uttar Pradesh to achieve its reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition goals with greater efficiency, effectiveness, and equity. In November 2013 the foundation established the Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit (TSU) in partnerships with the University of Manitoba, India Health Action Trust and other partners.
The TSU provides technical and managerial support to government staff at various levels of the health system. During its first threeyear phase, most of the TSU’s direct support focussed on 100 blocks across Uttar Pradesh. Containing a collective population of 31 million, these blocks were selected in collaboration with the GoUP. All 100 blocks are situated within the state’s 25 high priority districts.

GoI trasfers and postings this week:

SNo. Order No. Date Concerned Officers Details
1 12 /20/2018-FA(UN) 31/08/2018 Vasanthakumar N, Indian Administrative Service, UT, 2004, Home Affairs PDF(English)
2 27/33/2018-EO(SM-I) 31/08/2018 Sivanand Nyshadham, Indian Ordnance Factory Service, , 1985, Heavy Industries PDF(English)
3 22/1/2017-EO(MM-I) 31/08/2018 Ashish Kumar, Indian Administrative Service, TN, 2005, Personnel & Training PDF(English)
4 6/14/2014-EO(MM-I) 31/08/2018 M. Saravanan, Indian Administrative Service, BH, 2002, Commerce PDF(English)
5 20/6/2014-EO(MM-I) 31/08/2018 Harpreeet Singh Pruthi, Indian Railway Store Service, , 1999, Power PDF(English)
6 18/3/2018-EO(MM-I) 31/08/2018 B.V.R.C. Purushottam, Indian Administrative Service, UL, 2004, Revenue PDF(English)
7 23/38/2018-EO(ACC) 31/08/2018 M K Kaushik and others, Others, , -, Railways PDF(English)
8 18/7/2016-EO(SM-I) 30/08/2018 Maruthi Prasad Tangirala, Indian P&T Finance & Accounts Service, , 1990, Financial Services PDF(English)
9 36/01/2018-EO(SM-I) 28/08/2018 Ajay Kumar, Indian Administrative Service, KL, 1985, Defence PDF(English)
10 6/26/2018-EO(SM-I) 28/08/2018 D. D. Padsalgikar, Indian Police Service , MH, 1982, Home Affairs PDF(English)

GoI Joint Secretary level empanelment during August 2018:

1 No.5/32/2016-EO(SM-III) 21/08/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1989 batch of Indian Defence Estate Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
2 05/02/2017-EO(SM-III) 13/08/2018 Empanelment of 08 officers of Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS) for holding JS/equiv posts at the Centre(Initial)  PDF(English)

 

GoI Secretary level empanelment orders in 2018:

S.No.
O.M/Notification No.
O.M/Notification Date
Subject
PDF File
1 35/1/2018-EO(SM-I)(2) 19/07/2018 Empanelment – Secy/Equiv level -IAS – 1984, 1985, 1986 batch – 19 officers  PDF(English)
2 35/1/2018-EO(SM-I) 19/07/2018 Empanelment – Secretary level -IAS – 1986 batch – 35 officers  PDF(English)

GoI Secretary level empanelment orders in 2017:

3 35/3/2017-EO(SM-I) 27/12/2017 Empanelment-Secy level – service IPTAFS, IAAS, IRTS – batch 1982, 1983 – 4 officers  PDF(English)
4 35/1/2017-EO(SM-I) 13/12/2017 Empanelment at Secy/equiv level – IAS – batch years 1983, 1984, 1985 – 15 officers .  PDF(English)
5 35/1/2017-EO(SM-I) 04/05/2017 Empanelment of Secy/Equiv level – 32 IAS officers of 1984 batch and 41 IAS officers of 1985 batch – Sh. Ajay K Bhalla and others  PDF(English)

GoI Joint Secretary level empanelment orders from 1 January 2018 to 30 July 2018:

3 6/1/2018-EO(SM-III) 30/07/2018 Empanelment of 27 IAS officers of 2001 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(Initial)  PDF(English)
4 No.6/3/2012-EO(SM-III) 25/07/2018 Empanelment of an IAS officer of 1994 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
5 No.5/56/2013-EO(SM-III) 25/07/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1990 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred) PDF(English)
6 5/45/2017-EO(SM-III) 25/07/2018 Empanelment of 20 Officers of 1990 batch of Indian Revenue Service (C&CE) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
7 5/16/2017-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 04 officers of 1996 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
8 7/2/2017-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1989 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Second Review)  PDF(English)
9 5/58/2013-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 03 officers of 1992 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
10 5/30/2016-EO(SM-III)(Pt.) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1993 batch of Indian Railway Account Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial left over)  PDF(English)
11 5/12/2018-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 03 officers of 1996 batch of Indian Postal Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial)  PDF(English)
12 7/13/2015-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 11 IPS officers of 1995 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (intial left over and initial deferred)  PDF(English)
13 5/12/2016-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 10 officers of 1989 batch of Indian Ordnance Factory Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial)  PDF(English)
14 7/6/2013-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1992 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
15 5/30/2016-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1993 batch of Indian Railway Accounts Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
16 6/5/2011-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an IAS officer of 1991 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
17 7/7/2015-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1991 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
18 7/5/2015-EO(SM-III)(Pt.) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of four officers of 1994 batch of IPS for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
19 6/4/2016-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of two IAS officers of 2000 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
20 7/2/2015-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of two IPS officers of 1987 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
21 5/03/2014-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of two officers of IRSE (Civil) of 1987 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
22 7/4/2013-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of IPS officer of 1990 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (Initial leftover).  PDF(English)
23 5/14/2016-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 18 officers of IRSE (Civil) of 1988 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary/equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
24 5/17/2014-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 03 officers of 1994 batch of Indian P&T Accounts and Finance for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial left over)  PDF(English)
25 5/34/2013-EO(SM-III) 24/07/2018 Empanelment of 06 officers of 1984 batch of Indian Telecom Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial)  PDF(English)
26 7/1/2017-EO(SM-III)(Pt.I) 04/05/2018 Empanelment of 10 officers of 1996 batch of Indian Police Service (IPS) for holding Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
27 No.7/9/2015-EO(SM-III) 10/04/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1993 batch, MP cadre for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
28 7/7/2013-EO(SM-III) 10/04/2018 Empanelment of 04 IPS officers of 1993 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred)  PDF(English)
29 No.7/3/2016-EO(SM-III) 10/04/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1988 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Second Review)  PDF(English)
30 No.5/26/2017-EO(SM-III) 10/04/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1994 batch of Indian Railway Personnel Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
31 No.05/15/2015-EO(SM-III) 10/04/2018 Empanelment of 06 officers of 1995 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
32 No.6/4/2016-EO(SM-III) 26/03/2018 Empanelment of an IAS officer of 2000 batch(West Bengal cadre) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
33 No.6/6/2013-EO(SM-III) 07/03/2018 Empanelment of 02 IAS officers of 1996 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial leftover/deferred)  PDF(English)
34 No.7/1/2017-EO(SM-III) 06/03/2018 Empanelment of 26 IPS officers of 1996 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
35 5/44/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 09 officers of 1989 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
36 5/42/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 08 officers of 1988 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
37 5/43/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 04 officers of 1989 batch of Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
38 5/53/2013-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of one officer of 1987 batch of Indian Trade Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
39 8/3/2015-EO (SM-III) (Pt) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of one CSS officer of SSGSL 2011 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred).  PDF(English)
40 6/4/2011-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of one IAS officer of 1992 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred).  PDF(English)
41 5/9/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 04 officers of 1994 batch of Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
42 5/31/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 07 officers of 1995 batch of Indian Postal and Telegraph Accounts and Finance Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
43 5/40/2017-EO (SM-III) 15/02/2018 Empanelment of 17 officers of 1989 batch of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
44 7/13//2015-EO(SM-III) 12/02/2018 Empanelment of 02 IPS officers of 1995 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial deferred)  PDF(English)
45 5/41/2017-EO (SM-III) 08/02/2018 Empanelment of 11 officers of 1988 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
46 5/39/2017-EO (SM-III) 08/02/2018 Empanelment of 14 officers of 1989 batch of IRS (C&CE) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial).  PDF(English)
47 5/24/2016-EO (SM-III) 08/02/2018 Empanelment of one officer of 1990 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred).  PDF(English)
48 6/2/2008-EO (SM-III) 08/02/2018 Empanelment of one IAS officer of 1990 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial leftover).  PDF(English)
49 No.05/16/2017-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 14 officers of 1996 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
50 No.05/10/2015-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 09 officers of 1993 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
51 No.5/08/2016-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 15 officers of 1987 batch of Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
52 No.5/24/2017-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1992 batch of Indian Railway Personnel Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
53 No.5/25/2017-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1993 batch of Indian Railway Personnel Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
54 No.5/07/2016-EO(SM-III)) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 17 officers of 1988 batch of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
55 No.5/25/2015-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 03 officers of 1995 batch of Indian Postal Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
56 No.5/17/2015-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1991 batch of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
57 No.5/24/2015-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1995 batch of Indian Audit & Accounts Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
58 No.8/3/2015-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 CSS officers of Senior Selection Grade Select List(SSGSL) of 2011 for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
59 No.5/17/2017-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1994 batch of Indian Audit & Accounts Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
60 No.05/10/2016-EO(SM-III) 17/01/2018 Empanelment of 34 officers of 1992 batch of Indian Revenue Service(Income Tax) for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
61 No.6/4/2011-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelmemnt of an IAS officer of 1992 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial left over)  PDF(English)
62 No.5/27/2017-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1988 batch of Indian Railway Store Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
63 No.5/14/2015-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 04 officers of 1994 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
64 No.5/69/2013-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 12 officers of 1987 batch of Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
65 No.5/29/2017-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1986 batch of IRSEE for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
66 No.7/8/2015-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 03 IPS officers of 1992 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (First Review)  PDF(English)
67 No.5/11/2017-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 03 officers of 1996 batch of Indian Defence Accounts Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
68 No.5/15/2015-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 08 officers of 1995 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
69 No.7/6/2013-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of an IPS officer of 1992 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial left over/deferred)  PDF(English)
70 No.5/36/2013-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of an officer of 1989 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial left over)  PDF(English)
71 No.5/57/2013-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 02 officers of 1991 batch of Indian Forest Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial deferred)  PDF(English)
72 No.5/28/2017-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of 09 officers of 1989 batch of IRSS for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (initial)  PDF(English)
73 No. 12/1/2011-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of one officer of Indian Trade Service for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial leftover).  PDF(English)
74 No. 7/4/2013-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of one IPS officer of 1990 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial deferred).  PDF(English)
75 No. 6/1/2014-EO(SM-III) 12/01/2018 Empanelment of one IAS officer of 1997 batch for holding the post of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre (Initial leftover).  PDF(English)
76 No.05/30/2015-EO(SM-III) 01/01/2018 Empanelment of 11 officers of 1988 batch of IRS(C&CE) for holding the posts of Joint Secretary or equivalent at the Centre(initial)  PDF(English)

Dal Lake in Srinagar has bacteria that can degrade pesticides

Rayies Altaf

Srinagar: The Dal Lake and other wetlands of Kashmir are famous for their natural beauty and play a key environmental role. Now scientists have found that this eco-system also has certain bacteria that have a natural capacity to degrade pesticide residues, may be useful for bioremediation of degrading water bodies.

Researchers have reported the presence of naturally occurring chloropyrifos- resistant bacteria in the environments of Kashmir Valley. Chloropyrifos is an organophosphorous insecticide widely used in the region. The finding, according to the researchers, could lead to the use of microbial systems for removal of pollutants from contaminated. The study results have been published in journal Current Science.

In the study, the scientists have identified and isolated two different types of bacteria E.Coli (EC1) and Pseudomonas fluorescens (PF1) living in water bodies and soil respectively, which are highly efficient in biodegrading Chloropyrifos into simpler and non-toxic chemicals. These microorganisms use Chloropyrifos as their source of energy, growth and other metabolic activity. E.Coli occurs in the Dal Lake and Anchar in Srinagar and Pseudomonas fluorescens was found in soil samples of Ganderbal district adjoining Srinagar.

The soil and water samples for extracting and isolating E.Coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens were collected from different geographical locations in the Kashmir Valley which have a history of 5 to10 years of Chloropyrifos insecticidal spray. Soil samples were collected from fruit and vegetable orchards of Ganderbal and Anantnag districts of valley, while water samples were collected from Dal and Anchar lakes as both these water bodies are said to be polluted with toxic residues.

The maximum number of chloropyrifos degrading E.Coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens bacteria were found in Dal Lake and Ganderbal soil respectively, because of incessant use of this chemical in these areas. Besides, higher chloropyrifos pesticide residual levels have been reported in both fish as well as human blood samples of local inhabitants of Dal Lake.

“At a time when pesticide presence in the environment poses a big health and environmental risk in the valley, this study has both policy and practical implications as it opens up possibilities of exploring environment friendly options for tackling pesticide pollution and other such related problems both in the valley as well as elsewhere,” commented Dr Abdul Haseeb Shah, research scientist at Department of Bio-resources, University of Kashmir, while speaking to India Science Wire.

Kashmir valley is widely known for its fruit variety such as apples, pears, almonds, walnuts, peaches and plums. There is rampant use of insecticides and pesticides such as chloropyrifos in the valley to save crops from fungal diseases and insects.

The research team included Imtiyaz Murtaza, Bushra, Sageera Showkat, Omi Laila, Sumra Majid and Neyiaz A. Dar (Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology); Shah Ubaid-Ullah (Central University of Kashmir); Mukhtar Ahmad (RCRQ Laboratory, SKUAST-K) and Girish Sharma (Amity University, Noida). (Indian Science Wire)


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Cutting on rock salt, fluoride toothpastes can help tackle anaemia: study

Sarah Iqbal

Bengaluru: For several decades, India has been trying to reduce the health burden due to anaemia. This condition is known to be a result of insufficient red blood cell and low haemoglobin production in the body and is linked with iron deficiency. Now scientists say that the problem is more layered than it appears and cannot be tackled by supplementing iron and folic acid alone.

In a new study involving over 2400 school children in New Delhi, scientists have found that consumption of excess fluoride is intricately linked to anaemia.

Children were divided into groups as per their haemoglobin levels – non-anaemic, moderately anaemic and severely anaemic. Urine tests showed that fluoride level was higher than the acceptable limit in all children. Their families were then advised simple diet modifications such as avoiding fluoride-rich rock salt, replacing fluoridated toothpaste with low-fluoride ones and including inexpensive nutritious vegetables in daily diets. Water source in their homes and schools were also tested for fluoride.

At the beginning of the intervention, about 98% of students were either mildly or moderately anaemic. After six months of dietary intervention, 45% of them became non-anaemic. Researchers found that just one month of dietary modification, together with fluoride restriction, could improve haemoglobin levels.

“As early as 2004, we had started noticing that most patients suspected of fluorosis referred to us were anaemic. Eliminating fluoride from their water and diets and shifting them onto a nutritious food regime could restore their haemoglobin levels,” explained A K Susheela, Director of Fluorosis Foundation of India, who led the study.  In 2010, a study involving pregnant women reported a high success rate of treating anaemia by eliminating fluoride from their diets.

Dr Susheela said fluoride could adversely affect haemoglobin production through multiple ways. It destroys intestinal lining, affecting nutrient absorption from the gut. This could limit iron absorption even when the diet is rich in iron. Excess fluoride also interferes with production of thyroid hormones that are involved in RBC production. It also destroys gut bacteria which produces vitamin B12- another important factor essential for haemoglobin biosynthesis. In addition, fluoride can attack red blood cells directly by syphoning off calcium present in their membrane.

The team is educating people to shun the use of rock salt and is making them aware that even hand-pump water can contain excess fluoride. They also plan to teach people how to collect water samples and send them for testing.

The research team included Nisith Kumar Mondal and Rashmi Gupta (Fluorosis Foundation of India), Mohini Sethi (School of Home Economics, Delhi University) and Ravindra Mohan Pandey (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi). The researchers have been working with health officials to sensitize Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives  (ANMs) on the issue. The results of the study have been published in journal Current Science.