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Union Home Secretary Goyal quits; Mehrishi is new incumbent

Predecessor Goswami had been asked to take voluntary retirement in February over ‘misdemeanour’31 Aug 2015 | 6:33 PM

NEW DELHI: Less than seven months into his two-year tenure, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal has taken voluntary retirement from his high-profile job.

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Union Home Secretary Goyal quits; Mehrishi is new incumbentLC Goyal

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 31

Less than seven months into his two-year tenure, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal has taken voluntary retirement from his high-profile job.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Rajiv Mehrishi, a Rajasthan cadre IAS officer from the 1978 batch, as a replacement for Goyal to occupy the important post at North Block.

Incidentally, Mehrishi was to retire on Monday at attaining the age of 60 years.

Officers on certain select posts in the government like Defence Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary External Affairs get a fixed two-year tenure for continuity and they can continue in service till the age of 62.

Mehrishi is presently working as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs. His appointment will be for a period of two years from the date of taking over charge as Home Secretary.

He was earlier working as Chief Secretary in Rajasthan.

Goyal had been appointed as Home Secretary on February 5 this year after previous Home Secretary Anil Goswami took “voluntary retirement” on being asked by the government to do so, over his alleged act of calling up the police to go “soft” on a person wanted by law.

Goyal said he had quit owing to personal reasons. He ruled out any issue of his health and said he was not “unhappy”. Goyal did not attend the office today.

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Retain death penalty only for terrorism, sedition: Law panel to govt

31 Aug 2015 | 6:41 PM

NEW DELHI: The Law Commission today recommended abolition of death penalty for all crimes, barring those involving terrorism and sedition.

OROP: Can’t have annual revision of pension, says Jaitley

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31 Aug 2015 | 1:21 PM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today virtually ruled out the annual revision of pension as demanded by agitating ex-servicemen under ‘one rank, one pension’, but said the government will safeguard interests of soldiers retiring at an early age through higher pensions.

SC stays Rajasthan HC order on Jain practice of 'Santhara'

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a Rajasthan High Court verdict declaring ‘Santhara’ as illegal and passed an interim order endorsing the Jain community’s practice of fast unto death.

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31 Aug 2015 | 4:26 PM

WASHINGTON: After her return to power as prime minister in 1980, Indira Gandhi had considered a military strike on Pakistan's nuclear installations to prevent it from acquiring weapons capabilities, a declassified document by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has claimed.

Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar’s death

Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar’s death

31 Aug 2015 | 5:59 PM

KABUL:The Taliban today admitted covering up long-time leader Mullah Omar's death for two years, saying they had wanted to keep it secret until foreign forces ended their fight against the militants.

Sikhs vote to elect new gurdwara leaders in US

31 Aug 2015 | 2:20 PM

NEW YORK: After facing years of internal power struggles and a court ruling, members of the Sikh community have voted to elect new leaders of one of the largest gurdwaras in the US.

Indian shot dead in US

31 Aug 2015 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON: A 25-year-old Indian national has been shot dead outside his house during an altercation in the US state of Virginia and the police have arrested one person in connection with the murder.

No dialogue with India unless all bilateral issues on agenda: Pak

No dialogue with India unless all bilateral issues on agenda: Pak

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said it will not resume dialogue with India unless all bilateral issues are on the agenda.

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31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 PM

MUMBAI: A Mumbai Metropolitan court today extended till September 5 the police custody of all three arrested accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, including that of her mother Indrani Mukerjea, to enable investigators dig deeper into the sordid saga.

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Another Punjab BJP leader held in drug-trafficking case

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31 Aug 2015 | 6:45 PM

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CM sets up panel for denotified tribes

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31 Aug 2015 | 12:29 AM

PANIPAT: To bring the members of Vimukt, Ghumantu, Ardh-Ghumantu and Tapriwas Jan-Jati (denotified tribes) into the mainstream, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced to set up a special board named ‘Vimukt Ghumantu Jati Vikas Board’ soon.

Speaker convenes all-party meet to resolve deadlock

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Sensex trips 109 pts ahead of GDP data; Nifty down 31 pts

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