Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram shifted to Tourism Ministry

Mayaram, the topmost bureaucrat in the Finance Ministry is replaced by Rajiv Mehrishi, the top bureaucrat from Rajasthan


In a major re-shuffle of top-level babus, the Narendra Modi government on Thursday transferred Arvind Mayaram from finance ministry to tourism ministry. Mayaram, a 1978-batch officer would be replaced by Rajiv Mehrishi, the chief secretary of Rajasthan.

"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of  Rajiv Mehrishi, IAS (RJ:78), at present in the cadre, as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance vice Arvind Mayaram, (RJ:78), on his relinquishing the charge of the post," the government said in a release.


Mehrishi will join as Economic Affairs Secretary from 1st November.  Expenditure Secretary Ratan P Watal, who is the senior most among all the five secretaries in the Finance Ministry is likely to be the new Finance Secretary.

Mayaram would replace Parvez Dewan, who is retiring as Secretary, Tourism on 31 October 2014.

Here are the other changes carried out by the government...

(i) Ashok Kumar Angurana, lAS(JK:80), Managing Director, TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj in the vacancy of Vijay Laxmi Joshi, IAS (GJ:80).

(ii) Vinod Agrawal, lAS (JH:80), Adviser, Inter State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes in the vacancy of VK Subburaj, lAS (TN:80).

(iii) Arvind Mayaram, lAS (RJ:78), Finance Secretary and Secretary, Departmemt of Economic Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism vice Parvez Dewan, IAS (JK:77), on his retirement on 31.10.2014.

(iv) Prabhu Dayal Meena, lAS (MP:80), Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources as Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence vice Sangita Gairola, lAS (RJ:77), on her retirement on 31.10.2014.

(v) Alok Rawat, IAS (SK:77), Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation as Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions vice N Ravi Shanker, lAS (UK:80), on his relinquishing the charge of the post.

(vi) Anuj Kumar Bishnoi, lAS (UP:81), Additional Secretary, Department of Defence as Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation vice Alok Rawat, lAS (SK:77), on his relinquishing the charge of the post.

(vii) Anil Swarup, lAS (UP:81), Additional Secretary, Secretariat for CCI, Cabinet Secretariat as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Coal in the rank and pay of Secretary against the newly created post.

(viii) Anil Swarup, lAS (UP:81), as Secretary, Ministry of Coal vice SK Srivastava, lAS (AM:78), on his retirement on 31.10.2014.


Google 'Lollipop' is the new Android 5.0; Nexus 6 makes debut

Google also launched next version of its Nexus 6 smartphone, an aluminium frame device that has a six-inch high resolution screen and a 13-megapixel camera


Google has ramped up its mobile arsenal, upgrading its Nexus line with a new tablet and smartphone, and unveiling its revamped Android software, to be dubbed "Lollipop" or Android 5.0.


The US tech giant also announced the launch of a streaming media player for music, movies and videos, which can also allow users to play games via the Android TV device.


"Lollipop" or Android 5.0, the upgraded operating system for mobile, "is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customised for you the way you see fit," said Google vice president Sundar Pichai, who heads the Android operations.


With the new operating system, according to the Android Website, "The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices."


The new devices give Google and its Android partners a broader portfolio to compete against Apple, which launched two upgraded large-screen iPhones last month and is expected to unveil new iPads on Thursday.


The Nexus 6 smartphone becomes the newest and largest of the Google-branded handsets, and is produced by Motorola, which Google bought in 2012 and is in the process of selling to China's Lenovo.


This aluminium frame device has a six-inch high resolution screen and a 13-megapixel camera.


Nexus 6 prices start at $649 without a wireless contract commitment. That's $300 more than the previous generation, a Nexus 5 with a roughly 5-inch screen.


"The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, making it as great for movies and gaming as it is for doing work," Google said in a statement.


"It also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge."


On the tablet front, Google partnered with Taiwan-based HTC for the 8.9-inch Nexus 9.


Nexus 9 will start at $399, 74% more than its predecessor. However, that's still $100 less than the starting price for the current iPad Air, which has a nearly 10-inch screen.


The brushed-metal tablet "is small enough to easily carry around in one hand, yet big enough to work on," Google said.


"And since more and more people want to have the same simple experience they have on their tablets when they have to do real work, we designed a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9, folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap like a laptop."


The media player will deliver video apps to a television screen for consumers looking to supplement or go without cable or satellite.


Some of the apps included on the player are Netflix, Hulu Plus, the Food Network, Pandora and The Huffington Post.

User Takes Aim at Willagirl’s ‘No Junk’ Claim

Willagirl also claims that its products are safe for sensitive skin but the problem is none of Willa’s 16 products are all-natural, many are definitely not eco-friendly, and some of the ingredients are definitely not OK for sensitive skin


Willagirl markets itself as an eco-friendly, natural skin care line for girls aged 7-to-18. The Conn.-based online company that is re-launching as an (MLM) in January also claims that its products are safe for sensitive skin but the problem is (hold your breath here) none of Willa’s 16 products are all-natural, many are definitely not eco-friendly, and some of the ingredients are definitely not OK for sensitive skin. Let’s take a closer look.


All of the lip products contain artificial colors like yellow 5 lake, red 7 lake, and red 30 lake.

Six of the products (all 3 smile shimmers, smile shine and both skinny minis) contain sodium saccharin, an artificial sweetener.

Seven of the products contain petroleum-derived ingredients. The three smile shimmers contain mineral oil, petrolatum (better known as petroleum jelly) and polybutene. The three smile butters and the smile shine all contain polybutene. Ironically, Willagirl warns about petroleum products, saying on its Facebook page:


OK – moving on to Willa’s start fresh foaming face wash. Its second ingredient after water is butylene glycol. According to the Natural Products Association (NPA), any product with glycols cannot be deemed truly natural because they are “petroleum derived synthetic chemicals that can potentially draw other chemicals into the bloodstream.”


Willa’s face wash also contains cocamidopropyl betaine, which won the American Contact Dermatitis Society’s Allergen of the Year award in 2004, while fragrance (also found in the face wash) picked up the award in 2007 – so definitely not the best ingredients for sensitive skin. Last but certainly not least, the product has dehydroacetic acid, which is a synthetic preservative.

But all this hasn’t stopped the company from posting the following responses to girls’ questions about its products:


(In case you’re wondering, according to most dermatologists fragrance is a big no-no for those suffering from eczema.)

The rub about moisturizer

Willa’s face friendly moisturizer looked like it might just earn its all-natural title until we came to its second-to-last ingredient – dehydroacetic acid, which as we mentioned above, is a synthetic preservative. Plus this moisturizer contains sodium hydroxide, which is a known irritant.

Face the facts

Willa’s face the day sunscreen fares no better. Like Willa’s face wash, it contains glycols.


It also has quite a few silicone ingredients, such as dimethicone and peg-10 dimethicone.


Not only are these silicone polymers synthetic but they are not biodegradable, which does not make Nemo and Dory very happy when they swallow them. And then there’s the ingredient cyclopentasiloxane – that’s also on NPA’s prohibited list.

This leaves us with four more products: Willa’s on the go face towlettes, take action acne spot treatment click pen, be brilliant natural body lotion, and fresh face cucumber face mask. All these products contain glycols but more importantly they also all contain phenoxyethanol, a preservative that is a known contact allergen. In addition, Willa’s face wipes and body lotion contain fragrance, while its facial mask contains artificial colors.

Unnaturally costly

So in sum, Willagirls is definitely not all natural, it does contain harsh chemicals and it’s not safe for sensitive skin. Even the company admits that its products are not 100 percent natural (say what? All-natural ≠ 100% natural?):

This seems to beg the question, why all this deceptive marketing? Here’s our theory: Natural ingredients can be expensive while ingredients like petrolatum, glycols and artificial colors are incredibly cheap. So if you can use these cheaper products and still have the gumption to market your company as all-natural – cha-ching.
Here’s how Willa put it to one little girl:

Here at we’re not so sure. Click here for more of’s coverage of Willagirls’ claims.



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