Articles about Ajay Bhalla

Ajay Bhalla is a senior IAS officer from the Assam Meghalaya cadre and the Home Secretary of India as of 2021. Bhalla is from the 1984 IAS batch and was appointed as the Home Secretary on August 22, 2019, succeeding Rajiv Gauba who is the cabinet secretary of India as of 2021. Bhalla was born on November 26, 1960. He completed his education at the University of Delhi, University of Queensland, and Punjab University. Bhalla was supposed to retire on August 22, 2021, but in a rare order issued by the Personnel Secretary on August 12, Bhalla was given an extension of one year in service as the Union Home Secretary. Bhalla supervised the establishment of the Ram Mandir Trust and also oversaw the COVID-19 management. The Union Home Secretary also supervised the passage of important legislations of the Narendra Modi government such as the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Ensure no large gatherings during festival season: MHA to states

28 Aug 2021

India
Ensure no large gatherings during festival season: MHA to states

The Centre on Saturday asked all states and Union Territories to ensure there is no large gathering during the upcoming festival season and, if necessary, impose local restrictions to check the spread of coronavirus.

Ministry of Home Affairs tells states to check vaccine rumors

25 Jan 2021

India
Ministry of Home Affairs tells states to check vaccine rumors

Amid the circulation of rumors surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines' efficacy, the Centre asked the States to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those found guilty of dissemination of wrong news.

Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

15 Jan 2021

India
Coronavirus vaccination drive: Voters' data sought from Election Commission

As the scale of Indian elections and the coronavirus vaccination drive, starting from tomorrow, are comparable, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) requested the Election Commission to share electoral roll data, a plea which the polling body accepted.

Coronavirus: Delhi crosses 5,000-mark for third straight day, rings alarm

31 Oct 2020

India
Coronavirus: Delhi crosses 5,000-mark for third straight day, rings alarm

Delhi is once again being burdened by coronavirus caseload, as for the third consecutive day on Friday, the National Capital recorded more than 5,000 cases. On Friday, a record 5,891 fresh cases came to the fore; on Thursday, Delhi reported 5,739 cases, and on Wednesday, 5,673 cases.

Coronavirus: Guidelines for 'reopening' from lockdown extended till November 30

27 Oct 2020

India
Coronavirus: Guidelines for 'reopening' from lockdown extended till November 30

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday extended the guidelines for reopening from the coronavirus lockdown until November 30.

Violence at Assam-Mizoram border leaves several injured, Centre intervenes

19 Oct 2020

India
Violence at Assam-Mizoram border leaves several injured, Centre intervenes

The Centre has called a meeting between Assam and Mizoram after a violent clash at the states' border on Saturday evening left at least seven people injured.

After fresh tension with China, Doval holds meeting, explores options

01 Sep 2020

India
After fresh tension with China, Doval holds meeting, explores options

On the day the Indian government admitted that China engaged in yet another transgression in Eastern Ladakh, NSA Ajit Doval held a key meeting with high-ranked officials, where it was decided more troops will be deployed in the volatile area to thwart the neighbor's mischievous attempts.

Centre asks states not to stop inter-state movement of persons/goods

22 Aug 2020

India
Centre asks states not to stop inter-state movement of persons/goods

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Saturday wrote to the governments of all states and union territories, reminding them that there shall be no restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and persons.

Casting director Krish Kapur passes away at 28

04 Jun 2020

Entertainment
Casting director Krish Kapur passes away at 28

In a terrible piece of news, Bollywood casting director Krish Kapur has passed away due to brain hemorrhage. He was 28.

SC gives Delhi, UP, Haryana one week to frame border-policy

04 Jun 2020

India
SC gives Delhi, UP, Haryana one week to frame border-policy

With traffic snarls being reported on a daily basis from Delhi/NCR, the Supreme Court on Thursday stepped in, asking all three states — Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana, to decide on a common policy for movement within a week.

Bengal denying trains to migrants, it's injustice: Shah to Banerjee

09 May 2020

Politics
Bengal denying trains to migrants, it's injustice: Shah to Banerjee

Trains meant to ferry migrant workers to their home states sparked a battle between political adversaries Amit Shah and Trinamool's Mamata Banerjee with the former writing a letter today underlining that Banerjee's government was doing "injustice".

Centre slams Bengal over cross-border cargo, COVID-19 mortality rate

06 May 2020

India
Centre slams Bengal over cross-border cargo, COVID-19 mortality rate

The Centre on Wednesday wrote to the West Bengal government asking it to allow the movement of goods traffic through border crossings between India and Bangladesh.

Bengal assures cooperation to Centre's COVID-19 teams sent for assessment

22 Apr 2020

Politics
Bengal assures cooperation to Centre's COVID-19 teams sent for assessment

Earlier, the coronavirus pandemic fueled tensions between Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Centre, ruled by BJP. But, the Bengal government assured on Tuesday that the visiting teams would be given full cooperation in the state.

Lockdown relaxations: Shops of electric fans, educational books can function

22 Apr 2020

India
Lockdown relaxations: Shops of electric fans, educational books can function

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revised guidelines as to what's allowed and what's not during the ongoing 40-day lockdown period, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Centre tells states: Don't dilute lockdown; Kerala receives earful

20 Apr 2020

India
Centre tells states: Don't dilute lockdown; Kerala receives earful

The nationwide lockdown, intended to slow coronavirus' spread, should not be diluted, the Centre told state governments and union territories on Monday.