Issue: 10-2021


Rajiv Bansal took charge as the Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday, October 1, 2021. Before this appointment, Rajiv Bansal was the Chairman and Managing Director of AirIndia.

Bansal, a 1988-batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, took over the charge of Civil Aviation Secretary from Pardeep Singh Kharola who superannuated on September 30, 2021. Earlier, Bansal has held the charge as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Secretary in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. He has also held several key positions in the Government of Nagaland.


Air Marshal J. Chalapati VSM, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, has taken over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command with effect from October 3, 2021.


On October 18 this year, ST Engineering, North America, a global technology, defence and engineering group, announced the appointment of Timothy J. McBride as President of the company effective November 1, 2021.


Heidi Grant, Director of the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), who has been selected to lead Boeing’s defence, space and government services sales teams, joined the company on November 8 2021 as Vice President of Business Development.