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‘Mamata’s trusted officers don’t retire’ — chief secretary joins list as industry body head

Rajiva Sinha, who has been made West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation chair, is latest civil servant to earn important post-retirement posting under Mamata govt. 
Students at a Samkalp Foundation centre. | Photo: Samkalp Foundation website

RSS-backed IAS institute has been quietly grooming ‘nationalist’ civil servants since 1986

In 2020 civil services exam, Samkalp Foundation has claimed a success rate of 61%. The institute with close ties to RSS claimed similar success in the last few years too.
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Former IAS, IFS officers move SC in Sudarshan News case, seek ruling on scope of ‘hate speech’

The petitioners say accusations of dual loyalties towards members of any faith — and suggestions of treachery by virtue of belonging to that faith — constitute hate speech.
Civil servant trainees

First mission of Modi’s Mission Karmayogi must be to not repeat mistakes of past reforms

Mission Karmayogi departs from previous reforms, and goes beyond Group A and B officers to include the 89 per cent of public service workers in Group C.
Representational image of IAS officers being addressed by PM Narendra Modi | Photo: narendramodi.in

Modi govt launches Karmayogi Yojana to transform civil servants into ‘experts’

The govt plans to spend Rs 10.86 crore over 5 years on building civil servants’ skills, and the scheme will be supervised by a PM-headed council.
The Nagaland civil secretariat in Kohima | Photo: Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

Nagaland civil servants hit out at IAS officers, call them ‘suitcase bureaucrats’

Modi govt had pulled up Nagaland for appointing non-IAS officers as DCs, but state civil service association says it isn’t out of parochial or personal ambition.
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Punjab CM’s chief principal secy ‘gives up’ position again, returns vehicles & relieves staff

This is the third time in 2 yrs that Suresh Kumar has given up his position, ‘upset’ over no progress in the 2017 HC case challenging his appointment as chief principal secretary.
Sanskriti School in Delhi

Civil servant-parents of Delhi’s elite Sanskriti School want CAG audit after fee hike

In a representation to Sanskriti School, parents have demanded an immediate rollback of the fee hike, which is ‘exorbitant for everyone’ and particularly ‘for honest civil servants’.
A file photo of the banks of River Saryu in Ayodhya

Yogi govt wont ‘defy tradition’, will hold Ayodhya Ram Navami Mela despite COVID-19 threat

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Pratap Khachariyawas, Rajasthan Transport Minister

Minister-IAS tiff grows in Rajasthan — another top civil servant defies his boss

Ravi Shanker Srivastava, chairman of Rajasthan State Roadways Transport Corporation, stopped the tender process of e-buses, announced by the transport minister.

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Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, Wednesday, 14 October, 2020.| PTI

Pollute oceans and it’ll come back at us like it did in Andhra, Telangana: Manpreet Badal

We don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cyclones Ockhi and Amphan and continue to dump toxic wastes in the Indian Ocean. Our punishment this time could be severe.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.