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India needs Reforms 2.0 to save both bureaucracy and good IAS officers like H.C. Gupta

Hope that the judiciary wakes up to the travesty of convicting good civil servants like H.C. Gupta.

Unhappy with ‘generalist’ tag, IAS body wants appointment based on qualification 

Newly appointed IAS Association president says most officers are engineers, CAs and doctors and have technical knowledge.
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Why I wrote a letter requesting punishment for IAS officers who file false complaints

We must find an administrative remedy, rather than a judicial one, to address the rising number of wrongful accusations in the bureaucracy.
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By no stretch of imagination can the military be compared to IAS and IPS officers

Army, Navy & Air Force have to climb out of their respective silos, cease empire building, and create a joint plan to address military angst
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IAS officers see tremendous growth in two areas: Ignorance and arrogance

Most IAS officers end up as pen-pushers and cynics, with no faith in their contribution.

Should an IAS officer be free to air views on social media or is it unbecoming behaviour?

A departmental inquiry has been initiated against Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faesal for tweeting about rape culture in South Asia. Experts weigh in.
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We’re domain experts too, but ignored for IAS officers in top posts: IRS body writes to PM

IRS officers say we have experience of revenue and govt. Same as railway, forest officers. Yet these ministries are headed by IAS.
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India thinks it can produce IFS officers by testing them on wildlife more than geopolitics

The foreign services is the biggest casualty of the generalist nature of the UPSC exam.
PM Modi interacting with IAS probationers in 2015 | pmindia.gov.in

Lateral entry into bureaucracy is not a new idea. It’s been around since 2006

Veerappa Moily in 2008 and a panel headed by former SC judge B.N. Srikrishna made similar suggestions, but neither was implemented by the government.
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Change in IAS selection, Indian Army’s socialising rules, 7 reasons for Modi’s upper hand

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera

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How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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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.