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CM Mamata Banerjee with Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata | Photo: PTI

Centre’s Bengal move can make CMs lose faith in AIS, rely more on state services

Law is clear that Modi govt shouldn't have treated former Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay as a central services officer to be transferred at will.
PM Narendra Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at an event during Netaji Subash Chandra Bose 125th birth anniversary, at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, on 23 January 2021 | ANI Photo

Modi-Mamata battle over Bengal chief secy is another proof civil services needs reforms

Political masters hold the power of appointment and transfer, and use it to bend the bureaucracy to political will. Tussle over Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a case in point.
Rescued crew members of Barge P-305 walk off INS Kochi after arriving in Mumbai Wednesday. The crew was deployed for an ONGC assignment | ANI

After ONGC barge crash, old question rises: Why is shipping regulator post held by IAS, IRS?

Post of Director General of Shipping is held by civil servants even though it is responsible for technically sensitive task of ensuring ‘safety of life and ships at sea’.
File photo of election commissioner Ashok Lavasa | ANI

Did Ashok Lavasa case change it all for EC? Why India needs a TN Seshan: Ex-IAS officer

The election commissioners should have controlled the madness in West Bengal, but their partisan attitude has only strengthened the negative impression about civil services.
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This is how a training panel for civil services will revamp HR practices in Modi govt

The Modi government has approved the formation of the Capacity Building Commission. It will supervise all existing training institutes of the government.
Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) | PIB

Rush your review of ‘dying’ civil services so we can trim them, Modi govt tells ministries

Cadre reviews, although routine, are imperative for govt to trim down bureaucracy, remove redundant services, and merge the ones that can be.

Pakistan’s civil service reforms ignores top performers and specialised recruitment

Pakistan’s much-awaited reforms for the civil service seem to be more of an attempt to reform the civil servant rather than the civil service.
The Union Public Service Commission headquarters in New Delhi (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

How UPSC ‘reserve list’ helps SC/ST candidates & why it’s not a ‘backdoor entry’ for IAS

The reserve list has always courted controversies, with the latest coming after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s daughter, Anjali, cracking the 2019 exam.
Representational image of North Block & South Block | ANI

‘Why no reservation in lateral entry?’ OBC panel asks Modi govt after new recruitment ad

The govt is learnt to have sought a week’s time from the National Commission for Backward Classes to respond to its question.
Representational image | Ppexels

‘Weekend marriages, ego battles’ — why some IAS, IPS couples who meet during training separate

Perhaps the most talked-about couple among civil servants in recent years, IAS officers Tina Dabi and Athar Amir Khan have filed for separation for reasons not known yet.

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File photo of Subhash Chandra | Twitter /@SubhashZEE

How media mogul Subhash Chandra managed to beat a US activist fund & hold on to Zee

Sony is merging with Zee. It will control the larger empire & infuse an additional $1.4 bn of cash into it. But the combined entity will be presided over by Punit Goenka, Chandra’s son.
File photo of CCI Chairman Ashok Kumar Gupta | Twitter/@CCI_India

Data hegemony by digital companies may lead to attention economy: CCI chief Ashok Gupta

Gupta noted that in an 'attention economy', big tech players work to capture users’ attention, build profiles of their choices and habits, then sell those profiles to advertisers.

Defence

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attends the conference of the Chiefs of General Staff of the SCO member states in Russia's Orenburg, on 23 September 2021 | ANI photo

CDS Bipin Rawat attends SCO military exercise in Russia’s Orenburg

The exercise has provided an opportunity to the armed forces of the SCO nations to train in counter-terrorism operations in a multinational and joint environment, officials said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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