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Headquarters of Union Public Service Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint File photo

Why UPSC is insisting on holding civil service exam on 4 October despite aspirants’ protests

Worried about rising Covid-19 numbers, aspirants have filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking a postponement of the exam, but UPSC has cited JEE & NEET exam to stick to the date.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Aren’t we curbing free speech if we take ‘UPSC jihad’ show off air — SC asks petitioners

The Justice DY Chandrachud led 3-judge bench posed the query to advocate Shadan Farasat when he argued in favour of a permanent injunction against the Sudarshan News show.
Kangana Ranaut during the trailer launch of her upcoming film, Manikarnika

Kangana missed a key lesson in her Manikarnika film. Now she’s lost support of the Jhalkari Bais

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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.
The Jamia Centre for Coaching and Career Planning in Delhi | By special arrangement

Jamia centre at heart of Sudarshan News ‘UPSC jihad’ row has coached 500+ govt officers

Jamia UPSC centre is one of five facilities set up by govt between 2009 and 2010 to provide underprivileged communities with free residential coaching for the civil services.
File photo of Editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Suresh Chavhanke

Sudarshan News ‘bureaucracy jihad’ report is hate speech, say civil servants, demand action

Civil servants condemn Sudarshan News Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke after he posts teaser video of report, to be aired Friday, that claims ‘infiltration of Muslims’ in the services.
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Burden of being a son in toxic Bihari families — What Sushant Singh Rajput’s death tells us

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Former Miss India finalist Aishwarya Sheoran | By special arrangement

IAS my true passion, modelling a hobby, says former Miss India finalist who cracked UPSC exam

A DU graduate, Aishwarya Sheoran did not take any coaching classes to prepare for the exam. She says her priority now is to work on women empowerment, education and health.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC considers online interviews for candidates to avoid Covid risk

UPSC has asked NIC to explore the possibility of online interviews for candidates for different exams in case the Covid situation persists for long.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC preliminary exam to be held on 4 October, test centres could be doubled

Mode, format of exam will remain the same and will be held on a single day, but while observing social distancing norms. More steps could be taken for venues in hotspots.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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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.