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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.
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‘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.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Home ministry cites ‘acute shortage’ of IAS, IPS in J&K and Ladakh, seeks urgent deployment

MHA has asked cadre-controlling authorities to ‘provide the name(s) of suitable officer(s), eligible for deputation... and willing to serve in the Governments of UT of J&K/UT of Ladakh’.
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.

On Camera

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI

Deserted roads bring back nightmare of demand slump for Indian fuel companies

It’s an ominous sign for India, where fuel consumption still hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s national lockdown that saw oil demand fall to the lowest since 2007.

Defence

Representational image. | A file photo of a UPEIDA board meeting. | Photo: Twitter/@upeidaofficial

67 MoUs, 22 deals signed, 17 given land — UP defence corridor project racing after 2 years

Response from foreign manufacturers has been lukewarm. But three big names including Tata Technologies have lined up to invest.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.