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PM Modi has changed the way the Prime Minister interacts with the bureaucracy

The tiny ad that will stop IAS officers from believing they are superior human beings

The opening up of the civil service to qualified outsiders has brought down one of India's stoutest walls.
Students at IIT Delhi campus, India.

Lateral entry into civil services: IAS aspirants happy, IITians happier

UPSC aspirants at Delhi’s coaching hub and engineers at IIT cheered the move but also cautioned that transparency and neutrality may be compromised.

On Supreme Court roster, contentious questions on glaciers, iron ore and a government scheme

UP state civil service aspirants challenge answer key in preliminary exam; apex court reserves verdict, says can only step in when answers are 'obnoxiously wrong'. New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday was called on to deliberate on three contentious questions — none of which had to do with Constitutional propriety or the rule of law. Instead a two-judge bench was asked to evaluate if the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) had rightly interpreted two questions on geography and one on government policy. The three questions — together for 4-5 marks — were part of the preliminary examination for the UP state civil services that was conducted in September 2017. The final exam is scheduled for 18 June. The questions include: When the UP commission published the answer key to the questions in January this year, it contended that option (d) was the right answer for the first question. It also set option (d)...
M.K. Stalin, working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party

Barbs follow NDA govt proposal to change allocation criterion for civil services

DMK working president M.K. Stalin Sunday demanded the immediate withdrawal of the proposal, calling it a move aimed at nullifying reservation for Dalits and backward classes.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

UPSC notifies lowest number of vacancies in 10 years. Is this the Modi effect at play?

Modi had promised a leaner bureaucracy under his mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. Since 2014, vacancies have declined from 1,291 to 782.
Chandigarh Police HQ

Stalking probe puts Chandigarh’s bureaucratic soup in the spotlight

With officers drawn from three cadres running the union territory, administration and law enforcement of Chandigarh is often uncoordinated and haphazard. Chitleen K. Sethi

On Camera

Maneka Gandhi (left) with Varun Gandhi (right)

2019 elections ended ‘dynasties’ only of Congress, BJP’s are well and truly thriving

Many in Congress like Rahul Gandhi and Scindia lost partly due to BJP’s anti-dynasty agenda. BJP’s own dynasts, however, romped home with massive wins.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

The Mandal-Mandir era is over, make way for Modi

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.