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Ashok Khemka

50 transfers in 26 years put Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka on track for dubious record

Ashok Khemka’s transfers don’t seem to be affected by who is in power — he was transferred 21 times in 10 years by Hooda, 6 times in 4.5 years by Khattar.
Piyush Goyal

Why IAS officers are no fans of minister Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal has emerged as one of the stars of the Narendra Modi govt, but the IAS officers who served under him say he is rude and shouts often.
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73 former IAS, IPS & IFS officers give EC a solution to EVM row, and it’s not paper ballot

The letter, which comes months before the Lok Sabha elections, includes as signatories former NSA Shivshankar Menon & former foreign secretary Nirupama Menon Rao.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi

How UPSC proposal to induct IAS candidates for other central jobs could benefit thousands

The UPSC has proposed to the central government that the candidates who fail the civil service exam interview be recruited to other govt jobs.
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Older IAS entrants tend to have lower performance levels, says a global study

Research by scholars from University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and London School of Economics backs Niti Aayog suggestions for civil services.
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The dreaded, dead law under which three IAS officers have been convicted in coal scam

Government servants have lashed out at the conviction of IAS officer H.C. Gupta and two others under Section 13(1)(d)(iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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Coal scam convict HC Gupta’s son wants to be an ‘upright’ IAS officer just like his father

HC Gupta’s son Sarthak says his father’s legal tribulations over the coal scam have been ‘disheartening’, but he is driven to enter the IAS.

One of India’s oldest IAS officers says civil servants today need to be more patient

Sardar Saran Singh, 95, speaks about how things have changed for the civil service in the 71 years since independence.
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How a woman who couldn’t go to IIT because she got married became ISRO’s top engineer

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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48 former IAS officers urge Modi to speak up on the arrest of 5 activists

The retired officials have called the sudden arrests of five activists as the “most brazen display of coercive authority by the state yet”.    New Delhi: Forty-eight retired civil servants have penned an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the arrest of prominent human rights activists by the Pune Police on the premise that they instigated the Bhima-Koregaon violence and are alleged to be Maoist supporters. However, this isn’t the first time that this group of retired IAS officers has spoken against the Modi government. Also read: Bhima-Koregaon arrests, Rafale row, note ban have one common problem: BJP’s execution In April, they wrote another open letter to PM Modi, in which they criticised him for only breaking his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rapes “when public outrage both in India and internationally reached a point when you could no longer ignore it”. Arresting dissent  The retired officials have called the sudden arrests of five activists and lawyers...

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An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

Tejas

Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?