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Notices pasted on the gate of a mosque in Lucknow, asking devotees to offer namaaz from home | Photo: ANI

Muslim IAS-IPS officers’ Covid-19 appeal to community: Don’t give anyone reason to blame you

About 80 serving & retired officers have urged Muslims to practice social distancing, and cited the Quran to say courting disease through negligence is a 'sin'.
IAS officers outside the Parliament (representational image)

IAS, IPS officers say 50-70% pay cuts are mere optics, unnecessary and will hit morale

Amid Covid-19 outbreak, Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan, Odisha & Andhra have announced pay cuts or delays for elected representatives & govt employees.

IAS and IRS officers in the finance ministry don’t really retire in Modi govt

A number of IAS & IRS officers of the finance ministry, even after retiring, are serving in cushy jobs at the RBI, EC, CVC and CIC under Modi govt.  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

IAS officers say no recourse left against ‘arbitrary’ appraisal system after HC upholds it

Delhi High Court ruled last month that Modi govt’s appraisal system for senior civil servants, which officials call ‘arbitrary’ and ‘opaque’, isn’t illegal.
Pratap Khachariyawas, Rajasthan Transport Minister

Minister-IAS tiff grows in Rajasthan — another top civil servant defies his boss

Ravi Shanker Srivastava, chairman of Rajasthan State Roadways Transport Corporation, stopped the tender process of e-buses, announced by the transport minister.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt’s plan to open up UPSC scores for pvt sector big hit among aspirants

In two years, the number of high-scoring UPSC aspirants who opted for pvt sector jobs has risen 1,650%, from 800 in 2017 to 14,000 in 2019.
File photo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi, Amit Shah among the who’s who of Lutyens Delhi present at IAS officer’s family event

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Former CAG T.N. Chaturvedi

TN Chaturvedi, the CAG whose report on Bofors brought down Rajiv Gandhi govt 

The former IAS officer, who held various posts, including that of Karnataka governor, passed away Sunday night. He was 94.  
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021 after merger of services

The exam will be a common preliminary one for railway service but the main exam for engineers will be on their specialised domain expertise and not general studies.
R.N. Kao

No IPS officer should head RAW, chief should be PM’s choice — Indira Gandhi told RN Kao

RN Kao made R&AW one of the best intelligence outfits in the world. But from very early on, it was a victim of bureaucratic apathy and peer jealousy.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.