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

To break IAS grip, Modi govt is picking more non-IAS officers for top jobs

Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet has empanelled four non-IAS officers as secretaries and at least one of them was elevated to secretary level. 
R. Subrahmanyam

HRD secretary R. Subrahmanyam transferred over ‘JNU student protests’

R. Subrahmanyam will now be secretary, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. He will be replaced by Amit Khare, the school education secretary.
P.K. Mishra, the principal secretary to Prime Minister | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

The Prime Minister’s Man — in new PMO power equation, it’s PK Mishra who calls the shots

Mishra, the principal secretary to Narendra Modi, has the final word on what reaches the PM, has direct access to Modi and works closely with Amit Shah.
File image of Nitish Kumar | Photo: ANI

Bihar’s all-powerful IAS officers who Nitish Kumar depends on more than his ministers

Nitish Kumar, in his 14 year as Bihar CM, has always relied on civil servants loyal to him rather than career politicians, leading to a powerful lobby.

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The pamphlet of Historical Gastronomica | Facebook

Harappan meat row not the first. Museums and gods have always collided

Historical facts take a backseat when you have gods on display. And it’s not just the babus in National Museum, museums struggle with religious artefacts world over.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the spectacle of Trump visit without a trade deal boost India-US ties?

Five days ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, he has said that “the big (trade) deal” is being saved for “later”.

Defence

PM Modi with US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump visit set to further consolidate US-India collaboration in Indo-Pacific

During Donald Trump’s visit next week, both the US and India could issue a joint declaration to lay down roadmap for larger cooperation in Indo-Pacific region.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.