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One of the vehicles in the IAS officer’s convoy that was damaged during the incident | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

WhatsApp group, tracker, ‘mole’ — how ‘transport mafia’ planned attack on Ambala IAS officer

The convoy of Ambala ADC Preeti Sabbarwal was attacked on 18 September after the officer cracked down on alleged mining and transport mafia.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Lateral entry experts have ‘become like any IAS officer’ a year into recruitment

Modi govt hasn’t made any civil services recruitment though lateral entry since last year. Stakeholders say ‘domain experts’ hired have been subsumed by the system.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

All ministries to list IAS, IPS, other officers with ‘doubtful integrity’ for early retirement

Ministries have been told to maintain registers, which will contain the performance review of officials in the 50-55-year age bracket and those who have completed 30 years in service.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Nothing wrong with cut-offs for EWS candidates being lower than SC, ST & OBC, says UPSC

UPSC says cut-offs for civil services exam for EWS candidates doesn't impact the chances under other categories. Also notes that it depends on the number of people availing the quota.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Language test for UPSC — less than 5% IAS, IFS officers take civil services exam in Hindi

Data from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration underscores oft-made argument that civil services exam remains inaccessible to a majority of non-English speaking candidates.
The Nagaland civil secretariat in Kohima | Photo: Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

Nagaland civil servants hit out at IAS officers, call them ‘suitcase bureaucrats’

Modi govt had pulled up Nagaland for appointing non-IAS officers as DCs, but state civil service association says it isn’t out of parochial or personal ambition.
The 2011-batch IAS officer Abhishek Singh | Facebook: Abhishek Singh

Will give people a peek into the system — IAS officer who will star in Netflix’s Delhi Crime

Abhishek Singh, who is already an online sensation after featuring in musical video Dil Tod Ke, will now play an IAS officer in season 2 of popular Netflix series Delhi Crime.
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio | Photo: ANI

Modi govt pulls up Nagaland for ‘illegally’ posting 6 non-IAS officers as district collectors

DoPT has written to Nagaland chief secy that there are at least 9 IAS officers who should’ve been appointed instead. Governor also highlights ‘misgovernance’.
Civil services

Centre calls for immediate action against IAS officer who submitted ‘fake’ OBC certificate

In a letter to Kerala chief secretary, the DoPT has said the OBC certificate of the 2016 batch IAS officer was ‘erroneous and incorrect’.
Vini Mahajan took over as Punjab's chief secretary from Karan Avtar Singh (standing) last Friday | By special arrangement

Ignore seniors, find favourite IAS officer — the dubious tradition of picking chief secretaries

Vini Mahajan was last week appointed Punjab chief secretary superseding 5 IAS officers senior to her. CM Amarinder Singh said the choice was for ‘continuity’.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

Why MPC meeting postponement looks like Modi is undermining RBI yet again

RBI is on its third governor in four years and investors are left wondering whether India has become something of a halfway house

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.