Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicIFS officers

Topic: IFS officers

MEA under secretary’s rendition of Göttingen on International Francophonie Day wins hearts

Under secretary at the MEA, Petal Gahlot, shared her rendition of the song in celebration of International Francophonie Day, which is observed every year on 20 March.

BJP’s Harinder Khalsa who quit party over farm laws is ex-IFS officer, had stints in AAP, SAD

Harinder Khalsa quit IFS over Op. Bluestar, and after Khalistani link allegations, took asylum in Norway. His father was a Dalit leader who became Punjab's first leader of opposition and brother was also in IFS.

MEA Joint Secretary Devyani Uttam Khobragade appointed Ambassador to Cambodia

Khobragade is a 1999-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and is presently a Joint Secretary in the ministry.

Shringla picked as foreign secretary shows Modi govt values experience more than seniority

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, a 1984-batch IFS officer, supersedes three seniors — Ruchi Ghanshyam of 1982 batch and 1983-batch officers Rajeev Chander and Amita Nair.

No more J&K cadre in IAS & IPS if bifurcation goes through, officers will report to Centre

Union Territories don’t get individual cadres in IAS, IPS & forest service, so J&K officers will be subsumed into AGMUT cadre that reports to central govt.

IFS is India’s forgotten service, but these officers are using social media to change that

Young officers are now throwing light on the struggles of an IFS job — dodging forest fires, mitigating man-animal conflict, combating illegal activity etc.

How capable is India’s foreign policy — IFS officers cover the base but MEA needs fixing

India is relatively strong at the level of individual competence but weak at the organisational and systemic levels.

IFS officers demand PM’s Scholarship Scheme be extended to soldiers of the forests

Modi cabinet expanded the scheme to include children of police personnel killed in Naxal or terror attacks. Now IFS officers want it for forest personnel too.

Environment minister Harsh Vardhan wants forest officers inducted into tribal affairs ministry

Vardhan rules out rechristening name of forest service since doing so would be ‘a complex process’.

India has global ambitions but not enough IFS officers to fulfil them

India's roughly 940 foreign service officers are just slightly higher than New Zealand’s 885 officers, or Singapore’s 850.

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Sachets of Surf excel detergent are displayed at a store | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg File

Magic prices did warn of India’s sticky inflation but RBI didn’t notice

'Magic price points' — such as Rs 5 or Rs 10 — help less-affluent buyers stay within their budgets. In January, Rs 10 Surf became Rs 12 as commodity cost pressures became too intense.

Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.