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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

CMs violate IAS seniority rules too often with pick-and-choose game for chief secretaries

From Jayalalithaa to Amarinder Singh, chief ministers throughout the years seem to have ignored the seniority principle in choosing chief secretaries.
People at a market place in Ranchi | Bloomberg Photo

What if Indian states were countries

If we compare Indian states to India’s neighbourhood, we find that only Goa, Sikkim, and NCT of Delhi have a GDP per capita higher than China’s GDP per capita of $16,772.
Poverty and inequality in India

Kerala’s poor is UP’s rich — how access to basic services varies in Indian states

West Bengal and Rajasthan have remarkably improved the delivery of basic services to their poorest 20% population between 2005-06 and 2015-16, NFHS data show.
PM Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in support of his party candidates ahead of the 3rd phase of West Bengal assembly polls in Hooghly district, on 3 April 2021 | PTI

With one speech and free vaccines, Modi is India’s messiah again. States blamed for failure

With his latest address to the nation, Narendra Modi once again projected himself as the messiah who swooped in to save Indians when state governments had seemingly failed.
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PM Modi’s welcome announcement corrects what was wrong with the govt’s vaccination policy

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A grieving couple walks past the queue of ambulances outside the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Only one state prioritised health post-lockdown as India rushed to open economy, finds study

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Indian states were preparing for a post-pandemic world, without improving the readiness for a future Covid-19 wave.
Seemapuri crematorium in Delhi expanded amid a surge in Covid-19 deaths | Reeti Agarwal | ThePrint

If you claim India’s Covid death toll is 2x govt figure, it’s understandable. But not 10x

Media reports from cremation sites claiming the central and state govts are hiding Covid deaths might be effective in setting a narrative, but they don't pass muster.
PM Narendra Modi during a meeting with chief ministers on COVID-19, 23 April, 2021 | PTI

Don’t just game the system, return to Kautilya’s goal of happiness in Covid 2nd wave

India will soon witness a blame game — the Centre will blame states, govts will blame private sector and citizens. But the gaming of political system won't be discussed much.
Representational image. | Madhya Pradesh landscape. | Photo: Flickr

Indian states taking ownership of land records digitisation, up to govt to expand it now: Study

The government of India can profitably look at the N-LRSI experience as an instrument to secure improvement in the domain of land records and services.
Migrant workers walk along National Highway 8 toward Jalgaon district of Maharashtra in May, 2020 (Representational Image) | ANI

Prosperous Maharashtra, Karnataka hide a disparity within. Development is not for all: Study

We looked at the share of a district’s income in the state’s economy to bring out inter-district disparity for Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.