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Not just IAS and police, India’s Covid-19 fight must use panchayats and municipalities too

Once again, the prolonged period of Covid-19 pandemic crisis will shine the light on India’s state capacity. But should India depend only on its elite bureaucracy?
IAS officers of 2017 batch in Parliament (representational image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

IAS, IPS officers can now accept gifts from foreign dignitaries as rules are set to change

Existing rule doesn't allow IAS, IPS & IFS officers to accept gifts worth more than a certain limit without informing govt. The provision is now being extended to foreign dignitaries’ gifts.
IAS officers outside the Parliament (representational image)

After UPSC exam, IAS, IPS, IFS and other recruits could have to take one more online test

According to DoPT, all civil service recruits will be given pre-training material online, and they will be tested on it right before their Foundation Course.
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50% drop in IAS, IPS officers promoted in central govt in 2018, and no one can explain why

According to govt data, appointments through promotion at the level of deputy secretary, joint secretary, additional secretary & secretary fell to 2,918 in 2018 from 5,953 in 2016.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

If CAPF cadre wants to be treated as civil servants, it must develop citizen-centric values

What the CAPF cadres are demanding has huge national security implications. It also impacts the contours of India’s civil-military equations.
BSF personnel

Armed police forces to become service like IAS & IPS, officers to be recruited via UPSC

Modi govt plans to club all Central Armed Police Forces into one Indian Central Armed Police Service, to bring the forces on par with other civil services.
Representational image of CRPF personnel | ANI

Modi govt plan to merge CAPF, IPS recruitment exams could end animosity between them

The Centre is looking at changes in the UPSC test, for recruitment of paramilitary officers, in order to merge it with the coveted civil services exam.
Thakurdwara is dotted with UPSC coaching centres in every nook and corner, with large boards and negligible results. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In this sleepy UP town, lakhs are sold an IAS-IPS dream but no one gets selected

Thakurdwara is home to dozens of UPSC coaching institutes that teach youth to pursue the IAS-IPS dream, without caring for the reality of a lack of jobs.
Assam Rifles

Woman IPS officer says Assam Rifles jawan molested her, force to file counter FIR

Assam Rifles stands by jawan, accuses IPS officer of jumping designated scanning lane at Moreh, a town bordering Myanmar.
Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Kumar Patnaik

Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik to retire — but don’t be surprised if he gets another job

The job of heading Delhi Police is seen as a plum posting that allows IPS officers to court the limelight and remain in the thick of things even after retirement. 

On Camera

Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

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.