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Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EC plans cooling-off period for IAS and IPS officers looking to join politics

The EC, it is learnt, began to consider the idea after former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey quit the IPS in September and joined the JD(U) weeks before the assembly elections.
(L-R) P.D. Vaghela, G.C. Murmu, Rita Teaotia, and P.K. Pujari | Credit: ANI, Twitter/ @diprjk, Youtube, Twitter/@wecindia

6 years on, PM Modi’s core team is in the grip of IAS, IPS, IRS officers from Gujarat

From the PMO to investigative agencies and key regulators, civil servants from the Gujarat cadre — or those with a connection to the state — wield much power in Modi govt.
Former IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey addresses a press conference in Patna Wednesday | PTI

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey’s case rare. Approval of VRS plea by IAS, IPS takes month or two

IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey, who served as Bihar DGP, applied for VRS Monday and his application was accepted within 24 hours.
Students at a Samkalp Foundation centre. | Photo: Samkalp Foundation website

RSS-backed IAS institute has been quietly grooming ‘nationalist’ civil servants since 1986

In 2020 civil services exam, Samkalp Foundation has claimed a success rate of 61%. The institute with close ties to RSS claimed similar success in the last few years too.
File photo of IPS officer Sanjay Beniwal | Twitter | @tweetndmc

Chandigarh DGP thanks ‘lord Ram, PM Modi & Shah’ for promotion, triggers row

IPS officer Sanjay Beniwal, who has been posted in Chandigarh since June 2018, was promoted in the DGP scale by Union Home Ministry Tuesday.
IPS officer Charu Sinha | Photo credit: CRPF

Charu Sinha, 1st woman IPS officer to serve as CRPF IG Srinagar, breaks barriers for men too

A 1996-batch IPS officer, Charu Sinha was deputed with CRPF in 2018. Her career has seen her tackle Naxalism, factional feuds & what appeared to be a mental health crisis in CRPF.
File photo of Editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Suresh Chavhanke

Sudarshan News ‘bureaucracy jihad’ report is hate speech, say civil servants, demand action

Civil servants condemn Sudarshan News Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke after he posts teaser video of report, to be aired Friday, that claims ‘infiltration of Muslims’ in the services.
Rakesh Asthana | PTI

IPS officer Rakesh Asthana appointed BSF chief two years after ouster from CBI 

During his tenure in the CBI, Asthana was involved in investigating many high-profile cases and helped build a watertight case for Vijay Mallya’s extradition.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘No scam’ — this is why UPSC always recruits fewer candidates than posts notified

While UPSC shortlisted 829 candidates, the number of vacancies flagged by the government, which the UPSC notified, stood at 927.
A classroom at LBSNAA, Mussoorie | Representational photo | informatics.nic.in

Marginal rise in UPSC recruits over 2018, but numbers much lower than in early Modi years 

The Civil Service Exam results for 2019 were declared Tuesday. The UPSC had notified a total of 896 positions, against which it has picked 829 candidates.

On Camera

Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
A Reliance Industries Ltd. oil tanker truck.

Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.

Defence

File image of a BrahMos missile

India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.