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B.S. Yediyurappa addresses the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru

Why BJP is not happy with Karnataka CM Yediyurappa and could even replace him

Pre-Truth — snappy, witty and significant snippets from the world of politics and government.

Twitter cracks whip on OSINT handles for revealing IAF aircraft positions during Balakot strikes

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
PM Narendra Modi

After IRS, Modi govt wants to forcibly retire IAS, IPS officers, review tainted ones monthly

The Narendra Modi government has also asked all ministries and public sector units to recommend names of officers every month for premature retirement.

When a ‘vegetarian’ Union minister tucked into mutton at a BJP Eid bash

Pre-Truth – snappy, witty and significant snippets from the world of politics and government.
A woman prepares food to be cooked on a LPG-connected stove at her home in a village near Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

New IRS data says 72% of Indians now have LPG stoves, bolsters Modi govt claim

The latest Indian Readership Survey claims a 3 per cent increase since 2017 in the share of population that can read and understand English.
File photo of IAS officer DK Jain | @IAS_Fraternity/Twitter

A judge who loves golf and Barack Obama’s IAS invitee: Here are India’s Lokpal members

Eight years after social activist Anna Hazare launched his movement to seek a Lokpal, India's first Lokpal was approved by the President Tuesday.

IRS officer Sushil Chandra appointed election commissioner, 2019 team now complete

IIT graduate Sushil Chandra is an IRS officer of the 1980 batch and is currently the CBDT chairperson.
Enforcement Directorate

IRS officers reclaim their turf in ED, led for 15 years by IAS & IPS officers

Current Enforcement Directorate S.K. Mishra, a former income tax officer, is pushing for vacant posts to be filled by IRS officers.
Central Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chowdary has said that corruption in the government has fallen under the Narendra Modi government.

K.V. Chowdary, first IRS officer to serve as CVC, is no stranger to controversy

K.V. Chowdary is said to have been as close to the power centres in UPA as he is in NDA.
Startups

Top angel investor & former IRS officer says civil servants throttling India startup scene

Venktesh Shukla, a leading angel investor, says India's civil services officers are the ‘worst’ to devise startup policies.

On Camera

With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.

Jails give Covid-19 parole: Can overstretched govt track prisoners’ movement and behaviour?

Prisons across India have begun to release inmates on parole after the Supreme Court directed to decongest jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Defence

Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.