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Modi govt promised to raise India’s crude oil output – but it actually dropped last 5 yrs

Higher crude imports went unnoticed due to global prices, analysts say. Modi govt says ‘made considerable progress, but it takes time’.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

Modi govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies but UPSC recruitment falls by nearly half

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Supreme Court of India

This is how political parties can dodge SC’s interim judgment on electoral bonds

Legally, only SBI, which sells electoral bonds, is expected to have details of donors. So, political parties could claim ignorance on who donated to them.

New govt should review RBI’s inflation goals, says PM Modi’s economic adviser

PM Modi’s Economic Advisory Council Rathin Roy says India will need to decide whether the inflation target band of 2% to 6% is too wide.
Johnson and Johnson Inc. building

After J&J implant row, govt plans to hire 750 officers to regulate medical devices

Plan is to hire these officers, who will exclusively regulate sale of medical devices such as coronary stents & hip implants, through a written exam conducted by UPSC.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

UPSC recruitment has fallen 40% since 2014 while govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies

The number of recruits has fallen from 1,236 in 2014 to 759 in 2018. Officials say UPSC has no authority over how many candidates to recruit.
A student attends a welding class during vocational training at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) Institute of Skills in New Delhi, India

Here’s what we know for sure about jobs & unemployment under Modi govt

A highly educated youth is more than 5 times as likely to be unemployed as an uneducated one, reflecting quality of education & jobs being created.
Former Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya



Modi govt achieved successes in social sector, says ex-Niti Aayog vice-chairman Panagariya



Modi govt has also made an unprecedented progress in tackling corruption, added Arvind Panagariya.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Modi govt’s lateral entry scheme gets going, 9 ‘domain experts’ picked for joint secretary posts

The appointment of private sector specialists to these posts is unprecedented as they are traditionally occupied by civil servants, particularly IAS officers.
Rajnath Singh, PM Modi and Amit Shah launching the BJP manifesto | ANI

BJP’s Rs 100 lakh crore infrastructure dream only possible with pvt help, financial reform

Modi govt has spent Rs 19.3 lakh crore in 5 years on infrastructure. To meet the manifesto promise, it would need to spend over 5 times that amount per year.

On Camera

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Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.