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06 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Tripura DM who cracked whip at a wedding faces storm of protest

While the administration has been widely rebuked for complacency in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, a district magistrate in Tripura is in trouble for being overly enthusiastic in enforcing night curfew rules during a marriage in the state capital Agartala. A video that recorded the incident went viral on social media and political parties […]

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30 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

CVC ups ante, asks ministries to sort our plaints within 3 months

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has run into a wall of bureaucratic denial. The anti-corruption watchdog which regularly reviews pending cases and even called for a probe into pending corruption cases, but little has resulted from its efforts. Earlier this year in January, the commission set a timeline to finalize pending cases. It directed all […]

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27 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Private sector specialists will helm Modi’s reform push

In September last year, the Modi sarkar gave the go-ahead to its most ambitious bid to reform the bureaucracy – a national capacity building programme. Finally, the programme has got under way with the creation of Capacity Building Commission (CBC) under the National Programme for Civil Service Capacity Building aka “Mission Karmayogi”. And given the […]

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16 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

At last PESB has a Chief; she has her task cut out

After six months the government finally moved and appointed the new chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB). Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and MD of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) is the first private sector specialist to be appointed as the head of PESB for a three-year term. Hopefully, her appointment will now end the […]

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16 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Fresh minds in diplomacy: MEA opens to interns, sees flood of CVs

Everybody loves a diplomat. Last month, after revamping its policy of inviting interns, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) opened its doors to interns. It was swamped by a deluge of applications from across the country. Under the new policy, MEA will take in about 60 interns every year in two batches, with each intern […]

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04 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Will J&K-AGMUT cadre merger solve Valley’s problem of spare governance?

The merger of the Jammu & Kashmir cadre into the UT cadre, among other things, is meant to address the old problem of acute shortage of IAS officers in the union territory. The erstwhile J&K cadre had a stipulated strength of 137 IAS officers but currently has merely 58, of which nine are on Central […]

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04 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

High Court pulls up Punjab govt for tainted cops in IPS positions

The Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab is getting flak from the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the issue has ramifications across the country. The court has directed the state government to explain how and why it has chosen to appoint Punjab Police Service (PPS) officers to IPS-cadre posts of SSPs in the state. […]

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05 March 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Diplomatic pool to get 8 new joint secys soon

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been quite keen to add more joint secretaries to the diplomatic pool to staff new embassies and consulates being set up in various countries. Now, after some wait, headway has been made in this direction with the government planning to empanel eight IFS officers of the 2003 batch […]

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24 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

‘Takeover’ of Gymkhana Club strikes fear in Lutyens’ Delhi

The capital’s Gymkhana Club, the 107-year-old watering hole favoured by the high and mighty of Lutyens’ Delhi, is back in the news with its seemingly endless saga of mismanagement and irregularities. The present crisis has emerged after the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) dissolved the club’s governing council and appointed M.M. Juneja, director-general of […]

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03 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

As PM reshuffles his pack of babus, plum jobs for two ‘sidelined’ officers

In a major reshuffle, the Centre has transferred and posted 18 secretaries to different ministries and departments while several have been promoted. As is often the case, there is a story behind many of the babus involved in the reshuffle. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has finally got a new secretary in Deepak […]

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