Monday, December 18, 2017

IPS Association’s DNA jibe creates row; “Let’s not a friendly cricket match turn into a DNA test”, IAS Association retorts

Victorious UP IPS cricket team (Courtesy: Twitter)
A FRIENDLY cricket match between IAS XI and IPS XI in Lucknow during the weekend created a row after the IPS Association attributed its officers’ victory to its "DNA", something which the IAS Association did not take very kindly. It all began after the IPS XI trashed IAS XI by 9 wickets in a friendly match played during the IAS Week in Lucknow. IAS Week in UP is a regular event, and possibly is the largest of this kind in India. But the IPS Association posted this controversial tweet:

Friday, December 15, 2017

7 more IAS of 1983, 1984, 1985 batches empanelled as GoI secretaries; 8 as secretary equivalent; Full List

THE government on Wednesday released an order of empaneling seven more IAS officers belonging to 1983, 1984 and 1985 batches as Union secretaries, and another eight officers as secretary equivalent. The officers belonging to these three batches are already posted as secretaries. Here is the list of the add-ons:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IPS Association refutes media report; says “IPS officers welcome challenges”

THE association of the Indian Police Service (IPS) officers on Tuesday said that its members, all IPS officers, “welcome challenge” while refuting a media report saying that the IPS officers avoid joining the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as DIGs because “there is little scope for cushy postings at its Delhi headquarters, challenging field positions and rigours of daily operations.” Calling the analysis…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Govt has zero tolerance towards non-performing officers; tries to clear backlog of promotions: Minister Jitendra Singh

Minister Singh with the delegation of Central Secretariat employees
THE Central government has zero tolerance towards corrupt and non-performing officers though it’s highly supportive for performing officers of integrity, said MoS, personnel Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday. He further said that he personally felt disturbed to come across government employees who spend their entire service tenure of 30 to 35 years without securing a single promotion, adding that the department of personnel and training (DoPT) is trying to clear backlog of promotions. The minister was…

Monday, December 11, 2017

10 things to know about guokao, the exam that selects Chinese civil servants; 5-hour test, 7-yr jail for cheating…

ON SUNDAY, about 1.1 million candidates appeared for China's National Public Servant Examination, a huge jump from the last year's 984,000 aspirants, according to reports quoting China’s official news agency, Xinhua. The reports further said that this year's exam in China saw an increase of 76,000 applicants for the grassroots positions in difficult and remote areas. Here are 10 things to know about the Chinese civil service examination:

Friday, December 08, 2017

Days before retirement, 1983 batch IAS JK Dadoo repatriated to cadre; IAS Manoj Kumar Singh appointed PS to the Power Minister

THE government has prematurely repatriated JK Dadoo, 1983 batch AGMUT cadre IAS and additional secretary and financial adviser in the ministry of commerce and industry to his cadre with “immediate effect”. The order, however, does not mention the reason for his premature repatriation. But significantly, Dadoo will turn 60 on Sunday; so he will retire by the end of this month. He is an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad and is also a...

Thursday, December 07, 2017

10 things to know about new UPSC Member Smita Nagaraj

A WEEK after 1984 batch former Tamil Nadu cadre IAS Smita Nagaraj took over as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a government agency that recruits top civil servants of the country, the President of India has given his formal nod. A notification issued on Wednesday (6th December), reads as follows: “The President is pleased to appoint Ms. Smita Nagaraj as Member, Union Public Service Commission with effect from the forenoon of 1st December, 2017, for a period of six years or until she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier”. Here are the 10 things about Smita Nagaraj:

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Govt upgrades SPG posts to inspector general’s level to rope in 2 senior IPS — Alok Sharma and S Suresh

TWO IPS officers — Alok Sharma of 1991 batch and S Suresh of 1995 batch — were appointed as Inspector General (IG) in Special Protection Group (SPG), an elite force which is in charge of protecting India’s Prime Minister, former PMs and their families. The SPG commandoes are often called the black cats. In order to rope in these two senior officers, both currently working in Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the government had to temporarily…

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

After India's entry into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Govt appoints there 2 IFS officers — Anand Prakash, Krishna K

TWO Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers — Anand Prakash of 2005 batch and Krishna K of 2012 batch — have been appointed in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) secretariat, Beijing, for three years. Whereas Prakash will be Adviser (first secretary/counsellor level), Krishna K has been appointed as Attache (second secretary level). Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is an...

Monday, December 04, 2017

Time to Apply Under DFFT: Full list of foreign universities and courses, for 2018-19

THE list of foreign universities and the short and long term courses, 2018-19, for the government officers under the DFFT scheme is out. Those who are eligible for the Domestic Funding of Foreign Training (DFFT) scheme include IAS, Group ‘A’ officers belonging to Central Secretariat Service (CSS) etc., and then the IPS, Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and Group ‘A’ central civil service officers during the tenure of deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme. The courses include a whole range of subjects -- from management and public administration to fighting corruption. One however needs to cross-check with the DoPT guidelines to find out the exact eligibility criteria. Here below are the names of the foreign universities, courses offered, and their time-line: