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West Bengal Mulls Lateral Entry In Bureaucracy, Similar To Centre’s Move

Sep 28, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

The officials in the state administration said lateral entry would be done for the posts including special secretary and joint secretaries.

Bureaucrat As A Parliamentarian: Where Value Can Be Added

Aug 05, 2021 Amitabha Bhattacharya

Every member of the IAS knows intimately how the levers of government are moved and how best an idea can be concretised through the labyrinth of acts, rules, and regulations.

Rebels Without A Cause: Duplicity Of Retired Babus Giving Unsolicited Advise

How some retired bureaucrats morph into indignant conscience keepers of the nation.

J-K Govt's Order Sparks Speculations Over Outgoing Chief Secretary's Reluctance To Leave Charge

May 30, 2021 Naseer Ganai

The Jammu and Kashmir government recently directed administrative secretaries to address all papers and files to new chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta.

Centre Recalls Bengal Chief Secretary To Delhi Hours After PM Modi-Mamata Meet Row

While asking the West Bengal government to relieve the officer with immediate effect, centre also directed Bandyopadhyay to report in Delhi by Monday.

26 June, 2020

Vini Mahajan Appointed Punjab's First Woman Chief Secretary

Harish Manav

Vini Mahajan has served in the office of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh from 2005-2012, and handled matters relating to Finance, Industry and Commerce, Telecom and IT.

06 September, 2019

Karnataka IAS Officer Resigns, Says ‘Building Blocks Of Democracy Being Compromised’


S Sasikanth Senthil, Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner, in a letter said, "fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner".

16 April, 2019

Now, Ex-Bureaucrats Write To President Expressing Concern Over Attempts To 'Discredit' Election Commission

Outlook Web Bureau

The letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, signed by nearly 80 former civil servants, said "slurs" are being levelled against the Election Commission and doubts are being raised on its ability to hold free and fair elections.

08 April, 2019

66 Ex-Bureaucrats Including Najeeb Jung, Shivshankar Menon Write To President, Say EC Suffering From Credibility Crisis

Puneet Nicholas Yadav

The Election Commission, the bureaucrats allege, is suffering from a credibility crisis which endangers the integrity of the electoral process.

27 December, 2018

This European Country Is Ending Bureaucracy By Going Totally Digital

Outlook Web Bureau

Estonia has created one platform that supports electronic authentication and digital signatures to enable paperless communications across both the private and public sectors.

07 October, 2018

Plea Filed In SC Seeking Implementation Of Order On Sending Kids Of UP Bureaucrats To Govt Schools

Outlook Web Bureau

It further said that three years have elapsed since the high court's judgement, thereby causing serious loss of funds which should have accrued for development of these schools.


27 August, 2018

No Jeans, Denim Wear, Sunglasses For Tripura Bureaucrats: Govt Diktat

Outlook Web Bureau

A memorandum issued by Tripura government advising its officials to avoid wearing jeans, denim wear, and sunglasses during official duty has come in for severe criticism from Opposition parties.

11 July, 2018

2010 IAS Topper In Trouble Over Tweet On Rape

Outlook Web Bureau

Faesal had posted a tweet saying, "Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan".

05 July, 2018

Your 'Concurrence' No Longer Required On Any Matter: Kejriwal Tells LG

Outlook Web Bureau

The Supreme Court had yesterday clipped the powers of the LG and maintained he was bound by the aid and advice of the council of ministers of the Delhi government.

11 June, 2018

Modi's Move On Bureaucrats A Ploy To Get RSS Men Into Administration: Oppn

Outlook Web Bureau

Parties allege that it's a ploy to get those associated with the BJP and the RSS into administrative ranks.

04 June, 2018

The Capital of the Country’s Diarchies

Omesh Saigal

The share for power between the state and the centre has been a constant feature in India’s union territories and a ‘state’ like Delhi. Even so, the rift between the CM and the chief secretary over powers is exceptionally combative in the capital.


23 March, 2018

Rules Or No Rules, Bureaucrats Appearing In Courts Should Wear 'Sober And Decent' Dress, Says Supreme Court

Outlook Web Bureau

The apex court observed that the "dress worn by officials in courts is nothing but a symbolic of certain things".

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

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Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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