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Praveen Prakash serves as Principal Secretary to the CM in his office as well as Secretary of the crucial General Administration Department (GAD) | Twitter | @egodavarigoap

Praveen Prakash — 1994-batch IAS officer is Andhra CM’s go-to man & ‘calls all the shots’

Colleagues describe Prakash as a man of undisputed competence, but questions have emerged about the level of power he wields. The allegations are water off the officer's back.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses BJP workers at party headquarters in Delhi on 11 November 2020 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Modi govt’s order to Bengal IPS officers shows federalism is back to Indira Gandhi’s ways

Modi govt can't lord over Mamata Banerjee-run West Bengal. All India Services are loaned by states to the Centre.
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Why India needs to bet its money on the right honey

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
A billboard for a civil service coaching academy in Thakurdwara, Uttar Pradesh (representational image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Little known, but much in demand — ‘star’ teachers keep IAS, IPS, IFS coaching industry going

Civil service aspirants seek coaching for optional subjects like history, geography & political science. This makes ‘subject expert’ teachers most sought-after.
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‘Weekend marriages, ego battles’ — why some IAS, IPS couples who meet during training separate

Perhaps the most talked-about couple among civil servants in recent years, IAS officers Tina Dabi and Athar Amir Khan have filed for separation for reasons not known yet.

Court denies bail to suspended IAS officer Sivasankar in Kerala gold smuggling

Sivasankar Monday submitted an argument note in the court alleging that he was arraigned as an accused as he had refused to name a few political targets of the ED's choice.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Home ministry cites ‘acute shortage’ of IAS, IPS in J&K and Ladakh, seeks urgent deployment

MHA has asked cadre-controlling authorities to ‘provide the name(s) of suitable officer(s), eligible for deputation... and willing to serve in the Governments of UT of J&K/UT of Ladakh’.
The North Block of the Central Secretariat buildings| Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Govt wants IAS, IPS officers to be nice to public, organises training to make them ‘friendly’

The voluntary training programme is likely to be organised in February next year. Officers with a minimum of four years in service all the way up to secretary rank will be eligible.

Your role is minimum government, maximum governance, PM Modi tells IAS probationers

Modi told the probationers that people are the 'real driving force' of govt policies during a video conference from Kevadiya in Gujarat.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EC plans cooling-off period for IAS and IPS officers looking to join politics

The EC, it is learnt, began to consider the idea after former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey quit the IPS in September and joined the JD(U) weeks before the assembly elections.

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