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Thursday, November 08, 2007


 

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Indian Bureaucracy is the the administrative arm of the Government. Technically a branch of the executive, but legislature also has some control over its functioning.  In the Indian democracy setup, its responsibility is to turn legislation into policies and act as intermediary between representatives and society.  It has a wide range of duties, from formulating and planning difficult technical issues to handing out welfare checks, delivering the mail, etc. 

This Administrative system was introduced when India became a crown colony.  Its development mirrored the Professionalization of the civil service in Britain; the same as civil service in ministerial government, except that there were no elected heads of ministries.  After independence, the government changed Indian Civil Service (ICS) to Indian Administrative Service (IAS).  A centralized selection procedure was introduced, but the IAS officials are deputed to states or the central government.


 

 

Nandigram is still burning but a consensus is eluding not only the Left Front but also the CPM on how to bring peace back. (Bullets In Turf War, Potshots In Party, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

State Government has re-launched Namakku Naame Thittam in all the rural and urban areas this year. (Govt. Re-Launches Namakku Naame Scheme In Krishnagiri District , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The proposed visit of Defence Minister AK Antony to Israel will, apart from underscoring the strategic relationship between the two countries, send out the right political message to Tel Aviv. (Antony's Israel Visit, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 08, 2007)

Olive trees will soon adorn the arid landscape of Rajasthan. (Israel’S Olive Branch To Rajasthan, Statesman, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

The life and times of two exceptional members of the U.K. police force. (Policemen Nonpareil, Frontline, R.K. Raghavan, Nov 08, 2007)

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom. (Politicians & Lies, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 08, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

THE emperor has no clothes. He has been stripped bare. And it is not a pretty sight. In fact, it is ghastly. So horrific that everyone is looking away. (Action Replay, Frontline, DIONNE BUNSHA, Nov 07, 2007)

The latest issue of People’s Democracy has an editorial on the Gujarat riots in the wake of Tehelka’s sting operation. (No Closure, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Whether we are bureaucrats or politicians (or, for that matter, journalists) we Pakistanis are so accustomed to perks and privileges that we gobble them up like mother’s milk. (Perks And Privileges, Dawn, Hafizur Rahman, Nov 07, 2007)

IN October, Karnataka was mired in political shenanigans and uncertainties. With the transfer of power from the Janata Dal (Secular) to its coalition partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), not taking off, hell broke loose as the political . . . . ("The Ideology Is Only In Speeches": , Frontline, Ravi Sharma , Nov 07, 2007)

I stand for ever in a queue. But at the end of it, I know, I will have access to the finest medical care in the country. I could jump the queue thanks to doctor friends. So why don’t I, I am often asked by an irrate spouse. (Pottering Around Pgi, Tribune, Punam Khaira Sidhu, Nov 06, 2007)

The format and venue of IT.in needs serious rethinking. (Reboot And Refresh , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 06, 2007)

Strong and sustained international pressure will be needed to defuse the present crisis. An unstable, volatile, radicalised, and nuclear-armed Pakistan is in no one’s interest. (Pakistan: Having A Tiger By The Tail, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Nov 06, 2007)

The spectre that haunts India has claimed fresh victims even as the Government seems utterly clueless as to how to tame it. There is no end to the spate of terror unleashed by the Maoist menace, with 16 policemen who died on November 1 in . . . . (Maoists On Rampage, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 06, 2007)

THE suspension of the Constitution has stripped away the democratic façade from General Musharraf’s military rule. (Fight Against Militancy, Dawn, Kaiser Bengali, Nov 06, 2007)

TDP president Mr N Chandrababu Naidu today alleged that chief minister Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy had asked him to “shut up” during the Business Advisory Committee meeting convened by the Speaker to discuss the agenda for the AP Assembly’s winter session. (Ysr Asked Me To Shut Up: Naidu, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

I have often regretted my cautious approach towards the Indian stock market. (Oil’S Not Well, Indian Express, Vikram S Mehta, Nov 06, 2007)

Embarrassed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s poem mourning the death of LTTE leader Thamilselvan, the Congress on Monday sought to distance itself from the DMK chief’s action saying that the Congress does not “subscribe” to his views. (Cong Distances Itself From Karunanidhi’S Elegy On Ltte Leader, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

As Condoleezza Rice jets around the world, she must sometimes wonder where she’s going. Over her three years as Secretary of State, she has squandered great opportunities by putting faith and loyalty above her old worldview. (In Chasing Bush Democracy ‘Agenda’, Rice’S Worldview Flips, Policies Flop, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

 

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