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Makeover: Bureaucracy set
to harness youth power 

What is India News Service, Wednesday, 30 March 2005, 1600 hrs IST

Indian bureaucracy is readying for a \93major makeover\94 that will include younger officers, a more performance-oriented regime and e-governance, says Cabinet Secretary B.K. Chaturvedi.

\93We are hopeful we will be able to introduce key reforms like performance-based retention and recruiting of officers at a younger age this year,\94 Chaturvedi said in an interview.

He was speaking after delivering a talk on \91Bureaucracy at the crossroads\92 at the Gymkhana Club here on yesterday.

\93The Indian bureaucracy is on the cusp of a major makeover and long-awaited reforms like e-governance will make a huge difference to the delivery system,\94 he emphasised.

One of the better methods of bringing transparency and accountability in the system is e-governance. \93The lesser the direct interface between officials and the people, the lesser the chance of harassment,\94 said Chaturvedi, who also chairs an apex committee that monitors computerisation in various departments.

Soon after taking charge in May last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced bureaucratic reforms as one of the key priorities of his Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to significantly improve the delivery system of the administration.

Sumatra quake: Stung once, India swings into action within an hour: India swung into action within an hour of the earthquake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia on Monday and alerted various state governments that another tsunami might be triggered.

India committed to finding solution to all issues with Pak: Reasserting India's commitment to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that he was looking forward to the visit of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf slated next month.

India to spend Rs 3360 crore on defence: India approved 33.6 billion rupees of defence spending including the purchase of nine offshore naval patrol boats and the upgrading of Sea Harrier planes, the defence minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

Jaswant flays US offer, Govt's discordant views: The BJP on Tuesday said USA's offer to sell multirole fighter aircrafts to Pakistan and India was a result of its own "industrial-military conflict" and promotion of their commercial interests. The party also accused the Government of airing "discordant" views on the issue.

Govt moves to shut door on Netaji truth: The haste with which the Government appears determined to close the Justice MK Mukherjee Commission is sure to be noted by future generations as confirmation that the Nehruvian Congress always had something to hide, about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's post-World War II whereabouts.

No security threat to bus service: Mufti: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today asserted that there was no security threat to India due to the \93permit system\94 adopted by India and Pakistan for running the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, beginning April 7.

Cross-examine NHRC chief, says Zaheera: Gujarat riots much debated Best Bakery case key witness Zahira Sheikh in her fresh affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, has tried to give a new twist to the case by seeking cross examination of National Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice Anand.

DN Tripathi to chair ICHR: Noted historian Prof DN Tripathi, former Head of Department of Ancient History and Archaeology in Gorakhpur
University, will be the Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). The Government has also nominated 18 eminent historians
in the reconstituted council.


Kanchi seer misses death by a whisker: The Shankaracharya of Kanchi mutt, Jayendra Saraswathi, had a brush with death when his van crossed an unmanned level crossing.

JD(U) won't dump BJP for governance in Bihar: On the eve of a three-day brainstorming session of the party at Rajgir, JD-U leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of parting ways with alliance partner BJP in its bid to form a popular Government in Bihar. Mr Kumar also called upon all anti-RJD forces to adopt a flexible approach for the formation of an elected Government in the State.

Delhi to bid for 2014 Asian Games: Delhi will now bid for the 2014 Asian Games with Government backing. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the Indian Olympic Association's proposal to bid for the 17th Asian Games.

Balloonist Singhania set to touch edge of space: He is ready to fly to levels where eagles never dared. To put it in his own words, he wants to "touch the edge of space". In mid-November 2005, renowned aviator and industrialist Dr Vijaypat Singhania will embark upon what he himself calls "Mission Impossible", by attempting to become the first man to fly a hot air balloon to a staggering height of 70,000 feet (or 21,000 meters) above the sea level.


War no longer an option, says former Pak PM: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujat Hussain today categorically said that \93war is no longer an option and failure is also not an option\94 for the two neighbours in pursuing peace.

Pakistan sending out-of-date centrifuges to IAEA: Pakistan may hand over parts of used centrifuges to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the 'express request' of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Law ready to curb 'bad money': Aziz:
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday called for joint efforts at the international level for the success of campaign to curb money laundering.

Six Afghan soldiers injured in blast:
A roadside bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, wounding six soldiers of the National Army, while two US soldiers were injured in a separate incident, officials said.

View from abroad

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Drug victim in CP Harry's friend : The boy who died in a Connaught Place hotel of drugs overdose was reportedly Prince Harry's friend.
Modi supporters launch signature campaign: Friends and supporters of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the US have launched a signature campaign against the Bush administration's decision to deny him a visa.


Bureaucracy will get younger:
 The Centre plans to recruit young people and assign them responsible jobs. 
India responded quickly to quake: This time it was an all-round alert, and quick action to avert tragedy.
Defence got a big boost: The Navy will get all new equipment, thanks to the approval of a huge allocation.