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Lateral Entry Institutiona lised In Many European Countries, US

New Delhi: The government sources said that lateral entry is a very common practice in the UK and the US. The proposal to have 'lateral entry' in government posts showed that PM NarendraModi had done what his predecessors could only think of, even though they too brought experts from outside from time to time,.

Sources said that "lateral entry is a well-established principle across the world and is universally acknowledged by experts to catalyze greater governance, efficiency, professionalism and specialised, cutting-edge experience in public administration".

Countries like United States, Belgium, the UK, Australia and New Zealand have, in fact, institutionalised this practice as a permanent part of their system, said a government official. He added that even though lateral entry was consistently recommended by multiple government committees and reviews over the years, the onus was always left to the political leadership.

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Large Amount Of Dirt Money Seized From Maoists: SC Panel On Black Money

New Delhi: Justice ArijitPasayat, vice-chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team on black money said that a huge amount of black money has been seized from Maoists leaders in different parts of the country.

Speaking to media in Cuttack after a high-level meeting of SIT on black money yesterday, he said, a detailed probe will be launched in connection with seizure of the black money from Maoists.

Justice Pasayat said, Maoists are expanding their operation and amassing black money from illegal narcotics trade. Apart from Maoists money trail, financial transactions of some prominent cases were also discussed during the meeting.

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Late Running Trains Finally Stirs Railway Minister, Takes Stock

New Delhi: Railway Minister PiyushGoyal has directed the Railways General Managers to improve punctuality significantly by introducing planned integrated blocks for maintenance. He said that punctuality of the trains needs to be improved without affecting the routine maintenance work related to Safety of passengers.

Reviewing the performance of North Central, North Eastern and East Central Railways in New Delhi, MrGoyal urged General Managers to holistically plan weekly integrated traffic blocks of long duration.

He said these planned integrated blocks may be advertised well in advance so that the passengers are well informed about the blocks and any inconvenience to them may be minimized.

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Four Opposition CMs Visit Kejriwal's Residence To Express Solidarity

New Delhi: Four non-BJP chief ministers -- MamataBanerejee of West Bengal, Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, PinarayiVijayan of Kerala and H D Kumaraswamy of Karnataka -- visited their Delhi counterpart ArvindKejriwal's residence on Saturday evening to meet his family members amid his sit-in protest at Lt Governor Anil Baijal's office along with three cabinet colleagues. Earlier in the day, Baijal had denied permission to Banerjee for meeting Kejriwal and the Delhi CM alleged that it was the PMO that had directed Baijal to refuse permission to Banerjee to meet him.

The four non-BJP chief ministers are in Delhi to attend the NITI Aayog meeting to be held on Sunday. They have also sought Baijal's permission to meet him and submit a representation on Kejriwal and his three cabinet colleagues' sit-in at his office. "All of us would like to make a representation to you with respect to the issues concerning the Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi, ShriArvindKejriwal. Please grant us a meeting slot today as we are waiting. We request you to give us time around 9 pm today," they said in the letter.

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Prime Minister Chairs A High-Level Meeting On Security Situation In Jammu And Kashmir

New Delhi: Despite Indian government had announced one-side ceasefire killing in J&K continued, so since Ramzan is over Prime Minister NarendraModihas chaired a high-level meeting on the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in which a decision on extending the ceasefire could be taken.

The meeting is being attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor AjitDoval, and senior officials of intelligence and security agencies, they said. The meeting is crucial as a call on extending the unilateral ceasefire post Ramzan, which ends today, can be taken during it, officials said.

It is expected that the issue of security for AmarnathYatra, starting June 28, and killings of Rising Kashmir editor ShujaatBukhari and Army jawan Aurangzeb is also on the agenda, they said. The fate of the Centre's one-month-old policy of suspension of operations against militants in Jammu and Kashmir hangs in the balance, with a few security agencies flagging its disadvantages, including regrouping of militants, and some in the Home Ministry being in favour of extending it with a rider that intelligence-based operations should be increased, officials had said.