|And from the World in Brief...
Ministers in the United Kingdom have called for a review of the honours system after officials informed them that Olympian, Mo Farah, did not qualify for knighthood.
The proposed review comes after it was revealed Mr Farah could not receive the top honour because he was yet to obtain an MBE.
Adding to the outrage is a clause which prohibits the disgraced BBC presenter, Jimmy Saville, from being stripped of his honours after death as well as the fact that a top official responsible for delegating honours was himself awarded a gong.
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Finance has refused to disclose any data on the amount paid as bonuses to its employees.
The request from a Bulgarian media outlet, filed under the Access to Public Information Act, came a year after it was made public that Public Servants in the Ministry were paid a total of BGN235,000 (A$152,000) in Christmas bonuses in 2011.
More than one million applications to join the Malaysia Public Service have been received by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The PSC said out of the 1.1 million applications received, 46,000 new appointments were made last year to fill the various vacancies including 36,000 for permanent posts and the rest on contract basis.
However it said it was still concerned that the number of applications from those with Chinese and Indian backgrounds was still small.
A new induction program has been launched in Oman to help prepare staff at the Ministry of Information prepare for the challenges they could face this year.
The staff training program was launched along with a number of other resources including the Oman Annual Book and a guide to civil service law.
Public Servants in Nigeria are to legally challenge the appointment of an ex-military officer as permanent secretary in Edo State.
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has called for the review of the appointment of the retired military officer by Governor, saying it contradicted the 1999 Constitution, which empowered the President to appoint Permanent Sectaries from the Public Service.
Edition 346, 29 January 2013