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INDIA

MJ’S GROPING HANDS UP AGAINST ‘COMMON KNOWLEDGE’

ONUS TO PROVE INNOCENCE IS ON EX-MINISTER
Author: Sushil Kutty - Published 20-10-2018 11:53 GMT-0000
With Sabarimala and Amritsar, MJ Akbar’s shame seems to have gone under the radar. As we walk through another weekend – time forfeited, they come and go so swift and quick, it’s a wonder they last – the dumped Minister of State for External Affairs must be preparing for the battle of his life. Caught in the eye of the #MeToo cyclone, MJ will be ruing his hands did not keep to themselves. Willy-nilly, they strayed to grab, squeeze and roam. Now, they’re in a saucy soup.
INDIA: KERALA

SANGH PARIVAR’S SABARIMALA SLIP IS SHOWING

LDF GOVT. MUST SHED ITS AMBIVALENCE
Author: P. Sreekumaran - Published 20-10-2018 11:50 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Sangh parivar’s sinister agenda to whip up communal passions on the Sabarimala issue and extract political mileage thereof has been exposed.
INDIA: KERALA

SABARIMALA ON BRINK OF FINDING CLOUSURE

ACTIVISTS MOUNT ‘ASSAULT’ ON OUT-OF-BOUNDS TEMPLE
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 20-10-2018 11:47 GMT-0000
Subterfuge, masking gender in police uniform, and threats to close the Sabarimala shrine have made null the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages into it. Women rights activists have been compelled to take on the outwardly cover of the male gender! The irony is not lost on anyone. Halted 500 metres short of the 18-steps to redemption, activist Rehana Fatima and journalist Kavita Jakkal returned to base camp Friday morning.
INDIA: KERALA

MODI GOVT’S DANGEROUS GAME ON WOMEN’S TEMPLE ENTRY

SABARIMALA COULD WELL BECOME KERALA’S SINGUR
Author: K Raveendran - Published 20-10-2018 11:43 GMT-0000
The Modi government is playing a dangerous double game using a flawed Supreme Court judgment lifting the ban on the entry of women of reproductive age into the Sabarimala hill shrine by insisting that the Kerala government ensure enforcement of the order despite widespread opposition from an overwhelming majority of people. And an inept Pinarayi Vijayan government is playing into the hands of the BJP, in the process creating a dream opportunity for lotus to bloom in the otherwise most unlikely state, by allowing the saffron party to highjack the volatile situation to create disaffection among the people against communists.

INDIA’S ENERGY SECURITY GETS A BIG BOOST

STRATEGIC PETROLUEM RESERVES PROGRAMME GOOD MOVE
Author: K R Sudhaman - Published 20-10-2018 11:34 GMT-0000
India, which imports 80 per cent of its oil in requirement, has at last woken up to the reality and embarked upon a plan to attract investment of up to $1 trillion in the oil sector to bring about much needed energy security.
BHUTAN

NEW DNT GOVT IN BHUTAN AFTER ELECTIONS

INDIA NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS IN DEALING WITH TOBGAY REGIME
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 20-10-2018 11:28 GMT-0000
The final results of the two-phase third general elections in Bhutan, published on Friday, must have come as a rude shock to the South Bloc. The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay suffered a humiliating defeat in the first round and was eliminated from contesting the second and final round. The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won 30 out of the 47 seats in the Bhutan Parliament, followed by Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) with 17 seats. To add to New Delhi’s worries, the DPT is considered to be a pro-China party. As leader of the winning DNT, Dasho Tshering Tobgay is slated to be the next prime minister.
INDIA: HEALTH WATCH

MENTAL HEALTH: IRRATIONAL PRACTICES CAN BE HARMFUL

NEED TO PROMOTE SCIENTIFIC METHODS OF TREATMENT
Author: Dr Arun Mitra - Published 20-10-2018 11:25 GMT-0000
Reports of medical students and young doctors committing suicide even in the premier institute AIIMS is a matter of grave concern. This issue needs serious introspection on the part of medical profession as well as the society. Depression that these young doctors and students have to pass through may have several causes, both external and internal. Stress starts in students and their parents even as children enter into 10+1 class and are preparing to get into medical course. Many promising students remain devoid of the opportunity to get admission to the course they have aspired for all through their schooling because of exorbitant increase in the tuition fees due to privatization of medical education. Just because one does not have money to pay tuition fee to the tune of nearly one crore rupees for graduation and another one crore for post-graduation they fail to become doctors. They then look for other allied courses but never get reconciled to this.
INDIA

MIGRANT WORKERS FLEE THE FLAWED GUJARAT MODEL

FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 20-10-2018 11:21 GMT-0000
If the ability of the state to protect its citizens—be they religious minorities or migrant workers from other provinces—from mass atrocities is the test for democracy, then Gujarat has failed the test again and again. In 2002, it was a failed communal state. In 2018, it has again proved itself to be a failed chauvinist and racist state.
INDIA

‘SEX PREDATOR’ MJ AKBAR WAS ONCE A BRILLIANT EDITOR

JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE FELLED BY POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM
Author: Harihar Swarup - Published 20-10-2018 11:18 GMT-0000
M J Akbar is one of the brightest journalists and a handsome young man in his younger days; even now he has an impressive personality. No wonder women fell for him. With all the talents and rated as one of the best editor, he has a weakness for young women but it is a surprise that he would fall so low as described by 20 women journalists who worked under him at one time or other. Many upcoming women journalists left their jobs because they could not bear the harassment. At the same time, those who worked with him learnt a lot professionally.
INDIA

BJP’S CHAOS THEORY FITS CHAOTIC INDIA

AN AADHAAR FOR HINDU IDENTITY?
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 18-10-2018 10:55 GMT-0000
MJ Akbar is out of the Council of Ministers and “they” think the state is free of the #MeToo stain. Ha! PMO got MJ to quit. NSA Ajit Doval did it. EAM Sushma Swaraj did it. WCDM Maneka did it. Blahblahblah… O! Great, just great. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is with the women! Zero tolerance for women-harassers. And women-bashers at Sabarimala. News is the Centre has sent a “stern advisory” to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asking him to enforce rule of law and the Supreme Court verdict.

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