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INDIA

CROWD-SOURCED MANIFESTOS MEAN NOTHING

PARTIES HAVE CONVENTIONAL MEANS TO KNOW PULSE OF PEOPLE
Author: K Raveendran - Published 23-03-2019 09:38 GMT-0000
Political parties are making a big virtue of crowd-sourcing their manifestos, claiming it is the ultimate way to democratise their promise and performance. They claim this will help them come up with the real manifesto that people want, rather than handing them down something that is arbitrary and unwanted.
INDIA

COALITION POLITICS ONLY OPTION FOR LOK SABHA 2019 POLLS

CONGRESS’S DELAY IN SEALING ALLIANCES IS ADVANTAGE BJP
Author: Harihar Swarup - Published 23-03-2019 09:33 GMT-0000
With the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha election slowly and steadily heating up, BJP and Congress have firmed up alliances barring a few hiccups. The BJP, however, seems quicker on this score. It has displayed pragmatism to promptly seal seat-sharing deals in important states like Maharashtra, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. The party’s top brass appears to have implicitly acknowledged it faces anti-incumbency and therefore can’t ride roughshod over allies. And given that today’s BJP is pretty much centred on the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the decisive messaging from the top has ensured that seat sharing isn’t thwarted by regional satraps.
INDIA: KERALA

GROUPS HAVE A VICE-LIKE GRIP ON CONGRESS LIST

ONLY 4 OUT OF 16 CANDIDATES ARE GROUPLESS
Author: P. Sreekumaran - Published 22-03-2019 10:04 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The two dominant groups in Congress in Kerala continue to have a vice-like grip on the candidates list published after protracted negotiations vitiated by hard and no-holds-barred bargaining.
INDIA

SAM PITRODA'S VIEWS MAY HELP MODI IN CAMPAIGN

PM WILL KEEP HIS NATIONALISM POWDER DRY TILL POLLS
Author: Sushil kutty - Published 22-03-2019 10:00 GMT-0000
Data-cruncher Sam Pitroda made Chowkidar Narendra Modi’s after-Holi day, revived for no reason the ebbing Balakote-issue, insisting that terror attacks like Pulwama were run of the mill and that the veracity of the Balakote air-strikes are suspect, there not being “proof” of kill as widely reported in the international media. Being “Mahatma Gandhian” to the core, Pitroda sought to distance his views from that of Rahul Gandhi who looks on Pitroda as mentor and guide. Chowkidar Modi pounced at the opportunity to keep alive Balakote till as long as possible, which is till May 23, 2019, going by the election calendar.
INDIA

BITTEREST POLITICAL BATTLE IN THREE STATES

BJP TO LOSE BUT HOW MUCH REMAINS THE QUESTION
Author: Gyan Pathak - Published 22-03-2019 08:55 GMT-0000
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal have emerged as the most important states that are heading towards the bitterest political battle during the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 the outcome of which is likely to decide the fate of government formation in India. Election is going to be held in these three politically most sensitive states in all the seven phases. Stakes of political parties are highest and therefore these represents highest security risks too. Security forces and administration will have very tough time in handling the law and order issues. Both the ruling and opposition alliances are hoping for considerable loss or gain for each other in these states sending 162 members in the Lok Sabha.

“MAKE IN INDIA” SLOGAN IS MISSING FROM BJP CAMPAIGN

SAFFRONS SHAKY ON HARD ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE ISSUE
Author: Subrata Majumder - Published 22-03-2019 08:50 GMT-0000
In pre-2014 Lok Sabha election, much was talked about Gujarat Model, which would likely to be replicated in Pan India , had BJP come in the power. The buzzword was synergized into Make in India initiative in the election manifesto. The success of Gujarat Model stimulated Modi to ploy a new dimension in the manufacturing dynamism in the country, with an eye on making the country a manufacturing hub in the world and eventually increase employment opportunities.
INDIA

MODI GOVERNMENT POLICIES HAVE CRIPPLED BSNL

EMPLOYEES ARE SUFFERING DUE TO MANUFACTURED CRISIS
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 22-03-2019 08:45 GMT-0000
Binu Pandey is a single mother in Ghaziabad with two school-going children. A video footage of her crying in agony before her superior official in BSNL went viral on the Internet on 13 March 2019. She was in hand-to-mouth existence and had not been able to pay even the school fee for her children as BSNL had not paid the salary for February she was saying amidst her sobs. Recorded and released by some colleague, it stirred the social media and the government and the BSNL faced universal condemnation.
GERMANY

BERLIN IS NOW A CITY OF PROCESSIONS

FOR GERMAN LEFT, UNITY IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR
Author: Victor Grossman - Published 20-03-2019 10:28 GMT-0000
BERLIN: A week ago I walked over to Berlin’s central square, Alexanderplatz (nick-named “Alex”) to join in observing International Women’s Day. Berlin, alone among Germany’s 16 states, declared it a paid holiday, compensating for the fact that the city-state has fewer religious holidays than all the others. A third of the city was once part of the German Democratic Republic, which always marked the day; that may also have contributed to the decision. This was its first year.
INDIA: LEGAL WATCH

WEEKLY UPDATE OF LEGAL POLICY AND MAJOR COURT DECISIONS

Author: Amritananda Chakravorty and Mihir Samson - Published 20-03-2019 10:23 GMT-0000
Weekly Round-Up of Major Decisions of the Courts in India as also Legal Policy Developments
INDIA: LEGAL WATCH

RAFALE DEAL ISSUE STILL HAUNTS MODI GOVERNMENT

ALL FOCUS IS ON COMING SUPREME COURT ORDER
Author: Amritananda Chakravorty - Published 20-03-2019 10:19 GMT-0000
In another high voltage hearing, the Supreme Court reserved its order on the issue of preliminary objections raised by the Central Government in the Rafale review proceedings. After the Supreme Court gave its verdict in December, 2018 dismissing the writ petitions filed by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan seeking an independent investigation into the Rafale deal, citing lack of jurisdiction, much water has flown. In fact, the Supreme Court’s decision itself was full of incorrect facts and wrong information, especially when it noted that the Rafale pricing was allegedly published in the CAG report, which was shared with the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (‘PAC’). This was immediately caught as a lie, and the Government was forced to file a clarification in the Supreme Court that there was ‘typo’ and the CAG was looking into the issue.

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