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INDIA

MODI GOVT HAS NO OPTION BUT TO CANCEL RAFALE DEAL

SUPREME COURT HEARING EXPOSES IRREGULARITIES
Author: Shameem Faizee - Published 15-11-2018 17:53 GMT-0000
Though much more will be revealed in the coming days about the dirty game that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the crony capitalist Anil Ambani have played in finalising the Rafale deal, whatever has come to light so far is enough to outright cancel the deal. It is the biggest corruption scam in which about Rs. 30,000 crore of the public money has been assured to Anil Ambani for doing nothing.
INDIA: LEGAL WATCH

SABARIMALA REVIEW IS A BIG CHALLENGE TO SUPREME COURT

CAN RELIGIOUS FAITH OVERRIDE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS?
Author: Amritananda Chakravorty - Published 15-11-2018 09:23 GMT-0000
The controversy around the entry to Sabarimala temple refuses to die down. Parallel proceedings are going on in the Supreme Court and in the Kerala High Court. On 13th November, 2018, the Supreme Court heard the slew of review petitions filed against its very own judgment allowing entry of women into the temple, delivered on 28th September, 2018 (the Indian Young Lawyers Association & Ors. vs. Union of India & Anr.), and listed them for hearing in the open court in January, 2019. Importantly, the Court clarified that there was no stay on the original judgment. Meanwhile, many petitions are presently pending in the Kerala High Court, with both sides agitating against each other on the implementation of the Supreme Court order.
INDIA

INTEGRATED SECURITY COMMAND ON THE RAILWAYS

Author: M. Y. Siddiqui - Published 15-11-2018 09:13 GMT-0000
With the rejection of Central Government’s proposal to amend the Railway Protection Force Act by the States and Union Territories to provide for a single unified command and control system on Indian Railways, the Union Government is now contemplating to integrate the Central Police Forces together with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) for single security command and control on the railways to provide for a better coordinated and effective security for rail passengers and goods services. In such scenario, RPF may lose its integrity as a dedicated Force to protect railway properties and services.
INDIA

SUPREME COURT RESERVES ORDER ON RAFALE DEAL

POINTED QUESTIONS BRING DISCOMFORT TO GOVT
Author: Sushil Kutty - Published 14-11-2018 15:12 GMT-0000
The Supreme Court lined up the Vice Air Chief before it Wednesday to get a hang on Rafale and the controversy hovering over the fighter purchase by the Modi government. Asked ‘why the Rafale?’ IAF Vice Chief of Air Staff Anil Khosla told CJI Ranjan Gogoi it had to do with “stealth technology”; something that should have struck a chord because of all the stealth embedded in the purchase of Rafale.
INDIA

CHOPPER-LIFTING TRUPTI DESAI TO THE TIGER’S LAIR

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT JANUARY 2019?
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 14-11-2018 10:21 GMT-0000
That sense of déjà vu. Tuck it in the front pocket. What else? Ask, is there a streak of sadism in the Supreme Court? Can it explain “hearing of 49 review petitions in open court on January 22, 2019” while making it “clear there is no stay on the judgment of September 28, 2018”? Why, in the face of the oncoming invading horde, insist that the fort gates remain open?
UNITED STATES

DEMOCRATS HAVE TO FIGHT HARDER BATTLES IN 2020

TRUMP IS STILL BEST BET FOR REPUBLICANS
Author: John Bachtell - Published 14-11-2018 10:13 GMT-0000
The outcome of the 2018 midterm elections was a big victory for the American people, Democrats, and allied movements, despite GOP gains in the U.S. Senate. Republican monopoly of government has been broken and the political terrain significantly reshaped for battles ahead, including the 2020 elections.
INDIA: MADHYA PRADESH

BJP REBELS HARDEN THEIR POSITIONS

HEAT OVER RSS BAN MOVE INTENSIFIES
Author: L.S. Herdenia - Published 14-11-2018 10:08 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: For the first time BJP rebels are not only posing serious difficulty for the party leadership but giving vent to their feelings in such language that is alien to this party which has been claiming it was a party with a difference.
INDIA: KERALA

SC ORDER DEEPENS KERALA GOVERNMENT’S DILEMMA

DOUBTFUL IF ALL-PARTY MEET CAN UNTANGLE SABARIMALA SKEIN
Author: P. Sreekumaran - Published 14-11-2018 10:03 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tuesday’s Supreme Court order on the Sabarimala issue has only deepened the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government’s dilemma.
INDIA

CONGRESS’COW POLITICS, SABARIMALA STAND WILL UPSET LIBERALS

IS INDIA’S GRAND OLD PARTY RETREATING FROM NEHRUVIAN IDEALS?
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 14-11-2018 09:58 GMT-0000
The Congress’s manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh elections would have made Jawaharlal Nehru squirm with embarrassment, especially the portion about the commercial utilisation of gaumutra (cow’s urine).

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