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TURKEY GEARING UP FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 31

PRESIDENT ERDOGAN FACING RESISTANCE TO HIS DICTATORIAL RULE
Author: Conn Hallinan - Published 15-02-2019 14:13 GMT-0000
“Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul—sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey’s authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections March 31, it is a prophecy Erdogan has more than fulfilled: the prisons filled with the opposition, the media largely silenced, the courts intimidated, the bureaucracy tamed, and more than 150,000 people fired.
INDIA

NO CONCERN FOR PUBLIC INTEREST

CAG REPORT: TRUTH OR MYTH?
Author: Binoy Viswam - Published 15-02-2019 14:11 GMT-0000
When the CAG report got presented in the 16th Lok Sabha on its last day, Narendra Modi might have breathed a sigh of relief. But Rafale will continue roaring in his ears and thoughts in the coming days. In the name of national security Narendra Modi and company tried their level best to hide the what-abouts related to Rafale deal from the people. But the details of the defence deal have fallen out through various sources reveal that Narendra Modi government mortgaged the nation for the sake of pecuniary interests of his own and his friends. He was trying to render a helping hand to Anil Ambani to become the offset partner in the defence deal. It is to everybody’s presumption that a large part of Ambani’s fortunes in his defence deal was supposed to reach the coffers of BJP. For this the ‘nationalist’ prime minister in a subtle manner pushed off Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
INDIA

JOBLESS YOUTH RISE AGAINST MODI REGIME

EMPLOYMENT LEVEL DECLINED IN NDA RULE
Author: Shameem Faizee - Published 15-02-2019 14:09 GMT-0000
After getting thoroughly exposed in the Rafale deal, nobody is ready to believe that Narendra Modi government has zero tolerance for corruption. This has proved to be the most corrupt in the shortest period of over four years. Now it is using different pretexts to divert the attention of people from the real issues. There are three pertinent questions in this regard the Modi government is not ready to answer. First, why has the quantity of the fighter jet Rafale been reduced from 126 to 36? With this the country’s security has been endangered. Second, the government is spending the same amount of money for the fighter jets which it was to pay for more than three times the number. Third all these have been done to remove from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) from the deal and induct private party Anil Ambani. Anil Ambani will get Rs 30,000 crore from the government of India for doing nothing.
INDIA

RAHUL HAS GOT THE CHANCE TO BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE

COMMON MINIMUM PROGRAMME HAS TO ACT AS A CATALYST
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 15-02-2019 14:05 GMT-0000
With the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha ending on February 13, the stage is set for the holding of Lok Sabha elections in April/May 2019. The opposition parties have at last decided on drafting a common minimum programme for fighting the ruling NDA led by the BJP and the responsibility of drafting the CMP has been given to the Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the meeting of the senior leaders of the opposition on Wednesday night at NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s residence.

UNITED STATES NEEDS A RADICAL CHANGE IN FOREIGN POLICY

DEMOCRATS HAVE TO OPPOSE ANY BID FOR REGIME CHANGE
Author: John Bachtell - Published 14-02-2019 12:22 GMT-0000
Trump’s State of the Union address aimed to unite a right-wing base and drive a wedge between Democratic moderates and progressives and the entire anti-extreme right-wing alliance, just as the 2020 presidential campaign gets underway.

‘STATE OF WORKING INDIA 2018’ IS A MAJOR REPORT ON LABOUR

TRADE UNION ACTIVISTS MUST STUDY FINDINGS TO ENRICH THEMSELVES
Author: B. Sivaraman - Published 14-02-2019 12:20 GMT-0000
The Centre for Sustainable Management of the Azim Premji University, Bangalore has brought out a unique report titled State of Working India 2018, the first of an intended annual series. At first sight, it might look paradoxical and surprising that when we get very little quality research output from thousands of state-run universities and other research centres, a corporate university should take the lead in coming out with an excellent report throwing light on contemporary labour conditions and the state of labour rights.
INDIA

SUPREME COURT ORDER EXPOSES NITISH GOVERNMENT

RULING POLITICIANS OBSTRUCTING PROBE INTO SHELTER HOMES
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 14-02-2019 12:17 GMT-0000
The Supreme Court ordering transfer of the Muzaffarpur shelter home trial to Delhi is a slap on the face of the Nitish government which claims to ensure justice to its people. In shifting the case at Saket in Delhi, the apex court has demonstrated its lack of confidence in the Bihar government. The disgust of the court could be gauged from the observation “Enough is enough’, give us details of 110 shelter homes in the state. How many inmates are there? How the state giving assistance and what is is the number of male and female inmates”. The Supreme Court rebuked Nitish government and transferred the Muzaffarpur case trial to Delhi.
INDIA

NAME RAHUL GANDHI PM CANDIDATE AND BE DONE WITH IT

DON’T LET MULAYAM AND NAIDU DECIDE PRIME MINISTER
Author: Sushil Kutty - Published 14-02-2019 12:15 GMT-0000
Opposition unity is only skin deep. And Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘unite or perish’ warning may not register on Mamata Banerjee and the Left parties; Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘endorsement’ of ‘Modi for PM again’ indicates the Yadav vote-bank is divided. Akhilesh might have forgiven ‘Bua’ Mayawati, but Mulayam? It was he who got reputation tarnished and a big chunk of the Yadav still stand firm with the father.
INDIA

FALLING FOOD PRICES HITTING RURAL ECONOMY

FARMERS ARE LOSING DUE TO LACK OF MARKETING
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 14-02-2019 12:13 GMT-0000
People are generally happy when prices are low; they feel even better off when prices are falling. But that could be a nightmare for the economic policy makers. Rising prices can be fought back; but it is impossible to tackle falling prices. Japan, for example, is fighting deflation for two decades without much success.
INDIA: LEGAL WATCH

WEEKLY UPDATE OF LEGAL POLICIES AND MAJOR COURT DECISIONS

Author: Amritananda Chakravorty and Mihir Samson - Published 13-02-2019 14:29 GMT-0000
Weekly Round-Up of Major Decisions of the Courts in India as also Legal Policy Developments