INDIA: LEGAL WATCH
RECALLING RAFALE JUDGMENT CAN ONLY RESTORE ITS CREDIBILITY
Published 13-02-2019 14:27 GMT-0000
The last few weeks have been a revelation in the context of Rafale deal. Each day a new story comes of rampant procedural violations, bypassing of India’s national security interests, diluting anti-corruption clauses, and now the most damaging news that Anil Ambani had knowledge of the Rafale deal 10 days before the Prime Minister visited France in April, 2015. And it is clear that none of these documents/information were made available to the Supreme Court, which was kept in complete dark about the processes involved in the Rafale deal.
INDIA: MADHYA PRADESH
BIG FOCUS ON NARENDRA MODI’S MEETING ON FEBRUARY 15
Published 13-02-2019 14:24 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: After losing power in Madhya Pradesh the BJP is again in fighting mood and started behaving as an opposition party. To begin it has held strong demonstrations to express its anger against what it described as deteriorating law and order situation in the state. BJP is also holding demonstrations in various parts of the state pointing lacunae in the farmer loan waiving scheme. Besides BJP some other Kisan organisatons are also holding demonstrations. One such rally was held in Bhopal. A large number of farmers under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union took out a rally and handed over a memorandum to officials on Monday demanding waiver of all farm loans that are outstanding till December 2018.
INDIA: UTTAR PRADESH
AKHILESH, MAYAWATI GIVING A RELOOK AT POLL STRATEGY
Published 13-02-2019 14:21 GMT-0000
LUCKNOW: Impressive road show of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lucknow has unnerved SP-BSP alliance. Massive participation of people from all castes and religions at the road show has forced to Samajwadi Party and BSP to revise their strategy to contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
IT IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME
Published 13-02-2019 13:35 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee(KPCC) president Mullappally Ramachandran’s offer to the CPI(M) to have an alliance with that party in Kerala if it gives up the politics of violence is an eminently sensible idea whose time has come.
DARFT MANIFESTO TALKS OF HIGHER WAGES, JOB SECURITY
Published 13-02-2019 13:33 GMT-0000
The British Labour Party’s think tank has drafted a strongly pro-union pro-worker platform it plans to run on in next United Kingdom election and enact if it gains power.
RAFALE DEAL IS LIVE ELECTION ISSUE FOR RAHUL
Published 12-02-2019 08:41 GMT-0000
So, the CAG will “save” Rafale-hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Monday, the CAG’s report on Rafale was handed to President Ramnath Kovind. It was to be tabled in Parliament Tuesday. Without doubt it will give hunky-dory status to the Rafale deal. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, producing an email that “identifies Modi as Anil Ambani’s middleman”, calls the report “Chowkidar’s Auditor-General report”, his party expressing "no-confidence" in the report.
PERSONAL ATTACK AGAINST PM RAISES HIS STOCK
Published 12-02-2019 08:38 GMT-0000
It all boils down to Narendra Modi – the man, the Prime Minister, the Chaiwala. From Rahul Gandhi to Chandrababu Naidu to Arvind Kejriwal and Farooq Abdullah, everybody is making the mistake of publicly shaming Modi, forgetting that the man soaks in the humiliation and feeds on disgrace to work wonders to build his stock in the public eye. Attacking Modi with pejoratives has time and again boomeranged.
INDIRA NOSTALGIA HOTS UP WAR BETWEEN BJP AND THE OPPOSITION
Published 12-02-2019 08:36 GMT-0000
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has taken charge as the Congress General Secretary responsible for Eastern Uttar Pradesh last week. The state is not new to her as she has campaigned earlier also in some parts apart from looking after her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareilly and her brother Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi for years. Home to 80 Lok Sabha seats, UP sends the highest number of lawmakers to Parliament, making it a key electoral battleground.
Published 12-02-2019 08:31 GMT-0000
With India becoming the world’s youngest country with an average age of 29, the demographic dividend can be reaped with right training and education of our youthful population to face the challenges of the 21st Century world, which leaves much to desire. Under the current NDA Union Government, the overall quality and standards of education have waned, with reduced budgetary allocation from primary to the higher education and the highest ever shortages of faculty and teachers, growing lack of right infrastructure, swerving of universities from the hotbeds of argument, debate, uncloured mind and dissent to centres of conformity (regimentation of Sangh Pariwar ideology), causing a big hit to standards of excellence in education so much so that employability of our graduates has come down to five per cent from 10 percent as per a NASSCOM survey done earlier for the Union Government.
PROJECTS WORTH RS.14 TRILLION ARE STALLED
Published 11-02-2019 10:22 GMT-0000
Despite higher economic growth, the slowdown in industrial investment in the last five years is a major concern. New projects are fewer. While the government is busy selling its stake in the country’s most reliable public sector enterprises, the private sector is not investing enough in the areas such as infrastructure, large-scale industry, housing, manufacturing, mining and metals. The domestic manufacturers are struggling to fully utilise their existing capacities in the face of growing imports. The record foreign direct investment in the last four years had little impact on the manufacturing sector as a substantial part of it went into merger and acquisition (M&A) of Indian companies by foreign investors. It may not be that the government is unconcerned. But, it actions or policies have failed to deliver.