In December 1999, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh asked the ministry official in charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, Vivek Katju, who was at Kandahar airport trying to negotiate with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814, if Singh could meet Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar. Singh, who was in Delhi, asked Katju to talk … Continued
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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court stayed President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament and restrained the Election Commission from preparing for snap elections. The top court suspended until December 7, the proclamation issued by Mr. Sirisena last week sacking the legislature and calling for elections on January 5. Wickremesinghe supported the judgement Ranil Wickremesinghe the ousted Prime … Continued
Last week, the Election Commission asked the Mizoram government to send a panel of candidates for a new Chief Electoral Officer in the poll-bound state. The move comes amid demands by the state government as well as civil society groups for the removal of the incumbent CEO, S B Shashank. What led to this crisis, … Continued
The dissolution of Sri Lanka’s Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena has reached the country’s Supreme Court, with the move challenged by political parties as well as non-political groups. They have cited an Article of the Constitution to argue that the dissolution was unconstitutional. The dissolution On October 26, the President abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil … Continued
The Government has approved the process of constitution of new Boards of Governors for the IIMs as per the IIM Act 2017.”The process of constitution of Boards for the IIMs, which have been given full powers of running the institutions, is a major development which signals complete autonomy of quality institutions in higher education and … Continued
The joint military exercise between Indian and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station in November 2018. What is the purpose of exercise? The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct to enhance … Continued
Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government changed Faizabad district’s name to Ayodhya. This was weeks after the government, headed by Yogi Adityanath, had renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. A look at the political significance of Faizabad/Ayodhya, and how these names have been used in history: … Continued
Dismissal of Parliament Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved Parliament after it became evident that Mahinda Rajapaksa, who he had appointed Prime Minister two weeks ago, did not enjoy a legislative majority. It is an act of desperation to prevent a likely loss of face for both leaders after Mr. Sirisena’s controversial dismissal of … Continued
What is it? Late on Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Sri Lankan Parliament and called a snap general election for January 5. The announcement came within hours of his party spokesman publicly admitting to lacking a majority in Parliament. Mr. Sirisena’s front was aiming for a majority to push its controversially installed Prime Minister … Continued
The Christian woman is likely to be shifted to the Netherlands. A Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court last week, has been released from a jail in Multan and taken to Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi, from where she would be shifted to the Netherlands, local media reported. … Continued