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
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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
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
As the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid pot bubbled last week, nominated Member of RajyaSabhaRakeshSinha said he would bring a private member’s Bill “on the Ram Temple”. How are private member’s Bills introduced and discussed? What chance does such a Bill have of becoming law? Private members, their Bills Any MP who is not a Minister is … Continued
Notice to RBI The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed RBI Governor Urjit Patel to show cause “why maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for” the central bank’s ostensible “defiance” of Supreme Court orders on disclosing the names of wilful defaulters on bank loans worth hundreds of crores of rupees. … Continued
Delhi High Court Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment 16 retired personnel of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for their role in the killing of 38 Muslims in Hashimpura, Meerut, in May 1987. Who are the UP PAC and what are their responsibilities? Origins The UP PAC is one of several State Armed Police … Continued
Delhi High Court judgement The conviction of 16 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary(PAC) for the massacre of Muslims committed 31 years ago is a rare instance of the justice system responding to the cry for accountability and justice. By sentencing the 16 men to imprisonment for the remainder of their life, the Delhi High … Continued
Main opposition candidate sentenced Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s conviction in yet another case of corruption imperils her Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s already meagre prospects in the coming parliamentary elections. She has been sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. With her son and acting chairman of the BNP, Tarique Rahman, in exile, and convicted … Continued
Pushing timeline of verdict By declining to fix until January 2019 a date for hearing the Ayodhya case, the Supreme Court has judiciously diminished the possibility of a final verdict before the next Lok Sabha election. The adjournment is both welcome and necessary, as it pushes back the prospect of any judgment in the run-up … Continued
Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre and now Special Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation, was divested of all duties by the Ministry of Personnel on October 23 following a feud with his boss, CBI Director Alok Verma. Mr. Verma has also been sent on leave on a … Continued