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Congress plenary session
What the oldest political party, Congress needs above all is a clear and granular action plan for meeting the challenge of Saffron Brigade
Rahul Gandhi as president and his Congress leaders appear to be taking on a more aggressive posture, attacking the BJP for its divisive ideology and its failings on the governance front. Other party leaders have also been quite aggressive in taking on the regressive policies of the Saffron Brigade that is ruling the roost in the corridors of power in Delhi for almost four years. But Rahul Gandhi and his associates had little to spell out by presenting an alternative vision, other than claiming for their party the space given up by the BJP at the Congress plenary session in Delhi. Most of Rahul Gandhi's speech was a strong tirade against the BJP and its two main leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Narendra Modi was linked to corruption with a reference to the...
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Killing fields on the borders
Increasing bloodshed on the borders should inspire India and Pakistan to sit up and put an end to violence by promoting dialogue and friendship
The killings of 5 civilians in Mendhar on the borders and injuries to 7 persons including 5 soldiers cannot be seen as mere aberrations but need to be seen as part of the landscape of increasing spate of violence on the borders, due to which civilians living on the borders are becoming a major casualty. Sadly, they are not even counted and their tragedies go down unnoticed or reduced to simple footnotes in the larger military games played by the armies of India and Pakistan. In the last several months, the killings of civilians on both sides of the borders have reached a crescendo and an all time high since the 2003 ceasefire. 93 civilians have been killed at the borders between 2015 and 2017. This figure is likely to be on a higher side this year. By end of February, ceasefire has been v...
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Ban on LoU credits
The RBI's ban on a legitimate financing instrument is not the solution and will hit business of both imports and exports
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) decision to put a blanket ban on Letter of Undertaking (LoU) as well as Letters of Comfort issued by the bankers to businesses for international transactions may hit both the business of imports and exports from India. The decision coming a month after the Rs 12,800-crore LoUs fraud at Punjab National Bank was detected appears to have guided by haste on the part of RBI. While the NDA-government has been in fire-fighting mode, unleashing all investigative agencies to probe the fraud, this is the first major step by the central bank on the issue, apart from asking banks to ensure that there are no slip-ups between their core banking systems and the SWIFT mechanism used for international money transfers. LoUs are among the most popular instruments to secure ...
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Messy affairs of airlines
DGCA and other agencies should formulate long-term policies for ensuring safety of passengers and avert chaos on airports
Grounding of several aircrafts by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) belonging to two private airlines, Go-Air and Go-Indigo, resulting in cancellation of scores of flights on various routes causing inconvenience to passengers appears to be kneejerk reaction from the regulators. It also exposes the lack of planning and regulation process by the central government in checking the airworthiness of the aircrafts. This and other steps taken by the DGCA have only gone further in securing the life and property of the passengers. In fact, ignoring the faults in the aircrafts being operated by the private airlines amounted to increased risk to the life and property of the passengers. The DGCA decision is a welcome step but it has raised more questions about the flight safety than answe...
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Alarm bells for BJP
SP-BSP combine victories can be a catalyst for the formation of new political alliances in rest of India
Defeat of Bhartiya Janata Party and its allies in the parliamentary by-elections on Wednesday in both Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should start ringing the alarm bells for ruling NDA government at the centre. The party which is aiming to expand its base in the southern states has already lost in Andhra Pradesh where its alliance partner Telugu Desam Party has parted way and withdrew its ministers from NDA while its presence in other states is minimal. The victory of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party cannot be ignored if the BJP is looking forward to consolidate its gains and power at the centre and other states in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which are almost a year away from now. It appears that BSP leader Mayawati was conducting a political experiment while announcing her support for ...
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Enquiry needed in rude behaviour of Central Registry
Dear Editor, It refers to rude and anti-public attitude of counter-person at Central Registry (CR) of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate-Change (MoEFCC) at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan (New Delhi) when he rudely declined to accept advance-copies of RTI-petitions filed at CIC marked in personal names of four responding officers there, despite even a very cordial Reception-Officer repeatedly advising him to accept the documents to save time of both the petitioner and the concerned officers. The petitioner was shunting from CR section and Reception-Office between 12.40 pm and 1 pm on 12.03.2018 as can be proved by CCTV footage. Since counter-person at CR section was adamant in not accepting the documents, Reception-Officer had to issue a gate-pass for contacting the four named o...
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Farmers' long march
The edge to which the rural masses including farmers have been pushed should enable govt to sit-up and respond without the usual complacency or politicking
The massive farmers' rally that marched the long distance of over 180 kilometres from Nasik to Mumbai within six days and brought the Maharashtra government on its knees, forcing the latter to agree to almost all of the demands is significant for many ways. 30,000 farmers who marched towards Mumbai, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha affiliated to the CPI(M)demanded a complete farm loan waiver, transfer of forest land to tillers, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to farmers hit by hailstorm and pink bollworm, and putting a stop to sharing the state's water with Gujarat. Not only did the Maharashtra government agree to most of the demands, the mobilization and protest ending on a successful note is likely to have...
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Pink slip for Drabu
The episode not only reflects internal disturbances within PDP but also the flawed narrative of political power in J&K
PDP has done well by showing some spine in sacking Haseeb Drabu, who was holding the important finance portfolio in the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. After Drabu's controversial remarks that are not only completely detached from ground reality but also not in line with the party's core ideology, PDP had no option but to drop him or face further erosion of the party and public flak. During his speech at a function in Delhi titled Kashmir: The Way Forward, Drabu had said, "Kashmir is not just a political issue but a social problem…I think we have been barking up the wrong tree." Later, following scathing criticism both from outside and within the party, Drabu without retracting from his comments or tendering an apology, chose to say that what he meant was "Kashmir is 'a...
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