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A blame game is on in the Ministry of Defence over the 2010 purchase of AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters which is now the subject of an ongoing probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged payoffs.
AgustaWestland: One arm of MoD disagrees with another over price and policy- -report by Ritu Sarin
BIHAR CM CONFESSES
In what is being described as a “self goal” in political circles, Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi Tuesday conceded that his party colleague Nitish Kumar failed to bring down corruption when he was CM. He also said that he had to pay a bribe to curtail his inflated electricity bill when Nitish was in power. READ FULL STORY HERE
RAJYA SABHA HURDLE
Even as the NDA government got the necessary support to get two crucial Bills aimed at establishing a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) to replace the collegium system of appointments to higher judiciary passed in the Lok Sabha, its attempt to do a repeat in the Rajya Sabha was stonewalled by Opposition members on Wednesday.
READ FULL COVERAGE HERE -report by Abantika Ghosh
More than half the factories across the country may be exempt from the restrictive provisions applicable under the current legislative framework, with the Factories Amendment Bill, 2014 proposing to revise the definition of a factory by effectively doubling the threshold of the number of workers employed in such a unit. READ HERE Changes in labour law will affect half of all factories
COUNTING DOWN TO THE SPEECH
The prime minister’s annual address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort is a ritual many people haven’t followed religiously in the last decade (this columnist included). Manmohan Singh has many sterling qualities, but oration is not one of them. However, be assured that tomorrow morning, viewers all over the country will watch PM Narendra Modi when he delivers his first Independence Day speech for, as we discovered during the election campaign, Modi has many talents, and oration is one of them. READ FULL COLUMN by Shailaja Bajpai
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