Express 5: Can Mulayam-Maya tie up work; Dhoni’s English disaster

Here are five Express stories that you must read before starting your day.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2014 10:17:52 am


Here are five Express stories that you must read before starting your day.

Sweeping change over 5 yrs: New panel to select 68% of judges in SC, 80% in all HCs

The National Judicial Appointments Commission brought in by the NDA government could be appointing 21 judges to the Supreme Court during Narendra Modi’s tenure. That makes up 68 per cent of the total strength of 31 judges in the apex court. Given the corresponding 759 possible vacancies that may arise in the 24 high courts across the country till May 2019, the new NJAC could be involved in selection of 80 per cent of those judges, including chief justices of almost all the high courts, over five years. Read more

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SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. (PTI)

Why a tie-up can work for Mulayam but not for Maya

In a state where the BJP has relegated every other party to the sidelines, the BSP is as much on the back foot as the Samajwadi Party. From the way they have responded to Lalu Yadav’s suggestion that they tie up, however, Mayawati clearly reads her situation in Uttar Pradesh as less desperate than Mulayam Singh Yadav’s. Having tied up with Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Lalu had suggested Mulayam and Mayawati do the same in UP. Read more

Must read: Mulayam says ready to ally with BSP to counter BJP, Mayawati declines

6 times more ‘Puranas’ in hand, RSS puts 100 on job for new history

As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The 10-year project has been dubbed ‘Puranantargat Itihaas’.  The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. Read more


Opinion: 67 years young

Soon after India got freedom, we made a new beginning. We chose democracy as the way forward. New institutions were created and nurtured — Parliament, the Election Commission, the Supreme Court, the Planning Commission and others. The country has indeed made phenomenal progress. It has become a major military, industrial and economic power, an IT superpower and a space giant eyeing the moon and Mars. As I write this article on the eve of Independence Day, I have great expectations that the prime minister’s address will touch upon some of the following issues. Read more


‘Will you quit, MS?’ ‘Didn’t you ask me the same Q in 2011?’

Very early in the post-match press conference, MS Dhoni, who has now suffered 13 overseas losses in the last three years, was asked the inevitable question. Will you quit as India’s Test captain? Dhoni replied with a counter query, refering to India’s 0-4 drubbing at the hands of England three years ago. “Didn’t you ask me the same question in 2011?” And after that, in the truly cryptic Dhoni style, he would add, “You will have to wait and watch, if I am strong enough or if I am not strong enough, you will get the news.” Read more

Also read: India tour of England: 94 all out


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