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Express 5: Modi govt’s fresh directives, and a little comfort from UP

Here's a list of five exclusive stories from The Indian Express that you must go through before starting your day. Here's a list of five exclusive stories from The Indian Express that you must go through before starting your day.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 8, 2014 8:39 am

Here’s a list of five exclusive stories from The Indian Express that you must go through before starting your day:

1. JUDGES’ APPOINTMENT:

BJP-led NDA government has stepped up efforts to table a constitutional amendment Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament. BJP-led NDA government has stepped up efforts to table a constitutional amendment Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Buoyed by the responses received from the political parties, the BJP-led NDA government has stepped up efforts to table a constitutional amendment Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament, which seeks to carry out a drastic change in the way judges are appointed in the country.

Judges Bill: Govt in a tearing hurry – a special report by Utkarsh Anand , Pradeep R Kaushal

2. EXPRESS INVESTIGATION:

A police officer redraws the route for kanwarias to avoid the mosque in Saharanpur. Express Photo by Source: Oinam Anand) A police officer redraws the route for kanwarias to avoid the mosque in Saharanpur. Express Photo by Source: Oinam Anand)

As many as 605 communal incidents took place in the 71 days in Uttar Pradesh between May 16 and July 25 — that is, nearly nine incidents a day on average — but fewer than a dozen people died in them.  That, however, is of little comfort.

Fighting kids to dhaba bill: Takes little to keep communal pot simmering – Exclusive by Appu Esthose Suresh

ALSO READ:

Express investigation part-I: Over 600 ‘communal incidents’ in UP since LS results

Express investigation part-II: My loudspeaker versus your loudspeaker

Express investigation part-III: Dalit-Muslim divide deepens, goes rural

3. FRESH DIRECTIVE:

Ensure courtesy and good behaviour with the public, display responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section. Ensure courtesy and good behaviour with the public, display responsiveness to the public, particularly to the weaker section.

The  Narendra Modi government has amended the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968 to include a 19-point guideline for bureaucrats, which mandates that they should maintain “political neutrality”, “make recommendations on merit alone” and “take decisions solely in public interest” among other things.

Raghvendra Rao reports – Thou shalt not: Modi govt issues list of 19 dos and don’ts for bureaucrats

4. HANGING IN BALANCE: The relationship between “democracy” and “secrecy” has always been debated, and it has been highlighted by the system of judicial appointments. Appointments and transfers of judges affect the independence of the judiciary and judicial review.

Upendra Baxi’s take on the issue: Change must respect basic structure

Click here to read the full series

5. INDIA IN ENGLAND:

Ajinkya Rahane reacts after falling, trying to leave a bouncer during the fourth Test against England. (Source: Reuters) Ajinkya Rahane reacts after falling, trying to leave a bouncer during the fourth Test against England. (Source: Reuters)

A gloomy 1st day for India at Old Trafford as they were dismissed for 152 after 6 batsmen went for a duck. As it turned out, the home team got the best of both worlds.

Ain’t no sunshine, reports Sandeep Dwivedi from England

For more on the series: FULL COVERAGE – INDIA TOUR OF ENGLAND

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