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Nepal: Are the Supreme Court and Parliament still on collision course?

Legislators accuse Karki of playing ‘favouritism’ in constituting the bench for this issue, and fast tracking it while a similar case is pending before the court for the past three years.

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Nepal: Are the Supreme Court and Parliament still on collision course?

CJ Karki, who is to retire on June 10, due to her age, has not held any bench since but has assigned cases to benches as usual.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution stayed: Moral victory for India, but his fate remains in the hands of Pakistan’s generals

To get a sense of what choices Islamabad faces, it’s important to get a sense of what the The Hague has actually said.

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ICJ order on Kulbhushan Jadhav decoded: It’s actually a win each for India and Pakistan at The Hague

Sushma Swaraj tweeted her gratitude to India’s counsel at the Hague, who had argued that there was significant concern that Pakistan’s military court would have executed Jadhav in the dead of night.

Pakistan’s military courts are a shortcut to fix larger ills plaguing its judiciary, and it’s not working

Pakistan’s judiciary — historically, arguably, the most vibrant section of its civil society — has been crumbling under a weak state that cannot afford it protection.

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Why the mythology of an incorruptible Kejriwal is important for AAP

The story the party weaved was that Kejriwal was incorruptible, allowing him incredible and almost unprecedented electoral success.

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Sofa, AC at slain BSF constable’s home run counter to CM Yogi’s image he hopes to create

The Chief Minister talked to the family in the drawing room and was photographed handing over a cheque to the martyr’s family.

Why the TMC needs to hold onto power at the grassroots level in Bengal

The violence, which marked the civic polls in three of the seven municipalities of Bengal, is perhaps a reflection of the ruling Trinamool Congress’s desperation to hold onto power at the crucial grassroots level.

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OBOR issue: India’s balancing continues

The balancing act of handling the Chinese threat along with economic development goals is a leitmotif in the Indo-Chinese geopolitical landscape.

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RSS’ custom babies and Hindutva theory of Aryans as the ‘original Hindus’

A local myth suggests that German women traveled to India to be impregnated by the Aryan ‘seed’.

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Putting the system to test: NEET controversy shows how implementation of rules can be senseless

Interpreting instruction in an over-the-top manner, especially before an exam, is playing with people’s future prospects.

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These are the reasons why Macron’s win is unprecedented

Macron’s win is unprecedented. To have a man who has never held an elected office before, win on a national scale, with a one-year-old party certainly sets a new record for France.

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Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen: Here is what awaits France

The two finalist candidates for the Second Ballot cater to diametrically opposite visions for France, unlike the relatively sober differences between the traditional right and left parties in the past.

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The truth of ‘Blue Whale’ challenge: A game said to ‘brainwash’ teens into committing suicides

The claim is that “Blue Whale” game has been responsible for more than 130 suicides in Russia.

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Samajwadi Party 2.0: How will Shivpal Yadav’s new Secular Front hurt Akhilesh Yadav?

Ever since the Samajwadi Party lost the assembly elections, Shivpal has been demanding that Akhilesh should step down and hand over the party’s reins to Mulayam.

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Modi as rashtra rishi? Baba Ramdev’s epithet for PM not in sync with ancient traditions

When Yoga guru Ramdev Baba declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘Rashtra Rishi’, he gave him the pedigree of a God-like status.

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Ineffective coalition, unhappy party workers lead to SP-Congress split

The SP and Congress are also facing internal dissent with several leaders openly voicing their opposition to alliance.

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Plagiarising speeches: Marine Le Pen is in august company

Politicians speak a lot and raise many issues — but what happens when these words and themes are taken from somebody else’s speeches.

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Dawood Ibrahim to Baba Ramdev, why death hoaxes go live on social media’s fake news highway

The desire to “break” news quickly is the psychological driver that frequently motivates people to forward fake news in their circles without verification.

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In Assam, mob fury and cattle thieves have a long history

In the past 15 to 20 years there have been a number of such incidents across the entire state.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: a president in a glass house

The Turkish President suggested a “multilateral” dialogue to resolve the on-going Kashmir issue. Ironically, Turkey itself is mired in several controversial, territorial and border disputes.

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Donald Trump’s 100 days in White House: Muslim travel ban, repealing Obamacare, the Wall

The 100-day benchmark was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he took office in 1933, in the midst of his attempt to fight the Great Depression.

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Mob, political complicity provide convenient cover to gau rakshaks to operate

Mobs across the Indian subcontinent are frequently projected as composed of faceless individuals, as collective expressions of spontaneous, righteous anger — almost like some ‘agent of God’.

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Sukma attack wakes government from slumber to find CRPF a DG

Now that the worst has happened, the government has finally appointed 1983 batch UP cadre IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, as the new director general of the force.

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The government’s obsession with cows: A case of misplaced priorities

In India, cattle protection has suddenly emerged as the government’s prime agenda, marginalising or trivialising other issues higher up on the scale of grave importance.

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Five Point Someone in DU syllabus: Let’s stop blaming Chetan Bhagat and start rueing the state of Indian readership

The problem here is not just about the celebration of mediocrity, but also of the lack of mass appeal of those who are classified as ‘elite’ in the literary circuit.

Sadly, PM Modi and NITI Aayog’s vision 2031-32 seems to overlook the environmental cost

Of course, we all need to help realise the Prime Minister’s vision for a vibrant India by 2031-32, but the improvement in lifestyle cannot be at the cost of the environment we live in.

Discontentment over ‘breach’ of protocol brews in Nepal Parliament

The minister straight away moved to the rostrum to respond to the point, and left the House immediately.

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O Panneerselvam returns, to serve his revenge cold

It seemed the end of his political career when he was expelled from the AIADMK in February, but former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, it seems, is close to completing nothing short of a coup on his nemesis VK Sasikala.

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By pushing Hindi is the government pushing it?

Language cannot be imposed upon people. Imposition spawns resistance. There are several instances in history that serve as evidence, including the history of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)

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Sonu Nigam’s azaan tweet row: An unnecessary elongation that skirts around the civic issue

The Twitter imbroglio overall reads like an unnecessary elongation of a battle-of-egos that skirts around the actual civic issue.

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Snapchat uproar: India’s outrage revealed kneejerk hypersensitivity and a misplaced sense of priority

We must prioritise our “to-be-tackled” goals better.

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AIADMK merger on the cards, Sasikala, Dinakaran stare at exit from party

The Sasikala faction has been reeling after some of its leaders came under the Income-Tax scanner and were also facing allegations of bribery in the run up to the RK Nagar bypoll.

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Sonu Nigam has raised a valid issue, but with a noisy set of tweets

Sonu Nigam’s choice of words could have been better while highlighting what is a rampant problem

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Merriam-Webster’s digital avatar is a perfect ‘volunteer’ in times of ‘alternative facts’

The web-dictionary monitors its data about what words people are looking up and how much, and herein lie its timely interventions into the daily and the political.

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Pakistan has no right to comment on Indian democratic process

It is strange that with a poor record of running a democratic government with repeated failures to abide by their constitution, Pakistan seems entitled to comment on Indian democratic practices.