Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Manipur 'fake' encounters: SC voices displeasure at defence ministry

The Supreme Court has expressed its displeasure that the Ministry of Defence has "not even bothered" to respond to the letters addressed to it by the CBI's Special Investigation Team (SIT) that is probing the alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur.

A bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit asked the SIT to conclude by June 30 its investigations in the cases related to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), judicial inquiries and those on which the Gauhati High court had given its findings.

Foreign nations have shown interest in Akash missile: DRDO

Several countries have evinced interest in procuring the indigenously developed Akash missile, a top Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official said here today.

There is a growing demand for the Akash, an all-weather medium-range surface-to-air missile, and many nations have shown interest in it, DRDO Chairman S Christopher told reporters here.

Developed by the DRDO, the Akash missile system has the capability to neutralise aerial targets such as fighter jets, cruise missiles and air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles.

"Victory of democracy," says AP CM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today termed the resignation of B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister a "victory of democracy" and said it was a day everybody should feel proud of.

"This is not an ordinary victory. Entire people of the country will be happy. It is a proud day for all of us," Naidu said at a meeting of women self-help groups leaders here this evening.

He said normally a party with majority would be invited to form the government.

Bengal panchayat elections: TMC leads, BJP second

Amid allegations of resorting to poll violence and other irregularities, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Thursday swept the panchayat elections winning 19 out of the 20 Zila Parishads (ZP) and majority of the Panchayat Samiti (PS) and Gram Panchayat (GP) seats in the Bengal. BJP, while increasing its vote share, emerged as a poor second.

Damocles sword hanging over head, Yeddyurappa sworn in as CM

With his political future hanging by a slender thread, BS Yeddyrappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for the third time on Thursday amid protests by the JD(S)-Congress combine whose MLAs hunkered down in resorts and hotels following alleged attempts at poaching by the BJP.

Rahul Gandhi equates India to Pak, says atmosphere of fear in country

The Constitution is under “severe attack”, Rahul Gandhi asserted on Thursday against the backdrop of Karnataka developments, even as he said the judiciary and the press were under “fear” that usually happens in Pakistan under “dictatorship” and some African countries ruled by Generals.

India looks to rupee payment system for Iran oil

Faced with the prospect of US-led sanctions on Iran disrupting crude supplies to In­dia again, the government proposes to resume rupee/ rial deal in the oil trade bet­w­een the two countries bypassing use of global currency to settle these contracts.

It would be similar to a ba­rter-like scheme adopted by India when the earlier West-led sanctions dispruted trade with Iran. It allowed India to make a portion of oil payments to Tehran in rupees through state-run UCO Bank that has no US exposure that could lead it to fall foul of any new sanctions.

Congress invokes ‘K’taka model’ in Goa; RJD in Bihar

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala swearing in BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka chief minister on Thursday has stirred up a hornet’s nest, making things increasingly tough for Narendra Modi government and BJP across the country.

Governor Vala’s decision to allow the largest single party BJP (104 seats) to form the government comes with a countrywide cascading effect, sort of drawing the 2019 battle lines much earlier than expected.

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