ASEAN leaders attend Republic Day

Leaders of 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries  attended the Republic Day parade at Rajpath, Delhi today. These include the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs by laying down a floral arrangement to honor the lives lost in ensuring India’s democratic future.

As the flame burned at the Amar Jawan Jyoti to honor the courage of the Armed Forces personnel- The leaders consented on strengthening ASEAN-India economic relations by full utilization and effective implementation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area.

The primary goal being the implementation of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to ensure a modern, comprehensive, high quality, and mutually beneficial relationship between the ASEAN countries.

A two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit conducted by the Indian Government ended with members agreeing to strengthen economic relations amongst themselves.

Nearly 60,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and central security forces were deployed in Central Delhi. Snipers were stationed on top of high-rise buildings accompanied by CCTV cameras to keep track on the people in attendance.

The summit marks 25 years of Indo-ASEAN ties.

Sources: ANI, Business Standard

AAP MLAs refused interim relief by Delhi HC

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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj talks to the press about the HC ruling which can be considered as one among many setbacks suffered by his party.

New Delhi, January 19: After Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendations of disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs, The Delhi High Court refused to grant relief to the aforementioned party.

Justice Rekha Palli, criticized the conduct of the MLAs towards the ECI, questioning their decision to not appear before the poll panel in spite of their pleas remaining unresolved in the High Court.

The AAP lawyer told the court, “Complaints and allegations leveled against the party are full of malice”. However, the AAP council was cut short by Justice Palli who strongly pointed out that in spite of High Court not granting a stay order on the summons by the ECI, AAP legislators failed to turn up. “You cannot dictate to the election commission that you will not appear before it” she expressed on a day which provided with another major setback to Arvind Kejriwal’s Party.

Usually, The President sends a reference to the poll panel of the ECI in petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers, which in turn decides the case by sending back its opinion

In this case, EC said that the 21 AAP MLAs abused their posts of parliamentary secretaries and should be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly. Thus, under the current circumstances, the President is bound to go by the recommendation of the EC.


Source: Hindustan Times, ANI

Student furore against 75% attendance rule for all subjects in JNU

“What kind of attendance they are talking about when we PhD students do not even have classes,” a PhD student said after Jawaharlal Nehru University made 75% attendance compulsory for students of all courses.

Teachers have to mark attendance with the signature of students which then would have to be submitted to the central office of the university.

The directive which becomes effective from this winter session, will apply to all part-time and BA, MA, M.Sc., M. Tech, MPH, PG Diploma and M.Phil. students.

60% attendance would be enough for students who can justify their absence on valid medical grounds, to sit for end semester exams.

A total leave of 30 days in an academic year is allowed officially with permission from the supervisor.

Now, it is mandatory for the MPhil and PhD students to attend at least two contact sessions with the supervisor.

The leave will be a part of their tenure of MPhil or PhD program. According to the circular as published by the institution, it is compulsory for all students to sign the attendance register every day.

Indian troops ready to deal with the Chinese: General Rawat

With the Chinese trying their best to wield influence over the Indian subcontinent, the Arrmy  Staff  General, Bipin Rawat is confident of the Indian army in protecting the country’s territorial sovereignty.

He went on to say that India would not concede any of its territories to any foreign power, let alone to the Red Dragon.

“India has the capability to make sure that ammunition can move from sector to sector, as more emphasis should be on building capacity to mobilize forces from western sector to northern sectors” expressed General Rawat.

India is putting in renewed efforts to strengthen its relationship with countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

“Concerns over digital information and its security has made it essential to have good firewalls and systems which has in turn made it a part of the national effort in ensuring cyber security” the army Chief said.

 Denying rumors that China might be funding terrorists to fight against India, General Rawat also assured that the Army is ready to handle mobilization during and after the winter months to meet with any threats on national security.

Son of Haryana BJP President granted bail in Chandigarh stalking case

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Vikas Barla (left) was granted bail for alleged stalking and attempted abduction of Varnika Kundu (right), daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat.

Chandigarh, January 11: On Thursday  The Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to  the son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party President Subhash Barala, Vikas Barala  for stalking and attempted abduction of the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat-Varnika Kundu.

The victim’s counsel opined that the offence committed by Barala is of a serious nature, as he had chased the victim for around five kilometres. Opposing the bail plea, the counsel argued that the accused hailed form a well-connected political family and if released on bail, he may use this to his advantage to influence the trial of the case.

The incident, which took place on August 4, when Vikas, and his friend Ashish under the influence of liquor followed Varnika Kundu’s car and tried to stop her. Chandigarh police was called into action and the duo were booked under section 354 D (stalking) of the IPC and under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act.

On August 9, Mr Barala and his friends were arrested again for Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person along with the attempt to commit punishable offence under sections 365 and 511of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Justice Lisa Gill granted bail to Vikas on the grounds that he not would make any attempt to contact the victim or her family.

Source: ANI, The Times of India


Growth rate rebounds to 6.3% as GDP recovers

The data published by Central Statistics Office states that the Indian GDP has grown at a rate of 6.3% in the third quarter of the financial year 2017-18. Following which, it has slowed down to a three year low of 5.7% in the June quarter.

The manufacturing sector has grown by 7% along with mining output and electricity growing at the rate of 5.5% and 7.6% respectively. However, the agricultural sector witnessed a sharp decline from 2.3% to 1.7% in the growth rate.

 The eight core sectors (coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity) constitute 40.27% of the weight of items in the index of industrial production. These sectors have decelerated to 3.5%.

Private consumption declined to a lowly 6.5% whereas the investment demand growth increased up to 4.6%.

The economy reeling from the effects of demonetisation, wherein Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were withdrawn as official mode of payment, has not been able to show major signs of improvement.


Livemint, The Hindu

Suspension ends for Mohammed Irfan

A six month ban on Mohammad Irfan ended on Thursday, as the pace bowler confessed that the last few months were the toughest in his life. He allegedly failed to report approaches by bookmakers, following investigation into the match fixing scandal that plagued the second edition of Pakistan Super Leauge (PSL). The 35-year-old had his central contract suspended for six months and was fined Rs 1,00,000 after he admitted to his crimes. However, he was made aware that his ban would be shortened if he could follow guidelines which he subsequently did, making him free to resume his carrier.

Standing at 7’1”ft,he is one of the  tallest player to play First class as well as international cricket. A three-member tribunal was formed by Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to hear the case against batsmen Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan who have been charged with spot-fixing in the PSL were involved with bringing in other players into the racket as well. “I am formally asking the nation for their forgiveness and hope that I will be pardoned by them.”said Irfan after his ban ended. He has played four Tests and 20 Twenty20 internationals along with 60 one-day internationals, with a record of 83 wickets at an average of 30.71.

News Sources- ANI, PTI