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State of Play

Pranab Dhal Samanta’s weekly column

Modi and Trump have to tango despite Chinese noise on NSG

India and the US can’t allow China to hold them hostage in taking their defence partnership and trade in dual use technologies to the next level.
CJI infront of Supreme Court of India

Can the ‘Chief’ in Chief Justice of India please stand up & be counted

CJI Misra has a full range of options to choose from, but inaction is the worst of them, with unforeseen, presumably undesirable consequences.

It’s time the Supreme Court went live, your lordships

Pressure on judiciary to be transparent has resulted in a travesty – a pilot project in two district courts where proceedings will be recorded without audio.
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दक्षिण एशिया में चीन की शातिर चालों का भारत को खोजनी होगी काट

चीन ने लोगों में, परियोजनाओं में निवेश को बढ़ाया है और इसके भारी फायदे उसे मिल रहे हैं. भारत को अपनी पकड़ बनाए रखने के लिए दोगुनी ज्यादा मेहनत करनी पड़ेगी.
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India caught napping in South Asia by China, needs new strategy to slay the dragon

Beijing has invested in people, projects and more and it's paying big dividends. New Delhi has to work doubly hard to reclaim its clout.

2जी मामला: जिसपर थी सबसे ज्यादा जिम्मेवारी, उन्होंने सबसे ज्यादा आंखें फेरी

2जी घोटाले पर अदालत का फैसला विश्वसनीयता का और बड़ा संकट पैदा कर सकता है क्योंकि इसने मंत्रालय से लेकर ऑडिटर और जांचकर्ता तक सबको शर्मसार कर दिया है.

2G verdict nailed the bureaucrats – the bungling ones who failed the system

The 2G ruling may deliver an even bigger loss of credibility because it shows everyone, from the ministry down to the auditor and investigator, in poor light.
Illustration of NDA leaders

2018 के स्पीड ब्रेकर पर नहीं, 2019 के लक्ष्य पर हैं मोदी की निगाहें

मोदी के लिए 2019 के लोकसभा में आए मतों का महत्व है, राज्य के चुनावों का नहीं.  इसलिए प्रधानमंत्री का सारा ध्यान योजनाओं के कार्यान्वयन पर केंद्रित होगा.
Illustration of NDA leaders

For Modi, it’s 2019 Lok Sabha vote that matters now, not state polls

The PM has the whole of 2018 to work on his governance delivery indicators, which he wants to package in 2019 as his ‘reform-perform-transform’ scorecard.
An illustration depicting Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Indira Gandhi

Forget Indira & Rajiv, Rahul Gandhi will have to match up to his mom first

Rahul Gandhi does not have to establish himself in the central leadership of Congress but will have to build state leaderships like Sonia did.

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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Qureshi’s Saudi criticism on Kashmir hints shift in Pakistan’s strategy for the Islamic world

20 years ago, during a meeting at the PPP office in Islamabad, Qureshi had told this writer that he was from Multan where Kashmir had no resonance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Miniter Nirmala Sitharaman and other officials at the online launch of “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest". | Photo: Twitter

PM launches new faceless I-T assessment & appeal, charter to make tax process ‘painless’

Modi says the reforms are meant to reduce govt interference in taxpayers' lives and encourage more people to pay their taxes. The charter & faceless assessment are effective from today.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.