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The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC declines stay on electoral bonds scheme, asks Modi govt and EC to respond in 2 weeks

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO seeking a stay on electoral bonds, alleged they are meant for channelising black money in favour of the ruling party.
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India now has over 2,500 political parties, some suspected of ‘black money’ operations

Big jump in number of parties registered in 2018 and 2019, EC official says it is aware of the potential problem but doesn’t have the power to de-register them.

EC had flagged concerns over electoral bonds to Modi govt after Lok Sabha elections too

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had written to the law minister reiterating a range of bond-related reforms that were pending with the government.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court refuses to grant interim stay on operation of electoral bonds scheme

The Centre told the Supreme Court, which will hear the matter next week, that electoral bonds scheme was brought to check the flow of black money into political funding.
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India can’t afford a hurried resolution on MSP demand. It can cause chaos, long-term damage

A guaranteed MSP can be a procurement scheme, a price deficiency payment option, or a combination of both. What could be the implications for govt and the market?
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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