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On ‘secret’ Rafale files, transparency trumps privilege & there’s legal precedent

Supreme Court has the chance to decide if a government can take shelter in outdated notions of ‘privilege’ when questioned over transparency.
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose

Former SC judge P.C. Ghose likely to be India’s first Lokpal

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was notified in early 2014, but no one has been appointed to the post.

Spiritual leader calls for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to be replaced on Ayodhya mediation panel

Seer Adhokshajanand Deo Tirtha Maharaj said he didn't hold a grudge against Sri Sri Ravi Shankar but cited his earlier failure in settling the Ayodhya dispute.
Sajjan Kumar

Sajjan Kumar used political clout to derail trial & influence witnesses in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases: CBI to SC

Sajjan Kumar was sentenced to life term imprisonment by Supreme Court in a case related to the killing of 5 Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment's Raj Nagar.
Priyanka Gandhi with Congress president Rahul Gandhi | @SanjaySDutt/ Twitter

New transgender bill & paternity benefits likely to feature in Congress manifesto

Congress could also propose gender-sensitive training for govt departments and armed forces. 
An election official demonstrates the working of a Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail | PTI

Supreme Court asks EC to respond to Opposition demanding counting of VVPAT slips

Several opposition leaders, including CMs of Andhra and Delhi, have asked for the of counting VVPAT slips of 50% of the EVMs that will be used in the Lok Sabha polls before declaring results.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

No ex-CJI or sitting SC judge on Lokpal shortlist as Modi-led panel meets to pick members

Search committee shortlist includes more than 20 names, but Lokpal selection panel — that will meet today — can pick members from outside the list too.

SC sets aside BCCI’s life ban on former cricketer Sreesanth in IPL spot-fixing case

A two-judge bench said BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to S Sreesanth.
Election officials collect their Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from a distribution centre ahead of the Assembly elections in Jabalpur

Over 20 opposition parties move SC seeking vote verification for Lok Sabha polls

The matter has been listed for Friday before a CJI Ranjan Gogoi-led bench. In its plea, opposition raises same issues it listed before EC in February.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

In Rafale case, Supreme Court to decide on govt’s preliminary objections before facts

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, one of the petitioners seeking a review of the deal, has argued that the Rafale deal is not a govt-to-govt contract since France didn't extend a sovereign guarantee.

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An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

No room for jihadi outfits and culture in Pakistan, says PM Imran Khan

With global pressures mounting on Pakistan to combat terror, PM Khan said his country was committed to eradicating culture of jihadism & terrorism.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?