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Delhi LG cannot siton govt schemes: SC

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi cannot stultify proposals or schemes forwarded by the Council of Ministers to him by simply sitting on it, Justice D. Y Chandrachud orally observedon Thursday.

SBI cuts home loa rate to 8.3%

In a move that could trigger another rate war among banks, the State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, reduced retail loan rates by 5 basis point (100 basis points= 1 percentage point).

India hasn't contacted us on Naik: Malaysia

Preacher enjoys backing of Malaysian govt., political parties

India hits out at China's stance

India hit out at double standards in the war on terrorism on Thursday, hours after China blocked a move at the United nations Security Council to place Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, in a list of global terrorists.

Goodwill gesture on border amidst bilateral tension

India and Pakistan on Thursday calmed bilateral tensions and addressed urgent humanitarian issues involving pilgrims and prisoners.

India offers to share rela time maritime data

India has made an offer to share intelligence of maritime movements in the Indian Ocean in real-time with 10 Indian Ocean littoral states.

Editorial

Trying Politicians

The recent order by the Supreme Court directing the Centre to frame a good scheme for establishing special courts to try cases against the politicians is a remarkable step in the field of judiciary. This is a move aiming at cleansing the politics of the taint of crimes. The court earlier handed down many different rulings which make legislators as well as holders of public force accountable for corruption. In the recent years, the court grappled with the troubling phenomenon of criminals venturing into the field of politics. In a remarkable verdict in the year 2013, the Supreme Court removed the statutory protection for all the convicted legislators from immediate disqualification. Again in 2014, the court directed total completion of trials which involve any elected representative within a year. The court is now focussed on establishing a time-bound and primary exclusive judicial mechanism which would fasten the trials involving “political persons”. The order requires the Centre to give details of any funding necessary to establish special courts, and also makes it mandatory for all State governments to get involved. True, cases involving offences by serving or past legislators move rather gingerly in the present criminal justice system. It is a known fact that the leaders who have political nuance take taken full advantage of the slow movement of the cases in the present judicial system. However, establishing special courts for the accused leaders won’t be a much ideal step. From the viewpoint of the accused person, it would create a victimisation feeling and also mark him for discriminatory treatment. There is already a given provision for special courts to try different types of offences. However, creating a different court for politicians is a discriminatory step. Special courts would indeed address all the cases of the leaders, but the ideal solution would be a speedy trial in the regular courts. If the routine criminal cases are handled with a sense of urgency, and if the enough courts, judges, prosecutors as well as investigators are made available, there wont be a requirement of special courts at all.

Gathering the Tribe

One of the most discussed issues of the Northeast presently is the Naga struggle for sovereignty. This struggle started a day just before India’s Independence and is a struggle for between the nostalgia for the unique Naga history and the promise of betterment and a glorious future for the Nagas. However, the reality is much different and avoids the past a lot. Since the Naga talks started in 1997, there have been numerous reams, multiple seminars, workshops and daily cogitations. In August 2015, when the Framework Agreement was signed between the Indian Government and the NSCN (I-M), there were many expectations of a good settlement. However, the expectations were crashed due to the different interpretations of what the NSCN (I-M) wants and what the Naga people actually want. Recently, the Centre appointed Interlocutor for the Naga Peace talks, R.N. Ravi, have taken a good step. He has interacted with many Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) as well as civil society groups. This ensured all voices are heard and decisions to be taken knowing the requirements and situations of all. The work ahead for the Interlocutor isn’t easy- knowing that the Naga people are a culturally inclined race and are much rooted to their pride. One significant organisation which has combined all tribes of Naga together is the ACAUT (Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation). In the recent talks, till now 33 delegations of different tribes and NNPGs have their say in front of Mr. Ravi. It is upon him to effective evaluate the talks and take initiatives. In an interview to the Nagaland Post earlier, Mr. Ravi stated that the ongoing peace talks might have been duly initiated by the NSCN (I-M), but now have become more inclusive. a ray of hope amidst this is the Framework Agreement which highlights that there is a political consensus and faith in the talks process. This is a huge step in itself.

Terror in New York

The recent terrorist attack in New York where an attacker mowed down eight people in a pickup truck in a busy bicycle path in Manhattan fears the decentralised terrorism stance. This is a pure case of a ‘lone wolf’ terrorism where Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was inspired by the Islamic State and wanted to inflict maximum damage. The US has seen many recent attacks like this over the course of years. These types of attacks are more difficult to tackle in comparison to the sophisticated terror plans by a coordinated network. Governments face many political and security challenges. The political challenge for them would be to find out the root causes of radicalisation and address them effectively. This cannot be done without the support from community members and leaders. The security challenge is to take preventive measures as and when required in a proactive way. Washington needs a proper result-oriented plan to checking radicalisation as well as to prevent more similar terror attacks rather than preparing ideological plans.

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