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AIADMK factions bury the hatchet

O. Panneerselvam sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister, to hold finance portfolio
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‘Doklam standoff will be resolved soon’

China is also inclined towards a solution, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh
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SC to deliver verdict on triple talaq today

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Did Sashikala go out of Bengaluru prison?

CCTV footage shows her entering jail in civilian clothes, former DIG (Prisons) Roopa hands over evidence to ACB.
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Railway Board member sent on leave

4 local officials suspended; lapses in work led to Khatauli accident
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Ghantasala to get 70 feet Buddha statue

The Rs. 1.5 crore project will help develop A.P. village as tourist destination
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Goa’s Ganapati festival: ecological concerns linger

The State led the way when it come to banning plaster of Paris idols, but how successful has it been?
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Foreign court can’t rule on Indians’ divorce plea: HC

A foreign court does not have the jurisdiction to decide matrimonial matters of a couple who have Indian domicile and are governed under the Hindu marriage act even if the parties were at the time residing in a foreign nation, the Bombay High Court has observed.
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SC bats for personal liberty

Personal liberty cannot be compromised at the altar of what the state may perceive as justice, the Supreme court has said while granting bail to former Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul in the case of alleged corruption.
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Editorial Prison and Privilege

If illegal facilities are allowed to select prisoners, jails will lose their deterrent value
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Editorial Derailed priorities

There must be a quick inquiry into the Khatauli accident, and a larger safety upgrade
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Rebooting India-Nepal ties By Kanak Mani Dixit

Indian interventionism having backfired, the Nepal PM’s visit is an opportunity to raise the level of bilateral ties
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Newsroom under siege By Abhisek Singhvi

The fourth estate in India faces greater threats from within than outside
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Mobi Addiction

The uproar over ‘Blue Whale’ highlights our uneasy adjustment to ahyper connected world
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Between sophistry and silence By Ananya Vajpeyi

Can the ongoing devaluation of language and undermining of democracy be reversed?
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Recasting the steel frame By Srivatsa Krishna

The bureaucracy needs to embrace lateral entry, technology and the ‘perform or perish’ culture.
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Kovind dedicates Leh trip to Jawans

Confers Presidential Colours on Ladakh Scouts, asks soldiers to uphold the honour of the country
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China want to go back to “1959 LAC”

Accuses India of ‘violent actions’
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Will SC end personal laws’ immunity?

Verdict may settle debate on whether or not these can be brought within the ambit of article 13
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Now, passport sans police verification

CCTNS data for applicants’ credentials
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Drones on a mission to restore Myanmar’s mangrove cover

Six of them can ‘plant up to one lakh trees per day’ and cut cost by nearly half


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Editorial- Missing investor

Missing investor: The Sahara case calls for a thorough probe to reveal all its money laundering dimensions.The Supreme Court ordered Subrata Roy, the head of the Sahara Group, to refund money that it borrowed from investors without sufficient regulatory clearance five year ago and authorised the Securities and Exchange Board of India to (SEBI) administer the actual transfer of money from the Sahara Group to investors. The total amount, including interest on the initial principal, which needs to be refunded to investors, has bulged to about Rs. 40,000 crore now. Of this, SEBI has received an aggregate amount, including interest earned on deposits, of about Rs. 14,487 crore from the Sahara Group. But according to SEBI’s latest annual report, as on March 31, 2017 only about Rs. 85.02 crore, including interest of about Rs.38.05 crore, of this amount has actually been returned to investors. Very few investors have come forward to reclaim their money even after the repeated request from 2013 by SEBI to the genuine investors in Sahara to step forward and claim their money. The huge amount of unclaimed money raised questions about the authenticity of Sahara’s investor base and it turned to be a possible money laundering case. Since 2014, the Enforcement Directorate start to investigate against the Sahara Group under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, but has very little progress. On the ground of this unclaimed money, Sahara group said that they had already returned 95% of the capital that it borrowed from investors but unable to provide evidence of the source of funds used to make the claimed return payments to the Supreme Court. Hence, the government must start a rapid investigation in this matter that could be a massive money laundering exercise.
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Recasting the steel frame: The bureaucracy needs to embrace lateral entry, technology and the ‘perform or perish’ culture. By Srivatsa Krishna, IAS officer

The civil services need to bring about three fundamental changes. This is the opinion of Srivatsa Krishna, an IAS officer, who describes all these three in his article ‘Recasting the steel frame’. The first is specific clauses under All India Services and Central Services Conduct Rules to dismiss officers on grounds of incompetence and/or corruption. This already exists in rules but need to use it in public interest. The second is to open the lateral entry of private sector professionals into higher civil service posts. Lateral entry does open the risk and prospect of powerful corporate groups placing their men in key positions of government. However, allegations are already existed on the nexus of bureaucrats-corporate-politicians. At the same time, lateral entry help to incorporate those experienced corporate professional in the Indian bureaucracy who have decision-making abilities and willingness to perform well. Along with the lateral entry, the non-performer civil servants are needed to dismiss or shift to non-crucial roles.The third is to introduce more technology in the bureaucracy system, mainly in those points where a citizen interacts with the government. In the swift delivery of government services, the artificial intelligence (AI) can help with greater superiority, accuracy, and consistency, at lower cost than humans can. Introduction of AI in government services like passports, licences, building permits, certificates, etc., ensure swift and hassle-free conclusion of these process. Krisha comments, “It is impossible to run a 21st century economy with a 19th century bureaucracy using 18th century rules.”

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