As BJP is losing political ground, the Battle for 2019 is becoming more interesting

The assembly elections in five states have shown that the BJP can be shaken up, even defeated, by strong, strategic opposition alliances. After the victory of the Congress in all three Hindi heartland states in the tightly-fought assembly elections, some contours about the political scenario in the next few months are becoming sharper. With general elections barely six months away, both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition parties will have drawn lessons from the results and the voting patterns. The coming days will see the granular details being…

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Shaktikanta Das, MA in History is first non-economist in 28 years to be RBI governor

Highlights * 14 of 25 RBI governors have been bureaucrats including 12 coming from IAS/ICS* Immediate predecessors of Shaktikanta Das were economists* Shaktikanta Das has got tenure as RBI governor till 2023 There are no fixed eligibility criteria for appointment of a person as the RBI governor. According to the RBI Act, appointment of governor is approved by the PMO on the recommendation of the finance minister. Shaktikanta Das is the 25th RBI governor and 14th career bureaucrat including 12 IAS/ICS officers to hold the position.With the appointment of Shaktikanta…

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Communal riots, War with Pakistan likely after BJP poll wipeout

Many people are gloating over the state election results of Tuesday that saw the defeat of BJP governments in three states. In my opinion, however, the only effect the assembly election results will have is to reduce lynching of Muslims a bit, though it is wrong to assume that such incidents will be totally eliminated. India is still a semi-feudal society, and as I have repeatedly pointed out, communalism is always latent in it, only awaiting some catalyst to bring it to the surface. Today, most Hindus in India are…

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PDP, Congress in war of words over granting divisional status to Ladakh

The Congress and PDP on Tuesday accused each other of ‘communalising’ the proposed move of the state administration to grant divisional status to Ladakh and the demand raised by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to impart similar status to the Pir Panjal and Chenab valley region. Senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh alleged that Mehbooba Mufti was trying to divide the Jammu region on communal lines while PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said the veteran Congress leader “seems to be playing to the gallery”. “Mehboobaji’s attempt to link this (Ladakh) matter…

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Mandir-Masjid politics rejected by people: NC, PDP, Congress

The National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress Tuesday said the results in the assembly polls to five states have shown that political awakening is on the rise in the country as people have rejected the communal politics. “People rejected Mandir-Masjid politics, results show political awakening on rise in India,” the PDP quoted its president Mehbooba Mufti as saying on its Twitter handle. She was referring to the loss of BJP, which was an ally of the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir government till June this year, in the…

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Death of two teenaged militants raises some difficult questions across Kashmir Valley

On August 30, three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in Parray Mohalla in Hajin, a town in the North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The next day, two boys who lived in the area went missing. Until then, very few in the area had known about the friendship of Saqib Bilal Sheikh, 16, and Mudasir Rashid Parray, 15. They had little in common. They studied in different classes in different schools. Saqib Bilal belonged to an affluent farming family. Mudasir lived in a makeshift hut. In his free time, Saqib would usually slip…

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Armed forces, Govt departments, Police, Bureaucrats, Legislators major power defaulters in Kashmir: RTI

Kashmir’s own government departments are defaulting on power bills. As per the official figures, the consumers who are among the top power defaulters in Kashmir are police, bureaucrats, legislators and government departments. The CRPF is a major defaulter with outstanding in crores of rupees. The figures available lying with the Kashmir Post reveal that the CRPF-157 Battalion (BTN) camp near Tatoo Ground has to pay power dues amounting to Rs 2 crores, CRPF-23 BTN camp near Assembly Complex have also an outstanding of Rs 2 crores. Similarly CRPF-23 BTN camp…

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Celebrations begin as Congress races ahead in Rajasthan assembly elections

Counting of votes began at 8 am today for the Rajasthan assembly elections with trends at 10 am showing the Congress racing ahead with leads in 99 seats and the BJP in 75. As trends started trickling in, celebrations broke out in Jaipur outside the houses of Pradesh Congress Committe chief Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot as caretaker chief minister Vasundhara Raje prayed at Tripur Sundari temple in Banswara. Initial counting showed Raje leading from Jhalrapatan, Sachin Pilot from Tonk and senior Congress leader and former chief…

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BJP threatening its MLAs with ‘NIA, CBI Action’- Omar Abdullah, BJP seeks proof Or Public Apology

National Conference Vice President and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday dared BJP to declare its chief ministerial candidate for Jammu and Kashmir ahead of elections to Legislative Assembly as well as slammed the party for threatening NIA, CBI action against its legislators before dissolution of assembly. “The BJP’s bravado to have its own chief minister from Jammu fell flat twice, first by stitching alliance with 28-member PDP in 2015 and later while unsuccessfully attempting to form the government by surrendering before a party with two MLAs from North…

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Thousands throng funeral for ‘Youngest’ rebel killed in Kashmir

Thousands of mourners thronged the funeral on Monday of a 14-year-old rebel shot dead by Indian troops in Kashmir, the youngest-ever fighter killed in the decades-long insurgency, police said. Mudasir Ahmad Parrey was killed alongside two other militants, one a 17-year-old, outside the city of Srinagar on Sunday. Parrey, a ninth-grade student, went missing in August before emerging in a photograph on social media brandishing an automatic assault rifle and military knife. The young militants’ deaths sparked angry protests in the restive Himalayan region administered by India but also claimed…

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