• SCAM, OR FOLKLORE? ON 2G CASE VERDICT

    What is illegal from the point of view of administrative law may not necessarily be an offence from a criminal court’s perspective(परिप्रेक्ष्य). The Supreme Court declared in 2012 that the allocation of 2G spectrum by the Congress-led UPA government was illegal and an arbitra..

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  • FOR AN INDIAN MOVE TO DE-ESCALATE YEMEN

    The intercept (रोकना/अवरोधन/अन्तररोध करना) of a missile fired by the Houthi-led rebels in Yemen to mark 1,000 days of the bombing campaign by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is a stark (निरा/कड़ा/कठोर/पुष्ट) reminder of the inst..

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  • CLEANING UP: ON REVIEWING LAWS IN INDIA

    If law-making is a long and tedious(थकाऊ) process, it appears that unmaking existing laws is an equally arduous(कठिन/श्रमसाध्य/दुष्कर) task. How else does one explain the fact that until three years ago, a huge number of obsolete(अप्रचलित/अव..

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  • US NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY: OR IS IT?

    The US National Security Strategy unveiled by President Donald Trump on Monday makes his campaign (अभियान/मुहिम) promise, ‘America First’, the cornerstone of the country’s strategic plan. Curbing immigration (आप्रवासन), securing US borders and ter..

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  • TRANSIT GAMBIT: ON E-WAY BILL

    Already grappling(पेंच/पकडना) with the Goods and Services Tax transition, businesses are now anxious(चिन्ताजनक/उत्सुक/व्यग्र) about how the roll-out of e-way bills will pan out. Starting February 1, all inter-State movement of goods worth over Rs...

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  • LIFE BEYOND GILTS FOR INSURANCE FUNDS

    It is notable and welcome that an expert committee constituted (गठित/निर्मित/क़ानूनी) by the Insurance Regulatory (नियामक) and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has recommended diversifying (विविधीकरण/चित्रित करना)..

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  • SPEEDY, DECISIVE: ON TRIAL COURTS

    Two crimes ended in death sentences for the principal perpetrators(अपराधी/मुजरिम) last week — one emblematic(प्रतीकात्मक/द्योतक) in the way it sought to uphold caste pride and the other an abominable(घृणित/घिनौना) instanc..

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  • DIVORCE AS CRIME: ON INSTANT TRIPLE TALAQ

    The Centre’s proposal to make instant triple talaq an offence punishable with three-year imprisonment and a fine is an unnecessary attempt to convert a civil wrong into a criminal act. By a three-two majority, the Supreme Court has already declared, and correctly, that the practice of talaq-e-biddat,..

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  • STALEMATE AT WTO: ON U.S. OBSTRUCTION

    The 11th biennial(द्विवार्षिक) ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation ended in a stalemate(गतिरोध/स्थिति में अवरोध), with countries divided along industrial and developing lines. India is seeing the outcome as a partial success; ..

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  • REVIVAL RISK: ON ECONOMY WOES

    The Centre’s bid to dispel(दूर करना/छितराना) the pall of gloom over the economy has been helped in recent weeks by a sovereign(शासकीय/शासक) rating upgrade from a global agency and a sharp improvement in India’s rank on a World Bank index for ease ..

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