Indian Navy: Sunk by Nepotism

Above: Even though the officers on INS Chakra underwent elaborate training, none of them was found eligible for promotion. Photo: gentleseas.blogspot.in A recent verdict of the Armed Forces Tribunal in which it fined a vice-admiral for favouring his son-in-law has brought into focus the need to review the promotion system in the navy   ~By Ajith […]

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Drug Smuggling: Caught in the High Seas

Above: The Indian Cost Guard apprehends a vessel involved in illegal activity. Photo: UNI One of the largest drug hauls along the Gujarat coast has necessitated the need for greater surveillance along India’s shores and modern lighthouses have a major role to play here ~By Ramesh Menon India seems to be under the radar of […]

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BSF Grievances Given Short Shrift

Feeling demoralised and dejected over the unfair deal given to it as compared to the Army, the force has appealed to the courts for justice   ~By Justice K Sreedhar Rao “Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismay’d? Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blunder’d: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to […]

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Indo-China Stand-off: A Battle of Nerves

Above Photo: UNI The confrontation in Doklam area is not just about Indian intrusion into a disputed territory near Bhutan. It is about India showing that it can no longer be taken for granted. Will it fulfill the obligations of Article 2 of the India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty? ~By Colonel R Hariharan  Although it has been […]

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Lack of legal status denies domestic helps lawful benefits

Above: Domestic workers protesting in New Delhi for a central legislation to guard their interests. Photo: Anil Shakya ~By Lilly Paul Why were the maids and domestic helps at Mahagun Moderne society at Noida Sector 78 left with no other option but to use force in trying to establish their economic rights? It led to […]

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Forged Orders: Hoodwinking the Police

Above Illustration: Anthony Lawrence Several shocking cases have come to light in which legal orders have been forged to fool the police. The only way to tackle such tricky situations is for authorities to check the authenticity of orders they get  ~By Naveen Nair One of the primary duties of any court is to uphold […]

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VK Sasikala: Luxury behind Bars

Above: Parappana Agrahara Central prison, Bengaluru, where Sasikala is jailed This Karnataka DIG is not the first bureaucrat to be shunted out for being a whistle-blower ~By MG Devasahayam Ebullient Karnataka DIG (Prisons) Roopa Divakar has set the hound among the wolves by her revelation of the rot in Bangalore’s Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. She […]

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Hail to the Chief

The highest office in the country has often had incumbents with an independent way of thinking. Will Ram Nath Kovind kowtow to the present government or strike out on his own? ~By Vinay Vats Finally, the constitutional battle between the government and the Opposition for the election of the President has come to an end […]

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Lift-off on Deals

Above: Audit of Indira Gandhi International Airport reveals unfair practices in the name of privatization. Photo: Rajeev Tyagi Allegations of suspect accounting practices and land deals have given Delhi airport’s privatisation a bad name. With a new megaport planned at Jewar, will favouritism rule the roost again? Airport privatisation has many plusses, including plusher and […]

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Judging the Judge in Madhya Pradesh

Above: The Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court is under scanner for a money laundering case Another legal eagle has come under the scanner for lowering the dignity of his office and trying to influence others. The Congress now wants to start impeachment proceedings against Justice Hemant Gupta ~By Rakesh Dixit in Bhopal The […]

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Tug-of-War Tightens!

Above: L-G of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi administering the oath to three MLAs nominated by the BJP, upsetting the chief minister and the Speaker. Photo: twitter.com In a blatant disregard for the elected government of Puducherry, Lt-Gov Kiran Bedi has administered the oath of office to three persons nominated by the centre, sharpening the divide with […]

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Made in heaven, Certified on Earth

The Law Commission has recommended that a marriage certificate be made mandatory to give weddings legal sanctity. Will this clash with existing family laws and customs? ~By Meha Mathur Septuagenarian Neeru Gogia and her husband, now entering their 47th year of marriage, never felt the need for a marriage certificate, until the prospect of visiting […]

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