Every violation of visa norm cannot lead to banning a person from entering into the country: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court: The Single Judge Bench comprising of Rajiv Shakdher J., decided on a petition seeking the removal of the ban on entry of the petitioner an Indian origin Canadian citizen in India due to being put on a ‘Blacklist’ along with violating the principles of natural justice. The matter majorly dealt with the ban of the petitioner on entering in India who is of Indian origin migrated to Canada and consisted of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card which permits the free travel to and from India qua persons who are foreign citizens of Indian origin. The petitioner was asked to return to Canada when he reached Hyderabad airport to see his differently able child who had fallen seriously ill. The petitioner in seeking legal recourses and on being dissatisfied with responses moved to the High Court, where a counter affidavit was filed by the respondents saying the High Court had no jurisdiction to entertain the said petition. Though, the High Court dealt with the issue of jurisdiction and stated that the submission can’t be sustained. While considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the High Court came to the conclusion with following reasoning that, as averred by the petitioner that he attended ‘Tabligh’ work, it is not a banned activity in accordance to the visa manual.…
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Indo-US-Russia Ties: Uneasy Tango

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi recently/Photo: PIB India is caught between the US and Russia, its old ally, and despite American pressure, is unlikely to jeopardise this time-tested relationship and its own core interests ~By Seema Guha The growing warmth in Indo-US ties may take a hit over sanctions the US administration has slapped on Russia and Iran. The US has warned countries doing business with Moscow and Tehran that they would face consequences if they did not heed the American diktat. Fears that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was plunging India into the US camp have subsided as Delhi has refrained from putting all its eggs into the American basket. Russia and Iran serve India’s core interests and Modi is not about to turn his back on either. In fact, on June 4, even as sanctions were on, India received its first consignment of gas from Russia’s state-owned Gazprom, one of the world’s major gas companies. The agreement signed by GAIL and Gazprom in 2012 envisages the import of liquefied natural gas worth $1.5 billion annually for 20 years. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan was effusive in his praise of Russia as he received the first consignment: “Today will be remembered as a golden day for India’s energy security road map.’’ He said this was in keeping with Prime Minister Modi and President Vladimir Putin’s vision of forging closer strategic economic cooperation between India and Russia.…
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US court follows Indian example, orders that adult son has no legal right in parents’ house

Above: A representative image of a father and son   New York judge orders that if the parents want him out of the house, the son has to vacate, quite like a Delhi High Court’s 2016 judgment Times they are a changing, probably going back to satyayug, so to say. Those were the times when if the son attained the age of manhood – that was way below the legal 18 of these days – they were supposed to leave the house and go out into the world, gather knowledge. A kshatriya’s son would be packed off to a guru’s ashram to learn the art of war and statesmanship. Then the times changed and parents, especially in India, started wanting their wards to be more homebound, share the burden of business and home chores with their parents and finally fall in line with the family’s way of the world. Today, things probably are changing back to older times, especially in nuclear families and where parents aren’t wanting their businesses to fall into a lineage. Many of them want their adult sons out of the house as soon as they get a job. There have been instances in India where parents have moved court to push their sons out.…
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US court follows Indian example, orders that adult son has no legal right in parents’ house

Above: A representative image of a father and son   New York judge orders that if the parents want him out of the house, the son has to vacate, quite like a Delhi High Court’s 2016 judgment Times they are a changing, probably going back to satyayug, so to say. Those were the times when if the son attained the age of manhood – that was way below the legal 18 of these days – they were supposed to leave the house and go out into the world, gather knowledge. A kshatriya’s son would be packed off to a guru’s ashram to learn the art of war and statesmanship. Then the times changed and parents, especially in India, started wanting their wards to be more homebound, share the burden of business and home chores with their parents and finally fall in line with the family’s way of the world. Today, things probably are changing back to older times, especially in nuclear families and where parents aren’t wanting their businesses to fall into a lineage. Many of them want their adult sons out of the house as soon as they get a job. There have been instances in India where parents have moved court to push their sons out.…
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Sino-Indian Ties: A Change of Heart

Above: PM Modi meeting President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, China, on his recent visit/Photo: PIB There is a renewed bid to bring relations between India and China back on track so that past uncertainty and tensions do not derail the future   ~By Seema Guha Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meeting this weekend in Wuhan, China, has helped clear the air between the two major Asian powers after a period of tense relations. Moreover, the 73-day military stand-off in Doklam showed how easily ties could take a dangerous turn, adding to the uncertainty in a volatile region. The big takeaway from Wuhan is the new political thrust to relations at the highest level. Unresolved problems will not disappear. But there will be a more measured response from both sides to these irritants. The exchange has helped both Modi and Xi get a perspective of each country’s strategic view for the next decade and more and could ensure that both are aware of each other’s sensitivity on issues impinging their country’s core interests. Moreover, the flux in the international order, the new cold war between the West and Russia, climate change and terrorism will be on the table. Though Doklam will not come up specifically, the need to preserve peace and tranquility on the disputed border will be part of the conversation.…
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Indo-Pak Stalemate: Testy Ties

Above: Sikh pilgrims at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh mausoleum in Lahore/Photo: UNI India and Pakistan continue to have frosty relations as visiting Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan are denied access to the high commissioner ~By Seema Guha Despite efforts last year to bring about warmth in Indo-Pak ties, the narrative remains unchanged. And it will continue to be so unless each country has stakes in the other. With no business or direct trade ties at present, there can be little hope of any breakthrough, more so because the peace constituency in both countries has considerably shrunk in the last year or more. The volley of accusations and countercharges by politicians and foreign officers of both countries continues. All this despite secret meetings between India’s National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, and his Pakistani counterpart, General (Retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, in Thailand last year and their frequent telephonic conversations. One wonders what they talk about when nothing changes on the ground. Hopes raised after the two sides agreed to follow the Geneva Protocol guidelines for diplomats in letter and spirit were soon belied with the latest round of intimidation of Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan. It is difficult to comprehend who is right and who is wrong with the nationalist press on both sides taking the cue from their respective foreign offices.…
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India’s Tripping Point

Above: Indian Army jawans taking position near the site of a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir The annual budgets for the armed forces have shown declining outlays for modernisation, thus affecting new projects. It is more to do with the government’s mindset   ~By Col R Hariharan Prime Minister Narendra Modi is probably happy to see leaders of foreign governments, one after the other, making a beeline to New Delhi because it indicates increasing recognition of India as an important global player. Modi has partly succeeded in preventing India’s strategic influence from being overwhelmed by China’s increasing power play in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region. The Maldives slipping into China’s fold, disregarding India’s objections, has shown that India fulfilling its strategic dream is still in the making. The Chinese dragon will continue to roll on because President Xi Jinping is trying to live the China dream. His strong global pitch is not only backed by deep pockets but also the People’s Liberation Army’s military muscle to defend China’s increasing global assets. Though India has overtaken China in its GDP rate of growth, surprisingly its armed forces are still to make up their decades of deficiencies even in meeting the essential needs to defend the country, let alone safeguard the country’s increasing global assets.…
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Cabinet approves Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between India and Iran

The Union Cabinet has approved an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income between India and Iran. The Agreement will stimulate flow of investment, technology and personnel from India to Iran & vice versa, and will prevent double taxation. The Agreement will provide for exchange of information between the two Contracting Parties as per latest international standards. It will thus improve transparency in tax matters and will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. The Agreement is on similar lines as entered into by India with other countries.  The proposed Agreement also meets treaty related minimum standards under G-20 OECD Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, in which India participated on an equal footing. Insofar as India is concerned, the Central Government is authorized under Section 90 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to enter into an Agreement with a foreign country or specified territory for avoidance of double taxation of income for exchange  of information  for the  prevention  of evasion  or avoidance of income-tax chargeable under the Income Tax Act, 1961. Cabinet Tweet The post Cabinet approves Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between India and Iran appeared first on SCC Blog.…
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A Question of Trust

Above: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale with Chinese minister Wang Yi/Photo Courtesy: Twitter Though the foreign secretary’s visit to Beijing was meant to get ties back on the rails, Doklam-type incidents are likely to take place again as China pursues territorial claims  ~By Seema Guha India’s new foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale’s weekend visit to China recently is an obvious attempt by Delhi and Beijing to get relations back on track after last year’s Doklam stand-off. Though the two sides reached an agreement then, relations remained testy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China for a multilateral meet afterwards. Now both the Asian giants are actually hoping to repair the damage and get bilateral ties moving again. Modi is scheduled to be in China in June for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. Now is as good a time as any to start work on getting the optics right for future high-level visits. ASIAN RIVALRY India and China share a complex relationship and are natural rivals in Asia. Though China is far ahead in both economic and military might, and is angling to take on the US, it will first have to stamp its dominance in Asia. India, an equally large and populous nation, is an obvious challenger, though it is neither as rich or as powerful as China at the moment.…
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THE ACHHE DIN OF BILL & MELINDA

~By Inderjit Badhwar Bill and Melinda Gates, the known universe’s richest power couple—until they recently surrendered that position by a hair’s breadth to Amazon Czar and Czarina Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos—don’t seem to share the prevailing pessimism about where our world is headed. Given the daily overdose of news about climate change, increasing violence, war and pestilence, the rapid destruction of the rule of law under authoritarian jackboots, resurgent racism, terror…most of us seem to take for granted that we are on a one-way ticket to hell. But, surprise, surprise…the Microsoft wunderkinds Melinda and Bill don’t seem to think so. In fact, they put their money where their mouth is by investing more and more of their wealth into charity, in particular the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which has a large presence in India, a country of which Gates is a personal fan and unabashed admirer because of its ingenuity, scientific temper and the high-tech orientation of its younger generation. A hallmark of India is its investment in the thoughtful application of scientific and technological advances to meet the needs of the poorest populations, Gates believes. On a recent visit to India, Bill Gates explained why he is “an optimist about India”.…
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Crossing the Line

Above: Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman laying a wreath on the mortal remains of Captain Kapil Kundu killed on February 4, 2018 along LoC, in New Delhi. Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat is also seen/Photo: PIB The death of an army captain and three soldiers last week was another grim reminder of the human cost of the near-constant cross-border firing by Pakistani and Indian forces ~By Praful Bakshi The constant conflict of attrition on the Jammu and Kashmir border with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) is not a recent phenomenon as many of us may believe. The seeds of this crisis were sown in 1947-48, when the Razakkars/ Kabaylis raided Kashmir under the pol-itical orders of the newly formed government under Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Since then, Pakistan’s aim to bleed India with a thousand cuts has led to the present situation. Today, there is a conflict in the form of constant firing along the 780 km of the LoC and 180 km of IB. The ceasefire violations in 2017 alone have been 860 and 180, respectively. The intensity of the cross border violations is so much that in the last five weeks, there have been 241 ceasefire violations and nine armed forces personnel have been martyred, including an Air Force commando.…
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Cooking up a Storm

~By Dilip Bobb In kitchens all across India, there is a bubbling and stewing and the shrill whistling of pressure cookers as a storm is stirred up over the alleged proposal to make khichdi the national dish. Other contenders have been in a stew and sparks are flying. Here’s how the culinary clash unfolds. Pav Bhaji: There has not been a bigger crisis since British restaurants started ad-ding ketchup to curry. This is an anti-national act. Khichdi was invented for Englishmen with weak stomachs and for patients recovering from major surgery. How can it qualify for the title of national dish? This is a cooked up story. Aloo Paratha: It is indeed a hot potato. It is an attempt to rewrite history. First, the politicians make a khichdi of everything they touch and now they are trying to turn the tables and force this hospital food down our throats. I have a long and distinguished culinary history, and I will not stand up and salute something as bland and tasteless as a mixture of rice and dal. Sambar Vada: What is there to say, Sirji? Khichdi is comfort food for comfortable people. Not like us in south India. Vada sambar is a contrast of taste and flavours.…
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