Given the current stand-off over the Doklam plateau, the fate of the annual India-China Hand-in-Hand joint military drill, first held in 2007, appears uncertain with no word from the Chinese side, which is supposed to host the exercise this year.
Controversial former Gujarat IPS officer D.G. Vanzara in a letter to the Gujarat government in May 2015 had claimed that BJP president Amit Shah may have been discharged by a CBI court, but was “very much an accused in the Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram encounter case.” Vanzara, an accused in the sensational Sohrabuddin-Tulsiram and Ishrat Jahan fake encounter cases, was out on bail then.
China will never compromise on its sovereignty, security or development interests, President Xi Jinping said at an Army Day celebration. His comments are significant in the middle of a prolonged standoff between India and China near the Sikkim Sector, which is approaching a third month.
Days after Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance in Bihar to go with the BJP to return as Chief Minister within a day, his alliance partner Lalu his alliance partner Lalu Yadav finally took some wipes at a man who showed up as a great opportunist. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has decided to hear a plea seeking CBI probe against the JD-U leader in a murder case.
NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya's exit is happening at the same time when the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is in the middle of executing its economic turn-around plan. It is clearly not a good time for a key member of the government's intellectual inner circle to say goodbye to the country unless there is a compelling reason for it. And it isn't really clear what really caused Panagariya's exit. The reason being cited for the exit — his intent to return to his first love, academia — is a bit surprising, for the simple reason that Prime Minister Modi himself had handpicked him for pioneering the new think-tank in January 2015 and the task has only begun. Panagariya was given one of the most prominent positions in the government's policymaking machinery, and the Indian-American economist knew what he is signing up for.
A top Pakistani militant who carried a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head was killed by security forces when he was visiting his Indian wife in a village in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.
The Hindu Rashtra project is being completed brick by brick. With the whole Hindi heartland under the saffron sway, and even an RSS man ensconced in Rashtrapati Bhawan, the BJP’s next ambitious move could well be the building of a grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
The mascot of secularism and opposition’s only challenge to Modi’s growing hold over the nation, Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish, turned out to be a political opportunist. Nitish, who snapped his 17-year-old alliance with NDA to protest Narendra Modi’s elevation as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP in 2013, has now dumped his alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar to be a BJP-supported chief minister.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of indirectly encouraging cow vigilantes and noted that there was an environment of "fear and terror" in the country. Initiating a debate in the Lok Sabha on mob lynchings, Kharge said: "The government is indirectly encouraging groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and gau bhakts (cow vigilantes)." He urged the government not to turn Hindustan into "lynchistan".