The Morning Wrap: Arunachal Pradesh Under Central Rule; Scientists Could Be Pushing Forward The Doomsday Clock

27/01/2016 9:03 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
A sign showing the 'Doomsday Clock' that remains at three minutes to midnight is seen after it was unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The clock was last moved January 2015, from five minutes to three minutes before midnight, the closest it has been to catastrophe since the days of hydrogen bomb testing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Arunachal Pradesh has been placed under central rule after President Pranab Mukherjee consented to the Union Cabinet’s recommendation of imposing the President’s rule in the eastern state. The Congress reacted sharply to the move, calling it a “murder of the Constitution”.

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It is unfortunate that Arunachal Pradesh, a sensitive border State, should find itself in the throes of an artificial constitutional crisis. it is difficult not to discern a discredited political pattern behind the crisis that led to the current situation, writes The Hindu.

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