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Exposing a gaping hole in the safety aspect of cars on sale in India, five popular car models in the country — Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, and Mahindra Scorpio — failed the crash test conducted by UK-based Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson HL Dattu shared the state of the government-funded homes for disabled children with the media recently. He said that the living conditions there were so bad that almost 50 children were being made to use the same toothbrush every day.
In a story that showcases the real power of social media, a four-year-old girl who got lost at the Nagpur Railway station was reunited with her family within 20 minutes. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu shared a picture of the child with a Railway Police official on his Facebook page, which was then shared hundreds of times, helping the parents locate their child.
In a fresh bizarre slam against the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to sack the former IMF Chief Economist because he was allegedly "mentally not fully Indian" and had "wilfully" wrecked the economy. This was a follow-up to his barb against Rajan at the end of Parliament session last week.
Discussion around the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, turned into a diplomatic war of words on Tuesday when India 'firmly' rejected Pakistan’s objections to the draft Bill, saying Islamabad does not have any right to object to India's internal 'legislative matters'. The draft Bill plans to bring in a set of legally binding regulations regarding the geospatial information of India which may include provisions to penalise inaccurate depiction of India in maps.
Chanting of 'Om' and other Hindu mantras has been included in the common protocol for celebrating International Day of Yoga on June 21, reviving the controversy from the previous edition of the event last year. While the Ayush ministry clarified that the protocol was not compulsory, some political parties accused the government of pushing its Hindutva agenda. A spokesperson clarified that there was no change to the protocol and that it was not compulsory to chant anything before the yoga. "It is voluntary and one can remain silent. No one will object," clarified the spokesperson.
Former Pakistani envoy to the US Husain Haqqani has said that the prosecution of jihadis in Pakistan is difficult, as they are considered as the 'good guys' in the country. In his book his latest book, Haqqani has said that Pakistan considered jihad to be a low-cost option to bleed India and that this was the only way for it to ensure some form of military parity.
Off The Front Page
Before the rain that dampened the match between Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils in Visakhapatnam, a stray dog was caught running merrily across the cricket field bringing the exciting game to a halt again. Refusing to leave the field, the dog even sprawled down on the damp green grass and refused to get out for a few minutes, causing the audience to break into giggles.
An argument between a couple that started with the husband wanting to see his wife's phone escalated into physical blows and finally ended with the wife chopping off her husband's three fingers. In Bengaluru couple have now lodged complaints against each other and the husband has demanded police protection as he is now scared of his wife.
Stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma has landed in a fresh controversy for his portrayal of nurses in on of his recent episodes of The Kapil Sharma Show. According to media reports, nursing staff from different medical colleges and hospitals staged protest at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar.
The judiciary is shifting the balance of power and is increasingly becoming the first port of call for solving all problems, says an editorial in Mint. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently blamed the Indian judiciary for actively encroaching on the powers of legislative and executive authorities. He claimed that “step by step, brick by brick, the edifice of India’s legislature is being destroyed” by the judiciary... Through several judgements thereafter, the judiciary has unhesitatingly shuffled into the roles of both the legislature and the executive. It assumed wide powers in matters of protection of the environment. This process was, however, aided by the executive which dithered in taking politically difficult decisions that might have invited wrath from their constituencies. The overzealousness of the judiciary and the neglect by the executive helped along a gradual obliteration of the separation of powers between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive," says the editorial.
Two years into the job, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has amplified his profile at home while expanding his influence among international leaders, the Indian diaspora and his social media followers, says Mukesh Aghi in Hindustan Times. "Since the Obama and Modi administrations signed a joint statement during Obama’s visit to New Delhi in 2015, several bilateral meetings have taken place with an emphasis on cybersecurity, climate change and defence cooperation. In fact, the US holds more official dialogues with India than with any other country... While all eyes will be fixed on the promise that this relationship has forever held, we must remind ourselves that not all issues — trade-related or strategic — are easily resolved in democracies. But those who are vested in the relationship agree that the countries are closer than they have ever been to realising their mutual goals of creating a safe, prosperous world for our citizens," he says.
People’s objections, from Chhattisgarh to Odisha, against large development projects have brought out the real power of the Forest Rights Act of 2006, writes Ashish Kothari in The Hindu. "The principle of ‘free and prior informed consent’ (FPIC), enshrined in international agreements for some years, was reiterated most strongly in the recent UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples... Beyond FPIC, deeper democratic reforms would help ordinary people get political, economic, and legal powers through grass-roots collectives that enable them to take decisions affecting their lives. Such direct or radical democracy needs to be the fulcrum on which more representative institutions at larger scales would operate, downwardly accountable through various mechanisms," he writes.