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What is illegal from the point of view of administrative law may not necessarily be an offence from a criminal court’s perspective. The Supreme Court declared in 2012 that the allocation of 2G spectrum by the Congress-led UPA government was illegal and an arbitrary exercise of power.

 

Monday’s poll results for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will reverberate through national politics for some time. BJP is now in government in as many as 19 states. In Lok Sabha it already has a commanding majority.

 

India has unequivocally welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement of the National Security Strategy (NSS) for his country during his tenure.

 

Plausibly, in response to a series of investor-state disputes initiated by various foreign investors under different investment protection agreements, India unilaterally terminated most bilateral investment treaties (BITs), in specific 58, to which it was a Contracting Party.

 

Yet another anniversary of the November 26, 2008 terror attacks on multiple targets in Mumbai has come and gone. Much has changed since then and terror has evolved into an even more dangerous phenomenon. Recent variants represent a paradigmatic change in the practice of violence.

 

For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to have struggled to cross the 100-seat mark in the results to the Gujarat state legislature when it was boasting about bagging 150 is suggestive of an undeniable downward turn in its popularity ratings.

 

Government is increasingly relying on price controls on medicines and medical devices to rein in the rising cost of healthcare in the country. Though this is well-intentioned, it will have several unintended consequences such as discouraging investment and R&D spending – and also the job creation that government is equally committed to promote. It is in conflict with the Make in India initiative that aims to increase manufacuring’s share in India’s GDP.

 

The government’s decision to increase import duties on a variety of products, including phones and TV sets, is not a good idea. This has been done in the name of promoting Make in India, but experience, of India’s own past and of Asia’s tiger economies, shows that forcing import substitution behind high tariff walls is a bad way to promote manufacture.

 

Nepal’s Left alliance, comprising two Communist parties, the CPN-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML) and CPN-Maoist Centre, has won the country’s first legislative election under the new constitution.

 

Last week, ahead of the 20th round of the now moribund talks between the Special Representatives of India and China entrusted with finding an early settlement of the border question, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, after meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, set out parameters that he implied needed to be bilaterally addressed with urgency.

 


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