Reflex Action

Arun Srivastava

He had taken over the reign of the chief minister with the promise to usher the state and its people into a new bright future, take them out of the morass of backwardness and empower them. But after 13 years of his government, which incidentally was acclaimed and applauded as the example of good governance, it is an irony that the state has failed to achieve any major success in providing a new direction to education, a major component of the human development index.           

i. Sentencing of Vijay Mallya deferred: The Supreme Court has indefinitely deferred the sentencing of Vijay Mallya of the UB Group in relation to its finding that he was guilty of criminal contempt for making an unclear disclosure of his assets, in connection to a claim made by a consortium of creditors led by the State Bank of India. The Attorney General stated that the extradition proceedings were to start in December this year [State Bank of India v. Kingfisher Airlines Ltd., SLP(C) 6828 of 2016, order dated 14.07.2017].

Nitya Chakraborty

The South Africa’s ruling African National Congress(ANC) Government led by President Jacob Zuma is facing a major political crisis as the powerful South African Communist Party(SACP), after being fed up with rampant corruption of its senior leaders including the President, has decided to dissociate from the ANC and forge new  popular front of progressive forces to fight the general elections in 2019.The present  government is fighting a fierce battle  against the opposition groups on the issue of the corruption  against the President Zuma and its reflection was

The controversial rules relating to livestock markets issued by the Central Government have been stayed by the Supreme Court, after hearing a case which challenged them as being unconstitutional. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017, issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in May this year, had banned the sale of cattle for the purposes of slaughter at cattle markets all over India. This included the sale of bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes and camels, amongst others.

Subrata Majumder

Barely a month after heightening anti-India protests on border stand-off, China made a somersault against the protest and applauded Modi’s reforms. Further to the surprise, China underpinned India as the future global low cost factory and forecasted that India would edge out China in near future.

Anjan Roy

There is this continuing spectacle. You ask for an interest rate cut from the in every season: when prices show a little drop; when the stock market goes up; and, when the government thinks growth is not as much as they would like it to be.

K Raveendran

Cryptocurrencies are creeping into Indian households through newspaper inserts, just like the ubiquitous coaching centres, full-body check-ups, home-delivery foods and so on.  It is perhaps for the first time that the cryptos are coming round to the ground like this.  What it means is that the time for cryptocurrencies, made famous by its most valuable brand ambassador bitcoin, has finally arrived on the Indian scene and is ready to enter the mainstream.

i. Information on encounter killings sought: The Supreme Court directed states to respond to a petition of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking that they mandatorily submit information about any encounter killings in their jurisdiction to enable it to carry out an enquiry. The NHRC has sought the information in accordance with the guidelines and provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. [National Human Rights Commission vs. Union of India, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1012/2014, date of order 04.07.2017]

Joe Sims

Our country is in the midst of a profound governmental crisis. This crisis is revealing itself deep within the bourgeois state that hallowed body of legislators, lawyers, and corporate lobbyists vaunted by some as the apogee of modern civilization. There are overlapping crises in the White House, in the executive as a whole, and between the presidency and the federal judiciary. Fault lines also lie in the relationship between the presidency and Congress with regard to traditional checks and balances and consent for judicial nominees.

The Supreme Court made an effective intervention in the demonetisation issue by providing relief to those with genuine reasons who could not deposit their old denomination notes within the stipulated time. In a decisive move, the Court asked the Centre to accept old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 of persons who could not deposit them during the window period, due to genuine reasons.