Must Read News Articles – April 17th, 2019

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After SC rap, EC ‘wakes up to its powers’

Poll body acted against communal speeches after top court pulled it up and gave it 24 hours to act

Indian elections, South Asian concerns

The staggering scale of the election that is under way in India with just under a billion voters is hard for the mind to grapple with, even in this densely populated neighbourhood that includes Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Implications of the Indonesian vote

Indonesia’s single-day and complex elections are today. The rematch, after 2014, between incumbent President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and his challenger, Prabowo Subianto of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) will decide what trajectory the country will take over the next five years.

Sealed disclosure

The Supreme Court’s interim order asking political parties to disclose, to the Election Commission in sealed covers, details of the donations they have received through anonymous electoral bonds is an inadequate and belated response to the serious concerns raised about the opaque scheme.

At a crossroads

With Omar al-Bashir gone, Sudan needs a quick transition to civilian rule

SC to decide on entry of women into mosques

The Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted for consideration a plea by a Muslim couple to lift the ban on Muslim women’s entry into all mosques across the country.

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Clouds on the horizon

At the recent spring meeting sof the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, Finance Ministers and central bank Governors by and large played down fears about a slowing global economy.

Export of cotton textiles to China on the rise: Texprocil

Export of cotton textiles to China is seeing an upward trend, according to The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil).

Lakes are filled with liquid methane on Titan

Scientists on April 15 provided the most comprehensive look to date at one of the solar system’s most exotic features: prime lakeside property in the northern polar region of Saturn’s moon Titan – if you like lakes made of stuff like liquid methane.

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