Must Read News Articles – April 9th, 2019

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SC increases VVPAT verification

The Supreme Court on Monday increased voter-verified paper audit trial (VVPAT) verification to five random Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in each Assembly segment/constituency.

Open up the Supreme Court

A judiciary confident of its place in a democratic republic must not worry about public scrutiny of judicial appointments

Playing politics over the Golan Heights

U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty is a challenge to the rules-based international order

Maldivian wave

The administration of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has received a shot in the arm with the parliamentary election held over the weekend. His Maldivian Democratic Party is poised to garner more than 60 out of 87 seats, paving the way for easy passage of bills and a policy agenda with a realistic chance of implementation.

‘India-Maldives relations have never been better’

For Maldivians, the election of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in September 2018 meant a possible opening up of democratic space in the country, after former President Abdulla Yameen’s term, which was marked by an authoritarian slant.

Crorepatis in Parliament

According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), 430 out of the 521 sitting MPs in the Lok Sabha have assets worth more than ₹1 crore.

U.S. designates Iran’s elite military unit as a ‘terrorist organisation’

President Donald Trump on Monday announced the United States is designating Iran’s elite military force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a terrorist organisation.

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IIT-Madras tops Centre’s higher education rankings

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-Madras) has topped the Centre’s ranking of higher education institutions, followed by the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and IIT-Delhi.

Army gets Dhanush artillery guns

The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) on Monday handed over the first batch of six Dhanush artillery guns to the Army. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded gun of the Swedish Bofors gun procured in the 1980s.

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