Must Read News Articles – February 19th, 2019

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Quash Kulbhushan verdict, says India

The first day of oral arguments in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague concluded with India accusing Pakistan of “knowingly, wilfully and brazenly” flouting the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The contractual functionary

From the early 1990s, government jobs could also be given on contract. Among sanitation workers, thousands in each major city are serving on contract.

Not without an explanation

Judges must give their reasons in writing for recusing themselves from specific cases

Discord in Puducherry

Under the Constitution, the territory belongs to the President, who runs it through the L-G as Administrator. However, under Section 44 of the Union Territories Act, 1963, the Administrator has to act on the ‘aid and advice’ of the Council of Ministers. At the same time, any difference of opinion between them can be referred to the President, and in the meantime the Administrator’s action prevails on any urgent matter.

India’s options after Pulwama

One possible way out is perhaps to talk to China discreetly to get Pakistan to crack down on the JeM, but that will take patience, persuasion and discretion. A government caught in an election season may have too little of any of it.

Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tensions

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel to New Delhi.

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RBI to pay govt. ₹28,000 cr. in interim surplus

Ending the suspense, the Reserve Bank of India announced on Monday that it would transfer ₹28,000 crore to the Centre as interim surplus for the half-year ended December 2018.

 

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