Must Read News Articles – March 16th, 2019


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SC issues notice to EC on plea to verify at least 50% VVPATs

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Election Commission to respond to a petition filed by 21 Opposition parties demanding the random verification of at least 50% electronic voting machines (EVMs) using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in every Assembly segment or constituency.

Shillong Times editor gets SC relief

In a fillip to free speech, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the conviction and punishment of Shillong Times editor and publisher by the Meghalaya High Court in a contempt case.


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France slaps sanctions on JeM chief Azhar

Two days after China blocked a UN Security Council move to designate Masood Azhar, chief of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, as a global terrorist, France has sanctioned him and taken steps to stop the outfit from accessing French financial resources.

Two suspended over fatal bridge collapse

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday suspended two officials, initiated a departmental inquiry and ordered a re-audit of all city bridges. The Mumbai police too opened a parallel probe by registering an FIR.

A fresh warning: what GEO-6 means for India

The sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook from the UN Environment Programme has come as another stark warning: the world is unsustainably extracting resources and producing unmanageable quantities of waste.

Clean poll a huge challenge: CEC

The Election Commission on Friday held a meeting of the Multi-Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence, comprising representatives of the heads of tax boards, law enforcement agencies, central paramilitary forces and financial institutions, to review the measures being taken to check abuse of money power for influencing voters.

Exports rise 2.44%; trade deficit narrows

A marginal 2.44% increase in exports as well as lower imports of gold and petroleum products in February, significantly narrowed the country’s trade deficit to $9.6 billion.

Post fund infusion, ICRA revises rating for 6 PSBs

ICRA has revised the ratings outlook of six banks that have received substantial capital infusion from promoters.

 

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