Must Read News Articles – March 19, 2019


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UAE helped defuse India-Pak tensions: envoy

In an announcement that goes against India’s steady official narrative, the envoy of the United Arab Emirates declared on Monday that his country has played a major role in de-escalating tension between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack and Balakot strike.

Plea challenges extension of 77th, 103rd amendments to J&K

Advocates Mohammad Ashraf Bhat and Adil Asimi filed the petition on the grounds that the Constitution of India cannot be applied to Jammu and Kashmir in the absence of a Council of Ministers.

Mizoram Assembly passes Bill to detect illegal foreigners

The Mizoram Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a Bill that seeks to detect foreigners illegally residing in the north-eastern State that shares over 700-km-long border with Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Life imprisonment is the rule, death penalty the exception: SC

If a court finds it difficult to make a choice between death penalty and life imprisonment, it should opt for the lesser punishment, the Supreme Court said in a recent judgment.

‘Govt.’s prerogative to frame schemes’

It is the sole prerogative of the government to frame schemes and courts should stay out of governance, the Supreme Court has said in a judgment.

A fatal margin of error

The inconsistent and arbitrary application of the death penalty remains a matter of great concern to the judiciary. Justice Kurian Joseph’s parting words in Chhannu Lal Verma v. State of Chhattisgarh, calling for the gradual abolition of the death penalty, require serious introspection from the court and the body politic, and for us to recognise that the efforts to make the administration of the death penalty fairer are like chasing the wind.

Lokpal, at last

The selection of Justice P.C. Ghose as the first Lokpal has come after an unjustified delay of five years.

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Alert in Malappuram after boy dies of West Nile fever

The Health Department has issued an alert in Malappuram after a six-year-old boy from the district undergoing treatment for West Nile fever died at the Government Medical College Hospital on Wednesday morning.

Future-proofing cities

It is important to build infrastructure that is resilient to shocks brought about by a changing climate

‘Anti-profiteering body can act sans complaints’

The NAA was set up under Section 171 of the Central GST Act, 2017 to check whether trade and industry were passing on rate reductions under the Goods and Services (GST) Tax.

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