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Two years since Article 370: A major success for the NDA?

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  Two years after Indian parliament revoked the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narender Modi’s government seems to have succeeded in bringing the region under its direct control.On 5 August 2019, a proposal to abolish Article 370 and 35A implemented in Kashmir was introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha. After which President Ram Nath Kovind also approved it after the resolution was passed in the Rajya Sabha. After getting approval from the President, Article 370 and 35A were abolished from Jammu and Kashmir. After this big decision of the central government, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were separated and divided into two separate union territories.   After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said, 'Now our country can move forward on the path of peace and development.' He said that this step will further strengthen the policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Shah exuded confidence th

New Wage Code Bill 2021

  India's new labor codes, which includes a revised definition of the wages, are to kick starting from 1 April. The new definition is expected to shrink your cash-in-hand salary at the end of the month but boast the long-term benefits like gratuity and leave encashment. As the Government plans to implement New wage code Bill 2021, salary may see huge overhauling. What's there in New Wage Code Bill, 2021 Revised Salary Structure: - According to the New Wage code, if implemented, the share of basic salary in your CTC( Cost-to-company) should be 50 percent or more. If the basic salary is less than 50 percent in your Salary details, then it is going to change soon. Your CTC may also increases with your basic salary when the rules will be implemented. Allowance to employees, like leave travel, house rent, overtime and conveyance Lowrance, will have to be crapped to the remaining 50 percent of CTC.   Increase in PF Contribution: -   Presently 12 percent of your basic Salary now goe

India - Pakistan holds a key meeting

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  The key meeting of India and Pakistan to discuss the Indus water sharing issue has started in New Delhi. This will also be the first meeting between the two commissioners after the nullification of special provisions under Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.   The annual dialogue is being held between Indus commissioners of the two countries. A seven-member Pakistani delegation led by the country's Indus Commissioner Syed Muhammad Meher Ali Shah arrived here on Monday.  The Indian delegation is being led by PK Saxena and he has been joined by his advisors from the Central Water Commission, the Central Electricity Authority and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation. The Indus Water Treaty (IWT) warrants the two commissioners to meet at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan.   Th e meet, an annual affair, is being held after two years. Officials of India and Pakistan will discuss water sharing issues and address each other's concerns

EU issues sanctions over China over the Uighur Controversy

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Due to China’s continued prosecution of the Uighur Muslims residing in the Xinjiang region, the EU has now stepped in and issued sanctions against Chinese officials as a demarche in International Human rights affairs. EU has been quite spry in acting against Human Rights Violations which was reflected in its sanctions against Russia after the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. This is part of the new Human Rights violation regime under which abuses in different countries and regions are monitored and subsequently acted upon. Under the EU sanctions, four officials and 1 entity have been sanctioned. The four officials are Zhu Hailun, a former secretary of Xinjiang's Political and Legal Affairs Committee; Wang Junzheng, Communist Party secretary of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and deputy secretary of Xinjiang's party committee; Wang Mingshan, a member of the party standing committee in Xinjiang; and Chen Mingguo, director of the Xinjiang Public Security

Covid-19: Pushed millions into Poverty

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Two-thirds of people in India live in poverty: 68.8% of the Indian population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 30% even have less than $1.25 per day available - they are considered extremely poor. This makes the Indian subcontinent one of the poorest countries in the world; women and children, the weakest members of Indian society, suffer most. India is the second most populous country after China with about 1.2 billion people and is the seventh largest country in the world with an area of ​​3,287,000 km². The highly contrasted country has enjoyed growth rates of up to 10% over many years and is one of the largest economies in the world, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 1,644 billion US dollars. But only a small percentage of the Indian population has benefited from this impressive economic boom so far, as the majority of people in India are still living in abject poverty and  Covid pandemic made it worst  The 2020 pandemic brought with it huge financial challenges a

Delhi's Federalism Under Control

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The Centre has introduced the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, reviving the dispute on the distribution of the power between the elected government and Lieutenant Governor (LG). The issue, which was at the heart of ruling party AAP and frequent clash with the BJP led Centre during of its first term. The dispute was taken up by the Constitution bench of Supreme Court, which tilted the scales in the favor of the elected government through its 4 July 2018 verdict. The Bill has been criticized by the ruling Aam Aadmi  Party in Delhi as an attempt to curtail the power of the elected government. Taking to Twitter, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said the Bill, which '' seeks to drastically curtail powers of elected government '', is '' against the Supreme Court judgement. Meanwhile, experts have cautioned that the amendment could face constitutional and legal hurdles as it collides with various power of the De

The Election season - 2021

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  The onset of summer will coincide with soaring political temperatures in the country as four states and a Union Territory will see electrol heat in March-end and April. The Election Commission of India had already the election dates for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry in the South and West Bengal , Assam in east, sounding the bugle   for the next big battle   in States politics .   Kerala Assembly Elections: The Assembly Elections in Kerala is scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6, 2021. For nearly Four decades, now power over the state legislative has alternately shared between the Left Democratic Front( LDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF). Since 2016 BJP led NDA has made a political road into the state and local body elections held in December suggest that a surprise may be on the card. The NDA, in 2016 claimed 15 percent of the votes share turned that into 19% in Municipal elections. In the last Assembly polls, the LDF comfortably emerged as the wi

The Unforeseen Tussle in West Bengal

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 A Vigorous political fight has already set the tone for an highly intensive competitive Assembly Election in West Bengal. The fight for power is between the ruling party Trinamool Congress, the challenger BJP, and the Congress, left front, ISF under the new umbrella of Sanjukta Morcha. The BJP's dramatic rise in the 2019,when its vote tally crossed 40%, only 3%less than a TMC vote percentage, winning 18 seats out of 42, made its ambition for power realistic, but also prompted drastic corrective measures by the Trinamool Congress, which has been in power since 2011. The BJP has been trying to overcome it's leadership shortfall by taking on leaders from other parties, primarily from the TMC. But it still can't match the ground game of Sanjukta Morcha. The crowd in the Morcha rally on February 28 was not surpassed by the BJP's rally on 7 March, which was addressed by PM Modi, who is leading from Front. The absence of recognizable Chief Ministerial face and it's patchy

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