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24 April 2018
Rajya Sabha chairman rejects motion against chief Justice Misra
RS chairman Venkaiah Naidu did not admit impeachment motion against CJI Deepak Mishra. Art 124(4) of the constitution has left it to the parliament to decide the procedure for removal of a judge of supreme court. Judges (Inquiry) act did not specify the powers of presiding officer in admitting or rejecting motion.
TCS now in $100bn Market capitalisation club
TCS is the second company after Reliance Industries limited to enter in to $100bn club.
A summer of gathering discontent
Dalit unrest slowly started moving out of social control. The reasons can be many
- Widening Inequality – lack of equitable distribution of social and political power.
- Weakening of legal protection – Supreme Court Judgement on SC/ST prevention of atrocities act appears to be a triggering point.
- Weakening of political power and representation. It has wide opened the questions of Dalit Solidarity.
- Sense of injustice – Ineffective investigation in Koregaon violence.
Shinzo Abe’s difficult year
Shinzo Abe – Prime Minister of Japan is facing charges of Nepotism in facilitating a veterinary college license and land for a pre school to his friends. It clearly explains the highest levels of probity in Japanese society. Levels of Probity in Public life are a reflection of values of a given society.
Best laid plans
President Erodgan attempts to consolidate power in Turkey with a snap election.
The risks in Fracking
Fracking – Hydraulic fracturing is a method to extract fossil fuels located in between rocks. India has introduced shale gas policy in 2013 to allow for fracking. Though it has economic benefits of decreasing India’s dependancy on imported oil, it has its own environmental challenges.
- Pollution to nearby ground water
- Increased air emissions
- Seismic activity
Fracking also consumes large volumes of water.
The asian ripple effect
India, China and Japan seem to be adapting quickly to the possibility of a post US world order. It is visible in their collective fight against protectionism spearheaded by USA.
- China supported Japan when US raised import duties on Steel and aluminium.
- China and Japan are trying to align OBOR of china and India pacific vision of Japan.
- Post Doklam there is rapprochement between India and China. Today India and China are stated to be the Guardians of Multi polar world order.
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