Editorial in MDM
The verdict in the Samjhauta Express blast case from the special NIA court in Panchkula acquitting all accused, is saddening though not unexpected. What has come of the Samjhauta case is no different from several other cases against the Hindutva terrorists that shook the country and took many lives.
Chinese and Pak foreign ministers, Wang Yi and Shah Mahmood Qureshi
The China-Pak high-level meet held in the backdrop of the Pulwama terrorist attack and the consequent India-Pak face-off disturbing the regional situation, does not give India any optimistic signs. When the internatinal community offered all co-operation as a response to Indian call to prevent cross-border terrorism, China pushed back on that. China does not seem to have made any change from that stance, as proven by the Pak-China joint statement issued after the talks between Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Pak foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.&nbs
As the bugle has been sounded for the 17th Lok Sabha election, political parties have begun declaring candidates and entered the last phase of forming alliances, disturbing reports are emerging about a large section of voters being denied their right to vote.
As part of the Lok Sabha election campaign, BJP leadership put forward two slogans which mainstream and social media 'celebrated' to their full. 'Modi hai tho mumkin hai' (Modi makes it possible) and 'main bhi chowkidar' (I am a watchman too) are the slogans that have sparked crticisms and ridicule well before the elections.
Once again the world has been shaken by an attack by white racism, in another illustration of ultra-nationalism and racial hatred turning man terrorist. Fifty human lives were lost in a shooting by the Australilan white supremacist Brenton Tarrant on people who had come for Friday congregations in Al-Noor Masjid and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch. Most of the victims were immigrants from south Asia and west Asia. Three Indians, including Ansi from Kodungallur, were also among the dead.
The conempt of court case against the paper 'Shillong Times' has been stayed by the Supreme Court The editor of te paper Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri were found guilty of contempt by Meghalaya High Court. The division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Mohammed Yaqoob Mir and Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen slapped fines of Rs 2 lakhs each on the two accused and asked them to sit in a corner of the court room till the court rose.
The anxiety and crisis created in civil aviation industry by the 10 March aircrash of Ethiopian Airlines plane, killing all 157 on board including passengers and crew is no small. The ill-fated aircraft was a 737 Max from leading American aircraft manufacturer Boeing. The plane that took off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 8.38 am, turned into a fireball at 8.44 and crashed to the land. The plane had cleared all technical inspections before take off.
The declaration by Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika that he is not going for a fifth term as president, has put a temporary pause on the popular revolt that has been rocking Algerian streets. However, with the indefinite postponement of elections, originally scheduled for 18 April, political unrest in the country is showing no signs of dying out.
The word of caution issued by state Chief Electoral Officer Teekaram Meena to the political parties against using the issue of Sabarimala in electoral campaigns, merits serious consideration. Seeking votes in the name of god, religion and caste is a serious violation of the model code of conduct.
The notification for the 17th Lok Sabha electdions has been issued generating heat and temper that defies summer, setting the stage for intense political tussle and debates.