AIR Scrambles to Translate Sitharaman’s Defence of Rafale, Excludes Opposition Remarks (Jan 7, 2019, The Wire)

Barely hours after the Congress accused Nirmala Sitharaman of avoiding its questions in parliament on the Rafale aircraft deal, public broadcaster Prasar Bharti scrambled to translate the defence minister’s marathon speech defending the deal – while expressly leaving out the remarks and questions of opposition MPs. On January 5, an order to translate Sitharaman’s speech was sent by the Directorate …

No evidence of corruption, decision of PM-led panel on Alok Verma very hasty: SC’s monitor (Jan 12, 2019, Indian Express)

Justice A K Patnaik, the retired Supreme Court judge who was asked by the apex court to supervise the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) enquiry that eventually led to the ouster of CBI Director Alok Verma, on Friday said there was “no evidence of corruption” against Verma, and “what the CVC says cannot be the final word”. He was critical of …

10% Reservation for Upper Caste Poor Challenged in SC, Petitioners Demand Quashing of Bill (Jan 10, 2019, News18.com)

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging the bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education. The petition, filed by Youth for Equality organisation and Kaushal Kant Mishra, sought the quashing of the bill, saying that the economic criterion cannot be the sole basis for reservation. The plea said …