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Corrections and clarifications

>>The headline of the story regarding the passage of a Constitutional Amendment Bill providing for a National Commission for Backward Classes as a Constitutional body (Aug. 3, 2018) should have been: “Constitutional status for BCs panel.” >>A sentence in “Congress stance on NRC affects India’s sovereignty: Jaitley” (Aug. 2, 2018) …

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Impasse ends

Now, a fresh memorandum of procedure for judicial appointments must be agreed upon Good sense seems to have prevailed at last. The Centre has cleared the elevation of Justice K.M. Joseph to the Supreme Court, seven months after the five-member collegium first recommended his appointment. The Centre had no option …

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Hope in Harare?

Zimbabwe needs to move on quickly from the post-election violence this week His victory as President in this week’s general election confers popular legitimacy on Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s military-installed leader since November 2017. The two-thirds majority for the ruling Zanu-PF party in Parliament will tighten its control over state institutions. …

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Checking the new abnormal

The U.S. experience shows that anti-lynching laws are not enough — this must be a political battle Dismayed by the increasing number of cases of lynching across the country, the Supreme Court observed last month that “it is the responsibility of the States to prevent untoward incidents and to prevent …

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Engaging Naya Pakistan

The victory of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the recent general elections in Pakistan poses both challenges and opportunities for India. The challenge would be to engage a newly minted Pakistani Prime Minister who is yet to reveal his way of conducting diplomacy. The opportunity, even so, lies in …

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Life after rescue

West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district has become a hub from where girls are trafficked into the commercial sex trade. Shiv Sahay Singh reports on thestruggle for compensation and dignity of those fortunate enough to have been rescued Serina (23) was rescued from a brothel in Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb, …

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Services sector grows fastest since Oct. 2016: PMI survey

Increase in new business strongest since June 2017; inflation pressures still ‘high’ India’s services sector activity remained in the growth territory for the second consecutive month in July, as business activity witnessed the strongest growth since October 2016, amid improved demand conditions, said a monthly survey. The seasonally adjusted Nikkei …

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Piaggio bets on alternative fuel tech

Italian firm developing CNG, LPG and battery-powered vehicles to help meet 5 million sales target Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (PVPL), a unit of Italy’s Piaggio Group, is focussed on developing vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as CNG, LPG and electrically charged batteries to achieve its target of selling 5 …

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China warns of new tariffs on U.S. goods

Beijing warned on Friday that it was prepared to impose new tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods if Washington ups the ante in the escalating U.S.-China trade war. The Commerce Ministry issued a statement saying the new duties would be applied if Washington pulled the trigger on President …

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