Yearly Archives: 2018

PM Ranil questions dissolution of Parliament

PM Ranil questions dissolution of Parliament

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was reinstated as Prime Minister on Sunday, pointed to the constitutional provision prohibiting the dissolution of Parliament prior to the completion of four and half years of its term. ‘In national interest’ Defending his earlier actions sacking Parliament and calling for snap polls — which the Supreme …

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Key questions remain unanswered

Katowice climate summit

Key questions on whether developed countries would come good on earlier commitments to make available $100 billion annually by 2020 remained unsolved at the end of the Katowice climate summit. Moreover, a fundamental tenet — that developed countries and developing countries have ‘differentiated’ responsibilities towards addressing emissions — appeared to …

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Climate talks deliver ‘rule book’

rule book

Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming. Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver on …

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‘JPC cannot review SC order’

SC order

Attacking the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Rafale deal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that a JPC could not go into the “correctness or otherwise” of a Supreme Court verdict. “The court conducts a judicial review; it is a non-partisan, independent and fair …

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PAC may not call A-G or CAG

A-G or CAG

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) may not summon the Attorney-General and the Comptroller and Auditor-General over the public auditor’s report on the Rafale deal, as a majority of the members, even those from the Opposition parties, do not favour the proposal by its Chairman, Mallikarjun Kharge. Congress president Rahul Gandhi …

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No headway in rescuing coal miners in Meghalaya

miners in Meghalaya

More than 100 rescue workers, comprising the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and police personnel, could not rescue or recover the bodies of at least 13 miners trapped in an illegal coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district. The mine got flooded when …

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