Daily News Summary – March 29, 2017

Request Myanmar to drop border fencing project’

Nagaland Assembly on 28 March 2017 passed a resolution appealing to the Centre to urge the Myanmar government to permanently drop the Indo- Myanmar border fencing project in Nagaland for continuing with the cordial and fraternal relations among the Nagas living on both sides of the border. During the ongoing session, MLAs had expressed concern over the intention of the Myanmar government to fence the international border at Pangsha in Noklak sub-division of Tuensang district.


Can’t appoint Lokpal for now, Centre tells SC

The Centre on 28 March 2017 informed the Supreme Court that appointment of the anti-corruption ombudsman, Lokpal, is not possible now. Appearing before a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi said the amendments to the Lokpal law, concerning the substitution of the Leader of Opposition (LoP) with the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha on the highpower Lokpal selection committee, is still pending with Parliament. The committee comprises the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker, LoP and the Chief Justice of India or a SC judge as per the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013. But the 16th Lok Sabha has not recognised LoP.


Army Chief to be honoured in Nepal

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, will be conferred the title “Honorary General of the Nepalese Army” during his ongoing visit to the Himalayan country. Gen. Rawat is on an official visit to Nepal and Bangladesh from March 28 to April 2, his first foreign visit after assuming office. General Rajendra Chettri, the Chief of the Nepalese Army, was conferred the title of “Honorary General of the Indian Army” on February 3 during his first visit to India after assuming office. This tradition, a reciprocal arrangement to honour each other’s Army chiefs with the honorary titles, has been continuing uninterrupted since it began in 1969.


United Kingdom begins consultation on caste discrimination

The British government published details of a public consultation on whether caste should be introduced as an aspect of race in anti-discrimination legislation. It said that there is “no place” for any form of prejudice and discrimination based on a person’s origins. Also it wanted to be careful not to create or entrench any notion of  caste consciousness or caste-based practices into British society, which may prove divisive.


Supreme Court orders installation of CCTV camera inside district courts

In a novel experiment, the SC directed that CCTV cameras to be installed inside lower courts in at least two districts in every state and Union Territory within the next three months. The footage from these videos or feeds will not be open for public access under the Right to Information Act.


Modi most successful leader globally: CLSA

Terming India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most “successful” and “impressive” political leader in the world, leading foreign brokerage CLSA said the demonestisation and Goods and Services Tax will help spur economic growth. CLSA Ltd. (formally Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia) is a brokerage and investment firm focused on institutional brokerage, investment banking and asset management for corporate and institutional clients around the world. “Modi is now being hailed, with good reason, as the most powerful political leader in India since Indira Gandhi,” said Christopher Wood, the chief equity strategist for Asia-Pacific Markets at CLSA.


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