Day: April 18, 2019

The cost of flying on flawed assumptions (Livemint)

For months now, Jet Airways has been trapped in a vortex with seemingly no end in sight. On Wednesday night, its ordeal finally ended in complete capitulation. The obstinacy of its original promoter Naresh Goyal has made a once-proud carrier fold its wings, but he is not the only one to blame in this sordid...

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Relief in Indonesia (Livemint)

India’s second phase of polling is underway. Another five phases to go. Meanwhile, less than 5,000 kilometres away, our dominant maritime neighbour, Indonesia appears to have chosen to give its incumbent leader, President Joko Widodo, another term in office. While Indian elections reserve the title of being the world’s largest democratic exercise, Indonesia has conducted...

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Reliance, Aramco and the ghost of OPEC (Livemint)

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries is reportedly in talks to sell a 25% stake in its refinery and petrochem business to Saudi Aramco for an estimated $10-15 billion. Details of the deal aren’t known yet, but it could be a gateway to India for the Saudi state-owned company that boasts of the world’s biggest crude oil...

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न हो आचार संहिता का उल्लंघन (प्रभात खबर)

नवीन जोशी, वरिष्ठ पत्रकार आदर्श चुनाव आचार संहिता का उल्लंघन करने के कारण चुनाव आयोग ने उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ, बसपा की राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष मायावती, केंद्रीय मंत्री मेनका गांधी और पूर्व मंत्री आजम खान को दो से तीन दिन तक चुनाव प्रचार करने से रोक दिया. आयोग ने यह ‘सख्त’ कार्रवाई इसलिए की,...

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इवीएम पर बार-बार उठते प्रश्न (प्रभात खबर)

अवधेश कुमार, वरिष्ठ पत्रकार विपक्षी दलों ने इवीएम को फिर निशाना बनाया है. इन दलों ने यह तय किया कि वे ईवीएम को खत्म कर मतपत्रों से चुनाव कराने की मांग जारी रखेंगे. जाहिर है, उच्चतम न्यायालय द्वारा पिछले आठ अप्रैल को दिये गये फैसले से ये दल सहमत नहीं है. उच्चतम न्यायालय ने फैसला...

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संपादकीयः वोट की कीमत (जनसत्ता)

चुनावों के दौरान पकड़ी जाने वाली भारी नगदी इस बात का स्पष्ट प्रमाण है कि उम्मीदवार चुनाव जीतने के लिए खुल कर पैसे का इस्तेमाल कर रहे हैं। अपने पक्ष में वोट डालने के लिए मतदाताओं को लुभाने की खातिर पानी की तरह पैसा बहा रहे हैं। राजनीति में कालेधन के इस्तेमाल को बढ़ावा मिलने...

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संपादकीयः अवांछित सहारा (जनसत्ता)

लोकसभा चुनाव के मद्देनजर समर्थन जुटाने के लिए अलग-अलग पार्टियों के अभियान में देश के सिनेमा से जुड़े मशहूर कलाकारों से प्रचार कराना कोई नई बात नहीं है। लेकिन पड़ोस के किसी देश के फिल्मी सितारे से अपने देश में चुनाव प्रचार कराने की बात हैरान करती है। मौजूदा समय में जैसी राजनीतिक परिस्थिति बनी...

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A crisis of credibility? (The Hindu)

S.Y. Quraishi The Election Commission of India (EC) is a formidable institution which has led the world in electoral efficiency since its inception. But in the 2019 general election, it has come under the scanner like never before in the wake of incidents involving a breach of the Model Code of Conduct, particularly those by...

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For a free referee: Election Commission’s powers (The Hindu)

It took more than a rap on the knuckles by the Supreme Court before the Election Commission of India stirred from slumber amid repeated violations of the law and transgressions of the Model Code of Conduct in the ongoing election campaign. In fact, the EC had appeared to be willing itself into inaction amid a...

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Kohli’s 15 (The Hindu)

The ICC World Cup is cricket’s holy grail. The quadrennial event played through the One Day International (ODI) format often shapes the legacy of squads and players. It is the one championship where all leading Test-playing teams congregate, and once a unit wins the World Cup, the ambiguity ends and arguments cease. With the 12th...

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