Bihar babus worried as ‘impulsive’ Manjhi ignores Nitish’s guidelines on block creation

Bihar babus worried as ‘impulsive’ Manjhi ignores Nitish’s guidelines on block creation

Bureaucrats in Bihar are a worried lot these days. With Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi taking impulsive decisions, a section of the babus feel that the methodical monitoring of administration by former Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is withering away.

And so, many senior bureaucrats are trying to move out of the state on central deputation. The gamut of such questionable decisions of Manjhi indicates that for him charity begins at home. read more »

Nowhere man? Priyanka lurks in the wings as Congress rebels brand Rahul as ‘directionless’ and ‘lacking policy’

article 2644886 1E5E564500000578 442 308x185 300x180 Nowhere man? Priyanka lurks in the wings as Congress rebels brand Rahul as directionless and lacking policyClose on the heels of widespread criticism of Rahul Gandhi and his team of advisers for the party’s Lok Sabha debacle, voices of dissent against the Congress vice-president are growing as a party leader referred to him on Saturday as the “managing director of a team of jokers”.

“Rahul Gandhi is directionless and has no policy. read more »

Congress young guns blame Rahul’s advisers for election meltdown

Congress young guns blame Rahul’s advisers for election meltdown

Still smarting from the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress’s young guns have hit out at the advisers of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

However, sore as they are, they still believe the Gandhis alone can pull the party out of the abyss.

The Congress won only 44 seats in the 16th Lok Sabha elections this year, barely one-fifth its 2009 tally of 206. read more »

Will he be jailed again? Kejriwal faces SECOND hearing over accusations against Kapil Sibal’s son Amit

Will he be jailed again? Kejriwal faces SECOND hearing over accusations against Kapil Sibal’s son Amit

kejriwal 217x300 Will he be jailed again? Kejriwal faces SECOND hearing over accusations against Kapil Sibals son AmitWhen AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal argues against his arrest order before the metropolitan court in Patiala House on Friday, he must bear in mind that the outcome of the hearing will have a direct bearing on another case, and may set a precedent for Saturday.

Kejriwal is expected to appear in another criminal defamation case. This one is filed by senior advocate Amit Sibal. read more »

United in Defeat: Lalu proclaims ‘unconditional’ support for Nitish after 20-year hostilities

United in Defeat: Lalu proclaims ‘unconditional’ support for Nitish after 20-year hostilities

Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal-United stalwart Nitish Kumar may have been bitter political foes over the years, but the disastrous performance of their parties in the recent Lok Sabha election appears to have brought them closer for the first time in the past 20 years.

In a gesture signaling the end of acrimonious hostilities since the two parted ways in 1994, Lalu on Thursday announced his party’s ‘unconditional’ support to the JD(U) government headed by a mahadalit chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi – a day before it will seek trust vote in the Assembly. read more »

Judicial Corruption in India

Judicial Corruption in India

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Nearly one in seven judgeships is unoccupied right now, and more than a third of those vacancies are considered judicial emergencies — which means that criminal defendants, who are normally guaranteed a trial within 70 days, wait up to six months.

Things are even slower on the civil side. If you’re a company or an individual involved in a federal lawsuit, you can expect to be cooling your heels for two years before the trial begins. read more »

Communal Clashes in Hyderabad

Communal Clashes in Hyderabad

Hidden behind last week’s twin blasts in Hyderabad are the nefarious designs of terrorists who wanted to trigger communal riots in the historic city. A small incident could flare up tensions in a highly polarised society that had recently witnessed vitriolic speeches by controversial leaders, both Hindu and Muslim, say sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). read more »

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