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The Real Face Of Musharraf Stands Exposed Yet Again

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I am not at all surprised by what all this Pakistani invader Pervez Musharraf who is also the former Pakistani Army Chief and former President has said while endorsing the dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Chief Hafiz Saeed that, “I’m Lashkar’s biggest supporter, they like me too”! Nothing new in what he has said! Everyone knows fully well what sort of criminal mentality he nurtures even though many in India deliberately ignored it and tried to search for everything good in him and in fact claimed to have found all good qualities in him! That Musharraf and terror groups are in close cahoots with each other was an open secret and now that also as also the real face of Musharraf stands exposed yet again!
                                With what face some Indian journalists, politicians, diplomats and intellectuals clinged to the illusion that Manmohan-Musharrraf formula could resolve the complicated J&K issue? With what face they demanded withdrawal of all Indian troops from J&K as dema…

Srikrishna Panel Recommends Setting Up Data Privacy Authority

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Let me begin at the very beginning by pointing out that the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee headed by former Supreme Court Judge BN Srikrishna which was set up primarily to draft a data protection and privacy Bill, in a white paper on November 27, 2017 suggested the setting up of a data protection authority, data audit, registration of data collectors, enacting provisions for protecting children’s personal information, defining penalties and compensation in case of a data breach. This setting up of a high powered panel by the government is considered imperative as it comes amid concerns over personal information being compromised with the increasing use of biometric identifier Aadhaar in an array of services which ranges from filing tax returns to availing government doles. This high powered panel comprises of a 10-member committee to recommend a framework that would be for securing personal data in the increasingly digitized economy as also address privacy concerns and build safeguar…

Let Censors Decide On Padmavati: SC

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Coming straight to the crux of the matter, let me begin by first and foremost pointing out that the Supreme Court on November 20, 2017 dismissed another plea for the second time to stay the release of the controversial movie Padmavati and initiate criminal prosecution against its Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It made it amply clear that it wants the Censor Board to come to an independent and considered decision on certifying the movie. This is the right step in the right direction and the Supreme Court’s decision has come at the right time which must be respected as it is the highest court of the land.
                                        It is worth mentioning here that the Delhi High Court also just recently turned down a plea seeking to set up an expert committee to ensure that historic facts were not distorted in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama film ‘Padmavati’. Noting that the PIL against release of the film was “hopeless” and “misconceived”, the Delhi High Court said th…

Why Not A Single HC Bench For West UP?

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Why when a bench of high court could be created by Jawaharlal Nehru way back in 1948 on July 1 at Lucknow, a high court bench cannot be created in any of the 26 districts of West UP even as 2018 is about to begin? Why this worst case of discrimination between people of East UP and West UP? Why agitations and strikes by lawyers of West UP since last more than 50 years has failed to compel Centre to create a high court bench in West UP?
                                          Why should more than 9 crore people of West UP travel all the way to Allahabad to attend court hearings every now and then even as train runs late many times and litigants have to bear all kinds of problems and waste huge money in it? When a high court bench can be created so close to Allahabad at Lucknow then why can’t it be set up in any of the 26 districts of West UP which are 700-800 km away from Allahabad? Why Bhopal which is capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhubaneshwar which is capital of Odisha, Thiruvanthapuram…

SC: Engineering Degree Through Correspondence Invalid

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In a landmark judgment with far reaching consequences, the Supreme Court on November 3 came down heavily on deemed universities and declared invalid thousands of engineering degrees offered by four of them since 2001. It is beyond a straw of doubt that this is a major setback to thousands of students who pursued engineering studies through correspondence studies through correspondence courses offered by deemed universities in the last 16 years. This has certainly put them at grave risk of losing their precious jobs obtained on the basis of the certificates from these deemed universities.  
                                        While craving for the exclusive indulgence of my esteemed readers, let me also inform them that a two-Judge Bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit noted that University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) did not approve distance learning programmes in engineering studies and approval granted…