Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SC ask Centre to file Rafale pricing

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to file an affidavit within 10 days in a sealed envelope on the pricing details and advantages of the Rafale deal.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “Such details that may be considered strategic may not be furnished to the petitioners.”
The court asked for documents in the public domain to be made available to the petitioners.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph also asked the Centre to share information which can be brought in the public domain with the petitioners.
The top court, which has now fixed the matter for hearing on November 14, said  documents  considered strategic and confidential may not be shared.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi told petitioners that the CBI probe in the Rafale deal will have to wait.
Attorney General KK Venugopal objected to disclosing details of pricing. Court says “submit the objections on affidavit, we will consider”.
The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions including the joint plea filed by former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie along with Prashant Bhushan, into the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France today.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

October 26, 2018

Dear Mr Sagar,
Sectoral session on
Universal Healthcare in Odisha- each life matters
Make in Odisha Conclave 2018

13-11-2018 |10:30-12:30 Hrs. | Janta Maidan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
The Government of Odisha is organising the Make in Odisha Conclave 2018, a biennial global investors’ conclave during 11th - 15th November 2018 at BhubaneswarA sectoral session on Healthcare is being organised on 13th November during 10:30 – 12:30 Hrs to showcase the achievements of the State in the healthcare sector and opportunities for the private sector in the value chain. The Conclave is being organised with the support of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The broad theme of the workshop is ‘Universal Healthcare in Odisha- Each Life Matters’, with an opening session wherein the achievements of the State in the healthcare sector and opportunities shall be showcased. The Vision document of the state on healthcare shall be unveiled by Hon’ble Minister Health & Family Welfare, Odisha. The second session would be a panel discussion on “Partnerships on Universal Healthcare in Odisha- Opportunities Unfolded” during which senior industry leaders would share their experiences in provisioning services in the Healthcare value chain. Besides, the investment opportunities offered by the State in healthcare sector shall also be presented.
Representatives from the healthcare industry, policy makers, investors, service providers involved across the value chain of Healthcare sector shall participate and this could be a good opportunity for interaction. On behalf of the State of Odisha, I extend this invitation to you for joining the Sectoral Session on Healthcare during the Make in Odisha Conclave. A broad outline of the session is enclosed.
You may register your participation on the Make in Odisha portal  After you register, kindly share a line of confirmation at
We look forward to your participation in the healthcare
Best regards,
Shobha Mishra Ghosh
Asst. Secretary General

Industry’s Voice for Policy Change
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Friday, October 26, 2018

(A Daily News Brief from UNODC South Asia on security, human rights, the rule of law and health)

26 October 2018


Police recovered two guns, two bullets and 6,000 yaba pills from the site.

While the death penalty for drugs has existed in Bangladesh for decades, it has rarely been used. This could change dramatically if Parliament approves a government bill that could subject people who use drugs and low-level dealers to the ultimate punishment.

The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China are elevated to the 'Strategic Partnership of Cooperation', which maintains a new momentum of cooperation between the armed forces of the two nations.

The President stressed the need for “concerted and collective efforts” among all countries, to face down new security threats such as cyberattacks and to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change-induced disasters.


A nation-wide survey conducted between 2014 and 2016 shows that Bhutan has 96 snow leopards today.

This is to facilitate employment opportunities and skills development of Bhutanese workforce and to reduce dependency on foreign workers.

A portrait of the psychedelic drug trade in south India as it gets decentralised, explaining why cops are finding it hard to crackdown on new-age peddlers.

The dark web is enabling users to become dealers overnight, and this new crop of dealers are also putting cops in a moral dilemma.

To help make the state drug-free and fulfil the drug-free Punjab dream of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the Muktsar district police have launched a project to connect with the youth by providing them training of several games without any cost.

According to Home Ministry estimates, there are nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims spread across India, with the highest number in Jammu and Kashmir.

India has asked the Security Council to impose sanctions against terrorists involved in sexual violence in armed conflicts after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had reported a huge increase in such brutalities.

A significant instrument for combatting this crime is the free and compulsory education for children.

Though the Metoo movement is consistently building up with new stories of harassment being put out online, about 45 per cent of the respondents felt the campaign is a passing fad and would not have a long-lasting effect.
This is the first agreement of its kind signed by India with any country and will further consolidate cooperation in various areas, including counter-terrorism, organized crime, drug control and others.

Interim director Nageshwar Rao told not to take any policy decision.

From 32 percent in 2016, the number of parents reporting instances of cyberbullying faced by children has risen to 37 percent.

India cannot afford to be a soft power for the next few years, because it will be compelled to take hard decisions, he added.

Data from thousands of customers may have been compromised by fake apps.

"The seized items consisted of genitals of monitor lizards, leopards, tiger claws, musk deer pods, antlers, nardostachys grandiflora (Jatamansi), pistacia integerrima (Kakad singi), White kuth, Sea shells," an officer said.


The terrorism charge against the former Maldivian President, Mohamed Nasheed, for unlawfully arresting now-President, Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has been withdrawn by the Criminal Court.

Gasim Ibrahim endorsed as next speaker, The Maldives Independent
The joint opposition parliamentary group has approved Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim as its candidate for speaker of parliament.

A bill to repeal the anti-defection law was proposed by PPM deputy leader Riyaz Rasheed.


Western Nepal’s liberated slaves find that freedom is complicated.

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Politicians, traders and teachers have wangled IDs meant to help the poorest people.

Police have arrested a ‘most wanted’ fraudster, who cheated several persons of cash on the pretext of sending them abroad for foreign employment and running real estate business and other trades.

Sri Lanka
The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake has arrested a Pakistani couple trying to smuggle heroin capsules in their stomach.

Sri Lanka Police have arrested three army personnel including a major at the Padavi Parakrama Pura Army Camp over supplying ammunition to the underworld member.

The Foreign Secretary said the island nation has a challenging task ahead and requested the UN to support Sri Lankan government's work on reconciliation process and development.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fired the head of the Bureau of Customs and ordered all top bureau officials replaced after the agency failed to intercept more than a ton of drugs, the second such case in two years.

The Nigerian House of Representatives are probing claims that Chinese drugs manufacturers might be smuggling medicines containing human parts into the country.

Officials claim that there has been an increase in the number of people convicted of crimes of a terrorist nature or an extremist orientation in Kyrgyzstan.

With elections scheduled for late December -- and polls indicating that Hasina is handily expected to win -- a more hardline approach could be applied to the relocation of Rohingya in the new year.

British Airways is facing a multimillion-pound fine as a result of the data breach, which the airline's chief executive described as a "malicious criminal attack".


Since many States lack the legal and operational frameworks and technical expertise to address terrorist financing, UNODC has developed a training course to provide support.

"The manual is a comprehensive hands-on guide on the measurement of corruption through population- and business-based sample surveys," said Angela Me, Chief of UNODC's Research and Trend Analysis Branch.

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