Tuesday Morning News Brief, May 1

Tuesday morning brief May 1 2018
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​The Supreme Court criticised the government for repeatedly filing frivolous cases despite being fined earlier. The SC told the Centre that it should not “unnecessarily burden the justice delivery system” and must shape up its litigation policy. Scolding the Centre, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta recently used the NDA government’s reformist slogan of “ease of doing business” to make a sharp point and said that better sense will prevail on Union of India. Read
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India decided to revive the Track II diplomacy process with Pakistan to improve the relationship. A high-powered delegation of former Indian diplomats, military veterans and academics travelled to Pakistan to discuss ways to improve the India-Pak relationship. The talks, which took place from April 28 to 30, was led by a delegation headed by former MEA secretary and Pakistan expert Vivek Katju. J S Rajput, former NCERT head, was also part of the delegation. Pakistan was represented by former foreign secretary Inam ul Haque and Ishrat Hussain among others.
The government has decided to keep petrol and diesel out of goods and services tax. Arguing that the time is not ripe for the change, the Centre ignored petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s repeated plea. While most of the states were always reluctant, sources told TOI that even the finance ministry is not keen on the move as it will not lower the burden on consumers but will only complicate the GST regime. Pradhan had pushed the move to counter the impact of higher retail prices.
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150 schools under Uttar Pradesh Board saw no student passing in the exam results declared on Sunday. In 98 schools no student passed class X, while in 52 schools the pass percentage was zero in the intermediate exams. Ghazipur district had the highest number of such schools, 17, while nine are in Agra district. According to the secondary education department records, these 150 schools include state government aided as well as private schools. Read
Kathua crime is a minor issue, said newly inducted J&K deputy CM Kavinder Gupta. Gupta’s comments came more than two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua. “The Kathua incident is a minor issue. It should not have been hyped this much,” Gupta said about the crime that triggered widespread outrage across the country and cost two of his party colleagues their ministerial jobs in the Mehbooba Mufti-led BJP-PDP coalition government.
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