There seems to be attempts to thaw the impasse over the
appointment of judges to constitutional courts, with the highest echelons of
the government and judiciary meeting earlier this week to discuss an issue
that the Supreme Court has time and again raised concerns about.
Details related to the names recommended by high court or
Supreme Court collegiums but were still pending with the government were shared
during the meeting, sources said.
Earlier, this month, the Supreme Court had expressed concerns
over long delays in the appointment of judges to high courts.
The top court had also sought the status of at least 213 cases
that it believed were pending with the government for appointment to high
courts. However, sources said only around 35 cases were pending with the central
The law ministry, on the basis of any fresh material against a
candidate, can request the collegium to reconsider its recommendation. However,
if the collegium reiterates the name, the government is bound to clear the
There is, however, no prescribed time frame to clear and notify
the appointments, thereby giving the government a ‘pocket veto’ to stall
The construction of tunnels near India’s borders with China
and Pakistan has picked up pace. India has issued a global tender for the
construction of a state of the art tunnel under the Brahmaputra in Assam,
quickened the pace of work on three other tunnels near the border with
China, and plans to build six tunnels near the Pakistan border.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which is handling this
matter, has issued a global tender for the construction of a tunnel under the
Brahmaputra River in Assam, while it has also begun the excavation of a tunnel
under the Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, top officials said.
Work on another tunnel in Nechiphu, also in Arunachal Pradesh,
which will shorten the travel time to Tawang, will begin soon.
The new tunnels that are being planned for India’s western front
are at Sadhna Pass (a mountain pass connecting Karnah tehsil of Kupwara to rest
of Kashmir valley) and PharkianGalli (in Kupwara) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The reason behind the government contemplating on having a
tunnel under the Brahmaputra is that the strategic bridges connecting different
areas in Assam to Arunachal Pradeshand further ahead to regions along the LAC
are vulnerable to interference by the adversary. The tunnel, however, would be
unexposed and ensure complete protection to military convoys moving in it.
Dubai unveiled a 2020 budget on Sunday projecting record
spending of USD 18.1 billion, up 17 percent on this year, as it seeks to
revive its flagging economy.
The Gulf city state expects revenues too to rise sharply next
year as it hosts Expo 2020, the global six-month trade fair set to open on
October 20.But it still foresees a deficit for the fourth year in a row of USD
The government is hoping that Expo will draw some 25 million
visitors, many of them from abroad, and is projecting a 25 percent increase in
revenues to USD 17.4 billion.
Dubai is the only government in the Gulf not dependent on
hydrocarbon revenues, and projects around 94 percent of income to come from
Dubai is renowned for its skyscrapers, like the world's
tallestbuilding BurjKhalifa, but its key property sector has been sliding since
Last year, growth slowed to 1.94 percent, less half the 2017
figure and the worst in a decade.It picked up slightly to 2.1 percent in the
first half of this year but the government is keen to do more to stimulate
consumer spending and the real estate market.
The MiG-27, which is known to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty
Organization) as the ‘Flogger’ and to Indian Air Force (IAF) as ‘Bahadur’,
flew its last sortie in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
After this flight, IAF bid adieu to its squadron of seven
aircraft as all were decommissioned. The last MiG-27 unit to operate the jet,
Number 29 Squadron, bid farewell to jet in Jodhpur Air Base where the aircraft
participated in a flypast.
For 35 years, MiG-27, a curiously designed fighter-bomber has
been at forefront of IAF’s attack fleet. However, while MiG-27 had been backbone
of IAFfor the past three decades, the jets were also infamous for routine
accidents throughout their career with Indian Air Force.
In three decades plus of operations, at least a squadron’s
strength (18 aircraft) are thought to have been lost with several fatal injuries
The Squadron was raised on 10 March 1958, at Air Force Station
Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft. Over the years, Squadron has been
equipped with numerous types of fighters like MiG-21 Type 77, MiG-21 Type 96,
MiG-27 ML and MiG-27 upgrade. It is the only unit in IAF operating MiG-27
The upgraded version has also participated in numerous national
and international exercises, because of its survivability.