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Pakistan Election: Test of 71-year-old Islamic Democracy

Anusha Bhattacharya

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Pakistan a federal parliamentary democratic republic which got independence in 1947, goes to general election July 25. The people of Pakistan will cast two votes one for the 272 out of 342 seated national assembly, another for the provincial assembly. Members are elected through first-past-the-post system under universal adult suffrage. opinion polls indicate a tight race with Imran Khan’s party ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s party and in the third place is Bilawal Bhuttos’s Pakistan People’s Party. The PPP could also emerge as a coalition kingmaker if no party wins a majority. The upcoming election of Pakistan posses a great importance to Neighbours, especially India. The bilateral talks have come to stand still between both the country after the attack on the URI Army base in 2016. India will look forward towards the new Pakistan Prime Minister in an expectation to bring in new economic policies, which may affect the country’s international trade and import-exports; both of which will affect India indirectly. India would look forward towards improving the diplomatic relations with PAKISTAN’S newly elected government including a successful peace treaty and ease out the tension on the border.

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South Connect: Sabarimala Review petitions to be heard in open court on January 22

Arti Ghargi

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Karnataka:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his last respect to Union Minister late Ananth Kumar at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday. Prime Minister Modi also met the family members of Ananth Kumar and expressed his condolences. Ananth Kumar passed away at the age of 59 while battling lung cancer.
Kerala:
The Supreme Court decided to hear the review petitions against Sabarimala Judgment in open Court on January 22, 2019. The Supreme Court will hear 49 petitions seeking review of its earlier verdict.
Tamil Nadu:
Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast of Tamil Nadu on November 15. weather experts have predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in several coastal areas from the night of November 14. Andhra Pradesh:
Former Andhra Pradesh minister C Ramachandraiah, who resigned from the Congress joined the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday.
party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy welcomed him in Vizianagaram during its praja sankalp padayatra

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“Permission declined” says the SC on hearing of pleas in Ayodhya-Babri Masjid title dispute case

Smita Sahu

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.

“We have already passed the order. The appeals are coming up in January. Permission declined,” the bench said while rejecting the request of early hearing of lawyer Barun Kumar Sinha, appearing for the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. The top court had earlier fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for the first week of January before an “appropriate bench”, which will decide the schedule of hearing.

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US Midterm Elections 2018: Is it the beginning to Mr Trump’s problems?

Anusha Bhattacharya

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US president Donald Trump hailed the 7th of November a “big day” for Republicans after his party lost control of the House of Representatives in the US mid term elections of 2018. A majority for the Democrats in the lower chamber for the first time in eight years will restrict his ability to steer his programme through Congress. But the party of Republicans has also seen a certain increase in the number at the senate majority. So which party has more power now?

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