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Congress passed the President John F.” Stone said he’s lobbied Trump personally to release all remaining materials and believes the CIA is pushing the president to keep some secret.he pointed out.including acute exacerbations of pre-existing chronic illness.m. and the rocket disappeared from South Korean radars at 9:36 am off the southwestern coast There was no reported damage in South Korea The US Strategic Command issued a statement saying that it detected and tracked a missile launched on a southern trajectory but that it did not pose a threat to the United States or its allies The global condemnation began almost immediately South Korean President Park Geun-hye called the launch an "intolerable provocation" She said the North’s efforts to advance its missile capabilities were "all about maintaining the regime" in Pyongyang and criticized the North Korean leadership for ignoring the hardships of ordinary North Koreans Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to "take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people" US National Security Adviser Susan Rice called the North’s missile and nuclear weapons programs a "serious threats to our interests — including the security of some of our closest allies" The Foreign Ministry in China the North’s only major ally and its protector in the UN Security Council where Beijing wields veto power expressed "regret that disregarding the opposition from the international community the (North) side obstinately insisted in carrying out a launch by using ballistic missile technologies" Kim Jong Un has overseen two of the North’s four nuclear tests and three long-range rocket launches since taking over after the death of his father dictator Kim Jong Il in late 2011 The UN Security Council prohibits North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity Experts say that ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies engines and other technology "If North Korea has only nuclear weapons that’s not that intimidating If they have only rockets that’s not that intimidating either But if they have both of them that means they can attack any target on Earth So it becomes a global issue" said Kwon Sejin a professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology In 2013 North Korea conducted a nuclear test and then unnerved the international community by orchestrating an escalating campaign of bombast including threats to fire nuclear missiles at the US and Seoul The North is thought to have a small arsenal of crude atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles But it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce nuclear bombs small enough to place on a missile or missiles that can reliably deliver its bombs to faraway targets After several failures testing a multistage long-range rocket it put its first satellite into space with a long-range rocket launched in December 2012 The North’s recent activity comes amid a long-standing diplomatic stalemate Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009 AP Written by Shradha Chettri | New Delhi | Published: July 4 2017 5:31 am Hindu College New Delhi Express archive photo Top News Apart from handling administrative work officiating principals of 22 Delhi University (DU) colleges have an additional responsibility — writing a “self-appraisal” every six months and sending it to the university These self-appraisal letters are only for officiating principals of colleges without full-time heads such as Shri Ram College of Commerce Hindu College Hansraj College and Kirori Mal College According to university rules an officiating principal is appointed for six months after which a new principal is appointed or the term of the officiating principal is extended “Before the renewal of term we are expected to write a self-appraisal — from the things we have done in the college to the academic work undertaken Then we have to get it approved by the governing body after which it is sent to the university” said a principal of a north campus college He said the process has started only recently and they have been told the self-appraisal is important to get an extension “The reason for this is unclear I have heard that the university is doing this to maintain a record of the Academic Performance Indicators score in case officiating principals apply for permanent positions” another principal said However many principals said the university should instead initiate the process of permanent appointment For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by S Y Quraishi | Updated: September 10 2014 8:08 am According to some the court has no business giving advice to the political executive Related News Many felt that the Supreme Court judgment of August 27 which advised that persons chargesheeted in criminal cases should not be appointed as ministers lobbed the ball back into the prime minister’s court Now that it has brought the “criminalisation” of politics back to centrestage the response of the prime minister and chief ministers will be watched with great interest Was the SC’s advice judicial overreach According to some the court has no business giving advice to the political executive For others the SC actually exercised judicial restraint by not prohibiting such appointments outright and stayed clear of possible overreach while drawing attention to the constitutional concern for probity in public institutions It referred to several SC judgments that had emphasised democracy as a cornerstone of the Constitution and drew the attention of the prime minister and chief ministers to constitutional expectations There is also a view that the SC should not have “shirked” its responsibility and adjudicated on this critical issue instead of merely advising Protecting the parliamentary system from criminalisation has been the intention of the law from the beginning The election law (Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act 1951) disqualifies a person convicted with a sentence of two years or more from contesting elections But those under trial continue to be eligible to contest elections The situation would have been acceptable if the trial were completed and the verdict given within a reasonable period of time What is the way out There are three possible options One political parties should refuse tickets to the tainted Two the act should be amended to debar such persons from contesting elections Three fast-track courts should decide the cases of tainted legislators quickly The SC has repeatedly expressed concern about the purity of the legislatures In 2002 it made it obligatory for all candidates to file an affidavit before the returning officer disclosing criminal cases pending against them Civil society organisations like the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analyse and publish such information The concern of the apex court has been increasingly clear from a series of judgments The famous order to introduce NOTA was intended to make political parties think before giving tickets to the tainted The Lily Thomas case (2013) ended the unfair advantage that legislators enjoyed even after conviction According to the ADR 187 MPs in the current Lok Sabha face criminal charges (that is 344 per cent) Of them 113 face serious criminal charges The number has gone up from 162 (76 serious) charges in 2009 and 128 (58 serious) in 2004 This obviously shows the political class and legislature in a poor light In a rare instance of unanimity all political parties have come together to oppose the proposal to debar perpetrators of even heinous offences during pendency of the trial on the grounds that false criminal cases may be filed by opponents This concern is valid However the proposal itself has three safeguards First all criminal cases would not invite the ban only heinous offences like murder dacoity rape kidnapping or moral turpitude Second the case should have been registered at least a year before the elections Third the court should have framed the charges The opponents of the proposal also argue that the jurisprudence followed in the country holds that a person is innocent until proven guilty But the presumption of innocence until conviction is legally ignored in the case of those under trial About two-thirds of the nearly 4 lakh persons lodged in jails are undertrials and are therefore “innocent” Yet they are locked up denied their fundamental rights of liberty freedom of movement freedom of occupation and dignity Does this not violate the fundamental right of equality If the rights of an undertrial can be suspended within the ambit of the law what is the fuss about temporarily suspending the right to contest an election which incidentally is only a statutory right The debate over the issue raises several questions Does the framing of charges involve the application of judicial mind Though legal opinion is divided many jurists including senior high court judges say several cases are thrown out at the stage when charges are framed This shows application of mind even at that stage The Law Commission in its report in March 2014 accepted this contention after consulting constitutional experts Does debarring the chargesheeted before conviction go against the Constitution The conditions for disqualifying a person from contesting an election to the Lok Sabha or a vidhan sabha are laid down in the Constitution (Articles 102 and 191) But it also provides for disqualification “under any law made by Parliament” The Election Commission the Law Commission and citizens have been demanding a law debarring tainted candidates from contesting polls What if the minister is found innocent after a long trial He would have been denied a position that he was legitimately entitled to But then how many young persons found innocent of terror charges have got their lives/ jobs back And what if a legislator is found guilty of rape after a decade Another argument is that there can be no discrimination against anyone on the grounds of pendency of a case If so why was the CVC PJ Thomas removed by the SC just because there was a case pending against him The principle enunciated by the court was maintaining “institutional integrity” But then isn’t the institutional integrity of the legislature a more important constitutional body than the CVC which is just a statutory body even more vital Do fast-track courts discriminate against the lakhs of other cases awaiting a decision for years and are they therefore illegal No Fast tracking has been the accepted norm The RP Act requires the high court to decide on election petitions within six months The fact that courts have been taking years to decide on election petitions makes it an issue of dereliction not legal infirmity Special CBI courts consumer courts special courts for economic offences and more recently fast-track courts for rape cases do create special categories for adjudication and nobody has dubbed them discriminatory In any case the issue of fast tracking has now been clinched by the landmark judgment of March 2014 by which the SC accepted the urgent need for cleansing politics of criminalisation and directed all subordinate courts to decide on cases involving legislators within a year or give reasons for not doing so to the chief justice of the high court That should put an end to the endless impasse With a positive judicial disposition and a strong political mandate for an avowedly corruption-free India the situation is ripe for resolution Let’s not miss the bus The writer is former chief election commissioner of India [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 26 2017 2:30 pm First-time voter Deepali Rao after casting her vote for MCD elections on Sunday Rao said she came back from London in time to exercise her franchise PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist Top News The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to register a comfortable victory in East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) with wins in more than 45 wards The party has also crossed the half-way mark quite easily in the south and north civic bodies This is an improved tally from the party’s wins in 138 wards in 2012 The MCD which has been under the control of the BJP for the last ten years will continue in that fashion This is a comeback for the BJP in the city and a huge setback for AAP which had won 67 Assembly seats in the last state elections The BJP only managed to win in 3 seats This year for MCD elections the contest was between AAP BJP and Congress BJP had Manoj Tiwari as its newly appointed state president The party also introduced fresh faces as candidates and did not give tickets to any sitting councillor MCD election results 2017 LIVE updates On the other hand the Congress campaign was led by senior leader Ajay Maken and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spearheaded the AAP campaign The AAP had promised waiver of House tax if it was voted to power According to many the MCD elections are also a litmus test for the party and an indication towards the mood of people based on party’s performance in Delhi in last two years The voting for MCD elections was held on April 23 and 5408 per cent of the eligible voters exercised their franchise For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 6 2017 12:30 pm Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain (Files Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Top News Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain Thursdaydismissed the Shunglu committee report as “mud-slinging” and said “no irregularity” has been committed by the AAP government He alleged that officers were forced to write “false notes” in the report The three-member committee formed by the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has pointed out “gross abuse of power” by the Arvind Kejriwal government “I have not seen the report but as far as we are concerned there is no illegality or irregularity… Our government has worked as per the Constitution in force till August 4 2016 After that the High Court made some amendment to it” Jain said He also rejected allegation on appointment of his daughter as “mission director” of Delhi State Health Mission saying it was “all lies” The approval for this appointment is made by the Centre he added On the findings of the Committee Jain alleged “Officers were called by the LG made to sit and write false notes in it under duress” The term of former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had witnessed a continuous war of words between the LG Office and the Arvind Kejriwal government over several issues “This is all mud-slinging In fact probe should be done to find out why the files were suppressed for six months during Jung ‘saheb’s’ time We had targeted 1000 mohalla clinics by December 31 2016 but they sat on the files for six months” he said “We did nothing wrong or illegal but what was within our authority If the LG had thought he could have changed it then he could have changed it We did what we deemed fit” Jain said The report which runs into over 100 pages deals with decisions including appointment of certain individuals as advisors to the government taken by Kejriwal and his Cabinet where it had no authority do so and without the LG’s concurrence Among other issues the report raised questions on the government posting officers to the Anti-Corruption Branch its decisions on transfer and appointments of officers foreign travel undertaken by ministers without the LG’s sanction and appointment of lawyers Earlier Jung had said that Kejriwal may face “criminal charges” over irregularities found by the panel For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top News is facing obstacles in its release. nearly three decades later, Miroslav Klose can, On Monday, The Kuala Lumpur-based 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