US Sanctions On Iran A ‘Challenge’ Given India’s Close Ties With Both Countries, Says Pradhan

New Delhi: A US expert-level delegation will arrive India on July 16 and 17 to discuss sanctions with Petroleum Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs experts and share each other’s perspective on its impact on global oil markets. But Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas DharmendraPradhan has said that India sees the US sanctions on Iran as a ‘challenge’ given its close ties with both countries, but will take a ‘considered and comprehensive’ view, based on ‘national interest’, and find a way to secure its energy needs.

India, led by private players, purchased around 10% of its crude oil from Iran in 2016-17, but the figure has risen to 18% this year with 33 million tons of crude being imported.


One Nation, One Examination: HRD Ministry Puts National Testing Agency (NTA) In Place for NET, NEET & JEE

New Delhi: Newly formed National Testing Agency, NTA will now conduct national-level examinations including NET, NEET and JEE (Mains). These exams are currently organised by Central Board of Secondary Education.

National Eligibility Test (NET) will be conducted in December and JEE (Mains) twice a year in January and April and  NEET  in February and May.

The students can appear both the times in NEET and the best of the two scores will be taken into account for admission.

The NEET is conducted for admissions to medical institutions across the country. The NTA will also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) once in a year.


Supreme Court Rules, Chief Justice Is The ‘Master Of The Roster’

The Supreme Court of India reaffirmed on Friday declining to accept former Union law minister Shanti Bhushan’s suggestion that CJI consults his collegium colleagues –the top four judges after him in seniority –in allocating cases to various benches. This has clearly indicated that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) is the “master of the roster”.

Describing the CJI as “first among equals,” a bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said although the constitution was silent on the CJI’s role as the master of the roster, his power was based on a healthy practice and “convention aimed at maintaining discipline and decorum.” The judges wrote separate but concurring verdicts.


Army Chief Says, Critical For India To Find Ways to bypass US sanctions against Russia

New Delhi: In view of the United State’s sanctions, Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that it is critical that India finds ways to bypass the US sanctions against Russia given that Russian arms an ammunitions are widely used in the Indian armed forces.

In his first comments on US sanctions against India’s top arms supplier, Rawat said: “We have to pursue own national interests and see what’s good for us. India has a large quantity of Russian weapons and platforms. So there are legacy issues.”

India is in talks with the United States to secure a sanctions waiver as its military is heavily dependent on Russian equipment, and the matter is likely to be discussed during the proposed 2+2 talks between the defence and foreign ministers of the two sides, said a person familiar with the development who asked not to be identified.The dialogue was to begin in Washington on July 6 but the US postponed it (for the third time) because its secretary of state Mike Pompeo had to visit North Korea.


SC Prescribes Harmony Between LG, CM For Governance Of Delhi

New Delhi: A constitution bench of the Supreme Court ruled that apart from issues pertaining to land, police, and law and order, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi would be bound by the elected government of Delhi. With this verdict the administrative crisis in Delhi seems to have moved a step closer to resolution.

An earlier Delhi high court ruling had said that the L-G was the administrative head of Delhi. The fight between the L-G and the elected government, of the AamAadmi Party headed by ArvindKejriwal, has frequently impeded decision making in Delhi.

Wednesday’s judgment could change that, although the specific disputes between the two will now be decided by a two-judge bench of the apex court, and the home ministry could consider seeking a review of the ruling.