SC calls for a panel to look into freebies issue
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said Parliament may not be able to effectively debate the issue of doing away with “irrational freebies” offered to voters during elections, saying the “reality” is that not a single political party wants to take away freebies.
The observations from a Bench led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana came even as the Centre said these freebies were paving the way for an “economic disaster” besides “distorting the informed decision of voters”.
—–From an article of The Hindu
China steps up pressure on Taiwan
Military exercises to seal off airspace for four days
The military of China on Thursday will begin one of its largest ever exercises in waters off Taiwan. It will effect seal off its airspace and waters for four days.
The Chinese military said it will begin large-scale exercises in six areas in the waters and airspace to the north, east, southwest and southeast around the island of Taiwan at noon on Thursday (9.30 a.m. IST) and also conduct live-fire drills and missile tests.