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“Government was uncomfortable with my Supreme Court petition”
Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin, spoke to South Asian Monitor about the paper’s turbulent journey over the last 66 years.
In June another stringent document to control the media was issued which hangs like a Damocles’ sword. According to that, any Information Department officer can decide with the involvement of any professional, expert group, as to what is fake news and what is anti-national. This will be misused against journalists. It is not acceptable to have fake news or say things which are anti-national but government officers cannot decide what is fake news. They will always ensure that anything critical of the government is described as anti-national. The policy is most likely to be used against the journalist who is working professionally.
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India's democratic processes 'on a path of steep decline': Report
India is on the verge of losing its status as a democracy due to the severely shrinking of space for the media, civil society and the opposition under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, the 2020 ‘Democracy Report’ by the Sweden-based V-Dem Institute has observed.
The 2020 report, titled ‘Autocratisation Surges – Resistance Grows’, begins with figures that point to the fact that globally, the spirit of democracy is on the decline.
India, US to ink pact for geospatial intelligence, will help in missile-targeting & navigation
India is now set to get access to advanced satellite imagery, topographical and aeronautical digital data in real time from the US for further enhancing the accuracy of its missiles and armed drones as well as long-range navigation of military aircraft. The signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geospatial Cooperation (BECA), just days ahead of a bitterly contested US election, reflects the Indian government's close cooperation with the Trump administration as well as its confidence that the pact will enjoy bi-partisan support in America.
The previous UPA regime had stonewalled LEMOA, COMCASA and BECA during its 10-year tenure on the ground that it would compromise India’s “strategic autonomy”.
US, India 2+2 meet an 'all-for-itself' opportunity
Coming at a sensitive time with the US Presidential election just a week away and while India is still entangled in border tensions with China, Chinese observers said Tuesday's third 2+2 ministerial dialogue between New Delhi and Washington is more an opportunity for both countries to preen for their own benefits rather than a substantive occasion which will have lasting benefits.
The Trump administration wants to use it as a fillip for his reelection, and India to flex its muscles to China rather than as a factual consolidation of diplomatic and security ties, as many foreign media have hyped, observers said.
Hyping China influence in India-Myanmar submarine deal attempts to provoke: Experts
India has delivered a submarine to Myanmar for the latter to train soldiers, but this has been hyped by some Indian and Western media as a move to counter China's growing influence in Southeast Asia, which Chinese experts said is an over-interpretation and provocation meant to disrupt China's relationship with countries in the region.
India wants to get rid of a retired and outdated submarine, and Myanmar needs one to train its soldiers. The two sides take what they need and the deal is as simple as this, Li Jie, a Beijing-based military expert said.
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