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Pakistan’s PR victory over India post Balakot is primarily due to two concurrent reasons: The effectiveness of Pakistan’s and the dismal nature of India’s communication strategy
Pakistan’s PR victory over India post Balakot is primarily due to two concurrent reasons: The effectiveness of Pakistan’s and the dismal nature of India’s communication strategy. Add to this the fact that Pulwama occurred just ahead of the general elections in India and it became inevitable that domestic politics will play a huge part in the clash of narratives.
The issue of unemployment isn’t confined to theory but is beginning to be felt on the ground. The evidence lies in continuing agrarian protests, spike in demand for rural employment guarantee schemes and even a subject of mob fury. Unemployment also leads to other social disorders. A recent Firstpost ground report said in states like Bihar, where joblessness is at multi-year high, the youth are increasingly resorting to illicit liquor trade to make money.
Though the constituting of a Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee headed by a retired justice is a new initiative, it leaves several questions unanswered. Will the recommendations of the mediation panel be binding on the court and to all the principal parties in the court? If its proposals are not binding, then it opens a far bigger question: what purpose would this court-appointed panel achieve?
When it comes to team-based sports, the Hockey India League and the Indian Super League have no rivals of the same stature in the women’s event. And just like the IPL, other leagues like Pro Kabaddi League and Pro Volleyball have made forays into women’s sport. While PKL held the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge for one season in 2016, the league last season held the KBD Juniors event instead of the Women’s Kabaddi Challenge, essentially abandoning the women’s kabaddi initiative.
Apparently having strong women and people of colour in leading roles is somehow a blasphemous threat to the hallowed legacy of their favourite franchises. It supposedly threatens their identification and emotional relationship with their childhood-defining movies. And how dare these studios make movies that shift attention away from — and aren't exclusively for — white fanboys!
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The decision came days after Centre issued regulations for social media firms, making it mandatory for them to identify originators of messages that threaten India’s security and sovereignty
Heirs of woman's father entitled to inherit her property under Hindu Succession Act, says Supreme Court
The top court gave the ruling after a widowed woman's decision to transfer her share of her husband's property in favour of her brother's son was challenged in court
The FATF said that that there is a serious deficiency on the part of Pakistan in checking terror financing and the country is yet to demonstrate it has taken action against the UN-designated terrorists and their associates