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    ...There are numerous such instances in our polity where the Speaker of the Assembly has precipitated a political crisis by seemingly political decisions. For example, the Anti-Defection Law. The determination of whether a representative has become subject to disqualification, post their defection, is made by the presiding officer of the House, offering ample scope for Speakers to exercise discretion. In 1988, Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P.H. Pandian disqualified six senior AIADMK ministers for giving up their party membership, along with 27 other MLAs (disqualified for not attending a confidence motion), identified with the pro-Jayalalithaa faction. Sixteen MLAs in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly (out of a total of 41 of the ruling party) were disqualified by the Speaker, Nabam Rebia, in 2016 despite not officially leaving the party or defying its directives. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 18, 2017, 12:29 a.m.

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    ...The right wing "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) party has already called out the dead as Merkel's victims. Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara by a 22-year-old Turkish off-duty police officer citing Aleppo and Syria at an art exhibition titled "Russia through Turks' Eyes". Turkey, which itself has had a bad year, facing terrorist bombings, an attempted coup and continual refugee movement (upwards of 3 million) from Syria, has now been plunged into a new crisis. The assassination was soon succeeded by a protest outside the Russian Consulate in Istanbul with protestors citing the killings in Aleppo. Amidst all this carnage, a gunman has shot three worshippers in a Zurich mosque.This year has been one of disruption instead of continual progress, the recent killings embodying randomness. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 23, 2016, midnight

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    ...Donald Trump is the closest he's been to the presidency till date.We've always believed that voting in democratic elections was about choosing the right candidate, both in terms of policies and character. What recent elections and referendums in Europe and the Americas have revealed is that something has changed dramatically in the average voter outlook. In this day and age of austerity and recession, scapegoats are apparently much more in demand than policies advocating growth.Bigotry and its cousin, racism, have suddenly become common after decades of ostracism. The repeated failure of pollsters to predict sudden shifts in various elections in the West is a symptom of this phenomenon.Predictions are hard to make in such a volatile campaign. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 6, 2016, midnight

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    ...Donald Trump is the closest he's been to the presidency till date.We've always believed that voting in democratic elections was about choosing the right candidate, both in terms of policies and character. What recent elections and referendums in Europe and the Americas have revealed is that something has changed dramatically in the average voter outlook. In this day and age of austerity and recession, scapegoats are apparently much more in demand than policies advocating growth.Bigotry and its cousin, racism, have suddenly become common after decades of ostracism. The repeated failure of pollsters to predict sudden shifts in various elections in the West is a symptom of this phenomenon.Predictions are hard to make in such a volatile campaign. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 6, 2016, midnight

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    ...In September 1994, pneumonic plague was reported in parts of Surat, Gujarat, and hospitals were overcrowded with patients. Suspected cases totalled 1,061 between September 20 and 25, leading to mass panic. Around 25 per cent of the population is said to have fled the city, carrying the disease with them to Delhi, Mumbai, Nashik, and Kolkata. Surat’s diamond processing localities, a high-risk hotspot, were soon uninhabited. Air India flights landing in London were termed as “plague planes”. With its open sewers and slums and soaking garbage due to the monsoons, Surat was described as a “medieval horror show”. More recently, in May 2016, there were reports of bird flu in a poultry farm in Humnabad, Bidar district of Karnataka. The State’s animal husbandry department swung into action, asking for the culling of nearly 1.5 lakh birds in the farm. ...

    The Hindu on Oct. 5, 2016, 12:29 a.m.