NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct comes into force with the announcement of the poll dates. Parties make their pledges and promises accordingly. But the people can’t be fooled all the time. They do realise that the promises made before the elections are meant to be broken. Then, how can an election become a festival of the masses? The festival of democracy is a veritable horror in certain parts of the country.
TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and Russian governments will likely start full-fledged discussions about a visa waiver program for short-term travel between Hokkaido and Russia’s Sakhalin, hoping to reach an agreement during a June bilateral summit meeting.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - In a major setback to Donald Trump’s foreign policy, the US-led peace process, geared to end nearly 18 years of relentless conflict in Afghanistan, has hit the reefs. This lengthens the loop of US setbacks ever since President George Bush ~ in the aftermath of 9/11 ~ had raided the caves of Tora Bora to “smoke out” Osama bin Laden (October 2001).
BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - But first we have to navigate fossil-fuelled politics.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) -Two things – money power and muscle power – are choking Indian elections and the current Lok Sabha polls are no exception. A recent Bloomsburg report notes that Indian elections would be the world’s most expensive polls.The Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies puts an estimate of over Rs 50,000 crore for the current 2019 poll expense, a 40 per cent jump from 2014.
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he had warned Pakistan of consequences if they didn’t release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from their custody.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Volunteers established websites to independently supervise vote counting from the elections.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto sees brighter investment prospects in the manufacturing industry following April 17’s general election as investors realise a number of prioritized projects.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - JYP Entertainment founder and Chief Communications Officer Park Jin-young topped the list of stock-rich entertainment agency owners in South Korea, according to data Sunday, amid the industry’s struggle to recover from an ongoing sex scandal involving multiple K-pop stars.
SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Growing up students are taught to embrace diversity in all corners of life, think in other people’s shoes and to not judge a book by its cover.