QBullet: No Minister Will Quit, Stats on Human Deaths and More

Take a look at the news and views across the papers this Tuesday morning on QBullet.

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On the disproportionate influence of Punjab police in the public affairs of the state. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Government Makes it Clear no Minister will Resign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues met an angry Opposition demanding resignation of ministers facing allegations over corruption. But the ruling party made it clear that there would be no resignations and that they were in no mood to accede to any ultimatums.

Modi managed to get the backing of the allies on the various controversies surrounding BJP leaders but on the contentious Land Bill he extracted cooperation after assuring them that the government would not go ahead without discussion with them.

Read the full report on The Hindu here.

2. Why Poor get Gallows and Rich Mostly Escape

A study by the National Law University and the Law Commission shows that three-fourths of convicts given death penalty belonged to backward classes, religious minorities and 75% were from economically weaker sections.

The reason why the poor, Dalits and those from the backward castes get a rougher treatment from our courts is more often than not their inability to find a competent lawyer to contest their conviction

Read the full report here.


3. Word of Caution:15 Times More Deaths Due to Human Error Than Natural Calamities

Data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that while natural calamities killed 20,000 people across the country in 2014, drowning and accidental fire took 15 times more lives.

Human error-induced accidental deaths have been increasing every year registering a growth of over 22% in the past 10 years. If the ‘others’ category—segregated this year—is added to this, the increase is of over 66% since 2004.

Read the full report here.


4. As Narcotics Pose a Major Threat to Punjab

By the time the millennium turned, minuscule farm incomes, no industry worth the name, a non-existent service sector, and impossible immigration barriers, coupled with extravagant spending habits, created collective frustration. It brought a new ogre — narcotics.

Read the full column by Manish Tewari, on the Hindustan Times here.


5. India Wrinkle on China Silk

Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar said that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s project to revive “Silk Routes” was designed in its national interests and without consulting others.

The Narendra Modi government had so far remained ambiguous on the project under which China is estimated to spend $1.6 trillion, on a cross-continent network of ports, railroads and highways, reports The Telegraph.

Read the full report here.


6. An Agreement That was Called a Deal

It is only in the last year that there has been some course correction in Washington and New Delhi over the historic nuclear deal. If in 2005 it was the nuclear deal that opened the door to a strategic partnership, in 2015 it is the strategic partnership that has enabled a closure on the deal.

Read Sanjaya Baru’s opinion on The Hindu here.


7. Got Rs 500 cr? You Could Bid for Malabar Hill Property Jatia House

Popular Malabar Hill propery Jatia House is set for sale through an auction starting on September 7. The valuation of the magnificent bungalow has been proposed between Rs 400 to Rs 500 crore.

According to sources, the property is being sold and transferred through a two-stage bid process. In the first stage, the buyers need to submit sealed bids by August 31. In the second stage, the short-listed bidders will be invited to participate in the auction process, tentatively set for September 7.

Read the full story here.


8. Test Maggi in Distilled Water: Nestle

Nestle India told Bombay High Court that the FSSAI should have tested Maggi in distilled water before imposing a ban as it is intended to be consumed and not as it is sold.

The authority [FSSAI] should have taken into account food as it is intended to be consumed and not as it is sold. The product [Maggi] is consumed in 250 ml of water. You have to test in water without lead, in distilled water
— Iqbal Chagla, senior advocate for Nestle was quoted as saying in The Hindu.

Read the full report here.


9. The Real Chand Nawab is a Hit in Pakistan, Thanks Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Six years after he became a hit on Youtube, Pakistani television journalist Chand Nawab is again in the news. His video of reporting flubs, uploaded by his friends as a prank, inspired the character of Chand Nawab, the Pakistani journalist who helps Salman Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

I saw the film on the first day it was released in Pakistan. And I was very happy with the way Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrayed me in Bajrangi Bhaijaan
— Nawab was quoted saying in the Hindustan Times.

Read the full report here.


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