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Kit Harington promises faster ‘Game of Thrones’



Kit Harington

London, May 25: Actor Kit Harington has promised the new season of “Game of Thrones” will be “very different” in comparison to previous seasons because it is much more fast-paced.

Harington, who portrays Jon Snow in the hit TV show, says the upcoming seven episodes are much more fast-paced than previous instalments of the saga, reports

“This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on ‘Thrones’. It’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting,” Harington said.

His co-star Nikolai Coster-Waldau was shocked when he read the scripts because the upcoming season, which is shorter than previous series by three episodes, is so intense.

“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace. Everything happened quicker than I’m used to… A lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode,” he said.

Producers insist the faster pace is not due to the shorter season, but because war is finally upon the characters.



Supreme Court admits Armymen plea against dilution of AFSPA , to hear on Aug 20



Supreme Court of India

New Delhi, Aug 14 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted Army men plea against the dilution of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act that gives immunity to military personnel from prosecution for their actions in disturbed and insurgency-hit areas.

Indian Army soldiers claimed that exposing them to CBI and police prosecution for exigencies during operational encounters against insurgents will endanger “national security.”
The Supreme Court will hear the petition on August 20 .

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the matter after advocate Aishwarya Bhati sought an early hearing of a plea moved by a group of serving Army officers.

Lawyer Aishwarya Bhati said, “A petition has been filed on behalf of 355 serving Army officials regarding protection in Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) areas where soldiers are operating in anti-insurgency, militancy and &proxy war situations.”

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Election of RS Deputy Chairman on Aug 9



New Delhi, Aug 6 :Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu announced that election of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha will take place on August 9, a day before the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament ends.
As per the sources ,JD(U) MP Harivansh will be the candidate of NDA for Rajya Sabha deputy chairman while the opposition has decided to take a collective decision on the election.

“The members can give their notice of motion till August 8, by 12 noon,” he said.

PJ Kurien of the Congress retired from the position on July 2, necessitating the election that is decided by a simple majority. The election is seen as a key test for the Congress as it looks to retain the position.

While the Congress has indicated that it is ready to back a non-Congress candidate from the Opposition, the Left parties are agreeable to a candidate from the Trinamool Congress, which is said to be keen to have its MP as the joint candidate. The YSRCP, with two seats, has decided to vote against the BJP candidate.

“Opposition parties will collectively decide whenever the situation demands…the process has to begin. We are for filling up the vacancy as early as possible…we don’t know what is the thinking of the government,” senior CPI leader D Raja said.

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Government constitutionally bound to reveal defence contracts: Congress attacks Modi on Rafale deal secrecy



AK Antony on Rafale

New Delhi, July 23 : Congress leader and former Defence Minister A.K. Anthony pin-pointedly attacked Narendra Modi government for not disclosing the details of Rafale deal and said under the Constitution, government has to reveal in detail the defence contracts as they are scrutinised at various levels.

Congress convened a special press briefing to expose PM Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday in which  Antony said, “Sitharaman has misleaded the country in revealing the pricing of Rafale aircraft.Rafale was selected after considering many companies in December 2012. Prices were settled. During our time a tender for 126 Rafale aircrafts were issued.”

The press briefing  was attended by Senior spokespersons Anand Sharma  and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Surjewala tweeted, “the PM and Defense Minister mislead the Nation to cover their lies on Rafale deal .”

Admitting and disclosing the fact that he had revealed prices of defence contracts in the Parliament in the past, Antony said, “I have revealed in Parliament prices of many defence contracts because under the constitution government cannot deny revealing the prices as they are scrutinised at various levels.”

Antony outrightly denied the allegations made by Sitharaman that  India-France agreement to buy the fighter jets was signed in 2008 by the then-defence minister AK Antony and it had the confidentiality clause which was an agreement of secrecy. Protection of classified information.

“When there is no secret deal that prevents revealing the prices, how can they keep it a secret?, Anthony remarked.

“According to UPA’s deal, among 126 aircrafts, only 18 were to be manufactured in France. Rest were to be manufactured by PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.There is no transfer of technology in this new deal, so it doesn’t substantiate the rise in price of aircrafts,”Anthony while terming Modi as Bhagidaar and said “Modi intentionally and knowingly cancelled the contarct given to HAL  and gave it to Reliance”.

“HAL would have benefited with employment and experience with this deal. Many technicians and engineers lost the opportunity of employment.Normally offset market must have experience in manufacturing fighter aircrafts. The company to which this deal was given had experience neither in fighter aircrafts nor regular aircrafts,” Antony said while slamming Modi government.

During the debate of no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday , Congress President Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi government and the defence minister on the Rafale deal and alleged that she had spoken “untruth” when she claimed that the Indian government could not reveal details of the deal due to a confidentiality clause in the agreement with France.

The defence minister said the India-France agreement to buy the fighter jets was signed in 2008 by the then-defence minister AK Antony and it had the confidentiality clause,”It was an agreement of secrecy. Protection of classified information.

“In the interviews, the French President had said that commercial details of the Rafale deal cannot be revealed,” she said.

 Sitharaman said: “You have these commercial agreements and obviously you have competitors and we cannot reveal the details”.

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