Express 5: A snoop case from Gujarat and a spoof from Taiwan
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1. PROBING POINT: The home ministry is apparently preparing to institute a commission of inquiry into the alleged incidents of illegal surveillance involving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah and IPS officer G L Singhal. "The proposed commission of inquiry will be set up on the grounds that the woman was stalked not only in Gujarat but also in other states," a senior home ministry official tells Rahul Tripathi in Gujarat government 'snoop' case: UPA prepares ground for a probe
2. MADE IN TAIWAN: An animation video on the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade, which has soured the relationship between India and the US, has surfaced on the Internet — and it has come from, of all the places, Taiwan. Subtitles include one that goes "US not sari". Nandagopal Rajan looks at how Devyani and MEA's wisdom provoke 90-sec spoof in Taiwan
3. DIGGING IN: Over the past seven months, Nagaland and the Centre have been at loggerheads over the right to explore and excavate oil and natural gas there. Senior Naga leaders believe the issue could derail an already tottering dialogue between the NSCNs and the government. In an interview with Esha Roy, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio asks why the Union petroleum ministry has woken up now
4. BEING DIPLOMATIC: Pratap Bhanu Mehta argues that it is hard to shake off the odour of entrapment in what the state department did. "But equally, we cannot deny the fact that the government of India made India legally and morally vulnerable by not doing its homework."
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