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It seems like the ongoing political drama in Karnataka will continue for a little longer than expected after Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy ignored the 6 pm deadline for today to hold the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly set by Governor Vajubhai Vala. The CM called the deadline unconstitutional and pushed for the trust vote to be held on Monday.

06:50:55 on 19 Jul

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Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala demanded Governor’s intervention in the University college issue. He also wanted the government to face CBI investigation in the University college violence and PSC rank list issues. Ramesh Chennithala was addressing the media after visiting Governor Justice P. Sathasivam over the issues at University College.

06:12:13 on 19 Jul

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Keeping up with the trend of building temples in honour of personalities, a group of AIADMK members from Coimbatore has installed a shrine for Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The temple, located inside the Yoga Centre compound in Ganesapuram in Coimbatore, has shrines of Hindu Gods Anjaneya, Kalabhairava, etc.

05:42:01 on 19 Jul

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Governor has issued a fresh deadline again to the ruling coalition of Congress and JD(S) asking them to prove majority by today 6 pm. The deadline has been issued via a letter to CM HDK. Congress MLA told that the ruling coalition is playing the role of a democratic institution. “We’ve left the part of wooing MLAs with Rs 30 crore to the BJP,” Gowda told the Assembly.

03:59:25 on 19 Jul

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Hitting out at the UP govt after Priyanka Gandhi was stopped from proceeding towards Sonbhadra to meet the victims of a clash, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the arrest was an arbitrary use of power by the Yogi Adityanath government. Terming the arrest illegal and disturbing, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to express his concern.

03:05:13 on 19 Jul

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The House has not adjourned without a trust vote having taken place. The ruling coalition remains about discussing the trust vote issue while the Speaker says he will not follow through with the Governor's instructions and stick to the encoded proceedings. The Assembly erupted as several BJP MLAs rise and shout slogans in Congress's objection to the Governor's directions.

01:51:11 on 19 Jul

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In a letter to the Speaker on his absence, Congress MLA Shrimant Patil said, “Please allow me to be absent from the Assembly session. I was in Chennai for some urgent work when I had severe chest pain and visited my family doctor in Mumbai. I have not spoken to any BJP leader and I am not kidnapped (as per media reports)."

01:28:51 on 19 Jul

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CM HD Kumaraswamy is addressing the House once again. He alleges that legislators were offered Rs 40-50 crore. HD Kumaraswamy tells the BJP in the Assembly: "Let's have a discussion. You can still form the government. Nothing urgent. You can do it on Monday or Tuesday also. I am not going to misuse power,"

12:54:15 on 19 Jul

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Speaker Ramesh Kumar today dismissed suggestions that he was trying to delay the vote on the confidence motion moved by CM to decide the fate of his govt. "I don't have to be partisan," Kumar said, expressing anguish over suggestions that he was trying to delay the trust vote. He said there was discussion and "indirect comments" made that he was delaying the process.

12:38:11 on 19 Jul

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained in Uttar Pradesh on Friday on her way to a village in Sonbhadra, where 10 people were killed in a shootout on Wednesday over a land dispute. The Congress General Secretary has targeted the state's BJP government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on what she calls rising crime and lawlessness in UP.

12:32:38 on 19 Jul

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was stopped in Uttar Pradesh on Friday on her way to a village in Sonbhadra, where 10 people were killed in a shootout on Wednesday over a land dispute. The Congress general secretary has targeted the state's BJP government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on what she calls rising crime and lawlessness in UP.

12:14:31 on 19 Jul

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State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has predicted the end of the coalition government and said his party will decide on the future course of action after consulting the national leadership. "Mostly today will be the end of Congress-JDS government's misrule... the CM will make his farewell speech today, we will patiently hear it," Yeddyurappa told reporters in B'luru.

11:46:51 on 19 Jul

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Lakhs of people have been wrongly included in the draft National Register of Citizens being prepared in Assam to weed out illegal immigrants, centre told the Supreme Court today, asking for more time to finalise the list. "India can't be world's refugee capital," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the top court, appearing on behalf of the central government.

11:32:48 on 19 Jul

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The legal team of the ruling coalition is readying a petition to counter the Governor's direction. The HD Kumaraswamy's government will raise the counter that the Governor cannot set a deadline for the Speaker. The matter is likely to be brought up before the Chief Justice of India at 10.30 AM today.

11:14:37 on 19 Jul

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The DMK in Vellore is focusing on civic issues during the campaigning for Lok Sabha elections. With four of the six Assembly segments (Vellore, Anaicut, Gudiyattam, and Ambur) having DMK MLAs, the campaign by the party candidate DM Kathir Anand highlights the lack of civic facilities in the segments represented by AIADMK MLAs in Vaniyambadi and KV Kuppam.

10:37:40 on 19 Jul

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameswara meets the BJP MLAs, who had staged a night long 'dharna' inside the Vidhana Soudha against the delay of the trust vote. He also has breakfast with some of the MLAs. "They(BJP MLAs) were on an overnight dharna at Vidhana Soudha. It's our duty to arrange food and other things for them," Parameswara says.

10:25:33 on 19 Jul

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Former president Pranab Mukherjee said that the foundations of modern India were laid by its founders who firmly believed in a planned economy, as opposed to today, when the Planning Commission has been disbanded. "Those who criticise Congress rule for 55 years are ignoring where India was at independence and how far we have come," said Pranab Mukherjee.

08:58:12 on 19 Jul

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Aiming high on Assembly, MNM skips LS poll

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam has decided not to contest the Vellore Lok Sabha election scheduled on August 5. MNM general secretary A Arunachalam said since it is working with vigour to effect a change of government in the Assembly elections, it will not contest in the Vellore Lok Sabha poll.

08:57:01 on 19 Jul

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Governor Vajubhai Vala stepped in to fast-track the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly on Thursday evening, this time with a letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy setting a 1.30 pm deadline tomorrow to prove his government’s majority in the assembly. This is the Governor’s second letter on the trust vote.

07:27:01 on 19 Jul

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Nominations total up to 50 in Vellore

A total of 50 nominations were filed by candidates wanting to compete in the elections to the Vellore Parliamentary constituency when the process ended at 3 pm on Thursday. While 30 candidates had filed nominations till Wednesday, Thursday saw another 15 candidates filing nominations bringing the total to 50.

07:12:01 on 19 Jul

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The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has sought counter from Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development on public interest litigation, seeking direction to the government to translate Draft National Educational Policy (NEP) 2019 into regional languages including Tamil to facilitate effective public consultation.

06:42:01 on 19 Jul

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Batting for the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka assembly today, Siddaramaiah questioned the Supreme Court ruling of Wednesday. The Supreme Court had ruled that the rebel MLAs could not be compelled to attend assembly session. Siddaramaiah raised a point of order in Karnataka assembly saying the Supreme Court ruling infringed upon his right to issue the whip.

09:12:01 on 18 Jul

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In a major relief to MDMK general secretary Vaiko, the Madras High Court on Thursday suspended one-year life imprisonment imposed by the trial court on charges of sedition against him. While hearing an appeal petition moved by Vaiko against his conviction and one-year imprisonment for making a statement in support of LTTE, Justice PD Audikesavalu granted the relief.

06:57:31 on 18 Jul

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A war of words ensued between leaders of the ruling coalition government and those from the BJP in the Karnataka Assembly on Thursday (July 18) as soon as Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy moved the motion for a trust vote. The floor test in the Karnataka Assembly may put an end to the political uncertainty of the last two weeks. However it got adjourned to Friday 11 A.M.

06:43:18 on 18 Jul

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The case of a missing Congress MLA stalled the Legislative proceedings of Karnataka Assembly on July 18. As soon as the Assembly began its afternoon session, Irrigation Minister D.K. Shivakumar of the Congress informed the Speaker that his party MLA Shrimanth Balasaheb Patil has been missing and claimed that he was taken away by the BJP to Mumbai.

05:58:47 on 18 Jul

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Calling Nelson Mandela her inspiration and guide, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thursday said the anti-apartheid icon told her that she ought to be in politics long before anyone else did. Remembering the former South African president on his 101st birth anniversary, she said the world misses men like Mandela more than ever today.

05:44:14 on 18 Jul

After the BJP leaders sought Governor's intervention, Vajubhai Vala has directed the Speaker to hold the floor test by the end of the day. "The motion of confidence moved by the CM of Karnataka is in consideration before the house today. The CM is expected to maintain the confidence of his house during all times of his tenure", the Governor's message to Speaker read.

05:17:49 on 18 Jul

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan floated Makkal Needhi Maiam party has decided not to contest from the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency for which election is scheduled on August 5. In a statement issued here, the party said since it is working with vigour to effect a change of government in the Assembly elections, it will not contest in the Vellore Lok Sabha polls.

04:30:27 on 18 Jul

Discussions on the motion seeking a trust vote moved by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru was adjourned Thursday after Speaker K R Ramesh sought time to seek legal advice on the issue of whip imposed by Congress and JD(S) to rebel MLAs. The Speaker seeks to consult the state advocate general if the whip issued to the MLAs will be valid or not.

04:21:13 on 18 Jul

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With the debate on crucial trust vote underway, the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka continues to hang by a thread after the SC held that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the Assembly proceedings. After much drama, MLAs returned to the Assembly. While the BJP MLAs asked for trust vote today, Congress's Shivakumar said the BJP was misleading.

03:35:36 on 18 Jul

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The Karnataka assembly began debate on the trust motion moved by HD Kumaraswamy who alleged there was a ‘conspiracy to weaken’ his government. The vote is unlikely to happen today as the JD(S)-Congress combine alone has 26 speakers to back the motion. “It is not important if the coalition survives, but we must discuss this conspiracy to weaken democracy", he said.

02:37:19 on 18 Jul

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Congress MLA H K Patil says the House must first decide if the rebel MLAs are members of the legislative Assembly. "They are saying they have resigned but the resignations are not accepted, so we need time to get clarity on the issue," he says, during the debate ahead of the Karnataka floor test.

02:01:55 on 18 Jul

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K'tka Crisis: "Guide me," says Speaker

Speaker says while he is a respondent before SC, the Cong leader is not a party to it. "Now the SC has given an interim order which states the members ought not to be compelled to attend the house. Who should implement the order?", he asks. While issuing a whip is prerogative of the CLP leader, he isn't party to it. "I request the house to guide me. I am worried", he says.

01:53:58 on 18 Jul

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After Siddaramiah says that SC is 'indirectly curtailing' his right under Tenth Schedule of the constitution, speaker clarifies that House holds SC in highest esteem and not stopping anyone from exercising their right. Cong minister Krishna Gowda says confidence motion will be incomplete if it is put to vote before Speaker's decision on the resignation of the rebel MLAs.

01:26:49 on 18 Jul

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Total chaos erupts in Vidhan Soudha after CM Kumaraswamy initiates a debate on the no-trust motion. While the Speaker is trying to put the House to vote for the confidence motion immediately, the ruling Congress- JD (S) leaders are trying to delay the process and are insisting on debating the issue before putting it to vote.

12:33:50 on 18 Jul

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The Supreme Court will examine a report on the "progress of mediation" in the Ayodhya land dispute case on Thursday. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on July 11 sought a report on the issue and said that a day-to-day hearing may commence from July 25 if the court decides to conclude the mediation proceedings.

10:30:32 on 18 Jul

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Ahead of the crucial trust vote today, Section 144 has been imposed around the Vidhana Soudha. Amidst this, Congress on Thursday filed a complaint with the police saying they are unable to locate MLA Shivaram Hebbar. Hebbar is a rebel staying in Mumbai.

10:00:44 on 18 Jul

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Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an urgent strategy to solve the city’s political chaos and have ruled out the use of military force. Beijing has expressed public support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam throughout weeks of unrest and political gridlock, saying this week that it “firmly supports” her leadership.

09:57:03 on 18 Jul

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President Donald Trump continued his now days-long attacks on four congresswomen at his Greenville, North Carolina, rally on Wednesday night, eliciting the raucous crowd of supporters into "send her back" chants. "Send them back," rallygoers erupted. Amid the chants, one supporter shouted: "go back to Somalia." Others yelled, "traitor."

09:12:02 on 18 Jul

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Veteran Congress leader and MLA from BTM Layout in Bengaluru Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday evening announced that he would continue with the Congress party. It is also confirmed that Reddy has assured the Congress that he will vote in favour of the trust vote. Reddy, who was one among the rebel legislators, had tendered his resignation to the Speaker on July 6 .

07:30:20 on 18 Jul

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Making sense of Karnataka’s politics

A distinct genre of political theatrics in which elected representatives play ‘hide and seek’ in plush resorts to escape poaching by their very own and rival party leaders is currently playing out in Karnataka. While the dramatis personae, the layout of the plot and the message conveyed are distinct this round, this mode of doing politics is not new to the State.

09:42:02 on 17 Jul

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DMK treasurer Durai Murugan's son and the party's candidate for the Vellore Lok Sabha elections DM Kathir Anand filed his nomination papers on Wednesday. Accompanied by his father Durai Murugan, LS Member representing Arakkonam constituency S Jagathrakshagan, party MLAs R Gandhi and AP Nandakumar, he filed the papers before the Returning Officer cum District Collector.

06:36:17 on 17 Jul

The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan on a petition filed by BJP candidate Jaya Prada challenging his election from Rampur Lok Sabha constituency. The election petition came before Justice S.D. Singh who issued a notice to Mr. Khan and fixed the hearing for August 21.

06:08:16 on 17 Jul

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Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for 2019-20 in Lok Sabha, Veeraswamy in Parliament, said the DMK will continue to protect Tamil speaking people's linguistic pride. "There have been 3 attempts by the BJP-led NDA government to impose Hindi on Tamil people...We have agitated and successfully thwarted the BJP's attempt to impose Hindi" he said.

05:25:22 on 17 Jul

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BJP lawmaker Kunwar Pranav Singh 'Champion', who was seen dancing with guns in his hands and mouth in a video widely shared on social media, has been expelled from the party for six years. The Uttarakhand legislator has been expelled for indiscipline, the party said in a release.

04:41:00 on 17 Jul

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The government will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens or NRC will be implemented in other states as well.

04:19:12 on 17 Jul

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With less than a 24 hours to go before the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government faces trust vote on the floor of the Legislative assembly, Public Works Department Minister H.D. Revanna, who has been accused of interfering in decisions beyond his department, on Wednesday appealed to the rebel legislators — now holed up in a hotel in Mumbai — to return.

04:00:00 on 17 Jul

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A war of words has broken out between former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the Congress government in the state over the proposed temple of goddess Sita in Sri Lanka. Chouhan said that the Congress government, instead of completing the temple project, was "verifying the fact whether Mata Sita was abducted or not".

03:34:38 on 17 Jul

Congress Karnataka President Dinesh Gundu Rao also expresses his diappointment over the Supreme Court verdict. "Supreme Court order seems perfectly coordinated to help the rebel MLAs to violate the whip. It has set a wrong precedent as the value of the Whip as per 10th schedule of the constitution is now redundant."

02:53:46 on 17 Jul

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has written to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu urging for the termination of the Rajya Sabha membership of newly elected MDMK Member of Parliament Vaiko, who he claimed had breached the Constitution of India with his anti-Hindi comments.

02:50:10 on 17 Jul

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday made announcements in the Assembly to boost the agriculture and horticulture sectors in the State. In suo motu statements in the House, Mr. Palaniswami said loans to the tune of ₹266 crore will be granted through NABKISAN Finance Ltd., a subsidiary of NABARD, for the benefit of farmer producer organizations (FPOs).

01:50:58 on 17 Jul

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Hailing the Supreme Court direction on Karnataka political crisis, rebel Congress-JDS lawmakers camping in Mumbai said there is no question of going back on their resignations from the Assembly or attending the session. "We are happy with the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court, we honour it," rebel Congress legislator BC Patil said in a video released to the media.

01:44:29 on 17 Jul

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Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar on Tuesday said that 1,412 buses in the state were reduced as part of a measure to rationalise bus routes and tide over financial crunch. Pointing out that the per capita income of the people in the state has gone up during the AIADMK rule, he said that almost all the households in the state either have two-wheeler or a car.

01:13:20 on 17 Jul

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Amid the fierce battle between the coalition partners and the BJP over dethroning the Kumaraswamy government, a political slugfest has broken out between dissident Cong MLA, Hebbar & Uttara Kannada dist in-charge Minister, Deshpande. Mr Hebbar is one of the 13 Cong MLAs who resigned from the party and since then, he has been camping in Mumbai with the other dissidents.

12:25:54 on 17 Jul

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan hit out against the "autocratic attitude" of the centre and Tamil Nadu government yesterday, after fellow actor Suriya Sivakumar was criticized by the AIADMK and the BJP for his comments on the draft National Education Policy 2019. Released in June, the policy generated heated debate between the centre and political leaders.

12:14:35 on 17 Jul

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BJP's BS Yeddyurappa lauding Supreme Court verdict says, "All 15 MLAs who have resigned cannot be issued any whip and there is no condition to attend the Vidhan Sabha. That means Kumaraswamy will no longer have the mandate. Tomorrow he is going to go. I welcome the Supreme Court verdict, it is a victory of Constitution and democracy, it is a moral victory of MLAs."

11:27:08 on 17 Jul

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CJI Ranjan Gogoi is reading the order in the matter of the resignations of the rebel Congress-JD(S). "Speaker has been given liberty to decide on resignation by 15 MLAs within any time frame." But, all is still not well for the Kumaraswamy government as the top court has ruled that the MLAs cannot be forced to participate in tomorrow's trust vote.

11:07:54 on 17 Jul

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Karnataka Speaker Summons Rebel MLAs

The Supreme Court bench in the hearing yesterday had also directed the Speaker to decide on the resignations or disqualifications by today. Ahead of the Supreme Court's pronouncement of the judgement, Ramesh has summoned rebel MLAs Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj. They are now slated to meet after 3 pm.

10:40:27 on 17 Jul

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When the state government is claiming that Kudimaramath scheme had made differences in the lives of farmers, MDMK leader Vaiko on Tuesday placed corruption charges against the state government in the scheme. Recently, the state government passed a government order allotting about Rs 500 under Kudimaramath scheme to desilt water bodies.

07:12:01 on 17 Jul

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Set to pronounce its order Wednesday on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignations from the Assembly, the Supreme Court said Tuesday that the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a re-look.

06:27:01 on 17 Jul

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South Indian politics, especially Tamil Nadu politics, has mostly been about leaders with mass following. But, much before its trio, M.G. Ramachandran, J. Jayalalithaa and M. Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu had ‘kingmaker’ Kumaraswami Kamaraj, the man who was known for his simplicity and welfare measures.

09:27:01 on 16 Jul

Why no one wants to be Congress president

Rahul Gandhi resigned as Congress president on May 25 telling the party to find a new head of the organisation. The Congress has, however, failed to find a successor to Rahul Gandhi even as a leadership crisis is hurting the party badly in states such as Karnataka and Goa. The Congress is sharply divided in two blocs - the old guard and Team Rahul.

05:40:20 on 16 Jul

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The basic objective of the Citizenship Bill, 2019, was to facilitate granting Indian citizenship to members of six minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they do not have valid documents, the govt told LS. He said the Citizenship Act, 1955, treats such persons as "illegal migrants" and disentitles them from applying for Indian citizenship.

05:29:40 on 16 Jul

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Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh – at the centre of the political crisis – Tuesday sought time till tomorrow to decide on the disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs. During a hearing in the Supreme Court, senior advocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi requested it to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo on the matter.

03:38:02 on 16 Jul

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The State Highways department will take up road safety works at an estimated Rs 300 crore for 2019-20. According to the policy note of the Highways department presented before the Assembly, Rs 200 crore has been earmarked for road safety works under Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme (CRIDP) and Rs 100 crore under Road Safety funds.

02:22:08 on 16 Jul

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked BJP lawmakers to nurse their constituency by playing a leading role in its development and advised them to take up a cause of human sensitivity like eradication of leprosy or tuberculosis, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informed. PM Modi also asked Union ministers to carry out their Parliament roster duty.

01:42:01 on 16 Jul

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CJI asks the K'tka Speaker why he can't decide on the resignation within 24 hours. "There is no inflexible rule to exercise our jurisdiction. This Court ordered a floor test within 24 hours, appointed a protem speaker. Where's the issue of jurisdiction." The Speaker has sought time till tomorrow to take a decision on both the resignation and disqualification.

01:05:45 on 16 Jul

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Can't Fetter Speaker: SC

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says that the top court can't decide if Speaker should decide on resignation or disqualification of MLAs first. "We cannot fetter him," he says. Chief Justice further said, "Question is if there is any constitutional obligation for him to decide resignation before disqualification or to club his decision on both".

11:51:34 on 16 Jul

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The Congress rebel lawmaker MLA Roshan Baig has moved the high court against his detention in the IMA scam case. Baig was about to leave Bengaluru on his private jet when he was apprehended by a Special Investigation Team. He was named in an audio released by IMA founder Mansoor Khan, who alleged that he had borrowed Rs 400 crore.

11:25:26 on 16 Jul

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The Karnataka government crisis may take a new turn today as the SC takes up the case of 15 rebel lawmakers of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular coalition who have petitioned against the Speaker for not accepting their resignation. On Thursday, the court had said there would be no decision till today on the dissident lawmakers who threaten the government's survival.

11:16:01 on 16 Jul

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) government in the state after former Karnataka minister and Congress MLA R Roshan Baig was detained by a Special Investigation Team in connection with the IMA money laundering case from Kempegowda International Airport in a late-night swoop.

10:29:48 on 16 Jul

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Suspended Congress leader Roshan Baig was detained at Bengaluru airport in connection with the multi-crore IMA Ponzi scam. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy informed about SIT action on Twitter, claiming a BJP legislator was present with Mr Baig on a chartered plane. He alleged the legislator's presence proved the party's involvement in destabilising the Congress-JDS government.

10:04:34 on 16 Jul

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The stretch of the national highway from Perungalathur to Singaperumal Koil would be upgraded into 8-lane corridor soon in order to decongest the traffic on the outskirts of the city and to make road journey to the districts more comfortable, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has said.

09:42:01 on 16 Jul

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Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami informed the Assembly on Monday that three barrages would be constructed along the Cauvery river to improve the groundwater table of the riverbed. Earlier, speaking on the debate on demands for grants, DMK member K N Nehru said that according to reports, around 100 TMC water drained into the sea last monsoon.

06:57:01 on 16 Jul

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A crucial hearing on the Karnataka political crisis will take place on Tuesday in the SC which will examine "weighty" constitutional issues in the resignation of 15 rebel MLAs of the ruling Cong-JD(S) coalition. The apex court will now hear five more lawmakers who have sought identical relief that Karnataka Assembly speaker accept their resignations as well.

06:27:01 on 16 Jul

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Coming down heavily on SEC again seeking time in the Supreme Court on Monday till October 31 to hold the Local Bodies polls in Tamil Nadu, the DMK president M K Stalin said this was clear violation of the Constitutional provisions. Mr Stalin charged the ruling AIADMK government in the State with 'colluding' with the SEC in this frequent time-extension game.

06:06:01 on 16 Jul

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DMK president M K Stalin’s elevation of his son Udhayanidhi as youth wing president is a message to the cadre that the legacy of DMK supremo Karunanidhi will continue. Stalin's other message is to his own family, which is that his son, and no one else, will inherit. The launch of Udayanidhi has given the youngest Karunanidhi heir a much-needed political push.

07:37:31 on 15 Jul

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah lashed out at AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi for interrupting a speech by colleague Satyapal Singh in Lok Sabha. As Owaisi started making a point, Amit Shah got up to say, "Why didn't you speak up earlier? Sunne ki bhi aadat daaliye Owaisi saab (You should make it a habit to listen as well)."

04:48:35 on 15 Jul

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Amid the intensifying water crisis in the country, MPs in the Rajya Sabha during "zero hour" on Monday raised the issue of inter-linking of rivers to deal with the disparities in availability of water. BJP MP Satyanarayan Jatiya and AIADMK member AK Selvaraj suggested taking up the issue of linking small rivers with major rivers on priority to address the water crisis.

03:34:29 on 15 Jul

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The H.D. Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka government will face trust vote on July 18. Adjourning the Assembly for the day, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said the confidence motion will be taken up at 11 am on Thursday. After as many as 16 MLAs submitted their resignation to the Speaker, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka is in the brink of collapse.

02:57:34 on 15 Jul

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Karnataka lawmakers from the ruling Congress and Janata Dal Secular and opposition BJP will arrive in buses from various resorts today as the session resumes amid uncertainty over the survival of the state government after multiple resignations. Ruling alliance partners Congress and JDS continued Monday with their attempts to bring back 18 rebel MLAs.

11:08:44 on 15 Jul

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In a sensational turn of events, the couple from Bareilly, who have been making headlines since last week claiming to be under threat from a BJP MLA over their inter-caste marriage, was on Monday kidnapped at gunpoint by armed men from outside the Allahabad High Court, where they had gone to seek protection.

10:51:49 on 15 Jul

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Giving more credence to the allegations that the former Idukki police chief acted in tandem with the local leadership of the CPI in the hill district, it is widely said he tried to frame a Congress activist in a recent murder case. Venugopal had allegedly hatched a conspiracy in connivance with some CPM activists to frame a local Congress leader in the murder case.

10:21:38 on 15 Jul

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said his party had never promised to create Gorkhaland, a separate state for Nepali-speaking Indians, also referred to as Gorkhas, PTI reported. “We want development of Gorkha people,” Ghosh said after a worker’s meeting in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.

10:01:18 on 15 Jul

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A day after BJP General Secretary (organization) Ramlal was moved back to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), party President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah elevated joint General Secretary (organization) BL Santhosh to the post on Sunday. After a 13 year stint, Ramlal was moved back to the party's parent organization on Saturday.

09:14:08 on 15 Jul

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Senior BJP Karnataka leader BS Yeddyurappa today demanded HD Kumaraswamy "resign immediately", claiming the ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular alliance no longer enjoyed a majority in the assembly. The alliance has been thrown into disarray over the past 10 days with the resignation of a raft of legislators threatening to cancel its slim majority in the 224-seat assembly.

07:02:42 on 14 Jul

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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who did not take charge of his new ministry after the cabinet reshuffle in Punjab last month, today said that he has resigned from the state cabinet. He was stripped of key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle following a public fallout with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

03:20:49 on 14 Jul

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Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has called for a meeting of the Congress legislature party at 9 am on Monday at a luxury hotel in Bengaluru where the MLAs are staying, the party said in a statement on Sunday. Fifty Congress MLAs are believed to be staying at the Taj Vivanta in Bengaluru. Siddaramaiah is the leader of the Congress legislature party.

02:49:18 on 14 Jul

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One of the rebel lawmakers of the Congress in Karnataka, who on Saturday raised hopes for the troubled Cong-JDS coalition by hinting he may take back his resignation, was today seen in Mumbai. Congress lawmaker Muniratna, seen to be close to the party's troubleshooter DK Shivakumar, reportedly met Congress rebel Ram Linga Reddy in Bengaluru today

01:55:01 on 14 Jul

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The central government has told the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation that it will not be able to purchase power from the private power companies unless they settle their outstanding amounts due to them. Union Power Minister RK Singh said the ministry has also written to AP, Telangana and Maharashtra to ensure timely payment to renewable power companies.

12:54:31 on 14 Jul

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Navjot Sidhu resigns from Punjab cabinet

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been involved in a tussle with his boss chief minister Amarinder Singh resigned from the state cabinet on Sunday. Sidhu made the announcement on Twitter and sent the letter to Rahul Gandhi instead of Amarinder Singh. “My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019,” he tweeted.

12:29:20 on 14 Jul

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Cong leader P. Chidambaram has alleged that the BJP’s ‘one nation, one election’ proposal is a devious means to do away with democracy, and has asked people to be wary of the ‘evil design’. Addressing the media, he said people should understand the “inner meaning” of the ‘one nation, one election’ idea and condemn it.

12:27:02 on 14 Jul

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Karnataka: BJP split on staking claim

On a day that five more rebel MLAs approached the Supreme Court, accusing Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh of sitting on their resignations and saying they were “being threatened to support the government”, deep divisions emerged within the BJP in Karnataka on the issue of staking claim to form a new government.

11:57:41 on 14 Jul

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“No other force but the Left can meet and defeat the growing right reactionary offensive in the country,” said Sitaram Yechury. Addressing a public meeting organised on Friday night to pay homage to a DYFI cadre, Ashok in Tirunelveli, the CPI (M) general secretary also declared that his party was ready to take up the challenge thrown by the rightwing consolidation.

11:18:42 on 14 Jul

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The option of quoting your Aadhaar unique identity number, in place of the permanent account number (PAN), in performing high-value transactions — buying a car or home, travelling overseas or making investments — will come with a flip side. You will be liable to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000 every time you provide the wrong number.

09:27:01 on 14 Jul

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People’s participation should be ensured to make Jal Shakthi Abhiyan-Central government’s water conservation campaign a success, said Pramod Kumar Pathak, additional secretary, Union Ministry of Ayush, here on Saturday. He is heading a ten-member Central team to run the campaign in Thanjavur district.

08:57:01 on 14 Jul

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All the four pillars of democracy are functioning freely and independently in the State, said CM Palaniswami on Saturday. Speaking at the special convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai, he said as per the Constitution, all the four pillars of democracy – judiciary, executive, legislature and the media – should function freely within their limits.

07:57:01 on 14 Jul

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MDMK leader Vaiko has moved the Madras High Court challenging the orders of a lower court sentencing him to undergo simple imprisonment for one year and imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 on alleged sedition charges. A Special Court on July 5 had convicted Vaiko for offences under Sec. 124-A (Sedition) IPC.

06:57:02 on 14 Jul

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As the political imbroglio in Karnataka continues, four more Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs are set to petition the Supreme Court against Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignations, sources said on Saturday. The five lawmakers are Anand Singh, Munirathna, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar.

05:41:50 on 13 Jul

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Ahead of a reshuffle of the state cabinet, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant dropped four ministers -- three of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and one Independent -- from his cabinet on Saturday. They would be replaced with Michael Lobo, who resigned as Deputy Speaker of Assembly earlier in the day, and three of the 10 MLAs, who switched over to the BJP from the Congress.

02:59:13 on 13 Jul

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