Friday morning news brief, May 18

Friday morning brief May 18 2018
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BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as Karnataka CM yesterday, will have to present letters of support in the SC today. The Supreme Court judges will focus on the two letters BS Yeddyurappa wrote to governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday and Wednesday to insist that he be invited first to form the government despite Congress-JD(S) claiming the support of 11 MLAs more than BJP. Yeddyurappa said he is confident that Congress MLAs lodged in a resort will vote with the government. Read
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A group of 130 US lawmakers urged the Trump administration to continue granting work permit to H-1B spouses. The Trump administration is planning to end the Obama-era rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the US, a move that could have a devastating impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits. The letter by the lawmakers comes weeks ahead of the Trump administration’s formal move to rescind the rule granting these spouses work authorisation in June.
Fearing another Goa, Congress drafted Supreme Court plea for largest party to be invited first. Before the election results were even declared, a tentative draft petition had been prepared on the basis of Congress’s hunch that it would emerge as the single largest party and could face a situation akin to Goa, where BJP had quickly outsmarted Congress, the single-largest party, to cobble a post-poll coalition and steal a march to form the government.
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PM Narendra Modi may discuss bilateral issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an informal summit in Sochi. While officials had earlier said no bilateral issues would be discussed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, it appears that bilateral issues may well make an appearance on the agenda. The Modi-Putin summit is expected to raise several issues including Russia’s new-found relationship with Pakistan and its flirtations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
India must embrace day-night Tests and shed its apprehensions about pink ball matches, spinner Harbhajan Singh suggested. “I don’t know why they don’t want to play day-night Test matches. It’s an interesting format and we should try it. I am all for it,” Harbhajan Singh said on Thursday. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has backed the Indian team’s demands of not playing pink ball cricket for next 18 months.
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