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Tuesday Morning News Brief, May 15

May 15, 2018
Tuesday morning brief May 15 2018
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BJP, Congress in a close fight as per the early trends of the Karnataka Assembly election results. BJP has taken over Congress and is now leading on 85 seats. Congress is leading on 79 seats, while JD(S) has moved up to lead on 25 seats as of 9.20 am According to the latest trends, the incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah is leading in Badami constituency and is trailing in Chamundeshwari. BJP chief minister candidates B S Yeddyurappa is leading in his constituency Shikaripura. Read more
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PM Narendra Modi removed Smriti Irani from I&B ministry and assigned the charge to sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore. PM Modi temporarily assigned charge of the ministry of finance and corporate affairs to railway minister Piyush Goyal as Arun Jaitley recovers from a kidney transplant. Irani’s remit has now shrunk to the textiles ministry in what is being seen as a second setback for the young politician who had earlier lost the crucial HRD ministry. The fresh demotion comes in the wake of a string of contentious measures by the I&B ministry during her tenure.
The storms across the country killed more people since April 11 than all of last year. Since Sunday, thunderstorms claimed 94 lives across six states, taking the death toll in storms since April to 278. Fatalities in the first two weeks of May stood at 223, while 55 people died in April. Last year, storms claimed 197 lives, while the toll in 2016 was 216. According to the Met department scientists, the storms in north India in the past five weeks were unusual both in number and severity.
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At least 16 people were killed as Bengal villages went to vote for panchayat polls on Monday. The miscreants intimidated voters, snatched ballot boxes and singed ballot papers, opened fire at political rivals, hurled bombs at cops and forced poll officials to leave booths, raising questions over the State Election Commission’s decision to hold single-day poll. The SEC took cognisance of just six poll-related deaths and concluded that six others were “non-poll deaths” as they occurred more than 200 metres away from polling booths.
A batch of 20 students of IIT filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking scrapping of Section 377. The petitioners belong to different parts of the country and are well-established in their professional lives. Some of them are scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs and researchers and are of different age groups. The petition has been filed on behalf of LGBT alumni association of IITs, comprising over 350 members. Most of the petitioners, including two women and one transwoman, are recent passouts. Among the IITians, the youngest is 19-year-old and a student of IIT Delhi and the oldest graduated from IIT in 1982.
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