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Tuesday morning news brief, May 22

May 22, 2018
Tuesday morning brief May 22 2018
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Congress will get the posts of the Speaker and a deputy chief minister in Karnataka assembly. HD Kumaraswamy met Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi last evening. The visit was a courtesy call to invite them for the swearing-in. State Congress chief and Dalit leader G Parameshwara is the frontrunner for the deputy CM’s post. While there is a demand for a second deputy CM, with the Veershaiva-Lingayat community M B Patil being seen as the top claimant, sources said it was likely to be left for later. Read more
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The archbishop of Delhi, yesterday in a statement, had said that the ‘secular fabric of the country is under threat’. The archbishop&rsquo;s secretary, Father Rodrigues, however, said that the call for prayer for peace and free and fair elections happens before every election. It happened in 2014 and before that too but this time, a political colour is being deliberately given to the <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/secular-fabric-under-threat-lets-pray-for-india-archbishop/articleshow/64263864.cms”>whole exercise</a> by some people. On the reference to &ldquo;turbulent political atmosphere,&rdquo; the Archbishop&rsquo;s office clarified that the current situation was indeed a cause for concern but &ldquo;in no way were they referring to any particular regime or party.&rdquo;<br />
Nipah virus has claimed ten lives in Kerala till now. On Sunday, the toll had risen to nine with the death of six more persons who had shown symptoms of the disease. With the death of Lini, a nurse who was taking care of patients affected by the Nipah virus, the toll increased to ten. The Kerala health department said that the extent of the spread of the disease has not been ascertained as the virus has an incubation period of four to 18 days.
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A dalit ragpicker was beaten to death in Rajkot over suspicion of theft. A video of the incident &mdash; purportedly showing two persons taking turns to<a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dalit-beaten-to-death-in-rajkot-5-held-after-video-goes-viral/articleshow/64264429.cms”> beat Mukesh Vaniya</a>, a ragpicker, with a stick while another person holds him by a rope tied to his waist &mdash; went viral on social media after which five persons were held. While the police said that the accused suspected Vaniya and his family to be thieves, Vaniya&rsquo;s wife Jaya alleged that the accused had first inquired about their caste, hurled casteist abuses, and then began thrashing them when they refused to clean up filth near their factory.<br />
The US gunman who killed an Indian techie in a Kansas bar pleads guilty to federal charges. The shooter, Adam Purinton, had already pleaded guilty to state charges for murder and attempted murder earlier this month. In February 2017, Purinton had approached Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani at a bar, demanding to know where they were from, calling one a terrorist and shouting, “Get out of my country!” Two other patrons escorted him out of the bar. He had returned about a half-hour later and fired his semi-automatic pistol at the two men. As he ran out, he shot another patron, Ian Grillot, who had chased him.
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