Wednesday Evening News Brief. May 23

Wednesday evening brief May 23 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Opposition might was on full display as JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy took oath as the chief minister of Karnataka today. The ceremony, in which Congress leader G Parameshwara also took oath as the deputy CM, was attended by a galaxy of leaders including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, her Andhra and Kerala counterparts N Chandrababu Naidu and Pinarayi Vijayan. Read
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South African batsman AB de Villiers has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. “After 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over,” de Villiers said in a video posted on Twitter. “I have had my turn and to be honest I am tired. This is a tough decision. I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket,” he said.
One more protester was killed in police action today as anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin entered the second day. Enraged over the killing of 10 people yesterday, protesters took to streets and showered stones and brickbats at police, prompting security personnel to open fire at Anna Nagar. Locals have been agitating for over 100 days now demanding closure of the Vedanta group copper plant over pollution concerns.
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Over 76,000 J&K villagers have abandoned their homes in the wake of heavy shelling by Pakistani troops over the past several days. The life in the border belt along the International Border (IB) has come to a standstill as farming, schooling, cattle rearing and everything else on which border dwellers survive have come to a halt due to shelling episodes. The situation got worse yesterday as shells hit most of the hamlets and damaged several houses resulting in injuries to 23 people.
The Congress party is facing a financial crisis that could undermine its ability to wrest power from the BJP in 2019. For the past five months, the Congress leadership has stopped sending the funds required to run its offices in various states, party officials with knowledge of the matter said. To overcome the crisis, Congress has urged members to step up contributions and asked officials to cut expenses, they added.
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