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  • Indian Crew Of Iran Oil Tanker 'Safe' In Gibraltar: 10 Point Update
    The foreign ministry has reached out to both Iranian and British authorities seeking the release and repatriation of the 42 Indian nationals caught in the middle of a standoff between the two countries. The UK seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, earlier this month. Weeks later, Iran responded by seizing a UK-flagged tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Both tankers had Indian crew members on board.
  • Five Facts About Priti Patel, Britain's New Interior Minister
    Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Priti Patel as interior minister, marking a political comeback for the former international development minister.
  • Karnataka's HD Kumaraswamy Government Falls; BJP Says 'Game Of Karma'
    The one-year-old coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular - teetering for weeks -- collapsed on Tuesday, paving the way for the BJP's return to power in Karnataka. The coalition failed the floor test in the assembly, cobbling up only 99 votes in comparison to the 105 votes of the BJP, which later dubbed it a "Game of Karma". The demand for trust vote came as 16 legislators resigned and two Independents withdrew support to the government within a fortnight. The trust vote, pending since Friday, was held on Tuesday evening after a back and forth between the Speaker, the coalition and the BJP -- and prodding from Governor Vajubhai Vala -- that stretched over a week.
  • Karnataka Assembly Votes On Coalition Government's Trust Motion: 10 Points
    The floor test for the HD Kumaraswamy government is about to begin at the Karnataka assembly at the end of two days of turbulence. Over the last weeks, 16 coalition legislators have resigned and two Independents withdrew support to the government and the trust vote has been pending since last week. Hours before, there was high drama in the northern part of the city as the Congress and the BJP workers came to blows. The Congress workers had tried to forcibly take away two independent lawmakers, who switched sides, to the assembly to vote for the coalition.
  • What Is RTI Amendment Bill And Why The Opposition Is Against It: 5 Points
    The Lok Sabha today passed a bill to amend the Right To Information (RTI) Act amid allegations from opposition parties that it was being diluted. The opposition -- which wants the amendment bill sent to a select committee for further scrutiny -- plans to stall it in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling BJP still lacks the numbers required. The move was also opposed by social activists, who descended on the streets of New Delhi to protest what they termed was a blatant attempt to allow the government to operate without accountability or transparency.
  • Karnataka Assembly Drama Drags On, Speaker Says Trust Vote By 6 pm Today
    The Karnataka assembly was adjourned close to midnight on Monday, with Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar giving a fresh deadline for the trust vote -- 6 pm on Tuesday. "I do not want this 11 pm thing again. Everyone has health conditions," the Speaker said at the end of a turbulent day. The house witnessed chaos as the Speaker turned down Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's request for more time before the floor test and the BJP insisted on sitting till midnight if need be. The coalition has been asked to prove majority after its 16 lawmakers resigned and two independents withdrew support. The BJP has accused the Chief Minister of delaying the trust vote in hopes of reprieve from the Supreme Court.
  • Not Clinging To Power, Says HD Kumaraswamy Ahead Of Trust Vote: 10 Points
    Capping weeks of uncertainty, the fate of the fragile Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka could be decided today with a trust vote in the assembly. While Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy appealed to the rebels to return and "expose" the BJP, the defiant legislators ruled out attending the session. Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that today "will be the last day of the Kumaraswamy government" and said the Chief Minister was just trying to buy time. The coalition received some minor relief when Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati directed her party's lone legislator in Karnataka N Mahesh to vote in favour of the trust motion.
  • No Karnataka Trust Vote Till Monday, Speaker Adjourns Assembly: 10 Points
    Karnataka's Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition won a two-day breather as the assembly was adjourned despite Governor Vajubhai Vala asking for a trust vote on Friday, hours after the government ignored his previous deadline of 1:30 pm. "Kindly prove your majority by the end of today (Friday)," Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote in his second letter since Thursday to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The chief minister said: "The second love letter has hurt me." But Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar called it a day after marathon speeches by coalition leaders and despite the BJP's BS Yeddyurappa saying his lawmakers would wait for a vote even if speeches went on till midnight.
  • "Lost Majority": Governor's Deadline To Karnataka Coalition For Trust Vote
    The ruling coalition in Karnataka, in danger of collapsing after multiple resignations, has been asked to prove majority on the floor of the house by 1:30 pm today, the Governor has written to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. "Prima facie you have lost majority", Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter reads. The governor, on a request from a BJP delegation, had urged the Speaker to consider a trust vote by the end of the day but the Speaker adjourned the assembly till today despite the BJP insisting on a vote yesterday evening. In protest, the BJP has decided that its lawmakers will spend the night in the assembly.
  • Consider Trust Vote This Evening, Karnataka Governor Tells Speaker: 10 Updates
    The Karnataka Governor has asked the Speaker to consider holding a trust vote of chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's government by the end of the day, after a delegation of BJP lawmakers met him this evening, alleging the ruling Congress-JDS coalition was delaying the vote of confidence. The chief minister, moving a motion for a trust vote today, had said his government had faced many hurdles but he was confident of winning the test of strength. The coalition government is on the verge of collapse after the resignation of 16 legislators and two independents pulling their support earlier this month. A prominent Congress rebel, Ramalinga Reddy, was present in the house, indicating that he was back in the fold, but it doesn't make any difference to the coalition's precarious position.
  • Pak Must Review Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death Sentence, Says World Court ICJ: 10 Points
    Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday in a big win for India. Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence "should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence," said the UN court, agreeing with India's stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a "farcical" closed trial. "Truth and justice have prevailed. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav: 5 Facts On The Indian On Death Row In Pakistan
    Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday in a big win for India. Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence "should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence," said the UN court, agreeing with India's stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a "farcical" closed trial. "Truth and justice have prevailed. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
  • Timeline Of Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: World Court (ICJ) Verdict Today
    India's appeal against the death sentence handed to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan will be decided at 6.30 pm IST by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands. Mr Jadhav, 49, had been arrested on charges of espionage and terrorism. The sentence was delivered after what India labelled a "farcical trial". India has claimed his confession was extracted under duress and has asked the court to order Pakistan to annul the sentence and allow consular access.
  • World Court Decision Soon On Kulbhushan Jadhav, On Death Row In Pakistan: 10 Points
    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: India's appeal against former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence in Pakistan on charges of "espionage and terrorism" will be decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) shortly. India has challenged the "farcical trial" that Kulbhushan Jadhav was put through on the basis of what it claims was an extracted confession, and has asked the world court to order Pakistan to annul the sentence and allow India consular access. The verdict will be read out at a public sitting of the United Nations court at 6:30 pm IST in The Hague.
  • 43 Lakh Affected, 95% Of Kaziranga Park Flooded In Assam: 10 Points
    The Assam government on Monday issued a red alert as the flood situation turned extremely critical, displacing tens of thousands and cutting off entire portions of the state. As many as 4,157 villages across 30 districts of the northeastern state, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar, were submerged as the rain continued unabated. The number of dead also increased to 15, with four people losing their lives on Monday.

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