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  • Nipah Virus Outbreak Linked To A Kerala Well With "Many Bats"
    A rare virus spread by fruit bats, which can cause flu-like symptoms and brain damage, has killed 10 people in Kerala; at least nine more are being treated and nearly 90 have been quarantined.
  • Police Firing In Sterlite Protests Kills 11, Rahul Gandhi Says "Murder": 10 Points
    At least 11 people died in police firing in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday after thousands of people, demanding permanent closure of a copper smelting plant in the port city of Tuticorin, went on a rampage. People have been protesting against the Sterlite plant for more than three months, blaming it for polluting groundwater. The protests intensified after reports that the group was seeking licence for expansion as the initial 25-year licence comes to an end. Pummeled by the opposition for the deaths, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami later ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence and police firing. He also appealed for calm and promised to take necessary action in line with the wishes of the people.
  • Congress Gets Deputy Chief Minister, Lion's Share In Karnataka Ministries
    Karnataka will have its second chief minister in a week as Janata Dal Secular chief HD Kumaraswamy will take oath today along with his deputy, Congress' G Parameshwara. There was no word on whether there would be a second deputy for Mr Kumaraswamy - a Congress plan on which the two parties did not appear to be on the same page.
  • With Leaders of 12 Parties, Kumaraswamy Turns Oath Into Opposition Meet
    More than a dozen opposition leaders will be attending the oath ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy, who takes over as the Karnataka Chief Minister tomorrow, pending a floor test. The mega gathering is seen as a show of strength by the opposition, which is yet to put forth a cohesive effort to stitch up a united front to take on the BJP in next year's general elections.
  • 9 Dead As Police Fire During Anti-Sterlite Protest In Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin
    Nine people were killed as police opened fire on protesters who went on a rampage today demanding closure of a copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's port city of Tuticorin, prompting the ruling AIADMK government to issue appeals for calm and a promise to take legal action against the plant.
  • Protest Demanding Closure Of Sterlite Plant Turns Violent In Tamil Nadu, 20 Injured
    The months-long protest demanding closure of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper unit here took a violent turn today with agitators pelting stones and toppling police vehicles after they were prevented from marching towards the plant.
  • Facing Arrest For 'Hate Post' On Women, BJP Leader Gets Relief From Court
    Actor-playwright and BJP leader Sve Shekher Venkataraman, who forwarded a misogynistic post about woman journalists, got some relief from the Supreme Court today.
  • 10 Nipah Deaths In Kerala, Family Is Epicentre Of Outbreak: 10 Points
    Ten deaths have been confirmed in Kerala from the Nipah virus and two persons are critical, the state government said on Tuesday. The infection is believed to have started with a family in Kozhikode, in which two brothers and another woman have died. Officials say around 94 people have been quarantined inside their homes. Some nine people are under surveillance in hospitals. No new case has been reported in the last 24 hours, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja. Of 18 samples tested for the virus, 12 were found positive.
  • Kerala Nurse Died After Treating Nipah Patient, Left Heartbreaking Note
    "I am almost on my way, take care of our children..." a young nurse in Kerala scribbled in a note for her husband, in a hospital isolation unit for victims of the deadly new Nipah virus. Lini Puthussery, 31, couldn't see her family one last time. She was cremated quickly on Monday so the infection wouldn't spread. Lini had two little children, aged seven and two. She was in the team that treated the first victim of the virus at Perambara hospital in Kozhikode.
  • At Tirumala Tirupati, A Pink Diamond Mystery, A Sacked Priest, Politics
    The iconic Tirumala Tirupati temple of Andhra Pradesh, one of the wealthiest religious bodies in India, is caught in allegations of theft and politics. The recently removed chief priest of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Ramana Deekshitulu, has alleged that a precious pink diamond that was part of a platinum necklace of Lord Balaji, the temple's deity, is missing and suspects it was the same piece of jewellery that was auctioned recently in Geneva for Rs 500 crore
  • After Karnataka Mess, Ex-Poll Panel Chief Suggests Solutions For Future
    Imposition of President's Rule would have been the right thing to do in Karnataka, where assembly elections resulted in a hung verdict with no party getting absolute majority to form the government, former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy said. He also suggested other options that India can explore to ensure a simpler, cleaner and more transparent election process.
  • Karnataka Government Highlights: G Parameshwara To Be Deputy Chief Minister, Kumaraswamy To Take Oath Tomorrow
    Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as chief minister tomorrow. He said this evening that G Parameshwara of the Congress will be the Deputy Chief Minister. Mr Kumaraswamy's swearing-in ceremony is likely to showcase opposition unity against the BJP, with a number of leaders from regional and national parties confirming their attendance for the event.
  • Arvind Kejriwal To Attend Kumaraswamy's Oath Taking Ceremony In Karnataka
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister of Karnataka, according to a Delhi government official.
  • Yeddyurappa Alleges Poll Violations In Karnataka, Writes To Election Body
    A day after cases of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were found abandoned in a shed in Vijayapur district of Karnataka, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has written to the election commission, alleging "grave irregularities" in the recently conducted assembly elections.
  • "Let The Past Be History," Congress Said To HD Kumaraswamy At Meet
    Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have said the party was ready to forget the past in favour of a forward-looking alliance with HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular. After a meeting between Mr Kumaraswamy and Congress's Rahul and Sonia Gandhi on Monday evening, the Congress indicated that the two sides have discussed a broader alliance that's beyond "power sharing in Karnataka" ahead of next year's general elections.

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