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A Congress rebellion in JD(S) bastion, featuring ‘Rebel Star’ Ambareesh’s wife Sumalatha

Karnataka’s Mandya is witnessing a battle between the allies, as JD(S) has put up CM Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil, but local Congress is supporting Sumalatha.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

JD(S)-Congress faultline surfaces again as Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy threatens to quit

H.D. Kumaraswamy's threat comes a day after a ruling Congress MLA demanded their leader Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister again
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Why India’s new Israel ambassador is the talk of the town

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Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy expands his cabinet with 8 new ministers

H.D. Kumaraswamy dropped two of his minister and brought on eight others in a rejig to his cabinet six months into his tenure
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UP BJP boasts that Yogi Adityanath is next only to Amit Shah

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NRC draft excludes 40 lakh people, and Hema Malini thinks she can be CM

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint. The selected cartoons appeared first in other publications, either in print or online, or on social media, and are credited appropriately. Nobody panics, please The two houses of Parliament witnessed an uproar following the release of the second draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens Monday which excludes around 40 lakh people. Union Minister Rajnath Singh, while addressing the Lok Sabha said that there's no need to panic since this is just a draft. Satish Acharya illustrates the home minister asking residents of Assam to remain calm while their homes are being uprooted because their names don't appear in the draft NRC report. Hema Malini for chief minister The politician-actor recently said that she can be a chief minister if she wants to but she would rather be free in order to pursue her interests. Cartoonist Satish Acharya revives her character of Basanti...
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Would have had ‘intellectuals, secular thinkers’ shot dead if I was home minister: BJP MLA 

Basanagouda Patil Yatnal is known for making such controversial remarks. He had earlier said Muslims in his constituency should not be helped.
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Karnataka announces Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver, national tally crosses Rs 1.9 trillion

The H.D. Kumaraswamy government joins a list of seven states that have announced farm loan waivers since 2014.
Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi. Kejriwal and AAP are setting a terrible precedent.

Arvind Kejriwal to meet L-G today and Umar Khalid’s expulsion upheld

Front Page Delhi CM Kejriwal to meet L-G Baijal today: After the Supreme Court upheld the powers of the Delhi government, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet lieutenant governor Anil Baijal today. Meanwhile, the relationship between the AAP dispensation and bureaucrats strained further Thursday as the former "warned officers of 'serious consequences' if they did not comply with the city government's directive on transfers and postings", reports Business Standard. Kumaraswamy waives farm loans: Karnataka CM H.D. Kumaraswamy honoured his party’s poll promise by announcing a waiver of crop loans to the tune of Rs 34,000 crore in the coalition government’s maiden budget presented Thursday, reports The Hindu. However, to fund the waiver scheme, people would need to brace for dearer petrol, diesel, electricity, liquor, and motor vehicles. JNU panel upholds punishment for Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar: A high-level JNU inquiry committee has upheld the expulsion of Umar Khalid and imposed a fine of Rs...
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Kumaraswamy uses budget to get his numbers right with Congress & Siddaramaiah

Promising to continue Congress’s schemes, Kumaraswamy seems to be bending over backwards to keep predecessors happy. Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy appears to be bending over backwards to keep his predecessor Siddaramaiah and the Congress party in good humour for the smooth running of the Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress coalition government. After presenting his full-fledged budget in the state assembly Thursday, Kumaraswamy went to the extent of calling “Siddaramaiah’s budget is my budget” to douse the latest controversy over allocations. In response to criticism by some Congress legislators that there was no mention or allocation for the needs of the minority communities, Kumaraswamy said he would like to continue the programmes announced by Siddaramaiah in his February 16 budget. “The allocations made in the previous budget stands and my government will only aim at continuing the same,” he said. He also maintained that he will continue Congress’s flagship welfare programmes such as the...

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
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Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.