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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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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.
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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...
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Why the idea of a national ‘mahagathbandhan’ may be just wishful thinking

Several unanswered questions remain as the Congress-JD(S) coalition government takes oath, including whether the grand old party is ready to play second fiddle at the national stage.

Plugged-In: JD(S), Congress thrash out Karnataka pact & 7 cops killed by Maoists

Front Page The aftermath of the Karnataka elections continues to unfold. The CM candidate of the JD(S)-Congress coalition, H.D. Kumaraswamy, says he will prove his majority within 24 hours of taking oath Wednesday. Congress heavyweight D.K. Shivakumar, who was most vocal against the alliance, told The Indian Express in an interview that “both parties would work together to keep the BJP at bay", and that he “swallowed some bitterness” to unite with the JD(S). Behind the scenes, the two parties have started hard bargaining on portfolios and power distribution, Hindustan Times reports. Kumaraswamy is to visit New Delhi Monday to hold consultations with the Congress high command, The Hindu adds. Not only that, Karnataka may have not one, but two deputy chief ministers in a bid to strike a balance between the two parties, NDTV reports. Seven policemen were killed as Maoists allegedly targeted their vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED)...

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The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

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Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
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Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.