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Three reasons why Siddaramaiah is not letting Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy rule in peace

Siddaramaiah recent remarks that he will be CM one day has once again rattled the shaky JD(S)-Congress coalition. Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah appears to be suffering from the three-month itch. Over the past two days, Siddaramaiah — who had announced that the May 2018 assembly elections were his last — has only added to speculation that the shaky JD(S)-Congress coalition may not last its term, while making it clear that he is not content at just being the chairman of the coalition government’s coordination committee.   On Friday, speaking in Hassan district, he declared that he was ready to become chief minister again. “I will become the CM again. I am well aware that there were many who had ganged up against me after the 2018 assembly polls and I could not take the post. But we all know that politics is not stagnant, there will be wins and losses....
Ex-chief minister of Karnataka

Siddaramaiah says BJP has no right to demand separate statehood for North Karnataka

The ex-chief minister highlighted his release of funds for various development schemes during his tenure, blaming BJP for 'zero' progress done. 
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Elections are history but Karnataka is still divided over Kannada vs English in schools

The move to introduce 1,000 English-medium schools faces some local anger, causing confusion in language-sensitive Karnataka.
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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...
Modi

How rumour sparked mob lynching and Modi’s ‘failed promise’ to curb black money

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Kumaraswamy strikes conciliatory note, reaches out to Congress on budget, welfare schemes

Karnataka CM dismisses reports of rift in JD(S)-Congress coalition after Siddaramaiah videos emerge, tells ThePrint govt will complete full term.

Illustrating the Emergency: The darkest time-line in modern Indian history

Imposed by Indira Gandhi’s government, the Emergency lasted for 21 months, one of the darkest periods in Indian history.
Indira Gandhi with supporters in the Congress

How Indira Gandhi gifted Indian Democracy a new generation of political talent by jailing it

In trying to destroy all opposition, Indira Gandhi actually created a credible, pan-national, pan-ideological cadre of new leaders whose talent and charm her legatees failed to counter.
H.D. Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Congress leaders to hold cabinet expansion talks in Delhi today

Parameshwara, Siddaramaiah and Shivakumar, who will meet Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, are expected to discuss the contours of a common minimum programme for their coalition with the JD(S).

BJP has still not given up in Karnataka despite not having numbers, is working on Plan B

Party hopes to ensure that the Kumaraswamy government does not have the numbers in its first budget session; banks on differences between Congress, JD(S) leaders.

On Camera

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How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
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Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

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Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.