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May 29, 2018, 02:41 AM

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The Tamil Nadu government ordered to seal Vedanta group's copper plant in Thoothukudi, or Tuticorin, and close it down "permanently" following last week's violent protests during which 13 people were killed in police firing.

FIRs have also been lodged by Tamil Nadu Police against tehsildars Shekar and Kannan, who allegedly gave the orders to open fire at the mob of protesters on May 22 and May 23. A copy of the FIR reveals that the tehsildars, acting as executive magistrates, issued the orders when the mob turned violent and the situation went out of control. Read the exclusive report here.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met Prime Minister Narendra on Monday, the same day as Congress President Rahul Gandhi went abroad with Sonia Gandhi. This was Kumaraswamy's first meeting with PM Modi since he took oath as the Karnataka CM after forming the government in alliance with the Congress on May 23. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the CM announced that he is committed to waive farm loans or else he will retire from politics, and asked people not to fall prey to the "BJP's conspiracy" as he locked horns with BS Yeddyurappa.

Opposition parties and the ruling BJP on Monday moved the Election Commission claiming "hundreds" of EVMs and paper trail machines deployed for Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly bypolls developed snags and were not replaced for hours. However, the EC called the reports of ‘large scale’ EVM failures as an "exaggerated projection of reality" and said adequate number of reserve machines are provided for any eventuality.

JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda said on Monday he had offered to support a Congress-led government in Karnataka after the fractured verdict in the Assembly polls but the latter insisted on H D Kumaraswamy becoming the chief minister. Gowda said during his hour-long discussion with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot, he was told that the decision to back his son Kumaraswamy for the post of the chief minister was taken by the Congress high- command.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached out to Iran on Monday, saying India abides by only United Nations sanctions and not those imposed by individual countries, in an apparent rebuff to the United States. US President Donald Trump had earlier this month ruffled feathers with his announcement to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered sanctions to be reimposed on Iran. However, Swaraj said that India’s position on Iran will remain independent of any other country’s decision.

An alleged arms training camp held by Bajrang Dal earlier this month in Rajgarh town of Madhya Pradesh has given the Congress Party fresh salvo to attack the state government. A part of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal had allegedly organised a secret camp in Rajgarh’s Bawara from May 3 to 1. Members of the organisation were given training in arms and other weapons to apparently ‘protect Hindus’.

As surge in petrol and diesel prices continued for the 15th day, the government is now looking at a "holistic strategy" to find "long-term solution" to spike in petrol and diesel prices triggered by a spurt in international rates, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.

For the last fourteen months, a bizarre reason is holding up the finalisation for the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) - the guidebook to appoint judges in the Supreme Court and high courts. While the central government claims the MoP is pending at the end of the Chief Justice of India and the Collegium, the latter believes it has nothing more to do after having sent its finalised proposal on March 13, 2017. Read the full report to find out more about the impasse.

The polling for four Lok Sabha bypolls and 10 Assembly bypolls were conducted across 10 states on May 28. But the one garnering the most attention was Western UP’s Kairana. The bypoll here was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MP Hukum Singh in February. A...