News18 Daybreak | Kerala Floods, NDA Wins Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Poll and Other Stories You May Have Missed

Aug 10, 2018, 03:39 AM

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New player: NDA candidate and JD(U) member Harivansh was on Thursday elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating opposition's B K Hariprasad. Harivansh, one of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s closest aides, has been a Rajya Sabha member from JDU since 2014.

Winning tactics: In supporting Nitish Kumar’s nominee for the post, BJP has sought to assuage smaller alliance partners who have worked in the coalition under the brute majority of the leading partner. All other the coalition governments in the last three decades have been dependent on smaller partners. But not the incumbent one. The fact that Congress ended up putting up its own candidate exposes how it lost the plot. It not only come looking out poor in comparison to the BJP’s astute game, but it was made to look like a fool by its allies and other opposition parties.

Not friends: AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said his party will not join the proposed opposition alliance against the BJP for the 2019 general elections. He said the parties who are joining the proposed alliance have had no role in the country's development. "The AAP will not be a part of any alliance in 2019," Kejriwal told reporters in Rohtak.

Deadly floods: Heavy rains pounding Kerala triggered a series of landslides in the hilly Idukki district and northern parts, killing 26 people since Wednesday night with chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday describing the situation as 'very grim'.

Cold criminal: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case, has sought the medical report of main accused Brajesh Thakur, who is currently resting in a rather comfortable hospital ward of Khudi Ram Bose central jail. Thakur had spent only five days in the ward allotted for him ever since he was arrested on June 3. He had complained of severe back pain only three days after being sent behind the bars but visuals of him smiling while being produced before a magistrate just after the arrest had led to severe criticism of the authorities.

Militant trend: On July 27, a special police officer (SPO) Mudasir Ahmad Lone was repairing his motorcycle when three militants appeared in his courtyard. Within minutes, he was abducted before being killed. A trend of abductions and killings of off-duty security personnel had started emerging in March last year. Militants crossed a line that had never been breached before. Gun-battles and revenge killings were for the first time brought inside the homes of security force personnel.

Watering down: The Muslim Women Protection of Rights Bill 2018, colloquially known as the Triple Talaq Bill, will now have a clause that would ensure Muslim husbands have a right to approach the court seeking bail after being arrested on charges of instantaneous talaq.****

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