Daily wrap: Heavy rain alert in Odisha; Mary Kom wins gold in Indonesia

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Vehicles ply on a waterlogged street after heavy monsoon rain, in Thane. Photo: PTI

Speaker disqualifies 14 rebel MLAs, Yediyurappa says will win trust vote

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday (July 28) disqualified 14 rebel MLAs who had resigned earlier this month and brought down the HD Kumaraswamy government on July 23, but Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed confidence on proving his majority in the House on Monday (July 29). Two days back, the Speaker had disqualified 3 other MLAs. Interestingly, he has ruled that the disqualified MLAs cannot fight elections until the expiry of the term of the 15th Assembly, that is, till 2023.

Also Read: Disqualification against law, say rebel MLAs, to approach Supreme Court

Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi backs Azam Khan on ‘sexist remark’


While the Parliament decried Azam Khan’s ‘sexist comments’ against BJP MP Rama Devi in the House, the Samajwadi Party leader found former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi supporting him, but with a strange reason. Touring Nawada district of Bihar on Sunday (July 28), Manjhi said that Azam’s comments should not be misinterpreted as having “sexual overtones” and compared it to brother-sister love. The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader also added that he need not resign but accept the demand for an apology.

Former Union minister Jaipal Reddy passes away at 77

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy died at a Hyderabad hospital in the early hours of Sunday. He was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 a.m. Reddy has been a parliamentarian for several decades and held key portfolios in various governments. He was a four-term MLA, member of Lok Sabha for five terms and member of Rajya Sabha for two terms.

Also Read: Jaipal Reddy, a wordsmith detached from local roots

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy dies at 64

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday (July 28) at a hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness, officials said. He was 64. Roy, a former chief minister of the state, was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, where he was undergoing treatment for the last 10 days, his family members said.

Met forecasts heavy rainfall in Odisha; Bihar floods affect rail traffic

The India Meteorological (MeT) department on Sunday (July 28) forecast heavy downpour in Odisha during next one week in the wake of a possible low pressure following the existing cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal. Though the low pressure over North Odisha and adjoining Jharkhand has become less marked, a cyclonic circulation in the northwest of Bay of Bengal is created, it said.

Also Read: IMD issues red alert for Mumbai, disaster management on alert

Kumble-led ICC panel to discuss boundary count back rule in its next meet

The ICC’s Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will discuss issues concerning the epic World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in its next meeting, said the apex body’s general manager of cricket Geoff Allardice. Cricketers, current and former, shared New Zealand’s pain on losing the World Cup title to hosts England on boundary count back rule following an epic final at the Lords on July 14.

Mary Kom wins gold medal in style ahead of World Championships

Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom claimed the gold medal without breaking a sweat in the 23rd Presidents Cup, asserting her supremacy in a lop-sided 51 kg bout final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday (July 28). The Olympic bronze medallist pugilist decimated Australian April Franks 5-0.