PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth enter Japan Open quarters; Prannoy loses
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth moved into the quarterfinals of Japan Open badminton tournament after registering contrasting wins, but it was curtains for HS Prannoy here on Thursday (July 25). While fifth seed Sindhu had to toil hard in an hour-long battle to get the better of unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori (11-21 21-10 21-13) in a second round womens singles match, Praneeth sailed past another local shuttler, Kanta Tsuneyama, (21-13 21-16) in a mens singles encounter that lasted 45 minutes.
Karnataka BJP leaders meet Amit Shah to discuss government formation
A group of Karnataka BJP leaders met party president Amit Shah on Thursday (July 25) as the party weighed its options following the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state. The state BJP led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is keen to stake claim to form the next government but is waiting for the central leaderships nod for its next move. Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappas son Vijayendra, met Shah as they discussed the development in the state and explored the options ahead for the party.
Rajiv Gandhi killer Nalini steps out of jail alone, walks into empty street
Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, walked out of the Vellore special prison for women on Thursday on a month’s leave for her daughter Harithra’s wedding arrangements. As she stepped out of prison in an orange and red silk saree, surrounded by policewomen. There was no one to receiver her. Nalini’s daughter, who studies medicine in the United Kingdom, is expected to join her only if Murugan and Nalini wants her to return to Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka speaker disqualifies 3 MLAs, to decide on 14 others soon
He said he was convinced that the resignations by the three members were not voluntary and genuine and he had therefore rejected them and proceeded to disqualify them under the anti-defection law. “They have violated the provisions of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (anti-defection law) and therefore are disqualified,” he said. The speakers announcement came two days after the Congress-JDS coaltion government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed as it lost the trust vote in the assembly in the backdrop of the rebellion by a section of their MLAs. Also read: Karnataka BJP leaders meet Amit Shah to discuss government formation
Big win for BJP, RTI Bill passed in Parliament, LS clears triple talaq bill
The Narendra Modi government got a double whammy on Thursday, with the Parliament approving RTI Act and Lok Sabha passing the Triple Talaq bill, after a walkout by Congress and opposition leaders despite their vociferous criticism. The Rajya Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, days after it was passed in Lok Sabha. The bill replaces earlier provisions with regard to tenure and salary of Information Commissioners at the Centre and the state.
Johnson bets on Indian-origin leaders for key posts in UK cabinet
The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has three people of Indian-origin in key Cabinet posts. Other than Priti Patel, who is the first Indian-origin home secretary of UK, the cabinet has Johnson’s fellow Brexiteers Alok Sharma and Rishi Sunak. According to reports, Johnson is of the view that his team should reflect ‘modern Britain’. In pursuance of this objective, he aims to have a record number of coloured people in his team. He is also expected to appoint more women as cabinet ministers besides boosting the representation of ethnic minorities. Out of 31 positions in Johnson’s cabinet – including those who are not full members – eight have gone to women.