Daily wrap: TN MPs take oath in Tamil; Nitish wants docs round the clock

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi visit children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) at a hospital in Muzaffarpur district, Tuesday. Photo: PTI

West Bengal MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tipped to be Cong leader in LS

Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is tipped to be the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, top sources in the grand old party said on Tuesday (June 18). Chowdhury’s name has been cleared by the top party leadership, the sources said, but the party did not confirm it officially. When asked, Chowdhury said the issue of who would lead the Congress in the Lower House of Parliament was not discussed at a meeting of party leaders at Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

MPs from Tamil Nadu take oath in Tamil

On June 18, when the newly-elected Members of Parliament (MP) from Tamil Nadu took oath in Tamil and finished the same by praising their ideologues and their mother tongue, their assertion was met with counter-sloganeering by the BJP MPs. The legislators of the treasury benches countered their Dravidian counterparts with slogans such as ” Jai Shri Ram” and Bharat Mata Ki Jai.” This incensed the Tamil MPs and the anger of DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran was clearly visible when he raised the slogan ‘Tamil Vaazhga, Vaazhga Kalaignar, Vaazhga Periyar’ (Long live Tamil, long live Kalaignar and Periyar).

Encephalitis outbreak: Nitish directs 24-hour availability of doctors

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday (June 18) directed health officials to ensure 24-hour availability of doctors at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, where around 89 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) over the past few weeks. The chief minister visited the hospital on Tuesday to take stock of the situation, two days after union health minister Harsh Vardhan’s visit. Meanwhile, locals staged a protest outside the hospital against the chief minister’s visit after the toll crossed the three-digit mark.

Despite onset of monsoon, dry spell continues in Karnataka

The onset of Monsoon, though delayed, has hit the Karnataka coast on June 14. However, it entered a prolonged lull phase sending worrying signals to farmers awaited Kharif sowing. The state, however, had a 30 per cent deficit in its share of rainfall received from the southwest monsoon. The coastal areas, which receives rainfall first in the state, witnessed 47 per cent deficit rains between June 1 and June 17. Rains in Malnad region, which is crucial for the Cauvery’s catchment, recorded a deficit of 38% for the same period.

Nalini can argue through video conferencing: Govt tells HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (June 18) asked the prison authorities to get a reply from S Nalini, one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case whether she is willing to argue the case filed by her seeking ordinary leave for six months, through video conferencing. A month ago, Nalini filed a habeas corpus petition urging the court to order the prison authorities to produce her before the court to argue the case seeking ordinary leave for six months to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage, who is now in London.

One nation, one election sounds attractive but not possible: Former CEC

Former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy on Tuesday (June 18) said the one nation one election idea is very attractive but cannot be put into practice without a Constitutional amendment providing for fixed tenure for legislatures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited heads of all political parties which have at least one MP either in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting on Wednesday (June 19) to discuss the “one nation, one election” and some other important matters.

Indian-American IT professional kills self, kin shot dead: US police

An Indian-American IT professional committed suicide by shooting himself while his wife and two minor sons were shot dead inside their home in the US State of Iowa, police said after authorities conducted autopsies to unravel the mysterious death of all four members of the family. The West Des Moines Police Department, which is probing the case, came to this conclusion after forensic autopsies were conducted on Sunday. The family of four, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, was found dead under mysterious circumstances with gunshot wounds.

World Cup matches dull and dreary: Are players suffering burnt out syndrome?

In the middle overs of the recent India-Pakistan encounter, while Virat Kohli & Co were piling on the runs, the cameras zoomed in on the mug of the Pakistani captain, the affable and pleasantly portly Sarfaraz Ahmed. Bang in the middle of the most-awaited contest of the world cup, standing right behind the stumps, Ahmed’s let his jaw drop a bit, eyes shut down for a brief moment to give us the defining expression of this edition of the marquee event—a big, fat yawn. Yawn, that’s what the world cup has been all about this year. A sleep-inducing spectacle where the only bit of excitement is about the weather. And the only question keeping us all awake has been: howzat, sir, is it going to rain?

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