Morning digest: Australia vs India second Test in Perth, pronouncement of judgment in Rafale case today and more

A general view of the Perth Stadium ahead of the second cricket Test match bwteen Australia and India, on December 13, 2018.

A general view of the Perth Stadium ahead of the second cricket Test match bwteen Australia and India, on December 13, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AFP

A select list of stories to read before you start your day.

Kamal Nath to take charge in Madhya Pradesh

The Congress on Thursday announced that nine-term Member of Parliament from Chhindwara, 72-year-old Kamal Nath, will be the next Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh. The announcement on who will lead the government in Rajasthan will be made in Jaipur on Friday.

Supreme Court to pronounce judgment in Rafale case on December 14

A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Friday will pronounce the Supreme Court's judgment on a batch of petitions seeking an independent court-monitored investigation into the government's deal for procuring 36 Rafale fighter jets.

Live: Australia vs India second Test scorecard

A gargantuan black forest cake with a vanilla topping, that’s the first impression that springs to mind when the Optus Stadium looms ahead while the taxi ferrying cricket writers draws close to the venue. The outer wall is a melange of chocolate brown shades interspersed with streaks of glass and the roof sports a creamy white hue. Perth’s latest cricketing venue, the ultra-modern successor to the more traditional WACA, is set for its maiden five-day match when India and Australia clash in the second Test here from Friday.

Amit Shah charts out punishing agenda for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

BJP president Amit Shah exhorted party office-bearers to have “single-minded focus on the 2019 polls”, terming the party’s loss in the Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, as “not a defeat of the BJP” despite the Congress having won. Mr. Shah made these remarks at the conclusion of his marathon eight-hour review meet with central office-bearers and State organisational secretaries held in New Delhi.

Cinema quiz: Senthil and Goundamani

Actors Senthil and Goundamani have been an indispensable part of Tamil cinema for decades, often referred to as India's Laurel and Hardy. How well do you do this iconic duo? Take our quiz to find out. As Goundamani would say, start meesic!

Come June, industries must pay for using groundwater

In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a water conservation fee (WCF) that industries will need to pay on groundwater extraction starting from June. As per the notification, industries extracting groundwater including mining-dewatering units and those that use groundwater for packaged drinking water would also need to apply for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the government. Individual households that draw groundwater using a delivery pipe of a greater than 1” diameter, too, would need to pay a WCF.

Bankers ask Das to ease PCA norms

Chief executives of public sector banks, who met the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday, requested the central bank to relax the prompt corrective action (PCA) norms on the ground that it was hurting credit off-take. A crucial meeting of the RBI central board is scheduled on Friday.

Opinion | Is it time to abolish the death penalty?

As a punishment, the death penalty makes no sense: how does killing a person who has killed a person show that killing is wrong? Most of the civilised world has abolished it. India certainly does not need it as it serves no purpose.

Time after time: on TRS victory

In continuing with its politics of regional identity, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi won a second term in office in India’s newest State, pushing the national party, the Congress, to a distant second.

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