Morning digest: Cabinet formation in MP getting tricky, row over bridge’s name in Assam, and more

A view of the Bogibeel bridge in Assam.

A view of the Bogibeel bridge in Assam.  

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Cabinet formation getting tricky in Madhya Pradesh

The Cabinet formation in Madhya Pradesh will be a tightrope walk for the Congress.

Several ministerial aspirants from different camps led by Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Union Ministers Suresh Pachouri and Arun Yadav, Rajya Sabha MP VivekTankha, ex-MP Meenakshi Natrajan, and former Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh are demanding a big share in ministerial berths. Too many aspirants and the challenge of keeping a caste and regional balance could hold up the Ministry-making effort of the Kamal Nath government.

T.S. Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu to get key Ministries

Chhattisgarh Ministers T.S. Singh Deo is likely to get the key portfolio of Finance and and Tamradhwaj Sahu either Agriculture or Public Works. The allocation of portfolios in the Bhupesh Baghel Cabinet is expected to be completed by December 24, Congress sources say.

Mr. Baghel is expected to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi soon to discuss the allocation, said a Congress leader, who did not wish to be identified.

U.P. police say Bulandshar case has been solved

The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday claimed to have nabbed the main culprits of the cow slaughter incident in Bulandshahr a fortnight after two persons died during mob violence over discovery of cow carcasses.

The police arrested three persons near a local animal market in Bulandshahr after they intercepted a vehicle carrying the suspects based on a tip-off.

Row over naming of Bogibeel bridge in Assam

A row over an apt name has hit the 4.94-km Bogibeel, India’s longest rail and road bridge, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Christmas Day.

On Tuesday, a week ahead of the scheduled inauguration, organisations of the Tai-Ahom community called for a road blockade near the bridge. Their demand: the bridge should be named after Chaolong Siu-ka-pha, who founded the Ahom kingdom in Assam more than 600 years ago.

Trump slams Google, Facebook, Twitter for ‘bias’

U.S. President Donald Trump took a swipe on Tuesday at America's tech giants, accusing them of having a liberal bias, and claiming that Twitter was making it more difficult for people to follow his account.

“Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!”

Opinion | On the ties between Maldives and India

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s India visit has seen the two sides emphasise their traditionally close bond. He called India the island nation’s “closest friend” and “reaffirmed his government’s ‘India-First’ Policy”, committing to working together closely with India. India, for its part, announced a financial assistance package of $1.4 billion for the Maldives in the form of budgetary support, currency swap agreements and concessional lines of credit.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is now Leader of the Opposition

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Tuesday named the Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament, but rival lawmakers contested his eligibility to hold the position.

The Speaker has said that he would consider the objections and give a ruling on Friday.

Govt unearths GST evasions worth ₹12,766 crore

The government has detected 3,196 cases of Goods and Services Tax evasion amounting to ₹12,766.85 crore in this financial year up to November 2018, according to the Finance Ministry.

Of this, an amount of ₹7,909.96 crore has been recovered between April and November 2018, according to data provided by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla to the Lok Sabha, in the ongoing winter session.

BCCI trying to keep IPL in India

In anticipation of a clash between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have started plans for hosting a part of the T20 league’s in South Africa or the United Arab Emirates.

However, in the last few weeks, the BCCI is trying hard to work out a model to ensure that the IPL will be staged only in India.

Bowlers win big in IPL auction

The Australians were all but ignored. A handful of Englishmen, Kiwis and Proteas — especially the T20 specialists — were chased. But, as expected, the uncapped Indian domestic players and the established pacers walked away with big cheques, along with their Caribbean counterparts, at the player auction for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (2019) here on Tuesday.

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