Morning digest: One held in Bulandshahr murder, JD(S) yet to talk to Congress about seats, and more

Vehicles that were set afire by a mob near the Chingravati police post in Bulandshahr. File

Vehicles that were set afire by a mob near the Chingravati police post in Bulandshahr. File  


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One held in Bulandshahr killing

The Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday arrested Prashant Natt, who they claimed shot dead officer Subodh Kumar Singh during the mob violence in Bulandshahr earlier this month.

Superintendent of Police (City) Bulandshahr, Atul Srivastava said Natt shot dead Singh with the officer's own service weapon after snatching it from him.

JD(S) yet to talk to Congress about seat-sharing

Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday said his party Janata Dal (Secular) had not started talks to arrive at a seat-sharing formula with alliance partner, the Congress, for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

“There has not been any discussion on seat sharing with the Congress so far. When the discussion has not yet taken place, then there is no question of any fight,” Mr. Kumaraswamy told reporters when asked about a seat-sharing formula for the 2019 election.

Govt not required to frame triple talaq law

There was no pressure whatsoever on the government from the Supreme Court to enact a law on triple talaq.

A close look at the three separate opinions delivered by the Constitution Bench on August 22, 2017 shows that it was only the minority judgment of the Supreme Court which had directed the government to bring an “appropriate legislation” on triple talaq.

Karmapa kept India in the dark

India was not informed by Ogyen Trinley Dorje before he took the passport of another country (the Commonwealth of Dominica), government sources said on Thursday, indicating a rift with the Lama who claims to be the Karmapa, who had travelled to the United States last year and has not returned despite saying on several occasions that he would do so.

Sources aware of the developments also reiterated India’s “neutral position” on which the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage is, given the rival claimant Trinley Taye Dorje.

Opinion | The optics of the Third Front

In this changing landscape of the political discourse, the BJP and the RSS have managed, in a rhetorical and metaphorical sense, to capture this essence of politics, while containing it within the limits of their regressive/authoritarian vision of the future.

It is in this context, more than ever before, that the content and contours of Muslim politics becomes very significant in deciding what direction the political narrative is set to take.

Bitter election campaign ends in Bangladesh

On the last day of the election campaign on Thursday, Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League almost entirely focussed on the developmental work that it claimed to have delivered, while the main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party underscored “good governance” and law and order.

Young supporters of the Awami League were seen leading long rallies in the city, with loudspeakers playing “Vote for Nauka” or boat, the symbol of the party.

US govt shutdown extends into next week

The US government partial shutdown was set to stretch deep into next week after legislators failed on Thursday to make a breakthrough in the row over President Donald Trump’s demand for a US-Mexico border wall.

After convening for just a few minutes following the official Christmas break, a still nearly empty Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday, the last day of the current Republican-controlled Congress.

‘Business models for e-commerce will have to change’

Shareholding structures as well as business models of entities that sell goods online — and in which major online e-tailers such as Amazon have a business interest — may soon have to change, according to industry participants and consultants.

This follows the government’s clarification on Wednesday barring online retailers from selling products vended by companies in which they own a stake. 

Another feather in Pujara’s cap

India’s go-slow approach on the first two days at the MCG has been rooted in the strong belief that this pitch will deteriorate.

Virat Kohli’s team’s mantra is to bat long and deep, build the innings, and wait for things to unfold.

Aim is to improve performance, says Ashwini Ponappa

Ashwini Ponappa says that the focus will not be only on the number of events that she is going to take part with her partner N. Sikki Reddy but also on the quality of matches they play in 2019 — the year of Olympics qualifying cycle.

“It is not going to be only about taking part in all tournaments — big and small — to improve our rankings. The whole endeavour will be for improved performances next year,” said the 29-year-old Ashwini.

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