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Kumaraswamy And Parameshwara Keep Plum Portfolios With Themselves

New Delhi: Taking charge of some of the contentious ministries for which many leaders had lobbied, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara kept plum portfolios with themselves.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government released a list of portfolios on Friday, which revealed that Kumaraswamy would be in charge of 11 portfolios and departments including finance, energy and excise department apart from ones which was not assigned to anybody.

Parameshwara, meanwhile, will take charge of the coveted Bengaluru development ministry, which controls the Bengaluru Development Authority and the local corporation, apart from the home portfolio.

The energy ministry had seen much lobbying, especially from Kumaraswamy’s elder brother HD Revanna and former energy minister D K Shivakumar of the Congress. The excise department has now been clubbed with finance.

Revanna has been allotted the public works department, which he had held in two previous stints as well. Shivakumar has been given the major irrigation ministry and the medical education department as well.

Congress leader KJ George has been entrusted with the Heavy Industries portfolio along with the Sugar department, which was a separate ministry in the previous government. Bandeppa Kashempur of the JD(S) has been given the cooperation department.

Another sought-after post, that of transport, has been given to DC Thamanna of the JD(S). GT Deve Gowda, who defeated former chief minister Siddaramaiah has been named the higher education minister. According to his affidavit, Deve Gowda’s educational qualification is Class 8 pass.

Priyank Kharge has been named as the social welfare ministry and Krishna Byre Gowda has been given law and parliamentary affairs department. The lone Bahujan Samaj Party member of the government, N Mahesh, has been given the primary and secondary education portfolio. Jayamala, the lone woman minister, has been entrusted the women and child welfare and the Kannada and culture departments.

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3 Accused Found Guilty In Kopardi Rape & Murder Case

New Delhi: All three accused in Kopardi rape and murder case has been found guilty by an Ahmednagar district sessions court on Saturday. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Tuesday. 

On July 13, last year, a 14-year-old girl from Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra was allegedly raped and murdered by three suspects. The incident triggered massive protests across the state.

According to the 350-page charge sheet filed by police in the court, the victim was raped and murdered by JitendraShinde, Santosh G Bhaval and Nitin G Bhailume when she was returning home on a bicycle from her grandparents’ house in the evening. 

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FM Optimistic About 7% GDP As Manufacturing 'Bottom Out’

New Delhi: Finance Minster ArunJaitley has said that he is optimistic about economy growing at 7 percent as manufacturing has bottomed out.

He said that improvement in the global economy and good monsoon will aid GDP growth in the coming quarters which ought to be better if the country is to achieve the annual growth target.

The Economic Survey had projected a growth of 6.75 per cent to 7.5 per cent for 2017-18.

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CEC throws open challenge at parties to hack EVM on June 3

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi fixed June 3 for the hacking challenge to try and prove that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with. 
Speaking to the media after holding a live demo of EVMs and VVPATs in New Delhi on Saturday, Zaidi invited national and state political parties to demonstrate that EVMs can be tampered during the challenge. 
The CEC said no proof has been given by those who alleged EVM tampering in recently held assembly elections in five states. This challenge will boost voter confidence. 

Majuli To Be Indias First Carbon Neutral District

Majuli to be India’s first carbon neutral district

New Delhi:Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched initiatives to develop Majuli as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage. While also launching “Forests are Lives” campaign to celebrate the importance of Assam’s rich forest and biodiversity, the Chief Minister urged people of the state to take a pledge to conserve its biodiversity to make a pollution free state.