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Congress Takes Party MLAs To A Resort in Bengaluru; Asserts Party United

New Delhi: The Karnataka Congress took its MLAs to a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru after a key party meeting in order to thwart a rebellion in the party and an alleged attempt by the BJP to bring down the alliance government led by JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy in the last few days.  The Congress asserted that it was united.

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah announced the move after four rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkiholi, B Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumathahalli, gave the Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting a miss.

To escape the onslaught of the BJP, and as a pre-emptive measure, “we will do that,” he said.

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Rakesh Asthana Moved Out Of CBI To Cap Bitter Tug Of War Between Him And Alok Verma

New Delhi: Rakesh Asthana, who was once seen to be in line for the CBI director’s post, was moved out of the investigating agency, capping a bitter tug of war between Asthana and his ex-boss who was sacked this month, Alok Verma.

 

A government order said Asthana’s tenure at the CBI was being curtailed. The same order also named three more CBI officers who were being shown the door.

Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma and Deputy Inspector General Manish Kumar Sinha, who were seen to be close to Alok Verma and had investigated Asthana were also removed. A Superintendent of Police-rank officer Jayant J Naiknavare has also been sent out of the agency.

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India Commits To Purchase $ 5 Billion Worth Of Oil And Gas From The US Per Annum

New Delhi: Highlighting the growing bilateral trade cooperation between India and the US, India has committed to purchase $ 5 billion worth of oil and gas from the US per annum and $ 18 billion worth of defence equipment that are under implementation.

A top Indian diplomat here said that the US export to India has gone up by at least 30 per cent, India’s Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla told the American business community, his first major public engagement Tuesday.

In the last two years, the bilateral trade has increased from USD 119 billion to USD 140 billion, he said.

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Theresa May Likely To Survive After Brexit Vote Loss; Plan B Expected By January 21

New Delhi: A bitterly divided United Kingdom awaited the crunch vote in the House of Commons  considered the most important since the Second World War as Bruising headlines greeted Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday morning.

At stake is the future of one of the largest economies in the world and the global reputation of a country that until recently sat at the top table to influence the European Union.

Currency markets, industry bodies and others are logged into Westminster, following every move in Parliament where the future of a symbiotic relationship since 1973 - when the UK joined the EU - will be determined.

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Justice Sikri Wants Controversy Over His Proposed Post-Retirement Assignment To Die

New Delhi: Justice A K Sikri of the Supreme Court of India wants the controversy, over his proposed post-retirement assignment and nomination on the PM-led panel which removed Alok Verma as CBI chief, to “die” even as some senior advocates termed the incident mischievous and aimed at targeting him.

“See I don’t want the controversy to be dragged. I want it to die,” Justice Sikri said on the sidelines of a private function relating to the release of a book on the life of former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal. He refrained from making any further comments on the episode.

A controversy broke out on Sunday over Justice Sikri getting a government offer last year for a post-retirement assignment at the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT), three days after his vote, as a representative of CJI Ranjan Gogoi on the panel, helped decide the removal of Verma as CBI director.