Kumaraswamy Passes Floor Test In Karnataka; BJP Decides Not to Contest Speaker’s Election

New Delhi: Trust motion of the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress government in Karnataka moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy was passed with a voice vote even as BJP staged a walkout in protest.Earlier, the much-anticipated election of the speaker ended in an anticlimax within minutes of the House assembling as BJP informed protem speaker K G Bopaiah that it does not want to press for the election.The party withdrew its candidate S Suresh Kumar, paving the way for unanimous election of Congress’ six-term MLA K R Ramesh Kumar.

Friday’s exercise was reduced to a sideshow as it was preceded by a bitter war of words between Kumaraswamy and his predecessor BS Yeddyurappa in the House. Yeddyurappa made no bones about targeting Kumaraswamy and his family but intriguingly spared Congress. Yeddyurappa said he would call for a state-wide bandh, sparing Bengaluru, if the coalition government didn’t announce a farm loan waiver by Friday.


Ganeshi Lal, Rajase kharan Appointed Governors Of Odisha And Mizoram

New Delhi: According to a RashtrapatiBhavancommunique, BharatiyaJanata Party leaders Prof GaneshiLal and KummanamRajasekharan have been appointed on Friday as governors of Odisha and Mizoram respectively. Prof. GaneshiLal will take over as the new governor of Odisha, a post which had fallen vacant in March this year after veteran Naga leader S C Jamir completed his tenure.

Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik had been given additional charge of Odhisa. Lal is a former Haryana BJP chief. “The President of India has been pleased to appoint Prof. GaneshiLal to be the Governor of Odisha with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” the communique said.


Court Of Inquiry Against Major Gogoi; Gen Rawat Promises Exemplary Punishment If Guilty

New Delhi: Army orders court of inquiry into the matter of Major LeetulGogoi detained by the police in Srinagar. Army chief General BipinRawat on Friday promised “exemplary punishment” for Major LeetulGogoi if he was found guilty of violating rules as the force ordered a court of inquiry against the officer, who was detained along with a woman and a local man on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.

General Rawat said if anybody is found to have done any wrong, strict action will be taken against him, regardless of who he is or what rank he holds. “If Major Gogoi has done anything wrong, I assure you that soon he will be punished and I will give such punishment that it will set an example,’’ he told reporters in south Kashmir.


No Decision Yet On If HDK To Be Given Support For Five Years: Deputy CM

New Delhi: Congress leader and deputy CM G Parameshwara on Thursday said that the party had taken no decision yet to support H D Kumaraswamyas CM for the full five year-term. This has given a new twist to the Karnataka story unfolding a new political drama.

“The issue is yet to be discussed and finalised. Our immediate aim is to pass the floor test, allocate portfolios and provide good administration. The modalities, including sharing the CM post, are yet to be worked out,” said Parameshwara who is also head of the state Congress.

His remark came in response to a question during his first press conference after taking over as deputy CM, and indicates that the fault-lines among the coalition partners, papered over in the effort to keep BJP out, might emerge earlier than anticipated.


Heat Wave To Continue In North India; Rain Predicted On May 29

New Delhi: No immediate relief is in sight in northern Indian states including Delhi with the regional Met department predicting a ‘heatwave’ for the next three to four days. The temperature is predicted to come down only on May 29 when light rain and thunderstorm activity is expected. It was yet another hot day in the capital on Thursday as maximum temperatures hovered between 43 and 44 degrees Celsius — well above normal, while warm winds continued to blow during the day, adding to the discomfort.

The maximum temperature at Safdarjung — taken as the base for Delhi’s weather — was recorded at 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal for the season. Palam, meanwhile, was the hottest location in Delhi with a maximum of 44.1 degrees Celsius. Both locations have been witnessing temperatures 3 to 6 degrees Celsius above normal for the last four days and the trend is expected to continue for the next four days, Met officials said.