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Morning digest: Anger boils over on the streets of Puri, 55 detained for agitating against clean chit for CJI, and more

The was visible anger on the streets of Puri on Tuesday with thousands of cyclone-affected people struggling to get food and water four days after cyclone Fani hit the district.

Although the Odisha government had said that cooked food was being provided to those who took shelter in different buildings including multi-purpose cyclone shelters, community kitchens opened at most slum areas only on Tuesday.

Fifty-five protesters, mostly women lawyers and activists, were detained outside the Supreme Court here on Tuesday while they were agitating against the procedure adopted to deal with a sexual harassment case against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

Two labourers died while three others are battling for life after they entered a septic tank at an under-construction house in Rohini’s Prem Nagar on Tuesday afternoon. The police have registered a case and begun probe.

The image of Arvind Kejriwal taking a dip in the Ganga at Varanasi’s Rajghat to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha election announced him as a challenger to status quoist political parties.

He and his newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — that grew out of an anti-corruption movement against the Congress-led UPA government — had earned the reputation of being a giant slayer after it ended the Congress’s uninterrupted 15-year rule in Delhi by ousting the Sheila Dikshit-led government.

In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday said the Mahabharata character Duryodhana too had such arrogance.

Taking a swipe at Mr. Modi, while addressing a rally in Ambala, Ms. Vadra said the Prime Minister should display the courage to fight the election on issues relating to development, unemployment, and farmers’ distress, instead of deflecting people’s attention.

That image from the streets of Assam in April was disturbing in itself, but its import for the future of a secular India was even more chilling, as we witness a dangerous new intersection of beef, faith and citizenship on the ruling party’s electoral road map.

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors (439 on Monday evening) have signed a statement countering Attorney-General William Barr’s testimony to the U.S. Senate last week that there was not sufficient evidence to say President Donald Trump had obstructed justice with regard to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Sri Lankan authorities have arrested or killed all the jihadists responsible for the Easter suicide bombings, but the island still faces the threat of “global terrorism”, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday.

Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament that his Buddhist-majority nation was a victim of Islamist extremists and needed international support to deal with the persisting threat.

ArcelorMittal and its promoter Lakshmi Mittal conspired to suppress vital facts to acquire Essar Steel, its promoters have alleged.

In their petition to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), Essar Steel promoters said that Mr. Lakshmi Mittal and his company misled the Committee of Creditors (CoC), the Supreme Court and NCLAT into believing that they ceased to have any business association with brothers Pramod Mittal and Vinod Mittal and their companies.

Some years ago, ‘Richie Benaud’ tweeted “Indians just don’t get conflict of interest”. The account was fake, but the sentiment was sound, as evidenced by the uproar it provoked in cyberspace.

“Indians don’t relate to conflict of interest,” said the social scientist Shiv Viswanathan. “It is a cultural perception. Conflict of interest is not taken seriously, except for raising some curiosity. We would rather maximise interests than agonise over conflict of interest.”

Source: thehindu.com

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