Morning digest: Food, water shortage in Odisha after Cyclone Fani; Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar freed

Cyclone Fani: Clamour for food grows in Odisha

Three days after the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani hit Odisha coast, the State government on Monday reached several villages blocked by uprooted trees and collapsed electrical poles for the first time to find people in dire need of water, food and polythene sheets.

Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar freed from prison after more than 500 days

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars, witnesses said.

Voting in fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls ends amid violence

The fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election across 51 constituencies in seven States on Monday witnessed several incidents of violence in West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir. The overall tentative turnout stood at 63.26% as against 61.75% in 2014.

Modi lauds Naveen Patnaik for handling Cyclone Fani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced an assistance of ₹1,000 crore to Odisha for carrying out restoration work in the cyclone-hit regions. After an aerial survey, Mr. Modi said, “The Naveen Patnaik-led government has done a commendable job in evacuating the coastal areas to avoid loss of lives.”

How campaigning in Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency is a matter of balancing delicate caste equations

Campaigning in the prestigious Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency, held by Deepender Singh Hooda of the Congress since 2004, is a matter of balancing delicate caste equations. More specifically, as the Congress leaders put it, getting the support of 36 biradari (castes), besides the dominant Jats.

Canvass in Rajiv Gandhi’s name, PM Modi dares Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday threw a challenge at the Congress, asking it to contest the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha election in the name of Rajiv Gandhi, who he recently dubbed as “corrupt no. 1”.

Supreme Court stays disqualification proceedings against three AIADMK MLAs

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed proceedings initiated by Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal for disqualification of three AIADMK MLAs for “anti-party activities” by supporting rival T.T.V. Dhinakaran. A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also issued notice to the Assembly Speaker.

Modi-Mamata in a war of words

Super cyclone Fani may not have caused major damage to West Bengal but it surely triggered a political storm resulting in a war of words between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Former prosecutors sign letter disagreeing with Barr decision on obstruction question

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors (439 on Monday evening)– Democrats and Republicans – 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 U.S. President Donald Trump had obstructed justice with regard to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.

IPL 2019: Who will catch the direct flight to the final?

The dynamics of the playoffs are different. Here, it’s a lot about creating opportunities, withstanding pressure and executing plans. Winning key moments matter. Of course, end-game skills are critical to the outcome.

In these big-ticket matches, individual brilliance can change outcomes. And there are several game-changers in both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.


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