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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Political updates: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in a bind over Cauvery dispute

In other news, govt to renew labour law overhaul drive to boost jobs

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Cauvery dispute: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah on a tightrope walk

The body language of an otherwise eloquent Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who preferred to read out a written statement and avoided media questions after a late night cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, obviously showed he was under pressure. Siddaramaiah is trying to do the impossible: Not release Cauvery waters, complying with overwhelming public opinion, and yet avoid defying the Supreme Court. Read more

Kharif foodgrain harvest to break past records, show first advance estimates

Boosted by a normal monsoon, India’s rain-fed Kharif harvest will be the highest ever in history, show first advance estimates of crop production released by the agriculture ministry on Thursday. India’s Kharif foodgrain production is estimated at 135 million tonnes in 2016-17, 9% higher than the year before, when a crippling drought affected several states across India. Read more

GST council meet: Centre, states agree on timetable for 1 April roll-out

The goods and services tax (GST) will be rolled out on 1 April, members at the first meeting of the GST council decided by consensus on Thursday. They also charted the steps to be taken over the next few months to meet the deadline. Read more

Govt to renew labour law overhaul drive to boost jobs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is to make a renewed drive to overhaul labour laws, hoping to create millions of new jobs by making it easier to hire and fire, the labour ministry’s top bureaucrat said on Thursday. Read more

Jayalalithaa hospitalized, condition stable

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai in the wee hours on Friday and her condition is “stable", according to the hospital. Jayalalithaa complained of “fever and dehydration" and was admitted in Apollo hospitals, in the early hours on Friday. Read more

Uran near Mumbai on alert after students spot suspicious men

Mumbai police and Indian Navy launched extensive search and combing operations on Thursday after two students of a school in Uran township of Raigad district near Navi Mumbai told the police that they had seen four to five suspicious persons in Karanja area. Read more

Has DMK lost its Dravidian edge?

September is an important month in the history of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)—17 September marks the formation of the party in 1949 and is the birth anniversary of the founder of the Dravidian movement, E. V. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar. Last Saturday was his 138th birth anniversary. Read more

IIMs need to implement faculty quota: HRD ministry

Almost half the faculty positions at the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will have to be reserved for candidates from the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes, officials at the human resource development (HRD) ministry said on Thursday. Read more

West Bengal CM hints at early polls to local bodies

In an attempt to consolidate the party’s vote share gains in the 2016 assembly polls, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday indicated she was keen to conduct polls in the four Hills municipalities—Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik—before their tenure ends in December. Read more

Village of rape victim hopes Maratha anger doesn’t split them

Ahmednagar city will see the next of the massive Maratha morchas being held across Maharashtra on Friday, The Indian Express reported. About 70 km away, the village that saw the gangrape and murder that sparked the protests will go about its day, determined to not let the incident become a matter of caste. In the two months since the 13 July incident, Kopardi village has united behind the family of the Maratha rape victim. The accused men, all Dalits, are behind bars, but a chargesheet is yet to be filed. Read more

Telangana govt on alert after heavy rains hit Hyderabad

The Telangana government on Thursday sought the help of National Disaster Management Relief (NDRF) for rescue and relief operations in Hyderabad as the city was battered by heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours due to active south-west monsoon. Read more

Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata , Viswanath Pilla from Hyderabad, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Dharani Thangavelu from Chennai contributed to this wrap

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