Daily Bulletin: Opposition meets today to discuss Winter Session, 2019 polls; verdict on Vijay Mallya's extradition today; day's top stories

Mahagathbandhan meeting today

Several leaders of regional parties will arrive in Delhi on Monday, a day before the results of Assembly elections, for the anticipated Mahagathbandhan meeting during which they are expected to finalise on a strategy to corner the BJP in the Winter Session of Parliament which starts on 11 December and in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Among those expected to attend the meeting are TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, leaders of Left parties, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav. Naidu has been the driving force to put together the anti-BJP front. Even though Bahujan Samaj Party's Mayawati was among the first leaders Naidu met for talks, there is uncertainty about her party's participation.

A senior Opposition leader was quoted as saying, “The BSP does not want to be seen on an Opposition platform till the seat sharing arrangement in Uttar Pradesh is finalised and it gets its fair share. But it does give us reason to doubt its commitment to an alliance in the state."

According to sources, the Mahagathbandhan meeting will remain silent about who is to be the face of the grand alliance. The Mahagathbandhan is also struggling due to the lack of support from Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, which is reportedly due to the Congress' "big brotherly attitude". Sources also said that leaders like Telangana caretaker chief minister KCR and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik might not participate in the meeting.

File photo of Vijay Mallya. AP.

File photo of Vijay Mallya. AP.

India stares at victory at lunch on Day 5

The visitors dismissed first innings hero Travis Head, as well as set batsman Shaun Marsh in the first session of the final day, as Australia reached 186/6 at lunch with Tim Paine batting on 40. Pat Cummins survived a few close calls to remain unbeaten on 5 at the end of the morning session.

The verdict on Vijay Mallya's extradition likely today

Vijay Mallya is scheduled to return to the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Monday. His extradition trial is listed for a judgment hand-down at the court. A team of officials led by the CBI's joint director, S Sai Manohar, left for London on Sunday to attend the crucial hearing in the extradition case of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Monday, a PTI report said.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss, who is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores, has been on bail since his arrest on an extradition warrant in April last year. The trial, which opened at the Magistrates' Court on 4 December last year, has gone through a series of hearings beyond the initial seven days earmarked for it.

Supreme Court to examine the medical report of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case

The apex court on Monday is scheduled to examine the main accused Brajesh Thakur's medical report. The court's directive came on 6 November after Thakur's children approached the top court alleging in a letter that their father was being tortured, physically and mentally in jail, by the Superintendent purportedly for money.

'Kedarnath' director asks Uttarakhand government to lift the ban

Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor has urged the Uttarakhand government to lift the ban on the movie. "I plead with the Uttarakhand government to please lift the ban on my film. It is an attempt to bring peace, harmony and healing to the people of this country. Please don't deprive us of this opportunity," Kapoor tweeted.

The film, with 2013 flash floods in Kedarnath as the backdrop, was being opposed by right-wing activists from the day its shooting began in the hill state. They alleged that the film hurt Hindu sentiments and promoted the idea of 'Love jihad'.

Nokia 8.1 expected to launch in India today

After its launch in Dubai, the Nokia 8.1 is expected to be launched in India on 10 December at an event in New Delhi. Since the device has been launched already, all the specifications are known and the only detail awaited is the Indian price.

The Nokia 8.1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD Plus display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 chipset, Android 9.0 Pie, 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage and a 3,500 mAh battery.

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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2018 08:08:42 IST

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