Daily Bulletin: Suspense on Chhattisgarh CM continues, Indian man's jail term in Pakistan ends, OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition goes on sale; day's top stories
Suspense on Chhattisgarh CM continues, Indian man's jail term in Pakistan ends today, OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition all set to go on sale today; here are today's top stories.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh get new CMs after nail-biting contest; suspence on Chattisgarh CM continues
Amid a clear tussle between the old guard and the young turks in the Indian National Congress for the top slot in the three states that the party emerged victorious in, Congress president Rahul chose to play safe in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh by going with the old guard. With an eye on 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he selected veterans Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot for the posts of chief minister in the two states.
However, the suspense continues on who will lead the new Chhattisgarh government after Congress trounced the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was ruling for the past 15 years. Rahul Friday met the four contenders for chief ministership in Chhattisgarh, including TS Singh Deo who appears to be the front-runner for the post. Besides Deo, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, Charan Das Mahant and Tamradhwaj Sahu were in contention for the top job of state where Congress wrested power from the BJP after 15 years. A decision is likely today on who will lead the state.
Rafale controversy unlikely to die down despite SC verdict
Even as Supreme Court of India refused to order a probe in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets, the Opposition and the government are unlikely to stop sparring on the the issue.
While Rahul Gandhi has raised questions on the basis of the Supreme court’s verdict, the BJP as demanded an apology from the Congress president for casting aspersions on a key defence deal. The Supreme Court of India on Friday ruled that the there is no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the procurement of 36 Rafale jets from France.
Rahul, however, remains unconvinced and has said that the CAG report on pricing of the jets was never submitted to the PAC.
13 miners still trapped in flooded Meghalaya mine; all feared dead
Thirteen people remain trapped in a flooded illegal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia hills district even a day after the incident as efforts to pump out water, which has been continuing since Thursday, failed to yield any result. After the incident came to light on Thursday morning, a pump was pressed into service around 4 pm that day and is being switched off every three hours to give it a rest, officials said Friday. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) consisting of over 60 personnel reached Lumthari on Friday morning, while 12 personnel from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are already at the site, they said. However, the water level has not gone down and two more pumps would be put to service later in the day, East Jaintia Hills district SP Sylvester Nongtynger, who is supervising the operation, said. NDRF divers will also make an attempt to reach the trapped miners, the DIG said.
Indian National's jail term in Pakistan ends today; no sign of repatriation
An Indian national, trapped in a Pakistani jail since 2012, is all set to be released after six-long-years as his jail term ends today. However, Hamid Nehal Ansari, a 33-year-old Mumbai resident, is likely to get release on or after 16 December, as reports suggest that so far Paksitani authorities have made no contact with the Indian high commission in Islamabad to facilitate his repatriation to India.
Ansari, is currently lodged in the Peshawar Central Jail after being sentenced by a military court to three years' imprisonment for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card on 15 December, 2015.
He was arrested in Pakistan in 2012 for illegally entering the country from Afghanistan, reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online. He has been languishing in the Pakistani prisons since the past six years. India has reportedly requested consular access to Ansari, 96 times since 2012, but Pakistan has not honoured the request.
India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Perth, Day 2
Australia resume from their overnight score of 277/6 on the second day of the second Test at Perth, having earlier opted to bat first. Earlier on the opening day, opener Marcus Harris (70) struck his maiden fifty in only his second Test appearance, with Travis Head (58) and Aaron Finch (50) also bringing up their half-centuries. While Australia announced an unchanged side for this match, India replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma, both of whom are struggling with their fitness, with Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari.
Tulsi Ramsay, of the Ramsay brothers, passes away age 77
Tulsi Ramsay, known for directing cult horror films like Veerana, Purani Haveli and Bandh Dawaza, passed away on Friday. He was 77. The filmmaker died in a hospital in Mumbai.
"He complained of chest pain and his son Deepak took him to Kokilaben Hospital. He was declared dead at the hospital. He passed away at about 2.30 am," a family member of Ramsay's told PTI.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to go on sale today
The new McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 6T features a massive 10 GB of RAM as well as a new fast-charging technology referred to as 'Warp Charge 30'. OnePlus claims that Warp Charge 30 offers a day's power in just 20 minutes. By that, the company states that the new charging standard can fill the OnePlus 6T from zero to 50 percent juice in 20 minutes. The McLaren Edition OnePlus 6T does come at a premium of Rs 51,990 and will be sold online exclusively on Amazon India and the OnePlus e-store.
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