Firstpost Editor's Picks: Mamata Banerjee's rally, opaque collegium system and anticipated Telugu films in 2019; today's must-read stories

  • Opposition representative from other parts of the country have endorsed Banerjee's leadership.

  • A resolution of SC collegium put out in public domain reveals whimsical and highly arbitrary functioning.

  • Venkatesh, Varun Tej starrer F2 turned out to be the dark horse in the race.

Mamata Banerjee's rally shows that 'certainty of 2019' in favour of BJP was false reading of political reality

The message from Brigade Ground is that Opposition representative from other parts of the country have endorsed Banerjee's leadership. This includes almost every state, even symbolically from Arunachal Pradesh whose Gegong Apang, in 1998, became the first non-Hindi heartland party leader to align with the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP. Now, it is the turn of the people of the state to maximise the chances of Mamata Banerjee at the Centre.

'Retrieve bone if you can't pull out body': Family of Meghalaya miners trapped in illegal rat-hole mine appeal to rescuers

Manik Ali, brother of Moinul Islam, has been stationed at the accident site for the past four days in the hope that his brother's body may be found. "I go to the site early morning and spend my whole day helping with the rescue operation and talking to the officers there. At night, I and one of my friends Amin Uddin sleep in a Mosque as arranged by the SP (Superintendent of Police) Sir of Khlierhriat police station."

Opaque collegium system prisoner of top judges' whims; without reforms, body's every decision is suspicious, capricious and arbitrary

A two-page resolution of the collegium put out in public domain to this effect reveals whimsical and highly arbitrary functioning of the Supreme Court collegium though it has been so always, but has come out in black and white for the first time. All thanks to the then CJI Dipak Misra who had taken the decision of putting the collegium's recommendations in public domain.

Premier League: Troubled Arsenal, Chelsea meet with Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery’s tenures at crossroads

It would also be safe to say that the remainder of the campaign could have far-reaching effects on the two managers' long-term futures at their clubs. Neither Unai Emery or Maurizio Sarri are living under the shadow of the sack at this moment of time, but failure to finish the season strongly would weaken their position at the helm of affairs and put huge pressure on the performance in the upcoming campaign.

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Maharshi, Jersey, Majili, Saaho: A look at 2019's most anticipated Telugu films

Venkatesh, Varun Tej starrer F2 turned out to be the dark horse in the race and laughed its way to the bank. The film was praised for its entertainment quotient, and the lead actors, in particular, were lauded for their comic timing and performances. Almost Rs 200 crores was at stake at the box-office this Sankranthi, and it remains to be seen how much the four films manage to make in the long run.

Updated Date: Jan 19, 2019 20:12:29 IST