Maharashtra placed under President’s RuleIn his report to President Ram Nath Kovind, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari says it is impossible to constitute a stable government in Maharashtra. There was no mention of horse-trading or unfair practices in the report. The Assembly will be kept under suspended animation.Air quality in Delhi likely to be ‘severe plus’ todayThe air quality of Delhi nosedived to ‘severe’ category on Tuesday and may further deteriorate to ‘severe+’ on Wednesday. A respite from the extreme air pollution is not likely for the next two days and a “slight improvement” is expected only by Friday, said government-run monitoring agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).Hindu Mahasabha seeks withdrawal of cases against ‘kar sevaks’ involved in Babri Masjid demolitionIn a letter to Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hindu Mahasabha chief Swami Chakrapani … [Read more...] about Morning digest: Maharashtra placed under President’s Rule, air quality in Delhi likely to be ‘severe plus’ today, and more
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has voiced his concern at Dassault's reported reluctance to meet the terms of the IAF tender, which required the French company to guarantee the 108 fighters that HAL would build in India, after the first 18 were supplied fully-built in France.A Dassault Rafale combat aircraft performs during the inauguration ceremony of the Aero India 2013 at Yelahanka air force station on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters Parrikar has fired another warning shot across the bows of French fighter manufacturer, Dassault, which has been negotiating for three years with the ministry of defence to sell the Indian Air Force 126 Rafale fighters. A fortnight after declaring that the IAF could make do with additional Sukhoi-30MKI fighters -- which HAL builds in Nashik -- in case "complications" in the negotiations were not resolved, Parrikar has gone further in outlining how the IAF could function were it decided not to procure the Rafale.Speaking to … [Read more...] about What will Parrikar put in the skies instead of Rafale?
Ten years ago, Darius Rucker found himself on stage as the new kid -- a feeling the front man of the mega-popular ‘90s rock band Hootie and the Blowfish hadn’t experienced in a very long time. It was 2008. The three-time Grammy-winning singer and rhythm guitarist had wrapped a fresh tour with Hootie and then stepped out as Darius Rucker, a solo opening act for some of country music’s biggest stars. “Brooks and Dunn in Miami, Oklahoma. That was my very first show in country music,” Rucker told ABC News during an interview for the ABC's Robin Roberts' CMA Awards special airing this November. “I went on tour with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley and I was a baby band, you know?" “We had just finished the Hootie tour probably six months before this is all happening,” he continued. “I'd go from headlining and selling out some of those arenas to being the baby band that gets 30 minutes. I thought, ‘this is really … [Read more...] about Darius Rucker reflects on switching from Hootie headliner to country ‘baby act’ 10 years ago
Cécile Kyenge, an MEP who had bananas thrown at her and was likened to an orangutan during her time as Italy’s integration minister, is being sued for defamation by the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, for calling his party, the League, racist. Kyenge will face trial in the northern city of Piacenza over comments made in an interview in 2014 during the Festa de l’Unità, a social democratic event celebrated across Italy each year. She was responding to a photograph posted on social media by Fabio Rainieri, who at the time was party secretary in the Emilia-Romagna region, depicting her as an orangutan. On being notified of the trial on 14 September, Kyenge, who moved to Italy from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1983 to study medicine, wrote on Facebook: “Today in Piacenza: Salvini has summoned me to court because I said the League is racist. Judge for yourselves.” Alongside the post were examples of headlines generated by the party … [Read more...] about Matteo Salvini sues black MEP for defamation in racism row
All Marines now have the right to carry umbrellas for the first time in hundreds of years, but it started a thunderous debate among members. The controversial new announcement came days before the Corps' 244th birthday and upends a rule that has dated back to the branch's beginnings in 1775. Umbrellas were not allowed in part because it hindered the ability to salute. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger divulged the revelation on Thursday. All Marine Corps members will now be allowed to carry umbrellas after they were prohibited for more than 200 years Berger said: 'Marines can carry an all-black, plain, standard or collapsible umbrella at their option during inclement weather with the service and dress uniforms.' Prior to the regulation update, only female Marine's were allowed to carry umbrellas under strict guidelines and only received permission to do so in 1972. 'Female Marines may carry an all-black, plain standard or … [Read more...] about Marines are able to carry umbrellas for the first time: Decision to lift ban sparks huge debate – including one veteran who says ‘you can’t choke an enemy while holding one’