QBullet: MP Releases Results ‘Caste-Wise’; 11 Killed in Tuticorin
The protests in Tuticorin turned violent. 
The protests in Tuticorin turned violent. (Photo: PTI)

QBullet: MP Releases Results ‘Caste-Wise’; 11 Killed in Tuticorin

1. 11 Killed as Cops Fire on Anti-Sterlite Protesters in Thoothukudi

The movement for the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper plant turned bloody on the 100th day of the agitation as 11 people, including two women, were killed when police opened fire on rampaging protesters in Thoothukudi on Tuesday, 22 May.

Eight people died in police firing at the collectorate in the afternoon when protesters turned violent, while one person was killed in firing at Therespuram locality in the city in the evening. Karthik, 20, a college student, died in a hospital late in the evening. Around 65 people were injured, many of them critically, in the violence.

Thousands of protesters had gathered on Tuesday to mark the 100th day of the agitation that began at Kumarattiyapuram village on the outskirts of the city on 12 February. NGOs had rallied people demanding the closure of the copper smelting unit which they said was polluting the environment and causing ailments in the neighbourhood. With the TN Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) not renewing its licence, the smelter has remained closed since March.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Anti-Sterlite Protests: At Least 11 Killed, Over a Dozen Injured

2. Cong to Get Deputy CM and Speaker

Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara.
Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara will take oath as deputy chief minister after HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) is sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday, 23 May, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal has confirmed.

He told reporters on Tuesday that while the Assembly Speaker would be from the Congress, the Deputy Speaker's post would go to the JD(S).

Venugopal said the two parties had agreed that of the 34 ministry berths, 22 would go to the Congress, which has 78 MLAs, and 12 to the JDS, which has 37 MLAs.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Cong’s G Parameshwara Named Dy CM; KR Ramesh Kumar to be Speaker

3. Last Section of Magenta Line to Start Operations on May 29

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday, 21 May, announced that the Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir corridor of the Magenta Line will be thrown open to the public from 29 May.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (Independent Charge) Hardeep Singh Puri will flag off the inaugural train on 28 May from the Nehru Enclave metro station.

The 25.6 km stretch, comprising 16 stations, will be the longest segment to be opened in the Delhi Metro’s Phase III network.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: With New Magenta Line, Travel From Noida to Gurugram in 50 Mins

4. Government Moots Full Refund if Air Tickets Cancelled Within 24 Hours of Booking

Addressing a press conference, Minister of State, Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha introduced the many reforms brought under the Air Sewa initiative.
Addressing a press conference, Minister of State, Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha introduced the many reforms brought under the Air Sewa initiative.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Come August, and you may be able to cancel your domestic air ticket within 24 hours of booking without any cancellation charges for flights that are at least four days away from departure time. It will not matter whether you booked the ticket directly from the airline or through an agent or travel portal.

And if an airline tells you 24 hours before the departure time that your flight has been delayed by over four hours, you could be entitled to a full refund. Similarly, airlines may have to offer compensation between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 + to passengers for missing connecting flights due to the first flight being late. However, both the domestic flights for connecting passengers should be on one PNR — meaning on the same airline ticket.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Relief For Flyers: No Cancellation Charge Within 24 Hrs of Booking

5. Nipah Virus Infection: Death Toll in Kerala Rises to 11, 2 Persons Critical

Fruit bats are common carriers of the Nipah virus.
Fruit bats are common carriers of the Nipah virus.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

The toll in the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala touched 11 with two more persons succumbing on Tuesday, 22 May. Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the virus in blood and fluid samples taken from all the victims.

Eight of the dead are from Kozhikode district, including the first three victims from a single family, and three from Malappuram district.

According to the office of the District Medical Officer, Kozhikode, 19 persons are under treatment for the infection, two of whom are in critical condition.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Nipah Virus in Parts of Kerala: What is It? Should We Worry?

6. A Galaxy of Leaders to Attend HDK’s Swearing-In

JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy.
JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy.
(Photo courtesy: The News Minute)

The swearing-in ceremony of chief minister-designate HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday, 23 May, is being seen as the first step towards bringing together parties that are opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mr Kumaraswamy is set to take oath as the 30th chief minister of Karnataka at 4.30 pm in front of the Vidhana Soudha. He will be taking oath for the second time, first being in 2006, in the presence of several leaders of regional parties from across the country.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: HD Kumaraswamy: From Kingmaker to King of Karnataka

7. ‘Caste-Wise’ School Results in Madhya Pradesh Spark a Row

Image used for representational purposes. 
Image used for representational purposes. 
(Photo: PTI)

The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) has landed in trouble after “categorising” class 10 and 12 results on the basis of caste, which was enough to spark a political row in the poll-bound state.

The official result kit, handed to reporters on 14 May, reveals that successful examinees were segregated into four categories: OBC, SC, ST and General. The result sheet clearly mentions the line ‘Vargvaar Niyamit’ (in accordance with category).

Congress was quick to label it a “caste-based” result system. MPBSE chairman SR Mohanty, however, maintains that the segregation is meant to ease welfare benefits for students. “From the data, candidates will easily get benefits of various schemes,” he said. Mohanty insisted that the MP board isn’t the only one to declare results this way. “What does caste-based result system even mean… I don’t understand.”

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Caste Written on New Constable Recruits in MP, RaGa Slams BJP Govt

8. Mark Zuckerberg Apologises to EU for Privacy Mishaps

Fcaebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Fcaebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
(Photo: iStock)

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologised to European Union lawmakers on Tuesday, 22 May, for a massive data leak, in his latest attempt to draw a line under a scandal that has rocked the world’s biggest social media network.

Zuckerberg agreed to meet leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about how political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, including up to 2.7 million in the EU.

In his opening remarks, Zuckerberg said it had “become clear over the last couple of years that we haven’t done enough to prevent the tools we’ve built from being used for harm as well.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: European Parliamentarians Quiz Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

9. Trump Casts Doubt on Planned Summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un

US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump.
(Photo: AP)

United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, 22 May, that there is a “substantial chance” his summit with Kim Jong-un will not take place as planned on 12 June amid concerns that the North Korean leader is not committed to denuclearisation.

Trump raised doubts about the Singapore summit in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea get away.

If the summit is called off or fails, it would be a major blow to what Trump supporters hope will be the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency, and a huge disappointment for Trump.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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