QWrap: Karnataka Election Aftermath; Another Storm Warning
Video Editor: Vishal Kumar
1. Karnataka Elections: JD(S)-Congress Meet Governor Amidst Deadlock
The Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) and Congress leaders met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Wednesday, 16 May, to press their claim for government formation.
"We have submitted a list of 117 MLAs to governor and requested him to consider our claim to form government," JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said.
In a press conference after the meet, KPCC chief G Parameshwara said “Governor assured us he would act as per Constitution, Supreme Court judgments and precedents”.
Track minute-to-minute update from the Karnataka Election aftermath here.
2. IMD Issues 72 Hours Warning About Thunderstorm
After a dust storm hit the national capital early Wednesday, Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning for next 72 hours anticipating similar weather conditions across large parts of north India including Delhi.
According to the warning bulletin issued in the morning, "Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (with speed 50-70 kms) very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh".
The same predictions have been made for tomorrow at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Police said that an 18-year-old man was killed and 13 people injured in the dust storm that hit the city in the early hours of the day.
Track live updates here.
3. Shame! Big Bollywood Stars Absent at the Women’s March at Cannes
While the world was watching 82 women march on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, our biggest stars who are regulars at the film festival were nowhere to be seen. But thankfully two Indian women were part of the 82 who walked down the red carpet and stood on the steps at the 71st Cannes festival to protest against gender inequality at the festival and in the film industry.
A big shout out to Rasika Duggal and Nandita Das from team Manto who did what was need of the hour.
But, how many of our Indian actors who are regularly seen at Cannes were there? NONE!
Watch the full video here.
4. Walmart-Flipkart Deal: Govt Policies Hamstring Our Entrepreneurs
As with anger, so with euphoria; both cloud reason. So I was waiting for the congratulatory din to subside before giving my assessment. Honestly, it’s very mixed.
But first things first: A huge salute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the Bansal Boys (Sachin and Binny) and their team of Flipsters for miraculously succeeding against a hostile government which handcuffed and threw them to the wolves of competition. I will dive into that regulatory perfidy a bit later.
In this take by The Quint’s Editor-in-Chief Raghav Bahl on the Walmart-Flipkart deal he explains how the Indian Kohinoor of e-commerce was taken away by foreign sharks. Watch here.
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