Karnataka crisis: Congress calls legislature party meet on Jan 18

A day after two independent MLAs withdrew support to the ruling coalition in Karnataka, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Wednesday asserted that none of his party legislators were going to quit and said a clear picture would emerge on Thursday.

"Not even one MLA is going to quit Congress. I have contacted my MLAs, and therefore, I am telling you this very confidently. In fact, by Thursday evening, you will have a clear picture about Karnataka," he said.

Kumaraswamy lands in controversy for his ‘shoot mercilessly’ remarks

Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy embroiled in a controversy after a purported video, showing him ordering a police official to "shoot mercilessly" those who killed a JD(S) worker in Mandya, went viral.

With the chief minister drawing flak over his response, he said "it was an emotional outburst" and he did not mean it.

The opposition BJP lashed out at Kumaraswamy over the issue and termed it "irresponsible and nonsense".

Congress faces discontent over Karnataka ministry rejig

Disgruntlement within the Congress triggered by the H D Kumaraswamy ministry rejig in Karnataka continued to simmer on Monday with miffed ministerial aspirants  pouring out their anger

publicly. Sulking over being dropped as minister, Ramesh Jarkiholi indicated his plans to quit as party MLA and said he would make his decision public in four days.

Supporters of another senior state Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy staged a protest after holding a meeting here and expressing displeasure about their leader not being considered during the cabinet expansion Saturday.

ISRO calls for global proposals to carry experiments on Venus mission

ISRO has invited proposals from the international scientific community to carry out novel experiments on its planned Venus mission, scheduled to launch in 2023, the space agency said.

The call presents an opportunity for scientists from foreign space agencies, research laboratories and academic universities to study Venus, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement.

Venus is often described as the “twin sister” of the Earth because of the similarities in size, mass, density, bulk composition and gravity.

Union minister Ananth Kumar dies of lung cancer at 59

FC BureauUnion Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar died at the Sankara Hospital in Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday after battling lung cancer for several months. Kumar, 59, had been undergoing treatment in the US and the UK and had only returned to Bengaluru recently.

K’taka Diwali cracker: Cong-JDS beat BJP 4-1 in bypolls

Karnataka’s JD(S)-Congress coalition on Tuesday won two of the three Lok Sabha seats and both the assembly constituencies in fiercely fought bypolls, giving a shot in the arm to the ruling combine that faces frequent questions about its longevity.

The BJP suffered an embarrassing reverse in Ballari, a seat it had been winning since 2004 with a vice-like grip of the mine-rich district by the controversial Reddy brothers, but it managed to hold on to the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.

Now #MenToo to ‘expose’ harassment by women

On the lines of #Metoo, a group of 15 people, including a former French diplomat acquitted in a sexual abuse case in 2017, has launched a #MenToo movement, asking men to come out and speak openly about the sexual harassment faced by them at the hands of women.

Cong wins closely fought civic polls in Karnataka; BJP falters

Less than four months after the Assembly election, the Congress on Monday won the most seats in Karnataka’s 105 urban local bodies, pushing the BJP to the second spot, and voicing confidence that a Congress-JD(S) combine will sweep the Lok Sabha polls.

Swallowing the pain of coalition, says a tearful Kumaraswamy

Reflecting strains in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has said he was “not happy” being in the top post.   Opposition BJP dismissed Kumaraswamy’s emotional breakdown,  terming him as a “legendary actor” and accusing him of “fooling common man.”

The Congress and the JD(S) had bitterly fought against each other for the May 12 Assembly polls, but joined hands to form the government as the election threw up a hung verdict.