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N Srinivasan ousted as ICC chairman; Shashank Manohar to take over

Reports have indicated that former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan has been sacked as the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC), with current BCCI chief Shashank Manohar's name being put forward as the replacement for the former.

The decision was taken at BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is currently taking place in Mumbai. The BCCI-nominated person's term as ICC chief comes to an end in June, and it looks likely that Shahshank Manohar will be in charge of the reins till then.

Winter session of parliament to begin from 26 November


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The Winter Session of the Parliament is set to begin on 26 November and end on 23 December.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met at the Parliament House here, decided the dates of the upcoming Winter Session.

The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is keen to take up important legislations like the GST bill, Land Acquisition Bill, the Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill and Negotiable Instruments Arbitration Bill. The last session was a virtual washout.


#MyanmarElections: Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins all 12 of the first seats declared against USDP

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Myanmar's ruling party chairman conceded defeat to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday in the historic election.Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) leader Htay Oo said, "We lost," reports Reuters.

The vote count is still under way and no results have been officially announced, but preliminary reports from around the country indicate a wide margin of victory for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD).Htay Oo, a close ally of President Thein Sein said that they had realised why they lost.

Htay Oo said he was surprised by the scale of his defeat in his own parliamentary constituency in Hinthada.

Bihar results a 'serious political setback' for Narendra Modi: US media

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The Bihar assembly polls result is a direct and negative evaluation of the BJP's performance in the last one year, a US-based expert said on Monday, as the American media termed the party's stunning defeat as a "serious political setback" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Unlike the AAP's victory in Delhi, which was more a reflection of the electorate's disillusionment with politicians in general, this defeat represents a much more direct and negative evaluation of the BJP's performance over the last year. It seems that there is significant concern with both the economic and social policies of the government," said Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing at the University of Michigan.

Bar bribery case: HC orders fresh probe against KM Mani

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In a major setback to Congress, the Kerala High Court on Monday upheld the court's order to conduct further probe into bar bribery case in which Finance Minister K M Mani is involved.

Earlier, the government had appealed to the High Court seeking to quash the vigilance court order for further probe into the bar bribery case against K Mani.

With the high court refusing to stay the vigilance court' order, the demand for Mani's ouster would gain momentum within the ruling front.

"120 Somali pirates want to plead guilty in court"

In a major development, as many as 120 Somali pirates arrested by Mumbai Police in 2011 have told their Embassy officials that they want to plead guilty in the case. If the plea is accepted by the court, then the pirates will be convicted and they can undergo the jail term in their country, an official said. The prosecution informed about this development before the Mumbai sessions court last week. In all, 120 pirates were arrested between January and March 2011 and they were charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.

Book claims Bose lived in disguise

A book released in the UK has claimed that an unseen holy man who lived in several parts of Uttar Pradesh from 1950s to 1980s was in fact Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise. The book - 'What Happened to Netaji?' - by former journalist Anuj Dhar details three prominent theories of Bose's death before zeroing in on what has come to be known as the Faizabad angle to the Bose mystery.

"A source with a direct access to a highest-level contact in the government told me, strictly on the condition of anonymity, that the Prime Minister of India had in his possession an ultra secret file which held the key to unravelling the Bose mystery," Dhar said. That file, according to the author who has investigated this matter for 15 years, contains an admission that the holy man "Bhagwanji" of Faizabad was indeed Bose and that the government maintained contact with him.

India's green policy puts growth over environment: Expert

Noted environment expert Chandra Bhushan has said that India's environment policy was "pro-rich" that puts growth over environment, while claiming that Jawaharlal Nehru would have resisted the "decimation" of scientific institutions working in this field. Speaking on the theme 'Justice' during a seminar on Nehruvian ideals, Bhushan, the Deputy Director General of Center for Science and Environment (CSE), termed climate change as the biggest "injustice". He observed that unlike Nehru, today's leaders lacked the capacity to change their opinion on environmental issues on the face of new evidences.

West Bengal: Govt admits to malnutrition deaths

After several death of "malnourished" tea garden workers were reported from West Bengal, the state government has taken cognisance of the matter. The Mamata Banerjee government has also admitted to the fact that deaths were due to malnourished. As many as 26 people died across the closed gardens in the last four months. The state government has identified around 30 distressed gardens, including the ones owned by Duncans. A task force, that will give crucial inputs, to deal with the situation will be formed by the governemnt.