Two Goa Congress lawmakers have met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi and quit, ending the party's razor-thin edge in the 40-member assembly. The party has been reduced from 16 to 14 MLAs and is now evenly matched with the BJP, which is trying to hold its coalition together as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar battles a pancreatic condition.
With the Sabarimala Hindu temple set to open on Wednesday for its monthly puja, Kerala BJP President P.S. Sreedharan Pillai warned the Left government to resolve the issue of women visitors or face "severe consequences".
Ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will not resign as the head of the BJP-led coalition government, Goa BJP President Vinay Tendulkar said, ruling out "rumours" that the former Defence Minister was likely to step down from his post due to ill-health.
Amid severe criticism from Congress leaders, the foundation stone for the "Museum of Prime Ministers" was laid by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri at the Teen Murti estate.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has spoken with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
Junior Minister in the foreign office MJ Akbar seems to have decided to brazen out the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against him during his days as editor in two newspapers. A day after he returned from his official trip to Africa, Akbar seemed to want to send out a message to women coming out in the open against him by filing a criminal defamation suit against one journalist Priya Ramani. Not to be cowed down Ramani said that she was ready to fight the case and that truth and the absolute truth was her only defence.
From two Mumbai-based lawyers volunteering to provide legal aid to victims of sexual harassment and assault to Bollywood personalities like Swara Bhasker and Malaika Arora coming out in the open to support women who have shared their experiences, the current #MeToo wave in India refuses to die down anytime soon.
Reacting to the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked him to submit an explanation within a week.
There are several reasons why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is palpably uneasy about the "Me-too" movement against the sexual harassment of women at the workplace, especially when Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar is in the line of fire. As a newspaper has noted, several ministers literally ran away when asked about the allegations against Akbar.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took his fight to expose the Modi government on the Rafale deal to the gates of HAL the public sector company producing fighter aircraft for defence purposes. The questioned he raised was the government’s undermining of HAL and handing over the offset contract in the Rafale deal to a private company floated by Anil Ambani’s Reliance days before the contract went its way.