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Game up for Congress in Goa; 2 MLAs lured by Rane join BJP; making its tally 14

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.

Akbar decides to brazen it out; files defamation case against Priya Ramani

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 lawyers to B-town, #MeToo gets strong support from all quarters

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.

MeToo movement a bad omen for BJP; party not comfortable with such issues

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.

Rahul takes fight to expose Modi on Rafale to doors of HAL; staff told to stay away

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.