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QBullet: Stage Set for Modi’s Swearing-In; DU Admissions Open

1. The Stage is Set: Prime Minister Modi, His Council of Ministers Take Oath Today

PM Modi addresses the nation after his victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Hectic parleys were underway in New Delhi Wednesday, on the eve of the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for a second five-year term. BJP president Amit Shah was holding marathon meetings to finalise names for ministerial berths in the new government.

Before meeting Modi, Shah met Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar to discuss the ally’s representation in the NDA government. The meeting with Kumar triggered speculation that the Bihar ally, which returned to the BJP in April 2017 after three years, could get a significant role in the new government.

Shah reached out to leaders of other BJP allies over phone, asking them to inform him about their respective choices for ministerial posts. Kumar was the only ally Shah met.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. Citing Health, Arun Jaitley Opts Out of New Govt, PM Modi Calls on Him

Arun Jaitley’s letter to PM Modi, opting out of the new cabinet.

Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister in the first Modi government and the voice of the BJP and its governments for almost three decades, has opted out of the new government citing health reasons.

Hours after he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, which he also posted on his Twitter handle on the eve of the swearing-in ceremony, Modi called on him at his residence and their meeting lasted almost half an hour.

In his letter, Jaitley, who has been undergoing treatment, said he has faced serious health challenges in the last 18 months and needs to recuperate.

(Source: The Indian Express)

3. US Takes India Off Currency Watchlist

Image of Indian currency used for representational purposes.

The US government Wednesday removed India from its list of major trading partners to be closely monitored for potentially questionable foreign exchange policies with the move coming amid escalating trade tensions between the two countries.

India has been removed from the list for “addressing” some of the Trump administration’s concerns over its currency practices and macroeconomic policies, according to the Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States report released by the US Treasury department Wednesday. According to it, the only factor of concern from India is its “significant” bilateral trade surplus with the US, which crosses the country’s maximum limit of $20 billion.

The US includes major trading partners in its monitoring list if they meet at least two of three criteria – if it has either a significant bilateral trade surplus with the US, if it has a material current account surplus or if it is engaged in “persistent one-sided intervention” in the foreign exchange market.

(Source: The indian Express)

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4. DU’s Registration Process Begins Today

Faculty of Arts building in the North Campus of Delhi University.

The online registration process for admissions to undergraduate courses in Delhi University (DU) colleges will start from Thursday afternoon. The date for cut-offs are yet to be announced.

The registration for postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses and the postgraduate course in cyber security and law will begin on 3 June.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, DU Registrar Tarun Das said, “All eligible applicants are informed that the registration process for all programmes is completely online for all categories and for all quotas. The details of the registration process and subsequent procedure will be available in the bulletin information, which will be available online in a downloadable format in the hyperlinks.”

The last date of registration is yet to be announced.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Police Say 3 Docs Triggered Social Rift, Accused Claim it’s ‘Not Even Ragging’

The Agripada police probing the suicide of Dr Payal Tadvi said though the accused, who belonged to a higher caste, had mentally harassed her, and police needed to investigate if they had any other intentions. Further, the plea said the accused had committed acts that triggered rift in society. “This has caused fear among SC students. In order to reassure them and for the sake of natural justice, police custody of the accused is needed,” the remand plea said. “If they were doing this to a well-educated doctor who has taken such an extreme step, this has to be extremely serious,” said the prosecution.

The cops claimed they needed to investigate why the accused had gone to the room where she committed suicide. A suicide note had not yet been found. Custody of the accused was required to ascertain if they had hidden or destroyed the suicide note. Public prosecutor Veena Shelar said the statements of more witnesses, including juniors, were yet to be recorded and they were scared to come forward. If the accused were not kept in jail, they might not come forward.

Nitin Satpute, advocate for the victim’s family, claimed this was a murder as there were marks on her back. He also said there is a possibility that the accused might have “hanged the deceased”.

(Source: The Times of India)

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6. Patnaik Takes Oath as Odisha CM for 5th Term

Braving temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius, nearly 7,000 people thronged the Exhibition Ground on Wednesday to watch Naveen Patnaik, 72, take oath as Odisha chief minister for a fifth term, at the end of which he is set to emerge as the longest-serving CM ever.

Twenty-one ministers were also sworn in at the ceremony that lasted several hours, interspersed by cheers from party workers and loyalists, with the loudest slogans reserved for Patnaik himself.

A motley mix of supporters, ranging from industrialists and surgeons to 2,100 women from self-help groups, attended the ceremony. There were no speeches at all. Oaths were taken in either Odia or English as per individual preference, and also in the Santhali tribal language by minister Sudam Marandi.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia to Attend PM Modi’s Swearing-in Ceremony

Congress President Rahul Gandhi chairs crucial CWC meeting after Lok Sabha Elections result.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening at Rashtrapati Bhavan, party sources said.

The two Congress leaders are among those invited by the prime minister to the ceremony.

They have accepted the invite, they said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. After BJP Calls Families of Killed, Mamata Backs Out

Hours after the BJP invited the families of 54 party workers allegedly killed in political violence across West Bengal to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, 29 May said she will not attend the ceremony in Delhi.

Instead, she announced that she will travel to North 24 Parganas Thursday, 30 May to protest against attacks on Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers by the BJP after the Lok Sabha poll results last week.

On receiving an invitation Tuesday, Banerjee had said she would attend the event as a matter of “constitutional courtesy” after discussing the matter with other Chief Ministers.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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9. One Killed and Over 70 Injured In Separate Clashes In J&K

Protesters pelt stones at the police during a clash, in Srinagar on 21 October. The protest was over the death of seven civilians in the Kulgam blast.

A stone-pelter was killed and 20 others injured in Shopian district, while 50 protesters were wounded in Kulgam district after clashing with security forces at these two encounter sites in southern Kashmir.

On Wednesday evening, a joint team of Army, CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K Police launched a cordon-and-search operation in Gugloora area of Shopian’s Pinjoora. In a bid to disrupt the operation, a group of Kashmiri youths pelted stones on the search party.

Security forces had to used tear gas shells, pellets and live ammunition to disperse the mob, in which 20 protesters were injured. Among those wounded, three with bullet injuries were taken to Shopian district hospital where one Sajad Ahmad Parray of Shopian’s Buderhama was declared brought dead, said a police officer.

(Source: The Times of India)

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