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Nation Politics 21 May 2019 News Digest: A sharp ...

News Digest: A sharp, speed read of the day's headlines

Published May 21, 2019, 3:53 pm IST
Updated May 23, 2019, 12:47 am IST
Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.
(Photo: File)
 (Photo: File)

Mumbai: Have you missed any news today? Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.

Opposition is "frustrated", says Shah: "Protesting against EVM is disrespect of the people's mandate. The 22 opposition parties are frustrated with the defeat and tarnishing the image of our democracy by raising questions over it," Shah said in a series of tweets


Read: 'Opposition is frustrated, blaming EVMs is disrespecting mandate,' says Amit Shah

EC rejects Opposition concerns: The issue to change the protocol for counting was discussed by the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora at his meeting with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra.

Read: VVPAT after EVM counting, EC rejects Opposition concerns

Rahul vs Modi, who campaigned more?: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed more than 140 rallies each in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the opposition leader scoring a tad better in terms of voter outreach by also holding eight press conferences.


Read: Election 2019: Modi addressed 142 rallies, Rahul 145 plus eight pressers

Pawar takes lead to form non-BJP front: Nationalist Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar has played a role of matchmaker between various parties for a non-BJP front. Pawar has reached out to YSR Congress’s Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrasekhar Rao and Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Read: Pawar plays matchmaker, looks for new partners for a non-BJP front

IAF Rafale office broken into in France: Unidentified persons broke into the Indian Rafale project management team office in France on Sunday night in a possible espionage attempt to steal data related to the aircraft critical to India's national security plans.


Read: Indian Air Force Rafale office broken into in France

Terrorists killed in Kashmir: Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists neutralized: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were neutralised in the encounter and huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession, the police said on Wednesday.

Read: 2 Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists neutralised in Kulgam encounter

Paswan takes on opposition: Paswan lashes out ot oppn, calls them sore losers: Union Minister and BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday dubbed the opposition "sore losers" and claimed that their "desperation" over the VVPAT issue was an indication of their defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.


Read: Opposition sore losers, desperation over VVPAT issue indication of defeat: Paswan

Chinese accuse Trump for deteriorating relations: China’s ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday in an interview with Fox News that Washington repeatedly "changed its mind overnight" and sunk deals that could have ended the two countries' trade war.

READ: 'US changed mind overnight': Chinese Ambassador blames Trump for sinking trade deal

DNA test confirms death of Lanka attack mastermind: Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed through DNA tests that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was Zahran Cassim, the leader of the local terror group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ).


READ: DNA test confirms death of Sri Lanka Easter blasts mastermind

Sharad looking to make non-BJP front: Pawar has reached out to YSR Congress’s Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrasekhar Rao and Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The functionary said K Chandrasekhar Rao confirmed to Pawar that his party would be open to supporting the United Progressive Alliance in the event of a hung Parliament.

READ: Pawar plays matchmaker, looks for new partners for a non-BJP front

Rahul Gandhi to party workers: Seeking to bolster the morale of his party's workers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked them to not be disheartened by fake exit poll results and urged them to stay alert and vigilant.


Read: Don't be disheartened by fake exit polls, Rahul Gandhi tells party workers

TikTok star shot dead: A 24-year-old gym trainer and social media star was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen on Tuesday in outer Delhi’s Najafgarh.

Read: TikTok celebrity Mohit Mor shot dead near Delhi

Bhaichung Bhutia on Sikkim politics: Bhaichung Bhutia has been a prominent face of Indian football for over a decade. The Sikkim-born footballer is considered to be the torchbearer of Indian Football due to his remarkable playing career. However, Bhutia's journey took a different path when he ventured into politics. Now the big question is: Would he be able to score a magnificent goal in the field of politics too? Bhutia tells us in an exclusive interview with Deccan Chronicle.


Read: Bhaichung Bhutia takes the field, has major goals for his Hamro Sikkim Party

Naqvi attacks Congress: Attacking the Congress and other opposition parties for raising concerns about EVMs, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said they want to “discredit” democracy as they are unable to digest “defeat of the dynasty”.

Read: Unable to digest 'defeat of dynasty', Opposition wants to discredit democracy: Naqvi

 ISRO launches radar imaging satellite:  In a pre-dawn launch on Wednesday, Indian space agency ISRO scripted history by successfully launching earth observation satellite RISAT-2B that would enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities among others.


Read: 'Cloud proof': ISRO launches radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B

PM Modi comments on Narendra Singh Tomar's remark:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told his ministerial colleagues that this Lok Sabha election was like a pilgrimage for him. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: "PM Modi said that he has seen many elections but this election's campaign did not seem like a campaign. He said it was like a pilgrimage for him."

Read: 'This Lok Sabha election was like pilgrimage for me,' says PM Modi