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QWrap: Umar Khalid Shot At; Somnath Chatterjee Passes Away

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1. “I Thought of Gauri Lankesh”: Umar Khalid After Escaping Bullet

Minutes after JNU student leader Umar Khalid escaped unharmed after allegedly being shot at by an unknown assailant outside the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on Monday, 13 August, he told The Quint that he thought his “Gauri Lankesh moment” had arrived.

I was very scared at that moment when he pointed that gun at me. That moment I was being reminded of what happened to Gauri Lankesh. I thought that moment has arrived. I am very thankful for my friends who overpowered him and my life was saved.
Umar Khalid

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2. Key to 2019 is Regional Alternatives, Not a National Party: Sharad Pawar

With the ruling party already getting into overdrive mode for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah himself ensuring its allies stay close for the big battle, how prepared are the Opposition parties?

In an exclusive interview with The Quint’s Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar gives us insights into pre-poll alliances between the Congress and the regional players. Commenting on the possibility of an alternative regional leadership in India, Pawar said that the Congress must accept on-ground realities in order to bring a change of leadership in New Delhi.

Watch the full interview here.

3. Monsoon Misery: 39 Dead in Kerala, Landslides Leave Many Stranded

Death toll rises to 39 in flood-ravaged Kerala. More than 60,000 people have been displaced after 24 dams were opened across the state due to torrential rains.

The gates of the Idduki dam were again opened on 13 August to control the situation.

On 12 August, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made an aerial survey of two rain-ravaged districts of Kerala.

Terming the flood situation in Kerala following heavy rains as something never witnessed in the state since Independence, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced Rs 100 crore as immediate additional central relief.

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4. ‘Kalaignar’s Loyalists Are With Me’: Alagiri Betrays Cracks in DMK

“All of Kalaignar’s “true” loyalists and supporters are by my side, supporting me. Therefore, all I want to say is that time will tell the reasons for this.”
M K Alagiri, after paying respects at Karunanidhi’s memorial.

Karunanidhi’s son, MK Alagiri, was ousted from the party and from the post of Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers by Karunanidhi himself, in 2013. The prodigal son is back to reclaim what he has always felt was his political right – to succeed his father as the leader of DMK.

The political rivalry between MK Stalin and MK Alagiri stems from their individual differences as well as party cadres loyal to the respective leaders. Truth be told, the Alagiri faction with the DMK has always existed.

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5. For Her, Acting Was Like Breathing: Janhvi Kapoor On Mom Sridevi

Over the years she may have come across as a shy individual, but there are no two ways about the fact that she loved facing the camera.

Her comic timing was arguably the sharpest among her contemporaries, but what’s most beautiful are the bonds she shared with her near and dear ones.

On Sridevi’s birth anniversary, we remember the diva through husband Boney Kapoor, daughter Janhvi and close confidant, Manish Malhotra!

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6. Remembering Somnath Chatterjee: A Man Who Personified Democracy

I have absolute confidence in myself, and the fact that when I sit in the chair of the Speaker, I shall do my best to fulfil my role in a manner that will not raise any doubts in anybody’s mind. I am fully confident of that.”

Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, who has served for nearly 40 years in active politics, passed away on Monday, 13 August at 8:15 am, in a Kolkata hospital.

In a career spent observing, participating in and shaping India’s polity, Chatterjee won respect from all parties alike – a near anomaly in the history of Indian politics.

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Updated: August 13, 2018 — 3:33 pm
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