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# ‘Rajapaksa not PM till he clears floor test’

Changes are undemocratic: Sri Lanka Speaker Jayasuriya
In his first public confrontation yet with President Maithripala Sirisena since the dramatic events of October 26, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Monday indicated that he would not accept former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister until his majority is proven in parliament.

Citing the opinion of a majority of lawmakers that the recent changes were “undemocratic” and “inconsistent with the traditions of Parliament”, the Speaker said in a media statement: “I wish to emphasise that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament.”

Seeks Sirisena’s support

Pointing to President Sirisena’s earlier assurance to him that Parliament would be reconvened on November 7, Mr. Jayasuriya said: “If I am to follow the verbal assurance…it is my duty as Speaker to summon Parliament by 7th November and restore stability in the country. I consider it as the duty of His Excellency the President too to extend his support to me towards this end.”

Coming a day after President Sirisena’s announcement that Parliament would be reconvened on November 14, the Speaker’s statement suggests a shift in his approach to tackling the political crisis that broke out on October 26.

Sri Lanka has been in turmoil since Mr. Sirisena’s abrupt decision to sack his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint his former rival Mr. Rajapaksa in his place. Shortly after this, Mr. Sirisena prorogued Parliament for over a fortnight, drawing wide criticism.

While Mr. Jayasuriya, in a letter to Mr. Sirisena on October 28, urged him to reconvene Parliament, Monday’s statement suggested the Speaker may have now taken matters into his own hands.

Further, in a letter to select Colombo-based diplomats on Monday, Mr. Jayasuriya made no bones of his position on the matter, and termed the recent developments a “coup”, The Hindu learns. “The entire series of events can only be described a coup, albeit one without the use of tanks and guns,” Mr. Jayasuriya had said, diplomatic sources confirmed.

While it remains to be seen if the Speaker will reconvene Parliament on Wednesday, defying Mr. Sirisena’s announcement, the “new government” appeared keen on asserting its power.

# Centre failed in helping Titli victims, says Naidu

Chief Minister distributes cheques to the cyclone-hit
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has called upon people to register their protest against the Union government, which, according to him, has been doing injustice to the State.

Speaking at a public meeting organised at Palasa in the district on Monday to distribute cheques to the Titli cyclonic storm victims, Mr. Naidu alleged that the Centre had forgotten its responsibility of extending help to the victims. He found fault with YSR Congress Party and Jana Sena Party for their failure in questioning the Modi government on its ill-treatment towards the State.

Mr. Naidu pointed out the State government alone paid a compensation of Rs. 520 crore to the cyclone-affected people. He claimed that his government rose to the occasion on its own and instilled confidence in the people of Srikakulam district.

“The Union government created the national calamity fund to help the victims. But nothing has been done so far, although the total damage is more than Rs. 3,500 crore. Because of its attitude, I am trying to form an alternative force at the national level. And, as a part of it, I met AICC president Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders in New Delhi,” he said.

The Chief Minister accused the Centre of bringing disrepute to its agencies such as the Reserve Bank of India, CBI, and Enforcement Directorate. “All these factors made me to launch relentless fight against the NDA government,” said Mr. Naidu.

“Unfortunately, YSRCP has failed to question the Union government on the Titli issue. It is trying to get sympathy with ‘kodi kathi’ drama following attack on its leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan too failed in questioning the Modi government,” Mr. Naidu said.

# India vs West Indies: India may rework its combination

West Indies has the ammunition to make dents in the home team’s batting line-up
Shorter the format, bigger the thrill in cricket.

After the disappointing outings in the final two matches of the ODI series, West Indies gave a better account of itself in the opening T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. It would be keen to raise its game ando stop India from sealing the three-match series at the new Ekana Stadium here on Tuesday.

Stressful schedule
Two matches within three days is a sure-shot recipe to drain the players. The tight schedule forced the members of both sides to stay away from having a look at the newest international venue in the country on Monday.

One may expect the batsmen to get used to the pitch before swinging their bats for quick runs. An insider’s claim about the possibility of the pitch producing a modest total makes one anticipate another low-scoring affair.

For India, the recovery led by Dinesh Karthik and debutant Krunal Pandya with a useful unbroken 27-run partnership at the Eden came as a sigh of relief. Nevertheless, the area of improvement will be the top-order batting.

During this phase of experimentation, the team will not lose its sleep over a rare off day by its leading batsmen, including captain Rohit Sharma. They need to be a little more circumspect in their approach.

In the bowling department, India was exceptional. Expect for some odd overs which cost runs in double digits, the bowlers generally bowled in good areas and struck frequently to deny West Indies a chance of recovery.

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav again shone at his favourite venue and Krunal was parsimonious at the right stage to build pressure. When they bowled in tandem, they looked in command of the situation.

The three pacers, especially Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah, displayed their skill to test the West Indians thoroughly.

Despite the win in the first match, it may not be a surprise if India makes some changes to its playing XI.

West Indies batsmen will also focus on realising their potential which made the team World champion in the shortest format two years ago.

Names like Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite inspire confidence and the Carribbeans will fine-tune their game to come good at a stadium which is as good as a ‘neutral’ arena.

West Indies has the ammunition, a fine combination of pace and spin, to not only check India’s run flow but also make dents in the home team’s batting line-up. The way Brathwaite and Oshane Thomas dealt blows in Kolkata and motivated the rest of their colleagues to solidly defend a low aggregate would compel India to take note and find ways to meet the challenge.

Making it count
With just two matches left before the T20 series in Australia, India will try to make every opportunity count and travel Down Under with a morale-boosting clean sweep over the West Indies.

The touring party will be interested to spoil the host’s Diwali celebrations and turn the Chennai match into the decider.

The teams (from):

India: Rohit Sharma (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Umesh Yadav.

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre,Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas and Shai Hope.

# All eyes on bypoll results today

The results of three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in the State, which went to bypolls on Saturday, will be declared on Tuesday.

Even though the results, numerically, will make no difference to the government, it is seen as a test for the ties of the coalition partners Congress and JD(S), who have fielded consensus candidates, and a popularity test ahead of the general elections in 2019.

Interestingly, both JD(S)-Congress combine and the BJP are also attempting to make inroads into each other’s bastions in these polls. For instance, the Congress is trying to break the domination of BJP in Shivamogga and the BJP is trying to make its presence felt in Mandya where the JD(S) holds sway.

Prominent persons in the fray are Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha Kumaraswamy, State BJP president B.S. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y. Raghavendra, and former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa, among others.

Bypolls were held on Saturday for Mandya, Shivamogga, and Ballari Lok Sabha seats and Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi Assembly seats.

# India declares nuclear triad operational

India on Monday declared that its nuclear triad, stated in its nuclear doctrine, is operational after indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine INS Arihant achieved a milestone by conducting its first deterrence patrol.

This means that Arihant is now prowling the deep seas carrying ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi received today [Monday] the crew of ship submersible ballistic nuclear INS Arihant. The submarine recently returned from its first deterrence patrol,” the PMO said in a statement.

# Tipu Jayanti: Venue shifted out of Soudha

The State government has decided to shift the venue of the Tipu Jayanti celebrations in Bengaluru from the Banquet Hall in Vidhana Soudha to Ravindra Kalakshetra. It has also issued a series of instructions to be followed during the celebrations on Nov. 10 .

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