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News18 Daybreak| Rajasthan Cabinet to Take Oath Today With 23 Ministers and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

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Updated:December 24, 2018, 11:31 AM IST
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News18 Daybreak| Rajasthan Cabinet to Take Oath Today With 23 Ministers and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For
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What to watch out for

Rajasthan cabinet to take oath today with 23 ministers

The swearing-in-ceremony of Rajasthan’s cabinet will take place today. 23 newly elected legislators are likely to be inducted. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot returned from the state capital on Sunday after rounds of discussion with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi over the selection of the cabinet ministers. According to a party leader, as many as 22 Congress and one alliance partner (an RLD MLA) have been chosen in the cabinet formation.

BJP making inroads in Odisha with PM Modi’s visit

Prime Minister Modi will start his four-day visit to Odisha today, where he will be inaugurating various projects including the IIT Bhubaneswar campus and the Lalitgiri Museum. Later, he will address a mega public rally at Gosala in Khurda where it is believed that the Prime Minister will be sounding the poll bugle. The BJP is looking to take on the incumbent Biju Janata Dal-led government in Odisha in next year's general elections. Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister and President of BJD met with Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday to discuss the possibility of a federal front. Both, highlighted the need for regional parties to unite to provide an alternative to the Congress and BJP-led alliances.

Shiv Sena to hold Dharma Sabha today for Ram Temple

Shiv Sena will be holding a Dharma Sabha in the temple town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra today. The religious convention is intended to push its ally at the Centre, the BJP, to confirm a date for the construction of the Ram temple. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray told reporters, "Through the Dharma Sabha, we want to wake up the Narendra Modi government from its Kumbhakaran-like slumber and take up the Ram temple construction immediately." Earlier this month, Thackeray visited Ayodhya, where he addressed a Dharma Sabha of religious leaders.

What you might have missed

Eleven women chased away by devotees at Kerala’s Sabrimala Temple

A group of eleven women between the ages of 30-40 years attempted to enter Kerala’s Sabrimala temple, only to be turned away. The group was forced to run for safety after being chased by hundreds of devotees. The women are members of the Chennai-based women empowerment outfit ‘Manithi’. The incident that took place yesterday is one amongst a series of conflicts spurred by the Ayyappa devotees who have opposed the Supreme Court verdict overturning the temple’s entry policy which disallowed women “of a menstruating age” from entering.

222 dead and over 800 injured in deadly tsunami in Indonesia

Over 222 people are dead and 843 people have been injured by a tsunami which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the Western tip of Java on Saturday. Search teams are looking for the 28 missing people. According to authorities, the death toll is expected to rise as many affected areas have yet to be reached. 556 houses, nine hotels, 60 culinary stalls and 350 boats were known to have been damaged. The tsunami is thought to be the result of underwater landslides caused by the eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano.

Assam’s long awaited Bogibeel Bridge to be inaugurated on December 25

Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge between the banks of the Brahmaputra river is finally nearing its completion. The bridge is the second largest one in Asia, spanning a length of 4.9 kms. Having gone through a series of missed deadlines and protests, the Bridge will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi on December 25. Despite, the major role this bridge will play in the economic growth in the region, all doesn’t seem well for the local boatmen and the small shopkeepers whose livelihoods will be affected by the bridge.

India's longest railroad bridge - Bogibeel Bridge in Assam. (Image: ANI/Twiter)

On reel

Thirty-three years on, the historic Narmada Bachao Andolan is still rallying against the displacement of thousands of people and villages. Added to this list were the 2,00,000 people impacted by the recently inaugurated Sadar Sarovar Dam. What happened to those who were displaced by the “temples of modernity”? Were they rehabilitated? News18.com finds out.

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