Top news of the day: Pragya Thakur calls Godse a patriot, BJP disagrees; CBI says probe to continue in Bofors case, and more

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Pragya Singh Thakur calls Nathuram Godse a patriot; BJP disagrees

BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur on May 16 kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”.

Probe to continue in Bofors case, says CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday said its probe in the Bofors case would continue in view of certain revelations made by one Michael Harshman.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke dies at 89

Bob Hawke, a transformative and charismatic left-wing lawmaker with a “larrikin’ streak who served as Australian Prime Minister from 1983 to 1991, died on Thursday aged 89, his family said.

Pragya Thakur comments on Nathuram Godse: Remember facts, not rhetoric, say Left parties

In the light of BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s comments on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse on Thursday, the Left parties have sounded caution that her statement is only meant to further polarise the voters.

Over 2 lakh ‘Game of Thrones’ fans sign petition to remake final season with ‘competent makers’

Over two lakh fans of Game of Thrones across the world have signed an online petition urging HBO to remake the eighth and final season of the epic fantasy series with “competent writers”. The petitioner, Dylan D, started the appeal to HBO on Charge.org after the premiere of the penultimate episode of the show, The Bells led to be one of its most divisive chapters.

CoA member Diana Edulji clears air on IPL 2019 trophy presentation controversy

Diana Edulji, a member of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), has clarified her position on the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy presentation controversy. Two days after Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) acting president C.K. Khanna presented the winner’s trophy to Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma last Sunday, reports surfaced stating that Edulji wanted to present the trophy against the protocol.

‘Mahagathbandhan’ will sweep Lok Sabha elections, says Tejashwi Yadav

A coalition of progressive parties will come together to form the next government and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will play a “central role” in the formation of the new dispensation, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Thursday.

Asian summer monsoon weakening unprecedented: Study

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon, which influences water availability, ecosystems and agriculture in India, has been decreasing over the past 80 years, according to a study.

3 militants killed after they gun down soldier, civilian

Three militants were killed in a gunfight after they shot dead a soldier and a civilian on May 16 in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said. The slain militants included the mastermind of the 2017 Lethpora ‘fidayeen’ attack. Three soldiers suffered injuries in the gun battle.

Pakistan’s currency reaches all-time low against U.S. dollar

Pakistan’s currency has reached a new all-time low against the dollar after the government last week reached a preliminary agreement with the IMF for $6 billion bailout. The Pakistani rupee dropped to 147 rupees to the dollar on Thursday morning.

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