1. Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister
2.Two shutters of Idamalayar dam lifted; Mullaperiyar and Idukki dam shutters raised further
3. FBI searches Donald Trump's Florida estate as part of presidential records probe
4. Migrant worker, who killed Kerala woman, nabbed from Chennai
5. CPM may ask Kozhikode Mayor to step down for attending RSS event
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1. JDU supremo Nitish Kumar on Tuesday resigned as Bihar chief minister after breaking ties with ally BJP for a second time in eight years. Nitish Kumar handed over his resignation to Governor Phagu Chauhan at 4 pm.
“All MPs and MLAs arrived at a consensus that we should leave the BJP-led NDA,” Nitish Kumar said after submitting his resignation. He is expected to form a new government with his old allies RJD and Congress along with Left parties.
The CM is understood to have told party legislators and MPs, at a meeting he convened at his official residence, that he had been driven against the wall by the BJP which tried to weaken his JD(U), first by propping up Chirag Paswan's rebellion and later through the party's former national president RCP Singh.
2. Authorities have asked residents on the banks of Periyar river to stay vigilant as two shutters of the Idamalayar dam were raised on Tuesday.
The shutters were raised by 50 cm to release 50 cubic metres of water per second. The water from the dam will first reach Bhoothathankettu and then flow towards airport area.
The water levels in Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams in Kerala have not come down even after lifting more shutters. In fact, the inflow to the reservoirs of these dams is increasing following the heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. Three shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam were raised further.
All the 13 shutters of the dam have been raised to release 9,237 cusecs of water per second. Water level in Mullaperiyar has also exceeded the rule curve now and there are concerns in Kerala that Tamil Nadu authorities – who are in charge of the dam – would release more water into the Periyar River.
In view of this, Kerala has asked Tamil Nadu to stick to the rule curve. Meanwhile, authorities will increase the volume of water being released from Idukki Dam on Tuesday.
Five shutters have been lifted. With water flowing to the Periyar River from Mullaperiyar Dam, houses located in areas such as Manchumala, Aattoram, Kadassikadavu and Karuppupalam were flooded.
3. Former US President Donald Trump said FBI agents raided his Mara Lago estate on Monday and
broke into his safe. His son acknowledged it was part of an investigation into Trump's removal of official presidential records from the White House to his Florida resort.
The unprecedented search of a former president's home would mark a significant escalation into the records investigation, which is one of several probes Trump is facing from his time in office and also relating to private business.
The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the search, which Trump in a statement called a raid and said involved a "large group of FBI agents."
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4. Migrant labourer Adam Ali, who was on the run after allegedly murdering an elderly woman in Thiruvananthapuram district, has landed in police custody.
Adam, a native of West Bengal, was nabbed by the Railway Protection Force from Chennai on Monday. A team of Kerala police has left for Chennai to bring him back to the state.
The police team probing the murder of 68-year-old Manorama at Kesavadasapuram had found that Ali was at the Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station in Thampanoor at 4.50 pm on Sunday. The police then alerted the law enforcement agencies in other states. Police have taken five West Bengal natives into custody for questioning in connection with the killing of Manorama.
The deceased was found dead in a well on the compound of her house by the police on Sunday night. The police have collected CCTV footage from a neighbouring house which shows Ali dragging Manorama's body and dumping it into the well.
5. Kozhikode Mayor Beena Philip's presence in an event organised by RSS-affiliated Balagokulam on Sunday has infuriated the CPM.
Going by the party precedence, she may be asked to quit the office of the Mayor, since her act of attending the programme violated CPM's proclaimed anti-right wing stand. CPM had made N Padma lochanan step down as Kollam Mayor for attending the inaugural function of the reception committee office of RSS's leadership meeting in February 2010. He was also suspended from the party.
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