China: Premier Li stresses tax, fee cuts to stimulate market vitality

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Premier Li stresses tax, fee cuts to stimulate market vitality

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) presides over a work conference on tax cuts and fee reductions in Jinan, capital city of east China’s Shandong Province, May 24, 2019.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday stressed tax cuts and fee reductions to stimulate market vitality, ensure employment and achieve a steady and healthy economic development.

Li made the remarks while presiding over a work conference in Jinan, capital city of east China’s Shandong Province.

Senior officials from Shandong, Jiangsu, Fujian, Henan and Guizhou provinces attended the conference.

They said that tax cuts and fee reductions had greatly alleviated financial burdens on market entities, and increased household incomes. The policy has played a key role in ensuring stable expectations and economic growth.

Li said hundreds of millions of market entities were “pillars” of keeping employment stable and also “engines” of driving economic growth.

Although tax and fee cuts will reduce fiscal revenues in the near term, they will increase companies’ confidence in investment and development, help boost employment, ensure sustainable economic growth and expanded sources of tax revenues, he said.

Governments at all levels should work together to ensure that all industries see their financial burdens decrease, Li said, while stressing that prices of agricultural production means should be kept stable.

Tax and fee reductions will create big pressure on government budgets at all levels. To support the lightening of the burden on enterprises, governments at all levels must tighten their belts and find workable means of raising funds, Li said.

He urged local governments to spend thriftily and use the saved capital to support the construction of key projects and the improvement of people’s livelihoods.

Veterans Affairs hospital for malpractice, forged records after vet files formal complaint and sues

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Feds probing Veterans Affairs hospital for malpractice, forged records after vet files formal complaint and sues

Feds probing Veterans Affairs hospital for malpractice, forged records after vet files formal complaint and sues
Veteran, Gary Zambito, enters the Primary/Specialty Care Pavilion, at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York, for treatment. (David Wexler/for New York Daily News)
In June 1970, in the thick of the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrators upset over the invasion of Cambodia took over a U.S. Navy building in Evanston, Ill. and beat 20-year-old Ensign Gary Zambito into unconsciousness.

Injuries from that attack forced the young law officer out of the armed services and caused him health problems for the next 50 years, including fainting spells, heart irregularities and high blood pressure.

Now in his 70s, Zambito turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically the Northport VA hospital on Long Island, for treatment he needed and was qualified to receive. But instead of getting better, he nearly ended up dead from a combination of misdiagnoses and neglect, according to a federal lawsuit and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.

Zambito sued the federal government for $4 million, the outcome of which is pending. The government has denied any wrongdoing, but the U.S. Attorney’s office in Central Islip has taken up a criminal investigation into malfeasance at the clinic, according to sources, which could result in criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office would not confirm a criminal investigation, but the Daily News saw emails indicating a probe has been opened.

His ordeal with the Northport VA hospital began in December 2015 when Zambito, a Long Island resident, went there for a cardiology referral to treat increasingly frequent fainting spells that ended in blackouts, according to court papers.

“Mr. Zambito came to Northport VAMC as a Veteran with disabilities in need of proper medical care,” Benjamin P. Pomerance, a deputy director of the state VA liaison office, wrote in a February 2019 email to the hospital’s administrators. Zambito was referred to Pomerance by a veterans’ law clinic.

“What Mr. Zambito got instead from Northport VAMC was lies, broken promises, negligence, misconduct, further physical injuries, extraordinary mental strain and exhaustion, a set of multiple falsified medical records, an attending urologist whom Mr. Zambito simply cannot trust any longer, and cancerous tumors on Mr. Zambito’s kidneys that were never properly medically treated by the Northport VAMC despite the fact that treatment was readily available.”

The Veterans’ Administration and Northport VA hospital declined to comment because of the pending litigation.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (David Wexler/for New York Daily News)

Zambito told doctors at the Northport VA hospital that the 1970 attack had left him with heart irregularities, and that after tests he was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, an abnormally rapid heart rhythm. But, Zambito said in interviews and court records, doctors could not identify the cause of the fainting spells and he crashed onto sidewalks 18 times, injuring his eye, face, hands and knees. He said questions about the possibility of a relationship between his heart condition and fainting were ignored.

In his complaint to the VA, Pomerance wrote, “These injuries would have been avoided if the cardiology unit had diagnosed Mr. Zambito appropriately and treated him accordingly, rather than summarily dismissing him from their care.”

After three years of struggling with the VA hospital, the veteran said he went to a private doctor, who gave him an electrocardiogram and determined that his heart condition, which resulted from the attack, could be treated with a drug called Flecanide Acetate. It was prescribed on March 11, 2017, and quickly eliminated the fainting problem, he said.

“If they had given me that medication 14 months earlier, I would never have had those 18 (fainting spells) and never have suffered my five permanently disabling injuries, which are all service related because they were caused by the attack on the naval facility,” Zambito explained.

Still, Zambito said he kept seeking help at Northport because he could not afford private care. He was now walking with crutches, and using braces for his neck, right arm and hand and a patch on his right eye but relied on public transportation because he could not afford to use car services.

During the course of his cardiology treatment, tests showed growths on his kidneys and doctors prescribed surgery. Zambito said that urologist Dr. John Fitzgerald told him that because of his heart condition, removing the tumors under general anesthesia could be fatal. So, Zambito said, the doctor referred him to a private clinic, which he co-owned, for treatment under local anesthesia.

But, Zambito said, when he showed up for the procedure it was scheduled for general anesthesia.

“Had this surgery proceeded as scheduled, I would have been placed at risk of life-altering negative consequence, perhaps even death,” he told The News.

Zambito claims that after confronting him, the doctor began missing appointments but stated in records that the veteran was the “no show.” Zambito said on one trip to the Northport VA hospital he waited 8 hours, only to be told, without explanation, that the doctor was not available.

Ultimately, the doctor told Zambito the cancerous tumors could not be treated using local anesthesia, according to correspondence between the state and VA administrators. Pomerance noted in correspondence to the VA that verbally and in writing, the doctor used the word “impossible” to describe the chances of any medical provider offering this treatment to Zambito.

Fitzgerald, through his assistant, deferred comment to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Zambito’s dire circumstances drove him to find a treatment, and he ended up in Manhattan at the VA hospital on E. 23rd St. He said that within a couple of hours he was scheduled for treatment at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

“Had Mr. Zambito not taken these additional steps on his own, he would still be waiting for this medically necessary procedure without the slightest hope for resolution from the doctors and other medical leaders whom he was supposed to trust as experts in his care,” Pomerance told the VA in an email.

Afghanistan: Senior Cleric Among Casualties in Kabul Mosque Blast

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Senior Cleric Among Casualties in Kabul Mosque Blast

Friday, 24 May, 2019 – 11:30
Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan December 18 ,2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
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A bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during Friday prayers, officials said, killing three people including a religious scholar and wounding at least 20 men who had gathered for worship.

The preacher, Samiullah Raihan, was a supporter of the Western-backed Afghan government which Taliban militants are trying to bring down. He was also a member of the National Ulema Council, Afghanistan’s top Muslim clerical body.

Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.

Jan Agha, a district police official, said the bomb was apparently planted in the microphone used by the mosque leader.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and ISIS militants regularly stage attacks in the capital.

The explosion hit at a time when dozens of men had gathered for prayers. The death toll could rise, said a second official.

Interpretation of Cultivation Theory according to Our Society

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I wrote this as a segment from Mass Media Theories course assignment for my MA evening class.

It’s just a draft written in a tight submission schedule. So I ask the reader to have mercy if I have mistakenly made any wrong statement.

Cultivation theory hypothesize that the teaching of a common roles, and common values. The theory is based on the assumption that mass media have subtle effects on audiences who unknowingly absorb the dominant symbols, images and messages of media.

My interpretation of Cultivation theory In Ethiopian context:

The young society has recently been exposed to the conspiracy theory movies like Michael Moore’s we didn’t land on the moon, David Icke’s the biggest secret and the BBC conspiracy theory documentary on Illuminati: the new world order Which led to the widely accept notion that the world is controlled by very few ill will psychopathic control freak rich people…

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(Philosophy Poem) The Lord’s Path To Walk

The Lord’s Path To Walk

 

If you walk with The Lord fear not the path you tread

Like the Perfect Doctor He always protects and saves

The wise do not have the wisdom of their own Creator

A sensible person clings to His laws as Divine Oracles

Guard yourself with His Light upon your feet and heart

 

Know what you will say before your words are formed

There is a time that all should stay quiet and to listen

Draw upon your G-d given wisdom when your speaking

The heart of the fool walks within the prints of a Dragon

If our friend mocks the path you walk he is indeed no friend

 

In the days of our life do we make one more important than others

Do we not all along with the Earth rotate around the same Sun

In The Lord’s wisdom each day and each season is appointed to us

We were all made of dust and to it we shall all surely return again

Follow The Lord’s path and His words for they are exalted and blessed

 

Do not give power over your Soul to anyone else for our Creator owns us

All of the Lords works is in pairs of two like a coin with two sides two faces

The wise listen and obey their Master’s voice but the fool walks in darkness

Excel in your daily walk with The Lord, put no undue strain upon your honor

We shall all receive our due inheritance from the life that we choose to walk

 

 

Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, Resigns: Live Updates

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Theresa May, Britain’s Prime Minister, Resigns: Live Updates

Mrs. May announced Friday morning that she would be stepping down, after repeatedly failing to win Parliament’s approval for a deal to withdraw Britain from the European Union.

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A successor to Theresa May will be chosen before Parliament’s summer break, the Conservative Party chairman said. She will continue as prime minister until the leadership contest is finished.

Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street in London on Friday. Her premiership has been beset by crises. Credit Simon Dawson/Reuters

Facing a cabinet rebellion, Theresa May announced on Friday morning her decision to leave office. She spoke briefly after meeting with Graham Brady, a powerful leader of backbench Conservative lawmakers.

Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, Mrs. May said it was in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister” to lead Britain through the Brexit process. She announced plans to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, with the process to replace her beginning the following week.

“I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that,” she added. “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so.”

Mrs. May’s voice cracked as she said she was honored to serve the country as the “second female prime minister, but certainly not the last,” and said the role had been the honor of her life.

Conservative lawmakers have been deeply frustrated by Mrs. May’s failure to deliver on Brexit, which became the government’s central — some would say its sole — preoccupation after the country voted to leave the union in a 2016 referendum.

But the breaking point has come at an awkward moment, with President Trump scheduled to arrive in Britain on June 3 for a state visit and to take part in events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings that preceded the end of World War II.

Mrs. May’s authority was profoundly undermined in 2017, when she unexpectedly called a general election, then conducted a poor campaign and lost the majority in Parliament that she had inherited from her predecessor, David Cameron. The Conservatives remained in power with the support of a small Northern Ireland party.

Deep divisions in her Cabinet over the approach to Brexit weakened her at home. By contrast, the European Union remained remarkably unified in its negotiating strategy, and it remains doubtful that another British leader will get a deal any more palatable than the one Mrs. May agreed to.

Her ability to soak up political punishment and plow on regardless won her admiration, even from some of her many critics. But the pressure on her increased after disastrous local election results this month, when the Conservatives lost more than 1,300 seats in municipalities around the country and voters vented their frustration over the Brexit infighting and deadlock.

Then, the government announced that Britain would, after all, take part in elections to the European Parliament this week — another symbol of Mrs. May’s failure to achieve a withdrawal. Britons voted on Thursday, but the results will be announced on Sunday, after all the European Union countries have gone to the polls. They are expected to be catastrophic for the Conservatives.

Dominic Raab, the former Brexit secretary who would like to take Mrs. May’s place, described her statement as “dignified.” Credit Simon Dawson/Reuters

It has been a long time since so many prominent political figures had nice things to say about Mrs. May.

Compliments poured in from opposition lawmakers who have tried to oust her, and from fellow Conservatives who have undermined her and hope to take her place. Some were backhanded, some barbed, and still others gave no hint of the history of animosity behind them.

“Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party,” tweeted Boris Johnson, who quit Mrs. May’s cabinet over Brexit and who has never concealed his ambition to be prime minister.

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A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.

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Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, retweeted Mr. Johnson with the comment, “What a hypocrite.”

Two other Conservatives who quit Mrs. May’s cabinet over Brexit and would like to take her place, Dominic Raab and Andrea Leadsom, described her statement as “dignified.”

“An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty,” Ms. Leadsom tweetedMr. Raab wrote, “She remains a dedicated public servant, patriot and loyal Conservative.”

The statement from Tom Watson, deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, was no bouquet of roses, saying that Mrs. May “had an unenviably difficult job, and she did it badly,” and scolding “those who have plotted her downfall to further their own ambitions. But even he added, “she tried to do what was right for our country,” and “she was honorable in her intentions.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, dispensed with any pretense of a tribute. “She’s now accepted what the country’s known for months: She can’t govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party.”

Boris Johnson, the hard-line Brexit supporter and former foreign secretary, is one of the candidates to replace Mrs. May.Credit Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Mrs. May’s departure could set off a ferocious succession contest within her governing Conservative Party, though lawmakers have been positioning themselves for this eventuality for months as her authority steadily weakened and several of her cabinet ministers stepped down.

Several prominent Conservatives are already campaigning actively to succeed her as party leader and prime minister. Candidates for party leadership have to be nominated by two other members of Parliament, though if there is only one candidate, he or she automatically becomes the new leader. If more than two candidates emerge, lawmakers vote among themselves to narrow the field and then put two candidates to a vote by all Conservative Party members, who number approximately 120,000.

Most analysts expect a new leader to be in place by the end of July. Hard-line Brexit supporters will be determined to replace Mrs. May with someone from their ranks, with the former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson; the former Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab; and Andrea Leadsom, who left her cabinet post as leader of the House of Commons on Wednesday, seen as likely contenders.

But less ideological figures are likely to put themselves forward, too, including Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Sajid Javid, the home secretary.

A pro-Brexit rally near Parliament in London in June 2016, before the referendum. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

David Cameron, the prime minister who called the 2016 referendum and campaigned to remain in the bloc, resigned the day after the vote. Mrs. May had also argued for remaining, but after emerging victorious from a brief but chaotic leadership contest, she appointed a cabinet with several leading Brexit campaigners and set out an agenda that implied a comprehensive break with the bloc.

She then gave herself a two-year legal deadline to complete withdrawal negotiations, only to have to postpone Britain’s exit twice after failing to persuade Parliament to accept the terms she had negotiated, painstakingly, with the European Union.

Time and time again, Mrs. May survived challenges to her leadership, escaping a seemingly inevitable end to her tenure as her Brexit plans repeatedly floundered. But the final push toward Mrs. May’s ouster came this week after she rolled out the latest iteration of a Brexit deal that lawmakers had thrice rejected by large margins.

Her hopes of trying once more to push her deal through Parliament were dashed after changes she unveiled on Tuesday, which opened the door to a second referendum on Brexit, were rejected by Brexiteers as a betrayal and by Remainers as simply not enough. Mrs. May had framed the changes as “one last chance” to deliver on the 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

Plans to publish her new plan on Friday were quickly shelved when it became clear they managed to alienate pro- and anti-Brexit factions alike. But Mrs. May has really been on her way out since her third failed attempt to get the plan approved — on the very day in March that Britain was initially scheduled to leave the European Union. She had offered to step aside if lawmakers voted for her proposal.

Ellen Barry and Benjamin Mueller contributed reporting from London.

Stephen Castle is London correspondent, writing widely about Britain, including the country’s politics and relationship with Europe. @_StephenCastle  Facebook

Flavorful Ginger Chicken (Gluten-free)

Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food

Today I introduce you to “Homemade Ginger Chicken.” This is an incredibly flavorful dish marinated mainly with ginger and soy sauce.

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As you know, ginger is extremely healthy. When you cook ginger, Gingerol, which is a flavor ingredient, changes chemically to Shogaol. This warms up our body and increases our metabolism. I often use ginger in my meals to make dishes flavorful and healthier!!

In this recipe I use chicken, but you can use pork instead of chicken if you prefer. If you use pork just make sure it is sliced thinly.

The recipe is very easy.
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Marinate cut chicken in a zipper plastic bag. Cook it with sliced onion in a pan.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Ginger Chicken Thigh


Ingredients (Servings 2)
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2 pieces Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thigh

1 Tbsp. Grated…

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China: Escalated trade tensions disrupt China’s pork imports from US

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Escalated trade tensions disrupt China’s pork imports from US

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The escalating trade conflicts have consequently disrupted Chinese pork imports from the United States, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

Chinese companies make their own decisions as to whether to import pork from the US or not, the spokesperson Gao Feng said at a press conference on Thursday.

His comments came as some reports said China recently canceled import order for up to 1,000 tons of US pork.

Gao said there are no other limits or management measures in terms of pork imports except that they have to comply with quarantine standards, and Chinese companies can make their own business decisions and freely trade according to market supply and demand, prices and quality.

China has increased its meat imports since the second half of 2018 partly due to the declines in pig breeding stock and pork output.

Meat imports stood at 1.11 million tons during the first quarter, up 11.6 percent year on year, Gao said, adding that he expects the country will continue to increase meat imports over the rest of the year.

Germany, Spain, the US, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, Netherland and France are among the major sources of China’s pork imports, according to data from Chinese customs.

Brazil: LULA CONGRATULATES CHICO FOR CAMÕES AWARD AND GLOBO PIN

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRAZIL’S 247 NEWS NETWORK)

 

India Elections: For Karnataka coalition, a year of living dangerously

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: For Karnataka coalition, a year of living dangerously

The alliance was forged in the confusion that surrounded the results of last year’s state elections.

LOK SABHA ELECTIONS Updated: May 23, 2019 07:51 IST

Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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The BJP had come closest to a majority, winning 104 of the 224 seats to emerge as the largest single party in the assembly.(HT Photo)

Exactly a year ago to the day, leaders of opposition parties from across the country sat on a platform in front of the majestic Vidhana Soudha , the seat of the Karnataka legislature, in a show of solidarity to mark the swearing-in of a new coalition government in the state.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular), or JD (S), and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara of the Congress took the oaths of office and secrecy that day following days of intrigue over government formation.

The alliance was forged in the confusion that surrounded the results of last year’s state elections. The BJP had come closest to a majority, winning 104 of the 224 seats to emerge as the largest single party in the assembly. The Congress had been reduced from a majority to 80 seats, after providing the first government in over two decades to complete a full term in Karnataka. With the support of the 37 MLAs of the JD(S), and the lone Bahujan Samaj Party legislator, the coalition cobbled together a majority of 118.

And although it began with promise, the coalition has spent a tenuous year in power, fretful about legislators switching allegiance to the BJP and bickering among themselves.

Matters reached a head in January when the coalition appeared to be teetering on the brink after four Congress legislators went missing. The four rebels had been expected to defect to the BJP; only one, Umesh Jadhav, eventually did so. Another MLA, Ramesh Jarkiholi, has stated publicly that he would quit the party at a suitable time.

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These issues have continued unabated, as was seen again on Wednesday. JD(S) state president AH Vishwanath, a long-time foe of former Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah, once again rebuked him for failing in his duty as the chief of the coalition’s coordination committee.

“Siddaramaiah, as chief of the coordination committee, should ensure we work together and also draw up a common minimum programme. However, there are no such guidelines for this government,” Vishwanath said.

One key factor in these internecine quarrels has been the overhanging shadow of the Siddaramaiah government. And Siddaramaiah’s influence over the government has been such that even Congress leaders have lashed out at him. On Monday, Congress MLA Roshan Baig accused Siddaramaiah of being arrogant.

The Lok Sabha seat division and subsequent election campaign, too, turned into a flash point as first the parties took a long time on settling on a seat-sharing formula. The Mandya Lok Sabha seat became the focal point for dissenting leaders from both sides. Independent candidate Sumalatha, wife of the late film star and former union minister MH Ambareesh, received the tacit backing of Congress leaders from the constituency. As a result, what had once seemed to be a cakewalk for Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil turned into one of the most bitterly fought contests. These infractions from the Congress were serious enough for party president Rahul Gandhi to instruct state leaders at a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to make sure the coalition did not collapse. Privately, several leaders of the coalition admitted to HT that the arrangement was fraying fast, with both parties daring the other to pull the plug.

“The alliance was not formed to provide good governance, it was formed to show the country that we can work in a coalition. If we cannot hold on to a coalition with one party, how will we convince others nationally that they can forge a large front with us,” a senior Congress minister in the state government said.

According to the minister, it was apparent to the party that its vote base in the southern old Mysuru region was being affected by the alliance. “Politically there has been little benefit for us from this at the state level. In fact, our association with this government is hurting our image,” the minister said.

These fundamental differences have made the BJP sense that a collapse of the government may be around the corner. On Wednesday, Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda predicted that the government would fall by the evening of Thursday, when the results of the Lok Sabha elections will be declared .

First Published: May 23, 2019 06:54 IST

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