Cheat Sheet

  • 'Notes Ban Created Horizontal Divide Between People, Netas': PM Modi's 10 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a broad swipe at the opposition for their stinging criticism of the last November's ban of high-value notes in parliament, at times digging into history to try to blunt the Left's and Congress' attacks on demonetisation. But it was Modi's jab aimed at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that angered Congress lawmakers the most; they walked out of the House soon after in protest. But the barbs from Modi continued, a hint that the government expected the opposition to anyways force amendments to the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP-led coalition government doesn't have a majority.
  • Calcutta High Court's Justice Karnan Makes History, Gets Top Court's Contempt Notice: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court today slapped a contempt notice on a Calcutta High Court judge, Justice CS Karnan, after the top court decided to initiate the case on its own against the judge for continuously leveling allegations against former and sitting judges. This is the first time that a sitting high court judge faces a contempt case. But Justice Karnan - who was appointed to the bench in 2009 - is not new to controversies. But the last time he got into trouble with the Supreme Court, Justice Karnan was spared after he apologised, attributing his "erroneous" order staying his transfer from the Madras High Court to Calcutta High Court to "mental frustration resulting in loss of mental balance".
  • Governor C Vidyasagar Rao To Meet Sasikala, Supporters Today: 10 Developments
    VK Sasikala managed a near-perfect attendance for her show of strength on Wednesday morning, establishing her grip on the ruling AIADMK, which has chosen her to be Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. 131 of the party's 134 legislators attended the conclave where she branded O Panneerselvam, the man she is meant to replace as Chief Minister, as a "liar" who has betrayed the party and its former leader, J Jayalalithaa, who died in December while she was Chief Minister.
  • O Panneerselvam's Revolt, VK Sasikala's Show Of Strength: Tamil Nadu Crisis In 10 Points
    A late night rebellion in Tamil Nadu's ruling party saw Chief Minister O Panneerselvam declaring that he had been forced to resign by VK Sasikala, picked by the AIADMK to take over from him. In a dramatic press conference outside J Jayalalithaa's memorial at Marina Beach late in the evening, Mr Panneerselvam claimed he was the chosen successor of the former Chief Minister, who died in December. Long after midnight, Ms Sasikala, Jayalalithaa's long-time companion, summoned lawmakers for a show of strength and announced that Mr Panneerselvam would be expelled. AIADMK lawmakers are meeting this morning over the first such internal crisis in a party headed by Jayalalithaa with an iron hand for decades.
  • Panneerselvam Rebels, Sasikala Gains Control With Midnight Meet: 10 Facts
    O Panneerselvam, not a politician known for dramatic flourish, strode centrestage at night into the political theatre that Tamil Nadu is witnessing over a transfer of power to a new Chief Minister. In a dramatic press conference outside J Jayalalithaa's memorial late in the evening, Mr Panneerselvam claimed he was the successor of the former Chief Minister she had chosen from her hospital bed and that he was "forced to resign". But with an emergency midnight meeting, Ms Sasikala flaunted the number of legislators who supported her. The party, she later said, stands united and Mr Pannerselvam will be expelled.
  • Seva In SCAM? That's A First, Says PM Narendra Modi On Rahul Gandhi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a speech in parliament today to counter the opposition's concerted attack on his abrupt ban of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes. Reserving his strongest barbs for the Congress, the PM said that his government is committed to cleansing the country of corruption, which requires reversing the actions of the Congress. "Earlier people would ask how much money has gone (to the corrupt). Now people talk about how much money has come in. This is how discourse has changed after we have assumed office," PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha. His detailed defense of the demonetisation drive comes as the strategically crucial stage of Uttar Pradesh gets ready to vote.
  • Sasikala Swearing In By Thursday, Says AIADMK Amid Veteran's Revolt: 10 Points
    VK Sasikala will be Chief Minister by Thursday, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK insisted today as Governor Vidyasagar Rao consulted legal experts on whether such an oath ceremony should be held at all. Adding to the ruling party's pain, a veteran leader went public with his strong disapproval of Ms Sasikala - former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's long-time friend - being promoted. Mr Pandian said Jayalalithaa's death was "unnatural". Ms Sasikala should be investigated, he said, adding that she doesn't deserve any post either in the party or the government. The Governor is expected to return to Chennai by tomorrow.
  • Earthquake: A Quick Dos And Don'ts Guide
    A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.8 rocked Uttarakhand on Monday at 10.33 pm, sending shockwaves in capital Delhi, neighbouring Gurgaon, Punjab and several other parts of north India. The epicentre was at Ukimath in the hill-state's Rudraprayag district. Tremors were also felt at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities. There has been no immediate report of any loss of life or damage to property. As is always the case, the earthquake caught the people unawares and they were found to rush out of their houses for safer places.
  • Taxmen Won't Need Reason To Raid After Changes To Law: 10 Points
    Tax raids based on unsubstantiated rumours or simply suspicion will be legit after the government's tweaks to the Income Tax law. But the changes will be effective retrospectively in an apparent turnaround by the government despite its promise not to do so. The amendment to Section 132 of the Income Tax Act dealing with searches by taxmen says that a raid can be authorized if there is "reason to believe" or "reason to suspect" that a person is hiding his wealth and skipping taxes.
  • 5.5 Crores Hospital Bill For Jayalalithaa: 10 Big Reveals By Doctors
    Two months after J Jayalalithaa died in a Chennai hospital, doctors who treated her have shared details about the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's treatment in hospital and her death. The team of doctors from Apollo hospital and Dr Richard Beale, a lung specialist from Britain on Monday said they wanted to "dispel the rumours" that have swirled in the absence of adequate information about her condition over the 75 days that she was in hospital before she died on December 5 last year. Ms Jayalalithaa's closest companion VK Sasikala, who had earlier taken over as AIADMK chief, will also now hold Ms Jayalalithaa's other post, that of Chief Minister, the ruling party announced on Sunday.
  • It Will Be Chief Minister VK Sasikala: 10 Facts On Her Journey
    More than a month after she took over as AIADMK General Secretary following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death, VK Sasikala was today elected legislature party leader, paving the way for her to become the Chief Minister. At a meeting of party legislators in Chennai, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam proposed Ms Sasikala's name as legislature party leader. Sixty-one-year-old Ms Sasikala, Ms Jayalalithaa's shadow in public for nearly three decades, later drove to the party headquarters where she was greeted by Mr Panneerselvam and senior party leaders.
  • PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi On Campaign Trail For UP Elections 2017: 10 Facts
    With barely a week to go before assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh is set to witness a host of political heavyweights hitting the campaign trail today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is leading the BJP campaign in the state, is expected to hold a rally in Aligarh, in Western Uttar Pradesh. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will also address a public meeting in Western Uttar Pradesh - at Saharanpur. Later in the day, he will also lead a rally along with alliance partner and state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Kanpur.
  • Record 83% Voter Turnout In Goa, 75% In Punjab And Could Go Up: 10 Points
    A record 83 per cent voted in Goa yesterday, while Punjab saw a turnout of 75 per cent in polling that was extended beyond 5 pm, the Election Commission said on Saturday, adding that the figures could go up. Punjab's voter turnout is lower than last time's 78.06 per cent. Saturday's elections test the expansion plans of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which debuts in both states. The assembly elections being held in five states all through this month and into March are also the first big electoral test for the ruling BJP since November's notes ban.
  • Chennai Oil Spill: Crew Of Both Ships Being Interrogated, Can't Leave City
    The crew of both ships which collided off Chennai last Saturday and caused a massive oil spill are being interrogated to fix the responsibility. Sources say both the ships and the crew will not be allowed to leave the Kamarajar port outside Chennai till the investigation into the incident is over. Chennai Port Trust Chairman P Raveendran said, "Action will be taken according to the polluter pays principle."
  • Punjab Elections 2017: The Many Faces Of Navjot Singh Sidhu In 10 Points
    Navjot Singh Sidhu spent months in negotiations with the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress before deciding on the latter as his next political posting. He joined in January and has since been a star campaigner for his new party, drawing mega crowds. Mr Sidhu was a BJP member of Parliament from Amritsar in Punjab for ten years before the party decided to field now union minister Arun Jaitley from the constituency instead in 2014, which eventually led to the cricketer-turned-politician quitting the party last year.

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