Cheat Sheet

  • Parliament Meets, PM Narendra Modi Underscores Star Status Of GST Reform: 10 Facts
    As parliament begins its month-long session today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the importance of clearing the landmark reform, the national Goods and Services Tax (GST), which the government wants to roll out on July 1. The PM said he seeks the opposition's cooperation and "a breakthrough on GST." This weekend, the Finance Minister said the measure is on track - but much will depend on how much the opposition cooperates - and that, in turn, will be influenced by the results that will be shared on Friday from five states, including Uttar Pradesh, that have just voted.
  • 10 Facts On Swami Aseemanand, Acquitted In Ajmer Dargah Blasts Case
    Swami Aseemanand, accused in three of the worst terror cases around a decade ago, has been acquitted in one of them - the Ajmer Dargah blast of 2007, in which three people had died and 15 were injured. The 65-year-old had caused political ripples in 2014, when his alleged interview to a news magazine, Caravan, had upset the group and the BJP. His lawyer later denied the report, claiming his client, who was in Ambala Central jail at the time, had never been interviewed by the magazine. He considered turning approver in the Ajmer blasts case but then changed his mine in 2010.
  • As Parliament Meets, The Clock's Ticking Loudly For GST Reform: 10 Facts
    When parliament meets today for a month-long session, early focus will be on clearing the government's annual budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1; MPs will vote on it on the 20th. But superstar status is reserved for the landmark reform, the national Goods and Services Tax (GST), which the government wants to roll out on July 1. This weekend, the Finance Minister said the measure is on track - but much will depend on how much the opposition cooperates - and that, in turn, will be influenced by the results that will be shared on Friday from five states, including Uttar Pradesh, that have just voted.
  • Minute-By-Minute Details Of Lucknow Encounter In Which Suspect Was Killed
    Saifullah, the terror suspect found dead after a 12-hour operation to capture him in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow yesterday, was part of a group that was planning a major strike in the state at the end of this month, sources have said. The Lucknow operation began at 3.30 pm, when special commandos surrounded a house in Haji Colony of Thakurganj. The operation stretched till dawn and it was around 3 am when commandos blew up a wall to enter the house, and found Saifullah's body, along with an ISIS flag and several weapons. He was killed at 2.56 am, according to the police.
  • Elections 2017: Voting Wraps Up In Five States, Counting On March 11: 10 Points
    The seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh elections today saw a 60 per cent turnout. 83 per cent polling was recorded in Manipur, its second and last phase, till 5 PM. Today's voting wraps up elections in five states - the other three being Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa - the results of which will be announced on March 11. In focus today, Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency which became the hub of all political activity as campaigning wound up in the marathon seven-round UP election, saw voters coming out in large numbers. In the key contest between the BJP, the Samajwadi-Party-Congress alliance and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, every party has stretched its last muscle to try for at least 202 seats in UP's 403-member legislature to be able to form a majority government.
  • Charge Denied, But Lanka Will Probe Tamil Nadu Fisherman Killing: 10 Points
    The killing of a 22-year-old Indian fisherman shot dead near Palk Strait allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel has put the focus back on a tiny island of Kachchatheevu that the Tamil Nadu government alleges was wrongly ceded to Sri Lanka through two pacts signed between New Delhi and Colombo in the 1970s. Sri Lanka has denied its Navy was involved but tried to cap the tragedy from straining relations between the two neighbours. It said a thorough probe would be held along with Indian authorities and echoed India's "deep concern" at the killing. But an angry, and impatient Tamil Nadu - that saw a bitter struggle for power in February - wants the Centre to do more to put pressure on Colombo.
  • UP Elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi's Varanasi Blitz vs Akhilesh Yadav's 7-Rally Marathon - 10 Points
    It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi vs Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as campaigning ended in UP today with a final pitch for votes by parties. PM Modi held one rally and made strategic visits in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, where he was camped for the last three days. Akhilesh Yadav, seeking a second term, is addressing seven rallies through the day. At one rally, he took a swipe at PM Modi for his long stay in Varanasi. At his rally, the Prime Minister called Mr Yadav anti-farmer.
  • UP Elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi's Varanasi Blitz vs Akhilesh Yadav's 7 Rallies In Final Pitch for UP
    On the last day of campaigning in the marathon Uttar Pradesh elections, star campaigners will today make a final pitch for votes in multiple rallies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue his vigorous campaign out of his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, while BJP chief Amit Shah will hold four rallies in the region. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking a second term in UP, will address seven rallies through the day. 40 assembly constituencies in eastern UP, including five in Varanasi, will vote in the final round of the seven-phase UP assembly election on Wednesday. Votes will be counted on Saturday, March 11.
  • UP, Manipur, Register Higher Voter Turnout Than 2012: 10 Updates
    Nearly 57 per cent voting took place till 5 pm in eastern Uttar Pradesh's 49 assembly seats that went to polls in the sixth phase today. The number was higher than last time but much lower than Manipur which voted for 38 of its 60 seats in the first of two phases today, registering an 84 per cent turnout. The north-eastern state is voting in the middle of an economic blockade that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to end if the BJP comes to power in the state and concerns about a possible Naga accord. But it is the seven-phase election in the country's most populous state - where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is trying to get a second term for himself in alliance with the Congress - that has been the focus of much attention.
  • UP Elections 2017 - PM Modi Offers Prayers In Varanasi, Akhilesh-Rahul Hold Road Show Too: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his campaign in the temple town of Varanasi today with a roadshow along the route to Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple and Kaal Bhairav temple. As 49 constituencies in the state voted in the sixth phase, Varanasi played host to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati. The Prime Minister's Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi is one of the closely-watched contests of the polls seen as a bellwether for the 2019 national elections.
  • India To Resume Indus Water Talks With Pakistan This Month: 10 Points
    Its point made, India's Indus commissioner will travel to Pakistan later this month to resume the Indus Water Treaty talks that New Delhi had put on the ice after last September's terrorist attack on the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir. "Blood and water cannot flow together," Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared soon after the attack that killed 19 soldiers and ordered officials to explore India's options to put pressure on Islamabad within the framework of the World Bank-brokered pact on sharing water of six rivers between the two neighbours.
  • Army Gets Radar, Drugs To Prep For Chemical Warfare: 10 Points
    A host of technologies - meant to counter the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare -- developed by India's defense research organization DRDO were handed over to the army on Thursday. The technologies also included India's first indigenously made weapons locating radar and a number of drugs to combat radiation sickness and minimize the effects of chemical warfare. Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar said, "We should be prepared for any kind of warfare" adding that the radar could even be used to bring down firing at the Line of Control. Army chief Bipin Rawat was also present on the occasion.
  • The Rs 150 Bank Charge: What It Means For You In 10 Points
    Leading private bank HDFC has announced savings account customers will have to pay a Rs 150 charge for cash deposits or withdrawals in excess of four free transactions at bank branches. The development puts the HDFC's charges for transactions at par with its two competitors - ICICI and Axis banks - that had also suspended charges to be paid for customers in November after the government's demonetisation decision. The move is in line with the Modi government's emphasis on promoting digital economy and disincentivising use of cash. A December 2016 finance ministry report on digital payments had made out the case for limits on cash transaction and suggested a nominal charge for transactions beyond a limit.
  • Tamil Nadu's New Protest Over Project From PM Narendra Modi's Big Oil Plan: 10 Points
    In what has been compared to this month's Jallikattu protests in Chennai, thousands of people gather every day in Neduvaasal village of Tamil Nadu's Pudukottai district to protest against a hydrocarbon extraction project by the centre. The villagers say the project will deplete ground water and destroy agriculture. College students from Chennai and other cities, scientists and others have joined the protest and they are mobilising support through social media. The Neduvaasal project is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious plan to reduce oil imports by 10 percent by 2022.
  • 2 ABVP Men Arrested As Students March Against 'Gundaism': 10 Points
    Two students of Delhi University, who belong to the BJP-linked student organisation ABVP, were arrested hours after the DU protest against campus violence that drew a huge crowd on Tuesday. The arrests took place after two students, who participated in the protest, said they were attacked by ABVP supporters on their way back, sources said. They were subsequently released on bail and suspended by ABVP. During the day, more than 2,000 placard-holding, slogan-shouting students and teachers turned up for the rally at the North Campus. Left leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury joined the walk that was held under tight security. Gurmehar Kaur - the 20-year-old daughter of a soldier, who had been brutally targeted on social media for her Facebook post on ABVP - dropped out of the campaign saying she had taken "all she could".

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