Cheat Sheet

  • Future Elections To Have Paper Trail Voting, Says Poll Body: 10 Facts
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the Election Commission of "backing out" of the hackathon that it had promised to prove that its electronic voting machines or EVMs cannot be rigged. After a day-long meeting on Friday with 42 political parties, including Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, the Election Commission spelled out its plan to hold what it called a "challenge" that would offer parties the opportunity to prove their allegation that EVMs can be tampered with. The poll panel also said that all future elections would use the VVPAT or voter-verifiable paper audit trail-equipped machines.
  • At All-Party Meet Today, Election Commission To Seek Inputs On EVM Hackathon: 10 Points
    A meeting of 55 political parties that could help firm the ground rules for the hackathon promised by the Election Commission to establish that voting machines were reliable has started in the capital. The meeting comes against the backdrop of a high-pitched campaign by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party that convened a special session of the Delhi Assembly this week to make the point that the voting machine could be tampered. In all of 90 seconds, it claimed after a demonstration where its engineer-lawmaker Saurabh Bharadwaj "hacked" a lookalike gadget. It is a line that suits other opposition parties too including the Congress that had steadfastly rejected similar concerns raised after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by BJP leaders, then in the opposition. The commission had brusquely rejected AAP's allegations levelled after it lost Punjab assembly elections and advised the party to introspect instead but after about a dozen opposition parties too expressed concerns, it decided to hold today's meeting.
  • For Death Of 27-Year-Old Model In Crash, Top Actor Interrogated: 10 Facts
    Popular TV actor Vikram Chatterjee has told the police in Kolkata that he did have alcohol but was not drunk on the night of the car crash that killed his companion, model-anchor Sonika Singh Chauhan. Mr Chatterjee, who was driving the car at the time of the accident last month, was questioned by the police till after midnight yesterday. This afternoon, he was back at the police station for more questioning. The case has sharply divided the entertainment industry in Bengal and there is growing public backlash and demands for action against Mr Chatterjee.
  • Ex-AAP Minister Kapil Mishra's 'Proof' Against Arvind Kejriwal In Envelopes: 10 Points
    After his threats to expose Arvind Kejriwal, sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Kapil Mishra went to the CBI today with large yellow envelopes that he said contained proof. Those envelopes, he supplied when asked, had his statements, but he didn't clarify whether that was all he had to show for his allegation that Mr Kejriwal had taken bribe. The CBI has said it will verify and examine the allegation. This morning, Mr Mishra dramatically called Mr Kejriwal his mentor and sought his blessings and "forgiveness" before filing complaints against him.
  • PM Modi Will Travel To Sri Lanka This Week, But No Deals On The Table: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Sri Lanka this week to join celebrations on Vesak, or Buddha Day, but no deals will be signed during the Indian leader's second visit in three years to the strategically-located island nation. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has made the announcement amid an opposition campaign against the visit, playing on fears that India was keen to operate a World War II-vintage oil storage facility in Trincolamee port situated on the island's East Coast. Recently, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who has accused Mr Sirisena of compromising the country's sovereignty, declared black flags would be shown to the visiting PM, something that did not go down very well with New Delhi.
  • Saw Arvind Kejriwal Receive 2 Crores, Says Sacked AAP Minister: 10 Points
    Delhi's sacked Water Minister Kapil Mishra made a shocking revelation today, claiming he saw Health Minister Satyendar Jain handing Rs. 2 crore in cash to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The allegation triggered a political crisis for the Aam Aadmi Party, which swept to power in Delhi two years ago on an anti-corruption plank. The BJP called for police action against Mr Kejriwal, the Congress for a CBI probe. AAP called Mr Mishra's allegations "absurd". Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who announced Mr Mishra's removal from the cabinet yesterday, said he has offered no evidence.
  • 10 Things You Might Not Have Known About Justice Leila Seth
    Justice Leila Seth, the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in India, died at the age of 86. Justice Seth, known for her 'punctuality', was credited with many firsts in her career spanning five decades, had many qualities that might just surprise you. Born in Lucknow to an engineer of the railways, in 1930, Justice Seth was a pioneer in almost every step she took. "She died of cardiac seizure last night, at about 10:28 pm," Shantum Seth, the second of her three children, said. She is survived by her children and her husband, Prem Seth. As per her wishes, her body will be sent to scientific research.
  • Gas Leak Near South Delhi Schools Sends 475 Girls To Hospital: 10 Points
    It was a usual Saturday morning for nearly 475 girls at two schools in Tughlakabad area before they ended up at a hospital. Early in the day, as they settled in their classrooms, they began to complain of breathlessness, irritation in eyes and throats. A gas leak from a container filled with Chloromethyl Pyridine, a chemical used to produce insecticides and pesticides, parked near their schools led to the incident. The students and nine teachers of Rani Jhansi Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and Government Girls Senior Secondary School were rushed to nearby hospitals. Their condition is stable now, doctors said.
  • <i>Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas</i> Echoes At South Asia Satellite Launch: 10 Points
    Leaders of seven South Asian countries today came on the same platform via live video conference to witness, and celebrate the launch of the communication satellite from Sriharikota that promises to touch lives of millions of people in the region. "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas (Together, development for all)," Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom said, wrapping up his speech in a reference to what PM Modi has called is the fundamental tenet of his government. The PM broke into a laugh, clapped and later reiterated that this was "the guiding light" that would help the region "grow together". The seven are also members of the South Asian association, or SAARC set up three decades earlier, in the mid-eighties but has a rather unimpressive track record. SAARC's eight member, Pakistan, hasn't signed up for the satellite.
  • South Asia Satellite Launches, PM Modi Says Day Without Precedence: 10 Points
    The GSAT-9, a 450-crore communications satellite gifted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to six South Asian neighbours, was on Friday launched on India's biggest rocket the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV, which lifted off at 4:57 pm from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. PM Modi has called it "a day without precedence," congratulating scientists for the successful launch of the South Asia Satellite. "We are very proud of them," PM Modi tweeted, announcing that leaders of the beneficiary countries were joining him in a video-conference to celebrate the launch.
  • Crime Of 'A Different World': What Supreme Court Judges Said On Nirbhaya Case Verdict
    The Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence for four convicts in the gang rape and brutal murder of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. The four men - Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh - had appealed in the top court after the High Court ruled that they should be hanged. The parents of the young woman, who came to be called "Nirbhaya" or fearless, were present in court today when the three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra pronounced verdict.
  • Good Weather, Smooth Countdown. All Set For ISRO's 4.57 PM Launch of South Asia Satellite: 10 Points
    ISRO or the Indian Space Research Organisation has this morning reported good weather and smooth progress in a 28-hour countdown for the launch of the GSAT-9 or the South Asia Communication Satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Lift-off is at 4.57 pm today. Pakistan has opted out and the Rs 450-crore project, India's gift to its neighbours, will connect it with the other six members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Today's launch is seen as a move to counter China in space diplomacy.
  • How Space Programmes Of India And Its Neighbours Stack Up: 10 Points
    India is ready to launch Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gift - a communications satellite made under a Rs 450-crore project. Seven nations, including India which are part of SAARC, will use the satellite. But most of them have their fledgling space programmes. In real terms, the biggest beneficiaries could be Bhutan and Maldives, which have none. Pakistan is not participating in the project. But India's space diplomacy is seen as a move to counter to China's growing influence in the area. Prime Mnister Narendra Modi said the "invaluable gift" is an "appropriate example of our commitment towards South Asia".
  • Countdown Begins For South Asia Satellite, PM Modi's 450-Crore Gift to Neighbours: 10 Facts
    A 28-hour countdown is underway for India's gift to its neighbours -- the Rs 235-crore South Asia Satellite -- which will lift off today from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. India's space diplomacy is seen as a move to counter to China's growing influence in the area. While seven nations that are part of SAARC, including India, will use the satellite, the biggest beneficiaries could be Bhutan and Maldives as the rest have their own fledgling space programmes. Pakistan is not participating in the project.
  • Swachh Survekshan 2017: Cleanest Cities In Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh- 10 Facts
    Indore in Madhya Pradesh is India's cleanest city and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh is the dirtiest, the government said today as it revealed the "Swachh Survekshan" survey scoring cities on various counts related to cleanliness and sanitation. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the rankings are on the basis of feedback taken from people in 434 cities. States like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh are among the best performing, he said. Uttar Pradesh has the most number of cities named among the dirtiest.

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