Cheat Sheet

  • Cash Situation Back To Normal Soon, RBI Chief Urjit Patel Tells Lawmakers' Panel: 10 Points
    Urjit Patel, the chief of the Reserve Bank of India, confronted questions from a parliamentary committee on the sudden ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in November and said the cash situation would return to normal soon. Millions were left facing a severe crunch after 86 per cent of the cash in circulation was outlawed overnight in a massive anti-corruption move. Dr Patel was testifying before the Public Accounts Committee of parliament. He told the lawmakers that abnormal deposits of old notes are being tracked.
  • Amid Jallikattu Protests, Supreme Court Agrees To  Delay Verdict: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court has agreed that for the next seven days, it will not rule on whether to lift a ban on Jallikattu, as requested by the union government. With more than 10,000 protestors holding unflagging but peaceful demonstrations at Chennai's Marina Beach in support of the bull-taming sport, judges were told that a verdict, due today, could create a law and order problem, and that the centre is working with the Tamil Nadu government to find a solution to the conflict between lakhs of people who say Jallikattu is an integral part of their culture and animal activists who say bulls are tortured and abused by the sport, which is held during Pongal or the Harvest Festival.
  • Jallikattu Ban: Supreme Court Delays Verdict By A Week, As Asked By Centre
    Chief Minister O Pannerselvam said on Friday morning that Jallikattu, the ancient bull-taming festival, will return to Tamil Nadu in a couple of days through an ordinance or executive order that he has sent for the President's approval. He has urged the thousands of people gathered at Chennai's Marina Beach for four days now, to end their protest. But the protesters - students and professionals, men and women - said they will not leave Marina Beach till a formal order removing the ban on Jallikattu is issued. At the least, they said, the Chief Minister must come to the site of their protest and announce the executive order. An all-day transport and trader strike called for Friday is still on.
  • As Jallikattu Protests Swell, Tamil Nadu Looks At Legal Way Out: 10 Points
    After Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday that he cannot use an ordinance or executive order to remove a ban on bull-taming festival Jallikattu, the AIADMK government is said to be considering bringing an ordinance under a state law to circumvent the ban. Mr Panneerselvam has extended his stay in Delhi to get legal opinion on his options as a protest by thousands of people at Chennai's famous Marina Beach entered its third day. The protesters demand that Jallikattu be brought back to Tamil Nadu.
  • After 48-Hour Jallikattu Protest, A Deadline Has Gone, Over To Chief Minister: 10 Points
    Chennai's massive, spontaneous Jallikattu protest at the Marina Beach is 48 hours old now and the thousands of young protesters demanding that a ban on the bull taming festival be lifted, have called for an escalation. As a 5 pm deadline that they had set today for the state government to make an announcement ended, the protesters appealed for a transport strike tomorrow and have requested policemen to wear black ribbons to show their support. All eyes are now on Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who was told today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the centre would not issue an ordinance or executive order to remove the Jallikattu ban, imposed by the Supreme Court.
  • Jallikattu Wave At Chennai's Marina Beach As Thousands More Join Protest: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today indicated at a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam that the centre will not issue an ordinance or executive order to remove a Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu, the bull taming sport. In Chennai, thousands of protesters, camped at the famous Marina Beach for over 36 hours, say they will not leave till the ban on Jallikattu is lifted. The protesters have set a 5 pm deadline for the Tamil Nadu government to make an announcement. The spontaneous uprising, which has resonated across the world, has so far been been completely peaceful, but authorities are worried as more and more people arrive at the beach front.
  • For Jallikattu, Massive Protests In Chennai For Over 20 Hours: 10 Developments
    With nearly 3,000 people protesting at Chennai's Marina beach since Tuesday night and big protests being held in other parts of Tamil Nadu, chief minister O Panneerselvam has said that he will do everything necessary to ensure the banned bull taming sport Jallikattu takes place. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow to ask for a special order to allow Jallikattu. Students, techies, actors and politicians, who have converged in Tamil Nadu, say the traditional bull-taming sport of Jallikattu is a symbol of Tamil pride and culture. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court said today that it will not "interfere" with the protests.
  • Pakistan ISI's Role Suspected In Kanpur Train Tragedy In Which 150 Died
    The role of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI is being suspected in the train accident in Kanpur in November after the arrest in Bihar of three men yesterday. 150 people were killed when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express rolled off the tracks around 100 km from Kanpur on November 20. At the time, a fault in the tracks was thought to be the cause of the accident. The three arrested yesterday have allegedly told the police that they were working for the Pakistani intelligence agency to target Indian railways.
  • West Bengal Violence: 1 Dead In Bhangar Unrest, Protesters Ask Mamata Banerjee To Act
    In a protest in West Bengal that is being compared to the massive Singur agitation a few years ago, hundreds of angry locals have this morning blocked major roads in Bhangar, 40 km from the state capital Kolkata, demanding an assurance from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that their land will not be forcibly acquired by the government for a power sub-station. One person was killed on Tuesday as protesters clashed with the policemen and set fire to six police vehicles.
  • GST Rollout Moved To July, Says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley: 10-Point Guide
    India's most important tax reform in decades will roll out in July and not April as planned because of unresolved disputes between the centre and states over taxation powers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. The National Goods and Services Tax or GST replaces a jumble of complicated levies which make business tough for manufacturers and creates a unified market. The GST Council, a decision-making body that combines Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with his counterparts from other states, met today.
  • Akhilesh Yadav Overlooking Muslims, Look At Candidates, Says Father Mulayam Singh: 10 Facts
    As the Samajwadi Party awaits the Election Commission's verdict on who will get the party's "cycle" symbol to contest the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections, a resigned Mulayam Singh Yadav indicated that a split is inevitable with attempts to build a compromise with son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav coming to naught. "Akhilesh came to meet me, but did not even hear me out," the father told about 500 workers at the party's Lucknow office, also stating that he expects the poll panel's decision on the symbol at 4 pm and will "abide by it."
  • Bihar Boat Accident: Inquiry Begins After 24 Drown In Ganga Near Patna
    Five more bodies were recovered from Ganga this morning, raising the number of deceased in Patna boat tragedy to 24. The boat, carrying around 40 people, capsized on Saturday evening. The state government has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Six of the rescued people have been admitted in a local hospital. Prime Minister Modi, who expressed his grief over the accident on Saturday, has announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh.
  • Samajwadi Party 'Cycle' Wars: Congress' Kapil Sibal Defends Akhilesh Yadav At Poll Office
    Congress leader and renowned lawyer Kapil Sibal told the Election Commission on Friday afternoon why the Samajwadi Party's cycle symbol must be allotted to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and not his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who launched the party 25 years ago. After a break for lunch, an equally heavy-weight legal team will argue before the poll panel why the symbol must stay with Mulayam Singh, who has been at the commission's office since before noon today. Akhilesh Yadav is in Lucknow and is being represented at the Election Commission hearing today by his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav, who is steering his rebellion against his father.
  • Army Chief General Bipin Rawat Says Please Use Complaint Boxes, After Jawans' Videos Go Viral
    After a cluster of videos of jawans highlighting their poor work conditions went viral this week, inciting public anger, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that complaints or feedback by soldiers should be sent to his office rather than through social media, stressing the importance of problems being handled internally. General Rawat also told reporters, "In a force of over 12 lakhs, there will be grievances. And often the reason for grievances is something else." An army jawan posted in Dehradun said yesterday that he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, the Defence Minister and others, seeking their intervention, but has been threatened and "tortured" after that.
  • Samajwadi Party Cycle Dispute: Election Commission To Decide Between Mulayam, Akhilesh Today
    Mulayam Singh Yadav has reached the office of the Election Commission in Delhi to personally explain why he should be granted the Samajwadi Party's "cycle" symbol for next month's Uttar Pradesh elections. He has been challenged for both the symbol and the post of Samajwadi Party president by his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who claims the support of an overwhelming majority of party leaders and workers. Akhilesh Yadav is in Lucknow and will be represented at the Election Commission hearing today by his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav, who is steering his rebellion against his father.

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