Cheat Sheet

  • In Pathankot Terror Attack, Masood Azhar And Brother Charged: 10 Points
    Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and two others of the Pakistan-based terror group have been formally charged for the deadly attack on the Pathankot air force base in January. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named Masood Azhar as the mastermind of the January 2 attack in which heavily armed terrorists hijacked a police car and entered the highly secure air force base in Punjab, killing seven security men before being shot dead in an 80-hour operation.
  • Next Army Chief Bipin Rawat And The Controversy Over His Appointment: 10 Points
    Vice Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Bipin Rawat's selection as the next army chief, superceding two senior officers, has triggered a political storm. After former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi overlooked General SK Sinha to make General AS Vaidya the army chief in 1983, this is the second time in 33 years when the government hasn't followed the tradition of choosing the senior-most general for the top post. The defence ministry is yet to comment on the matter. Government sources say Lt Gen Rawat is best suited among the generals to counter the challenges the country currently faces.
  • Three More Months To Come Clean On Black Money, Government Warns: 10 Developments
    The government today gave three more months to people to come clean on their untaxed wealth under a scheme announced last month and get rid of the "black money" stain. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, people can declare their illegal money and pay 50 per cent as tax till March 31, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said. Urging people to email the government directly any information about black money, he also warned that all bank deposits made since the notes ban are under scrutiny. "All dots will be joined," he told reporters.
  • Indira Gandhi Ignored Advice To Demonetise, Sold Out India: PM Narendra Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today levelled charges against two former premiers, his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh and Indira Gandhi, of ignoring basic steps to fight corruption. Obvious and recommended methods include demonetisation, he told his party's parliamentarians this morning, at a time when his government is being asked to explain the vast cash crunch forged by its sudden cancellation of 500-and 1,000-rupee notes a little over a month ago. The Prime Minister's address to his party lawmakers were made on the last day of this session of Parliament which accomplished close to nothing because of daily disruptions over the demonetisation drive.
  • Unlike BJP, Congress Puts Party Above Nation, PM Narendra Modi Tells Lawmakers: 10 Updates
    At a meeting of BJP lawmakers this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for a digital economy as a way of life and accused the opposition of being against the government's war of corruption. Union minister Ananth Kumar said after the meeting that PM Modi also exhorted the BJP to continue putting the nation before party, criticising the Opposition Congress for placing "party interest above national interest." PM Modi was addressing party lawmakers as the winter session of Parliament draws to a close today, washed out by protests over the government's ban on 500 and 1000 rupee notes aimed at unearthing black or undeclared money.

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