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  • 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.
  • Mumbai's Parting Gift To Eman Ahmed: A Green Corridor To Airport
    The Egyptian once believed to be the world's heaviest woman is flying out of Mumbai today, almost three months after she arrived on a specially modified cargo plane. Eman Ahmed was treated by doctors at Saifee Hospital, who say they're upset with allegations levelled by her sister who has accused them of lying about how much weight she has lost. Ms Ahmed, 37, will fly to Abu Dhabi for further treatment on a passenger plane on which some seats have been removed to accommodate her. A green corridor, which fast-tracks a VIP or emergency convoy, was organised to help her reach the airport quickly.
  • 'We Are Not A Society Of Angels': How Centre Defends Aadhaar - 10 Points
    Facing a legal challenge to its law that makes an Aadhaar number a must for filing income tax returns, the central government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday during a three hour-long hearing that the need to uniquely identify tax payers outweigh interests such as the citizen's right to be let alone. The government, which has detected nearly 10 lakh duplicate PAN cards, said "We are not a society of angels. We have a real problem, people don't pay taxes, make fake PAN cards". Linking Aadhaar to permanent account numbers, or PAN, is crucial to the Centre's efforts to curb rampant tax evasion, money laundering and expand the tax base. But three petitions before the top court have questioned the constitutional validity of the move, calling the provision enacted by parliament a compromise on civil liberties that has never been tried in any democratic country in the world. Questions have also been raised about the safety of data collected by the government.
  • Your Act Merits Unequivocal  Response, Top Commander Tells Pak: 10 Points
    A day after two soldiers were killed and mutilated by Pakistan at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, India's top military commander told his Pakistani counterpart "such a dastardly and inhuman act is beyond any norms of civility and merits unequivocal condemnation and response". The army has vowed revenge for the barbaric killing of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh and Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Prem Sagar yesterday. The BSF said the Pakistani Border Action Team or BAT that ambushed the soldiers had both soldiers and terrorists.
  • India's Firm Response After Turkish President's Controversial Kashmir Comment: 10 Points
    At a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, India firmly explained to the visiting leader that "the issue of Kashmir is essentially an issue of terrorism," and asserted that its disputes with Pakistan must be settled bilaterally. Ahead of his visit, Mr Erdogan had in a television interview suggested a "multi-lateral dialogue" on Kashmir, offering to mediate between India and Pakistan. At the meeting, Mr Erdogan assured India of his country's full support in the fight against terrorism, which PM Modi described as a "shared worry".
  • SAARC Satellite, PM Modi's Gift Pak Said No To, Set To Take Off: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-year-old promise of a satellite for SAARC nations will be fulfilled this week. The Rs 235-crore "South Asia Satellite", which will cater to seven nations, including India, will take off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 5, piggybacking on the 'naughty boy of ISRO' - the Satellite Launch Vehicle - on its 11th mission. With Pakistan fully opting out of the project, the "South Asia Satellite" will cater to Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan, which is yet to ink the deal, is also on board.

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