Cheat Sheet

  • By-Elections 2017: Kashmir Sees 7% Turnout, 200 Instances Of Violence - 10 Facts
    A record low turnout and a high incidence of violence were witnessed on Sunday during the by-election in the parliamentary seat of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. As nearly 200 instances of violence were recorded in Kashmir, in which eight people died and about 100 security personnel were injured, the turnout was found to be 7 per cent - the lowest in 30 years. The violence took place as protesters targeted poll booths amid a boycott call by separatists. By-elections for assembly and parliamentary seats were held in eight other states on Sunday. Violence was also reported from Ater, Madhya Pradesh, in which several people were said to be injured. Elections will be held in three more states on April 12. The counting of votes will take place on April 13 and April 15.
  • India, Bangladesh Will Find Early Solution To Teesta, Says PM Narendra Modi: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday vowed an early solution to the crucial Teesta water-sharing pact that has been under negotiations for over 20 years, telling visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's feelings for Dhaka were as warm as his own. The pact, which was considered a done deal in 2011, ran into trouble after Ms Banerjee pulled out from PM Manmohan Singh's Dhaka visit at the last moment. She insisted that the deal that would divide the waters of the Teesta between India and Bangladesh would cost her state dear. She was also offended that her approval had been taken for granted. PM Modi has been trying to persuade her to agree to the pact for two years but relations between the two leaders have been frosty, the BJP has been trying to expand its footprint in the state that could eat into the Trinamool Congress' base.
  • 80 Crores Paid To RK Nagar Voters, Officials Allege After Raids On Tamil Nadu Minister: 10 Points
    In the aggressively fought by-election to J Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar constituency in Tamil Nadu, in which every day has been dramatic and action-packed, taxmen arrived at the homes of minister C Vijayabaskar and popular actor Sarath Kumar in Chennai early this morning. They both are accused of handing out cash for votes, tax officials say. They claim documents seized during the raids reveal 80 crores have been paid to RK Nagar voters. The RK Nagar seat, held by Ms Jayalalithaa for decades, has been vacant since she died in December. For rival groups in the ruling AIADMK, winning the April 12 by-election is an important political message.
  • Stockholm Terror Attack Took Place Metres Away From Indian Embassy, 1 Arrested: 10 Points
    Four people have been killed and 15 injured in a terror attack in Swedish capital Stockholm this evening, police said. A truck drove into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store, just metres away from the Indian embassy. One person had also been detained in connection with the attack,police added.
  • 3 Soldiers Killed In Avalanche, Hundreds Stranded After Landslides In Jammu And Kashmir: 10 Points
    An unprecedented rainfall, multiple avalanches and an unusual April snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir have triggered fears of a repeat of the 2014 floods that caused death and devastation in the Valley. In what could be a relief, the Jhelum waters have started receding, easing fears of a flood. However, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remains closed due to landslides and heavy rains. Three soldiers have died in the avalanche that struck an army picket in Ladakh's Batalik sector yesterday.
  • Shiv Sena Minister Anant Geete Charged At Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju In Lok Sabha: 10 Points
    In unprecedented scenes in parliament today, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had to be shielded as he was almost surrounded by Shiv Sena members angry over his firm refusal to intervene on the flying ban on their colleague Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an airline manager two weeks ago in a fight over a business class seat. The dramatic developments that were off camera because of a break in the Lok Sabha, saw Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ministers rushing to Mr Raju's side and to help save the situation.
  • 'Gross Abuse Of Power,' Says Shunglu Panel That Investigated Arvind Kejriwal's AAP Government: 10 Facts
    A three-member committee set up by Delhi's former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to scrutinise decisions taken by the Arvind Kejriwal government, has alleged "gross misuse of power" by it. The Shunglu panel has red-flagged decisions like land allotment for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party's office in Delhi and the appointment of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain's daughter in a key health project. "The Shunglu committee report is aimed at mudslinging," said Mr Jain this morning.
  • After Fodder Scam Charges Against Lalu Yadav, His Sons Named In Soil Scam: 10 Points
    Taking up Lalu Yadav on his offer to get his son probed by any agency to clear his family's name, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday asked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to appoint an all-party panel to investigate charges that his ministerial colleague, Tej Pratap Yadav, had abused his powers to sell a large amount of soil to the city's Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park or Patna zoo. The soil was allegedly dug out during the construction of a mall being built on a plot of land owned by the Yadav family on the outskirts of Patna. Mr Modi has called it a Mitti (Soil) Scam, a charge that the opposition leader hopes would not just scorch the younger Yadav but also dent the Nitish Kumar-led government's reputation of trying to clean up administration.
  • Now Congress Says No EVM In Gujarat Elections Please: 10 Facts
    The Congress today joined the opposition chorus of "no EVMs," forcing a brief adjournment in parliament's Upper House Rajya Sabha along with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party. Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress said EVMs or electronic voting machines should not be used in the Gujarat assembly elections later this year as they are under "suspicion." Opposition parties allege that rigged voting machines played a role in the BJP's massive victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
  • 'Promise Met', Says Team Adityanath, Waiving Farm Loans In First Cabinet Meet: 10 Points
    The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh today decided at a cabinet meeting to write off farm loans worth almost Rs 40,000 crore. Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said after the meeting that the decision met an election promise of the BJP and would help 2.15 crores or 92.5 per cent of UP's farmers. It was the first cabinet meeting held by Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath since he took oath 15 days ago, delayed because he wanted to keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise of a farm loan waiver.
  • Explosion In St Petersburg Metro Kill 10, President Putin Says Terror Angle Probed: 10 Facts
    At least 10 people have died and more than 20 were injured in a blast in Russia's St Petersburg. The blast had taken place in a carriage of a running metro train around 2.40 pm local time, reported Russian news agencies. News channel Russia Today reported that President Vladimir Putin has said all possible causes of the explosions in the St. Petersburg Metro are being considered, including those linked to terrorism. President Putin had come to St Petersburg for a meeting. Hunt is on for a suspect who has been seen on CCTV footage.
  • Give Us EVM, Will Prove Tampering, Says Arvind Kejriwal: 10 Points
    Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, today alleged "dangerous" tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to rig polls and demanded that the April 23 Delhi municipal elections be deferred so that paper ballots can be usd. "We urge the Election Commission to reveal the EVM software to the country," the Aam Aadmi Party chief said, accusing the powerful poll body of "making a mockery" of elections. The allegations follow reports that an EVM only issued slips with the BJP symbol during a trial in Madhya Pradesh, where by-polls will be held in two assembly seats on Sunday.
  • 2-Lamp, 2-Leaf Controversy In Fight For J Jayalalithaa's Seat: 10 Points
    In a campaign video for the by-election to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar assembly seat, the electric lamp symbol allotted to the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK seems to settle in a green glow that resembles two leaves. The other faction headed by J Jayalalithaa's long-time companion VK Sasikala has complained that it is a misuse of the party's original two-leaf symbol, which has been frozen by the Election Commission. In reply to a notice from the poll panel, the O Panneerselvam or OPS camp has denied misusing the two-leaf symbol.
  • 'I Want To Show The People Of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir...': PM Narendra Modi's Top 5 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The tunnel cuts short the journey between the two cities by 30 km and reduces travel time by two hours. He later addressed a rally in Jammu's Udhampur, the headquarters of the army's North Command.
  • PM Narendra Modi Opens Jammu-Srinagar Road Tunnel - Longest In India: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today opened India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which cuts short the journey between the two cities by 30 km and reduces travel time by two hours. Built at an altitude of 1,200 meters, at a cost of Rs 3,700 crore, the Chenani-Nashri tunnel will ensure a safe and swift passage for commuters, even in adverse weather conditions. The tunnel is among the longest highway tunnels in Asia. The Prime Minister, who arrived in Udhampur, the headquarters of the army's Northern Command, by a special plane for the inauguration, took an army helicopter to Chenani.

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