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  • Government Can't Solve All Problems, People's Participation Important, Says PM: 10 Points
    Stressing on the importance of public participation in governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told nearly 10,000 students aspiring to be young innovators that democracy was all about participation of people in governance, not just about voting for a government every five years as if they had contracted out the job to someone. PM Modi was addressing the Smart India Hackathon, the first-of-its-kind initiative by the HRD Ministry, through video conferencing. Nearly 10,000 programmers will compete in the 36-hour event which is being held at 26 locations in the country.
  • For Government Ads Featuring Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Told To Pay 97 Crores: 10 Points
    Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party or AAP must foot the 97-crore bill for a series of ads issued by the Delhi government that promoted either him, the party, or both, said the capital's Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, today. AAP has a month to pay up. Chief Minister Kejriwal's office said that it cannot comment on the order because it has not received a copy.
  • Tax Reform GST Heads For July 1 Rollout, Crucial Bills Cleared: 10 Facts
    After an eight-hour debate, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed four GST or Goods and Services Tax-related bills putting the government on course for the launch on July 1 of the country's biggest tax reform since Independence. GST will subsume a slew of indirect taxes levied by the Centre and states, transforming India into a single market. The bills will now be presented in the Rajya Sabha or Upper House of Parliament. Calling it a "very significant step forward", Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "We seem to be on time... (we are) reasonably optimistic about meeting the deadline".
  • After 7-Hour GST Debate In Lok Sabha Today, 250 Clauses Will Be Put To Vote: 10 Facts
    Four Bills related to the Goods and Services Tax or GST will be debated in the Lok Sabha or lower house of Parliament today, as the government pushes to meet a July 1 launch date for the unified tax regime that subsumes a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states. Seven hours have been allotted for today's debate, which is likely to begin at noon today, with union minister Arun Jaitley speaking first. For the Congress, former union minister M Veerappa Moily will be first speaker.
  • 'People From Africa Our Valued Partners' Says Government After Attack On Nigerians: 10 Points
    India is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreigners in India, the foreign ministry has said a day after a mob attack on a group of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, near Delhi. "People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners," the statement read. The Uttar Pradesh government has promised a thorough investigation and quick report on the issue. The three students -- who are in hospital -- were attacked on Monday evening after a Class 12 student in the area died, allegedly of drug overdose and his parents claimed he had accessed it from the Nigerians. Overnight, posters have come up in the area, demanding a 'Nigerian free Greater Noida'.
  • For GST Bill, 7-Hour Debate On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi's Review Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of his council of ministers today to brief them ahead of a seven-hour debate on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha on the government's mega reform, the Goods and Services Tax. Four bills crucial to the implementation of GST will be passed at the end the debate; they were introduced in the lower house yesterday by union finance minister Arun Jaitley. The government needs to ensure that these bills are approved by Parliament in the current Budget session to be able to meet a July 1 deadline for the launch of GST, a unified tax regime that subsumed a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states.
  • Don't Be 'Overexcited', UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh To Cops On Amid Meat Sellers Strike: 10 Points
    As meat sellers in state capital Lucknow and in many other districts of Uttar Pradesh announced an indefinite strike from today against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's order closing illegal slaughterhouses, a senior minister in the state Siddharth Nath Singh has advised officials to not be "overexcited" while imposing the ban. Mr Singh underscored, as the Chief Minister repeatedly has, that action is being taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and abattoirs operating legally will not be touched.
  • Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Banned From Flying, Takes Train To Mumbai: 10 Facts
    Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena MP who decided that not being able to fly business class merited a lengthy assault on an airline employee, says he's the wronged party. The former school teacher wants Air India to be investigated for ill-treating him. This after he told reporters that he used his sandal to hit a 60-year-old Air India manager 25 times. The Shiv Sena this evening justified not taking any action against him, despite a large shower of his abuse being filmed. Air India has filed two police cases against him and all airlines have banned him.
  • AIADMK Now Has 2 Versions, Poll Symbols Hat And Electric Pole: 10 Points
    Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK will fight for its former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's seat under a new name - two in fact. Party chief VK Sasikala's faction will call itself AIADMK Amma, and rival O Panneerselvam's group will go by the name AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Both factions will also fight under new symbols after the Election Commission said yesterday that neither can use the AIADMK's name and "two leaves" symbol in the contest for RK Nagar in Chennai. "Amma" or mother is the name given to Jayalalithaa by thousands of her supporters. Superstar Rajinikanth added another interesting twist to the by-poll battle by announcing on Twitter that he supported "no one".
  • UK Parliament Attack: Car Mows Down People, Cop Stabbed - 10 Points
    The British parliament was locked down on Wednesday after an attack was reported near it, in the heart of London, after 2:30 pm local time. Eyewitnesses said a black car ploughed into several people near the Westminster Bridge and crashed into the railings of the Palace of Westminster. A man got out with two 8-inch knives and attacked a policeman with what appeared a large knife or a machete before being shot down by the police. Five people including the police officer and the attacker are dead and around 40 people have sustained injuries. No Indians have been hurt in the incident, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
  • Babri Masjid Demolition Case: Will LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi Face Trial? Supreme Court To Decide Tomorrow - 10 Points
    Whether LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders will face trial in the decades-old Babri Masjid (mosque) demolition case is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court tomorrow. The top court, which was supposed to announce its decision today, has now postponed it to tomorrow. The court will decide whether conspiracy charges will be revived against Mr Advani, 89, and other leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti. The charge was dropped by lower courts. In the previous hearing earlier this month, the Supreme Court had said it would not accept the discharge of BJP leaders on technical grounds.
  • Ayodhya Ram Temple - Babri Masjid Issue: 1528 To Now, A 10-Point Timeline
    Nearly 70 years after the first court case was filed, Supreme Court has suggested that the dispute over the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi land was best resolved through negotiations and not a judicial verdict. The dispute that has dominated the country's political discourse has seen many twists and turns. The matter has been pending since 2010, when the top court stayed the verdict of the Allahabad High Court. The High Court had said Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya and Hindus have the right to worship there.
  • Yes, CBI For Narada Sting: Supreme Court Rules Against Mamata Banerjee
    The Supreme Court has ruled that the CBI will investigate whether leaders from Bengal's ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, accepted cash as bribes, as alleged by a local news website, which filmed the alleged corruption . The top court today offered strong criticism of the government of Mamata Banerjee and said its appeal to stop the CBI from handling the inquiry was "unfortunate". Last week, the Calcutta High Court said the country's premier investigating agency must study the "sting", conducted by a local news website, Narada News.
  • Stayzilla Owner Yogendra Vasupal's Arrest Provokes Strong Letter From Tech Bosses To Home Minister
    India's biggest tech titans have written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh against the manner in which the owner of Chennai-based start-up Stayzilla has been arrested and treated. "What Yogi and his family are going through now make India look like the worst place, a nightmarish choice to become an entrepreneur," says the letter, signed by 73 tech bosses. "If ever there's a right to be an entrepreneur, that's clearly been violated. Period. The question is not how this will affect entrepreneurship today, but how young Indians looking to become entrepreneurs in the future will give up even before starting up," declares the note.
  • Ayodhya Ram Mandir Issue: Supreme Court Suggests Out-Of-Court Settlement - 10 Facts
    The Ram temple in Ayodhya is a "sensitive", "sentimental issue" and should be sorted outside court through discussion, the Supreme Court has said. The top court said it would step in only if the matter can't be resolved through talks. A decision in the matter has been pending since 2010, when the Supreme Court put a freeze on a judgment by the Allahabad High Court. The High Court judgment had said Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya and Hindus have the right to worship there.

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