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  • UP Elections 2017 - PM Modi Offers Prayers In Varanasi, Akhilesh-Rahul Hold Road Show Too: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his campaign in the temple town of Varanasi today with a roadshow along the route to Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple and Kaal Bhairav temple. As 49 constituencies in the state voted in the sixth phase, Varanasi played host to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati. The Prime Minister's Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi is one of the closely-watched contests of the polls seen as a bellwether for the 2019 national elections.
  • India To Resume Indus Water Talks With Pakistan This Month: 10 Points
    Its point made, India's Indus commissioner will travel to Pakistan later this month to resume the Indus Water Treaty talks that New Delhi had put on the ice after last September's terrorist attack on the Uri army base in Jammu and Kashmir. "Blood and water cannot flow together," Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared soon after the attack that killed 19 soldiers and ordered officials to explore India's options to put pressure on Islamabad within the framework of the World Bank-brokered pact on sharing water of six rivers between the two neighbours.
  • Army Gets Radar, Drugs To Prep For Chemical Warfare: 10 Points
    A host of technologies - meant to counter the threat of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare -- developed by India's defense research organization DRDO were handed over to the army on Thursday. The technologies also included India's first indigenously made weapons locating radar and a number of drugs to combat radiation sickness and minimize the effects of chemical warfare. Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar said, "We should be prepared for any kind of warfare" adding that the radar could even be used to bring down firing at the Line of Control. Army chief Bipin Rawat was also present on the occasion.
  • The Rs 150 Bank Charge: What It Means For You In 10 Points
    Leading private bank HDFC has announced savings account customers will have to pay a Rs 150 charge for cash deposits or withdrawals in excess of four free transactions at bank branches. The development puts the HDFC's charges for transactions at par with its two competitors - ICICI and Axis banks - that had also suspended charges to be paid for customers in November after the government's demonetisation decision. The move is in line with the Modi government's emphasis on promoting digital economy and disincentivising use of cash. A December 2016 finance ministry report on digital payments had made out the case for limits on cash transaction and suggested a nominal charge for transactions beyond a limit.
  • Tamil Nadu's New Protest Over Project From PM Narendra Modi's Big Oil Plan: 10 Points
    In what has been compared to this month's Jallikattu protests in Chennai, thousands of people gather every day in Neduvaasal village of Tamil Nadu's Pudukottai district to protest against a hydrocarbon extraction project by the centre. The villagers say the project will deplete ground water and destroy agriculture. College students from Chennai and other cities, scientists and others have joined the protest and they are mobilising support through social media. The Neduvaasal project is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious plan to reduce oil imports by 10 percent by 2022.
  • 2 ABVP Men Arrested As Students March Against 'Gundaism': 10 Points
    Two students of Delhi University, who belong to the BJP-linked student organisation ABVP, were arrested hours after the DU protest against campus violence that drew a huge crowd on Tuesday. The arrests took place after two students, who participated in the protest, said they were attacked by ABVP supporters on their way back, sources said. They were subsequently released on bail and suspended by ABVP. During the day, more than 2,000 placard-holding, slogan-shouting students and teachers turned up for the rally at the North Campus. Left leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury joined the walk that was held under tight security. Gurmehar Kaur - the 20-year-old daughter of a soldier, who had been brutally targeted on social media for her Facebook post on ABVP - dropped out of the campaign saying she had taken "all she could".
  • UP Election 2017:  Battle Of The Queens In Amethi As State Votes In Fifth Phase Today
    The Gandhi family stronghold Amethi, represented in parliament by Rahul Gandhi, and the temple town of Ayodhya are among the areas voting today in the fifth of seven-phase elections in Uttar Pradesh. A 57.36 per cent turnout was recorded till 5 pm across the 11 districts - including five bordering Nepal - that are voting today. In an increasingly acrimonious campaign for India's most politically important state, words like "Gujarat's donkeys" and "Kasab" came up during rallies. On Sunday evening, there was a flag march by central forces in sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal's foothills.
  • UP Elections 2017: Flag March In Sensitive Areas Ahead Of Phase V - 10 Facts
    Uttar Pradesh votes for the fifth of its seven-phase elections today. The voting is being held across 11 districts, including five bordering Nepal. The 51 seats where polling is being held includes Amethi - the borough of the Gandhi family, which is represented in the Lok Sabha by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The shrill campaign that had started after the first 3 phases, continued in the run-up to this phase too, with comments from key political leaders, including Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, indicating a no-holds barred battle. This evening, the Central forces conducted flag march in the sensitive areas close to the Terai region in Nepal's foothills.
  • On Ramjas College Violence, Centre Strikes Two Notes: 10 Points
    The government appeared to speak in two voices over Wednesday's violent clashes in Delhi's Ramjas College. While union education minister Prakash Javadekar said he would not interfere in the row as the college is autonomous, his cabinet colleague junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said colleges cannot be allowed to become "hub of anti-national activity". At least 20 students and a teacher were injured after student unions linked to the Left and the BJP clashed over an invite for an event to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid, accused of sedition over an event last year where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
  • BMC Election Result 2017: Why Everyone Wants A Share In BMC, India's Richest Civic Body
    The BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election is more than civic body polls for parties in India's financial capital. The Shiv Sena and the BJP, long-time allies, contested separately and fought bitterly against each other. Some 21,620 candidates contested the 5,777 seats up for grabs in the 10 municipal corporations including BMC, for which the elections were held in two phases. Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. But the focus was on the BMC, which has a gigantic budget to beat that of many other civic bodies and even states.
  • UP Election 2017: 61% Voting In Phase 4 Of Polls - 10 Points
    Over 61 per cent turnout was registered today - up by 2.3 per cent from 2012 - as parts of Uttar Pradesh voted in the fourth round of seven-phase elections. Five seats in Congress President Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency Raebareli are among the 53 that voted today. The parched Bundelkhand zone and Allahabad, the historic city at the centre of India's independence movement are also a part of this phase. Campaigning ahead of this round saw acrimonious speeches as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his alliance partner Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati addressed people in villages and small towns.
  • BMC Election Result 2017 - Shiv Sena 84, BJP 82. That's How Close It Is In Mumbai: 10 Points
    Shiv Sena 84, BJP 82. In the nail-biting finish that a T20 cricket match delivers, the BJP is now just two seats behind the Shiv Sena in Mumbai's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, dominated by the latter for 20 years. The BJP is also set to win eight out of the nine other major Maharashtra municipalities where elections were held this week. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, who led from the front, is clearly Man of the Match.
  • UP Election 2017: Voting Today For Phase 4 After Hectic, Personal Campaign - 10 Points
    Fifty-three constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, spread over 12 districts, go to polls in the fourth of the seven-phase elections in the state today. Among them the five constituencies of Raebareli, the parliamentary seat of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and the parched Bundelkhand zone. This phase of election had been preceded by a high profile campaign, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his alliance partner Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati hit the road to villages and small towns of the state. The tone of the campaign got shrill and increasingly personal.
  • 10 Things To Know About Earth-Like Planets Found In Nearby Solar System
    US space agency NASA has announced that scientists researching outer space have found the existence of another 'solar system' - seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in galaxy 40 light years away - opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond. A press release from the space agency said the Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the planets are as large as Earth and at least three of them are in a "habitable zone". Almost all of them are rocky and three are likely to have water. Because they are located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets.
  • BMC Election 2017 - 55% Voting, Highest In 25 Years: 10 Points
    A record 55 per cent voting, the highest in 25 years, was recorded yesterday as Mumbai voted to decide who will control the country's richest civic body -- the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC. The contest was seen as one mainly between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. The turn-out for 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samiti polls in the state was 69 per cent, election officials said, adding that all figures were preliminary and can change. Ahead of the elections, the Shiv Sena called off its two-decade old alliance with the BJP and the two parties have engaged in a shrill, often personal, campaign. Voting was also held for nine other municipalities in Maharashtra today. The BMC has an annual budget of 37,000 crores, more than that of some states.

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