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  • Babri Masjid Case: Union Minister Uma Bharti To Face Conspiracy Charges - 10 Points
    Top BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and union minister Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, the Supreme Court said today. A day-to-day trial will be held in a court in Lucknow, judges said, and hearing must be completed in two years. Hours after the court's ruling, minister Uma Bharti said "ready to go to jail for Ram Mandir".
  • Supreme Court Order On LK Advani And Babri Masjid Case: Top 10 Points
    LK Advani and other top leaders of the BJP including Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the 16th-century Babri Masjid, the Supreme Court ruled today, agreeing with a request from the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI in its case over the razing of the disputed mosque on December 6, 1992. The incident had sparked deadly riots across India that killed around 2,000 people. "We have allowed the CBI appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement with certain directions," a bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman said.
  • VK Sasikala Dumped For AIADMK Merger, O Panneerselvam Decision Today: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK has decided that its jailed chief VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran will be "kept away from the government and the party" to enable a merger with the rival faction led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam or OPS. Though that meets a big demand by OPS, the two factions are yet to find common ground on who should be chief minister. Chief Minister E Palaniswami, who was handpicked by Ms Sasikala but is now ready to dump her, wants to keep the post but OPS supporters say he should be Chief Minister as well as party chief.
  • LK Advani, Senior BJP Leaders To Be Tried For Criminal Conspiracy In Babri Masjid Case: 10-Point Timeline
    Veteran BJP leader LK Advani and other senior leaders of the party will be tried for criminal conspiracy to demolish the 16th-century Babri Masjid in December 1992, the Supreme Court ruled today. LK Advani, 89, and top BJP leaders including Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti are charged with making inflammatory speeches that led to demolition of the mosque. Though the issue has been pending for 25 years, it has been nearly seven decades since the first case over the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi land was filed.
  • Vijay Mallya Gets Bail Within Hours Of Arrest, Extradition May Take Time: 10 Points
    Vijay Mallya was granted bail three hours after he was arrested in London today following India's extradition request. Mr Mallya was produced at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, which granted him bail after a 10-minute hearing. The business tycoon, who has been staying in London for a year now, is accused of defaulting on loans worth thousands of crores, and facing charges of money laundering. "Vijay Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud. He was arrested after attending a central London police station..." Scotland Yard said in a statement. The extradition hearings in UK courts may take time before he is extradited to India.
  • Vijay Mallya Gets Bail 3 Hours After Arrest: 10 Things To Know
    Tycoon Vijay Mallya, has been granted bail three hours after he was arrested in Britain today following India's extradition request. Mr Mallya was produced at the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, which granted him bail after a 10-minute hearing. The businessman had slipped out of India a year ago and has been in Britain since. The Indian government had cancelled Mr Mallya's passport and earlier this year made a formal request to the UK government to extradite him to face trial on charges of fraud.
  • Vijay Mallya Arrested In London, Gets Bail: 10 Points
    Businessman Vijay Mallya, arrested by the UK's Scotland Yard on India's request for his extradition, has got bail by a court in London. Vijay Mallya, 61, accused of defaulting on loans worth crores, had fled from India in March last year. "Vijay Mallya was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities in relation to accusations of fraud. He was arrested after attending a central London police station, and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today, 18 April," a statement by Scotland Yard on Vijay Mallya's arrest said.
  • VK Sasikala Dumped For AIADMK Truce, Nephew TTV Dinakaran Calls MLAs: 10 Facts
    The rival factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK moved closer to a rapprochement today, with the faction led by VK Sasikala deciding to keep her and her nephew TTV Dinakaran away "from the government and the party". The decision meets the key demand of her political rival O Panneerselvam or OPS, who wanted their removal. Ms Sasikala, who is in prison in Bengaluru, heads the larger team that controls the government. For now, her faction will be steered by a committee. What remains to be worked out is whether E Palaniswamy will continue as the Chief Minister or he will be replaced by Mr Panneerselvam. Mr Dinakaran, who rushed back from Bengaluru, has called a meeting of legislators at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai later today.
  • Tamil Nadu Ministers In Late-Night Huddle To Unite AIADMK Camps: 10 Facts
    After 25 ministers and lawmakers held an emergency meeting in capital Chennai on Monday night, the VK Sasikala-led AIADMK faction that rules Tamil Nadu has "welcomed" what it said was an offer from the rival O Panneerselvam camp to discuss re-uniting the party. There is pressure reportedly on party chief Ms Sasikala and her nephew and deputy TTV Dinakaran to resign. Mr Dinakaran was in Bengaluru to meet Ms Sasikala, who is in jail in a corruption case.
  • Heat Wave Warning As Parts Of Telangana Touch 44 Degrees: 10 Points
    It's only mid-April and temperatures continue to soar well into the forties across the country. Parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are facing a heatwave with the mercury hovering above 40 degrees. In Rajasthan too, severe heat wave conditions have disrupted normal life. The Met department has warned of similar conditions in Telangana and parts of west and north India.
  • BJP Meeting Eyes Elections, From Panchayat To Parliament: 10 Points
    With one eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha General elections, and another firmly set on Odisha, the BJP's National Executive meeting started in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar on Saturday to draw up a strategy to increase its political footprint through the country across all levels - "from panchayat to parliament" - and kick-start its campaign for Odisha. Leading the discussions are BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi who drove down from the airport in a Range Rover sports utility vehicle to a rousing welcome. At times, PM Modi half-opened the door to stand on the SUV's stepping board to wave at the cheering crowds. Sometimes, he just got off the vehicle to greet enthusiastic party workers who had lined up along Bhubaneswar's arterial roads.
  • India's Longest Bridge In Final Stages Of Construction: 10 Points
    India's longest bridge, over nine kilometres long, is likely to be inaugurated a year from now in Assam by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An invite was presented to him this week by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The BJP won Assam from the Congress last year, becoming the first of the eight northeastern states to be controlled by the party.
  • On Ambedkar Jayanti, PM Narendra Modi's Big Plans For Education, Digital Economy: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nagpur this morning for a series of programmes to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dalit icon and principal architect of the Constitution of India, Dr BR Ambedkar. PM Modi will formally launch the Aadhaar-linked Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) along with two incentive schemes and will give awards to winners of the Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojna - schemes which were launched in December 2016 to incentivise digital payments in the country.
  • 'Mother Of All Bombs': 10 Things To Know About GBU-43, The Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb
    The United States on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb, GBU-43, targeting an ISIS complex in Afghanistan. Also known as the 'Mother Of All Bombs', the bomb was dropped in a 'tunnel complex' of the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan. This is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in the battlefield. The extent of damage caused by the MOAB is not yet clear. According to the White House, the operation targeted "a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area."
  • By-Election Results 2017: BJP Wins 5 Of 10 Assembly Seats In By-Elections - 10 Points
    The BJP has won five of 10 assembly seats in eight states for which by-elections were held, retaining three and gaining two from other parties, including Delhi's Rajouri Garden, where last time's winner Aam Aadmi Party has lost its deposit ahead of key civic elections. The Congress has won three, two in Karnataka and one in Madhya Pradesh, all seats it held. In Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar, where fresh elections were ordered in 38 polling booths after violence on Sunday, just 2 per cent turned up to vote, the lowest in the history of Kashmir.

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