Cheat Sheet

  • MCD Elections 2017: No Ballot Papers, But NOTA For Voters - 10 Facts
    The BJP, which has been controlling all three civic bodies of Delhi for a decade, has decided to drop all sitting candidates this time -- electing to, as it says, bring in a "fresh team for the next 10 years". Its chief opponents, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress, have demanded that ballot papers be used during the election to keep out the possibility of rigging -- a plea the by Election Commission has turned down. The election to the three municipal corporations will be held on April 22, while counting will take place on April 25.
  • Manohar Parrikar Takes Charge Of Goa, Trust Vote Thursday, Says Top Court: 10 Facts
    Manohar Parrikar took oath as the new Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday, but he must take a trust vote on Thursday to prove he has a majority, the Supreme Court ruled, in a big setback for the Congress, which was also criticized for its actions by judges. The BJP was invited to form the government in Goa despite winning fewer seats in the election than the Congress. That decision - taken by Governor Mridula Sinha - was challenged by the Congress in court. The Congress won 17 seats in the election; the BJP won 13, but secured the support of small regional parties.
  • Goa Gone, Congress Fights BJP For Manipur: 10 Points
    Decimated in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the just concluded assembly elections, the Congress angrily attacked the BJP for "murdering democracy" as two more states, Goa and Manipur - where it had emerged as the single largest party but was short of the majority mark - appeared to be slipping through its fingers. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has already got himself an invite from Raj Bhavan and is set to take oath as chief minister on Tuesday evening. The Congress is desperately trying to stop the BJP from repeating the same story in another state that delivered a fractured verdict; the BJP and Congress have met the Governor Najma Heptulla who hasn't decided yet whose name she should put on the letter inviting the insurgency-torn state's next chief minister.
  • 'Power Not About Posts, But Opportunity To Serve': PM Modi's Top 10 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the party workers after the said the strength of the poor and the aspirations of the middle class will take India to new heights. His televised address to party workers comes a day after the BJP won a sweeping victory in the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh - considered the semi-final before the 2019 general elections. The party also won Uttarakhand. And in Goa and Manipur, which delivered a split verdict, the party is planning to stake claim to form government.
  • A New India: The Theme Of PM Modi's Victory Speech: 10 Facts
    A "new India" was at the centre of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's victory speech on Sunday evening as the BJP celebrated its performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and other states. As he arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, PM Modi got off his car and walked a short stretch, waving to hundreds of workers and supporters lined up to greet him. They shouted slogans in his praise and showered the Prime Minister with flower petals as he headed into the party office. PM Modi then headed a meeting of the BJP's parliamentary board or the party's top decision makers.
  • Manohar Parrikar As Goa Chief Minister Gains Momentum: 10 Developments
    With the BJP in need of seven seats to form the government in Goa, its top leaders Nitin Gadkari and Manohar Parrikar are meeting now at a five-star in the picturesque coastal state with people who could help close that gap. Mr Parrikar, who is Defence Minister, was selected this morning by the party's legislators in Goa as their choice for Chief Minister, an office he held before moving to Delhi to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet.
  • Assembly Election Results 2017 - Modi Super-Wave Brings Saffron Holi For Uttar Pradesh: 10 Points
    The BJP rode a Modi super-wave to a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh today, winning 312 of the state's 403 seats; its allies have won 13 seats for a grand total of 325. It's a triumph that will strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim to a second term in 2019. As jubilant party workers celebrated an early Holi, BJP chief Amit Shah credited the win to PM Modi's leadership, describing him as "the most popular leader since Independence." The BJP has also swept neighbouring Uttarakhand. The Congress has won Punjab, and has a few more seats than the BJP in Goa and Manipur, with no party getting a majority. Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is the day's big loser.
  • Judge vs Judges, As Calcutta High Court Justice CS Karnan Faces Warrant For Contempt: 10 Points
    In a first, the Supreme Court today ordered a warrant against High Court Judge CS Karnan for skipping a contempt case hearing, to be served "personally" by the Bengal police chief. In another unprecedented move, Justice Karnan called a "court" on the lawns of his home in Kolkata and ordered the CBI to investigate the seven Supreme Court judges who issued a contempt notice against him. "The Supreme Court is not my master," said the judge, alleging that he was being targeted because he is a Dalit.
  • 2012 Maruti Factory Violence Case: Manager Killed, Factory Burnt, 31 Convicted - 10 Facts
    A court in Gurgaon in Haryana has convicted 31 workers for the violence at the Maurti Suzuki factory in Manesar in 2012 in which a manager was set on fire in a conference room. A mob tore through the plant in Haryana owned by India's largest car manufacturer, smashing property and setting parts of the factory on fire. Human Resources Manager Awanish Kumar Dev was burned to death. Nearly 150 workers were arrested, of whom 117 were found not guilty today of charges including criminal conspiracy and murder.
  • Former Air Force Man Arrested, Led Self-Proclaimed ISIS Cell, Say Cops: 10 Facts
    A former Indian Air Force employee, believed to be the leader of a self-proclaimed ISIS cell that the police said was involved in a train accident on Monday, was arrested today along with another man. The police said with today's arrests all eight suspected members of the terror module have been captured. One, 22-year-old Saifullah, was killed at a hideout in Lucknow after a 12-hour gun battle on Tuesday morning. Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in Parliament today on the train attack and Saifullah, but did not mention an ISIS link.
  • Parliament Meets, PM Narendra Modi Underscores Star Status Of GST Reform: 10 Facts
    As parliament begins its month-long session today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the importance of clearing the landmark reform, the national Goods and Services Tax (GST), which the government wants to roll out on July 1. The PM said he seeks the opposition's cooperation and "a breakthrough on GST." This weekend, the Finance Minister said the measure is on track - but much will depend on how much the opposition cooperates - and that, in turn, will be influenced by the results that will be shared on Friday from five states, including Uttar Pradesh, that have just voted.
  • 10 Facts On Swami Aseemanand, Acquitted In Ajmer Dargah Blasts Case
    Swami Aseemanand, accused in three of the worst terror cases around a decade ago, has been acquitted in one of them - the Ajmer Dargah blast of 2007, in which three people had died and 15 were injured. The 65-year-old had caused political ripples in 2014, when his alleged interview to a news magazine, Caravan, had upset the group and the BJP. His lawyer later denied the report, claiming his client, who was in Ambala Central jail at the time, had never been interviewed by the magazine. He considered turning approver in the Ajmer blasts case but then changed his mine in 2010.
  • As Parliament Meets, The Clock's Ticking Loudly For GST Reform: 10 Facts
    When parliament meets today for a month-long session, early focus will be on clearing the government's annual budget, which was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1; MPs will vote on it on the 20th. But superstar status is reserved for the landmark reform, the national Goods and Services Tax (GST), which the government wants to roll out on July 1. This weekend, the Finance Minister said the measure is on track - but much will depend on how much the opposition cooperates - and that, in turn, will be influenced by the results that will be shared on Friday from five states, including Uttar Pradesh, that have just voted.
  • Minute-By-Minute Details Of Lucknow Encounter In Which Suspect Was Killed
    Saifullah, the terror suspect found dead after a 12-hour operation to capture him in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow yesterday, was part of a group that was planning a major strike in the state at the end of this month, sources have said. The Lucknow operation began at 3.30 pm, when special commandos surrounded a house in Haji Colony of Thakurganj. The operation stretched till dawn and it was around 3 am when commandos blew up a wall to enter the house, and found Saifullah's body, along with an ISIS flag and several weapons. He was killed at 2.56 am, according to the police.
  • Elections 2017: Voting Wraps Up In Five States, Counting On March 11: 10 Points
    The seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh elections today saw a 60 per cent turnout. 83 per cent polling was recorded in Manipur, its second and last phase, till 5 PM. Today's voting wraps up elections in five states - the other three being Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa - the results of which will be announced on March 11. In focus today, Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency which became the hub of all political activity as campaigning wound up in the marathon seven-round UP election, saw voters coming out in large numbers. In the key contest between the BJP, the Samajwadi-Party-Congress alliance and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, every party has stretched its last muscle to try for at least 202 seats in UP's 403-member legislature to be able to form a majority government.

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