Cheat Sheet

  • Stayzilla Founder Yogendra Vasupal, Whose Arrest Angered Tech Titans, Finally Gets Bail
    Stayzilla co-founder Yogendra Vasupal, popularly known as Yogi, has been granted bail today in Chennai, nearly a month after he was arrested in a manner which provoked protest by India's biggest tech bosses. They had written an open letter to the government, declaring that the treatment of Mr Vasupal, who is 34, makes "India look like the worst place, a nightmarish choice to become an entrepreneur." Mr Vasupal can leave jail if he furnishes a deposit of 40 lakhs to the Madras High Court.
  • Consider Consequences, India Warns Pakistan On Kulbhushan Jadhav: 10 Facts
    The government yesterday assured parliament that it will make every effort to ensure the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian who was given the death sentence by a Pakistani military court that convicted him of spying and fomenting unrest in the province of Balochistan. Pakistan's announcement that Mr Jadhav, 46, will be executed has aggravated tension between India and Islamabad, with Delhi declaring that if the sentence is carried out, it will be "pre-meditated murder". Islamabad has defended the death sentence.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav's Arrest, Death Sentence In Pakistan: 10 Facts
    Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former officer of the Indian Navy accused of being a spy by Pakistan, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. India has said it will be "pre-meditated murder" if Mr Jadhav is executed. New Delhi has denied Pakistan's allegation that Mr Jadhav is an agent of intel agency Research and Analysis Wing and was spying in Balochistan and Karachi. India said 13 times, Pakistan has turned down requests to meet Mr Jadhav.
  • Kashmir By-Elections 2017: Srinagar Election, Which Saw Just 7% Turnout, Could Be Cancelled- 10 Facts
    An election in Kashmir, scheduled for Wednesday, must be cancelled, the ruling People's Democratic Party has said. Its candidate for the by-election for the Lok Sabha in Anantnag is Tasaduq Mufti, the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The call to postpone the election comes after Srinagar, just 59 kms away, witnessed unprecedented violence as it voted yesterday.
  • 32 Allies At PM Narendra Modi's Big Dinner Tonight, Sena's Uddhav Thackeray Attends: 10 Points
    The Shiv Sena will support the BJP's choice for President, the party said, as it attempts to thaw relations with its ally ahead of a meeting and dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party's 32 partners this evening. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will attend the meeting in Delhi at 6 pm, which will focus on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's strategy for the Presidential election in July and the vice-presidential elections in August. The Congress has indicated that it could name its own candidates making it a contest.
  • 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.

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