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  • Rajnath Singh Meets GJM Leader As Violence Hits Darjeeling: 10 Facts
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Gorkha Janamukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri and BJP's Darjeeling lawmaker SS Ahluwalia this evening after a day of violence and arson in Darjeeling. The home minister stepped in after the popular hill resort of Bengal witnessed an upsurge of violence and the matter turned into a crisis for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Violence started in the morning as a huge police force descended at the home-cum-office of GJM chief Bimal Gurung and seized arms - including bows and arrows -- and cash. Morcha supporters clashed with the police, who responded with teargas and lathicharges. Trouble spread to neighbouring Kalimpong district, where a police post was set on fire and two other government properties attacked.
  • Presidential Election 2017: Nomination Process Begins - 10 Points
    The Election Commission of India opened the process of filing nomination for the fourteenth President of India today. The nomination process will close in two weeks, on June 28. With President Pranab Mukherjee's term coming to an end in July, the Centre and the Congress-led opposition parties have intensified their efforts to find a suitable Presidential candidate. Opposition parties are meeting in the capital today to chalk out their joint strategy and come up with a consensus candidate. BJP chief Amit Shah formed a three-member panel of senior cabinet ministers on Monday to find a common ground with NDA allies on their choice of a candidate.
  • Shivraj Chouhan Visits Families Of Farmers Killed In Mandsaur: 10 Facts
    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is visiting the families of farmers who were killed in the June 6 violence in Mandsaur today. He has already visited the villages of Barwan Phunta, Lodh, Naya Kheda, Pipliya Mandi -- the market where shops were burnt -- and is expected next at the Barkheda Panth village. Five of the farmers had died in police firing. One who had been injured in the police lathicharge had died later in the hospital. The violence had increased the pitch of the farmer protests.
  • Darjeeling Stir Spreads, Trade Unions Join Hands With Gorkhas: 10 Facts
    Not just Darjeeling, several places across in north Bengal went into agitation mode today. In the hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supporters were lathicharged in Darjeeling town. In Jalpaiguri district, more than 100 km away, tea garden works were lathicharged when they blocked a national highway to demand higher wages. The two agitations have converged after the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha extended its support to the two-day general strike called by the trade unions today. The worst-hit have been the tourists, who got out of the area en masse today.
  • After Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia In Face-Off With Cops: 10 Facts
    Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia was stopped on his way to violence-hit Mandsaur today. The Congress leader has said he will sit on dharna at Dhodhar - nearly 675 km from Mandsaur -- till peace is restored. Earlier today, Hardik Patel, the man leading the Patidar agitation for reservation in government jobs and education, got arrested while leading a march to Mandsaur. The police said he was violating prohibitory orders, which bans the gathering of more than four persons. The orders have been in place since last week, after six farmers died in police firing in Mandsaur.
  • Ministry Says 'No' To Screening 4 Documentaries On Kashmir, JNU: 10 Facts
    Four documentary films - two on Kashmir, one on the suicide of Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula and another on the trouble in Delhi's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University - have received a thumbs down from the Centre's Information and Broadcasting ministry for failing the "sensitivity" test. Ministry officials say they scrutinize documentary films on four particular parameters. They concluded that films in question were "sensitive in nature" and threatened the "integrity of the country", the officials said. The film-makers are up in arms, saying three of the documentaries were to be screened shortly at an international festival in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • On Day 1 Of Darjeeling Strike, Government Offices Work As Usual: 10 Facts
    The indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha in Bengal's popular hill-town Darjeeling, has fallen flat on Day One, the Mamata Banerjee government has said. While the Chief Minister stopped short of calling it a flop, the GJM said it could have, but did not, enforce the bandh. Attendance in government offices was "normal" in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik, said state tourism minister Gautam Deb. The protests, spearheaded by the GJM, started last week over fears that the state government was forcing the mostly-Nepali speaking children of the hill-town to learn the Bengali language at school.
  • Declare Medical Test NEET Results, Says Supreme Court: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court today directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) results. The results are likely to be announced within 10 days. The Central Board of Secondary Education had approached the top court regarding the declaration of results which had been put on hold by the Madras High Court on May 24 after complaints from students from different states who claimed that though the question papers were the same in English and Hindi, the Central Board of Secondary Education had different sets for aspirants writing the test in vernacular languages.
  • GST Rate Lowered On Movie Tickets, Printers, Over 60 Items: 10 Facts
    The GST or Goods and Services Tax Council met on Sunday to review demands raised by 133 industries seeking change from the fitments originally made under the four-slab indirect tax structure. Chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Council lowered the tax rate for 66 items of common use. While taxes on packaged foods and school bags and other items of common use were reduced, tax on hybrid cars is set to remain the same, Mr Jaitley said. With the GST regime set to come into effect from July 1, the government has formed 18 sectoral groups such as banking and insurance, textiles, exports, information technology, transport, and oil and gas to iron out issues and problems, the Council said.
  • SS Khaplang Dies At 77: 10 Things To Know About Naga Rebel Leader
    Shangwang Shangyung Khaplang, the chairman of the underground Naga rebel group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Khaplang) or NSCN(K), died on Friday evening due to prolonged illness. 77-year-old Khaplang was a diabetic and suffered from other health issues as well.
  • In Astana, PM Modi Delivers A Message To China, Pakistan: 10 Points
    In his first remarks after joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit as a member at Kazakhstan capital Astana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said connectivity projects among the eight-nation security bloc were a priority for India but underlined that such projects had to respect "territorial integrity and sovereignty" of countries for them to succeed and gain acceptance.
  • PM Narendra Modi Greets Nawaz Sharif, To Meet China's Xi Jinping Today: 10 Points
    On his second day in Kazakhstan capital Asthana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping this morning on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO - a consortium that focuses on security and trade. This was the first meeting of the two leaders to build on common interests in eight months; much of it spent under the shadow of differences ranging from controversies linked to the boundary question and blocking India's attempt to join the Nuclear Supplier Group that Beijing claims has become "more complicated". Later in the day, India and Pakistan will also be formally inducted into the SCO as members.
  • Wanted Bhim Army Founder Chandrasekhar aka Ravan Arrested: 10 Facts
    The man hunted by the police for his role in the recent caste clashes in Uttar Pradeshs Saharanpur was arrested this morning. Chandrasekhar, the underground founder of the -Bhim Army-, was tracked down by the police to Dalhousie, a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. The UP police had declared a reward of Rs 12,000 for any information that would lead to the arrest of the 30-year-old also known by the nickname -Ravan-. Chandrasekhar had said that he would surrender if 37 -innocent Dalits- were released.
  • PM Modi In Astana, Holds Bilateral Meet With Kazakh President: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan after reaching Astana today. PM Modi is in the Kazakh capital to attend the two-day summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO - a consortium that focuses on security and trade. India and Pakistan - will be formally inducted in the six-nation bloc that includes China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. So far, both nations have observer status. On the sidelines of the summit, PM Modi is expected to have a bilateral meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. But no bilateral with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected.
  • Plastic Rice Rumours: Here Are 5 Easy Ways To Identify Fake Rice
    After the news of fake eggs being sold at a Kolkata market triggered panic across the country, now the news of plastic rice being sold at some grocery outlets in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana has taken the internet by storm. Consumption of plastic rice is dangerous for health and can even lead to deadly diseases like cancer and birth defects. While producers and suppliers are trying to cheat consumers by selling plastic rice or fake rice, we have good news for all. Here is how you can identify plastic rice and restrict yourself from consumption:

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