Cheat Sheet

  • Madhya Pradesh Farmers Were Shot by Police, Admits Government: 10 Points
    The death of five farmers during a protest on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur was caused by police firing, state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh confirmed today, after strongly denying it earlier. Those responsible would be punished, he asserted. The government and the police had rubbished allegations that the police fired at a crowd during a protest by farmers demanding better prices for their crops and loan waiver. In a sign that the government is on the backfoot, two top district officials have been suspended. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was arrested shortly after being detained today while he was on his way to violence-hit Mandsaur to meet the families of five farmers who died in firing.
  • All You Need To Know About UK General Election 2017
    Britain goes to polls today after the country's Prime Minister Theresa May announced general elections on April 18. The national election is the election for the House of Commons or the lower house of parliament much like India's Lok Sabha. Voters are asked to elect a member of parliament for their local constituency, which on average have about 72,000 voters. The biggest party theoretically must win at least 326 seats of the 650 regional constituencies. But in practice, the threshold for a majority is around 323, because the Irish republican Sinn Fein party does not take up any seats it wins in Northern Ireland.
  • After 5 Shot Dead, Madhya Pradesh Farmers Vow Bigger Protests: 10 Facts
    The Madhya Pradesh government is struggling to restore calm after five farmers were shot in clashes yesterday in the central city of Mandsaur, about 325 km from the capital of Bhopal. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan used Twitter to appeal to farmers to end the violence that has marked the strike they began on June 1, demanding debt relief and better prices for their produce. Opposition parties including the Left and the Congress have said the deaths yesterday prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has no strategy to help farmers.
  • Qatar Rift Worst In Years In Arab World's Most Powerful States: 10 Facts
    In the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.
  • Historic Day, Says ISRO As India's 'Baahubali' Rocket Lifts Off: 10 Facts
    Trailing thick white smoke, India's monster home-made rocket GSLV Mk III did a perfect lift-off this afternoon from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The "Naughty boy" of Space Agency ISRO propels India into the big league of space technology. It is also expected to carry astronauts to space one day - perhaps in a little more than seven years. The 640-tonne rocket weighs as much as 200 full-grown Asian elephants or five Jumbo jets. Powered by the cutting-edge indigenously developed cryogenic engine, it was developed over 15 years, at a cost of RS 300 crore.
  • Cruel Heat Tightens Grip. Delhi, Bathinda, Banda Vie For Hottest City Tag On Sunday: 10 Points
    As a major part of the country has virtually turned into a cauldron, Sunday became the hottest day of the season for many cities where mercury touched the deadly 47-48 degrees Celsius mark. Delhi, which has remained in the tight grip of intense heat, saw the average maximum shooting up to 44.6 degrees -- four notches above normal. While the minimum was 30.4 degrees, three notches above the season's average. Though the mercury is expected to drop a few notches today in the national capital, respite is likely tomorrow in the form of thunderstorm and rain.
  • ISRO's Largest Rocket To Carry Hopes Of Taking Indians To Space: 10 Facts
    India's largest rocket, which may carry humans to space some day, is expected to be launched today. The 640-ton GSLV Mk III rocket - as much as 200 full-grown Asian elephants or five Jumbo jets - will be on its maiden flight from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 5.28 pm. The 24-hour countdown has already started. For now, the rocket will carry a satellite. It is expected that one day -- in over 7 years -- it will carry astronauts to space.
  • 12 Arrested For Attack In London That Left 7 Dead, 47 Injured: 10 Facts
    Twelve people have been arrested in Barking, in east London, in connection with yesterday's attack at London Bridge that left seven people dead and injured 47 people. The three men responsible for the attack were "radical Islamist terrorists", Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd said. Yesterday, as Londoners were enjoying a relaxed Saturday, the attackers had struck. Their speeding van rammed a number of pedestrians at the London bridge. Three men then got off at the nearby bustling Borough Market and went on a stabbing spree before being shot down.
  • ISRO To Launch Its Heaviest Rocket That Could Ferry Indians Into Space: 10 Facts
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch a mega rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III, or the GSLV Mk III, this Monday that will take India one step closer to sending its own astronauts in space. The vehicle will be launched from the agency's headquarters in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota at 5 pm tomorrow. If the launch is successful, ISRO plans to seek Rs 12,500 crore from the centre to station Indians in space after flying them from Indian soil in an indigenously manufactured rocket. Till now, only a handful of countries have attempted sending astronauts into space. These include: Russia, USA and China.
  • GST Rates For Gold, Garments, Biscuits Decided: 10 Things To Know
    The GST Council on Saturday at its 15th meeting finalised tax rates that will apply to gold and other goods like biscuits and garments. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who chaired the meet, said gold and gold jewellery would attract a GST rate of 3 per cent. The Council also decided on rates of yarns, agriculture machinery, apparels and rough diamonds among others. GST will subsume all major levies including excise, service tax and VAT, transforming India into a single market.
  • At DMK Chief Karunanidhi's Birthday, Opposition Unites For Another Cause: 10 Facts
    As DMK chief M Karunanidhi turned 94 today, his birthday party served as a gathering for more than one cause. While his party marked the occasion to celebrate his sixty years of being a legislator without losing a single election, the birthday bash was also a show of unity among an otherwise fragmented opposition ahead of the Presidential election. Not surprisingly, the ruling BJP that was not on the invitee list was the favourite punching bag. But the clearest unity call came from the Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien and the National Conference's Omar Abdullah.
  • The EVM (Vote Machine) 'Hackathons' That Weren't: 10 Points
    Neither of the two parties that had volunteered to hack electronic voting machines or EVMs attempted their mission today. Instead, they chose to watch a nearly four-hour long demo by the Election Commission. "NCP, CPM did not participate in EVM challenge," said Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. Declaring the Election Commission's EVM challenge a flop show, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), appeared to revise its own programme. The party declared that what was widely reported as its "counter-hackathon" today was only the launch.
  • As Karunanidhi Turns 94, Opposition Unites For Another Occasion: 10 Facts
    As DMK chief M Karunanidhi turns 94 today, his birthday party will serve as a gathering for more than one cause. While his party will mark the occasion as one to celebrate his sixty years of being a legislator without losing a single election, a host opposition parties will huddle around in what is being seen as a show of unity ahead of the Presidential election. Among the expected attendees are Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, Sitaram Yechury of the Left, Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party. The BJP has not been invited.
  • In Sonika Case, Botch-Up Over Vikram Chatterjees Blood Sample: 10 Points
    Actor Vikram Chatterjee is facing a culpable homicide charge for the car crash in which model-anchor Sonika Chauhan was killed in April, but whether he was driving drunk is not known till now. Forensic tests have failed to establish whether there was alcohol, beyond permitted limits, in Mr Chatterjee's blood. The police say it makes no difference to the case against the actor, as there is "enough evidence".
  • India, Russia Sign Deal to Build 2 Units Of Kudankulam N-Plant: 10 Facts
    India and Russia have signed a pact to jointly build the last two units of the Kudankulam nuclear reactor. Making the announcement during his joint statement with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the seven-decade India-Russia ties, which he said, has stood the "test of time". PM Modi, who also addressed an elite group of Russian industry leaders, said defence should be a key area in Indo-Russian collaboration and the government had approved a policy to allow Indian companies to manufacture defence equipment with foreign players. The Prime Minister is on a three-day tour to St Petersburg, where he had bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his team.

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