Cheat Sheet

  • Panneerselvam Rebels, Sasikala Gains Control With Midnight Meet: 10 Facts
    O Panneerselvam, not a politician known for dramatic flourish, strode centrestage at night into the political theatre that Tamil Nadu is witnessing over a transfer of power to a new Chief Minister. In a dramatic press conference outside J Jayalalithaa's memorial late in the evening, Mr Panneerselvam claimed he was the successor of the former Chief Minister she had chosen from her hospital bed and that he was "forced to resign". But with an emergency midnight meeting, Ms Sasikala flaunted the number of legislators who supported her. The party, she later said, stands united and Mr Pannerselvam will be expelled.
  • Seva In SCAM? That's A First, Says PM Narendra Modi On Rahul Gandhi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a speech in parliament today to counter the opposition's concerted attack on his abrupt ban of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes. Reserving his strongest barbs for the Congress, the PM said that his government is committed to cleansing the country of corruption, which requires reversing the actions of the Congress. "Earlier people would ask how much money has gone (to the corrupt). Now people talk about how much money has come in. This is how discourse has changed after we have assumed office," PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha. His detailed defense of the demonetisation drive comes as the strategically crucial stage of Uttar Pradesh gets ready to vote.
  • Sasikala Swearing In By Thursday, Says AIADMK Amid Veteran's Revolt: 10 Points
    VK Sasikala will be Chief Minister by Thursday, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK insisted today as Governor Vidyasagar Rao consulted legal experts on whether such an oath ceremony should be held at all. Adding to the ruling party's pain, a veteran leader went public with his strong disapproval of Ms Sasikala - former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's long-time friend - being promoted. Mr Pandian said Jayalalithaa's death was "unnatural". Ms Sasikala should be investigated, he said, adding that she doesn't deserve any post either in the party or the government. The Governor is expected to return to Chennai by tomorrow.
  • Earthquake: A Quick Dos And Don'ts Guide
    A strong earthquake of magnitude 5.8 rocked Uttarakhand on Monday at 10.33 pm, sending shockwaves in capital Delhi, neighbouring Gurgaon, Punjab and several other parts of north India. The epicentre was at Ukimath in the hill-state's Rudraprayag district. Tremors were also felt at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Uttarakhand, which falls in the Himalayan belt, is known for high seismic activities. There has been no immediate report of any loss of life or damage to property. As is always the case, the earthquake caught the people unawares and they were found to rush out of their houses for safer places.
  • Taxmen Won't Need Reason To Raid After Changes To Law: 10 Points
    Tax raids based on unsubstantiated rumours or simply suspicion will be legit after the government's tweaks to the Income Tax law. But the changes will be effective retrospectively in an apparent turnaround by the government despite its promise not to do so. The amendment to Section 132 of the Income Tax Act dealing with searches by taxmen says that a raid can be authorized if there is "reason to believe" or "reason to suspect" that a person is hiding his wealth and skipping taxes.
  • 5.5 Crores Hospital Bill For Jayalalithaa: 10 Big Reveals By Doctors
    Two months after J Jayalalithaa died in a Chennai hospital, doctors who treated her have shared details about the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's treatment in hospital and her death. The team of doctors from Apollo hospital and Dr Richard Beale, a lung specialist from Britain on Monday said they wanted to "dispel the rumours" that have swirled in the absence of adequate information about her condition over the 75 days that she was in hospital before she died on December 5 last year. Ms Jayalalithaa's closest companion VK Sasikala, who had earlier taken over as AIADMK chief, will also now hold Ms Jayalalithaa's other post, that of Chief Minister, the ruling party announced on Sunday.
  • It Will Be Chief Minister VK Sasikala: 10 Facts On Her Journey
    More than a month after she took over as AIADMK General Secretary following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death, VK Sasikala was today elected legislature party leader, paving the way for her to become the Chief Minister. At a meeting of party legislators in Chennai, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam proposed Ms Sasikala's name as legislature party leader. Sixty-one-year-old Ms Sasikala, Ms Jayalalithaa's shadow in public for nearly three decades, later drove to the party headquarters where she was greeted by Mr Panneerselvam and senior party leaders.
  • PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi On Campaign Trail For UP Elections 2017: 10 Facts
    With barely a week to go before assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh is set to witness a host of political heavyweights hitting the campaign trail today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is leading the BJP campaign in the state, is expected to hold a rally in Aligarh, in Western Uttar Pradesh. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will also address a public meeting in Western Uttar Pradesh - at Saharanpur. Later in the day, he will also lead a rally along with alliance partner and state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Kanpur.
  • Record 83% Voter Turnout In Goa, 75% In Punjab And Could Go Up: 10 Points
    A record 83 per cent voted in Goa yesterday, while Punjab saw a turnout of 75 per cent in polling that was extended beyond 5 pm, the Election Commission said on Saturday, adding that the figures could go up. Punjab's voter turnout is lower than last time's 78.06 per cent. Saturday's elections test the expansion plans of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which debuts in both states. The assembly elections being held in five states all through this month and into March are also the first big electoral test for the ruling BJP since November's notes ban.
  • Chennai Oil Spill: Crew Of Both Ships Being Interrogated, Can't Leave City
    The crew of both ships which collided off Chennai last Saturday and caused a massive oil spill are being interrogated to fix the responsibility. Sources say both the ships and the crew will not be allowed to leave the Kamarajar port outside Chennai till the investigation into the incident is over. Chennai Port Trust Chairman P Raveendran said, "Action will be taken according to the polluter pays principle."
  • Punjab Elections 2017: The Many Faces Of Navjot Singh Sidhu In 10 Points
    Navjot Singh Sidhu spent months in negotiations with the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress before deciding on the latter as his next political posting. He joined in January and has since been a star campaigner for his new party, drawing mega crowds. Mr Sidhu was a BJP member of Parliament from Amritsar in Punjab for ten years before the party decided to field now union minister Arun Jaitley from the constituency instead in 2014, which eventually led to the cricketer-turned-politician quitting the party last year.
  • Nagaland Violence: Chief Minister TR Zeliang Says 'No Strong Reason' To Quit: 10 Points
    Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang today rejected demands for his resignation from protesters, saying that there was "no strong reason" for him to step down. Thousands of people have staged violent protests in capital Kohima and other cities demanding that Mr Zeliang and his entire cabinet step down, after two young Naga tribal men were killed in police firing earlier this week. The state government has deployed the paramilitary Assam Rifles in Kohima after protesters set fire to government buildings and vehicles on Thursday evening. Patrolling by the paramilitary force personnel in Kohima has helped keep the peace on Friday.
  • Army Called In After Day-Long Protests, Arson In Kohima: 10 Facts
    Kohima calmed down late on Thursday night after the Army was called in. Five columns, or 375 soldiers, were deployed across the city, which had witnessed arson and vandalism since afternoon as the protests escalated against Nagaland Chief Minister's refusal to postpone the municipal elections, in which seats were reserved for women. Sources said it has been decided that the election will be declared null and void and two senior police officers of Dimapur will be transferred so an impartial inquiry can be held into the firing incident. An order, however, is yet to be issued.
  • Debunking Top 10 Pregnancy Myths
    Pregnancy is one of the most important events in a woman's life. It is also the time when she gets all the extra care and attention from her near and dear ones. There are a lot of dos and don'ts imposed on her by well-wishers during this time. While some have scientific basis, some are mere myths. So it is always better to follow the doctors advice at each step of the pregnancy to have a healthy baby. There are a lot of myths concerning pregnancy prevalent in every country, most of which pass on from generation to generation unless someone busts them.
  • 10-Point Guide To NEET Controversy
    Protests have started against the single entrance exam for all medical colleges, the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination. Last month, Puducherry asked the Centre to exempt some parts of the Union Territory from NEET. On Wednesday, soon after the CBSE notified the exam, Tamil Nadu Assembly too passed a legislative proposal to admit students to medical colleges on the basis of marks scored by them in class XII exams. But the law may need the Centre's concurrence before it comes into force.

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