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  • Explosion In St Petersburg Metro Kill 10, President Putin Says Terror Angle Probed: 10 Facts
    At least 10 people have died and more than 20 were injured in a blast in Russia's St Petersburg. The blast had taken place in a carriage of a running metro train around 2.40 pm local time, reported Russian news agencies. News channel Russia Today reported that President Vladimir Putin has said all possible causes of the explosions in the St. Petersburg Metro are being considered, including those linked to terrorism. President Putin had come to St Petersburg for a meeting. Hunt is on for a suspect who has been seen on CCTV footage.
  • Give Us EVM, Will Prove Tampering, Says Arvind Kejriwal: 10 Points
    Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, today alleged "dangerous" tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to rig polls and demanded that the April 23 Delhi municipal elections be deferred so that paper ballots can be usd. "We urge the Election Commission to reveal the EVM software to the country," the Aam Aadmi Party chief said, accusing the powerful poll body of "making a mockery" of elections. The allegations follow reports that an EVM only issued slips with the BJP symbol during a trial in Madhya Pradesh, where by-polls will be held in two assembly seats on Sunday.
  • 2-Lamp, 2-Leaf Controversy In Fight For J Jayalalithaa's Seat: 10 Points
    In a campaign video for the by-election to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar assembly seat, the electric lamp symbol allotted to the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK seems to settle in a green glow that resembles two leaves. The other faction headed by J Jayalalithaa's long-time companion VK Sasikala has complained that it is a misuse of the party's original two-leaf symbol, which has been frozen by the Election Commission. In reply to a notice from the poll panel, the O Panneerselvam or OPS camp has denied misusing the two-leaf symbol.
  • 'I Want To Show The People Of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir...': PM Narendra Modi's Top 5 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The tunnel cuts short the journey between the two cities by 30 km and reduces travel time by two hours. He later addressed a rally in Jammu's Udhampur, the headquarters of the army's North Command.
  • PM Narendra Modi Opens Jammu-Srinagar Road Tunnel - Longest In India: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today opened India's longest road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which cuts short the journey between the two cities by 30 km and reduces travel time by two hours. Built at an altitude of 1,200 meters, at a cost of Rs 3,700 crore, the Chenani-Nashri tunnel will ensure a safe and swift passage for commuters, even in adverse weather conditions. The tunnel is among the longest highway tunnels in Asia. The Prime Minister, who arrived in Udhampur, the headquarters of the army's Northern Command, by a special plane for the inauguration, took an army helicopter to Chenani.
  • Government Can't Solve All Problems, People's Participation Important, Says PM: 10 Points
    Stressing on the importance of public participation in governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told nearly 10,000 students aspiring to be young innovators that democracy was all about participation of people in governance, not just about voting for a government every five years as if they had contracted out the job to someone. PM Modi was addressing the Smart India Hackathon, the first-of-its-kind initiative by the HRD Ministry, through video conferencing. Nearly 10,000 programmers will compete in the 36-hour event which is being held at 26 locations in the country.
  • For Government Ads Featuring Arvind Kejriwal, AAP Told To Pay 97 Crores: 10 Points
    Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party or AAP must foot the 97-crore bill for a series of ads issued by the Delhi government that promoted either him, the party, or both, said the capital's Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, today. AAP has a month to pay up. Chief Minister Kejriwal's office said that it cannot comment on the order because it has not received a copy.
  • Tax Reform GST Heads For July 1 Rollout, Crucial Bills Cleared: 10 Facts
    After an eight-hour debate, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed four GST or Goods and Services Tax-related bills putting the government on course for the launch on July 1 of the country's biggest tax reform since Independence. GST will subsume a slew of indirect taxes levied by the Centre and states, transforming India into a single market. The bills will now be presented in the Rajya Sabha or Upper House of Parliament. Calling it a "very significant step forward", Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, "We seem to be on time... (we are) reasonably optimistic about meeting the deadline".
  • After 7-Hour GST Debate In Lok Sabha Today, 250 Clauses Will Be Put To Vote: 10 Facts
    Four Bills related to the Goods and Services Tax or GST will be debated in the Lok Sabha or lower house of Parliament today, as the government pushes to meet a July 1 launch date for the unified tax regime that subsumes a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states. Seven hours have been allotted for today's debate, which is likely to begin at noon today, with union minister Arun Jaitley speaking first. For the Congress, former union minister M Veerappa Moily will be first speaker.
  • 'People From Africa Our Valued Partners' Says Government After Attack On Nigerians: 10 Points
    India is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreigners in India, the foreign ministry has said a day after a mob attack on a group of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, near Delhi. "People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners," the statement read. The Uttar Pradesh government has promised a thorough investigation and quick report on the issue. The three students -- who are in hospital -- were attacked on Monday evening after a Class 12 student in the area died, allegedly of drug overdose and his parents claimed he had accessed it from the Nigerians. Overnight, posters have come up in the area, demanding a 'Nigerian free Greater Noida'.
  • For GST Bill, 7-Hour Debate On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi's Review Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of his council of ministers today to brief them ahead of a seven-hour debate on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha on the government's mega reform, the Goods and Services Tax. Four bills crucial to the implementation of GST will be passed at the end the debate; they were introduced in the lower house yesterday by union finance minister Arun Jaitley. The government needs to ensure that these bills are approved by Parliament in the current Budget session to be able to meet a July 1 deadline for the launch of GST, a unified tax regime that subsumed a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states.
  • Don't Be 'Overexcited', UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh To Cops On Amid Meat Sellers Strike: 10 Points
    As meat sellers in state capital Lucknow and in many other districts of Uttar Pradesh announced an indefinite strike from today against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's order closing illegal slaughterhouses, a senior minister in the state Siddharth Nath Singh has advised officials to not be "overexcited" while imposing the ban. Mr Singh underscored, as the Chief Minister repeatedly has, that action is being taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and abattoirs operating legally will not be touched.
  • Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Banned From Flying, Takes Train To Mumbai: 10 Facts
    Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena MP who decided that not being able to fly business class merited a lengthy assault on an airline employee, says he's the wronged party. The former school teacher wants Air India to be investigated for ill-treating him. This after he told reporters that he used his sandal to hit a 60-year-old Air India manager 25 times. The Shiv Sena this evening justified not taking any action against him, despite a large shower of his abuse being filmed. Air India has filed two police cases against him and all airlines have banned him.
  • AIADMK Now Has 2 Versions, Poll Symbols Hat And Electric Pole: 10 Points
    Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK will fight for its former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's seat under a new name - two in fact. Party chief VK Sasikala's faction will call itself AIADMK Amma, and rival O Panneerselvam's group will go by the name AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Both factions will also fight under new symbols after the Election Commission said yesterday that neither can use the AIADMK's name and "two leaves" symbol in the contest for RK Nagar in Chennai. "Amma" or mother is the name given to Jayalalithaa by thousands of her supporters. Superstar Rajinikanth added another interesting twist to the by-poll battle by announcing on Twitter that he supported "no one".
  • UK Parliament Attack: Car Mows Down People, Cop Stabbed - 10 Points
    The British parliament was locked down on Wednesday after an attack was reported near it, in the heart of London, after 2:30 pm local time. Eyewitnesses said a black car ploughed into several people near the Westminster Bridge and crashed into the railings of the Palace of Westminster. A man got out with two 8-inch knives and attacked a policeman with what appeared a large knife or a machete before being shot down by the police. Five people including the police officer and the attacker are dead and around 40 people have sustained injuries. No Indians have been hurt in the incident, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

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