Cheat Sheet

  • Focus on Kudankulam Power Plant Pact As PM Modi Reaches Russia: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Russia's St Petersburg- a visit that's expected to be crucial for India's largest nuclear power plant, Kudankulam. The last two units of the plant are expected to be built in collaboration with a Russian company. If successful, the deal will be the centrepiece of the meet in which 12 other agreements are likely to be inked. The meeting between PM Modi and President Vladimir Putin is expected to help boost trade and resolve tensions over shifting alliances. A traditional ally of India, Russia has lately developed its ties with China and Pakistan.
  • IIT Madras Students Protest Attack Over Beef Fest: 10 Points
    A large number of students held a protest at the Indian Institute of Technology or IIT Madras against an attack on a research scholar who participated in a "beef fest" earlier this week. The beef fest was organised to protest against the Centre's new cattle rules, which the students say infringe on their right to eat what they want. There have been similar protests in Kerala and Karnataka and several state governments have said they will not implement the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.
  • Economic Growth Slows To Lowest In More Than 2 Years: 10 Points
    Economic growth unexpectedly slowed to its lowest in more than two years, dragged down by construction, manufacturing and trade services, and stripping India of its status as the world's fastest growing major economy. GDP or gross domestic product grew at 6.1 per cent for the January-March period, compared with a provisional 7.0 per cent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Wednesday. The expansion was much slower than the 7.1 per cent forecast by analysts. It was also lower than China's growth of 6.9 per cent for the first three months of 2017.
  • Re 1 Note To Return After 22 Years With New Features: 10 Points
    The one rupee note will be back after 22 years. The government today said the smallest denomination note is printed and ready for release soon. The Re 1 note was discontinued in 1994. The next year, Rs 2 and Rs 5 notes were also pulled out to free printing facilities for higher denomination notes. The old notes are still in circulation and remain legal.
  • Looking at Quantum Jump In Economic Ties With Germany: PM's Top 5 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is looking at "quantum jump" in economic ties with Germany -- a nation that's already the largest trading partner in the European Union and a top source of foreign direct investment. PM Modi, who reached Germany on the first leg of his six-day four-nation tour, held bilateral talks with Chancellor Merkel this morning. It was the fourth intergovernmental consultations -- a format Germany follows with only a few countries, which include China, Israel and France. After the meeting, the two leaders jointly addressed the media.
  • In Babri Masjid Case, Court Rules Against LK Advani, Others On Conspiracy Charge
    Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi faced a court in Lucknow today in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case and were charged with criminal conspiracy. They had argued that they had no role in the mosque razing and had tried to stop it, but their discharge petition was rejected. The special CBI court, asked by the Supreme Court to wrap up the case within two years, will now begin trial but the leaders do not have to attend the daily hearings. Mr Advani, 89, made his second court appearance in the case in 25 years.
  • On Cattle Rule, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Writes To Counterparts: 10 Facts
    After protests from several states, the Union Environment Ministry is examining changing the definition of cattle in its new rules to exclude buffaloes from a ban on sale for slaughter at animal markets, sources have said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala's Pinarayi Vijayan called the order an attack on state powers and said they would challenge it legally. Mr Vijayan has written to all Chief Ministers, saying it is unfortunate that a "drastic measure" was taken bypassing "elected representatives and a public debate". Protests have spread from Kerala to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • 3 Kerala Youth Congress Workers Suspended Over Slaughtering An Calf In Public
    The Congress has suspended three workers of its youth wing in Kerala for killing an calf in public to protest against a Central government order regulating cattle sale. A video was circulated of a group of men slaughtering the animal and then distributing its meat in the state's Kannur district. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has strongly condemned the act, calling it "thoughtless and barbaric." The Kerala government has said it will hold an all-party meeting to discuss the matter soon. One of the options it will consider is challenging the Central order in court, said state environment minister V Sunilkumar.
  • Six Days, Four Nations: PM Narendra Modi's Europe Tour In 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek to repair India's drifting partnership with Russia when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week in the third leg of his four-nation tour of Europe that begins today. The two leaders will look to stem a decline in trade and resolve tensions over their shifting global alliances when they meet on Thursday ahead of a summit in Saint Petersburg. PM Modi has already reached Germany, where he meets Chancellor Angela Merkel over a private dinner at her official country retreat in Meeseberg tonight.
  • PM Modi Begins 4-Nation Tour Today With Visit To Germany: 10 Points
    The 20-day celebrations over the government's completion of three years well on its way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a four-nation tour today to boost bilateral relations and seek investment. Over the next six days, he will visit Germany, Spain, Russia and France. "My visits to these nations are aimed at boosting India's economic engagement with them & to invite more investment to India," the Prime Minister tweeted. The tour will start with a visit to Germany, where PM Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and call on German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • No Need To Panic, Says Centre As India Sees First 3 Zika Cases In Gujarat: 10 Points
    The government has said there is no reason to panic over the three cases of Zika virus that have been confirmed in Gujarat by the World Health Organisation. The head of Indian Council of Medical Research has said all three people infected with Zika virus in Ahmedabad have now recovered. The mosquito-borne disease was first identified in Brazil in 2015 and has spread to more than 60 countries, with Caribbean countries being the worst hit. A large number of cases have been reported from South and Central America.
  • For Development, Need Infrastructure First: Top 5 Quotes Of PM Modi
    The Narendra Modi government is marking the completion of its 3 years in office with countrywide celebrations for the next 20 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took oath of office on May 26 after the party's sweeping victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections -- will begin the celebrations by opening India's longest bridge in Assam. PM Modi will personally lead five programs, the first of which will be held in Guwahati. Last year, the party had won the assembly elections in Assam, notching up its first victory in the northeast.
  • As Modi Government Completes 3 Years, Its Top Five Policy Moves
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government completes three years today. In 2014, the BJP won a massive mandate to rule India and took power after 10 years of Congress-rule, which was scarred by allegations of corruption and slow economic growth. As the BJP-led regime reaches its three-year mark, buoyed by multiple election victories that have helped consolidate its hold on states besides strengthen decision-making, here is a look at the top policies implemented by the government in economy and the social sector.
  • PM Modi Says 'Our Working Style Different, We Trust People': 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a number of development projects in Assam today as his government celebrated its third anniversary in events across the country. Accusing the previous governments of following what he called the British-era tradition of mistrust, he said the BJP has a different style of working. "Our government trusts the people. That's our strength," he said. Celebrations of the government's anniversary - which also coincides with the first year of the BJP government in Assam - will last 20 days. Ministers and lawmakers from the BJP are participating in programmes across the country.
  • Grace Marks To Apply, Class 12 Results Out Soon, Says CBSE: 10 Facts
    The government will not approach the Supreme Court against a high court verdict forcing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to continue its marks moderation policy, officials said today, a day after Union Education Minister Prakash Javadekar assured 11 lakh students who appeared for the exam that the results would be declared on time. The decision comes after legal advice from government lawyers which said CBSE should not challenge the High Court order and the policy could be implemented next year, sources said. Currently, the timing of the results is crucial for school students who need to apply for college admissions in Delhi, and elsewhere.

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