Cheat Sheet

  • 10 Points About Chennai Oil Spill And Massive Clean-Up Ops
    Hundreds of Coast Guard men, engineering students and fishermen are using their hands to clear a giant oil spill in the sea near Chennai, with a machine proving useless in pumping out the thickening sludge. Tonnes of oil spilled into the sea when two cargo ships collided on Saturday. Environmentalists are worried because nearly half a dozen turtles have died in the polluted area. In four days, half the oil has been cleared.
  • Congress Has Best Chance Of Winning Punjab: 10-Point Guide
    Punjab votes on Saturday. The legislature in one of India's richest states has 117 seats, which means that to form the government, a party needs 59 seats. The contest is between the incumbent Akali Dal-BJP coalition, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party or AAP, and the Congress. Allowing for the usual health warnings on election forecasts, the Congress is likely to win the state.
  • Terrorist Hafiz Saeed Blames Trump-Modi Rapport For House Arrest: 10 Points
    The arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed - the mastermind of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed -- is a "policy decision", the Pakistan Army has said. The house arrest of the terror chief had started yesterday evening following an order from Pakistan's home ministry. The Lashkar chief, who is also the head of the front organization Jaamat-ud-Dawa, has blamed his house arrest on the growing rapport between newly elected US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • What Is H-1B Visa? 10 Points You Need To Know
    Proposed changes to the rules for H-1B visas for foreign workers in the US, which will impact Indian outsourcing firms like Infosys, Wipro and TCS, are being considered by American lawmakers. A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives calls for doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders, making it harder for companies to hire foreign workers instead of Americans. US President Donald Trump is also considering an executive order to make it tougher for foreign workers to get H-1B visas.
  • In Budget Speech, President Says Government Committed To 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas': 10 Points
    President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to a joint session of Parliament to mark the start of the Budget Session stressed that his government was committed to 'sabka saath sabka vikaas'. He said various steps had been taken by the government for inclusive growth of minorities and the welfare of 'divyangs' or specially-abled. He said like the rain drops and streams converge in the sea, the schemes of his government converge for the welfare of the poor.
  • Who Is Rani Padmini? A 10 Point-Guide To The Padmavati Row
    Rani Padmini, also known as Padmavati, is believed to be a 13th century Indian queen and is the subject of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Accusing Mr Bhansali of twisting historical facts by romantically linking Queen Padmini with Sultan Alauddin Khilji, members of a fringe group Rajput Karni Sena attacked the filmmaker during a shoot at the historic Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur on Friday. After assurances from Mr Bhansali that there are no intimate scenes in the film, members of group have now demanded it be renamed and they must be allowed to review the film before release.
  • Ex-PM Manmohan Singh Helped Vijay Mallya, Alleges BJP, Citing Letters Between 2011-2013
    Letters written by liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya to the Congress-led UPA government between 2011 and 2013 have set off a new political fight ahead of the Budget. The letters were held up by the BJP today as proof that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Finance Minister P Chidambaram helped Mr Mallya get loans even with his poor credit record. The BJP said after Mr Mallya's many letters, the UPA government facilitated loans to the businessman's now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines from a consortium of banks.
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali 'Assures' Group On <i>Padmavati</i>, They Want Name Change: 10 Points
    Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has assured a group that assaulted him in Jaipur on the sets of "Padmavati" that his film does not distort the story of a Rajput queen. But the group, Rajput Karni Sena says if he wants to resume filming, he must change the name of the movie and also allow its members to preview it before release. The protesters allege that Mr Bhansali has twisted the story of legendary Queen Padmini, who refused to submit to Sultan Alauddin Khilji and killed herself to protect her honour.
  • UP Elections 2017: Mulayam Singh Slams Congress Alliance, Refuses To Campaign
    Hours after Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi led a joint rally of the Samajwadi Party and the Congress in Lucknow today, Mulayam Singh Yadav said he did not approve of the alliance and would not campaign, reported news agency ANI. The alliance had been crafted after Akhilesh Yadav had wrested the control of the party from his father, backed by a majority of the party's legislators. The Senior Yadav has been given a ceremonial role as the party's mentor or margdarshak. Today's rally that went over a 6-km stretch of Lucknow's most populated areas, had been attended by at least 15,000 people.
  • With Sena Walking Away, BJP Could Head Towards Sharad Pawar: 10 Facts
    With Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray calling off their two-decade-old alliance on Thursday, the BJP could look at Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party or NCP to fill a crucial gap. "I will think about it if they come to ask for help to save the government," said Mr Pawar, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour, this week. The honour is seen as a sign of growing closeness between the NCP and the BJP, which rules both at the centre and in Maharashtra.
  • Ahead Of Republic Day, India Successfully Tested Its Cryogenic Engine: 10 Facts
    Indian space agency ISRO has given the country its best gift on the Republic Day - a successful testing of its most powerful cryogenic engine, code-named C25. Cryogenic engines are special rocket engines that use liquid fuel and provide the biggest push to a launcher vehicle, and so they are used in the upper stages of a rocket launch. The US used this technology back in 1963. Its later rockets included the hugely powerful Saturn V, which carried man to moon in 1967.
  • 10 Things To Know About INS Sindhukirti, Navy's 'Hole In The Water'
    As the Indian Navy celebrates its "Year of Submarines", marking 50 years since it started operating them first, NDTV got a rare first-hand look at the INS Sindhukirti one of Navy's 13 diesel-electric submarines.
  • Republic Day 2017: India's Tejas, NSG Commandos Debut In Parade At Rajpath
    India celebrated its 68th Republic Day today with a grand parade at Rajpath, the ceremonial road in the heart of Delhi flanked by the country's most important buildings. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, dignitaries and hundreds others watched the parade that showcases India's military strength and cultural diversity. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest this year. Heavy security is in place after intelligence warnings of a terror attack through air and terrorists disguising themselves as security personnel.
  • Republic Day 2017: 10 Points About Grand Parade At Delhi's Rajpath
    India celebrated its 68th Republic Day today with a grand parade at Rajpath, the ceremonial road in the heart of Delhi flanked by the country's most important buildings. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, dignitaries and hundreds others watched the parade that showcases India's military strength and cultural diversity. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest this year. Heavy security is in place after intelligence warnings of a terror attack through air and terrorists disguising themselves as security personnel.
  • Happiness Should Be The Touchstone of Public Policy: President Ahead of Republic Day
    President Pranab Mukherjee today said happiness and well-being of the people should be made the "touchstones of public policy". In his traditional address before the Republic Day, the President said while happiness is "fundamental to the human experience of life" and the quest for it is closely tied to sustainable development. India celebrates its 68th Republic Day tomorrow with the country's biggest parade on Delhi's Rajpath. This year, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan would be the chief guest.

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