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  • Babri Masjid Demolition Case: Will LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi Face Trial? Supreme Court To Decide Tomorrow - 10 Points
    Whether LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders will face trial in the decades-old Babri Masjid (mosque) demolition case is expected to be decided by the Supreme Court tomorrow. The top court, which was supposed to announce its decision today, has now postponed it to tomorrow. The court will decide whether conspiracy charges will be revived against Mr Advani, 89, and other leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti. The charge was dropped by lower courts. In the previous hearing earlier this month, the Supreme Court had said it would not accept the discharge of BJP leaders on technical grounds.
  • Ayodhya Ram Temple - Babri Masjid Issue: 1528 To Now, A 10-Point Timeline
    Nearly 70 years after the first court case was filed, Supreme Court has suggested that the dispute over the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi land was best resolved through negotiations and not a judicial verdict. The dispute that has dominated the country's political discourse has seen many twists and turns. The matter has been pending since 2010, when the top court stayed the verdict of the Allahabad High Court. The High Court had said Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya and Hindus have the right to worship there.
  • Yes, CBI For Narada Sting: Supreme Court Rules Against Mamata Banerjee
    The Supreme Court has ruled that the CBI will investigate whether leaders from Bengal's ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, accepted cash as bribes, as alleged by a local news website, which filmed the alleged corruption . The top court today offered strong criticism of the government of Mamata Banerjee and said its appeal to stop the CBI from handling the inquiry was "unfortunate". Last week, the Calcutta High Court said the country's premier investigating agency must study the "sting", conducted by a local news website, Narada News.
  • Stayzilla Owner Yogendra Vasupal's Arrest Provokes Strong Letter From Tech Bosses To Home Minister
    India's biggest tech titans have written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh against the manner in which the owner of Chennai-based start-up Stayzilla has been arrested and treated. "What Yogi and his family are going through now make India look like the worst place, a nightmarish choice to become an entrepreneur," says the letter, signed by 73 tech bosses. "If ever there's a right to be an entrepreneur, that's clearly been violated. Period. The question is not how this will affect entrepreneurship today, but how young Indians looking to become entrepreneurs in the future will give up even before starting up," declares the note.
  • Ayodhya Ram Mandir Issue: Supreme Court Suggests Out-Of-Court Settlement - 10 Facts
    The Ram temple in Ayodhya is a "sensitive", "sentimental issue" and should be sorted outside court through discussion, the Supreme Court has said. The top court said it would step in only if the matter can't be resolved through talks. A decision in the matter has been pending since 2010, when the Supreme Court put a freeze on a judgment by the Allahabad High Court. The High Court judgment had said Lord Ram was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya and Hindus have the right to worship there.
  • Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Both Want Home Ministry, Say Sources: 10 Points
    Yogi Adityanath, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is in Delhi today for meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. On the table are big decisions on ministries. The BJP leadership may have its first UP crisis in hand with a tussle between the Chief Minister and his deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, over the important home portfolio. On Monday, Yogi Adityanath and the two deputy Chief Ministers, Mr Maurya and Dinesh Singh, met with top state officials and outlined the agenda of the new government.
  • On Day 1, Yogi Adityanath Sets Tough Targets For Officials, Cops
    Yogi Adityanath, taking charge as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh after a spectacular mandate for the BJP, began work today on some of the party's major election promises including farm loan waiver and a ban on slaughterhouses. In his first meeting with top officials of the state, the priest-politician distributed copies of the BJP manifesto for required reading and execution. Officials were also administered a cleanliness pledge. Among his first appointments of the day, Chief Minister Adityanath met with the state police chief hours after the killing of a politician of Mayawati's BSP and asked for a plan to tackle crime in UP.
  • On Yogi Adityanath's Day 1 At Work, Focus On Crime, Slaughterhouses: 10 Points
    Yogi Adityanath, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, began his first day at work today by meeting with the state police chief hours after the killing of a politician of Mayawati's BSP. "Be vigilant", he reportedly told police chief Javeed Ahmed while asking for a plan to tackle crime in UP. The 44-year-old priest-politician took oath on Sunday with two deputies - Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma - and 44 other ministers. Saffron-robed Adityanath, along with his deputies, also met with top officials of the state.
  • Manipur Floor Test: BJP's Biren Singh Wins, Thanks PM Modi  -- 10 Facts
    After winning the crucial trust vote in the Manipur Assembly with 32 votes, Chief Minister N Biren Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was a measure of his success and the party's. The BJP, which was the second largest party winning 21 seats out of the 60 in the state assembly, needed another 10 to prove majority. It stitched together the number with support from local parties and an Independent. The Congress, which won 28 seats, was unable to get the support of three legislators it needs to prove majority. A three-day Budget session of the Assembly will begin tomorrow with the address of the Governor.
  • Yogi Adityanath Says 'Will Work For All Sections Without Discrimination': 10 Points
    Yogi Adityanath, 44, was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh's new Chief Minister on Sunday afternoon along with two deputy chief ministers and 44 other ministers. Soon after, he detailed his priorities at a conference - law and order, he said, was the top priority - calling the BJP's massive win in the UP assembly elections a "big mandate for vikas (development) and sushashan (good governance)." The priest-politician, accused by critics of being a polarising leader, said his government "will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination." He would work he said to fulfill all promises made by the BJP in its vision document ahead of the elections.
  • Jat Quota Stir Called Off After Leaders Meet Chief Minister Khattar: 10 Facts
    The Jats called off the huge protest they had planned in Delhi and the National Capital Region from tomorrow after their leaders had a discussion with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Delhi, though, has made massive preparations for security. While metro service outside the city limits will not be stopped, security at the border and the heart of Delhi, the New Delhi district, will continue as a precautionary measure. Led by the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti, the Jat community had planned a massive protest in the national capital, including a "siege" to the Parliament House complex.
  • Her Headphones Caught Fire On A Plane. 5-Point Safety Guide For You
    After a passenger's headphones exploded while she was on a flight in Australia, her face and hands were burnt. Cabin crew poured a bucket of water as mid-air first aid; others endured the smell of melted plastic and burnt hair for the remainder of their journey on account of the headphones bursting into fire. That was a month ago, and it's still not clear what caused the explosion. But for many of us, who travel with headphones onto planes to listen to music on our phones, or to watch videos on our tablets, the accident raises many concerns. Parents often give children headphones on long flights to keep them entertained. So what can we make of this latest controversy?
  • Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Sails Through Goa Trust Vote: 10 Points
    Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today won a trust vote in the Goa assembly, with 22 legislators voting for him. The Chief Minister needed 21 votes to prove that he has a majority in the 40-member Goa assembly. Only 16 of the Congress' 17 legislators voted, with senior leader Viswajeet Rane absent from the House at the time of the trust vote. He later resigned from the Congress attacking the leadership for failing to form government after the party won the most seats.
  • Manohar Parrikar To Seek Trust Vote Soon, Congress Seems To Give Up: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was the first to arrive this morning at the state assembly, where he will seek a vote of confidence to prove that he has majority support. Mr Parrikar is confident he has done everything to ensure that at least 21 of the state's 40 legislators will back him today - the BJP has won 13 seats and has built a coalition with smaller parties and Independent legislators, generously handing them cabinet posts. As each of the new allies reconfirmed support to Mr Parrikar this morning, Congress sources said the party has given up trying to pull apart the coalition that the BJP has constructed.
  • Oath Taken, Navjot Singh Sidhu Touches Captain Amarinder Singh's feet: 10 Points
    After 10 years, Punjab has a Congress government. Captain Amarinder Singh, 75, took oath as Chief Minister this morning. Third on the list of nine ministers who was sworn in was Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician who quit the BJP last year. The positioning is seen to suggest that Mr Sidhu is unlikely to be Deputy Chief Minister, a post he has been keen on. Punjab was the Congress' consolation prize in the recent assembly elections; the BJP is forming government in all the four others, including Uttar Pradesh.

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