Cheat Sheet

  • Padma Award 2017: Top Honour For Sharad Pawar, Murli Manohar Joshi
    Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party or NCP, and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi have been awarded the country's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, this year. The Padma Shri awards celebrate the "Unsung Hero", with a 68-year-old martial art expert, a weaver and several doctors sharing honours with India's cricket and hockey captains Virat Kohli and PR Shreejesh and Olympic champs Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar. Paralympian medalists Mariappan Thangavelu and Deepa Malik have also been awarded the Padma Shri. Singing legend KJ Yesudas has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma and Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Sunder Lal Patwa have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
  • 'Unsung Heroes' Share Padma Spotlight With Virat Kohli, Dipa Karmakar
    The Padma Shri awards celebrate the 'Unsung Hero' this year - among them a 76-year-old martial arts expert, a weaver, doctors, environmentalists and civic workers. Over the years, these silent workers have enriched India in many ways - from cleaning up clogged rivers to building bridges at one-tenth the time and cost or saving thousands from fires, road accidents or trafficking. The list of the nation's fourth highest civilian awards, announced every year on Republic Day, also includes sports icons like cricket captain Virat Kohli, hockey captains PR Shreejesh and Olympians Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik. Paralympian gold medalist Mariappan Thangavelu is also among the awardees.
  • When Trump Phoned PM Modi: 10-Point Guide To Last Night's Exchange
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited to the United States later this year by President Donald Trump, who phoned him last night. This was their first conversation since President Trump's inauguration. The leaders of the world's two largest democracies invited each other to their respective capitals and indicated that they had a warm exchange which included a commitment to "standing shoulder to shoulder" against terrorism and improving economic cooperation.
  • Nearly 70% Political Funding Comes From Unknown Sources, Says ADR Report: 10 Facts
    Nearly 70 per cent of the income of political parties in India comes from unknown sources between 2004 and 2015. Among the national parties, the Congress tops the list with incomes with 83 per cent income from unknown sources, followed by the BJP with 65 per cent. Under the Income Tax Act, political parties do not have to pay tax provided they accept all donations above Rs. 20,000 in cheque. While they are required to keep details of donations below Rs 20,000, it has been pointed out that the option of cash donations leaves room for turning black money to white.
  • In 2,000-Crore Revamp Of Delhi's Pragati Maidan, Iconic Buildings To Be Razed: 10 Points
    The Cabinet has okayed the setting up of what the government is calling a "world-class Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre" at Delhi's famous Pragati Maidan. For several years, architects and art organisations ran a campaign to try and ensure that the Hall of Nations and other iconic buildings at the exhibition ground are not pulled down to facilitate the new project, and today's decision seals those hopes. The government has said the first of two phases of the redevelopment will finish by mid-2019.
  • Jallikattu Protests Block Major Roads, Flyovers In Chennai: 10 Updates
    Jallikattu protests blocked several roads on Monday in Chennai, including its IT corridor, as protesters forced out of the Marina Beach clashed with the police in various parts of the city. After peaceful protests since Tuesday in support of the bull-taming festival, clashes erupted for the first time today as policemen physically removed thousands from the Marina Beach - the epicenter of the protests - and in Madurai and Coimbatore. The police blamed the violence on "anti-social elements" who had insinuated themselves in the crowds and Maoist forces. In the evening, a new law to end a Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu was cleared within moments in the state assembly with bipartisan support.
  • Jallikattu Protests Turn Violent, Chennai's IT Corridor Blocked: 10 Developments
    Protests in support of bull-taming festival Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu turned violent today as the police physically removed thousands of protesters at Chennai's Marina Beach, in Madurai and in Coimbatore. Clashes through the day blocked the Old Mahabalipuram Road that is called Chennai's IT corridor, home to IT offices and engineering colleges. Protesters alleged that the police used force and women were injured. Cars were set on fire outside a police station near the beach. The police blamed the violence on "anti-social elements" insinuating themselves in the crowd. The police crackdown on protesters comes ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on Thursday and worries of a security breach.
  • Samajwadi Party, Congress Announce Alliance For Uttar Pradesh Elections: 10 Updates
    Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and the Congress announced their tie-up ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections 2017 at a joint press conference last evening in Lucknow. The announcement came after the two sides reached an understanding regarding seat division yesterday. Sources in the Congress had said the parties have split the difference to agree on the Congress getting six more seats than the 99 seats offered yesterday by the Samajwadi Party. The Congress had initially asked for 138 seats, which was later scaled down to 110. The state has 403 seats.
  • Hirakhand Train Accident: 39 Killed, Over 50 Injured After Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express Derails In Andhra Pradesh
    At least 39 people were killed and 54 injured after the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailed in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district on Sunday. The incident took place around 11:30 pm on Saturday when the train was going from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. Rescuers battled to pull survivors from the wreckage of the train crash, an official said. The government officials as well as emergency workers worked through the night in a bid to locate survivors, a senior railway official said. Thirteen of the train's 22 coaches were unaffected in the incident. Rail traffic on the coast line was suspended.
  • Two Die During Jallikattu Event In Tamil Nadu's Pudukottai: 10 Updates
    Jallikattu made a re-appearance in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, claiming the lives of two men in Pudukottai. The men, who were injured while holding on to a bucking bull, died on the way to the hospital. The traditional bull-taming festival was held in some parts of Tamil Nadu, even though locals in Madurai's Alanganallur, where Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was expected to inaugurate the event, refused to hold the sport, demanding a 'permanent solution'. The state had passed an Ordinance or an executive order -- which expires in six months -- that allows the sport this year. Thousands are continuing the protest in Chennai's Marina Beach.
  • Sonia Gandhi Intervenes To Protect Turf With Akhilesh Yadav: 10 Facts
    Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, has now stepped in as her party attempts to salvage an alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the Uttar Pradesh elections after hectic negotiations hit a wall, with both sides declaring that the other was making unreasonable demands for seats to contest. Mrs Gandhi's closest aides are reportedly working the phones tonight on her behalf to convince the Samajwadi Party that the Congress must get to contest at least 104, a downgrade from the 138 it wanted, of UP's 403 seats. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's final offer on Saturday afternoon was 99 seats.
  • Jallikattu Returns As Tamil Nadu Governor Approves Ordinance: 10 Updates
    After a three year long ban, Jallikattu will finally be held across Tamil Nadu today. Governor Vidyasagar Rao has approved an executive order or ordinance by the state government which will allow the bull-taming sport to be held in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said this evening. The chief minister is now headed to Alanganallur in Madurai to inaugurate Jallikattu celebrations today, which were banned by the Supreme Court in 2014. Thousands of people, who have been protesting at Chennai's Marina beach since Tuesday evening, had said they will not disperse till the ban is officially lifted.
  • President To Approve Order Allowing Jallikattu, PM Narendra Modi Tweets In Support: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people, a day after an executive order or ordinance by the state, which allows the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu, was cleared by the centre. It has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Thousands of protestors, gathered at Chennai's Marina Beach since Tuesday, say they will not disperse till the ban is officially lifted.
  • 'Hear These Words. You'll Never Be Ignored Again': Top 10 Quotes of Donald Trump
    In his inaugural address today, US President Donald Trump today promised Americans that he was "taking power from Washington DC and giving it to you, the people," that they will never be "ignored" again. The billionaire tycoon, who is also a reality TV star, took oath as the 45th President of the United States at a glittering function attended by politicians, judges, diplomats and the members of the public. Fighting on an isolationist, protectionist plank, Mr Trump won the presidency in November after one of the most controversial and divisive elections in the recent times.
  • Order Allowing Jallikattu Moves Up The Ranks To The President: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu has gotten much closer to ending a ban on the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu: an executive order or ordinance by the state which allows Jallikattu has been cleared by the centre and sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Thousands of protestors gathered at Chennai's Marina Beach since Tuesday say they will not disperse till the ban is officially listed. The matter is also in the Supreme Court, which agreed today that it will not deliver its verdict in the next week, as requested by the centre, which pointed out that a decision could create law and order problems.

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