Cheat Sheet

  • Goods And Services Tax To Help Push Growth Above 8%, Says IMF: 10 Points
    The Goods and Services Tax regime that the government targets to roll out from 1 July could help push India's growth rate to above the eight per cent-mark in the medium term, the International Monetary Fund has said, painting a bright outlook for the Indian economy. Tao Zhang, the IMF's Deputy Managing Director believes India has made significant progress on important economic reforms, singling out the 12-digit unique identity system Aadhaar as one of the instruments for targeting subsidies that could help. But India, already the fastest growing emerging market economy in the region, still has to get a firm grip on its banking sector being pulled down by bad loans, and push labour reforms.
  • For Mamata Banerjee's 12 TMC Partymen, A Money Laundering Case In Narada Sting: 10 Points
    The Enforcement Directorate or ED, which investigates financial crimes, will investigate charges of money laundering against 12 leaders of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress who have already been named in a case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in the Narada sting operation case. The leaders of West Bengal's ruling party are accused of allegedly accepting cash as "illegal gratification" in a sting operation conducted by a Delhi-based news website, Narada News. Earlier this month the Supreme Court said the Central Bureau of Investigation will investigate the charges and criticised Ms Banerjee's effort to stop the premier investigation agency from handling the inquiry.
  • MCD Election 2017 - How BJP Will Pick Delhi's New Mayors And The Frontrunners: 10 Points
    A day after it registered a big win in Delhi's main civic body election, the BJP said on Thursday that it has started shortlisting candidates for the post of Mayor in the three municipal corporations that come under the MCD. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi is divided into three sub-corporations - the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation - each of which will get a mayor. The BJP, which will administer the MCD for a third consecutive term, won with a clear majority in all three. BJP's Delhi President Manoj Tiwari will meet the newly elected councillors today.
  • PM Modi Launches Shimla To Delhi Low Cost Flights Under 'Udan' Scheme Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched UDAN, a scheme to help people to fly cheap to small towns. "Air travel is now not just for the rich, I want air travel to be for all," PM Modi said after flagging off flights from Jubbarhatti, an airport on the outskirts of Shimla. UDAN is short for "Ude desh ka aam naagrik", meaning 'the common man flies'. With aviation being regarded as a sunrise sector, it became the centerpiece of India's first national aviation policy launched in June last year. Announced four months later, Udan connects small towns with big cities. The lowest airfare is Rs. 2,500.
  • MCD Election Results 2017: 7 Things The BJP Did To Win Delhi Again
    The BJP's massive win in the Delhi civic elections today is the result of a strategy prepared with surgical precision and on the scale of a state election. The party needed to re-establish control in the national capital after winning only three seats in the Delhi assembly elections two years ago, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party sweeping the other 67. The loss to AAP had come only months after the BJP had won all seven parliament seats in Delhi in a Modi wave in the 2014 national election. For the MCD election this year the party went right back to a campaign built around the popularity of PM Modi. "It's a victory of PM's policies and Amit Shah's planning," said the BJP's Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari.
  • MCD Election Results 2017 - Delhi Picks BJP Again, Arvind Kejriwal Spurned: 10 Points
    Delhi has picked the BJP again to run three key municipal corporations, handing a huge win to the party, which it has credited to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership. The only contest today was for a poor number 2 between Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress. AAP gets that consolation prize, with the Congress third in all the municipalities. The Congress' Delhi chief Ajay Maken has resigned, while AAP has alleged that rigged voting machines led to its rout. "The people of Delhi have rejected negative politics, the politics of excuses," said BJP president Amit Shah.
  • Dinakaran Arrested, Panneerselvam Camp To Step Up Pressure For Expulsion: 10 Points
    Nephew of the jailed AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, TTV Dinakaran was arrested by the Delhi Police around Tuesday midnight on charges of fixing a deal to bribe Election Commission officials to get the party's 'two leaves' election symbol allotted for the Amma faction that he led as his aunt's proxy. The Crime Branch believes that the 27-year-old man, Sukesh Chandrasekar, arrested from a south Delhi hotel with bundles of 2,000 rupee currency notes totalling Rs 1.3 crore was trying to touch base with poll panel officials to influence the outcome of the proceedings before the Election Commission for the AIADMK's symbol. Dinakaran's arrest on Tuesday could further weaken the hold of the AIADMK's Deputy General Secretary over the ruling party in Tamil Nadu, and hurl the party's two factions - one represented by former chief minister O Panneerselvam and the other, by Chief Minister E Palaniswami - closer.
  • Sukma Attack: 25 CRPF Men Killed By Hundreds Of Maoists, 2 Km From Camp - 10 Points
    The deadly Maoist ambush of a Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF team that was helping build a road in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday, took place only about 2 km away from the CRPF camp. 25 CRPF men were killed and six were injured when about 300 Naxals attacked them with rocket launchers and AK-47s, outnumbering the 99-member team of soldiers. A senior police officer said the attack was well planned. "It is an act of desperation. We have accepted it as a challenge. We will review the strategy and if necessary we will revisit (it)," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said after paying tribute to the soldiers who were killed, whose bodies were moved to Raipur this morning.
  • Sukma Naxal Attack: 25 CRPF Men Killed By Maoists In Chhattisgarh
    In the deadliest Maoist ambush in years, 25 men of the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF died on Monday afternoon in Chhattisgarh's Sukma area. Six people were injured.The well-planned massacre was carried out by nearly 300 Maoists, a survivor said. At the time, the 99-member CRPF team was carrying out a sanitization exercise for an under-construction road in the area. Sukma is part of south Bastar, which for decades has suffered the Maoist menace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Raipur today to pay tributes to martyrs. Since April 2010, nearly 200 security personnel have died in six major attacks in Chhattisgarh.
  • Student Protests In Srinagar As Mehbooba Mufti Meets PM Narendra Modi In Delhi: 10 Points
    Clashes broke out today as hundreds of students tried to take out a protest march in Srinagar but were stopped by the police. The students took out their march from SP College on one of the busiest areas of Srinagar. According to the police, some of them threw stones after which security forces used batons. More violence erupted in the afternoon at the Lal Chowk area as the protests intensified. In the afternoon, a leader of the ruling PDP was shot dead by suspected terrorists.
  • Let's Make It A January-December Fiscal Year, PM Narendra Modi Tells Chief Ministers
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made another pitch on Sunday for holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies and backed shifting to a January-December financial year. PM Modi, who was addressing chief ministers at a meeting of plan body NITI Aayog, asked states to consider advancing the fiscal year to January-December, saying it would help to prepare budgets as soon as agricultural income is received. India currently operates on a April-March fiscal year.
  • Work With Me As 'Team India', PM Narendra Modi Tells States At NITI Aayog Meet: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon states to work with his government as part of Team India, help identify goals for 2022 and work in "Mission mode" towards achieving them. In his closing address to the NITI Aayog's Governing Council, where his 15-year Vision Document was discussed, he said it is a draft and the views of states will be taken into account before finalising it. With around 30 Chief Ministers in attendance, the meeting also discussed the government strategy over the next seven years and a three-year action plan.
  • MCD Elections 2017: Exit Polls Predict Sweep For BJP, AAP Rout - 10 Points
    Exit polls predicted an overwhelming victory for the BJP in the civic election of Delhi, giving them more than 200 of the 270 seats, as voting ended on Sunday. The overall turnout, at 54 per cent, was almost the same as the 2012 when 53.9 per cent polling was recorded. Rival parties pegged the election as a report card of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's two-year-old Aam Aadmi Party government. The AAP and the Congress hope to wrest power from the BJP, which has governed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for the last two terms.
  • Heat Wave Across North, Central And Western India As Temperatures Cross 45 Degrees: 10 Points
    It's just the third week of April, but temperatures across northern, central and western India have crossed 45 degrees Celsius. The weather department says that most of India is facing a severe heat wave. Though temperatures around 45 degrees is not new, it is unexpected for this time of year - some say a month early. The MeT department, however, said this is temporary and farmers need not worry about a prolonged dry spell. Monsoons are expected to be normal.
  • Ordering Probe Against Nawaz Sharif, Pak Supreme Court Quotes 'Godfather'
    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given a reprieve today when the Supreme Court held off on a verdict on corruption allegations against him in the "Panama Papers" leaks but ordered an investigation in a ruling that quoted "The Godfather". Mr Sharif, 67, has denied any wrongdoing, but late last year, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case of his family's offshore wealth after opposition leader Imran Khan threatened street protests.

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