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  • On Ramjas College Violence, Centre Strikes Two Notes: 10 Points
    The government appeared to speak in two voices over Wednesday's violent clashes in Delhi's Ramjas College. While union education minister Prakash Javadekar said he would not interfere in the row as the college is autonomous, his cabinet colleague junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said colleges cannot be allowed to become "hub of anti-national activity". At least 20 students and a teacher were injured after student unions linked to the Left and the BJP clashed over an invite for an event to Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid, accused of sedition over an event last year where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
  • BMC Election Result 2017: Why Everyone Wants A Share In BMC, India's Richest Civic Body
    The BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election is more than civic body polls for parties in India's financial capital. The Shiv Sena and the BJP, long-time allies, contested separately and fought bitterly against each other. Some 21,620 candidates contested the 5,777 seats up for grabs in the 10 municipal corporations including BMC, for which the elections were held in two phases. Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. But the focus was on the BMC, which has a gigantic budget to beat that of many other civic bodies and even states.
  • UP Election 2017: 61% Voting In Phase 4 Of Polls - 10 Points
    Over 61 per cent turnout was registered today - up by 2.3 per cent from 2012 - as parts of Uttar Pradesh voted in the fourth round of seven-phase elections. Five seats in Congress President Sonia Gandhi's parliamentary constituency Raebareli are among the 53 that voted today. The parched Bundelkhand zone and Allahabad, the historic city at the centre of India's independence movement are also a part of this phase. Campaigning ahead of this round saw acrimonious speeches as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his alliance partner Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati addressed people in villages and small towns.
  • BMC Election Result 2017 - Shiv Sena 84, BJP 82. That's How Close It Is In Mumbai: 10 Points
    Shiv Sena 84, BJP 82. In the nail-biting finish that a T20 cricket match delivers, the BJP is now just two seats behind the Shiv Sena in Mumbai's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, dominated by the latter for 20 years. The BJP is also set to win eight out of the nine other major Maharashtra municipalities where elections were held this week. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, who led from the front, is clearly Man of the Match.
  • UP Election 2017: Voting Today For Phase 4 After Hectic, Personal Campaign - 10 Points
    Fifty-three constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, spread over 12 districts, go to polls in the fourth of the seven-phase elections in the state today. Among them the five constituencies of Raebareli, the parliamentary seat of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and the parched Bundelkhand zone. This phase of election had been preceded by a high profile campaign, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his alliance partner Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati hit the road to villages and small towns of the state. The tone of the campaign got shrill and increasingly personal.
  • 10 Things To Know About Earth-Like Planets Found In Nearby Solar System
    US space agency NASA has announced that scientists researching outer space have found the existence of another 'solar system' - seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in galaxy 40 light years away - opening up the most promising hunting ground so far for life beyond. A press release from the space agency said the Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the planets are as large as Earth and at least three of them are in a "habitable zone". Almost all of them are rocky and three are likely to have water. Because they are located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets.
  • BMC Election 2017 - 55% Voting, Highest In 25 Years: 10 Points
    A record 55 per cent voting, the highest in 25 years, was recorded yesterday as Mumbai voted to decide who will control the country's richest civic body -- the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC. The contest was seen as one mainly between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. The turn-out for 11 Zilla Parishads and 118 Panchayat Samiti polls in the state was 69 per cent, election officials said, adding that all figures were preliminary and can change. Ahead of the elections, the Shiv Sena called off its two-decade old alliance with the BJP and the two parties have engaged in a shrill, often personal, campaign. Voting was also held for nine other municipalities in Maharashtra today. The BMC has an annual budget of 37,000 crores, more than that of some states.
  • UP Elections 2017: 10 Things Top Politicians Said As Things Got Personal
    Political barbs freely flew over the weekend in Uttar Pradesh as the state witnessed the third of its seven-phase election. All the political heavyweights hit the campaign trail - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. And in rally after rally, the digs got increasingly personal in an election that has been described by many as the semi-final before the General Elections of 2019. The digs continued well-into Monday, as the state Chief Minister spoke of PM Modi's Gujarat, Amitabh Bachchan and donkeys.
  • UP Election 2017: Political Heavyweight Rita Bahuguna Joshi Seeks To Retain Lucknow Cantt
    Rita Bahuguna Joshi joined the BJP months before the Uttar Pradesh election after spending decades in the Congress. She is one of the most prominent among the "outsiders" - leaders imported from other parties - that the BJP has fielded in this year's UP elections causing much heartburn in the party cadre. But Ms Joshi is a strong candidate in Lucknow Cantt where she takes on Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, who makes her debut as a Samajwadi Party candidate. Ms Joshi had won the seat in the last election as a Congress candidate.
  • UP Elections 2017: 62% Turnout In Phase 3 As UP Votes In Samajwadi Strongholds - 10 Points
    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "Kaam Bolta Hai (work tells)" slogan was put to test today as 69 of the state's 403 constituencies voted in the third of its seven-phase assembly elections. Till 5 pm, provisional data showed 62 per cent voting - a 2 per cent rise over 2012. That year, the ruling party had won 54 of the 69 seats - the test is to see how many it can retain this time. Among the seats - spread across 12 districts -- that went to polls included the ones where various members of the state's ruling first family have been fielded: the Lucknow Cantt where the family's chhoti bahu Aparna Yadav took on Rita Bhaguna Joshi, the Congress veteran who switched sides and is now fighting on a BJP ticket; Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Yadav's Jaswantnagar and cousin Anurag Yadav from Lucknow's Sarojini Nagar seat. The BJP -- which is hoping for a big win in Uttar Pradesh -- is banking on what they have said is the people's support for the central government's move to ban high denomination notes in November.
  • E Palaniswami Wins Tamil Nadu Floor Test After 5 Hours Of Drama: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami won a test of strength on Saturday in an assembly where close to 100 opposition lawmakers were missing after violence and chaos over a demand for secret voting. But the trust vote may only be the first of many battles that the 63-year-old Chief Minister will have to fight. Former chief minister O Panneerselvam has promised that he had lost the battle, not the war, and said he would go back to the people. DMK chief MK Stalin first complained to the Governor about the way the vote was conducted, and then, sat on a hunger strike under the gaze of Mahatma Gandhi's statute at the city's Marina Beach before he was detained by the police and whisked away.
  • E Palaniswami Wins Tamil Nadu Floor Test Amid Chaos: 10 Facts
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami won a test of strength today in an assembly where close to 100 opposition lawmakers were missing after violence and chaos over a demand for secret voting. But the trust vote may only be the first of many battles that the 63-year-old Chief Minister will have to fight. O Panneerselvam has promised that he had lost the battle, not the war, and would go back to the people. DMK chief MK Stalin started right away, heading first to Raj Bhavan to complain about the way the vote was conducted, and then, sat on a hunger strike under the gaze of Mahatma Gandhi's statute at the city's Marina Beach before he was detained by the police and whisked away.
  • 10 Things To Know About Tamil Nadu's New Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami
    Handpicked by his mentor VK Sasikala before she left for a Bengaluru jail to serve her four-year sentence for corruption, AIADMK's chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was sworn-in as Tamil Nadus chief minister on Thursday evening. Mr Palaniswami received the invitation to form the government from Governor C Vidyasagar Rao earlier in the day after convincing Raj Bhavan that he, and not rival O Panneerselvam, had the majority support within the party. It is a job that Ms Sasikala was hoping to get before the Supreme Court sent her packing to jail, and put her political career on ice. She continues to hold the AIADMK general secretary's post but has left it to Palaniswami to govern Tamil Nadu.
  • Team Sasikala Takes Charge Of Tamil Nadu, Trust Vote On Saturday: 10 Points
    AIADMK's Edappadi Palaniswami, party chief VK Sasikala's proxy, will seek a vote of confidence on Saturday to prove he has majority support in the Tamil Nadu legislature, at a special session called by the state's Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Mr Palaniswami took oath as Chief Minister earlier this evening along with a 31-member cabinet. Mr Palaniswami is the state's third Chief Minister in three months. An old-time loyalist of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he replaces O Panneerselvam, whose portfolios have been allotted to other ministers. Mr Panneerselvam whose bid to be Chief Minister was rejected, has said his "battle will continue." Later in the evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu."
  • Kashmiris Helping Terrorists Are 'Anti-Nationals', Says Army Chief
    A day after four soldiers, including a decorated Major, were killed by terrorists in encounters in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had a strong warning for locals he said are "not supporting the army" despite people-friendly ops. Local people who picked up arms and appeared to support terrorists would be treated as anti-nationals and would face harsher action, said General Rawat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the soldiers who died in encounters in Kashmir's Handwara and Bandipora.

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