Cheat Sheet

  • After 7-Hour GST Debate In Lok Sabha Today, 250 Clauses Will Be Put To Vote: 10 Facts
    Four Bills related to the Goods and Services Tax or GST will be debated in the Lok Sabha or lower house of Parliament today, as the government pushes to meet a July 1 launch date for the unified tax regime that subsumes a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states. Seven hours have been allotted for today's debate, which is likely to begin at noon today, with union minister Arun Jaitley speaking first. For the Congress, former union minister M Veerappa Moily will be first speaker.
  • 'People From Africa Our Valued Partners' Says Government After Attack On Nigerians: 10 Points
    India is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreigners in India, the foreign ministry has said a day after a mob attack on a group of Nigerian students in Greater Noida, near Delhi. "People from Africa, including students and youth, remain our valued partners," the statement read. The Uttar Pradesh government has promised a thorough investigation and quick report on the issue. The three students -- who are in hospital -- were attacked on Monday evening after a Class 12 student in the area died, allegedly of drug overdose and his parents claimed he had accessed it from the Nigerians. Overnight, posters have come up in the area, demanding a 'Nigerian free Greater Noida'.
  • For GST Bill, 7-Hour Debate On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi's Review Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of his council of ministers today to brief them ahead of a seven-hour debate on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha on the government's mega reform, the Goods and Services Tax. Four bills crucial to the implementation of GST will be passed at the end the debate; they were introduced in the lower house yesterday by union finance minister Arun Jaitley. The government needs to ensure that these bills are approved by Parliament in the current Budget session to be able to meet a July 1 deadline for the launch of GST, a unified tax regime that subsumed a slew of indirect taxes at the centre and in states.
  • Don't Be 'Overexcited', UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh To Cops On Amid Meat Sellers Strike: 10 Points
    As meat sellers in state capital Lucknow and in many other districts of Uttar Pradesh announced an indefinite strike from today against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's order closing illegal slaughterhouses, a senior minister in the state Siddharth Nath Singh has advised officials to not be "overexcited" while imposing the ban. Mr Singh underscored, as the Chief Minister repeatedly has, that action is being taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and abattoirs operating legally will not be touched.
  • Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Banned From Flying, Takes Train To Mumbai: 10 Facts
    Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena MP who decided that not being able to fly business class merited a lengthy assault on an airline employee, says he's the wronged party. The former school teacher wants Air India to be investigated for ill-treating him. This after he told reporters that he used his sandal to hit a 60-year-old Air India manager 25 times. The Shiv Sena this evening justified not taking any action against him, despite a large shower of his abuse being filmed. Air India has filed two police cases against him and all airlines have banned him.
  • AIADMK Now Has 2 Versions, Poll Symbols Hat And Electric Pole: 10 Points
    Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK will fight for its former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's seat under a new name - two in fact. Party chief VK Sasikala's faction will call itself AIADMK Amma, and rival O Panneerselvam's group will go by the name AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Both factions will also fight under new symbols after the Election Commission said yesterday that neither can use the AIADMK's name and "two leaves" symbol in the contest for RK Nagar in Chennai. "Amma" or mother is the name given to Jayalalithaa by thousands of her supporters. Superstar Rajinikanth added another interesting twist to the by-poll battle by announcing on Twitter that he supported "no one".
  • UK Parliament Attack: Car Mows Down People, Cop Stabbed - 10 Points
    The British parliament was locked down on Wednesday after an attack was reported near it, in the heart of London, after 2:30 pm local time. Eyewitnesses said a black car ploughed into several people near the Westminster Bridge and crashed into the railings of the Palace of Westminster. A man got out with two 8-inch knives and attacked a policeman with what appeared a large knife or a machete before being shot down by the police. Five people including the police officer and the attacker are dead and around 40 people have sustained injuries. No Indians have been hurt in the incident, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
  • 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 upheld the Calcutta High Court order that the CBI will investigate whether leaders Bengal's ruling party, Trinamool Congress, accepted cash as bribes, as alleged by a news portal, Narada, that filmed the alleged corruption..The top court extended time given to the CBI to investigate - from 72 hours to one month - and strongly criticised the government of Mamata Banerjee for appealing against the CBI probe. The West Bengal Chief Minister welcomed the ruling and called it "positive". On Friday, the Calcutta High Court said the country's premier investigating agency must study the sting.
  • 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.

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