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  • PM Modi In Assam As His Government Turns 3: 10 Developments
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government stepped into its fourth year today, marking three years since its landslide win over the Congress-led government in 2014. A series of events have been lined up for the occasion and the celebrations will last 20 days. PM Modi will be Assam - where the BJP government is also celebrating its first anniversary - and launch a number of infrastructure projects including India's longest bridge. His ministers and lawmakers from the BJP meanwhile will also be participating in programmes across the country.
  • Row Over CBSE's Class 12 Marks Moderation Policy: 10 Things To Know
    Amid indications that the government could approach the Supreme Court against a high court verdict forcing the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to continue its marks moderation policy, Union education minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday assured 11 lakh students who appeared for the exam that the results would be declared on time. He did not elaborate how the government would deliver on this commitment, but government officials suggest an appeal in the top court appeared to be the only way out. The timing of the results is crucial for school students who need to apply for college admissions in Delhi, and elsewhere.
  • India's Longest Bridge, Built For Tanks, To Open In Assam Today: 10 Facts
    India's longest bridge, over nine kilometres long, will be inaugurated today in Assam by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his government completes three years in office. The bridge is among a series of infrastructure projects that PM Modi has fast-tracked since taking charge after a landslide win in 2014. Launched a decade ago under the government of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, PM Modi's biggest challenge is to see these projects to completion without the years-long delays that have beset many key endeavours in Asia's third largest economy.
  • Internet Mobile Service Blocked In Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, Cops Suspended: 10 Facts
    The Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh has removed two top police officers and a top bureaucrat of Saharanpur, the western UP town where there have been several clashes this month between Dalit and Rajput groups. A Dalit man was killed and about 20 people were injured in violence on Tuesday after Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati held a rally in Shabbirpur, a village where one person had died in caste clashes earlier this month.
  • 22 Dead In Blast At Ariana Grande Concert In Manchester: 10 Facts
    At least 22 people were killed on Monday night in an explosion after an Ariana Grande concert at the UK's Manchester Arena, which police are treating as a possible terror attack. Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said around 59 people were taken to six hospitals after the blast, which took place in the foyer area. Mr Hopkins said the incident took place around 10:33 pm at the end of the concert. British Prime Minister Theresa May called it an "appalling terrorist attack".
  • Tejas Express, 'Aeroplane On Tracks', Makes First Trip Today: 10 Points
    The Tejas Express, India's newest train, made its first trip today from Mumbai to Goa. The luxury train took 400 passengers on the eight-and-a-half-hour journey - less time than the Janshatabdi. The train was revealed to the public in Mumbai on Sunday. The bright yellow superfast train promises a flight-like experience on the track at less than Rs 1,500 a ride. Its first commercial journey was flagged off by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu this afternoon.
  • Election Commission's EVM 'Challenge' Next Month. Conditions Apply: 10 Facts
    The long-awaited EVM Challenge to establish that the Electronic Voting Machines cannot be tampered will start from June 3, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Saturday. But the Election Commission doesn't expect anyone to win the challenge. The poll body came up with the challenge so as to reassure political parties that raised doubts about the machines used to conduct every Lok Sabha and state elections held after 2002. But the Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which has been the loudest of the dozen-plus political parties that has campaigned against the machines, is unlikely to be impressed with the ground rules laid down by the election body.
  • 'India Should Have Been Given Consular Access To Kulbhushan Jadhav': Top 10 Quotes By UN Court
    The International Court of Justice in The Hague has put on hold the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who had been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan. Pakistan, the court said, must ensure that he is not executed till the court delivers its final verdict. The court said under the Article 36 of the Vienna Convention, Mr Jadhav is entitled to consular access and Pakistan must allow India to have access to him. "It is very, very clear that Indian stand is victorious. It is obvious that international jury reacted against Pakistan. Let us now hope final push (expected in August) also comes India's way," Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said after the verdict.
  • There Was A Risk, Says ICJ Verdict In The Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: A Timeline
    In ordering Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday unanimously accepted Indias contention that there was a real danger to the life of Mr Jadhav, the Indian national sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court last month. The court said the -risk- was real since Pakistan only mentioned that the appeals process could go on till August. It implied, the 11-judge top court of the United Nations said, that -there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter, before the Court has given its final decision in the case-.
  • In Key GST Meet Held In Kashmir, Government's Political Message: 10 Points
    The powerful Goods and Services Tax or GST Council is meeting in Srinagar today to finalise tax rates for different commodities and services ahead of the launch of the mega tax reform on July 1. The choice of venue for the two-day meeting, the council's last before the tax is rolled out, is seen as a political message from the BJP, which partners Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir. It comes amid an escalation of violence and protests in the Kashmir Valley and the government wants to signal that it has the situation under control and that the state is safe for investors.
  • 10-Point Guide To CBI Allegation Against P Chidambaram
    The CBI today raided the home of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram in Chennai as part of its investigation into suspected criminal misconduct in foreign investment approvals. The agency alleges that Karti Chidambaram facilitated the approvals when his father was minister and used his "influence in the finance ministry". An FIR or First Information Report lists criminal conspiracy, cheating, taking bribe, influencing a public servant and criminal misconduct. Mr Chidambaram and the Congress have strongly denied the allegations.
  • In CBI Raid At P Chidambaram's Home, The Peter, Indrani Mukerjea Link: 10 Points
    The home in Chennai of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram was raided by the CBI yesterday as part of an investigation into suspected "criminal misconduct" in foreign investment approvals to a company linked to jailed media tycoon Peter Mukerjea and his wife Indrani. The country's top investigating agency alleges that Karti Chidambaram's company helped a media company circumvent limits on foreign investment when his father was minister. Mr Chidambaram and the Congress have rubbished the allegations and described the raids as political vendetta.
  • Monday's Ransomware Attack Fails to Dent India, Says Minister: 10 Facts
    The Ransomware WannaCry virus had a minimal effect on India, even though "isolated incidents" were reported from Kerala and Bengal, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. In Kerala, one of the most digitized states of India, half-a-dozen computers across two districts -- Waynand and Patanamthitta -- were affected. In Bengal, some computers of the state electricity discom were hit. Precautions had been taken on a war footing in telecom, power and aviation sectors to stop the virus that locks data and demands 300 Bitcoins to unlock it.
  • 5 Important Points India Made Against Pak At UN Court
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today began hearing India's appeal against its national Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence by Pakistan. Mr Jadhav, a former navy officer, was sentenced to death last month after being held guilty by a Pakistani military court of spying and subversive activities. The 46-year-old was arrested last March by Pakistan. India says Mr Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran, where he was running a business, and framed based on a confession forced out of him.
  • Fear Pakistan May Hang Kulbhushan Jadhav Before Decision, Says India: 10 Facts
    There is an "immediate threat" that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav will be executed by Pakistan even before a decision of the International Court of Justice, India on Monday said at an open hearing at The Hague in Netherlands. Mr Jadhav, a former navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court last month after being convicted of spying. India last week challenged the sentence before the UN's top court. Calling India's appeal "unnecessary and misconceived", Pakistan said there would be no immediate execution and there were six months.

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