Cheat Sheet

  • As Hardik Patel's Aide Alleges Bribe, 'Upset' Leader Quits BJP: 10 Points
    Hardik Patel aide Narendra Patel's dramatic late night allegation that he was offered one crore to join the BJP, has spurred another former member of their group to quit Gujarat's ruling party. Patel leader from Surat Nikhil Sawani had joined the BJP along with 150 associates last month. This morning he said, "Heard about Rs 1 crore offer by BJP to Narendra Patel, I'm upset. I am leaving BJP today." He has sought an appointment with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, who is scheduled today to meet Jignesh Mevani, who has taken on the BJP government over attacks on Dalits.
  • Rajasthan's 'Gag Law' Challenged, BJP Lawmakers Among Critics: 10 Points
    Rajasthan's widely-criticised order shielding ministers, lawmakers and government officials from investigation into complaints against them was challenged in the High Court today and openly opposed by two lawmakers of the ruling BJP - one even referencing the Emergency of 1975. A petition in the court says the order allows a "large section of the society the license to commit crime". The ordinance or executive order put out last month by the Vasundhara Raje government stops courts from taking up complaints against public servants without the government's approval. It also makes it a crime for the media to report on the accused minister, lawmaker or official without sanction.
  • 'Invaluable Gift To India,' Says PM Modi On Ro-Ro Ferry Service: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's third visit to his home state Gujarat this month saw the announcement of projects worth Rs 2000 crore. The state also had its first "roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro)" ferry service - a Rs Rs. 650-crore initiative which the Prime Minister inaugurated this morning, calling it his "dream project". The day ended with a triumphant roadshow in Vadodara, where people lined the roads to cheer PM Modi. Assembly elections in the state will be held later this year, the dates are yet to be announced by the Election Commission.
  • Day Before PM Modi's Gujarat Visit, 2 Hardik Patel Aides Join BJP: 10 Facts
    Raising hopes of its ability to contain the damage to its support base among Gujarat's powerful Patel community, the BJP on Saturday acquired two prominent faces of the agitation that Hardik Patel had aggressively led in 2015, and they hit the ground running. In their first comments made hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in south Gujarat for his last tour before the assembly elections are declared, Varun Patel and Reshma Patel called the 24-year-old face of the Patidar agitation a "Congress agent" and asked the community to stick with the BJP.
  • Delhi's Air Quality Status Report After Diwali is 'Very Poor': 10 Points
    Delhi woke up on Friday morning to a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate Diwali despite ban ordered on their sales by the Supreme Court. Air pollution was 18 times the healthy limit in some places and residents complained of eyes watering and aggravated coughs as levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that reaches deep into the lungs, rose alarmingly. The national capital ranks among the world's most polluted cities.
  • 'Loud Crackers May Bring Your House Down', Bengaluru Warned: 10 Points
    In Bengaluru, loud crackers may bring your house down, literally, warns a top official of the city as India prepares to celebrate the Diwali festival. Record rain in the city - more than in the last 115 years with 1400 mm in two months compared to an annual average of 900 mm has left buildings weakened. Bengaluru civic chief Manjunath Prasad says the sound of very loud crackers could cause further damage to houses.
  • As Delhi Air Worsens, Diesel Gensets Banned, More Steps On Way: 10 Points
    As Delhi's air quality plunges ahead of Diwali, a graded response plan kicked in on Tuesday that lets authorities respond to a spike in toxic air with restrictions. As the first step, the powerful Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog ordered the coal-fired Badarpur power station in south Delhi to be shut and banned diesel-based power generating sets. It was the concern over Delhi's air that prompted the Supreme Court to temporarily ban on firecrackers for Diwali that have sent pollution levels rocketing in previous years.
  • Latest On Air India Sale In 10 Points: Government Prefers Domestic Buyer
    The government would prefer selling Air India, its debt-laden carrier to a domestic buyer, news agency Reuters reported citing a government source on Monday. It is mulling to sell the airline's various businesses - which include ground-handling, domestic operations and international flights - in parts, the report added. The state-run carrier, which is under a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crore, got an in-principle nod from the government for divestment of its stake sale in June.
  • Gujarat 'Eyesore' For Congress, Nehru-Gandhi Family, Says PM: 10 Points
    Amit Shah is the man of the match of the BJP's victories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lakhs of cheering BJP workers today at a mega show of strength in Gandhinagar, the capital of his home state Gujarat, where assembly elections will be held soon. The Prime Minister also made a scathing attack on the Congress and the Nehru Gandhi family, alleging that "Gujarat has been an eyesore for them" and that they have always "disliked Gujarat and Gujaratis." He criticised what he called the Congress' "negative politics," challenging it to contest the Gujarat elections on the development plank.
  • Mamata Banerjee, Gorkha Leaders Discuss Peace In Darjeeling: 10 Facts
    This afternoon, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is meeting leaders of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which led an agitation earlier this year alleging that Ms Banerjee's Trinamool Congress government was attempting to impose the Bengali language in Darjeeling schools. The chief minister has invited some other local political leaders from Darjeeling too, including members of the Gorkha National Liberation Front, to discuss how to restore normalcy in the hills after a 104-day bandh or shutdown that ended only late last month. Not invited to what the state government called an all-party meeting, are opposition parties the Congress and the BJP.
  • 10-Point Guide To INS Kiltan, Made In India Anti-Submarine Warship
    INS Kiltan, a Made-In-India anti-submarine warship, was commissioned into the Indian Navy today by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and several top officers were present in the ceremony held at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Address Mega Rally In Gujarat Today: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address around seven lakh BJP workers today in his home state Gujarat, where assembly elections will be held by the end of this year. On the eve of his visit to Gandhinagar, the Prime Minster tweeted, "I bow to the people of Gujarat for blessing BJP for decades. We will always fulfil the dreams of every Gujarati with full strength & vigour". The BJP, which has been in power in the state for two decades, hopes to win a record fifth time. Party chief Amit Shah has set it a target of winning 150 of Gujarat's 182 Assembly seats.
  • Nitish Kumar Committed To Bihar, Says PM Modi In Patna: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Bihar today, praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his commitment towards the state's progress. PM Modi was speaking during the centenary celebrations of Patna University. The two leaders shared the stage in Bihar for the first time since Janata Dal (United)'s exit from the Mahagathbandhan and return to the NDA fold. A visit to the newly opened Bihar Museum was also part of PM Modi's itinerary after which they flew to Mokama to launch several projects worth thousands of crores.
  • Cheaper, Faster: 10 Things To Know About New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Train
    The Ministry of Railways has introduced a new Rajdhani on the Delhi-Mumbai route. The special train, which will be launched on October 16, is aimed at reducing travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock.
  • Rajesh And Nupur Talwar To Walk Out Of Jail After Acquittal: 10 Points
    Dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are expected to walk out of a prison in Uttar Pradesh on Monday after the Allahabad High Court cleared them of the murder of their teen daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008. Aarushi, 13, was found dead in her bedroom; Hemraj was the main suspect till his body was found hours later on the roof of the Talwar home in Noida. The CBI has said it will study the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against the Talwars' acquittal.

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