Cheat Sheet

  • Delhi Chief Secretary Alleges Assault At Arvind Kejriwal's Home By 2 MLAs: 10 Points
    Security footage of Delhi's top bureaucrat leaving Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's home late last night has become pivotal to a new, unprecedented confrontation in the capital. Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash has alleged that he was assaulted by two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers in presence of the chief minister after being called for a meeting at midnight. He has also filed an FIR or police complaint. The ruling party referred to the CCTV footage to allege that Anshu Prakash was lying about the assault. One of its leaders, Ashish Khetan, also alleged that it was he who had been manhandled during a protest by officers at the Delhi Secretariat by officers. The protest continued till evening as hundreds of officers marched to Mr Kejriwal's home with candles.
  • Travelling Between Mumbai And Pune To Take Merely 25 Minutes! This Is How
    Travelling between the Mumbai, the financial capital of India and Pune, one of the biggest IT hubs of the country, would soon be reduced to only 25 minutes. For the uninitiated, to travel between Mumbai and Pune, one has to spend at least 3 hours via road and cover a distance of around 150 km. But the Virgin Group, run by Sir Richard Branson, will soon make it possible to cover the distance within 25 minutes. His company, Virgin Hyperloop One, has signed a framework agreement for the project with Maharashtra, Mr Branson said.
  • Nasscom's Skill Development Platform To Benefit 20 Lakh Techies: 10 Things To Know
    For the benefit of 20 lakh technology professions and another 20 lakh potential employees and students over the next few years, PM Narendra Modi today launched Nasscoms platform for skill development in eight technologies, including artificial intelligence. The platform called as FutureSkills aims to re-skill and up-skill the existing and emerging workforce in new and emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This platform will complement the Digital India initiative of the government, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) said in a statement.
  • On Trudeau's Day Plan, Sabarmati Visit, Date With IIM Students: 10 Points
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who is in India on an eight-day visit - is in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat today. Mr Trudeau, his wife, and their three children spent their Sunday visiting the Taj Mahal and later at an elephant conservation center in Mathura. Justin Trudeau's first visit to the country after becoming Canada's Prime Minister is aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties between India and Canada. He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Friday, February 23. The Canadian PM has a packed itinerary in India with visits to cultural centres, business and political meetings.
  • Nirav Modi Fraud: Government Seems To Blame PNB; RBI Panel To Probe Such Incidents
    When the banking sector is busy counting its losses in one of the most gigantic banking frauds, the law enforcement agencies, CBI and ED, have raided properties linked to diamantaire Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi's Gitanjali Jewels. The CBI has already arrested three persons, including the 2 PNB staffers, who have been sent to the judicial custody till March 3. The ED raided dozens of Nirav Modi's premises and seized diamonds, gold and jewellery worth Rs 5,670 crore. The banks that are likely to be affected include UCO Bank and State Bank of India (SBI), while Axis Bank says that it has already sold its exposure to Nirav Modi and his firms.
  • Justin Trudeau Starts India Visit With A Trip To Taj Mahal: 10 Updates
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have reached Agra for a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. The Trudeaus landed in Delhi last evening on a week-long visit to India that's expected to deepen ties as much with New Delhi as with Indians in Canada. The 46-year-old Prime Minister, who once remarked that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than PM Narendra Modi, is accompanied by a chunk of his cabinet ministers. This trip, he said, was focused on creating jobs and strengthening the "deep connection" between the people of the two nations.
  • PNB's Fraud Case: Banks Reveal Exposure Of Over Rs 17,000 Crore. 10 Things To Know
    As a growing number of skeletons come out of the closet in the Rs 11,300 crore PNB Fraud, a Thomson Reuters news report suggests that at least three other banks have significant amount of exposure to Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi and their firms of gigantic proportions. The total loan amount is reported to be Rs 17,632 crore in March last year, an amount that surpasses the valuation given so far to the PNB fraud. The exposure is on account of the letters of undertaking (LoUs) issued by the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the branches of Indian banks located abroad. On the basis of the LoUs (or bank guarantees), Nirav Modi-Mehul Choksi firms have reportedly raised short term loans from the Indian banks for making payment to their suppliers.
  • Tripura Poll Turnout 78.86%, Below Last Time's 91.82%: 10 Points
    The assembly elections in Tripura, where the Left is trying to win a sixth term against the BJP challenge, saw 78.86 per cent voter turnout, till last reports came in. The figure is lower than the 91.82 per cent of the 2013 elections. Voting continued till late in the evening as Electronic Voting machines developing glitches in some areas. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, under whose leadership the CPM won 50 of the 60 seats in the last assembly polls, had led the Left's poll campaign. The BJP, which is yet to win a seat, has tied up with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura.
  • India-Iran Sign 9 Agreements, Focus On Chabahar Port: 10 Points
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was greeted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ram Nath Kovind today on the last of his three-day visit of the country. PM Modi said India-Iran ties have strengthened under Mr Rouhani's leadership. "We want to increase connectivity and trade. We want to strengthen our strong cultural ties. Landlocked Afghanistan has got a golden gateway in Chabahar... We will support the rail link," PM Modi said. India and Iran also signed nine agreements, including on easing visa rules and cooperation on medical sector, apart from a maritime agreement on Chabahar Port development. Mr Rouhani's visit comes a month after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was here, indicating India's delicate balancing act.
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Arrives In India On A "Busy Visit": 10 Points
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in the national capital to start his week-long visit that is seen aimed as much at deepening ties with India, as the huge Indian diaspora back home. The trip, the 46-year-old Prime Minister said before taking the long-haul flight to India, was focused on creating good jobs and strengthening the "deep connection between the people of our two countries". The Canadian Prime Minister, who had once famously remarked that he had more Sikhs in his cabinet than PM Narendra Modi, has the entire line-up accompanying him on this visit.
  • <i>Pariksha Par Charcha</i>: PM Narendra Modi's Top Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an interactive session, "Pariksha Par Charcha", also being dubbed as "Exam Ki Baat" with thousands of students at Delhi's Talkatora Stadium on Friday. Students, who also connected with him through pre-recorded videos, asked exam-related queries from the Prime Minister. Before he took questions from the students, he said, "You are not talking to the Prime Minister of India, you are talking to a friend.". "Pariksha Par Charcha" comes two weeks after the Prime Minister launched his book titled 'Exam Warriors' that contains 25 mantras to help students face examinations without stress. The interaction is aimed at bringing to the fore a discourse about the importance of stress-free examinations.
  • PNB-Nirav Modi Fraud: What Had Transpired At Mumbai's Brady Road Branch
    Nirav Modi, and the firms he controls, allegedly leveraged the loopholes in the banking system by seeking letters of undertaking (LoU) and raising credit from foreign banks to pay its merchants. An LoU is a bank guarantee issued for overseas import payments. For past seven years, Nirav Modi and his three firms-Diamond R Us, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds-were allegedly procuring the LoUs from the PNB's Brady Road branch. These bank guarantees allegedly helped Modi raise the short-term loans from foreign branches of Indian banks to pay to its suppliers of raw material (rough stones). PNB shares closed 2% lower at Rs 125.65 against the previous day's closing on BSE. The money was transferred through a maze of sorts. Here is how
  • CBI Asks Interpol To Help Arrest Nirav Modi Who Is In New York: 10 Facts
    The CBI today asked Interpol for help to arrest celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi, who is being investigated for what is emerging as India's biggest bank fraud. Nirav Modi and his associates are accused of getting Punjab National Bank (PNB) officials to facilitate huge loans using fake guarantees, at the cost of Rs 11,300 crore in public money. The passports of Nirav Modi and his business associate Mehul Choksi have been suspended and could be cancelled if they do not return to India within four weeks. As investigators seek his arrest, NDTV has traced the 48-year-old to a hotel in New York.
  • In Big Cauvery Verdict, Tamil Nadu's Water Share Cut, Karnataka Gets More
    In a landmark verdict that casts a long shadow on southern politics, Tamil Nadu's share of water from the river Cauvery has been reduced by the Supreme Court and Karnataka will receive a bigger share. Karnataka will now release 177.25 TMC or thousand million cubic feet to Tamil Nadu instead of 192. Karnataka's increased share takes care of the drinking water problems of its capital Bengaluru. The verdict today comes just months before the Karnataka elections and has been claimed by the ruling Congress as a big win. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was congratulated in the assembly by party men.
  • Supreme Court Judgment On 120-Year-Old Cauvery Dispute Today: 10 Points
    Three judges of the Supreme Court are reading out their verdict on the Cauvery water dispute that has been a source of tension between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and has persisted despite attempts at a solution over 120 years. Both states insist that they are hopeful but each has kept police reinforcements on standby in case of a verdict that is not favourable. Bus services between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been stopped as a precaution. There is no restriction on the movement of goods and private vehicles.

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