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  • 10 Things You Need To Know About The Nirav Modi Saga
    Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the main accused the Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank or PNB scam, was arrested in London on Tuesday and sent to prison till March 29 by a court in London, which rejected his bail plea today. The arrest comes a week after London Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in a money laundering case. The case will follow a similar procedure as that of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who also fled India two years ago just as banks were trying to recover unpaid loans from him.
  • BJP Sails Through Goa Floor Test After Allies' Hard Bargain: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has won a floor test after his 2 am-oath ceremony on Monday night following tough negotiations to keep the BJP-led coalition running after the death of Manohar Parrikar. 20 lawmakers voted in favour of Mr Sawant, whereas 15 voted against him.
  • BJP's Pramod Sawant Takes Oath As Goa Chief Minister At 2 am: 10 Points
    The BJP's Pramod Sawant, 45, was sworn in as Goa Chief Minister at 2 am on Monday night as the nation mourned his predecessor Manohar Parrikar. The swift chain of events that ended with a hasty, post-midnight ceremony, started soon after Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday evening. The tough negotiations with BJP allies, which continued overnight, were resolved after party chief Amit Shah stepped in and two lawmakers of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) joined the BJP. Mr Sawant will have two deputies - unprecedented for the tiny seaside state. One is from the MGP and the other from the Goa Forward Party, which had objected to the former Speaker's candidature.
  • Anil Ambani Pays Ericsson Day Before Deadline, Avoids Jail: 10 Points
    Industrialist Anil Ambani on Monday avoided jail by paying Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson Rs 458.77 crore in dues a day before the Supreme Court's deadline. Anil Ambani has thanked Mukesh Ambani for his "timely support" in paying his dues. Last month, the top court had ordered Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications or RCom and two of its directors to pay Ericsson its dues within four weeks or face a three-month jail term for contempt of court.
  • As BJP Tackles Demanding Goa Allies, Congress Meets Governor: 10 Points
    As the nation mourned Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death, the ruling BJP struggled on Monday to stabilize its coalition government in the seaside state, with a narrow majority along with two allies and independent members. In the race to find Manohar Parrikar's successor, the BJP's Pramod Sawant seemed to have an edge but allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) have rejected him, sources have told NDTV. The Congress's 14 lawmakers are at the Governor's house to press for an invite to form government.
  • Despite Congress Claim, BJP Safe In Goa Assembly: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death this evening has brought down the BJP numbers in the state assembly from 13 to 12. But along with allies, they still have 20 lawmakers in the assembly, where the majority mark is at 19. Over Mr Parrikar's last days, the Congress made repeated attempts to dislodge the BJP government. On Sunday, the Congress asked Governor Mridula Sinha once again to invite them to form government, alleging that the BJP numbers have fallen below halfway mark and they are the single largest party. Reports that senior Congress leader Digambar Kamat may join the BJP added to the political churn. Mr Kamat has dismissed the reports.
  • Amid Goa's Political Churn, Digambar Kamat's "Suicide" Theory: 10 Facts
    The BJP has rushed two observers to Goa and asked all its lawmakers to remain in the state amid concerns over the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and a Congress bid to seize power. Reports that senior Congress leader Digambar Kamat may join the BJP added to the political churn. Mr Kamat has dismissed the reports. The BJP and its allies have majority in the 40-seat assembly, which currently has 37 members. The Congress has 14 lawmakers against the BJP's 13. Claiming to be the single largest party, the Congress has asked Governor Mridula Sinha for an invitation to form the new government.
  • 10 Things We Know About New Zealand Mosque Shootings
    Forty-nine people died and at least 20 were injured in a terror attack in New Zealand's Christchurch during Friday prayers today. Three persons have been arrested. One of them, an Australian national in his late 20s, has been accused of murder and will be presented in court tomorrow. The police said the attacks were racially motivated. Nine Indians are missing, the Indian High Commission in New Zealand has said. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today was one of the "darkest days".
  • 6 Dead, 33 Hurt As Foot Overbridge Collapses Near Mumbai's CST: 10 Points
    A foot overbridge near Mumbai's landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday evening, killing six people and injuring 33. The overbridge was under repair but it was still in use. The collapse took place around 7.30 pm -- the busiest hours of the evening, when footfall was at its highest. The Railway Ministry has said the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation - Sena lawmaker Anil Desai has denied the claim. State minister Vinod Tawde said both Railways and the civic body would investigate the matter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to say he was "deeply anguished by the loss of lives".
  • Supreme Court To Hear Requests To Review Rafale Order Today: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court will today resume hearing petitions calling for a review of its Rafale case judgement from December that said there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process amid Congress allegations of corruption in the 2016 jet deal. The top court had in December dismissed petitions alleging that the government had gone for an overpriced deal to help Anil Ambani's company bag an offset contract with jet-maker Dassault. A day before the crucial hearing, the Centre on Wednesday told the top court that documents filed by the petitioners are "sensitive to national security" and those who conspired in photocopying the papers have committed theft and put the security in jeopardy by leaking them, targeting The Hindu newspaper over its investigative stories on the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France.
  • India "Disappointed" As China Blocks Move On Masood Azhar Again: 10 Facts
    China, for the fourth time, blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. The move by Beijing - which considers Pakistan an "all-weather ally" - came as the Security Council was to take up a resolution on the matter, days after the February 14 Jaish attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 soldiers died. The resolution, say sources, was backed by an unprecedented number of countries -- the figure, sources said, went into "double digits". India said it was "disappointed by this outcome".
  • Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft Banned In Indian Airspace: 10 Points
    India has closed its airspace to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and has grounded the planes, according to a government order that came into effect at 4 pm today. Last night, the aviation watchdog DGCA had announced that the planes would be grounded "immediately" for the sake of passenger safety, three days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people including four Indians. Since the crash on Sunday, several countries have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, the latest and best-selling variant of the US-based plane-maker.
  • Samjhauta Blast Case Order Reserved After Pakistan Woman Files Petition: 10 Points
    A court in Haryana's Panchkula today reserved its order in the Samjhauta Express blast case till Thursday after a Pakistani woman filed a petition claiming she had some evidence relevant to the case. Rahila L Vakeel -daughter of one of the victims of the blast - has filed a petition to summon witnesses from Pakistan as most of the eye witnesses are from that country. The 12-year-old case saw a number of twists and turns, with the alleged mastermind found murdered and another out on bail. The NIA interrogated 290 witnesses and 30 among them turned hostile. Early morning on February 18, 2007, a terrible blast on Samjhauta Express - the bi-weekly train that runs between India and Pakistan - killed as many as 68 passengers including many Pakistanis.
  • Lok Sabha, State Election Dates To Be Announced Shortly: 10 Points
    The dates for national election will be announced by the Election Commission this evening at 5 pm, signaling the start of a gigantic voting exercise that will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking another term in office and the opposition attempting to join forces to put up a strong fight. Elections will also be held in four states -- Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha - along with the parliamentary polls. The opposition Congress had accused the Election Commission of delaying the dates to enable the government to rush through the launch of welfare schemes and projects; no announcements can be made once the model code of conduct kicks in with the election dates. Commission sources have rubbished the claims.
  • 3 Mediators Including Sri Sri In Ayodhya Case, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    The decades-old Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute has been referred to a three-member panel of mediators who have eight weeks to speak to all stake-holders for a solution, the Supreme Court said today. A former Supreme Court judge, FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a senior advocate, Sriram Panchu, will be in the mediation team that will carry out its task confidentially, without any media reporting, said a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The in-camera sessions will be held in Faizabad, the neighbouring town of Ayodhya. The court opted for mediation despite objections from petitioners including the Uttar Pradesh government. The case was about "mind, heart and healing" and not land, the court had said earlier this week.

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