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  • All You Need To Know About Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: 10 Facts
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi today revealed his party's plan in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Lok sabha election, after being left out of the alliance between Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati. He announced Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's foray into active politics, making her the in-charge of the party in the politically vital state that sends 80 lawmakers to parliament.
  • "Don't Worry About Who Will Be PM": Top Quotes From Opposition Rally
    An ensemble of opposition leaders got together today in Kolkata at a rally organised by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP, with savage barbs. The rally was attended by several prominent opposition leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, MK Stalin, HD Deve Gowda, Farooq Abdullah, Shatrughan Sinha, Arun Shourie etc. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati skipped the congregation, but sent their representatives.
  • "Don't Worry About Who Will Be PM": Mamata Banerjee At Opposition Rally - 10 Facts
    Around 23 opposition parties came together at the "United India Rally" organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today to reiterate their resolve to defeat the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The event -- held at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Grounds and attended by lakhs of people -- saw the participation of Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, National Conference head Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, among other prominent political faces. Charges ranging from non-transparency in the Rafale deal to alleged religious intolerance were levelled against the BJP as one political leader after another took the dais, and Ms Banerjee wrapped up the event by heralding the "expiry date" of the Modi government. She also claimed that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to double farmers' income by 2022, it has already been tripled in Bengal. PM Modi, however, dismissed the rally by saying that the opposition parties were uniting to save "their families, their empires".
  • Supreme Court Okays Dance Bars With Liquor: 10 Facts On What It's Changed
    Maharashtra's tough rules for dance bars have been relaxed by the Supreme Court, which said today "liquor and dance can co-exist". Noting that no dance bar license has been handed out since 2005, the top court said Maharashtra "can't just ban dance bars by trying to regulate them". The court struck down rules like such establishments can't come up near temples or schools and the owners should be of a "good character". In August last year, the court reserved its verdict on the pleas of hotel and restaurant owners challenging the 2016 Maharashtra law.
  • As 2 Exits Jolt Coalition, HD Kumaraswamy "Totally Relaxed": 10 Points
    Two Independent lawmakers -- H Nagesh and R Shankar -- have withdrawn support from the government of HD Kumaraswamy amid a huge political churn in Karnataka. Pointing to the numbers, Mr Kumaraswamy said he was "totally relaxed". Their defection brings down the numbers of the ruling alliance from 120 to 118 - the halfway mark stands at 113. Over the last two days, there have been tit-for-tat allegations of attempted poaching from the Congress and the BJP camps. The Congress says several of its lawmakers have gone "missing". The BJP has shifted its 104 lawmakers to Gurgaon near Delhi.
  • Kumbh Begins, Over 2 Crore Devotees Take Holy Dip On 1st Day: 10-Points
    For lakhs of devotees, the moment arrived just at daybreak, when they took a 'holy dip' amid chants of 'Har Har Gange' at the Sangam, marking the beginning of the 50-day Kumbh Mela today. Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Kumbh Nagari, spread across 32,000 hectare, saw a huge rush of pilgrims from distant lands as early as 4 in the morning.
  • India Aims To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021, Says ISRO Chief
    India aims to send astronauts to space by December 2021, the chief of ISRO said today. The ambitious Gaganyaan project by the space agency will help India become the fourth nation to independently send humans to space. India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, is planned for the middle of April this year, K Sivan said. The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day when he said "a son or daughter of India will go to space" by 2022.
  • PM-Led Committee Removes Alok Verma As CBI Chief: 10 Points
    Alok Verma was removed as the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday evening by a committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, barely 48 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court. The committee said he "had not acted with the integrity expected of him". Mr Verma lost his high-profile job just weeks before his retirement on January 31. The decision was two against one: PM Modi and Justice AK Sikri -- representing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who had recused himself from the panel -- favoured Mr Verma's removal. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, representing the opposition, put up a dissenting note. Reacting to his removal from the CBI, Mr Verma said that he was transferred on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was trying to harm him.
  • 10 Per Cent Quota For Economically Weak Clears Parliament Test: 10 Points
    A proposed law to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category, who also belong to the economically weaker sections, got a green signal from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The demand by some opposition parties that it be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, was turned down. The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, will now have to be signed off by the President. Most parties have called the government's move a political stunt ahead of the national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the law a "victory for social justice", pointed out that elections are held in the country every few months.
  • Top Court Reinstates Alok Verma As CBI Chief: 10 Facts About The Row
    Alok Verma was reinstated as the CBI chief by the Supreme Court today. The top court's verdict gave a jolt to the Centre and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by setting aside their orders divesting Mr Verma of his powers and sending him on leave on October 23. The court, however, said that Mr Verma cannot take any major policy decisions. Mr Verma has also been asked to respond to the CVC inquiry on corruption allegations in a sealed envelope.
  • 10% Quota For Economically Weak In General Category Cleared By Lok Sabha: 10 Points
    Ahead of the general elections, a bill to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections in the general category, was passed by the Lok Sabha today. While many opposition parties dubbed the government's move a "political gimmick" in the four-and-half-hour debate, most backed the bill, which, in a first, extends reservation to the general category. Calling it a landmark moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "it sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society." The bill stands a fair chance in Rajya Sabha, where it will be presented tomorrow afternoon.
  • Bharat Bandh Protests Affect Trains, Buses; Bengal, Kerala Hit: 10 Points
    The two-day Bharat Bandh called by ten trade unions disrupted normal life in many parts of the country today. Sporadic violence was reported in West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala. Tyres were burnt and buses were vandalised at many places in Bengal. Protesters blocked roads and obstructed train services in all the three states. Around 20 crore workers of the Central Trade Unions (CTU) are participating in the two-day nationwide strike today and tomorrow. Trade unions are protesting alleged anti-worker policies of the Central government.
  • 10% Quota For Economically Weak In General Category Cleared: 10 Points
    The government on Monday announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category and said it would move a constitutional amendment bill to bring it into effect. The mega move, just months before the national election, was approved in a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The constitutional amendment bill is likely to be moved today and the government has decided to extend the Rajya Sabha session by one day.
  • 10 Points From Nirmala Sitharaman's Reply On Rafale Debate In Parliament
    The firestorm over the Rafale fighter jet deal is far from over. In a heated debate in parliament on Friday, punctuated by questions and accusations from the opposition, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave an extensive response that lasted for more than two hours. Attacking the Congress for questioning her and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's integrity, Ms Sitharaman defended the deal for the 36 Rafale fighter planes, signed after the Congress-led contract of 126 jets was scrapped.
  • In 60-Second Hearing, Supreme Court Defers Ayodhya Case To January 10
    In a 60-second hearing today, the Supreme Court deferred the Ayodhya temple-mosque case and said a bench would decide on January 10 when to take up the case. The decision on the title suit, pending for six decades and at the heart of India's most politically divisive row, comes amid demands to speed up the plan to build a Ram temple at the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu activists in 1992. Members of the ruling BJP, some of its allies and right-wing groups want a special government order to enable the start of construction before the general elections are announced. Last year, the top court refused an early hearing.

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