Cheat Sheet

  • Saudi Crown Prince Arrives In India, Received By PM At Airport: 10 Points
    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi for a day's visit on Tuesday evening. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport with a warm hug. The visit will be closely watched for talks between the two leaders on terrorism and trade. Amid India's efforts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan as punishment for the Pulwama terror attack, the Crown Prince had praised Islamabad's "efforts for regional peace and security" and announced investments worth 20 billion dollars at the end of his visit to the country on Monday.
  • PM Modi Flags Off Vande Bharat Express, India's Fastest Train: 10 Points
    Vande Bharat Express, India's first semi-high speed train, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday from the New Delhi railway station amid sombre mood in the backdrop of the terror attack in Pulwama. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board were also on board the train on its inaugural journey. "I am grateful to designers and engineers behind Vande Bharat Express which will take its first trip from Delhi to Varanasi today. With our sincerity and hardwork in the last 4.5 years we have tried to improve railways," the Prime Minister said. The bookings for the train are open. A senior railway official said that tickets of the first commercial run of Vande Bharat Express on February 17 have been completely sold out.
  • Centre Says Will Ensure Pak Isolation, Ends 'Most Favoured Nation' Status
    A day after over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the deadliest terror attack on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top ministers held a security review meeting. PM Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a "very heavy price" and had made a "huge mistake". Union Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has decided to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure "complete isolation" of Pakistan and has withdrawn 'Most Favoured Nation' status to the country. Yesterday, New Delhi had urged the international community to back the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as a "UN designated terrorist"; the Pakistan-based terror outfit has claimed the attack. The US has also asked Pakistan to "immediately end support and safe haven to all terrorist groups".
  • Scorpio SUV With 350 Kg Explosives Rammed CRPF Bus: 10 Points
    Nearly 40 personnel of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) were killed and 40 injured as a Scorpio car with 350 kg of explosives rammed a bus in a large security convoy at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst in decades. Calling the attack "despicable and dastardly", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain." The government strongly condemning the attack, demanded that Pakistan stopped supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory.
  • In Delhi Tug-Of-War, Blow For AAP, Top Court Split On Officers: 10 Points
    The centre, not the Delhi government, has the power to order investigations against corrupt officers in the capital, the Supreme Court said today, in a huge blow to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. The top court also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a split verdict between two judges. So while the Lieutenant Governor, who represents the centre in Delhi, scored a win, it was a bad day in court for AAP. Addressing both, the court said "mutual cooperation is essential" to serve people. "The Supreme Court order goes against democracy," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. He said his government will seek legal remedies.
  • 4 Ways In Which Karol Bagh Hotel Fire Was A Disaster Waiting To Happen 
    Early this morning, before dawn, a fire spread through the two top floors of a budget six-storey hotel in a congested central Delhi area, killing 17 occupants, including a child. As thick smoke and flames rose from the top floor of Arpit Palace Hotel in Karol Bagh, two died when they jumped off the building in a desperate attempt to save themselves. Officials said nearly all rooms of the 65-room hotel were occupied when the fire began at 4 am. The cause of the fire that started on the second floor is not known yet, though it is suspected to have originated from a short circuit.
  • "Flogging Dead Horse," Centre Says On Explosive Rafale Report: 10 Points
    A news report on an internal note of the defence ministry - which recorded its objections to "parallel negotiations" by the Prime Minister's Office into the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale fighter jets -- triggered a huge political row today. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the report by The Hindu established that the PMO was directly involved in the deal and had withheld information from the Supreme Court. In Parliament, as his party demanded that the deal be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congress was "flogging a dead horse".
  • Congress <i>Mukt Bharat</i> Was Mahatma Gandhi's Idea, Says PM: Top Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the motion of thanks in the Lok Sabha to the President's address today. The discussion started yesterday and the motion is likely to be adopted by the House, where the ruling NDA has a big majority, tomorrow, following the prime minister's reply. In his speech, PM Modi launched a scathing attack at the Opposition.
  • Robert Vadra Picked By Wife Priyanka After 9-Hour Questioning: 10 Points
    Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was questioned for about nine hours on Thursday in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. Yesterday, the probe agency quizzed Mr Vadra on allegations that he illegally owns nine properties, cumulatively worth 12 million pounds (Rs 110 crore), in London. On Thursday, the agency focussed on his links with the main players in the case - controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, his nephew, and two others, sources said. Mr Vadra has denied the allegations, calling it a political witch-hunt. Coming months ahead of the national elections, his questioning has become another flashpoint between the government and the opposition. Mr Vadra, who left the agency this evening with wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has been asked to appear before the Enforcement Directorate again on Saturday.
  • "Will Respect Sabarimala Verdict": Temple Board's U-Turn In Supreme Court
    In a U-turn, the board controlling Kerala's Sabarimala temple told the Supreme Court today that it supports the entry of women of all ages at the famous hill shrine. The board is controlled by the state's Left-led government, which has opposed any review of the top court's September order that opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50 and set off a huge backlash. Five judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, today heard more than 60 petitions, a majority of which urge a rethink of the verdict. The judges have reserved verdict on whether they would review the matter.
  • "Sabarimala Order Shouldn't Be Reviewed": Kerala Government To Top Court
    Amid a huge backlash to the entry of young women into Kerala's Sabarimala temple, five judges of the Supreme Court are hearing more than 60 petitions that urge a rethink of the verdict that made it possible. In September, the court had opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50, ending the traditional ban. But only two women have managed to enter the temple since. The rest had been forced to turn back by the huge protests by right-wing groups that often involved the use of force, threats and intimidation.
  • Mamata Banerjee Ends 3-Day <i>Dharna</i>, Says Taking Fight To Delhi: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called off her sit-in protest, which turned Kolkata into the country's political capital for three days. "We are not stopping the fight, we are taking it to Delhi," announced the Bengal chief minister, standing beside her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu at Kolkata's Esplanade, where she has been camping out. Mr Naidu, another interlocutor of the opposition, called for an end to the protest after consulting other parties. The move followed this morning's hearing at the Supreme Court, where the CBI and the Kolkata Police were asked to discuss their differences at a neutral venue. Ms Banerjee, as well as the BJP, claimed it was a moral victory.
  • "Moral Victory," Claim Both Centre, Mamata Banerjee In Order On Top Cop
    Mamata Banerjee today declared a "moral victory" as the Supreme Court said Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, who is at the heart of her indefinite protest sit-in against the central government, would not be arrested. But in what the central government described as a "moral victory for the CBI", the court has ordered Mr Kumar to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong in Meghalaya, submit all evidence and cooperate with the probe into chit fund scams in Bengal. The confrontation between Mamata Banerjee and the ruling BJP at the centre began on Sunday evening after a CBI team that tried to question Rajeev Kumar was detained by the Kolkata Police for a few hours.
  • Day 3 Of Mamata Banerjee's Sit-In, Action Shifts To Top Court: 10 Points
    The full-blown political stand-off between Mamata Banerjee and the central government continued through Monday, with the chief minister refusing to budge from her sit-in protest in the heart of Kolkata. The issue pitched Ms Banerjee to the forefront of a united opposition, whose leaders tore into the central government and took on the government on the floor of parliament and outside. The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose move to barge into the house of the Kolkata police chief and question him triggered the mega row, went to the Supreme Court, which will hear the evidence against Rajeev Kumar today.
  • All You Need To Know About The Saradha, Rose Valley Scams: 10 Points
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been a dharna in the heart of Kolkata since Sunday evening protesting against the CBI questioning of the city police chief in the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. The CBI team had come to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar after he allegedly ignored summons from the agency on the two Ponzi schemes. The Saradha and Rose Valley scams rocked Bengal and many others adjoining states in east India in 2013.

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