Cheat Sheet

  • Presidential Election 2017: Top 5 Interesting Facts
    A former Bihar governor known for an unflinching sense of justice and the first woman in India to hold the post of Lok Sabha speaker, both Dalits. The stage is set for a battle between National Democratic Alliance's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind and opposition's candidate Meira Kumar. Although, the endgame of the polls is seemingly predictable, it is undoubtedly going to be an interesting one.
  • Parliament's Monsoon Session Starts Today: 10-Point Guide
    Stormy debates on cow vigilantism, farmers' protests, the Kashmir unrest, corruption charges against opposition leaders and India's stand-off with China are expected to dominate the discourse of the Parliament in the Monsoon Session that begins today. The Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned today due to the death of sitting members of both the Houses and proceedings are expected from Tuesday. The session is slated to conclude on August 11. Members of the Parliament will vote for the Presidential Election today to decide on a contest between Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar.
  • Presidential Contest Between Meira Kumar And Ram Nath Kovind In Numbers: Top 10
    As the contest between NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Congress and other opposition parties' candidate Meira Kumar nears its finishing line, these numbers hold critical importance. The support for former Bihar governor Mr Kovind includes traditional allies of Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP along with some regional parties. Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar on the other hand, has the support of Congress and its allies. Left parties are also seen to be supporting her. While the President is elected by both members of the Parliament and state legislatures, the population of states plays a role in the value of a legislator's vote.
  • How President Of India Will Be Elected - Road To Rashtrapati Bhavan
    Presidential elections for the 14th President of India will be held on July 17, 2017. BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA's) candidate for the post of President is former Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind and Opposition's candidate is former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. The voting will be held between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's choice of a Dalit candidate was seen as a masterstroke to divide the opposition and keep allies together. In this election, the numbers are stacked against the opposition. The BJP and allies have well over 60 per cent of the vote.
  • Presidential Election Sees Nearly 99% Voting, Ram Nath Kovind Set For Easy Win: 10 Points
    Ram Nath Kovind is set for an easy win in today's election for the next President of India versus Meira Kumar, with the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance confident that the former Bihar Governor will get about 70 per cent of the votes. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has been fielded by the opposition, which has pitched the contest as a battle of ideologies. The poll saw nearly 99 per cent voting, the returning officer said, adding it was perhaps the highest ever percentage in a presidential election. Votes will be counted on Thursday.
  • PM Narendra Modi Says States Should Crack Down On Cow Vigilantes: 10 Points
    A day before Presidential elections and the beginning of the Monsoon Session of parliament, hectic meetings were held in the ruling NDA and the opposition camps. The government, which is preparing to face a united opposition - a bloc of 18 parties - on a host of issues including the landmark Goods and Services Tax, held not only a strategy session but also a meeting with its Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also convened an all-party meeting, where he spoke out against cow vigilantism, saying the states should take action against them.
  • Railways Launches 'SAARTHI' App, Solar Train: 10 Things To Know
    Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday launched a new integrated mobile app "SAARTHI - synergised advanced application rail travel help and information" for passengers. This new app will allow passengers to book tickets, enquiry, on-board cleaning and ordering meal on a single platform. The new SAARTHI app also includes features such as safety for women, complaint facility and suggestion for improvement, Mr Prabhu said. It is believed to provide better customer experience, he added. Earlier in the day, the minister has also unveiled the country's first solar powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train.
  • Tejashwi Yadav Skips Event Attended By Nitish Kumar: Bihar Crisis In 10 Points
    In signs of a widening rift in Bihar's ruling coalition, Lalu Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav today skipped an official event in Patna where he was to share the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Mr Yadav's nameplate on the dias was first covered with a cloth, apparently by Mr Kumar's party JD-U, and then finally removed. The development has strengthened speculation that the crisis between the Nitish Kumar's party and the Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal has further deepened over allegations of corruption against the RJD chief and his family. The Chief Minister has indicated that he would prefer his deputy Tejashwi Yadav to exit the government if unable to present a rebuttal to the CBI's charges against him.
  • Ahead Of Parliament Session, Government Finds Support On China: 10 Facts
    Leading political parties on Friday backed the government's approach to resolve the month-long stand-off with China at the Sikkim border diplomatically and peacefully, reassuring the NDA government that the parties would rise above politics on matters of national security. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had convened the all party meeting to bring the opposition up to speed on the Sikkim stand-off and the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris this week that killed 7 people. The government is seeking to build support for its action ahead of the monsoon session of parliament that begins on Monday.
  • PM Modi's Top Ministers To Brief All Parties Today On Standoff With China: 10 Updates
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will brief the opposition parties this evening at Mr Singh's home on the ongoing standoff with China over a road builiding in Sikkim and the security situation in Kashmir after the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. A fresh batch of around 3,500 pilgrims, escorted by security forces, left for the Amarnath shrine on Thursday morning. The all-party meeting is primarily aimed at taking the opposition leaders into confidence over the major national issues.
  • Sensex Scales 32,000 As Records Tumble, Nifty Near 9,900: 10 Points
    The Sensex ended above 32,000 for the first time after consumer price inflation fell to a record low of 1.54 per cent in June and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian made a strong case once more for a Reserve Bank rate cut. Nudging the RBI, Dr Subramanian said policymakers "will reflect" on this historically low inflation data "very very carefully", adding in statement on Twitter, "This low, heartening number is consistent with our analysis for some time now - and which will be fully elaborated in the forthcoming Survey - of a paradigm shift in the inflationary process to low levels of inflation - a shift that I think has been missed by all reflected in the large, one-sided, and systematic inflation forecast errors that have been made."
  • Cop vs Cop On Sasikala's Alleged Privileges In Bengaluru Jail: 10 Points
    A top police officer in Bengaluru today described as "wild and baseless" the allegation that VK Sasikala, the chief of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK, is enjoying VIP facilities in prison including an exclusive kitchen after paying two crores. "No special treatment is being given to Sasikala,"said HN Satyanarayana Rao, the officer in charge of the Bengaluru Central Prison. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has, however, ordered an inquiry. The allegations were by Mr Rao's junior D Roopa, who challenged her boss to submit to an impartial inquiry.
  • Day After Attack Kills 7, More Pilgrims Head To Amarnath Shrine: 10 Facts
    The bodies of seven Amarnath pilgrims killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday evening were brought to Surat in Gujarat on Tuesday afternoon on a special plane. Most of the 19 people injured and other passengers of the bus that was attacked were also on the plane, as was its driver Sheikh Saleem Gafoor Bhai who kept driving as the terrorists fired. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was at the Surat airport and praised Saleem for saving many lives, also announcing a reward for him.
  • Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims Attacked: India Won't Get Bogged Down By Cowardly Attacks, Says PM Modi - 10 Points
    Seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured when the bus they were returning in from the shrine was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on Monday evening. Six of the seven who died in the attack were women, said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. "We were sleeping, there was firing from both sides," said one of the injured pilgrims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack and tweeted "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate".
  • After Fresh Violence In Darjeeling, Mamata Banerjee, Centre Trade Charges: 10 Points
    As fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling on Saturday, prompting the West Bengal government to call out the Army, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was ready for talks with protesting Gorkha leaders if they "eschew violence". The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) - which has been spearheading protests - promptly rejected that offer, saying doors for talks with the state government are "closed forever". Three people have died in the violence since Friday. The Chief Minister also lashed out at the BJP, accusing it of conspiring with Gorkha leaders and "foreign forces" to keep the popular hill-town on a boil.

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