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  • Pune Case Against Jignesh Mevani, Umar Khalid Over Caste Unrest: 10 Facts
    A case has been filed in Pune against Gujarat Dalit leader and legislator Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, who have been accused of making provocative speeches triggering the caste tension between Dalits and upper caste Marathas that has swept across Maharashtra for the last four days. Two people have died during clashes and protests. This morning, the police cancelled an event that Mr Mevani and Mr Khalid were to speak at in Mumbai and took into custody students who decided to go ahead with it despite the refusal of permission.
  • Massive <i>Bandh</i> By Dalit Groups In Maharashtra Called Off: 10 Points
    After a day of protests, road and rail traffic disruption, and sporadic violence, the massive shutdown across Maharashtra called by Dalit groups and parties, was called off. The shutdown generated tension in Mumbai and a number of towns and cities across Maharashtra, as the state marked its third day of seething tension between Dalits and upper castes, mainly Marathas. In Mumbai, supporters, allegedly of Dalit parties, tried to block trains, metro and buses, and forced shops in some areas to shut down. Two major roads in Mumbai's Bandra were blocked. Coupled with route diversions by the police, it caused traffic jams in parts of the city. There have been students' protests in Delhi too.
  • Mumbai Buses Damaged, Trains Delayed During Dalit Groups' <i>Bandh</i>: 10 Facts
    Mumbai is tense today amid a massive bandh or strike called by Dalit groups and parties across Maharashtra as the state marked its third day of seething tension between Dalits and upper castes, mainly Marathas. Supporters, allegedly of Dalit parties, tried to block trains and buses in and around Mumbai. Schools and offices remain open. Airlines have said they will not charge passengers who do not show up for flights. Protests were held in Nagpur, Pune and Baramati and arson was reported from several areas. The tension began on Monday when lakhs of Dalits gathered in the village of Bhima-Koregaon, about 30 km from Pune, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a battle that saw Dalit soldiers fighting with the British, defeating the army of the upper caste Peshwas or rulers.
  • SBI Clarifies On Rs 1,771 Crore Earnings From Minimum Balance Fines: 10 Points
    The country's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), collected Rs 1,771 crore between April-November 2017 as charges from customers for failing to maintain monthly average balance in their accounts. This is more than Rs 1,581.55 crore that it earned as net profit in September quarter. The bank on Tuesday clarified on its charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance on savings accounts. "SBI's metro branches earn Rs 6 per month on an average balance of Rs 3,000. For banks in rural areas it is Rs 2 per month for a minimum balance of Rs 1,000," said SBI.
  • Militant Leader Gets Into Assam's Citizen Registry But Not MPs: 10 Facts
    Assam's massive exercise to weed out illegal immigrants has thrown up than one kerfuffle. Among those included in the list of 1.9 crore legal Indians out of 3.29 crore applicants in the first draft of the National Register of Citizens or NRC is the self-styled commander-in-chief of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militant group Paresh Baruah - one of India's most-wanted. Among those not in the list are two parliamentarians. Radheshyam Biswas, a lawmaker from Karimganj and Badruddin Ajmal from Dhubri are members of the Lok Sabha from opposition AIUDF party but have not made the first cut.
  • Dalit Groups Call For Mumbai Shutdown, Parts Of City Tense: 10 Updates
    Several towns and cities in Maharashtra remained on edge as after a day of angry protests, Dalit groups called for a shutdown in the state on Wednesday. The police said they have made elaborate arrangements in view of the call, and while schools have made no announcement regarding closure, a school bus owners' association said buses will not ply in the morning. Demanding action regarding Monday's caste clashes near Pune, in which a man was killed, Dalit protesters had blocked major Mumbai roads at the rush hour, damaged scores of buses and disrupted rail traffic. More than a 100 protesters were later detained, the police said.
  • Doctors End Strike As Centre Agrees To Key Demand Over New Medical Bill: 10 Points
    Doctors have called off their nationwide 12-hour shutdown of OPD or outpatient department services at private hospitals, after the government agreed to their demand and sent a new legislation they are protesting against to a parliament committee for review. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has described the Bill, which seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), as "anti-people and anti-patient". It was tabled in the Lok Sabha last week by union health minister JP Nadda.
  • After Trump Tweets "No More", US Blocks $255 Million Military Aid To Pak: 10 Facts
    The US has blocked 255 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan soon after US President Donald Trump tweeted "no more," declaring that America had "foolishly" given aid to Pakistan over 15 years and got in return "lies and deceit." Mr Trump blasted Pakistan for giving "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan". India has said its stand on Pakistan's role in terror is vindicated. Islamabad has hit back saying the US should "stop blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan."
  • "Not A Coward, Won't Go Back," Says Rajinikanth; Announces Entry In Politics: Top 10 Quotes
    Tamil superstar Rajinikanth announced his entry in politics today, ending months of speculation and suspense. Though Rajinikanth didn't name his political party, he confirmed he will launch one before the assembly election in Tamil Nadu. "I am joining politics for sure," the 67-year-old megastar said amid thunderous applause from fans and supporters in Chennai. Quoting a shloka from the Bhagwad Gita which stresses on the importance of doing one's duty and leaving the rest to the Lord, he said, "This is the compulsion of time." Addressing fans in Chennai's Kodambakkam on the valedictory of a six-day-long meet, the actor said he will launch a political party which will contest all 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. With his speech, he made it clear that he is not focusing on local elections or national elections. His focus will be on the state assembly elections. He said his party will be launched ahead of assembly elections at an appropriate time. The policies of the party will be taken to the people, he said, adding that truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party. "Do good, speak and only good will happen," will be the guiding slogan, he said.
  • "Change Needed, It Is Time": Rajinikanth Announces New Party - 10 Facts
    The long suspense over whether Rajinikanth would enter politics finally ended on Sunday, with the superstar making the announcement amid frenzied cheers of hundreds of supporters. "I will do my duty... it is time. We will change the system," the 67-year-old declared in Chennai, saying he would form a new party. Claiming that the events in Tamil Nadu over the last year have made the state a laughingstock, he said, "If I don't make this decision now... the guilt will haunt me". The death of AIADMK's iconic leader J Jayalalithaa last December is seen to have left a vacuum in the state's politics. The other big actor, Kamal Haasan, who announced his intention to enter politics last month, has congratulated Rajinikanth.
  • "Entering Politics, We'll Change System," Says Rajinikanth: 10 Facts
    The suspense and anticipation could well rival that for one of his blockbusters as superstar Rajinikanth prepares for a political announcement on the last day of 2017 in Chennai. Addressing fans in the Tamil Nadu capital earlier this week at the beginning of a six-day outreach, the 67-year-old gave the strongest indication yet of his plans. "I am not new to politics. I'm there since 1996. I don't say I am entering politics. I will announce my stand on politics on December 31," he had said. Over the week, he said, he planned to meet some 1,000 fans daily across 18 districts.
  • RCom Shares Up 35% After Mukesh Ambani Bails Out Brother Anil: 10 Points
    Shares of Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Communications surged nearly 35 per cent to Rs 41.77 today after the telecom operator signed an agreement to sell its wireless assets to Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of elder brother and billionaire Mukesh Ambani's oil conglomerate Reliance Industries. While the two companies did not disclose the deal size, Press Trust of India, citing banking sources, pegged the transaction value at Rs 24,000 crore to Rs 25,000 crore. The mega deal, announced on Thursday, also coincided with the 85th birth anniversary of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • Before Fire Killed 14, Mumbai Pub Survived 3 Municipal Notices: 10 Facts
    Fourteen people including 11 women, most of them in their 20s and early 30s, died of suffocation and several others injured in a huge fire that started from a restaurant in Mumbai's Kamala Mills compound late on Thursday night, and spread rapidly to nearby restaurants and offices as well. The loss of lives has sparked a massive outrage. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said five Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, or BMC, officials have been suspended and a case registered against owners of the pub,"1 Above". He added that officials would also face criminal cases if an inquiry indicted them of being "deliberately negligent".
  • 133rd Congress Foundation Day: 10 Facts About The Country's Oldest Political Party
    The Congress has turned 133 years old today and the oldest party of India is at a crucial juncture, trying to remove the "corrupt" tag and transforming its image into a young and vibrant party under the leadership of newly-elected president Rahul Gandhi. On 133rd Congress Foundation Day today, party president Rahul Gandhi said that "the central idea of the Congress party is truth, we accept the truth, we work for the truth, we fight for the truth."
  • Everything You Need To Know About The "Triple Talaq" Bill In 10 Points
    A bill to make instant "Triple Talaq" - the Islamic practice of men divorcing their wives by stating "talaq" (divorce) thrice - a criminal offence was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the "Muslim Women (Protection Of Rights On Marriage) Bill" an attempt to deliver justice and respect for women, and not about any religion or community. In August, a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had ruled that instant "Triple Talaq", which irrevocably ends marriage, was unconstitutional.

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