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  • Ahead Of Centre's Anniversary Gala, 10 Reasons Why Nitish Kumar Is Upset
    On June 7, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish kumar will share stage with almost all legislators, parliamentarians and union ministers of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from Bihar and will talk about four years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the centre. But for a week now, there have been signs that the Chief Minister is not happy with his ally BJP. When he dodged a question on the Modi government's fourth anniversary and said "Sushil Modiji bolenge" (Sushil Modi will speak), it was seen as a giveaway. Sources say there's hardly any scope for Mr Kumar to go back to the RJD and Congress. Many BJP leaders say all this is posturing by Mr Kumar, used as a bargaining chip in the run up to next year's general elections.
  • PM Modi's Act East Push In Indonesia To Counter China: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Jakarta, his first stop of his three-nation visit to maritime neighbours - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. India and Indonesia elevated their bilateral ties to that of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnerhsip to step up defence and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean. The Prime Minister's five-day visit is aimed at enhancing India's engagements - strategic and business - with all the three countries, which are part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Prime Minister expressed the hope that this visit will further boost India's Act East policy. PM Modi's visit is being seen as a new shift in strategic ties with Indonesia, in the backdrop of China's rising influence in the Pacific region.
  • Shimla Battles Water Crisis, Locals Ask Tourists To Stay Away: 10 Points
    Shimla is facing an acute water crisis. Residents are complaining of taps going dry for the seventh consecutive day. The Mall Road frequented by tourists is seeing long queues for water since daybreak. The situation has reached a point where the Himachal Pradesh High Court took immediate notice of the matter and stepped in. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said he held a couple of review meetings and his government is tackling the situation. Local residents of Shimla have been active on Twitter, asking tourists to stay away. Hoteliers in Shimla have admitted there have been cancellations at the peak of the tourist season.
  • 10 Things To Know About Delhi Metro Magenta Line's New Corridor
    Delhi Metro's much-awaited Magenta Line will be inaugurated today after 4 pm by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the Nehru Enclave Metro station. The section spanning 24.82 km will be thrown open to public tomorrow. It will cut down the travel time from Noida to Gurgaon and will be another reason for Delhiites to choose public transport and contribute in curbing the rising air pollution in the national capital.
  • Voting Machines In UP, Maharashtra Hit By Heat Wave, Says Election Commission: 10 Points
    As complaints about malfunctioning voting machines flowed in from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh during the by-elections today, the Election Commission said the "severe heat conditions" were interfering with the machines. Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, where Ajit Singh's RLD has already lodged a complaint, is one of the most-watched by-polls of the 14 elections that are being held across 10 states. The parliamentary constituency is seen as a test case of opposition unity. At booths where polling was disrupted for more than two hours due to malfunctioning VVPATs, the election commission could consider re-polling after going through the reports of district election officers, said UP's chief electoral officer. Bypolls in Maharashtra's Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya parliamentary constituencies are witnessing key contests where the BJP is fighting to come back. The counting of votes is on Thursday.
  • In High-Stakes Bypolls, Key Test For Opposition Unity In UP: 10 Facts
    By-elections to four Lok Sabha seats and 10 assembly constituencies across 10 states are being held today. The Lok Sabha seats that will vote include Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra and the lone seat in Nagaland. While the BJP held three of these seats, its former ally Naga People's Front (NPF) had won the Nagaland seat in 2014. Bypoll to Kairana seat which fell vacant after the sitting lawmaker Hukum Singh's death will see a direct contest between the BJP and the united opposition - Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) - ahead of the 2019 general elections. It's especially crucial for the BJP as it comes against the backdrop of the party's losses in two Lok Sabha seats earlier this year - Gorakhpur and Phulpur that were considered the BJP strongholds - after archrivals SP and BSP joined hands in a tactical electoral understanding.
  • PM Opens 2 Huge Freeways, Indirectly Plugs UP Bypoll Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated two key expressways today, one to cut down on travel time from Meerut to Delhi, the other to help reduce pollution in the national capital. But his address at Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, next door to Kairana where assembly elections will be held today, touched upon what are seen as the key election issues. The Rs 7,500-crore, 14-lane Delhi-Meerut Expressway will cut down the travel time between the two cities to 40 minutes from the current two-and-half-hours. The Rs.11,000-crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway, India's first smart and green highway, will help around 50,000 vehicles travelling up to Jammu and Kashmir, to skirt Delhi.
  • Nipah Virus That Killed 12 In Kerala May Not Be Linked To Bats: 10 Points
    Fruit bats may not be the cause of the brain-damaging NIPAH (NiV) virus that killed 12 people and infected 20 in southern Kerala, a medical test report has said. The blood and serum samples of 21 bats tested at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal returned negative results for the virus, officials said. Health officials linked the initial deaths to a well colonised by bats at a house in Kerala's Kozihikode where the four members of a family died of the rare Nipah virus.
  • Centre Plans 'Big Brother' Tool To Track Social Media, Email: 10 Facts
    Every Facebook, Twitter and email user in India could soon have a new follower: the government. In a massive step with deep ramifications, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited bids for what could possibly be one of the world's largest social media monitoring systems - a tool that will track tweets, posts and content shared from anywhere in India. Once live, the system could rival the capabilities of surveillance programmes like China's censorship platform or the American National Security Agency's infamous snooping tool called PRISM.
  • HD Kumaraswamy Wins Trust Vote After BJP Walks Out Of Karnataka Assembly
    The Janata Dal Secular (JDS)-Congress combine won a trust vote in the Karnataka assembly moments after the opposition BJP staged a dramatic walkout, throwing a dare at chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. "You have numbers...Let's see how long you last," taunted BS Yeddyurappa, leading the walkout; last Saturday, he had left just before his own floor test, accepting that he failed to make the numbers. The JDS-Congress had the support of 117 MLAs.
  • BJP MLAs Walk Out Of Karnataka Assembly Ahead of Trust Vote: 10 Points
    The BJP walked out of the Karnataka assembly just before the trust vote, throwing a dare at chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. "Let's see how long you last," said BS Yeddyurappa, as he staged a dramatic walkout from the House. The 58-year-old Janata Dal Secular leader, who was sworn in on Wednesday, has the support of 117 MLAs from the JD(S)-Congress-BSP coalition in the House and is likely to win the trust vote easily. Just before the floor test, Congress' Ramesh Kumar was unanimously elected as the speaker after the BJP withdrew its candidate's nomination.
  • Power Cut For Vedanta-Owned Sterlite In Tuticorin: 10 Latest Facts
    Power supply to the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Tuticorin has been cut after Tamil Nadu's pollution regulator found that the plant was "carrying out activities to resume production", violating orders in April to halt production. The action comes at a time the government is struggling to cap national outrage over the police killing 12 people protesting against, what they say, is pollution generated by the plant. The plant controlled by the London-headquartered Vedanta Resources has run into trouble with pollution regulators in the past but had survived. Local residents are demanding this time that the plant should be shut once and for all on grounds that it was a health hazard and polluted ground water.
  • Minister's Assurance As Fuel Rates Go Up 11th Time In 11 Days: 10 Facts
    The government is looking at both short-term and long-term solutions to the rocketing fuel prices, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday as state-run oil companies increased rates for the 11th straight day. Prices of diesel and petrol in India have surged to a record high, stoking acerbic criticism from the opposition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration for causing hardship to people.
  • Nipah Virus Claims 4th Member Of Family Treated By Nurse Lini: 10 Points
    A fourth member of the same family in Kerala has died of the rare Nipah virus, officials said on Thursday. The family's home in a village in Kozhikode is believed to be the epicenter of the disease that has caused 12 deaths. Officials found "many dead bats" in a well in that home. The family was treated by Nurse Lini Puthussery, who died on Monday after leaving a note that has moved many on social media. The Union health ministry has said the virus has been contained to a "highly localised infection".
  • On Tuticorin Firing, Chief Minister Palaniswami Defends Police: 10 Facts
    Under attack over police firing on protesters in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami appeared to defend the police and blamed the violence on "political parties and anti-social elements". They "misled" the protesters against Sterlite, and the police defended themselves after they came under attack, he said. Union minister Rajnath Singh has asked for a report on the violence of Tuesday, when police opened fire on protesters. The violence cost 10 lives, two more people died since. The authorities have suspended cellphone internet in Tuticorin and the adjoining districts of Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli as part of its efforts to restore calm.

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