Cheat Sheet

  • No-Confidence Motion: A 5-Point Guide
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP-led government will face a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The no confidence motion was moved by the Opposition and accepted in the Lok Sabha at the start of the monsoon session of the Parliament. The motion was moved against the government on several issues - special status to Andhra Pradesh, mob attacks, violence against Dalits and women among others. This is the first no-confidence motion Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-year-old government will face and the first to be taken up in 15 years since the last BJP-led government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee faced one in 2003. The BJP-led coalition counts 312 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha, including 274 of the BJP. The government needs 268 to clear the test and it has enough numbers to sail through the motion.
  • Amit Shah Outreach To Sena, Fence-Sitters Worked, Say Sources: 10 Facts
    Hectic efforts are on to form ranks on both sides of the political divide ahead of today's no-confidence motion against the government. Given the NDA's sheer numbers in parliament's lower house, there is little doubt about a comfortable outcome for the government. The big question will be the decision of fence-sitters in view of next year's general elections. Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK and Telangana Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekar Rao, are likely to vote in favour of the government, sources said, after BJP chief Amit Shah reached out to them. Naveen Patnaik's BJD is likely to abstain.
  • Opposition Pushes To Make A Point, No-Trust Vote On Friday: 10 Facts
    The government will face a no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha on Friday - a first in the last 15 years. While the government has the numbers to sail through, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, when asked about the matter, told NDTV, "Who says we don't have the numbers". The no-confidence notice, moved by the Congress, Telugu Desam Party and Sharad Pawar's NCP, was attempted in the budget session also. But Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it due to the constant disruption and the government was accused of dodging the issue. ""We want to stop the lies of the opposition and set the record straight," Union minister Ananth Kumar said today.
  • FIR On Karnataka Techie's Killing Says Mob Targetted Cops Too: 10 Facts
    The rumour-driven crowd that targetted five men in Karnataka's Bidar on Friday, killing one of them and injuring two others, had even taken on the police when they arrived, says the First Information Report filed in the case. The men from Hyderabad, out on a picnic in the countryside, were seen offering chocolates to local children, raising suspicions of attempted child abduction -- rumours of which was already doing the round on WhatsApp. The crazed mob gave them chase, and after their car ran down a culvert, they rained stones on it, pulled out the men and beat them up. In their frenzy, they even attacked the police when they arrived.
  • BJP Ready To Cede "Big Brother" Tag To Nitish Kumar In Bihar: 10 Points
    Amit Shah, the BJP's master strategist on a mission to mollify his party's not-so-happy partner in Patna this week had prophesised the outcome much earlier. "Stop drooling", the BJP president told his political rivals waiting for the NDA government to collapse. He also continued to work on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, sending messages in public and private, that the BJP did value their partnership and was willing to walk the extra mile. The clearest sign of the shift in the BJP's tone came much later when the party unequivocally conceded that Nitish Kumar was the NDA's big brother and face in Bihar.
  • Purvanchal Expressway Will Connect Lucknow To Ghazipur: 5 Facts
    Purvanchal Expressway in Uttar Pradesh is being touted as India's longest expressway that will connect Lucknow to Ghazipur. Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Azamgarh on Saturday. The six-lane Purvanchal Expressway can be expanded to eight lanes. The Purvanchal Expressway project is expected to cost Rs 23,000 crore and is likely to be completed in record three years' time. An air-strip will be constructed in Sultanpur district to facilitate landing of Indian Air Force aircraft in emergency situation.
  • Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Arrested At Lahore Airport, Sent To Jail: 10 Facts

    Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, sentenced to jail in absentia for corruption, were arrested within minutes of their Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi touching down at Lahore airport on Friday. The three-time prime minister and his daughter were later handcuffed and flown to Islamabad in a smaller aircraft. More than 10,000 security personnel have been deployed in Lahore, prohibitory orders imposed and mobile phone services blocked to check against any trouble. Nawaz Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N, had planned a huge show of strength near the city's Allama Iqbal Airport airport for Sharif's homecoming but weren't allowed to reach anywhere close.

  • "Stigma Will Go Once Gay Sex Is No Longer Criminal": Supreme Court
    Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today said the LGBT community feels the stigma "because of the criminality attached (to gay sex) and once it is removed, homosexuals can get together". The court, which is on the third day of a crucial hearing that will decide whether the 150-year-old ban on gay sex in India will continue, also explored the instances of homosexuality in nature. Yesterday, indicating that the ban may soon be gone, Justice Misra said, "We intend to rule, subject to arguments, that two consenting adults even if engaged in 'unnatural sex' will not be liable for prosecution".
  • Jailed BJP Leader Threatening Us, Alleges Unnao Teen's Family: 10 Points
    Months after his arrest, BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been charged by the CBI with raping a 15-year-old in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, a case in which action was taken only after the girl tried to commit suicide opposite Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's house. The politician, who remains in the ruling party, has been threatening the teen's family and witnesses from jail, a relative has alleged, questioning why the BJP hasn't expelled him.
  • Chief Justice Dipak Misra Indicates Ban On Gay Sex May Soon Be Gone
    Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today indicated that the 150-year-old ban on gay sex may soon be gone. -We intend to rule, subject to arguments, that two consenting adults even if engaged in 'unnatural sex' will not be liable for prosecution for any offence,- Chief Justice Misra said. The observation of the court, which is hearing a bunch of petitions calling for decriminalization of gay sex and scrapping of the relevant law under Section 377, came after the government said it would leave the decision to the five-judge constitution bench.
  • Top Billing For Jio Institute Conditional, Clarifies Government: 10 Facts
    Facing questions over its move to tag as an "Institution of Eminence" the Jio Institute, which exists only on paper, the government today clarified that the Reliance Foundation project has to check out certain boxes before it makes the cut. The Jio Institute is on the elite list along with two IITs, the Indian Institute of Science, BITS Pilani and the Manipal academy. The "eminence" label gives these institutes unprecedented freedom from government controls and promises "enabling architecture" to help them achieve global excellence.
  • Will Examine Correctness Of 2013 Verdict On Gay Sex, Says Supreme Court
    A 150-year-old law that prescribes a life term in jail for gay sex is under spotlight as a five-judge Constitution Bench started hearing a bunch of petitions that call for its scrapping. The bench, however, said it would only examine the "correctness" of its verdict of 2013, which cancelled a Delhi High Court judgment that said the law criminalizing gay sex was "unconstitutional". As petitions for a relook into the 2013 order kept piling up, the top court decided to take a fresh look at the matter in January, citing changing "social morality".
  • Non-Stop Rain In Mumbai, Trains Hit, Navy On Standby: 10 Points
    Mumbai is struggling in non-stop rain that has stalled trains and slowed traffic to a crawl in places that have been flooded. Some trains have been cancelled while others are running late by 10 to 15 minutes as tracks are waterlogged after heavy overnight rain. Schools in the neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar are closed today because of the rain.With the meteorological department predicting more rain, the city's iconic 'Dabbawallahs' or lunch box carriers have cancelled services for today. On Monday, Mumbai received five times the average rainfall for this season. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on standby.
  • Review Of Gay Sex Law From Today At Supreme Court: 10 Facts
    A British-era law that makes homosexuality a crime will be up for re-examination today by the Supreme Court, which pointed out seven months ago that "social morality changes from age to age". A five-judge constitution bench will hear a bunch of petitions that demand the scrapping of Section 377. On Monday, the court refused to adjourn the hearing despite Centre's plea for more time to file its response on the issue. The top court was asked to re-examine the issue after it set aside a Delhi High Court verdict of 2009 that held Section 377 as "unconstitutional".
  • Nirbhaya's Rapists Will Hang, Top Court Rejects Convicts' Plea: 10 Facts
    The men convicted of raping and torturing a medical student on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012 will hang, the Supreme Court ruled today, confirming its earlier decision and rejecting the request of three of four convicts for their sentence to be reduced to a life term. The top court was asked to reconsider its own ruling in a review plea; the convicts are left with one more legal option of challenging their sentence before they appeal to the President for mercy.

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