Cheat Sheet

  • Day Before PM Modi's Gujarat Visit, 2 Hardik Patel Aides Join BJP: 10 Facts
    Raising hopes of its ability to contain the damage to its support base among Gujarat's powerful Patel community, the BJP on Saturday acquired two prominent faces of the agitation that Hardik Patel had aggressively led in 2015, and they hit the ground running. In their first comments made hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in south Gujarat for his last tour before the assembly elections are declared, Varun Patel and Reshma Patel called the 24-year-old face of the Patidar agitation a "Congress agent" and asked the community to stick with the BJP.
  • Delhi's Air Quality Status Report After Diwali is 'Very Poor': 10 Points
    Delhi woke up on Friday morning to a thick, toxic haze after a night of fireworks to celebrate Diwali despite ban ordered on their sales by the Supreme Court. Air pollution was 18 times the healthy limit in some places and residents complained of eyes watering and aggravated coughs as levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that reaches deep into the lungs, rose alarmingly. The national capital ranks among the world's most polluted cities.
  • 'Loud Crackers May Bring Your House Down', Bengaluru Warned: 10 Points
    In Bengaluru, loud crackers may bring your house down, literally, warns a top official of the city as India prepares to celebrate the Diwali festival. Record rain in the city - more than in the last 115 years with 1400 mm in two months compared to an annual average of 900 mm has left buildings weakened. Bengaluru civic chief Manjunath Prasad says the sound of very loud crackers could cause further damage to houses.
  • As Delhi Air Worsens, Diesel Gensets Banned, More Steps On Way: 10 Points
    As Delhi's air quality plunges ahead of Diwali, a graded response plan kicked in on Tuesday that lets authorities respond to a spike in toxic air with restrictions. As the first step, the powerful Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog ordered the coal-fired Badarpur power station in south Delhi to be shut and banned diesel-based power generating sets. It was the concern over Delhi's air that prompted the Supreme Court to temporarily ban on firecrackers for Diwali that have sent pollution levels rocketing in previous years.
  • Latest On Air India Sale In 10 Points: Government Prefers Domestic Buyer
    The government would prefer selling Air India, its debt-laden carrier to a domestic buyer, news agency Reuters reported citing a government source on Monday. It is mulling to sell the airline's various businesses - which include ground-handling, domestic operations and international flights - in parts, the report added. The state-run carrier, which is under a debt burden of over Rs 50,000 crore, got an in-principle nod from the government for divestment of its stake sale in June.

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