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  • On 'Criminal' Politicians, Top Court Leaves It To Parliament: 10 Points
    Time has come for parliament to keep criminals away and "cure the malignancy" by bringing law, the Supreme Court said today on petitions asking whether lawmakers facing charges can be stopped from contesting elections even before they are convicted. Leaving it to politicians to act against their own and set aside "winnability" in favour of "infusing purity in politics", the court said candidates and political parties should widely publicise criminal charges so voters can make an informed choice.
  • Can Netas With Criminal Charges Contest Polls? Verdict Shortly: 10 Points
    Whether lawmakers facing criminal charges be barred from contesting elections or should they be disqualified only after conviction, the Supreme Court will decide today. The top court is hearing a batch of petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers even before their conviction in criminal cases to curb "criminalisation of politics" in the country. The court had earlier dubbed criminalisation of politics as "rot", and said it may consider directing the Election Commission to ask political parties to get their members disclose criminal cases against them so that electors know how many "alleged crooks" are there in such parties.
  • Dassault Boss Video In Congress Tweet Pops New Rafale Questions: 10 Facts
    The chief of Dassault -- the company that manufacturers the Rafale fighter -- shared on camera that a deal with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to manufacture 108 Rafales in India was almost done, just two weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a brand new pact excluding the state-run aeronautics and defence giant. Tweeting a video of the Dassault chairman, the Congress today launched a fresh attack on the government. Two days before the new deal was announced, then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also told reporters that HAL was on board. What changed so suddenly, the opposition asked, cranking up the heat as political sparring gets more and more bitter in the run-up to a string of elections leading up to the 2019 national polls.
  • Know About Maldives' New President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
    With flags raised high and dancing on the streets, Maldives cheers for its new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated Abdulla Yameen in the 2018 presidential election to claim the title. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the elections with 134,616 votes. He registered the victory with the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Abdulla Yameen. His party struggled for visibility with the electorate and the media, but the outcome turned out to be favourable. Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in Maldives. The Indian External Affairs Ministry called for deepening country's partnership and ties with Maldives with a change in the leadership. "This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law," the statement said.
  • Hyderabad Metro Services Begins On Ameerpet-LB Nagar Route: 5 Facts
    Hyderabad Metro Rail began its services on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar today. With this, the entire 29 km of Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar has become operational. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan flagged off the Hyderabad metro train at Ameerpet station at 12 noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km Miyapur-Nagole stretch out of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project in November last year. It is recording footfall of around 85,000 passengers per day. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership, Hyderabad metro is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.

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