Cheat Sheet

  • 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.

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