Cheat Sheet

  • Not Monsoon Yet But Mumbai Roads Flooded, Rail, Air Traffic Hit: 10 Facts
    Monsoons played truant in Mumbai today, but the build-up continued. Heavy rains since morning flooded roads, delayed trains and diverted at least one flight. Navy personnel will be posted from tonight in parts of the city to help with the operations. The met department has said these are pre-monsoon showers and the monsoon will hit sometime over the week-end. Disaster management authorities have warned about very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours.
  • <i>"Kaala"</i> Releases Amid Fan Frenzy, No Show In Karnataka: 10 Facts
    Frenzied fans flocked to theatres as early as 4 am to catch the first show of superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala", which was released across the country today. In Karnataka -- where theatres did not screen the movie in view of the opposition from pro-Kannada activists -- fans were disappointed. Many said they would travel to Tamil Nadu to watch the movie. Pro-Kannada groups have been upset with Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation".
  • In Rajinikanth's <i>"Kaala"</i> Release, HD Kumaraswamy's First Test: 10 Facts
    Superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala" will hit theatres across the country today, a day after the Supreme Court refused to stop its screening. Pro-Kannada groups had appealed against the film's release, upset with Rajinikanth over his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. "Kaala's" release in Karnataka comes as the first big test for the new chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who had said the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation".
  • Rajinikanth's "<i>Kaala</i>" Plea As HD Kumaraswamy Talks Like Fringe: 10 Points
    A day before superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala" hits theatres across the country, the Supreme Court refused to stop its screening but Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has said that the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation". Mr Kumaraswamy, who took charge two weeks ago, has been accused by many of bowing to groups who are upset with Rajinikanth over his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Rejecting a petition to block it, the Supreme Court said: "Everybody is waiting for the film to be released."
  • Army, Central Forces Called In After More Clashes In Shillong: 10 Facts
    The Army has been called into Shillong after fresh violence broke out in the Meghalaya capital this evening. Cellphone internet and text messages have been switched off in the entire Khasi hills region. Sources said if that is not enough, the authorities will pull the plug on private broadband. The home ministry has sent in 11 companies of para-military forces to help police maintain law and order in the city, which has been witnessing violence for the last four days. The unrest, which started last week as two groups clashed, has snowballed into a full-blown conflict between tribals and residents of a migrant Punjabi settlement.
  • Water Crisis Spreads. After Shimla, Parts of Rajasthan, UP Dry: 10 Facts
    Water crisis is spreading across north India as the temperature continues its upward march. While Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla has barely enough to drink, parts of Rajasthan's Ajmer is locking up its water drums to prevent theft. In villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh, women are walking miles to fill their pitchers. The water crisis is Shimla has been on for the last 10 days and there is no immediate solution in sight, the authorities indicate. They hope the pre-monsoon showers by the third week of June should improve the situation.
  • Storm Warning For Uttar Pradesh, Heavy Rain Likely In Northeast: 10 Facts
    Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied by gusty winds are very likely at isolated places in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh over the next two days, the weather department has warned. The districts that could be hit by thunderstorm or dust storm include Banda, Chitrakoot, Fatehpur, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Rain has also been forecast in parts of Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency PTI.
  • Fresh Nipah Outbreak Scare, Schools, Colleges To Stay Shut In Kozhikode Till June 12: 10 Points
    With the brain-damaging Nipah virus claiming 16 lives in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, the southern state's health minister has issued a warning that there could be a possible second outbreak, adding to the woes of people across the state. The government today also announced that schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain shut till June 12. They were supposed to re-open on June 5. "Though the first phase is under control, we are expecting a second wave in accordance to the global pattern. We have done everything to prepare for it. A second phase could mean more cases," state Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
  • Farmers Begin 10-Day Protest; Milk, Vegetable Supply To Be Affected: 10 Points
    Fresh produce from farms and thousands of litres of milk have ended up on streets on the first day of the 10-day protest by farmers in seven states, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The much-hyped demonstration, "Gaon Bandh", is being held to demand a complete loan waiver, minimum support price for their yield and an assurance of permanent minimum income from the government. The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM), a federation of 130 farmer organisations, which is spearheading the protests, made it clear that farmers will not supply any vegetables and dairy produce to the cities for the next 10 days. The federation has assured that farmers won't block any roads, but they will sit on dharna along 30 major highways in the country.
  • BJP Loses UP's Kairana In Big Win For Opposition: 10 Points
    The opposition today scored a major pick-me-up ahead of the 2019 national election, besting the BJP and its allies in important by-polls in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar. The BJP won only one of four parliamentary seats and one of 11 assembly seats in by-polls held across 10 states on Monday. After losing two parliament seats, the ruling party is down to 274, three seats ahead of the majority mark -- but the figure includes two nominated members. In the most-watched contest in UP's Kairana, the opposition successfully joined forces against the BJP, hoping for a template to take on the ruling party in the upcoming state and general elections.
  • 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.

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