Cheat Sheet

  • Centre Slashes Fuel Prices By Rs 2.50, Ten States Follow: 10 Points
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today offered relief to the people from the skyrocketing oil prices by slashing oil duty by Rs. 1.50. The oil marketing companies will cut prices by Rs 1 - a first since fuel prices were deregulated. The minister has appealed to the states to match the cut, so prices will come down by Rs 5. The Congress called it "band aid" treatment. Petrol prices have touched Rs 84 in Delhi and crossed Rs 91 in Mumbai. Diesel has touched an all-time high of Rs 80 in Mumbai and Rs 79 in Chennai.
  • What Is The IL&FS Crisis And How It Is Linked To Your Money: 10 Points
    Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services or IL&FS is in deep trouble. After the corporate affairs ministry moved the Mumbai bench of the National Company Law Tribunal, the NCLT has named six people to take over the board and management of the major infrastructure lender to defuse the crisis. The IL&FS group has a debt burden of over Rs 90,000 crore. Panic among investors set in after the company defaulted on short-term debt repayment a month ago, followed by more defaults that eventually led to a ratings downgrade. The IL&FS crisis is likely to affect people who have invested in mutual funds.
  • "Pakistan Sheltered Osama Bin Laden": Top Quotes Of Sushma Swaraj At UN
    Addressing the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that the biggest challenges the world faces currently are climate change and terrorism. She slammed Pakistan for "spawning grounds for terrorism", saying the country sheltered Osama Bin Laden. She said Pakistan's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit. She assured the Assembly that India would achieve its sustainable development goals much before time.
  • UP Man Killed By Cop, Police Chief Slams "Rogues In Uniform": 10 Points
    A 38-year-old employee of a multinational company died after he was shot at by a police constable in Lucknow in the early hours of Saturday after he allegedly refused to stop his SUV for checking by the police. The constable and his colleague have been arrested, with a murder case registered against them. With the opposition Congress attacking the Uttar Pradesh government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reacted to the incident, saying he will even ask for a CBI investigation, if need be. The government has also promised a compensation of Rs 25 lakh and government job for Vivek Tiwari's wife. Mr Tiwari will be cremated tomorrow.
  • "Devotion Can't Be Subject To Discrimination": Judges' Sabarimala Verdict
    The Supreme Court on Friday lifted the ban on women of menstruating age at the Sabarimala Temple. Opening the gates of the temple in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, to the women in the age group of 10-50, the top court said it was violative of fundamental rights that the constitution guarantees. Chief Justice Dipak Misra reading out the judgment also on behalf of Justice AM Khanwilkar, said that subversion of women's rights under the garb of physiological phenomenon cannot be allowed. Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman judge in the five-judges bench, gave a dissenting judgment.
  • Sabarimala Temple Open To Women Of All Ages, Says Supreme Court: 10 Facts
    Women of all ages must be allowed in Kerala's renowned Sabarimala temple, the Supreme Court ordered today, ending a ban that prevented women and girls between 10 and 50 years from entering the shrine that draws millions of pilgrims every year. "Restrictions can't be treated as essential religious practice," the top court said in a majority four-one judgement, calling the custom "almost like untouchability". The only woman on the five-judge constitution bench, Justice Indu Malhotra, dissented, saying the court should not interfere in religious practices.
  • Will Sabarimala Temple Ban On Women End? Top Court Reads Out Verdict
    The Supreme Court has started reading out its verdict on whether women between 10 and 50 years should be allowed to enter Kerala's renowned Sabarimala temple. Women of menstrual age are restricted from entering the temple as its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered to be a celibate. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its judgement on a bunch of petitions that challenge the ban on entry of women on August 1 after hearing the case for eight days.
  • 5 Takeaways From The Big Ayodhya-Linked Verdict Today
    The Supreme Court today delivered a verdict that has huge implications for deciding whether a temple can be built on the spot where the Babri Masjid was razed in Ayodhya in 1992. The top court said today that it will not review an earlier verdict, delivered in 1994, about whether a mosque is fundamental to the practice of Islam. With this judgement today, the three judges who are deciding what is called the "title suit" to decide who the disputed land in Ayodhya belongs to have fixed hearings starting on October 29. The petitioners had asked for the "title suit" to be referred to a larger bench but it was refused.
  • Bhagat Singh Birth Anniversary: 5 Powerful Quotes By The Revolutionary
    Bhagat Singh, one the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian freedom movement, was born on September 28, 1907. He died at a young age of 23 but left a strong impact during his lifetime. Bhagat Singh, along with Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar, were sentenced to death for conspiring to kill John P Saunders, a British police officer, who had ordered brutal police action on independence movement leader Lala Lajpat Rai. He is often referred as Shaheed Bhagat Singh. September 28, 2018 would be Bhagat Singh's 111st birth anniversary.
  • "Matter Of Privacy": Key Points In Supreme Court's Adultery Ruling
    Adultery is not a crime anymore in India, but it can be grounds for divorce, the Supreme Court said today. In past hearings, the Supreme Court had asked the centre how the 158-year-old law preserved the sanctity of marriage when the extramarital affair becomes non-punishable if the woman's husband stands by her. The government has defended the law, saying adultery must remain a crime so that the sanctity of marriage can be protected, after a petition called for the law to be scrapped as it does not treat men and women equally.
  • Aadhaar Verdict: What's Allowed (PAN-linking) And What Isn't
    The Supreme Court today said that the Aadhaar scheme which collects biometric data from every citizen and assigns a national identity card to them does not violate the right to privacy and is constitutionally valid. The government, which has been arguing for the mandatory use of Aadhaar for all major transactions, has said that it holds that privacy is a fundamental right but with reasonable restrictions. After today's verdict, here's what's allowed and ruled out:
  • "Better To Be Unique Than Best": Top Court Upholds Aadhaar, With Limits
    The Aadhaar card empowers those on the margins of society, which far outweighs its flaws, the Supreme Court said today, upholding the validity of the giant national ID scheme but with limits on how biometric data collected from more than one billion citizens can be used. In a four-one majority judgement, the court cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes but struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts, mobile phone connections and school admissions.
  • India Successfully Lifting Millions Out Of Poverty, Donald Trump Tells UN
    As he addressed world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held up India as an example of a country that has successfully lifted millions of its citizens out of poverty. Calling India a part of a "beautiful constellation" of countries working for a common future, Donald Trump said "There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into middle class."
  • Aadhaar Empowers Those On Margins, Says Top Court, Order Being Delivered
    A decision on whether Aadhaar, or the national identity card, violates the Constitution, will be declared by five senior most judges of the Supreme Court today. For a record 38 days, the Supreme Court heard some 27 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy of citizens.
  • 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.

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