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  • "Moral Victory," Claim Both Centre, Mamata Banerjee In Order On Top Cop
    Mamata Banerjee today declared a "moral victory" as the Supreme Court said Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, who is at the heart of her indefinite protest sit-in against the central government, would not be arrested. But in what the central government described as a "moral victory for the CBI", the court has ordered Mr Kumar to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong in Meghalaya, submit all evidence and cooperate with the probe into chit fund scams in Bengal. The confrontation between Mamata Banerjee and the ruling BJP at the centre began on Sunday evening after a CBI team that tried to question Rajeev Kumar was detained by the Kolkata Police for a few hours.
  • Day 3 Of Mamata Banerjee's Sit-In, Action Shifts To Top Court: 10 Points
    The full-blown political stand-off between Mamata Banerjee and the central government continued through Monday, with the chief minister refusing to budge from her sit-in protest in the heart of Kolkata. The issue pitched Ms Banerjee to the forefront of a united opposition, whose leaders tore into the central government and took on the government on the floor of parliament and outside. The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose move to barge into the house of the Kolkata police chief and question him triggered the mega row, went to the Supreme Court, which will hear the evidence against Rajeev Kumar today.
  • All You Need To Know About The Saradha, Rose Valley Scams: 10 Points
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been a dharna in the heart of Kolkata since Sunday evening protesting against the CBI questioning of the city police chief in the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. The CBI team had come to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar after he allegedly ignored summons from the agency on the two Ponzi schemes. The Saradha and Rose Valley scams rocked Bengal and many others adjoining states in east India in 2013.
  • Mamata Banerjee On "<i>Satyagraha</i>" After Mega Clash With Centre: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee, sitting on an indefinite protest in Kolkata over a CBI investigation into Ponzi scams allegedly involving several members of her party, was accused by the central government of blocking a Supreme Court-ordered inquiry because she was "trying to hide something". CBI officers were detained last evening as they went to Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar's house to question him about evidence allegedly missing. Soon after, Mamata Banerjee, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP of political vendetta, launched what she calls a "satyagraha to save the constitution". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament today that the detention of CBI officers was "unprecedented" and indicated a constitutional breakdown in the state. Months before the national election, this has become another flashpoint in the BJP versus opposition bust-up with several leaders, from Rahul Gandhi to Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Tejashwi Yadav, pledging their support to Mamata Banerjee.
  • Mamata Banerjee's All-Nighter "<i>Satyagraha</i>" As Cops, CBI Clash: 10 Points
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee found herself on a collision course with the centre after a huge showdown on Sunday evening between the state police and officials of the CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI officials, who had come to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar on two Ponzi schemes, were temporarily detained by the police. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of political vendetta, a furious Ms Banerjee started an overnight dharna to "save the constitution". While various BJP leaders have called for President's Rule in Bengal, opposition leaders have rallied around Ms Banerjee, making for a huge flashpoint with the centre.
  • All You Need To Know About New CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla: 5 Points
    Indian Police Service officer Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new CBI director, a government notification said today. The officer was chosen from a list of over 30 contenders for the top post compiled by a committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
  • Report Saying "Unemployment At 45-Year High" Not Verified: NITI Aayog
    A yet-to-be-released report that says the country's unemployment rate rose to a 45-year-high in 2017-18 is "not verified" and the "veracity of the data is not known", NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Thursday. The clarification came as the government faced opposition attacks over the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)'s periodic labour force survey (PLFS), withheld by the government but accessed by the Business Standard newspaper. The damning report, revealed a day before the government's interim Budget, sets up a huge controversy just ahead of the national election, due by May.
  • Unemployment Rate Highest In 45 Years, Reveals Stalled Report: 10 Points
    The country's unemployment rate was at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, according to the National Sample Survey Office's (NSSO's) periodic labour force survey (PLFS), which has been accessed by the Business Standard newspaper. The report was not released despite being vetted by the National Statistical Commission in December, allege two non-independent members who quit the data collating body on Tuesday. The government said today: "We have explained to the members that decision to release the report will be ours. We will decide when this should happen." The report, revealed just a day before the government's interim Budget, sets up a huge controversy just before the national election, due by May, with the opposition targeting the government on jobs data.
  • Congress@100 In Rajasthan After Win, BJP Wins In Haryana Seat: 10 Points
    The ruling BJP and the Congress scored a victory each today in the last polls before the national election, due by May. The BJP won by-polls in Haryana's Jind, where the counting of votes was briefly stalled over protests and allegations of EVM or vote machine tampering. The Congress won the Ramgarh election in Rajasthan, adding one more seat to its tally to touch the half-way mark of 100 in the 200-seat assembly. Congress candidate Saafiya Zubair, won by a huge margin in Ramgarh. The BJP's Krishan Middha won in Jind by over 50,000 votes.
  • "Stooping Low For Political Gain": 5 Quotes From Manohar Parrikar Letter To Rahul Gandhi
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, today wrote a terse letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of using a courtesy visit for "petty political gains". Mr Parrikar said Mr Gandhi "stooped so low" and made a false statement on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Rahul Gandhi had visited Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday at his office in Panaji on a "personal visit" to enquire about the Goa chief minister's health. Later, in Kerala's Kochi, Mr Gandhi had claimed that Mr Parrikar had clearly denied any involvement in the Rafale fighter jet deal, allegedly "orchestrated" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "benefit" Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani.
  • Stung By Exits, Statistics Ministry Clarifies On Jobs Report: 10 Points
    The only two non-government members of the National Statistical Commission, including its acting chief, have quit over "disagreements" with the government on the release of a jobs survey and concerns about it being buried in election season. Acting chairman PC Mohanan and member JV Meenakshi quit with a year left in their term, over the delay in the release of a survey report vetted by the commission. The government has reached out to them and called them for a meeting. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, which oversees the statistics commission, has also put out a clarification.
  • In Ayodhya Request, A BJP Move "Without Touching Dispute Site": 10 Points
    The government today asked for the Supreme Court's permission to hand over land in Ayodhya near the disputed temple-mosque site to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas or the trust overseeing the Ram temple plan, in a move that is big on optics ahead of the national election due by May. The ruling BJP said the idea was to return the land to its original owners, who want to build a Ram temple. "We want to give the land back to the Janmabhoomi Nyas, they want to build a temple there; that land has to be given back to them," said union minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • 10 Reasons Why George Fernandes Was The 'Rebel' Politician
    George Fernandes, a former Defence Minister of India, has died at 88. He had been unwell and bedridden over the past few years. He was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when India fought the Kargil war in 1999. He was of the most prominent leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, George Fernandes was a senior Janata Dal leader before he founded the Samata Party. He was jailed during the 1975 Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government for what was dubbed the "Baroda Dynamite Conspiracy" to blow up government establishments and railway tracks.
  • Centre Asks Top Court For Excess Ayodhya Land Ahead Of Polls: 10 Points
    The government today asked the Supreme Court for permission to hand over a part of the land near the disputed temple-mosque site in Ayodhya to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas or the trust overseeing the Ram temple plan, in a move that is big on optics ahead of the national election due by May. The petition filed yesterday mostly showcases the BJP-led government's commitment to the Ayodhya cause as rightwing groups amp up the campaign for a temple at what they believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
  • Rahul Gandhi's Minimum Income Guarantee Plan: A 10-Point Explainer
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that his party will launch a scheme that will provide guaranteed income to the poor people of the country if it is voted to power in the upcoming general elections. He said that the scheme would rid India of poverty and hunger. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP, however, dismissed the plan as a gimmick. Anger over joblessness and economic hardship, especially in agricultural areas, has turned the election due by May into a tight race. Observers say Mr Gandhi's promise underscored the increasing "competitive populism" among politicians ahead of the polls, raising concerns that whoever wins, India may breach goals to rein in its fiscal deficit.

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