Cheat Sheet

  • Troubling New Concerns About Election Commission And EVMs: 10 Facts
    Responses to a series of Right to Information requests have thrown up multiple red flags in the Election Commission's acquisition and use of EVMs or Electronic Voting Machines. From huge inconsistencies in the records of the machines acquired by the poll body to mysterious gaps in transportation logs and inexplicable revisions in the specifications of the units, information requests filed by a Mumbai-based RTI activist Manoranjan S Roy have presented a deeply worrying picture of the critical election instrument India has relied upon for nearly three decades.
  • Can't Distrust Chief Justice, Plea "Scandalous", Says Supreme Court: 10 Facts
    A petition asking for a change in the way cases are assigned was rejected today by the Supreme Court, which called it "scandalous". "The Chief Justice of India is the highest authority and he can't be distrusted," said a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. In January, four senior Supreme Court judges had gone public with the allegation that the Chief Justice was abusing his position as "master of the roster" and sensitive cases were being allocated to junior judges.
  • Second <i>Bharat Bandh</i> In A Month, 12 Injured In Bihar Violence: 10 Points
    Over a dozen people were injured in clashes in Bihar as some groups tried to enforce a Bharat Bandh to protest reservation in jobs and education. Supporters of the strike, mostly from upper castes, blocked roads and railway tracks and forced markets to shut down in nearly half-a-dozen districts. In Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh - three other states that witnessed violence last week during a bandh call by Dalit groups - security was strengthened following an advisory from the union home ministry. In some places, prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were imposed and cellphone internet services were suspended.
  • PM Launches All-Electric Superfast Train, A Make-In-India Leap: 10 Points
    In Patna to mark the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a handful of projects worth around 6600 crore, flagged off India's first all-electric superfast train and gave a boost to the Clean India mission. There was also a show of solidarity with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose ties with the BJP recently hit a rough patch. The two leaders agreed on the need for peace and harmony in the country. The Prime Minister praised Mr Kumar -- who had received him at the airport with a rose-- on his administrative abilities and efforts to steer the state towards development.
  • States Brace For <i>Bharat Bandh</i> After Home Ministry Alert: 10 Points
    The Union home ministry has advised all states to strengthen security and check any possible violence after certain groups called for a Bharat Bandh today against caste-based reservation in jobs and education. While calls for the bandh are being circulated on social media, no group has yet come forward to make it official. The Home Ministry's advisory was based on intelligence inputs, officials said, adding that it was issued in view of the Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups last week that saw widespread violence across five states and cost nearly a dozen lives.
  • Indian Railways To Get First High-Speed Electric Locomotive: 5 Facts
    Indian Railways is all set to add the first high-speed electric locomotive to its list of transport vehicles. The electric locomotive, with a 12,000 horsepower (HP), will be flagged off from Bihar's Madhepura loco factory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Till now, the most powerful electric engine in India was of 6,000 HP. With the launch of this electric locomotive, India will join the elite list of countries, including Russia, China, Germany and Sweden. On the occasion of the launch, the Prime Minister will also dedicate the state-of-the art Madhepura factory, which is a high-value FDI joint venture with French rolling stock giant Alstom, to the nation.
  • World Health Day: 10 Promises You Should Make To Yourself This Year
    Every year, April 7th is celebrated as the World Health Day. The day is seen as opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. This year marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day and the theme for this year is "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere" and the slogan is "Health for All". Many of us make New Year resolutions related to health, some are forgotten and some are deferred. The World Health Day gives us another reason as well as a motivation to follow our health resolutions or start being concerned about it. And as the saying goes, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. So in order to work well or study, learn quickly and improve one's memory we need to nourish and take care of our body. This cannot solely be done by exercising or yoga or any sport but by also focusing and what we are eating and how we are eating.
  • Salman Khan To Spend 2nd Night In Jail, Bollywood Backs "Bhai" In Blackbuck Case: 10 Facts
    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan - convicted for killing two endangered blackbucks 20 years ago - will have to spend another night in Jodhpur Central Jail as Qaidi (prisoner) No. 106, after a court today said his bail plea hearing will continue tomorrow. The court on Thursday found him guilty of killing two blackbucks in 1998 and sentenced him to five years in jail. Four other Bollywood stars, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari, were acquitted for lack of evidence. While delivering the verdict in the blackbuck poaching case, the judge said, "The way the accused killed two innocent black bucks in violation of the wildlife laws...he is a film star, people emulate him... there has been a rise in poaching incidents, so leniency is not justified." Salman Khan did not appear before the court today. His lawyer reached the Jodhpur sessions court this morning with a 51-page bail application.
  • Salman Khan Guilty Of Killing Blackbucks That Are Worshipped By Bishnois
    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced today to five years in jail for 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case. His co-stars in the movie, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari, have been acquitted for lack of evidence. The 52-year-old actor has also been fined Rs 10,000 for hunting the rare antelopes which are not just protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, but are also considered sacred by the Bishnoi community of Rajasthan.
  • Jagjivan Ram: The Dalit Icon Who Remained Parliamentarian For Record 50 Years
    Jagjivan Ram, popularly known as Babuji, was a Dalit icon who dedicated his life for betterment of the untouchables. On his 111th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "Self-made and industrious, the contribution of Babu Jagjivan Ram can never be forgotten. As a freedom fighter and veteran administrator, his service to India was impeccable. Babuji was a true democrat, refusing to bow to authoritarianism. India remembers him on his Jayanti," he said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also paid tribute to the revered freedom fighter and social crusader. "Homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary," she tweeted.
  • Salman Khan Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail, Other Actors Acquitted In Blackbuck Poaching Case
    Salman Khan, one of India's biggest stars, was sentenced to five years in jail on Thursday for killing two endangered blackbucks in Rajasthan 20 years ago. The 52-year-old actor was declared guilty by a judge for hunting the rare antelopes in forests near Jodhpur while filming "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. His bail request will be heard today. His co-stars in the movie, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari, were acquitted.
  • Salman Khan In Court For Verdict On Whether He Shot Blackbuck: 10 Points
    Salman Khan, one of India's biggest stars, arrived today at a court for a verdict on whether he killed two blackbuck near Jodhpur in Rajasthan nearly 20 years ago. The 52-year-old actor is accused of hunting blackbuck while working on the film "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. His co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam are also in court. If Salman Khan is convicted, he could face up to six years in jail.
  • 9 Important Changes Facebook Is Making To Restrict Data Access
    Hit by a massive data breach scandal, Facebook on Wednesday announced changes to help users better protect their data. Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said the implementation of new privacy tools for users of the huge social network. In a statement, Mr Schroepfer outlined the changes that Facebook was making to raise the privacy bar and protect user data from unauthorised access. He said Facebook would make more changes over the coming months.
  • Mukesh Ambani's Jio Payment Bank: 5 Facts To Know
    Jio Payment Bank, a joint venture between Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and State Bank of India (SBI), started its operations on Tuesday. It is the latest entrant in the market where it would face competition from other payment banks like Airtel, India Post, Fino Paytech and Paytm. The objective of the payment banks is aimed at financial inclusion. According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), payment banks are not allowed to provide loans or credit cards to their customers and only offer limited banking services like savings accounts.
  • Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: 5 Facts About India's First Woman To Run For Legislative Office
    Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, the firebrand social reformer, has been honoured with a Google Doodle on her 115th birth anniversary. From persuading Mahatma Gandhi to call upon women to march with him in the Indian Independence Movement to reinvigorating the culture of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay wore several hats during her lifetime - the one of freedom fighter, art enthusiast, social activist, actor, youth leader, and forward-thinking women's movement organiser. The Google Doodle, designed by Finland-based artist Parvati Pillai, depicts Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay "surrounded by many of the cultural objects and practices she fought to elevate and protect, including the bhangra, the sitar, the sarangi, kathak, chhau dance, embroidery, basket weaving, and Kathaputli," Google wrote in a post. She had a rebellious streak and a questioning mind since her childhood. She pressed for Uniform Civil Code to ensure gender equality and spoke against the caste bias and child marriage.

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