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  • 5 Things To Know About Shaktikanta Das, New RBI Governor
    Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has been appointed the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, a day after Urjit Patel quit from the top job at the central bank. The 63-year-old former bureaucrat has been appointed for a term of three years. He will serve as the 25th RBI Governor.
  • Results Out, Drama In Madhya Pradesh As Congress Pings Governor
    The Congress ended the BJP's winning streak in the three heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday in elections that are seen as semi-finals before next year's national elections. While the party won Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, it bagged 114 seats in Madhya Pradesh, two short of majority. In Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao won a huge mandate and in Mizoram, the Congress was crushed by the tribal Mizo National Front. "We accept the people's mandate with humility," PM Modi tweeted. Even as counting for the Madhya Pradesh polls continued around 2:45 am, Congress leader Kamal Nath claimed in a short press meet that the party has won absolute majority. Another leader, Shobha Oza, suggested that the party may not even need the support of the Bahujan Samaj Party or Independents.
  • Congress Ahead In 2 States, Nail-Biter In Madhya Pradesh, KCR Is King
    The Congress is leading in two BJP-ruled heartland states -- Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh - in the latest round of assembly elections, billed as the semi-final before next year's national polls. In Madhya Pradesh, it is locked in a tough fight with the BJP. The party is also trailing in Mizoram, a state it rules. The TRS is set retain Telangana with a huge mandate. For the BJP, the results in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are the final test of its policies before it seeks another term at the centre. A good performance will boost the Congress's standing in a possible opposition front to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Urjit Patel Resigns: 10 Things To Know About The RBI-Government Conflict
    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel stepped down from his position today, months after a conflict between the central bank and the Narendra Modi government stormed into the open. The opposition parties were quick to blame the government for his decision, with the Congress declaring it as the "result of our chowkidar's assault on democratic institutions". Although Mr Patel cited "personal reasons" for stepping down, the last few months have provided enough reasons to make one believe that there may be more to the story.
  • Vijay Mallya To Be Extradited Rules London Court: 10 Points
    Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited to India to face fraud investigations, a court in the UK ruled today. Vijay Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on Rs 9,000 crore in loans to his failed Kingfisher Airlines. There was no sign of a false case being mounted against him, UK judge Emma Arbuthnot said. Calling it a great day for India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: "No one who cheats India will go scot-free."
  • Vijay Mallya In UK Court For Decision On Return To India: 10 Points
    Whether fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya will be extradited to India to face fraud investigations is likely to be decided by a court in the UK today. He is wanted in India for defaulting on Rs 9,000 crore in loans to his failed Kingfisher Airlines. He repeated to reporters that he was ready to repay 100 per cent the principle that he owes -- an offer he has repeatedly made on Twitter -- but Kingfisher employees should be paid first. "Former employees of Kingfisher airlines are my first priority," the 62-year-old said. The flamboyant businessman left India in 2016 as a group of banks started legal proceedings to recover the loans. He has been living in a mansion near London since.
  • UK Court May Decide On Vijay Mallya's Extradition Today: 10 Points
    A court in UK is expected to decide today whether fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya will be extradited to face trial in India. The 62-year-old chief of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines is wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to Rs 9,000 crore. Vijay Mallya has argued that the case is politically motivated and appealed against extradition citing the condition of Indian jails. Vijay Mallya left India in 2016 after a consortium of banks got together to start legal proceedings to recover the loans. He has been living in the UK since.
  • 67% Voting In Telangana, 72% In Rajasthan, Says Election Commission: 10 Points
    Rajasthan and Telangana voted on Friday in the last of state elections before the December 11 results, seen as a big test for political parties as they gear up for next year's national polls. For the BJP, the big battle is in Rajasthan, where it hopes to buck the two-decade trend of the incumbent losing power. In Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is facing the Congress and N Chandrababu Naidu - political rivals who have come together for the first time. An aggregate of exit polls predicted a Congress victory in Rajasthan and a second term for Mr Rao in Telangana.
  • AgustaWestland Deal And Christian Michel's Alleged Role In 10 Points
    Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, has been extradited to India and arrived late last night in Delhi. Michel was arrested in UAE last year on the basis of an Interpol notice and was out on bail.
  • CBI Gets Agusta "Middleman" Christian Michel's Custody: 10 Points
    Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal extradited by Dubai, has been sent to five-day custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation by a court in Delhi. The CBI, which produced Michel in court this afternoon after questioning him all night after his arrival in Delhi on a special flight, wanted his custody for two weeks. The government is investigating charges that Michel, a British national, organised bribes to push a Rs 3,600-crore contract for VVIP helicopters to be purchased for top Indian leaders. His extradition came through on a day Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with her UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi.
  • VVIP Chopper "Middleman" Christian Michel In Delhi Court Today: 10 Points
    Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper deal extradited by Dubai, landed in New Delhi late Tuesday night and was taken to the CBI headquarters, where was questioned through the night. He will be produced in a court this morning. India is investigating charges that the British national organized bribes to push a 3,600-crore contract for VVIP helicopters to be purchased for top Indian leaders. His extradition came through on a day Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with her UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi.
  • World AIDS Day 2018: 5 Things You Should Know
    World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. The day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which is spread by infection from a virus called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The day is marked by the World Health Organisation as a global public health campaign. One can be at a greater risk of HIV if one has unprotected anal or vaginal sex, sharing contaminated needles, syringes and other injecting equipment, receive unsafe injections, blood transfusions, tissue transplantation, medical procedures that involve unsterile cutting or piercing; and experience accidental needle stick injuries including among health workers.
  • Rahul Gandhi Leads Opposition Charge At Mega Farmers' Rally: 10 Points
    Thousands of farmers, some barechested in the November cold and others carrying skulls of loved ones who committed suicide, gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi today to demand loan waivers and better prices for their produce. The protest paved the way for two political leaders -- Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal -- to come together on the same stage for the first time, along with representatives of like-minded parties. Mr Gandhi, in his address, said India currently faces two challenges: the bleak future of its farmers and unemployment of its youth. "The farmers seek what they are owed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but all they get are empty speeches," he added. Mr Kejriwal, for his part, termed the centre's flagship insurance scheme for farmers as just another ploy to fleece them. The rally ended by evening, with the government offering no response or assurance.
  • Mega Farmers' March To Parliament In Traffic-Stopping Protest: 10 Points
    With hopes of being heard in the country's capital and to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government just months before it seeks re-election, nearly 8,000 farmers from across India have begun their march to parliament. The farmers began a two-day protest in Delhi on Thursday with demands including loan waivers and better prices for their produce. Backed by the Left and a number of farmer groups, they marched on Delhi's roads for more than 25 kilometres from five different locations towards Ramlila Maidan. The police have made special arrangements for the protest with 3,500 personnel called in.
  • 10 Point Guide On The GDP Data Fight Between Government And Congress
    The government's revised GDP data, which downgrades figures of growth during the previous Congress-led UPA's rule, has provoked a new political bust-up ahead of the 2019 national election. As the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of "malicious and fraudulent jugglery to mask the true state of economy", Mr Jaitley called the new data credible, comprehensive and a better reflection of the economy.

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