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  • BEST Launches Electric Buses In Mumbai, To Ply From Today: 10 Facts
    The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), Mumbai's bus service, is introducing emission-free electric buses today. Four such buses will be added to the city's fleet and will ply on seven routes in South Mumbai. This move is intended to help cut fuel cost and provide environment-friendly solution to the congested city. The electric buses will be launched by Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray at Wadala depot.
  • Constitution Bench To Consider Probe In Ex-Judge Bribe Charge: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court on Thursday started hearing a petition to seek a special team to probe allegations of bribes to judges but later referred the case to a Constitution Bench comprising the court's five senior-most judges. The Constitution Bench will take up the case on Monday, November 13. The petition, filed by senior lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, is linked to a case filed by CBI against an ex-judge of the Orissa High Court, Justice IM Quddusi. He was arrested and released on bail in September.
  • Odd-Even Rule Back In Delhi From Next Week: All You Need To Know About Fines, Exemptions
    After implementing the odd-even rule last year on an experimental basis to curb the alarming pollution level in the national capital, the Delhi government has once again decided to impose the measure for five days beginning from November 13. The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's involvement in the issue is crucial to come up with a comprehensive and concrete action plan in getting Delhi's pollution level below the emergency mark. The rules for the plan are to be the same as last years.
  • Odd-Even For Delhi Starting Mon, Rs 2,000 Fine For Violations: 10 Facts
    As a toxic smog hung over Delhi for a third day and air quality worsened by the hour, the capital has declared a pollution emergency and banned the entry of trucks and construction activity; the odd-even scheme which restricts traffic will apply from Monday to Friday. There are growing calls for bigger government action to tackle what doctors have declared a public health crisis. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Punjab and Haryana to stop their farmers from burning waste as they prep to sow the winter crop of wheat. He said the Chief Ministers of both states have yet to grant him the appointments he has sought.
  • Bandhan Express, New Train Between Bengal And Bangladesh: 10 Facts
    A new passenger train between West Bengal and Bangladesh, Khulna-Kolkata Bandhan Express, was flagged off today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina via video conferencing. The train will connect Kolkata to Khulna in Bangladesh. This will be the second train to run between the two countries after Maitree Express that runs between Dhaka and Kolkata.
  • As Toxic Smog Suffocates Delhi, Schools Shut, Decision On Odd-Even Today: 10 Points
    With Delhi turning into a "gas chamber" with thick toxic smog engulfing the national capital and its suburbs for the second straight day on Wednesday, the Aam Aadmi Party government will take a decision today on whether to bring back the odd-even scheme to regulate vehicles on the road in a bid to curb air pollution. A Supreme Court-mandated pollution monitoring body has declared an air pollution emergency in the national capital, pushing the Delhi government to ban entry of trucks and halt all construction activity into the city.
  • 74% Voting In Himachal Pradesh, Highest In Four Decades: 10 Points
    Himachal Pradesh recorded a 74 per cent voter turnout in assembly elections, marginally higher than the 73.5 per cent last time, the Election Commission said on Thursday evening, adding that the figure could go up. This is the highest figure in four decades. As voting ended, the hashtag #Congress10seKam (Congress will get less than 10 seats) trended on Twitter. The BJP has claimed it is set for a massive sweep of the state. "BJP will form government with a thumping majority," the party's chief ministerial candidate PK Dhumal told NDTV.
  • Ex Royals Of Jaipur Call For Ban On <i>Padmavati</i>: 10 Points On Controversy
    The former royals of Jaipur have joined the opposition to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, Padmavati, which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh and is scheduled to release on December 1. Divya Kumari, whose grandfather was the last ruler of Jaipur, said "The women of Rajasthan are very upset with this film made on a queen who is the epitome of sacrifice." Ms Kumari is a BJP law-maker in Rajasthan. The controversy around "Padmavati" is based on its depiction of the interaction between Rajput queen Padmini and Delhi ruler Alauddin Khilji, who was infatuated with her. The legend is that she set herself on fire to prevent him from capturing her. Mr Bhansali has rubbished all reports of a romantic sequence between Padmavati and Khilji in the film.
  • In Schoolboy Murder, Teen Held After CBI Questions 125 Students: 10 Facts
    Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon by a Class 11 student who wanted his exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, the CBI said today, delivering a stunning twist to the case after questioning more than 125 students and teachers. The student was detained last evening for killing Pradyuman, who was found outside a toilet near his classroom with his throat slit on September 8. Though 16, he can be tried as an adult under laws for serious crimes like murder. A school bus conductor arrested by the Haryana police is still in prison for the crime.
  • 'Fought And Won Decisive Battle,' Says PM Modi On Notes Ban: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a seven-minute film early on Wednesday morning that he said encapsulates "the benefits of demonetisation," also stating that "125 crore Indians fought a decisive battle and WON." A year ago today, the Prime Minister had suddenly banned high value notes yanking 86 per cent of the currency in circulation at the time, in an effort to combat corruption and black money. The government is celebrating the first anniversary of the notes ban as "Anti-black money day" to counter the opposition's protests on what it has labelled a "black day."
  • In 'Gas Chamber' Delhi, Junior Schools Won't Open Today: 10 Updates
    All junior schools - private and state-run - will be closed today and children in Class 5 and above should not be permitted any outdoor activity including the morning assembly, Delhi's government announced on Tuesday, advising residents to avoid morning and evening walks as the capital breached hazardous levels of pollution. Thick, brown smog descended upon the world's most polluted capital, impelling a top medical body to declare a "public health emergency". A Supreme Court-appointed panel has recommended emergency measures like four times the parking fees to discourage the use of cars, and reduced metro fares.
  • Sonia Gandhi Stepped In to Save Tehelka Financiers, Says Book: 10 Points
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi stepped in to shield Tehelka from an investigation into its dealings and finances after its 2001 sting on corruption in defence deals, politician Jaya Jaitly has alleged in her autobiography. She claims that Mrs Gandhi wrote to then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and asked him to ensure that Tehelka's financiers were not treated in an "unfair or unjust" manner. Ms Jaitly is a close aide of Samata Party leader George Fernandes, who was forced to quit as Defence Minister after Tehelka's "Operation West End" sting.
  • Can't Be Day-To-Day Interference, Says Supreme Court In Centre vs AAP Government: 10 Facts
    Delhi's Lieutenant Governor has to be kept informed about all decisions taken by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led city government but it didn't appear necessary that the LG concurs in all matters, the Supreme Court said in "prima facie" observations made in the course of Tuesday's hearing. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said there could not be day-to-day interference. "Even if there is... some sanctity has to be added," observed Chief Justice Misra, who heads the bench of five judges hearing petitions by the Aam Aadmi Party government that accuse the centre of misinterpreting the Constitution to eat into its authority and block decisions.
  • 2G Verdict On A Raja, Kanimozhi Still Not Ready, Says Judge: 10 Facts
    The verdict on whether former Telecom Minister A Raja masterminded India's biggest ever telecom scam is still not ready, the judge handling his trial said, adding that he needs three more weeks to write up his decision. Mr Raja is accused by the country's premier investigating agency, the CBI, of misallocating airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks and causing India 1.76 lakh crores as a result. The Supreme Court earlier agreed that the process he followed as Telecom Minister was polluted, and cancelled all the licenses he had issued. The "2G" trial began in 2011.
  • Jaypee, Barred From Selling Freeway, Offers Top Court 400 Crores A Month
    To help refund thousands of investors who paid for flats that are still not built, Jaypee Associates, the parent of real estate firm Jaypee Infratech, has offered to deposit 400 crores every month starting January, it told the Supreme Court today. Judges have ordered the firm to arrange 2,000 crores before the next hearing on November 13.

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