Cheat Sheet

  • 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.
  • Paradise Papers Leak On Hidden Wealth Has 714 Indian Names: 10 Points
    Financial data leaked from two companies with tax havens across the world has revealed the hidden wealth of the rich and powerful, including from India. The data leak is from Bermuda's Appleby and Singapore's Asiaciti Trust, says the Indian Express newspaper, which has published the first of its investigative reports on the "Paradise Papers", the result of a collaborative global investigation. The documents were revealed 18 month after the Panama Papers, a leak of more than 11 million financial and legal records of politicians, celebrities, companies and others.
  • Chennai Braces For More Rain,10,000 In Tamil Nadu Relief Camps: 10 Points
    More than 10,000 people took shelter in over 100 relief camps set up in Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu after the northeast monsoon intensified, the state government said. Chennai received heavy rainfall this morning after last night's downpour. Schools in the city and other coastal towns will remain closed for the fifth day. The weather office has warned of intermittent heavy rain in coastal Tamil Nadu for today as well. Forecasters said 74 per cent of rain was recorded in just the first week since the northeast monsoon arrived. Between Thursday evening and Friday morning, parts of Chennai received as much as 140 mm of rain. Although most of the water-logging has been cleared in Chennai, low-lying areas of the capital continue to be water-logged.
  • Chennai Braces For More Rain Today, Schools Remain Shut: 10 Points
    Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu braced for more showers over the next 24 hours as rain returned on Friday evening after a brief break. Schools will be closed on Saturday and several areas remained waterlogged, adding to fears of a repeat of the 2015 floods. The government maintained there was no reason to panic and Chief Minister E Palaniswami visited various parts of Chennai hit by waterlogging. Flight operations at the city airport were normal, airport officials said.
  • Chaos In Rain-Drenched Chennai, People Asked To Stay Home: 10 Points
    Schools and colleges in Chennai and other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu will remain closed today after heavy rain was witnessed in the region since last evening. Many IT companies have given the option to its employees to work from home after the government advised them to declare a holiday due to the downpour. The weather office has warned of heavy rain today in coastal Tamil Nadu and intermittent showers in other parts of the state, however, saying that there is no need to panic. Several pockets of the Tamil Nadu capital were water-logged during Thursday evening rush hour.
  • After NDTV Report, Moves To End Delhi Airport Immigration Chaos: 10 Facts
    Moving swiftly after NDTV highlighted chaotic scenes at Delhi airport's immigration counters, the government has decided on a massive upgrade of immigration services. It will open, within three months, 20 additional immigration counters in the airport's departure area and 35 more for foreign visitors landing in the country on an e-Visa. The plan was earlier caught up in turf wars of the home and civil aviation ministry, the two arms of the government responsible for security and upkeep of the airport who blamed each other for the mess.
  • Bullet Train Route Making Losses Since July, Reveals RTI Reply: 10 Points
    India's first bullet train, set to debut in 2023 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat and Maharashtra, may not have been planned on a very profitable route, an activist's RTI or Right to Information query has revealed. For the Railways, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route has been a loss-making one with over 40 per cent of the seats going empty in the last three months. The Railways has recorded a loss of nearly Rs 30 crore since July on the route, according to a senior official.
  • India Jumps 30 Places In Ease of Business, PM Modi Says 'Historic': 10 Points
    India has jumped a massive 30 places to 100 in the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings this year, driven by reforms in access to credit, power supplies and protection of minority investors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants the country in the top 50 on the index, called the achievement "historic". India is closing the gap with China which continues to be ranked at 78 for the second year. In the World Bank's report last year, India had risen one place to 130 among the 190 economies assessed. It was ranked 142 in 2014.
  • Review Of Article 35A, Key To J&K's Special Status, Deferred: 10 Points
    A case over whether Jammu and Kashmir can keep its right to decide who qualifies as a permanent resident of the state will be taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court after three months, in January-end next year. The government had cited the recent appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, saying the top court's hearings in the politically volatile and emotive one could have some impact on the government's initiative. The case is being heard by three judges including Chief Justice Dipak Mishra.
  • Let Mamata Banerjee Come As Individual, Says Supreme Court On Aadhaar: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal suffered a legal setback today as it was questioned by the Supreme Court for challenging the linking of the Aadhaar or national identification number to government welfare schemes. How can a state government challenge parliament's mandate, the court asked, suggesting that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee file a case in her personal capacity. Bengal's petition is separate from 22 others challenging the linking of Aadhaar to welfare schemes, which was transferred to a five-judge constitution bench of the country's most senior judges.
  • North-East To Get New Superfast Train: Five Facts About Agartala-Anand Vihar Rajdhani Express
    The Agartala-Anand Vihar Rajdhani is a much-awaited one and has generated much enthusiasm among people, especially for those hailing from the north east. The train which will be inaugurated today by Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, is set to be the third Rajdhani in the region after Guwahati and Dibrugarh in Assam.
  • Mamata Banerjee Challenges Aadhaar In Supreme Court: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, has taken the centre to the Supreme Court, challenging rules that make Aadhaar or national identity card numbers mandatory for drawing benefits from government welfare schemes. Ms Banerjee is among the biggest critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies. Her government's petition will be heard on Monday, separately from a batch of 21 petitions already being heard by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

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