Cheat Sheet

  • Principal Suspended, Protests Continue At Gurgaon School Where 7-Year-Old Was Killed: 10 Points
    Amid calls for action by angry parents against a school in Gurgaon where a seven-year-old child was killed allegedly by a bus conductor inside a toilet, the acting principal of Ryan International School has been suspended. The services of the private agency which provided security to the school have also been suspended. There have been angry protests at the school by hundreds of agitated parents since yesterday morning when the seven year old boy was found with his throat slit in the school bathroom. The Class 2 student had been brutally murdered allegedly by a school bus conductor who also tried to sexually assault the boy.
  • In Ram Rahim Base, Tunnel To Women's Hostel, Explosives Factory: 10 Facts
    An illegal explosive factory and two secret tunnels - one leading from Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's residence to a women's hostel - have been found inside the jailed self-styled guru's sprawling Dera campus in Haryana's Sirsa on the second day of a court-ordered search being carried out by security forces and district authorities. 85 cartons of explosive material were recovered from the premises, which members of Ram Rahim's Dera Sacha Sauda sect say were to be used to make firecrackers. The factory has been sealed and a forensic team is examining the nature of the explosives.
  • As Rajnath Singh Reaches Kashmir, Pak Violates Ceasefire: 10 Points
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh landed in Srinagar this morning and headed straight for a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. During the four-day visit, the longest by a home minister in years, Rajnath Singh will travel to Jammu and Rajouri as well Anantnag in south Kashmir and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits and business leaders. The Home Minister had set the tone for the visit yesterday, declaring that he was going with an "open mind" and ready to meet with anyone who wishes to help resolve differences through dialogue.
  • Unruly Fliers Could Be Banned For Life: No-Fly Rules In 10 Points
    Under new no-fly rules framed by the government, unruly passengers face a ban on flying from a minimum three months to a lifetime, depending on the nature of the misdemeanour. The new rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said today. They were expedited after a Shiv Sena lawmaker assaulted an Air India official earlier this year. Weeks later a lawmaker of the Telugu Desam Party had damaged airport property for being denied a boarding pass after arriving late for a flight. Both were grounded for a while.
  • Abu Salem Sentenced To Life, 2 Get Death In Mumbai Blasts Case: 10 Points
    Gangster Abu Salem was sentenced to life in jail today after being convicted of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 seriously injured. Two others, Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan, were sentenced to death and another convict, Karimullah Khan, has been sentenced to a life term for the deadly blasts.
  • Gold Prices Rise To 1-Year High, Rupee Slides To 3-Week Low: 10 Points
    Global gold prices have held close to their one-year high levels as geopolitical risks over North Korea remained elevated. Domestic gold prices too have risen to their highest levels this year (year-to-date) around Rs 30,500, tracking higher global prices. Meanwhile, the rupee fell to a three-week low against the US dollar, sliding to 64.26 against the greenback. In global markets, gold prices rose to $1,339.87 per ounce today. This comes a day after the global gold rate touched its highest level since early September at $1,344.21. Domestic gold prices closely track global prices, as India meets almost all its requirements from imports. Besides that, import duties and the dollar-rupee value also affects domestic gold prices.
  • As Metro Rolls Out, Yogi Adityanath Says Lucknow Now 'Smart City': 10 Facts
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath opened Lucknow Metro this afternoon. The 8.5 km stretch will be open for public from Wednesday. In his address, the Chief Minister said the state is exploring the possibility of opening metro services in at least eight other cities, including Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency. "I devote this metro service to Vajpayeeji," he said, referring to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha.
  • Siddaramaiah Cracks Down On BJP's <i>Mangaluru Chalo</i> Rally: 10 Facts
    More than 1,900 BJP workers were detained by Karnataka police today after they started a bike rally from Bangaluru to for Mangaluru despite being effused permission. The Mangaluru Chalo rally, the BJP said, was meant to draw attention to killings of right-wing workers in communally sensitive areas. The ruling Congress says the rally would raise communal tensions in the state ahead of the assembly elections which will be held by the end of the year. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the BJP should instead do a "Delhi Chalo" rally to carry the farmers' woes to the Centre.
  • Let's Get Ties On 'Right Track', China's Xi Jinping Tells PM Narendra Modi: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping agreed that more needed to be done to avoid future border disputes, the government said today as the two leaders held their first bilateral talks since the protracted standoff at Doklam ended last week. "One of the most important points made during the meeting was that peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for the further development of ties," said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar after talks that lasted more than an hour in China's port city of Xiamen, on the sidelines of a BRICS summit. "We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations," PM Modi tweeted before leaving for Myanmar.
  • PM Modi, President Xi To Hold Bilateral Meeting At 10 am Today: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a bilateral meeting at 10 am today on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. The meeting comes days after India and China called off their troops after a 73-day stand-off at Doklam. On Monday morning, the two leaders had greeted each other with a warm handshake and broad smiles before the day's programmes started. The leaders of BRICS - a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - have strongly condemned and named in a declaration, for the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani network.
  • Days After Doklam, What Lies In Store For India, China At BRICS: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in China to attend a summit of BRICS -- a grouping of the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- has said he is looking for "productive discussions and positive outcomes". The three-day summit -- to be held in the coastal city of Xiamen -- comes days after India and China ended the 73-day stand-off at Doklam near Sikkim border. In its backdrop, the bilateral meeting between the leaders of the two nations is expected to draw more attention than the economic agenda.
  • Cabinet Reshuffle: Nirmala Sitharaman Gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Gets Railways - 10 Points
    Nirmala Sitharaman will be the country's new Defence Minister while Piyush Goyal will be the new Railways Minister after a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday that saw nine new ministers take oath. Ms Sitharaman and Mr Goyal too took oath after being promoted to cabinet rank along with Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Nirmala Sitharaman is the first woman Defence Minister; Indira Gandhi held the department twice when she was Prime Minister.
  • PM Modi's 9 New Ministers Named, Oath At 10:30 am: 10 Points
    Nine new ministers, all from the BJP, will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government today and all of them have been named. The list includes no one from the BJP's new ally the Janata Dal (United). New Defence and Railways ministers are expected to be appointed, whose names have not been released. A promotion to cabinet rank is likely for three ministers, sources said. The Prime Minister will meet his new ministers for breakfast ahead of their oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10:30 this morning.
  • Cabinet Reshuffle On Sunday Morning, 8 Ministers Quit: 10 Points
    A new Defence Minister is expected to be appointed on Sunday morning when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to revamp his cabinet in a big shake-up. Arun Jaitley will retain the Finance Ministry, sources said; he currently handles both key departments. The Prime Minister was still tweaking his list of new ministers till late on Friday night, sources said. Rail minister Suresh Prabhu is expected to get a new assignment, possibly defence, while his junior minister Manoj Sinha could be elevated in the ministry. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too could get a new ministry.
  • India's First Private Sector-Built Satellite Launch Unsuccessful, Says ISRO: 10 Facts
    The launch of India's first private-sector manufactured satellite, the IRNSS-1H, was declared unsuccessful today. AS Kiran Kumar, the chief of space agency ISRO, which handled the launch, said the satellite's protective heat shield, which is expected to separate and drop off, failed to do so. This was the second failure of PSLV, which had taken up the 1,425 kg satellite to space in its 41st mission. Launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the satellite was expected to replace one of the seven orbiting satellite of NAViC, which is malfunctioning. NAViC, which is a system of seven satellites, powers India's homegrown Global Positioning System.

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