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  • India Successfully Lifting Millions Out Of Poverty, Donald Trump Tells UN
    As he addressed world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held up India as an example of a country that has successfully lifted millions of its citizens out of poverty. Calling India a part of a "beautiful constellation" of countries working for a common future, Donald Trump said "There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into middle class."
  • Aadhaar Empowers Those On Margins, Says Top Court, Order Being Delivered
    A decision on whether Aadhaar, or the national identity card, violates the Constitution, will be declared by five senior most judges of the Supreme Court today. For a record 38 days, the Supreme Court heard some 27 petitions that had challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and called it a violation of the right to privacy of citizens.
  • On 'Criminal' Politicians, Top Court Leaves It To Parliament: 10 Points
    Time has come for parliament to keep criminals away and "cure the malignancy" by bringing law, the Supreme Court said today on petitions asking whether lawmakers facing charges can be stopped from contesting elections even before they are convicted. Leaving it to politicians to act against their own and set aside "winnability" in favour of "infusing purity in politics", the court said candidates and political parties should widely publicise criminal charges so voters can make an informed choice.
  • Can Netas With Criminal Charges Contest Polls? Verdict Shortly: 10 Points
    Whether lawmakers facing criminal charges be barred from contesting elections or should they be disqualified only after conviction, the Supreme Court will decide today. The top court is hearing a batch of petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers even before their conviction in criminal cases to curb "criminalisation of politics" in the country. The court had earlier dubbed criminalisation of politics as "rot", and said it may consider directing the Election Commission to ask political parties to get their members disclose criminal cases against them so that electors know how many "alleged crooks" are there in such parties.
  • Dassault Boss Video In Congress Tweet Pops New Rafale Questions: 10 Facts
    The chief of Dassault -- the company that manufacturers the Rafale fighter -- shared on camera that a deal with Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) to manufacture 108 Rafales in India was almost done, just two weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a brand new pact excluding the state-run aeronautics and defence giant. Tweeting a video of the Dassault chairman, the Congress today launched a fresh attack on the government. Two days before the new deal was announced, then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also told reporters that HAL was on board. What changed so suddenly, the opposition asked, cranking up the heat as political sparring gets more and more bitter in the run-up to a string of elections leading up to the 2019 national polls.
  • Know About Maldives' New President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
    With flags raised high and dancing on the streets, Maldives cheers for its new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated Abdulla Yameen in the 2018 presidential election to claim the title. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the elections with 134,616 votes. He registered the victory with the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Abdulla Yameen. His party struggled for visibility with the electorate and the media, but the outcome turned out to be favourable. Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in Maldives. The Indian External Affairs Ministry called for deepening country's partnership and ties with Maldives with a change in the leadership. "This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law," the statement said.
  • Hyderabad Metro Services Begins On Ameerpet-LB Nagar Route: 5 Facts
    Hyderabad Metro Rail began its services on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar today. With this, the entire 29 km of Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar has become operational. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan flagged off the Hyderabad metro train at Ameerpet station at 12 noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km Miyapur-Nagole stretch out of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project in November last year. It is recording footfall of around 85,000 passengers per day. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership, Hyderabad metro is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.
  • With India At UN General Assembly, 10 Big Developments To Watch Out For
    The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest stage for backdoor diplomacy, has begun. Not all of it takes place within the hallowed walls of the UN Headquarters in New York. 95 heads of state, 4 vice presidents, 42 heads of governments, 3 deputy prime ministers and 48 ministers will be present. India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has already landed in New York, has a packed schedule ahead. Ms Swaraj has already held preparatory meetings ahead of what is seen as the 'World Cup of diplomacy'.
  • PM Modi Launches Mega Health Scheme Aimed At 50 Crore Indians: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched what is billed as the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme - the Ayushman Bharat, which would benefit 50 crore Indians. Launching the scheme, dubbed "Modicare", from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, he called it "a big step towards providing good quality and accessible healthcare to the poor of India. Under the flagship programme, nearly 10 crore economically backward families will be entitles to Rs 5 lakh each. Nearly 31 states and Union Territories will implement the programme after Sunday's launch. PM Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech.
  • Francois Hollande Stands By Statement On Rafale, His Office Tells NDTV: 10 Updates
    Francois Hollande, the former French president who dropped a bombshell yesterday by telling a French journal that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner for the 36 Rafale jet deal, has said he stands by his statement, his office told NDTV today. His reiterated his stand even as the French government and Dassault Aviation, the maker of the Rafale jet, last night contradicted his claim to the French journal, Mediapart. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all allegations in the Rafale deal are baseless.
  • Not Involved In Picking Indian Partner: France On Hollande's Rafale Claim
    After former French president Francois Hollande's bombshell that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale jet deal and not given them a choice, the French government on Friday night clarified that they were not involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners. The French government said their role was just to ensure the delivery and quality of the aircraft. "The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies," a statement by the French government said.
  • After Hollande's Rafale Stunner, A Clarification From France: 10 Points
    After former French president Francois Hollande's bombshell that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale jet deal and not given them a choice, the French government on Friday night clarified that they were not involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners. The French government said their role was just to ensure the delivery and quality of the aircraft. "The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies," a statement by the French government said.
  • India Government Chose Anil Ambani For Rafale, Says Francois Hollande: 10 Facts
    In the middle of a raging political row over the Rafale deal, former French president Francois Hollande has been quoted as telling a website that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as India partner in the 36-fighter jet deal and that France had not been given a choice. Denying the charge, a defence ministry spokesperson tweeted that the report "is being verified" and that "neither GoI (government of India) nor the French Government had any say in the commercial decision." Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been attacking the PM over the Rafale deal, tweeted to say "the PM has betrayed India".
  • Triple <i>Talaq</i> To Be An Offence, President Clears Ordinance: 10 Facts
    Triple talaq or instant divorce is just short of becoming a punishable offence after the government cleared an ordinance or executive order on Wednesday to enforce a proposed law that could not be passed in parliament in August. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance on Wednesday night, a top law ministry functionary said. The goverment's decision, ahead of a series of elections, follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day declaration that he would "leave no stone unturned to ensure that Muslim women do not suffer due to triple talaq."
  • As Allies Junk Goa Plan, BJP Scouts For New Formula: 10 Points
    BJP president Amit Shah has stepped in to handle a potential crisis for the party's government in Goa, where the Congress has staked claim to power at a time Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is in hospital. Amit Shah dialed ally Goa Forward's Vijay Sardesai, a minister in the BJP-led government, after allies rejected a plan to have minister Sudhin Dhavalikar take charge as deputy Chief Minister in the absence of Mr Parrikar, who was admitted to the AIIMS hospital in Delhi on Saturday.

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