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  • Activist Trupti Desai Drops Sabarimala Visit Plan Amid Protests: 10 Facts
    Activist Trupti Desai has called off her plan to visit the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala over concerns of law and order, and is returning to Pune. Although the seven-member group led by the Pune-based activist arrived at the Kochi airport this morning, she was unable to leave the building or even hail a taxi because of the protesters outside. Ms Trupti initially insisted on going ahead with their plan, but relented after police advised them against doing so. "We have not come here to disrupt law and order," she had told NDTV over the phone earlier. "Police have asked us to return, but promised to help the next time we decide to come." The hilltop shrine opened at 5 pm today for a two-month-long puja, in which lakhs of devotees and tourists are expected to participate.
  • "Mixed Report" On Exiled CBI Boss Alok Verma, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    Exiled CBI director Alok Verma has not been given a clean chit for now in a vigilance report on corruption allegations against him, the Supreme Court said today. The report is "complimentary on some charges, not-so-complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges," the court told the CBI chief, asking him to respond to the report in a sealed cover by Monday. The case will be heard next on Tuesday.
  • 13 Dead, Over 81,000 Evacuated As Cyclone Gaja Hits Tamil Nadu: 10 Points
    Thirteen people were killed as cyclone Gaja made landfall in Tamil Nadu this morning, with winds gusting up to 120 kmph, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said. Over 81,000 people have been evacuated across coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from state capital Chennai, and Vedaranniyam. People were evacuated from low-lying areas and sheltered at over 300 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur, reported news agency PTI. No major damage to electricity infrastructure was reported in Cuddalore.
  • No Proof CBI Boss Alok Verma Took Bribe, Say Sources On Probe: 10 Points
    The Central Vigilance Commission has found no evidence of corruption by exiled CBI director Alok Verma, as alleged by his deputy Rakesh Asthana, sources have told NDTV a day before the Supreme Court takes up the vigilance inquiry report. Sources say the top vigilance body has found no evidence of any money transaction, which means Alok Verma may have been cleared of the main allegation of bribe-taking. The vigilance body has, however, found proof of "administrative lapses" on his part, say sources.
  • Cyclone Gaja To Hit Coastal Tamil Nadu Tonight: Top 10 Updates
    Gaja Cyclone Chennai: Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast near Nagapattinam in southern Tamil Nadu tonight. Schools and colleges in five districts in the state and Puducherry are closed today. As it approaches the coast, "Gaja", which means elephant in Sanskrit, is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Navy has been put on high alert to be ready for any assistance. Fishermen in the region have been asked to not venture out to the sea.
  • Shri Ramayana Express Flagged Off From Delhi: 5 Points
    The Shri Ramayana Express, a special tourist train to run on the Ramayana circuit to cover major spots related to the Hindu epic was flagged off on Wednesday from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi. The train will complete its journey till Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, in 16 days covering all important destinations associated with the life of Lord Ram. On day one, the Shri Ramayana Express departed with 800 passengers.
  • "For Experts To Review Rafale Deal, Not Court," Says Centre: 10 Points
    The government has opposed the prospect of the Supreme Court reviewing the Rs 59,000-crore deal under which French firm Dassault for 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying only experts can undertake such an exercise. "Is the court competent to judicially review this?" the government's top law officer asked at the four-hour hearing today. As the French deal turned into a huge political controversy, with allegations of corruption and crony capitalism, a number of petitions sought a court-monitored probe. The judges said the pricing of the jets -- which the Congress demands be made public -- will not be debated till the court is convinced that it should be in public domain. The court has reserved its order.
  • PM Modi, US Vice President Discuss Terrorism, Pak In Singapore: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US vice president Mike Pence, who met in Singapore today, discussed countering terrorism. PM Modi said that the mainstreaming of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan should be a matter of serious concern not just to India and the US but to the international community. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. PM Modi, who reached Singapore early Wednesday morning, has a series of high-profile meetings lined up in the island nation. PM Modi is on a two-day visit during which he will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet.
  • Around 70% Polling In Chhattisgarh Phase 1 Amid Maoist Threat: 10 Points
    Election in Chhattisgarh: Polling has ended in 18 seats in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit areas. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The BJP government led by Chief Minister Raman Singh is looking to hold on to power for a fourth term. The Congress campaign is trying to swing votes by promising to keep farmers happy and not letting unchecked development bulldoze the interest of fragile communities in the Maoist-hit state. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with Mayawati, fears the combination will dent its chances. "I have been told that people in large numbers are voting in the (Maoist-hit) Bastar region," PM Modi said at a rally in Bilaspur for the second phase.
  • Voting In Chhattisgarh's Maoist-Hit Belt As BJP Eyes 4th Term: 10 Points
    Voting has started in 18 seats in the Maoist-hit areas of Chhattisgarh under heavy security cover, flagging off the last round of assembly polls before next year's general elections. The remaining 72 constituencies will vote on November 20. The Raman Singh government, which has been in power for three consecutive terms, is seeking a fourth mandate. The Congress hopes to recapture power claiming huge anti-incumbency. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's new party is also in fray, in alliance with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party. The Congress, which failed to seal a deal with Mayawati, fears the combination will dent its chances.
  • KMP Expressway: Top 10 Facts About The Western Peripheral Expressway
    The 136-km-long Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, will become fully operational on November 19 with the inauguration of its 83-km-long Kundli-Manesar section. Running over nine years behind schedule, the expressway was to be initially inaugurated tomorrow.
  • "Congress Backing Urban Maoists Driving Big Cars," Says PM: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit the campaign trail today in Chhattisgarh, where people will vote for the assembly elections in two phases on November 12 and 20. Mr Gandhi attacked the BJP government over alleged inaction against insolvent businessmen who have "fled the country". "You have heard about Nirav Modi. That person met the finance minister before leaving for London," Mr Gandhi said. PM Modi, after introducing a group of BJP candidates and asking people to vote for them, said, "We have put an end to discrimination and lived by sabka sath, sabka vikas (development for all)."
  • Opposition's 'Black Day' On Notes Ban Anniversary: 10 Points
    The second anniversary of demonetisation triggered a full blown Twitter war between the BJP and the Opposition parties on Thursday. While the Opposition described it as a "disaster" the BJP said, it was a "stringent action against corruption". The Congress has called for a nationwide protest on Friday and the Trinamool said it will observe a 'Black Day' to mark two years of notes ban. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in a statement said, "The havoc that it unleashed on the Indian economy and society is now evident to everyone. Notebandi impacted every single person, regardless of age, gender, religion, occupation or creed."
  • Massive Protest In Mizoram Against Chief Election Officer: 10 Points
    With three weeks to go for the assembly polls, Mizoram is witnessing an unprecedented situation where the state's people and political parties are at loggerheads with its chief election officer. Protests, held across the state since last week, ended today after the official was summoned to Delhi by his bosses. The officer, SB Sashank, had pushed for the removal of the state's home secretary, accusing him of interfering in the electoral rolls revision process. The Election Commission had acted immediately. But it provoked the Mizo youth, who want the bureaucrat, a local, be reinstated and the election official shunted out.
  • No Plans This Diwali? Here Are 5 Things To Do For Those Away From Home
    Diwali, the festival of lights is here. For most, Diwali is about family get-togethers, reunion with friends, dinner with loved ones and poker night. However, for people staying away from home for work or studies who do not have plans this year, there are a number of things you can do rather than bursting crackers. So those introverts who do not want to go that party invite by a colleague, do not be disheartened.

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