Cheat Sheet

  • Kumbh Begins, Over 2 Crore Devotees Take Holy Dip On 1st Day: 10-Points
    For lakhs of devotees, the moment arrived just at daybreak, when they took a 'holy dip' amid chants of 'Har Har Gange' at the Sangam, marking the beginning of the 50-day Kumbh Mela today. Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Kumbh Nagari, spread across 32,000 hectare, saw a huge rush of pilgrims from distant lands as early as 4 in the morning.
  • India Aims To Send Astronauts To Space By December 2021, Says ISRO Chief
    India aims to send astronauts to space by December 2021, the chief of ISRO said today. The ambitious Gaganyaan project by the space agency will help India become the fourth nation to independently send humans to space. India's second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, is planned for the middle of April this year, K Sivan said. The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day when he said "a son or daughter of India will go to space" by 2022.
  • PM-Led Committee Removes Alok Verma As CBI Chief: 10 Points
    Alok Verma was removed as the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday evening by a committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, barely 48 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court. The committee said he "had not acted with the integrity expected of him". Mr Verma lost his high-profile job just weeks before his retirement on January 31. The decision was two against one: PM Modi and Justice AK Sikri -- representing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who had recused himself from the panel -- favoured Mr Verma's removal. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, representing the opposition, put up a dissenting note. Reacting to his removal from the CBI, Mr Verma said that he was transferred on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was trying to harm him.
  • 10 Per Cent Quota For Economically Weak Clears Parliament Test: 10 Points
    A proposed law to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for people from general category, who also belong to the economically weaker sections, got a green signal from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The demand by some opposition parties that it be sent to a select committee for scrutiny, was turned down. The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, will now have to be signed off by the President. Most parties have called the government's move a political stunt ahead of the national elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called the law a "victory for social justice", pointed out that elections are held in the country every few months.
  • Top Court Reinstates Alok Verma As CBI Chief: 10 Facts About The Row
    Alok Verma was reinstated as the CBI chief by the Supreme Court today. The top court's verdict gave a jolt to the Centre and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by setting aside their orders divesting Mr Verma of his powers and sending him on leave on October 23. The court, however, said that Mr Verma cannot take any major policy decisions. Mr Verma has also been asked to respond to the CVC inquiry on corruption allegations in a sealed envelope.
  • 10% Quota For Economically Weak In General Category Cleared By Lok Sabha: 10 Points
    Ahead of the general elections, a bill to provide 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections in the general category, was passed by the Lok Sabha today. While many opposition parties dubbed the government's move a "political gimmick" in the four-and-half-hour debate, most backed the bill, which, in a first, extends reservation to the general category. Calling it a landmark moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "it sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society." The bill stands a fair chance in Rajya Sabha, where it will be presented tomorrow afternoon.
  • Bharat Bandh Protests Affect Trains, Buses; Bengal, Kerala Hit: 10 Points
    The two-day Bharat Bandh called by ten trade unions disrupted normal life in many parts of the country today. Sporadic violence was reported in West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala. Tyres were burnt and buses were vandalised at many places in Bengal. Protesters blocked roads and obstructed train services in all the three states. Around 20 crore workers of the Central Trade Unions (CTU) are participating in the two-day nationwide strike today and tomorrow. Trade unions are protesting alleged anti-worker policies of the Central government.
  • 10% Quota For Economically Weak In General Category Cleared: 10 Points
    The government on Monday announced 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and higher education for economically weaker sections in the general category and said it would move a constitutional amendment bill to bring it into effect. The mega move, just months before the national election, was approved in a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The constitutional amendment bill is likely to be moved today and the government has decided to extend the Rajya Sabha session by one day.
  • 10 Points From Nirmala Sitharaman's Reply On Rafale Debate In Parliament
    The firestorm over the Rafale fighter jet deal is far from over. In a heated debate in parliament on Friday, punctuated by questions and accusations from the opposition, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave an extensive response that lasted for more than two hours. Attacking the Congress for questioning her and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's integrity, Ms Sitharaman defended the deal for the 36 Rafale fighter planes, signed after the Congress-led contract of 126 jets was scrapped.
  • In 60-Second Hearing, Supreme Court Defers Ayodhya Case To January 10
    In a 60-second hearing today, the Supreme Court deferred the Ayodhya temple-mosque case and said a bench would decide on January 10 when to take up the case. The decision on the title suit, pending for six decades and at the heart of India's most politically divisive row, comes amid demands to speed up the plan to build a Ram temple at the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu activists in 1992. Members of the ruling BJP, some of its allies and right-wing groups want a special government order to enable the start of construction before the general elections are announced. Last year, the top court refused an early hearing.
  • Kerala A War Zone After 2 Women Enter Sabarimala, 750 Arrested: 10 Points
    Armed with stones and crude bombs, mobs took to the streets in Kerala during the dawn-to-dusk strike on Thursday, clashing with the police, forcing shops to shut and attacking offices of the ruling CPM and its allies in several districts. By the evening, more than 30 police personnel were injured and nearly 750 people were arrested. The strike was called by groups protesting against the entry of two women in the Sabarimala temple, defying its traditional ban on women of reproductive age. The protests and accompanying violence started soon after. Overnight, a man who was injured during the protests, died.
  • After PM's Interview, Congress Follows Up With 10 "Unanswered Questions"

    Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interview to news agency ANI aired on television channels, the Congress came out with a press conference to counter it. Calling it a "monologue interview" where he only spoke about "I, me, mine and myself", senior Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Prime Minister had left many questions unanswered. "It was much ado about nothing," Mr Surjewala, said, listing several "unfulfilled promises" made by the BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections.

  • "2019 Elections Will Be <i>Janta</i> Vs <i>Gathbandhan</i>": Top PM Modi Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview with news agency ANI talked about a host of issues including demonetisation, the surgical strikes in 2016, the upcoming general elections, the Ram temple and former RBI chief Urijit Patel's resignation. He said the general elections next year will be a fight between the people and the Mahagathbandhan, the proposed anti-BJP alliance. He also made it clear that any decision on the Ram temple issue cannot be taken unless the judicial process is over. On RBI chief Urijit Patel's resignation, he said Mr Patel wanted to quit for the last few months. He said demonetisation was not a jolt for the people of the country.
  • Thousands Of Cops At Koregaon Bhima For Mega Dalit Event Today: 10 Points
    A year to this day when violence broke out at Maharashtra's Koregaon Bhima between Dalits and right-wing groups, the police are on their toes to prevent a repeat of the incident. At least 5,000 police personnel, 1,200 Home Guards and 12 companies of the Rapid Action Force and the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed in and around the war memorial at Koregaon Bhima, dedicated to a battle that saw Dalit soldiers fighting with the British and defeating the army of the upper caste Peshwas or rulers. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has said he would visit the war memorial today on the 201st anniversary of the battle.
  • Opposition Stalls Triple <i>Talaq</i> Bill, Rajya Sabha Adjourned: 10 Points
    The revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq a punishable offence got stalled in Rajya Sabha today. After opposition demands for a select parliamentary committee for further scrutiny of the bill, the house was adjourned till January 2. The real challenge for the bill, passed by the Lok Sabha, is in the upper house, where the government lacks the numbers. Triple Talaq, the practice of Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives by uttering "Talaq" thrice, was declared "unconstitutional" by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment last year.

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