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  • Haryana Schools Closed, 13 States On Storm Alert For 2 Days: 10 Facts
    Thunderstorms and rain are likely in at least 13 states and two union territories today, the Union Home Ministry has said in an advisory on Sunday. Schools in Haryana have been asked to remain closed over the next two days. The home ministry alert comes after 124 people died and over 300 were injured in thunderstorms and lightning that hit five states last week.
  • "We Didn't Incite Anyone To Commit Crime": Top Court vs Centre On Dalit Act
    Hearing the centre's request to review its own order, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it was "100 per cent" for the protection of Dalits against atrocities but no one should be "falsely implicated". The government said the court's move in March to make it more difficult to arrest people for crimes against Dalits weakened the law and amounted to judicial activism. The court's order stopping the immediate arrest of people under the SC/ST (Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes) law led to massive protests by Dalit groups. The government says that order should be suspended.
  • Over 100 Dead After Storm, Rain Hit Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan: 10 Points
    A dust storm, accompanied by rain, wreaked havoc across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan yesterday, killing more than 100 people, uprooting trees and flattening houses. In Uttar Pradesh, 73 people died -- 43 of them in Agra alone. In neighbouring Rajasthan, the figure was 36. The storm swept across Delhi too, but no loss or damages have been reported from the national capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and said the states have been offered help to deal with the crisis.
  • 10 Facts About Gangster Chhota Rajan, Convict In Journalist J Dey Murder Case
    Gangster Chhota Rajan has today been convicted in the sensational murder case of Mumbai-based veteran crime journalist J Dey. The police said Chhota Rajan had ordered the killing, irked by his portrayal as a small-time crook in a book the journalist was planning to write. The police said that Chhota Rajan, had hired a contract killer for Rs 5 lakh to kill journalist J Dey.
  • These 14 Cities In India Rank Among World's Polluted: 10 Points
    New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed. On PM 2.5, most polluted city is Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency. Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter - pollutants like sulphate, nitrate and black carbon - include inefficient use of energy by households, industry, agriculture and transport sectors, and coal-fired power plants. The study found that "around seven million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air".
  • Top Judges Meet On Appointment Rejected By Government: 10 Points
    A crucial meeting of the Supreme Court collegium, or a group of five most-senior judges, is underway this evening to discuss the centre rejecting its recommendation to elevate Justice KM Joseph to the top court. The government's decision was seen to set up a rare face-off with the judiciary and there have been concerns that it had already sent a message that there will be consequences if judges rule against the government. If the judges decide to send Justice Joseph's name back, the government can only delay, not stop his appointment.
  • We Are "<i>Kaamdaar</i>", Can't Compete With "<i>Naamdaar</i>", PM Taunts Rahul Gandhi: 10 Points
    Sharing stage with BJP's prospective Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched his campaign in Karnataka today with a sharp attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. There was speculation that the Prime Minister will not share stage with Mr Yeddyurappa in view of Congress attacks over corruption charges against the former Chief Minister. Santhemarahalli, where the first of the day's three rallies were held, is a Congress stronghold. The PM's whirlwind programme is part of the huge BJP push to wrest the only state it ruled in the south from the Congress.
  • "Milestone In Relations," Says China On PM Modi, Xi Jinping Meet: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping have agreed to improve communication between the militaries of the two countries to maintain peace at the border, a top government official said today at the end of an ice-breaking trip to China by PM Modi. On a "Chai pe Charcha" or discussion over tea today, the leaders of the two Asian giants stressed on the importance to maintain peace in all areas of the India-China border region and that the two countries have the "maturity and wisdom to handle all their differences peacefully through talks".
  • Next "Informal" Meet In India, PM Invites China's Xi Jinping: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to China, has met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei. On the first day of his visit, PM Modi was welcomed by President Xi with an impressive cultural performance at the Hubei provincial museum. Only two interpreters were present at the first informal meeting between the two leaders. President Xi took PM Modi on a tour of the museum, after which delegation level talks were held with six representatives from each side.
  • Ok For Centre To Reject Justice Joseph, Says Chief Justice: 10 Points
    As the government on Thursday sent back one of the two names recommended for the Supreme Court by the collegium or a group of five most-senior judges - justifying the fear of many of his colleagues - Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said there was "nothing wrong" in it. The government, rejecting Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph's elevation, has asked the top judges to be "objective and fair" and reconsider their choice. The second candidate, Indu Malhotra, was approved on Wednesday, three months after the collegium sent both names to the centre. If the judges decide to send Justice Joseph's name back, the government can only delay, not stop his appointment.
  • Asaram Guilty Of Raping Schoolgirl, Gets Life Term In Jail: 10 Facts
    Nearly five years after he was arrested, Asaram, a self-styled godman with a following that runs into lakhs, was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a 16-year-old girl whose family brought her to visit his ashram in Jodhpur. The verdict today was delivered inside a Jodhpur jail; authorities decided days ago that taking Asaram to court would risk the 77-year-old's followers from turning violent on the streets. Four states - Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat - were put on high alert.
  • 10 Fascinating Facts On Asaram, Billionaire Preacher Convicted of Rape
    A trial court in Jodhpur, has pronounced life term for Asaram who was convicted of raping a teenager from Shahajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The 16-year-old was studying at his ashram in Chhindwara. Asaram was arrested and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013 and has been in custody since September 2. Security has been stepped up around the teenager's house in Shahajahanpur and as per the directions of the union home ministry, security has been stepped up in Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh where he has a thousands of followers.
  • Asaram, Accused Of Rape, To Get Verdict In Jail, Judge Has Arrived: 10 Facts
    A court in Rajasthan will decide today if self-styled godman Asaram -- who runs 400 ashrams across India -- was guilty of raping a 16-year-old five years ago. Asaram has thousands of followers across India with extensive money and muscle power. The trial in the two cases against him has been marked by a string of attacks against witnesses who dared to testify against him. Even the police and media men said they have been targetted. Jodhpur, where Asaram has been jailed since 2013, has been converted to a fortress to prevent any reprisals from his followers. Similar precautions have been taken in Shahjahanpur of Uttar Pradesh, where the young woman and her family now stay. Besides Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, extensive security arrangements have been made in Delhi and Haryana too.
  • Jodhpur Turns Fortress Ahead Of Verdict In Asaram Rape Case: 10 Points
    Rajasthan's Jodhpur has been placed under a tight security blanket as a local court is expected to decide on Wednesday if self-styled godman Asaram, who runs 400 ashrams across India, was guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl five years ago. In view of possible reprisals from Asaram's followers, the administration has imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings. If convicted, Asaram faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in jail. The trial in the case has been marked by a string of deaths and attacks on witnesses. Even police officers who investigated the case say they faced constant threats.
  • 10 Reasons Why Venkaiah Naidu Felt The Impeachment Move Didn't Deserve Action
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu cited various reasons for blocking a move by the opposition parties, led by the Congress to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. One of the points raised by Mr Naidu as the Rajya Sabha Chiarman is the lack of substantial merit in the impeachment notice. "We cannot allow any of our pillars of governance to be weakened by any thought, word or action," the vice president said in his 10-page order. Sources said Mr Naidu consulted several top legal and constitutional experts, before he took the decision. Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last Friday moved a notice before him for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India on five grounds of "misbehaviour".

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