Cheat Sheet

  • 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.
  • 99 Percent Of Banned Notes Back, But Government Says Aim Met: 10 Points
    Indians have returned almost all of the estimated Rs 15.44 lakh crore ($242 billion) in currency banned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a shock move in November, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in its annual report on Wednesday. The Finance Ministry, in a statement, said a "significant portion" of it could be black money. The tax authorities have found undisclosed income of Rs 17,526 crore and Rs 1,003 crore has been seized so far, the statement said. Fending off criticism that the notes ban failed to deliver on its purpose of tracking black or untaxed money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: "That was not the objective of demonetization...it was not an exercise to confiscate money but to nudge India towards digitization, ending anonymity of cash."
  • Virbhadra Singh Revolt: 10-Point Guide To Congress' Latest Crisis
    Ahead of assembly elections, there is trouble for the Congress in Himachal Pradesh, one of the few states it still rules, with 27 of its 36 legislators backing 83-year-old Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in a feud with the party's state chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The MLAs want Congress president Sonia Gandhi to intervene after Virbhadra Singh said he will not contest the assembly elections to be held later this year. They say they too will not contest elections if their leader does not. Camp Virbhadra is counting on the party's track record; it had given in to such pressure by Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab ahead of this year's state elections.
  • 5 Dead In 30X Normal Rain In Mumbai, City Struggles Day After: 10 Points
    Traffic is almost clear and people can now travel by road, the Mumbai Police said. Train services have been restored on most lines and though local trains, Mumbai's lifeline, are running behind schedule, thousands of people who were stuck all night at offices are now returning home. Flight operations are normal. There was little rain overnight and this morning, but the weather office has said there could be heavy rain in some places later today. Mumbai was crippled on Tuesday by its heaviest rain in 12 years, recording almost 300 mm in some parts. Schools and colleges are closed today and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised citizens in a tweet last night to stay home unless there is an emergency.
  • 5 Dead, Mumbai Told To Stay Home In More Heavy Rain: 10 Points
    The weather office has sounded a "red alert" for heavy rain today in Mumbai, which reported nearly 300 mm of rain in some parts of the city on Tuesday - at least 10 times more than normal. Five people were killed in Mumbai and Thane in incidents blamed on the incessant downpour. Schools and colleges will be closed today. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted to say that people in and around Mumbai are "advised to stay back home unless there is an emergency" but "essential services" will be up. Flights and trains were delayed. There is waist-high water at many places and traffic was choked all over the city. "Stay Safe," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Mumbai in a tweet.
  • Rampal, Another Jailed 'Godman' In Haryana, Faces Court Verdict: 10 Facts
    So-called "Godman" Rampal, whose arrest for murder caused a tense two-week standoff between his followers and the police three years ago, will be in a court in Haryana's Hisar today for a decision on whether he is guilty. Six died in clashes that preceded his arrest. Yesterday, another spiritual leader, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sent to jail for 20 years for raping two followers.
  • Ram Rahim Gets 20 Years In Jail For 2 Rape Cases: 10 Facts
    Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of two women followers in 2002, by a judge who flew by government helicopter to conduct court at a prison in Haryana's Rohtak. The 50-year-old chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect sat on the floor and wept as he was sentenced. Ahead of the judge's order on Monday, thousands of soldiers enforced a lockdown in Rohtak and other parts of Haryana and Punjab, where Ram Rahim has a mass following. His followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted on Friday, with 38 people killed and over 200 injured in the violence. There were no reports of violence on Monday after Ram Rahim was sentenced.
  • Thousands Evacuated From Ram Rahim's Base, Sentencing Today: 10 Points
    The estimated 30,000 followers of self-styled guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who were inside the headquarters of his sect, the Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana's Sirsa, started moving out on Sunday evening. Around 6 pm, the security forces brought 100 state transport buses to ferry them out, resolving the stalemate that had been in continuing since Ram Rahim's conviction in a rape case on Friday. The Haryana police said they have made sufficient security arrangements to ensure peace today in Rohtak and Sirsa. The Dera chief will be sentenced at 2 pm inside a jail in Rohtak, where he is lodged.
  • Army Near Dera Sacha Sauda's Sirsa Base, Thousands Of Followers Inside: 10 Points
    A large number of Army troops patrolled near the main base in Haryana's Sirsa town of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a day after its followers went on the rampage over its leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case. The situation in Sirsa and Panchkula - where the verdict was announced and there was maximum violence - is "very tense but under control", the Home Ministry said today. 36 people have died and over 250 have been injured in the clashes that also spread to other parts of Haryana and Punjab.
  • Ram Rahim Guilty Of Rape, 30 Dead, 250 Injured As Sect Erupts: 10 Facts
    Just as feared, large clashes, arson and violence erupted in the town of Panchkula in Haryana on Friday immediately after spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women followers in a case dating back to 2002. Thirty people are dead and 250 injured, officials said, in the violence that quickly spread to other cities. Ram Rahim will be sentenced on Monday and was flown out of Panchkula in a government helicopter to a guesthouse in Rohtak and later moved to a special prison cell.
  • Go Home, Ram Rahim Appeals At Midnight To Followers: 10 Facts
    A court at Panchkula in Haryana will today deliver a verdict in the case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, dubbed the "guru in bling" for his penchant for ornate clothes and jewellery. Tens of thousands of his followers have descended on the city, just 11 km from Chandigarh, triggering concerns of violence after the verdict. Army columns arrived in Panchkula post-midnight, according to Press Trust of India, and the police said the followers would be moved out of the city by security forces. In a video message, Ram Rahim appealed at midnight to his followers to return to their homes.
  • Right To Privacy Judgment: Supreme Court Quotes 9 Points From US List
    It's a fundamental right, and now, thanks to the Supreme Court we have it. But Right to Privacy is a term which applies to so many aspect of our lives. From our digital information like our Whatsapps and e-mails to our personal information -- our biometrics and even other personal details like our sexual choices. In an instance of clarity, Justice DY Chandrachud quotes from the Journal of Pennsylvania to classify privacy to make things crystal clear:
  • It's Official. Bright Yellow Rs. 200 Notes From Today: 10 Features
    New Rs 200 notes will be launched today, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced today in a press release days after introducing new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes. This is the fourth new note to be announced since November, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an overnight ban on Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes to choke tax evaders. The government says the Rs 200 notes will inject more low denomination currency in the system.
  • How Landmark Right To Privacy Order Impacts You And Me: 10 Points
    Privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution, nine Supreme Court judges said today in a unanimous verdict that will affect every citizen. The judges said privacy comes under the Right To Life and Liberty, overruling the governments arguments. Petitioners had challenged the government's Aadhaar biometric programme, which has recorded the fingerprints and iris scans of more than one billion Indians.

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