Cheat Sheet

  • After NDTV Report, Moves To End Delhi Airport Immigration Chaos: 10 Facts
    Moving swiftly after NDTV highlighted chaotic scenes at Delhi airport's immigration counters, the government has decided on a massive upgrade of immigration services. It will open, within three months, 20 additional immigration counters in the airport's departure area and 35 more for foreign visitors landing in the country on an e-Visa. The plan was earlier caught up in turf wars of the home and civil aviation ministry, the two arms of the government responsible for security and upkeep of the airport who blamed each other for the mess.
  • Bullet Train Route Making Losses Since July, Reveals RTI Reply: 10 Points
    India's first bullet train, set to debut in 2023 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat and Maharashtra, may not have been planned on a very profitable route, an activist's RTI or Right to Information query has revealed. For the Railways, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route has been a loss-making one with over 40 per cent of the seats going empty in the last three months. The Railways has recorded a loss of nearly Rs 30 crore since July on the route, according to a senior official.
  • India Jumps 30 Places In Ease of Business, PM Modi Says 'Historic': 10 Points
    India has jumped a massive 30 places to 100 in the World Bank's ease of doing business rankings this year, driven by reforms in access to credit, power supplies and protection of minority investors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants the country in the top 50 on the index, called the achievement "historic". India is closing the gap with China which continues to be ranked at 78 for the second year. In the World Bank's report last year, India had risen one place to 130 among the 190 economies assessed. It was ranked 142 in 2014.
  • Review Of Article 35A, Key To J&K's Special Status, Deferred: 10 Points
    A case over whether Jammu and Kashmir can keep its right to decide who qualifies as a permanent resident of the state will be taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court after three months, in January-end next year. The government had cited the recent appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, saying the top court's hearings in the politically volatile and emotive one could have some impact on the government's initiative. The case is being heard by three judges including Chief Justice Dipak Mishra.
  • Let Mamata Banerjee Come As Individual, Says Supreme Court On Aadhaar: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal suffered a legal setback today as it was questioned by the Supreme Court for challenging the linking of the Aadhaar or national identification number to government welfare schemes. How can a state government challenge parliament's mandate, the court asked, suggesting that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee file a case in her personal capacity. Bengal's petition is separate from 22 others challenging the linking of Aadhaar to welfare schemes, which was transferred to a five-judge constitution bench of the country's most senior judges.
  • North-East To Get New Superfast Train: Five Facts About Agartala-Anand Vihar Rajdhani Express
    The Agartala-Anand Vihar Rajdhani is a much-awaited one and has generated much enthusiasm among people, especially for those hailing from the north east. The train which will be inaugurated today by Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, is set to be the third Rajdhani in the region after Guwahati and Dibrugarh in Assam.
  • Mamata Banerjee Challenges Aadhaar In Supreme Court: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, has taken the centre to the Supreme Court, challenging rules that make Aadhaar or national identity card numbers mandatory for drawing benefits from government welfare schemes. Ms Banerjee is among the biggest critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies. Her government's petition will be heard on Monday, separately from a batch of 21 petitions already being heard by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.
  • Minister Charged In Cop Suicide, Political Row In Karnataka: 10 Points
    Allegations that Karnataka minister KJ George drove a police officer to suicide have returned to challenge the state's ruling Congress months ahead of elections. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), asked by the Supreme Court to investigate the suicide, has charged Mr George, 66, and two police officers with harassing MK Ganapathy, who had named them in an interview before he was found hanging. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, accused by the opposition BJP of shielding Mr George, said after meeting with his top ministers: "We don't see any need for George's resignation. It's an old FIR and CBI's case is a continuation."
  • Indians Built Taj, Nothing Else Matters, Says Yogi Adityanath: 10 Facts
    AGRA: Yogi Adityanath picked up the broom today as he arrived at the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra amid a series of controversial statements by some leaders and ministers from his party, the BJP, against the 17th-century monument including denouncing it as "a blot on Indian culture". At a public meeting later, the 45-year-old Chief Minister, referring to the many statements around Taj and his Agra visit, said there was no need to go into who built Taj and why. "More important is that it was built by the blood and sweat of Indians," he said.
  • 10 Things To Know About The Row Over Tipu Sultan Birth Anniversary Celebrations
    The BJP and the Congress are engaged in a war of words over the birth anniversary celebrations of Tipu Sultan on November 10. A polarising figure in history, Tipu Sultan has been variously described by leaders of the BJP as an "anti-Hindu", "anti-Karnataka" and "mass murderer". However, many, including the Congress, see him as the first freedom fighter to take on the British and a sterling administrator.
  • Gujarat Assembly Election On December 9, 14, Results On December 18: 10 Points
    Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held on two days, December 9 for 89 assembly seats and December 14 for 93 seats, the Election Commission said today. Results will be announced for all 182 seats on December 18, along with Himachal Pradesh, which votes on November 9. A model code of conduct, which prohibits announcements that can influence voters, comes into effect immediately. The Gujarat elections have been announced 13 days after poll dates were declared for Himachal Pradesh, a delay that opposition party Congress alleges allowed the BJP more time to announce sops and launch big projects. The Election Commission and the BJP have rejected the charge.
  • Gujarat Assembly Election Dates To Be Announced At 1 pm: 10 Points
    Dates for the Gujarat assembly elections will be declared by the Election Commission at 1 pm today, preventing the government from announcing more sops for the state where the BJP is seeking a record fifth straight term in power. The announcement comes 13 days after the voting date for Himachal Pradesh was declared, prompting the opposition Congress to accuse the election body of giving the ruling BJP a grace period to make last-minute announcements and launch massive projects to influence voters, a charge that both the Election Commission and the ruling party have rejected.
  • Government's 9 Lakh Crore Plan To Boost Economy: 10 Points
    Macro economic fundamentals are strong and GDP growth is poised for a take-off with the economy turning around, the government said on Tuesday as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and top officials presented a detailed economic roadmap. Among big-ticket announcements made on Tuesday was an "unprecedented" infusion of Rs 2.11 lakh crore in public sector banks to boost lending. The government also said that 83,677 km of highways will be built at an investment of 6.9 lakh crore in the next five years to "create more jobs, more growth."
  • 20 Degrees Round-The-Year For New Border Posts Near China: 10 Points
    All jawans and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will be trained in basic Mandarin and a proposal for 50 more posts for the force along the border with China, temperature controlled at 20 degrees all year round in high-altitude is being considered by the government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. He was speaking during the 56th Raising Day celebrations of the paramilitary force in Greater Noida.
  • As Protests Mount, Rajasthan Government Hits Pause On 'Gag Law': 10 Points
    Rajasthan today deferred at least until next year a controversial measure to protect ministers and officials from corruption investigations and restrict the media from reporting on them. Pummeled by critics, the BJP government referred an ordinance or executive order it had issued last month, to an all-party committee for review. An amended bill will be introduced in the next session. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje set offlaunched the reassessment after calling her top ministers for a meeting late last night. The ordinance will lapse after six weeks or December 5, but officials insist it makes no difference to the review.

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