Cheat Sheet

  • Economic Survey 2018 To Be Tabled In Parliament Today: 5 Things To Know
    As the Budget session of Parliament commences Monday, the entire nation will be looking forward to the release of Economic Survey 2018 by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as a precursor to the Budget 2018-19, to be announced on Thursday. The Finance Ministry's Chief Economic Adviser, Arvind Surbramanian, started a web page wherein he has shared some details on the Survey, including the fact that he will address a press conference at 1:30 pm that will also be shared on YouTube at the same time. A flagship annual document of the Finance Ministry, Economic Survey reviews the developments of economy in the past 12 months. The survey also summarises the performance on major development programmes, while also highlighting the policy initiatives of the government.
  • In Rajasthan Bypolls Today, Prestige Battle For Vasundhara Raje: 10 Facts
    By-elections being held today for two parliament seats and one assembly seat in Rajasthan are seen to test of the popularity of the BJP government, which hopes to win a second straight term in assembly elections later this year. The Congress hopes an anti-incumbency sentiment and the anger of the Rajputs against the ruling party will help it win all three - the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh assembly seat. Votes will be counted on Thursday, February 1.
  • AAP Lawmakers' Disqualification Case In Delhi High Court Today: 10 Points
    An appeal by 20 lawmakers of Delhi against their disqualification will be heard by the Delhi High Court today. The lawmakers, all belonging to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, were sacked on January 21 following a recommendation by the Election Commission, which said they held office of profit. Mr Kejriwal's party denied the accusation and alleged that President Ram Nath Kovind's order, signing off on the commission's recommendation, was "undemocratic". The high court said elections cannot be held in Delhi till it comes to a conclusion in the case.
  • Budget Session From Today, All-Out Push For Triple <i>Talaq</i> Bill: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the government is taking the suggestions of the opposition "sincerely", Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar told the media after an all-party meeting ahead of the budget session today. The budget -- last full-fledged one before the 2019 general elections --will be presented on February 1. The government -- which is facing opposition attack on issues including job creation and the plight of traders -- also plans to push through several key bills. These include one banning instant triple talaq and another that will give constitutional status to the Commission on Other Backward Castes.
  • Mobile Internet Blocked In Parts Of Kashmir, Tense Over Army Firing Deaths: 10 Points
    Mobile internet services have been suspended in parts of Kashmir Valley amid a shutdown call by separatists today over the death of two civilians in Army firing in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday evening. The Army says the firing was in "self-defence" when its convoy came under "unprovoked and intense stone pelting" by a mob. The police have registered a case against the Army unit involved in the incident. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered an inquiry into the incident; she also spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who said that she would seek a detailed report on the incident.
  • Top 10 Quotes From Donald Trump's Maiden Speech At World Economic Forum In Davos
    After receiving criticism for his "America First" agenda, Donald Trump is in Davos where he delivered the main closing address at the World Economic Forum. Soon after his arrival on Thursday, Mr Trump threatened Palestine with aid cuts and awkwardly insisted that he has "really great relationship" with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
  • Air Show, Women Daredevils Watched By 10 World Leaders On Republic Day
    India celebrated its 69th Republic Day today with a record 10 heads of state, from ASEAN or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, watching the grand parade with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajpath, the ceremonial road in the heart of Delhi. The leaders, sporting crimson Indian scarves, sat on a 100-foot stage enclosed by bullet-proof glass, their presence demonstrating India's stress on upgrading its 'Look East' policy to 'Act East'. At the start of the ceremony, the Prime Minister, in a saffron, red and green safa or traditional headgear, paid homage to soldiers who died in the line of duty.
  • Schools Must Encourage Children To Think, Not Memorise: President
    In his first address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind today said equality, secularism and friendship were the foundations of a country. In this context, he said "fraternity in action" is when one disagrees about a viewpoint or even an incident from history without infringing on the dignity and personal space of the other person. The 72-year-old President took over the nation's highest office last year from Pranab Mukherjee.
  • A Simple 10-Point Guide To The Mahadayi River War Between Karnataka and Goa
    The Mahadayi river is essentially a rain-fed river shared between Karnataka and Goa. While a major part of Mahadayi flows in Goa, its tributaries nourish parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The dispute over sharing of Mahadayi waters began in the 1980s. Karnataka wants to construct dams and canals under the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project to divert water from the Mahadayi river basin to the parched districts of Belgaum, Dharwad and Gadag in north Karnataka, but Goa has raised objections to the project. It said that sharing water with its neighbour would affect the state's fragile ecosystem. Therefore, the project was put on hold.
  • Despite Protests, <i>"Padmaavat"</i> Crosses 1 Million Mark, Say Makers: 10 Facts
    One million people watched "Padmaavat" on its opening day, the film's maker Viacom 18 Motion said on Friday as it released across the country amid tight security at cinema halls. Fringe groups like the Karni Sena continued protests in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, blocking roads and holding rallies and union Minister VK Singh has suggested that the states initiate dialogue with the protesters. The Supreme Court has said it will hear on Monday, a petition that seeks action against four states which failed to control rampaging protesters yesterday despite a court order. Eighteen people have been arrested for Wednesday's attack on a school bus in Haryana's Gurgaon, which triggered outrage across the country.
  • Bandh In Karnataka Over Mahadayi Water Dispute Peaceful So Far: 10 Points
    Schools, colleges in Karnataka are closed and buses have remained off the roads after pro-Kannada groups called for a statewide bandh over the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute on a day when the BJP chief Amit Shah is in Mysuru to address the state BJP's Parivartana rally. Similarly, another bandh on February 4, this time in Bengaluru, will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in the city. While it has been a peaceful morning, so far, the BJP has accused the Congress-led state government of orchestrating the bandh. The Mahadayi water sharing issue is politically sensitive for both the parties as the state votes for the new government this year.
  • UP Diwas: Tracing History On How Uttar Pradesh Got Its Name
    The Uttar Pradesh government celebrated 'UP Diwas', the state's foundation day for the first time today. In 1950, erstwhile United Provinces was rechristened Uttar Pradesh, but the story of how it got its name is less-known. Governor Ram Naik floated the proposal to mark UP Divas on the lines of Maharashtra Day so that people know the history and culture of their state. "I am sure all north Indians living abroad will begin celebrating Uttar Pradesh Divas as they celebrate Ram Navmi and Janmasthmi," Mr Naik had said.
  • How To Link Aadhaar Number With Mobile Using IVR: 10 Points
    Linking Aadhaar number with mobile number has become much simpler with the introduction of a central number, bringing respite to the consumers who earlier had to visit an offline store run by their operators to re-verify and link the two. The IVR service can be used from the comfort of one's home. Regardless of one's network, consumers can simply dial a central number and link their mobile number with Aadhaar number. The deadline to link mobile number with Aadhaar number is March 31, 2018.
  • Karnataka Bandh On January 25: How It Will Affect Normal Life
    A statewide Karnataka bandh on January 25 has been called by Pro-Kannada groups and state farmers have to urge the central government to resolve the Mahadayi water dispute at the earliest. After this Bengaluru bandh has been called on February 4 which will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city for state BJP's Parivartan Yatra. The bandhs have been called to draw centre's attention to the state's demand for the implementation of the Kalasa-Banduri project on two tributaries of the Mahadayi river. The project, that will benefit Karnataka has been resisted by neighbouring Goa. Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have been debating the matter of Mahadayi river water sharing since 90s and the matter is before a Tribune.
  • After Violence, Multiplex Owners In 4 States Pull Out <i>Padmaavat</i>: 10 Facts
    Hundreds of supporters of fringe groups like the Karni Sena ran amok across several states on Wednesday protesting violently against the release of Bollywood film Padmaavat, slated for today. In Gurgaon, adjacent to national capital Delhi, they stoned a school bus carrying petrified children who cowered in fear. Protesters also burnt a bus and blocked roads in other parts of Haryana and in Rajasthan. They forced shops to shut in Uttar Pradesh and attacked vehicles in Gujarat. Violent protests were also reported in Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The Karni Sena has asked supporters to ensure movie halls are unable to screen the film. Anticipating trouble, some schools in Gurgaon have decided to remain closed today.

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