Cheat Sheet

  • On Day 19, Navy Divers Reached Bottom Of Meghalaya Mine: 10 Points
    On Monday, a diver of the navy finally reached the bottom of the 370-feet rat hole mine in Meghalaya where 15 men have been trapped for the last 19 days. But none of the trapped men were to be seen. All they saw was coal at the mouth of one lateral rat hole and mud at the bottom of the pit. Navy officers said a search will be possible only when all the water has been drained out of the network of rat holes. That operation will take time, even though the heavy-duty pumps arrived on Saturday afternoon. The first pump brought in by the Odisha fire service officials started operating this evening.
  • "Will Take Time": Meghalaya Rescue Restarts, Navy Divers Join - 10 Points
    The operation to rescue 15 people, trapped in a 320-foot-deep coal mine at Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills, has entered its seventeenth day. Now equipped with ten high-powered pumps that are required to pump out the water from the flooded mine, the authorities are preparing for the final push of the rescue operation. A team of divers from the navy airlifted from Vishakhapatnam will be pressed into action today to locate the miners. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has sent boats inside the mine to help the navy divers.
  • 16 Days On, Only 3 Helmets Found. No Sign Of Meghalaya Miners: 10 Points
    Rescue workers are racing against time to reach the 15 men trapped inside a flooded 320-feet coal mine in Meghalaya for the last 16 days. Navy divers and trucks loaded with high-power pumps made their way to the mine in a remote region in the state's East Jaintia Hills district. Rescue operations were suspended on Monday, after the low-powered pumps being used to suck out water failed to help. Divers at the site have been able to recover only three helmets until now.
  • 3 Indians To Spend 7 Days In Space In Rs 10,000 Crore Gaganyaan Plan: 10 Points
    Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for up to seven days by 2022, as part of India's ambitious Gaganyaan project by ISRO, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced this evening. The Union cabinet has approved a budget of Rs 10,000 crore for the programme. ISRO's Gaganyaan will help India become the fourth nation to independently send humans to space. The announcement of the Gaganyaan project was first made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India's 72nd Independence Day - his fifth and final address ahead of the next general elections.
  • On Day 15, Navy Divers, Underwater Drones For Meghalaya Rescue: 10 Points
    Several trucks loaded with 10 heavy pumps are heading towards a rat-hole mine in Meghalaya where 15 men are trapped for three weeks. A heavy-lift transport plane of the Air Force carrying the 10 high-power pumps landed this morning at Guwahati airport. The trucks will cover a distance of 220 km to the mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills in as short time as possible, sources said. Fifteen Navy divers have also been airlifted from Visakhapatnam to join the rescue operations in Meghalaya; they are expected at the site within 12 hours. Low-capacity pumps used by the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF turned out ineffective in extracting water from the collapsed mine. Senior NDRF officials said water from an adjacent abandoned mine and a nearby river kept flooding the rat-hole mine, making it unsafe for their divers to operate. The high-power pumps arrived three weeks after the mine collapsed on December 13.
  • After Akhilesh Yadav's Hurtful Hint For UP, Congress Replies: 10 Points
    After Akhilesh Yadav's not-very-subtle hint about repercussions on Uttar Pradesh of his Samajwadi Party's lone lawmaker being left out of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet, the Congress today said it would try and sort out differences between the two parties. The people want both parties to fight the 2019 elections together, said Congress leader Raj Babbar. Akhilesh Yadav had taken aim at the Congress in Delhi on Wednesday.
  • Triple <i>Talaq</i> Bill Passed In Lok Sabha After Congress, AIADMK Walk Out

    The revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq - a practice among Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives by uttering "Talaq" thrice -- a punishable offence was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thurday after five-hour debate and a walkout by the Congress and the AIADMK. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill should not be seen through the "prism of politics" but of humanity. He also pointed out that the Supreme Court had called instant Triple Talaq "unconstitutional" and asked the government for a law against it. The real test, though, will be in Rajya Sabha, as the government lacks majority there.

  • Centre's Tweaked "Triple <i>Talaq</i>" Bill Taken Up By Lok Sabha: 10 Points
    A revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq a punishable offence was taken up in the Lok Sabha today amid huge uproar. The government considered a law on it after the Supreme Court said in August last year that the traditional method of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering "Talaq" thrice was "unconstitutional" and "arbitrary". The proposed law suggests a three-year jail term for erring husbands. The revised bill was drafted after the first draft got stalled in Rajya Sabha in January and the opposition members suggested changes.
  • ISIS-Inspired Module Had Delhi Police, RSS Offices On Hitlist: Sources
    An ISIS-inspired terror module, operating from Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, was planning suicide attacks on the country's vital installations and VIPs, the National Investigation Agency said today. It had planned to strike at the Delhi police headquarters and the local office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Republic Day, sources said. After extensive multi-location searches, 10 people have been arrested and six others detained. A country-made rocker launcher, 100-odd alarm clocks, pistols and laptops have been found during the searches. The group, led by an Islamic cleric, got instructions from a handler based abroad, officials said.
  • PM Opens India's Longest Railroad Bridge In Assam's Bogibeel: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today opened the Bogibeel railroad bridge in Assam, billed as India's longest railroad bridge. Its foundation was laid in 1997. The five-kilometre structure spans the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra River. Bogibeel bridge will connect Assam's Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. It will cut the travel time between the two points by four hours and help avoid a 170-km detour. With its proximity to the China border, the bridge also has tremendous significance for India's defence and has been built strong enough to support the movement of tanks and even fighter jet landings.
  • PM Modi To Open Assam's Bogibeel Railroad Bridge Soon: 10 Points
    The foundation stone for Assam's Bogibeel Bridge may have been laid in 1997, but it is only today that the double-decker rail-and-road bridge will open to traffic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the honours. Billed as India's longest railroad bridge, the five-kilometre structure spans the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra River. Bogibeel Bridge will connect Assam's Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts, bordering Arunachal Pradesh. It will cut the travel time between the two points by four hours and help avoid a 170-km detour. With its proximity to the China border, the bridge also has tremendous significance for India's defence and has been built strong enough to support the movement of tanks and even fighter jet landings.
  • Women Evicted From Sabarimala Base Camp Amid Protests: 10 Points
    Eleven women, who were waiting at Pamba to attempt the 5-km trek to the Sabarimala hill shrine, said they were evicted from the base camp by the Kerala police following a huge face-off with protesters. The police have denied the accusation. The group was expected to be the first of several planning to attempt the trek in December - three months after a Supreme Court order that opened the temple doors to women of all ages. Around 40 women are expected to arrive over the next few days to attempt offer puja when the temple opens for Makarsankranti on December 30.
  • Government's 'Big Brother' Order And A Massive Political Row: 10 Points
    The Delhi police, CBI, Intelligence Bureau and National Investigation Agency are among 10 central agencies that have sweeping powers to intercept and monitor data in computers and even seize devices. "It's only going to prove to over 1 billion Indians what an insecure dictator you really are," tweeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi, as the opposition blasted the move. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, said the order was under a 2009 rule and the opposition was "making a mountain where even a molehill doesn't exist".
  • No Proof Of Fake Encounter In Sohrabuddin Case, Says Court: 10 Points
    All 22 accused in the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife and his friend Tulsiram Prajapati by police officers were acquitted today by a court in Mumbai, which said the evidence was "unsatisfactory" and not enough to prove conspiracy and cold-blooded murder. The CBI had said that the three were murdered by Gujarat police officers as part of a conspiracy for political and financial gains. Of the 38 people initially charged, 16 people - including BJP chief Amit Shah, former top cop DG Vanzara and other police officers -- were discharged. Over the years, 92 prosecution witnesses turned hostile. "I am helpless," Special CBI judge SJ Sharma said, referring to the hostile witnesses and what he called insufficient evidence.
  • Surrogacy Regulation Bill Passed In Lok Sabha: 10 Points
    The surrogacy bill that was introduced in Lok Sabha in 2016 was passed today amid noisy protests by Congress and AIADMK parliamentarians over other issues. The bill bans commercial surrogacy and only allows it among close relatives. The proposed law allows surrogacy for couples that cannot have children. Health Minister JP Nadda said the aim of the bill was to stop commercial surrogacy but at the same time save families by allowing them to have children by using modern science.

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