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  • Robert Vadra Gets Protection From Arrest, Needs Permission To Fly Abroad
    Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, got another extension on his anticipatory bail in a money laundering case from a Delhi court today. The case, being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate, involves the purchase of a London-based property. So far, the agency has questioned Mr Vadra eight times. Ahead of the coming national elections, the BJP has relentlessly targeted the Congress over the allegations against Robert Vadra, who has called the matter a "political witch hunt". But in view of possible arrest, he had sought bail in advance from a court in Delhi.
  • "Mission Shakti" Successful, Announces PM Modi. Know All About It

    India successfully test-fired a sophisticated anti-satellite missile in -Mission Shakti- and destroyed a live satellite flying in low-Earth orbit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today in a televised national address. This successful space mission has made India the fourth country to acquire such a specialised and modern capability, making it a "space superpower". The Prime Minister assured the international community that -"our capability will not be used against anyone but is purely India's defence initiative for its security. We're against arms race in space. This test will not breach any international law or treaties."

  • "India Shot Down Live Satellite, A Space Power Now," Says PM: 10 Points

    India shot down one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile or A-SAT and has now established its place in an elite club of space powers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday in a televised address to the nation. India is the fourth country to have tested an anti-satellite weapon after the US, Russia and China, the PM said, exulting in the success of what he called "Mission Shakti". PM Modi asserted that India's action was not directed against any country and that it was a test of the country's capability.

  • Goa Chief Minister Drops Deputy After 2 am Switch By Lawmakers: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today dropped his deputy Sudin Dhavalikar, hours after two lawmakers of ally MGP merged the party with the ruling BJP in another late-night political twist in the tiny seaside state. Mr Dhavalikar, the third lawmaker of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), had stayed away from the 2 am defection that was sanctioned by acting Speaker Micheal Lobo. The BJP now has 14 lawmakers in the 36-member assembly.
  • "Not Enough Focus On Joblessness," Raghuram Rajan Tells NDTV: Highlights
    Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan, in an interview with NDTV on his new book "The Third Pillar", says it is worrying that there is not enough focus in the country on joblessness.
  • Congress's Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme "NYAY" Explained In 10 Points
    The Congress on Monday announced a minimum income guarantee programme that will give up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month to 20 per cent of India's poorest families if voted back to power. Congress President Rahul Gandhi, facing a tough opponent in Prime Minister Narendra Modi in general elections set for April and May, called the proposal a "final assault on poverty" and said it would benefit 25 crore people. While the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) has been discussed in India for a while as a poverty alleviation measure, this is the first time any major political party has come out with a promise of this scale. The name of the scheme - Nyuntam Aay Yojana - has been coined with its acronym "NYAY" in mind, the Hindi word for "justice".
  • What's Next For Jet Airways After Founder Naresh Goyal's Exit: Ten Points
    Jet Airways founder-chairman Naresh Goyal and his wife, Anita, resigned from the airline's board of directors today while state-run lenders announced a Rs 1,500 crore bailout plan. The two took the step at a time when a majority of its fleet has been grounded amid non-payment of dues to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors. The total debt of the troubled airline, founded by Naresh Goyal and his wife in 1993, comes up to about Rs 9,000 crore.
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About The Nirav Modi Saga
    Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the main accused the Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank or PNB scam, was arrested in London on Tuesday and sent to prison till March 29 by a court in London, which rejected his bail plea today. The arrest comes a week after London Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition in a money laundering case. The case will follow a similar procedure as that of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who also fled India two years ago just as banks were trying to recover unpaid loans from him.
  • BJP Sails Through Goa Floor Test After Allies' Hard Bargain: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has won a floor test after his 2 am-oath ceremony on Monday night following tough negotiations to keep the BJP-led coalition running after the death of Manohar Parrikar. 20 lawmakers voted in favour of Mr Sawant, whereas 15 voted against him.
  • BJP's Pramod Sawant Takes Oath As Goa Chief Minister At 2 am: 10 Points
    The BJP's Pramod Sawant, 45, was sworn in as Goa Chief Minister at 2 am on Monday night as the nation mourned his predecessor Manohar Parrikar. The swift chain of events that ended with a hasty, post-midnight ceremony, started soon after Manohar Parrikar died on Sunday evening. The tough negotiations with BJP allies, which continued overnight, were resolved after party chief Amit Shah stepped in and two lawmakers of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) joined the BJP. Mr Sawant will have two deputies - unprecedented for the tiny seaside state. One is from the MGP and the other from the Goa Forward Party, which had objected to the former Speaker's candidature.
  • Anil Ambani Pays Ericsson Day Before Deadline, Avoids Jail: 10 Points
    Industrialist Anil Ambani on Monday avoided jail by paying Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson Rs 458.77 crore in dues a day before the Supreme Court's deadline. Anil Ambani has thanked Mukesh Ambani for his "timely support" in paying his dues. Last month, the top court had ordered Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications or RCom and two of its directors to pay Ericsson its dues within four weeks or face a three-month jail term for contempt of court.
  • As BJP Tackles Demanding Goa Allies, Congress Meets Governor: 10 Points
    As the nation mourned Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death, the ruling BJP struggled on Monday to stabilize its coalition government in the seaside state, with a narrow majority along with two allies and independent members. In the race to find Manohar Parrikar's successor, the BJP's Pramod Sawant seemed to have an edge but allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP) have rejected him, sources have told NDTV. The Congress's 14 lawmakers are at the Governor's house to press for an invite to form government.
  • Despite Congress Claim, BJP Safe In Goa Assembly: 10 Points
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's death this evening has brought down the BJP numbers in the state assembly from 13 to 12. But along with allies, they still have 20 lawmakers in the assembly, where the majority mark is at 19. Over Mr Parrikar's last days, the Congress made repeated attempts to dislodge the BJP government. On Sunday, the Congress asked Governor Mridula Sinha once again to invite them to form government, alleging that the BJP numbers have fallen below halfway mark and they are the single largest party. Reports that senior Congress leader Digambar Kamat may join the BJP added to the political churn. Mr Kamat has dismissed the reports.
  • Amid Goa's Political Churn, Digambar Kamat's "Suicide" Theory: 10 Facts
    The BJP has rushed two observers to Goa and asked all its lawmakers to remain in the state amid concerns over the health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and a Congress bid to seize power. Reports that senior Congress leader Digambar Kamat may join the BJP added to the political churn. Mr Kamat has dismissed the reports. The BJP and its allies have majority in the 40-seat assembly, which currently has 37 members. The Congress has 14 lawmakers against the BJP's 13. Claiming to be the single largest party, the Congress has asked Governor Mridula Sinha for an invitation to form the new government.
  • 10 Things We Know About New Zealand Mosque Shootings
    Forty-nine people died and at least 20 were injured in a terror attack in New Zealand's Christchurch during Friday prayers today. Three persons have been arrested. One of them, an Australian national in his late 20s, has been accused of murder and will be presented in court tomorrow. The police said the attacks were racially motivated. Nine Indians are missing, the Indian High Commission in New Zealand has said. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today was one of the "darkest days".

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