Cheat Sheet

  • 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.
  • Republic Day 2018: The 10 ASEAN Leaders To Be Chief Guests This Year
    In a first, the Republic Day parade in 2018 will be attended by 10 heads of state from ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian countries. In light of the presence of 10 chief guests at the Republic Day in Delhi, massive preparations have been made by 100-odd government agencies. Leaders from the 10 nations -- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei -- will be present on a stage enclosed with a 100 feet wide bullet-proof glass. The chief guest at India's first Republic Day on January 26, 1950 was the President of Indonesia, and since then, five other Southeast Asian leaders have chief guests at the Republic Day parades.
  • Republic Day 2018 Parade To See ASEAN Flag, BSF Women Bikers' Squad, 'Nirbhay' Missile
    India will be celebrating its 69th Republic Day on January 26. The country's military might, culture, and diversity will be on full display in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath. The parade will see many firsts. It would be the first time that Republic Day parade will be attended by the 10 heads of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The heads are from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei and will be hosted in this year's celebrations. These countries play a significant role in India's Act East Policy. In this year's Republic Day parade, 23 floats will be on display. Of these, 14 would be representing different states and Union Territories and the rest would be of ministries and departments of Government of India. Apart from this, around 61 tribal guests from various parts of the country have been invited to witness the Republic Day celebrations.
  • Globalisation Losing Sheen, Some World Leaders Want To Stall It: PM
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the opening plenary session at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The first Indian Prime Minister to attend the session in Davos, PM Modi has pitched India as an investment destination and major driver of global economic growth. In his address, PM Modi also asked the world to unite against what he called the three biggest challenges -- climate change, terrorism and an increased protectionism. The Indian presence this year is the largest in the 48-year history of the World Economic Forum. Nearly 130 industry leaders from India are attending the annual global business event.
  • Budget 2018: Expectations From Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
    Union Budget 2018-19 will be Narendra Modi government's fifth and last full-fledged budget presentation before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. While the budget session of parliament will begin from January 29, the Union Budget will be presented on February 1 around noon.  This year's budget session is crucial as it comes after the Modi government made two very big financial decisions in the last couple of years - Demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Serives Tax (GST). Eyes will be set on Mr Jaitley's briefcase and what comes out from it in Budget 2018.
  • Nifty Settles Past 11,000 For First Time, Sensex Hits 36,000: 10 Points
    BSE Sensex closed 342 points, 0.96% higher, to close at 36,140 points. Nifty closed 1.07% higher, to close at 11,084 points. Higher global markets and optimism about India Inc's third-quarter earnings and economic recovery lifted domestic market sentiment. Adding to the market cheer, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday revised up its forecast for world economic growth in 2018 and 2019.
  • "Red Tape Out, Red Carpet In," PM Modi Tells Global CEOs In Davos: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his Davos debut to a standing ovation as he entered the Congress Centre to deliver the keynote address at this year's World Economic Forum's opening session. Speaking in Hindi, PM Modi showcased ease of doing business in India to world leaders and global CEOs, also calling for countries to unite to tackle what he called the three big challenges that the world faces - "climate change, terrorism and a threat to globalisation with powers of protectionism rising".
  • With CEO Meet, PM Opens India's Pitch At World Economic Forum: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a roundtable meeting with CEOs from across the world in Davos, kicking off India's broadest engagement ever at the World Economic Forum in the snow-covered mountain resort of Switzerland. The Prime Minister narrated "India's growth story and presenting exciting opportunities for global business in India", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. PM Modi, who will be in Davos for about 24 hours, is the first Indian premier to attend the convention in over two decades.
  • "Give Me Blood And I Will Give You Freedom": 10 Hair-Raising Quotes From Subhas Chandra Bose
      
    Subhash Chandra Bose
    was born on January 23, 1897 in Orissa's Cuttack. He was one of the most prominent Indian freedom fighters during the country's struggle for independence. He revived and led the Indian National Army, or the Azad Hind Fauj, in 1943 and also formed alliances against the British during the World War II. He was given the honorific 'Netaji' by German and Indian officials in the Special Bureau for India in Berlin. He is the creator of the slogan "Jai Hind", which is a popular patriotic salutation in the country. Subhash Chandra Bose was the first person to address Mahatama Gandhi as the "Father of the Nation". He associated himself as a socialist and was influenced by Swami Vivekananda's teachings from an early age. He is revered as a patriot and national hero. He died in Taiwan in 1945, reportedly due to a plane crash. On Subhas Chandra Bose's 121st Birth Anniversary, also called Netaji Jayanti, here are some hair-raising quotes from the national leader.
  • AAP To File Fresh Petition In Court, Delhi Appears Headed For Polls: 10 Facts
    20 Aam Aadmi Party legislators will file new petitions in the High Court against their disqualification from the Delhi assembly, withdrawing today an earlier plea that the party said had become "infructuous" after President Ram Nath Kovind signed off on their removal. President Kovind had yesterday okayed the Election Commission's recommendation to disqualify the AAP legislators for holding offices of profit as parliament secretaries. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's party has said it will move the Supreme Court if the High Court rejects AAP's appeal, but Delhi seems headed towards fresh elections for the 20 seats.
  • 2 Bandhs In Karnataka In Next 2 Weeks Over Mahadayi Water Sharing Row: 10 Points
    Pro-Kannada groups along with farmers have called for a statewide Karnataka bandh on January 25 to urge the central government to resolve the Mahadayi water dispute at the earliest. Another bandh on February 4, this time in Bengaluru, will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city for state BJP's Parivartan Yatra. 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. Goa has strong reservations about sharing its water, especially with Karnataka leaving the two states entangled in a dispute for over 30 years.
  • Sergei Eisenstein, The Father Of Montage, Is Today's Google Doodle: 5 Facts

    On Sergei Eisenstein's 120th birthday, Google Doodle pays tribute to the iconic Soviet artist and director who pioneered a film technique called cinematic montage. The film strips in today's Google Doodle are "inspired by iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein's films," read a post by Google. He developed five 'methods of montage', namely, namely, metric, rhythmic, tonal, overtonal and intellectual. He also won two Stalin Prizes, first in 1941 for the film 'Alexander Nevsky' and again in 1946 for the first film of the series 'Ivan the Terrible'. He was struck by a serious heart attack on February 2, 1946, and spent much of the following year recovering. He died of another heart attack at the age of 50 in Moscow on February 11, 1948.

  • Delhi Appears Headed For Election, Court Hears AAP Appeal Today: 10 Facts
    The Delhi High Court will today evening hear the Aam Aadmi Party's appeal against the disqualification of 20 legislators from the Delhi assembly for holding offices of profit. After President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission to disqualify them on Sunday, the party has now pinned its hope on the intervention of courts to avoid losing its seats in the Delhi assembly. If the High Court rejects the AAP's appeal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's party has said it will move the Supreme Court.
  • Angry Chief Justice, Sparring Lawyers As Top Court Hears Judge Loya Case: 10 Facts
    Calling it a "serious matter", the Supreme Court today asked for all documents related to the Judge BH Loya case and said it would look into it "in a fair way". The court also took over two related cases from the Bombay High Court. In an hour-long hearing packed with drama, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra lost his temper, a lawyer had to apologise and two lawyers had a high-pitched argument. Chief Justice Misra and two more judges have begun hearing requests for an investigation into Judge Loya's death from a heart attack in 2014, at a time he was hearing a murder case against BJP president Amit Shah.
  • After Dissent, Chief Justice To Hear Judge Loya Case Today: 10 Points
    A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will today hear a case that seeks an independent investigation into the death of Judge BH Loya. This was one of the sensitive cases that triggered a virtual rebellion by four of the most senior judges of the Supreme Court and was reassigned after a suggestion by the two judges hearing it. Judge Loya died of a heart attack in December 2014 while hearing a case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was accused. Mr Shah was later discharged by a judge who took over the case. Petitions were filed in the top court after his family questioned the death.

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