Cheat Sheet

  • In ISRO's Year-Ender, "Angry Bird" Satellite Set For Lift-Off: 10 Points
    A communications satellite that will help connect all assets of the Indian Air Force and work as a force multiplier, will be the 17th mission and last launch of Indian space agency ISRO for the year 2018. The long-awaited GSAT-7A, which would take-off from Sriharikota this evening, will connect all IAF assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms, drones and ground stations, building a centralised network. Along with GSAT-7 and GSAT-6, this new satellite, dubbed the "Indian Angry Bird", will form the band of communications satellite for use of Indian military.
  • Parliament Disrupted As Government, Opposition Spar Over Rafale Deal
    Raucous opposition protests over Rafale deal and other issues forced adjournment in both houses of parliament for the fifth consecutive day without any business being conducted. The day started on a stormy note as the government and opposition sparred over Rafale and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK and the opposition DMK protested over the Cauvery water sharing and Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh. Appeals by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in Lok Sabha, urging lawmakers to finish pending legislation in the ongoing session before national elections, went unheard.
  • Mumbai, Pune To Get New Metro Corridors: 10 Things To Know
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for two metro corridors in Mumbai today. Mumbai Metro 5 would run between Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan and Metro 9 would run on Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander route. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for new metro corridor in Pune that would run between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar. The new metro corridors are expected to ease the transportation problems in the bustling towns in Pune and Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
  • Cyclone 'Phethai' Crosses Andhra Coast: 10 Points
    Cyclone 'Phethai' made landfall in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh today, a little after 12.30 pm. There was very heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of the state, keeping people mostly indoors. The state government said that the cyclone had weakened before making landfall near Katrenikona. Schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure in the coastal districts today. The state home minister is personally monitoring the situation.
  • All You Need To Know About 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots: 10 Facts
    The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Setting aside the lower court's acquittal and pronouncing life sentence for Sajjan Kumar, the high court said, "truth will prevail and justice will be done." Soon after the conviction, Punjab Congress chief and Lok Sabha lawmaker, Sunil Kumar Jakhar said, "any person who has been convicted in such cases should quit their political life. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said, Sajjan Kumar's conviction is a "delayed vindication of justice."
  • As Mayawati, Mamata Banerjee Skip Oaths, Congress Explains: 10 Points
    The Congress took charge today in three heartland states that it seized from the ruling BJP in recent state elections. The Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have taken oath in events serving as a mega gathering of opposition parties. The Congress hired an aircraft and buses to ferry the leaders from one state capital to the other. But the gathering has lost much of its sheen, with three of the top opposition leaders, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, skipping it. Kamal Nath, the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, said both Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee have "genuine reasons" for their absence.
  • Cyclone Phethai To Hit Andhra Pradesh Today, Coastal Areas On Alert: 10 Points
    With Cyclone Phethai set to intensify and expected to strike Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada by noon on Monday, the state government scrambled to minimise the damage from the third such cyclone to hit the state this year. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked for precautionary measures to be taken to avoid damage to life and property. An alert has also been sounded in all of Andhra's nine coastal districts, with the national and state disaster response forces being kept on standby. The Indian Navy and coast guard have been called in to help as intensifying wind speeds of 100 kilometres per hour will likely make rescue efforts more challenging.
  • "It Was A Bad Idea": Raghuram Rajan To NDTV On Demonetisation
    Raghuram Rajan, the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, says the lack of jobs in India is a very serious issue. In an exclusive interview with NDTV's Prannoy Roy, Mr Rajan cites the example of how 2.5 crore people in the country applied for 90,000 Railway jobs. Calling demonetisation a bad idea, Mr Rajan said India suffered because of it as well as Goods and Services Tax or GST.
  • PM Modi In Gandhi Bastion Raebareli: Top 5 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Gandhi bastion Raebareli today, and addressed a rally where he attacked the Congress on several issues, from economy to defence. It was his first visit to Raebareli, days after his party lost the assembly elections in five states. The prime minister's visit is being seen as a BJP strategy to take on the Congress in its backyard.
  • PM Modi Attacks Congress At Gandhi Family Turf Raebareli: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took on the Congress at its stronghold in Raebareli. At the railway coach factory of the constituency -- represented in parliament by Sonia Gandhi for nearly 20 years -- the Prime Minister attacked the Congress over its allegations on joblessness, saying the factory, which could employ thousands, had not been functioning for four years. The visit comes days after the BJP lost the three heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the Congress and its allies. It also failed to make headway in Telangana and wrest Mizoram from the Congress.
  • Centre Asks Supreme Court To Fix "Factual Error" In Rafale Order: 10 Points
    Amid a political storm over the Supreme Court exonerating the government in the Rafale fighter jet deal, the centre approached the top court for a "factual correction" in a paragraph in its judgement which has a reference to the Comptroller and Auditor General report and parliament's Public Accounts Committee or PAC. The Supreme Court had in its judgement on Friday said that the material placed before it shows that the centre did not disclose in parliament the pricing details of the Rafale fighter jet, but revealed it to the government's auditor.
  • "Where Is Auditor's Report On Rafale?: Congress Ramps Up Attack On Centre
    A big political storm is brewing over the Supreme Court's verdict on the Rafale fighter jet deal. The Congress says the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has not seen the report by the government's auditor or Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the pricing of the 36 Rafale jets to be purchased from France's Dassault Aviation, which was referred to by the Supreme Court on Friday when it ruled that there was no reason to doubt the process that the government followed to buy the Rafale jets. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Public Accounts Committee chairman, today said he will request all members of the panel to summon the Attorney General and the CAG to ask them when was the auditor's report tabled in parliament.
  • Ashok Gehlot For Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot Accepts Deputy's Post: 10 Points
    Ashok Gehlot is the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot has agreed to be his deputy, the Congress today announced. Sachin Pilot will also get to keep the post of state Congress chief. The announcement came shortly after Rahul Gandhi tweeted a photo with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, all three grinning, with the caption: "The United Colours of Rajasthan". It was a replica of his photo to signal the Madhya Pradesh detente last evening. The Congress has been in firefighting mode since it scooped big BJP states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in state election results on Tuesday.
  • "United Colours Of Rajasthan": Rahul Gandhi Hints Top Post Tussle Over
    Rahul Gandhi dropped a big hint today that the tussle for Rajasthan chief minister was over, tweeting a photo with rivals Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, all three smiling. It was a replica of his photo to announce a Madhya Pradesh détente. This morning, violent protests on a highway in Rajasthan signaled a tough call facing the Congress president. The Congress president called an end to a similar fight in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday with a photo he tweeted, flanked by rivals Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Kamal Nath was named Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister after midnight, following multiple meetings in which Rahul Gandhi persuaded rival Jyotiraditya Scindia to stand down.
  • What Supreme Court Judges Said In Big Rafale Order
    The Supreme Court today said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal for 36 fighter jets. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there has been a necessity of fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without these jets. The Chief Justice, who read out the judgement for the three-judge bench, said no reasons were found to interfere in the procurement process for the fighter jets. The top court said it is not the job of the court to deal with the comparative details of the pricing.

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