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  • 6 Dead, 33 Hurt As Foot Overbridge Collapses Near Mumbai's CST: 10 Points
    A foot overbridge near Mumbai's landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station collapsed on Thursday evening, killing six people and injuring 33. The overbridge was under repair but it was still in use. The collapse took place around 7.30 pm -- the busiest hours of the evening, when footfall was at its highest. The Railway Ministry has said the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Corporation - Sena lawmaker Anil Desai has denied the claim. State minister Vinod Tawde said both Railways and the civic body would investigate the matter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to say he was "deeply anguished by the loss of lives".
  • Supreme Court To Hear Requests To Review Rafale Order Today: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court will today resume hearing petitions calling for a review of its Rafale case judgement from December that said there was no reason to doubt the decision-making process amid Congress allegations of corruption in the 2016 jet deal. The top court had in December dismissed petitions alleging that the government had gone for an overpriced deal to help Anil Ambani's company bag an offset contract with jet-maker Dassault. A day before the crucial hearing, the Centre on Wednesday told the top court that documents filed by the petitioners are "sensitive to national security" and those who conspired in photocopying the papers have committed theft and put the security in jeopardy by leaking them, targeting The Hindu newspaper over its investigative stories on the purchase of 36 fighter jets from France.
  • India "Disappointed" As China Blocks Move On Masood Azhar Again: 10 Facts
    China, for the fourth time, blocked an initiative to tag Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. The move by Beijing - which considers Pakistan an "all-weather ally" - came as the Security Council was to take up a resolution on the matter, days after the February 14 Jaish attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 soldiers died. The resolution, say sources, was backed by an unprecedented number of countries -- the figure, sources said, went into "double digits". India said it was "disappointed by this outcome".
  • Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft Banned In Indian Airspace: 10 Points
    India has closed its airspace to the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and has grounded the planes, according to a government order that came into effect at 4 pm today. Last night, the aviation watchdog DGCA had announced that the planes would be grounded "immediately" for the sake of passenger safety, three days after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing 157 people including four Indians. Since the crash on Sunday, several countries have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, the latest and best-selling variant of the US-based plane-maker.
  • Samjhauta Blast Case Order Reserved After Pakistan Woman Files Petition: 10 Points
    A court in Haryana's Panchkula today reserved its order in the Samjhauta Express blast case till Thursday after a Pakistani woman filed a petition claiming she had some evidence relevant to the case. Rahila L Vakeel -daughter of one of the victims of the blast - has filed a petition to summon witnesses from Pakistan as most of the eye witnesses are from that country. The 12-year-old case saw a number of twists and turns, with the alleged mastermind found murdered and another out on bail. The NIA interrogated 290 witnesses and 30 among them turned hostile. Early morning on February 18, 2007, a terrible blast on Samjhauta Express - the bi-weekly train that runs between India and Pakistan - killed as many as 68 passengers including many Pakistanis.
  • Lok Sabha, State Election Dates To Be Announced Shortly: 10 Points
    The dates for national election will be announced by the Election Commission this evening at 5 pm, signaling the start of a gigantic voting exercise that will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking another term in office and the opposition attempting to join forces to put up a strong fight. Elections will also be held in four states -- Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha - along with the parliamentary polls. The opposition Congress had accused the Election Commission of delaying the dates to enable the government to rush through the launch of welfare schemes and projects; no announcements can be made once the model code of conduct kicks in with the election dates. Commission sources have rubbished the claims.
  • 3 Mediators Including Sri Sri In Ayodhya Case, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    The decades-old Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute has been referred to a three-member panel of mediators who have eight weeks to speak to all stake-holders for a solution, the Supreme Court said today. A former Supreme Court judge, FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and a senior advocate, Sriram Panchu, will be in the mediation team that will carry out its task confidentially, without any media reporting, said a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The in-camera sessions will be held in Faizabad, the neighbouring town of Ayodhya. The court opted for mediation despite objections from petitioners including the Uttar Pradesh government. The case was about "mind, heart and healing" and not land, the court had said earlier this week.
  • PM On Stage With Nitish Kumar At Election Rally, First In A Decade
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the developmental projects in the state as he shared stage with Mr Kumar, the first at a political rally in a decade. "Today, I am happy that Nitish babu worries about the poor and took Bihar out of the old ways and gave it a new direction," PM Modi said. He kicked off the election campaign in Bihar from the historical Gandhi Maidan in Patna. A lot of significance has been attached to the Sankalp Rally, as the event is called. Billboards, posters and hoardings with pictures of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders were put up in various parts of the state capital, inviting people to the event.
  • How India's Legacy Fighter Downed Pak F-16: 10 Things About MiG-21 Bison
    The MiG-21 Bison fighter jet of the Indian Air Force that shot down an advanced American-origin F-16 of the Pakistani Air Force today was a highly upgraded version of the Vietnam-era Soviet jet. A common thing between the two fighter jets is that both have been continuously upgraded and have seen extensive combat use by nations that purchased them from the US and the USSR, later Russia. In today's air battle, India also lost a Mig-21 Bison. "...The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters today.
  • Mirage-2000: Air Force's Go-To Fighter For Tough Jobs - 10 Things To Know
    Along with the heavy fighter jet Sukhoi-30MKI, the lighter French-origin and upgraded Mirage 2000 can act as the tip of the spear for the Indian Air Force or IAF by hitting targets with precision weapons like long-range air-to-ground missiles and laser-guided bombs. On Tuesday, at 3:30 am, the preferred time of the military to strike at the enemy when their awareness levels are at the lowest, 12 Mirage 2000 of the Air Force struck a camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, some 80 km from the Line of Control (LoC). The Mirage 2000 still remains the go-to aircraft for the Indian Air Force as it's one of the most versatile platforms anywhere. The multirole fighter jet flew sorties in the Kargil War in 1999, dropping laser-guided bombs on terrorist bunkers perched atop difficult-to-reach mountaintops.
  • Jaish Camp Hit In 90-Second Op, Jets Returned Without A Scratch: Sources
    In a massive "non-military, pre-emptive" strike by the Indian Air Force across the Line of Control, a major terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed was destroyed and over 300 terrorists were killed. The camp was managed by Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's brother-in-law Yousuf Azhar, who was also killed, according to sources. India carried out the pre-dawn air strike two weeks after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist blew up explosives next to a security convoy in Pulwama in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.
  • All You Need To Know About The National War Memorial In Delhi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National War Memorial near India Gate today. The memorial, conceptualized after Indo-China War in 1962, has been built to commemorate the valour and sacrifice of soldiers, who laid down their lives for the country. "It is a tribute to our fallen heroes and the bravest of the brave. It epitomizes a rich saga of courage, valour and selfless sacrifice made by our heroes in the rich military tradition," Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, told reporters on Sunday.
  • Amid Clashes, Arunachal Pradesh Scraps Permanent Residency Move: 10 Facts
    After three days of protests, vandalism, arson and the loss of a life, the BJP-led government of Arunachal Pradesh today scrapped the plan to give permanent resident status to six tribes and Gorkhas who don't belong to the state. The announcement came after daylong protests during which Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein's private house was torched and the police fought a pitched battle with a mob bent on targeting Chief Minister Pema Khandu's house in Itanagar. The state capital and its adjoining areas continue to be under curfew. The army and six companies of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police have been deployed to restore law and order.
  • PM Modi Rolls Out Rs 75,000 Crore Farmer Scheme From Gorakhpur: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Rs 75,000 crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur by transferring the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers. Another one crore farmers are expected to be covered in the next two to three days. "This is just the beginning. Every year, an approximate amount of Rs 75,000 crore will be directly put in the farmers' bank accounts," PM Modi said. The centre has said the new direct cash transfer scheme will ensure transparency and save time for farmers. The scheme was introduced to augment the income of small and marginal farmers and is estimated to benefit over 12 crore farmers.
  • Will Stop India's Share Of Water Flowing To Pak, Says Nitin Gadkari: 10 Facts
    India has decided to fully utilise its share of unused water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej that has been flowing into Pakistan, Union minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted on Thursday, a week after a suicide bomber of Jaish-e Mohammad drove an explosive-filled car into a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers. The government's decision will not impact Pakistan's share of water under the Indus Water Treaty between the two nations. Officials said the plan was in place since 2016, and the three dam projects, announced then, have recently been inaugurated.

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