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  • Cheaper, Faster: 10 Things To Know About New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Train
    The Ministry of Railways has introduced a new Rajdhani on the Delhi-Mumbai route. The special train, which will be launched on October 16, is aimed at reducing travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock.
  • Rajesh And Nupur Talwar To Walk Out Of Jail After Acquittal: 10 Points
    Dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are expected to walk out of a prison in Uttar Pradesh on Monday after the Allahabad High Court cleared them of the murder of their teen daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008. Aarushi, 13, was found dead in her bedroom; Hemraj was the main suspect till his body was found hours later on the roof of the Talwar home in Noida. The CBI has said it will study the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against the Talwars' acquittal.
  • Bharti Airtel To Acquire Tata's Mobile Business: 10 Points
    In further consolidation of Indian telecom industry, Bharti Airtel, India's biggest telecom operator is acquiring the consumer mobile business of Tata Teleservices and Tata Teleservices Maharashtra, in a deal that gives the company a major subscriber base boost for virtually free, while stemming the bleed for Tata from a loss making venture. As part of the agreement, Bharti Airtel will absorb Tata's consumer mobile operations across the country in nineteen circles (17 under Tata Teleservices Limited and 2 under Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited).
  • 5 Quotes From Judges On Finding Talwars Not Guilty Of Killing Aarushi
    Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were today found innocent of killing their only child, Aarushi, and their live-in help, Hemraj, in 2008 at their house in Noida near Delhi. The case transfixed and polarized the country about who had committed the double murder. The CBI had argued that circumstantial evidence indicts the Talwars and that their home was not broken into on the night of the deaths, which means that it was an inside job by the only other occupants of the flat. But judges of the Allahabad High Court today rejected that theory.
  • Talwars Acquitted Of Daughter Aarushi's Murder By Allahabad High Court: 10 Points
    Dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar are innocent of killing their teen daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in 2008, the Allahabad High Court said on Thursday, stressing that it was giving them the benefit of the doubt. Aarushi, 13, was found dead in her bedroom; Hemraj was the main suspect till his body was found hours later on the roof of the Talwar home in Noida. The CBI has said it will study the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against the Talwars' acquittal.
  • Aarushi Talwar Murder Verdict Expected Soon, Judges Arrive In Court: 10 Points
    The Allahabad High Court will shortly decide whether dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar murdered their teen daughter, Aarushi, in 2008 at their home in Noida near Delhi. Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom; then Hemraj, the family's Nepalese domestic help was discovered killed on the terrace. The Talwars were sentenced to life in prison in 2013. They have appealed against their conviction.
  • PM Modi's Economic Advisory Team To Focus On Growth, Jobs: 10 Points
    Acknowledging an economic slowdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's newly-constituted Economic Advisory Council has picked 10 areas to work on first, with a focus on accelerating growth and jobs. Economist Bibek Debroy, who heads the five-member panel, chaired the first meeting of the council today, with the government's Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian making a presentation.
  • Delhi Metro Rides Costlier From Today, 'Painful' Says AAP: 10 Points
    Travelling on the Delhi metro will be costlier from today with tickets costing Rs 10 more and a maximum fare of Rs 60. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called the hike "too steep" and tweeted, "The centre should have been more considerate for common man." The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has defended its second fare increase in six months, citing rising losses and input costs over the years.
  • Hearing On Disqualification Of 18 AIADMK Rebel MLAs Adjourned: 10 Points
    The Madras High Court today adjourned to November 2 a petition challenging the Tamil Nadu Speaker's decision last month to disqualify 18 legislators of the ruling AIADMK loyal to VK Sasikala, who has been evicted by the party as its chief. The court had last month refused to stay Speaker P Dhanapal's order, but said the seats of the disqualified legislators should be kept vacant and no floor test must be held till it decides on the petition.
  • Major Changes To GST To Help Small Companies, Exporters: 10 Points
    Three months after rolling out the Goods and Services Tax, the GST council on Friday carried out major changes to the new national tax regime to ease compliance norms for small and medium companies and reduced tax rates on nearly two dozen items. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who heads the council, also announced businesses with a turnover of up to 1.5 crores would be allowed quarterly filings. The review comes after feedback and complaints from businesses and amid criticism from the opposition over the way GST has been implemented.
  • Key GST Changes Expected For Relief To Businesses Today: 10 Points
    A day-long meeting of the powerful GST council to revisit compliance rules for businesses and make what have been described as "structural changes" in the new national tax regime, has concluded. The review comes after feedback and complaints from businesses and amid criticism from the opposition over the way GST has been implemented. The focus today is on providing relief to small traders and exporters. Many states have backed demands to relax rules that require three tax returns to be filed every month, and Telangana Finance Minister E Rajinder said businesses with a turnover of up to 1.5 crores doing inter-state trade are likely to be allowed quarterly filings.
  • Top Court Urged To Restore Ban On Sale Of Crackers In Delhi: 10 Points
    Weeks after the Supreme Court noted that a complete embargo on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR is "too radical a step" and "temporarily" lifted the ban, the top court will tomorrow hear a petition seeking restoration of its earlier order. The plea was filed following the modification of the order to provide relief to firecracker manufacturers. While lifting the ban last month, the court had said that the authorities had not provided conclusive proof and data to establish that bursting of crackers was the sole reason for extremely poor air quality in Delhi-NCR post-Diwali and said that "a graded and balanced, and not a radical approach was required to deal with pollution menace in the city".
  • Zakia Jafri's Plea Against PM Narendra Modi In 2002 Riots Case Rejected: 10 Facts
    The Gujarat High Court has rejected Zakia Jafri's petition challenging a clean chit by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the state's top politicians including then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and bureaucrats in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The court has not accepted Ms Jafri's allegation of "a larger conspiracy" behind the riots. Zakia Jafri's husband Ehsaan Jafri, a Congress leader, was one of 69 people killed by rioters who attacked Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002.
  • Simultaneous Polls Possible By Next Year, Says Election Body: 10 Points
    Simultaneous national and state elections will be possible by next year and the Election Commission will be "logistically equipped" to organise such a mega event, a top poll officer has said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often made a strong pitch for joint polls and has urged all parties to rise above politics to consider it. Opposition parties like the Congress, the Left and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have, however, rejected the idea.
  • Court Verdict On Zakia Jafri Plea On Gulbarg Massacre Likely Today: 10 Points
    A petition by Congress leader Ehsan Jafri's widow in 2014 challenging the clean chit to the state's top politicians including then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and bureaucrats in a 2002 Gujarat riots case is expected to be decided by the high court today. Zakia Jafri's husband was one of the 69 people killed when a large mob attacked Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002. She had alleged there was a larger conspiracy behind the attack but a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team or SIT had not found any evidence to back this accusation.

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