Cheat Sheet

  • Kashmir Special Status Under Article 370 Ends "At Once":  10 Points
    Special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution has been removed by a presidential order that would come into force "at once", Home Minister Amit Shah said in parliament on Monday, announcing the most far-reaching move on the state in nearly seven decades. The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his cabinet at his house this morning. Amit Shah also introduced a bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha. Prepping for any trouble in the state after the announcement, the centre moved 8,000 paramilitary troops from different parts of the country to Kashmir, in addition to nearly 35,000 personnel moved in the past week.
  • Article 35A: Your 5-Point Guide To Why It's So Sensitive For Kashmir
    Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's massive re-election, the BJP had pledged to end Article 35A for Jammu and Kashmir. With the Kashmir Valley now in lockdown and top leaders placed under house arrest in Srinagar, the expectation is that Article 35A will be announced as scrapped when Home Minister Amit Shah addresses parliament this morning.
  • Mumbai Schools, Colleges Shut Today Amid Heavy Rain Forecast: 10 Points
    Rainfall resumed in parts Mumbai this morning after a lull overnight, adding to the difficulties that Monday office commuters in the country's entertainment and financial hub would face as rainwater flooded many parts of the city. The weather office has forecast continuous rain in Mumbai and heavy rainfall in nearby places today. All suburban trains are running except on the Kalyan to Karjat and Kasara route, said Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi. "It's nature's fury, and the railway administration is doing everything possible for normalisation of services. Kindly bear with us and plan your journey accordingly," said Mr Udasi. The Maharashtra government has sought six more teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar to evacuate people if needed.
  • J&K Ex-Chief Ministers Under House Arrest, Internet Blocked: 10 Points
    Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone, the three most prominent politicians from Jammu and Kashmir, were placed under house arrest after midnight on Sunday in an unprecedented lockdown that follows a massive security build-up and a first-ever government advisory asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir immediately. Mobile internet and phone connections have been blocked in many places and public meetings or rallies have been banned in Srinagar and parts of the state. The rapid escalation of security measures fueled speculation about plans to modify the special status granted to the state under the constitution. Against the tense backdrop, the spotlight was on a cabinet meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence this morning. PM Modi also had a one-on-one meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of the cabinet meet. Mr Shah is expected to make a statement in parliament today.
  • Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah Under House Arrest In J&K Turmoil: 10 Facts
    Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and Sajad Lone - the three most prominent politicians from Jammu and Kashmir - were placed under house arrest late Sunday. Mobile internet and landline phone connections have been blocked in many places and public meetings or rallies have been banned. The moves come at a time when the state has plunged into uncertainty amid a massive security build-up and government advisory asking pilgrims and tourists to leave Kashmir immediately. The developments have triggered intense speculation about plans to modify the special status granted to the state under the constitution - a highly emotive issue linked to the rights of its residents.
  • Mumbai Schools, Colleges Closed Today Amid Rain Alert: 10 Points
    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced that schools and colleges in Mumbai will remain closed today to ensure that students are not put at risk due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall over the last few days. At least four persons died in rain-related incidents across Mumbai, Pune and Palghar districts through the day while a man went missing after he fell into a swollen sewage line at Dharavi in Central Mumbai. Earlier today, the Indian Air Force had airlifted 56 people from Khandvali, a rain-hit village in Thane district near Mumbai, after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sought its help to rescue the villagers.
  • Thousands Stranded As Mumbai Battles "Typhoon-Like Conditions": 10 Points
    Thousands were stranded at railway stations across Mumbai after incessant rains flooded railway tracks in the city and its surrounding areas on Saturday, amid predictions by the India Meteorological Department that the weather situation will only get worse in the next 24 to 36 hours. Two deaths were reported during the day, and three people are still missing. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared a holiday for schools and colleges, so students don't end up risking their lives.
  • Hamza Bin Laden Reportedly Dead: Know All About Osama Bin Laden's Son

    Hamza bin Laden, son of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been killed, US media reported on Wednesday citing American officials. According to the New York Times, Hamza bin Laden had been killed in an operation during the first two years of the Donald Trump administration even before the State Department had announced a USD 1 million reward for his whereabouts in February this year. The US officials, however, have not yet revealed the details of the place or date. Al Qaeda was behind the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

  • Central Security, 25 Lakhs Compensation For Unnao Teen, Orders Top Court
    The Unnao rape survivor must be given central protection and Rs 25 lakh compensation by tomorrow, the Supreme Court said on Thursday in a series of decisions that included the transfer of all five cases linked to the teen's rape allegedly by powerful lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar out of Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also ordered the CBI to complete within 7 days its investigation into the car crash on Sunday that left the girl critically wounded and killed two of her relatives.
  • Heavy Cost For Traffic Violations In Motor Vehicles Bill: 10 Points
    Driving while texting, lane-changing, drink driving or ignoring an ambulance can lead to tougher penalties and heavy fines in a new bill that is a step away from becoming law after it cleared the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Though it was already cleared by the Lok Sabha, it will go back to that house on account of a typo. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, once enacted, will instill the fear of law in people who violate traffic rules, since an "intelligent traffic system" will monitor offences.
  • Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha: Rajya Sabha Rejects Motion To Send Triple Talaq Bill To Select Panel
    The contentious bill to ban Triple Talaq - the practice of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering "talaq" thrice - which failed the the Rajya Sabha test last time, is expected to have a smooth passage today as the opposition to it suddenly crumbled. While Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal supported the bill, the AIADMK and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United walked out. K Chandrashekar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samithi will abstain, bringing down the majority mark. Several lawmakers from the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Sharad Pawar's Party are giving the vote a miss. Last week, despite lacking numbers, the government managed to push the contentious amendment to the landmark Right To Information Act through the upper house with the help of most of these parties.
  • Murder Case Against BJP Lawmaker After Unnao Rape Survivor's Car Crash
    A murder case was filed against BJP legislator Kuldeep Sengar after Sunday's accident in Raebareli, in which two women died and a teenager he allegedly raped two years ago, got injured and is in a critical condition. The teen's mother said the accident was meant to "eliminate" her daughter and that Kuldeep Sengar was plotting against them from jail. One of the two aunts of the girl who were killed was a witness in the rape case. The police had said initial investigations indicate that it was an accident. The girl was not accompanied by the security personnel assigned to her, and the truck that hit the car had its number plates scrubbed with black paint. The state government late on Monday, transferred the accident case to the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI.
  • BS Yediyurappa Wins Karnataka Trust Vote, Talks Of "Forgive And Forget"
    The BJP government led by BS Yediyurappa sailed through the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly today after an intense, three-week power struggle, which saw 18 lawmakers bring down the 14-month-old coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy. Yesterday, the last of the coalition's rebel lawmakers were disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, who resigned after the trust vote today. Mr Yediyurappa said he would not indulge in "politics of vengeance" as he believed in the "forget and forgive" principle. The Congress and the JDS have accused the BJP of horse-trading -- an allegation the party has denied.
  • "Believe In Forget And Forgive," Says BS Yediyurappa Ahead Of Trust Vote
    BS Yediyurappa, who took oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka last Friday, won the trust vote in the state assembly, prove majority of his three-day old government. Mr Yediyurappa said he would not indulge in "politics of vengeance" and that he believed in the "forget and forgive principle". The trust vote comes a day after eleven rebel lawmakers of the Congress and three from HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal (Secular) were disqualified by Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. The 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by Mr Kumaraswamy collapsed last Tuesday after losing the trust vote in the assembly, in a climax to the three-week long intense power struggle.
  • BS Yediyurappa, Spelled Differently, Takes Oath, Trust Vote On Monday: 10 Points
    The BJP's BS Yediyurappa was sworn in for the fourth time as Karnataka Chief Minister on Friday, three days after the fall of the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition in a test of strength. Mr Yediyurappa says he will prove his majority in the Assembly at 10 am on Monday. His BJP, with the support of 106 lawmakers, is six short of a majority but Mr Yediyurappa says he is "101%" confident of winning. BJP chief Amit Shah reportedly gave his go-ahead to Mr Yediyurappa after Karnataka leaders assured that rebel lawmakers whose resignations brought down the Congress-JDS government of HD Kumaraswamy will back the BJP.

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