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  • Rajiv Gandhi-Like Plot To End "Modi Raj", Say Cops On Activists: 10 Facts
    The Maharashtra Police, under attack from all quarters for arresting five prominent activists, on Friday claimed they have "conclusive proof" that links these activists and those arrested in June to Maoists, mainly in the form of emails and thousands of letters. The police said one of the letters exchanged between an activist and Maoists spoke of planning "another Rajiv Gandhi-like incident to end Modi-raj" and that the central committee of Maoists communicated with these activists through password protected messages sent through courier.
  • Last Day To File Income Tax Return Today: 5 Things To Remember
    Today, August 31, is the last day to file your income tax returns for the assessment year 2018-19 for salaried individuals and people with professional income. Since the government has already given a one-month extension to the original deadline of July 31 for filing ITR, there may not be any further extension in the timeline. The only exception to this, however, is Kerala, where the due date to file IT returns has been extended to September 15 after devastating floods that led to destruction of life and property in the state.
  • Over 99 Per Cent Banned Notes Back In System, Says RBI Report: 10 Facts
    Over 99 per cent of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes banned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the November 2016 demonetisation have returned to the banking system, the Reserve Bank of India said today after completing what it calls the "humungous task" of counting the banned cash. The central bank's annual report says only a fraction of the currency was left out of the system after the unprecedented notes ban aimed at checking black money and corruption - an exercise that cost the government Rs 8,000 crore. The opposition Congress promptly said the PM must "apologise" for lying to the nation.
  • House Arrest For 5 Activists Till September 6, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    Five activists arrested in a dramatic swoop by the Pune police yesterday and charged under an anti-terror law will be under house arrest until the Supreme Court's next hearing on September 6, three judges decided today. The court asked the Centre and Maharashtra to respond to a petition challenging the arrests. While delivering the judgment, Justice DY Chandrachud said, "Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If you don't allow the safety valve pressure cooker will burst".
  • After Arrest Of Activists Over "Maoist Plot", A Midnight Drama: 10 Facts
    Nine rights activists were searched and five of them arrested on Tuesday over allegations of Maoist links after sweeping multi-city raids that have been described by many as "absolutely chilling" and a "virtual declaration of emergency". The raids and arrests were by the Pune police, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in January, in which Dalit activists had clashed with upper-caste Marathas. Those arrested include Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves. The raids were carried out in Delhi, Faridabad, Goa, Mumbai, Ranchi and Hyderabad.
  • Stars, Leaders Inspire Many At NDTV #IndiaForKerala Telethon: Top Quotes
    Politicians, move stars, singers and artistes came together to participate in NDTV's #IndiaForKerala telethon that is raising funds for villages in Kerala which are struggling to rebuild themselves after being hit by the worst floods in a century. Generously donating resources and time, they appealed to contribute as much as possible to help people most-affected by the floods get back on their feet.
  • Kerala Plans Interest-Free Loans As Huge Rebuilding Task Looms: 10 Points
    The Kerala government is contemplating interest-free loans for families whose homes have been destroyed by the floods in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. These loans, which can go up to Rs 1 lakh, may be provided to the female head of the family and the government will pay for the interest, Mr Vijayan said. Kerala has been devastated by the worst floods in the state in a century that have claimed 231 lives since August 8, destroyed over 26,000 homes, and washed away roads and bridges. More than 10 lakh people are sheltering in thousands of relief camps.
  • "Dog In Manger", Fumes Kerala On Centre 'No' To Foreign Help: 10 Facts
    India will not accept financial help from nations for flood-wrecked Kerala, the government said on Tuesday in an escalating row over aid from abroad. "In line with existing policy, the government of India is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts," the foreign ministry said in a statement last night. Hours later came a sharp response from Kerala's Left government. "This is a dog in the manger policy," tweeted Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac. The floods in Kerala, the worst in a century, have left nearly 240 dead since August 8.
  • Chandrayaan 1 Helps NASA Confirm Water Ice On Moon: 10 Things To Know
    India's Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft helped NASA confirm the presence of frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon. Chandrayaan 1 was India's first lunar mission that was launched on 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organisation. NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument, aboard the Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft, collected data that not only picked up the reflective properties of ice, but was able to directly measure the distinctive way its molecules absorb infra-red light, so it can differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice. One of the objectives of Chandrayaan 1 is to design, develop, launch and orbit a spacecraft around the Moon.
  • Kerala To Demand 2600-Crore Package For Central Schemes: 10 Points
    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today tweeted a wish list -- highlighting a Rs 2700-crore package -- that would help the state get back on its feet after the century's worst flood. The matter will be discussed in a special assembly session on August 30. On the ground, the situation has "improved dramatically" as flood waters receded, Union Minister KJ Alphons said. Rescue operations are almost over. The focus is now on the mammoth task of rebuilding homes, infrastructure and lives. 237 people died since August 8, almost a million were forced to leave their homes.
  • Kerala Floods "Severe Calamity", Says Centre; Focus On Relief: 10 Points
    Efforts to restore essential services are going on parallel with relief and rescue in Kerala, where at least a thousand people are still stranded at five villages around Chengannur - a town in Alappuzha. Phone connectivity has been restored in 90 per cent of the state and there is enough fuel and animal fodder, the authorities said after a meeting. With floodwater receding in some areas, lack of clean drinking water and diseases due to mosquito infestation, especially in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, have become a big concern. The Union home ministry has declared the flood a "calamity of severe nature".
  • Rain Lets Up In Kerala, Thousands Still Feared Trapped: 10 Facts
    Rain has finally eased in Kerala hit by the worst floods in nearly a century that has killed more than 160 people since August 8. Over 300 people have died in the southern state this monsoon that has suffered damages over Rs 20,000 crore. Thousands of people are still feared stranded, awaiting relief and rescue. As the state and centre turn towards rebuilding efforts, the risk of disease outbreak in relief camps - where more than 6 lakh people have been given temporary shelter - has surfaced as a major concern.
  • Water Recedes In Kerala, Concerns About Disease Emerge: 10 Points
    Rain eased this morning and the flood water started receding from some areas of Kerala. The red alert that was in place for days, was withdrawn and the met office said rainfall will decrease further over the next five days. Rescue efforts continued round-the-clock as thousands remained marooned on rooftops. At least 164 people died since August 8 in the worst floods in the state in a century. Authorities are now preparing to prevent any outbreak of disease among the more than 6 lakh people who are living in 3,000-plus relief camps across the state.
  • Kerala Braces For More Rain, PM Modi, States Pledge Help: 10 Points
    A new red alert was issued for today in 11 districts of flood-ravaged Kerala as heavy rainfall was predicted in all districts except Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. At least 324 people have died and there are growing fears that the number of deaths could escalate rapidly with countless people still marooned, desperate for food and drinking water. Hundreds of thousands of people have been shifted to relief camps. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Rs 500 crore in aid along with more helicopters, boats and other equipment for relief and rescue as he was given an aerial tour of the worst-affected areas.
  • As Imran Khan Takes Oath, A New Innings Begins For Pak: 10 Updates
    Former cricketer Imran Khan took oath on Saturday to become Pakistan's Prime Minister, ending decades of political dominance by Pakistan's two dynastic powerhouses. Mr Khan had run a populist campaign promising to change the lives of Pakistanis and come down hard on corruption. "Those people who have looted the country, I promise that they will be brought to justice," Mr Khan reiterated on Friday after winning the acrimonious vote in parliament for the top seat. A tearful Mr Khan, clad in a traditional black sherwani, smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the oath administered to him by President Mamnoon Hussain during the ceremony, televised live by the state broadcaster PTV.

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