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  • P Chidambaram Charged In Aircel Maxis Case, Is Accused No. 1: 10 Updates
    P Chidambaram, former Finance Minister and a senior Congress leader, was named as "Accused no 1" for money-laundering in the Aircel-Maxis case involving foreign investment approvals that were allegedly illegal. He and his son Karti Chidambaram, and also his accountant, are among nine accused in a chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate. Mr Chidambaram, 73, is accused of misusing his office as Finance Minister in the government of Manmohan Singh to clear foreign investment deals in exchange for which his son, Karti Chidambaram, was given kickbacks. Mr Chidambaram, in a tweet this evening, said he will contest the case in court.
  • CBI's Top 2 Sent On Leave To Maintain Integrity, Says Centre: 10 Points
    The CBI's warring top two, Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, were sent on leave and several officers were transferred in a stunning overnight 'coup' by the government that saw an interim chief taking charge of the country's top investigating agency at 1.45 am last night. M Nageswar Rao's first act after his late-night promotion was to sign orders shifting several members of a team investigating corruption charges against Rakesh Asthana. CBI director Alok Verma's petition against the government's move will be taken up by the Supreme Court on Friday.
  • In CBI vs CBI, No Arrest For No. 2 Rakesh Asthana Till Monday: 10 Points
    The Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI was taken to court today by its Number 2 officer Rakesh Asthana, who challenged bribery charges against him and asked for protection from arrest. He will not be arrested at least till Monday -- when the case is taken up next -- the Delhi High Court said, issuing notice to the CBI and its chief Alok Verma, Mr Asthana's boss. "The nature and gravity of the case is such that no stay can be granted," said the court. Mr Asthana's lawyer had said that his client "fears arrest and coercive steps".
  • Supreme Court Verdict On Firecrackers: 5 Big Takeaways
    The Supreme Court today said that only firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels will be permitted during all festivals. On Diwali, firecrackers could be burst between 8 pm and 10 pm. People can burst firecrackers on Christmas and New Year between 11:55 pm and 12:30 am. Crackers cannot be sold online and if they are, the sites will be hauled up for contempt. Activists had petitioned the top court for a complete ban on fireworks as pollution levels rise in the capital, New Delhi, ahead of Diwali.
  • Safer Firecrackers On Diwali, 8 To 10 pm Only, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court today did not ban firecrackers but restricted its use to tackle concerns about deadly pollution in Delhi and other cities. The top court allowed "safe and green" crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali, when fireworks add to toxic smog in Delhi, the world's most polluted city according to a WHO report. No "low-emission" firecrackers exist yet, so today's order may well be a ban. "We tried to strike a balance," said the court, announcing a two-hour limit for bursting crackers at festivals and weddings. A petition on behalf of three infants in 2015 had called for a complete ban.
  • In CBI vs CBI, Chief Alok Verma Preps To Suspend Deputy: 10 Points
    A day after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Central Bureau of Investigation chief Alok Verma has moved to suspend his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Sources told NDTV that a letter was sent over weekend, in which Mr Verma has called for Mr Asthana's suspension, calling him "a source of demoralization". PM Modi has intervened in the massive fight within the country's main investigating agency, summoning both officers. The CBI chief met him on Sunday. The agency had filed a bribery case against Mr Asthana, who wrote to the government listing several charges against his boss.
  • In War Between CBI's Top 2, An FIR And A Complaint: 10 Points
    A fight within the country's top investigating agency CBI has boiled over with its two top men going public against each other. The CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a bribery case against its number two officer, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who had written to the government listing several charges against his boss, the agency's director Alok Verma. The case has taken a political twist with Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the infighting and accusing him, again, of making the agency a weapon of political vendetta. Sources in the PM's office say the CBI has not sought permission to act against its officer, Mr Asthana, as is required in such cases.
  • Before Amritsar Tragedy, People Stood On Elevated Tracks For Better View
    Sixty-one people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in Amritsar on Friday evening. The tracks at Jaura Phatak were on higher ground, which gave a better view of the burning effigy of Ravan. As it was lit and fireworks went off, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks, where a large number of people were already standing to watch the celebrations. The people who were hit could not see or hear the train due to the exploding crackers. An angry crowd shouted slogans against local legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was present as chief guest during the event. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the accident.
  • Equality vs Faith: The Sabarimala Stand-Off Explained In 10 Points
    A religious stricture banning women between 10 and 50 years from entering the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala has always raised eyebrows in the past, but never did it spark violent protests that shocked an entire nation. Two days after the hill-shrine opened its doors to the public, Hindu devotees continued to lay seige to the holy hill on Friday - vandalising vehicles in open defiance of the police and threatening to force back any woman who dares visit the temple.
  • 60 Dead As Train Hits Crowd Watching Ravan-Burning In Punjab: 10 Points
    At least 60 people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in Amritsar on Friday evening. As Ravan's effigy - located very close to the tracks at Jaura Phatak - was lit and fireworks went off, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks, where a large number of people were already standing to watch the celebrations. The people who were hit could not see or hear the train due to the exploding crackers. An angry crowd shouted slogans against local legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was present as chief guest during the event. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the accident.
  • MJ Akbar To Record Statement In Defamation Case On October 31: 10 Points
    Former Union minister MJ Akbar has been asked to come and record his statement on October 31 by a Delhi court which today agreed to hear his defamation case against one of the multiple women who accused him of sexual harassment. Mr Akbar has trashed the allegations. His lawyers today said he had to quit his job as the junior foreign minister because of the allegations. Journalist Priya Ramani's defamatory tweets, they said, "were picked up by the foreign media". Ms Ramani, who was the first woman to call out Mr Akbar under the growing #MeToo movement in India, has said the truth is her "only defence".
  • Sabarimala Temple Opens After Day Of Protests, Women Stopped: 10 Points
    Kerala's Sabarimala temple opened its doors to women of all ages on Wednesday evening after much protest, violence and the final imposition of prohibitory orders that bans large gatherings. Through the day, protesters had been trying to enforce the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of reproductive age in the temple, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month. They combed buses, stopped women from going near the temple, attacked journalists, vandalised media vehicles and threw stones at the police. Kerala's CPM-led government has blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP's ideological mentor, for the violence.
  • Kerala Tense As Women Head To Sabarimala Amid Protests, Heavy Security
    Protests intensified around Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple as the shrine to Lord Ayappa got ready to open its doors to women of reproductive age following a Supreme Court order overturning the centuries-old ban. Crew from four media companies was attacked and two women, who had started the 7-km trek towards the hilltop shrine, had to turn back. Despite the heavy police presence along the route, devotees backing the ban screened buses and women were pushed, manhandled and violently turned away from the base camp at Nilakkal, around 20 km from the shrine.
  • Delhi's Biggest Thermal Plant Shuts As Pollution Plan Kicks In: 10 Points
    Delhi's biggest coal power plant has been ordered to be permanently closed from today and the roads will be swept with special machines as part of a set of emergency measures that have been put in place by the government to combat air pollution, authorities said. With the temperatures slowing dipping, Delhi air pollution levels have gone up with today's air quality tagged as "poor". The Central Pollution Control Board rolled out emergency action plan which will be implemented from today.
  • Delhi To Enforce Emergency Plan" As Pollution Returns: 10 Points
    Pollution levels in Delhi have started their annual journey up as the national capital braces for winter. At 16 degrees Celsius, night temperature has barely acquired a nip, day temperature is at a level 30 degrees. But the overall Air Quality Index or AQI, has already moved to the "poor" category. On Sunday, the AQI recorded at 10 am was 201. The Central Pollution Control Board said it is ready with an emergency action plan, which will be implemented from today.

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