Cheat Sheet

  • Madras High Court Verdict On 18 Disqualified AIADMK Lawmakers Today: 10 Points
    In a verdict that could impact the Tamil Nadu government led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami, the Madras High Court will decide today on a bunch of petitions filed by 18 AIADMK rebel lawmakers who were disqualified last year ahead of a trust vote. The High Court put the floor test on hold and directed that the 18 seats be kept vacant until its decision.
  • AAP Holds Massive Protest Outside Lt Governor's House: 10 Facts
    Hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party leaders and workers gathered outside Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's office on Wednesday evening, where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers have been on a sit-in protest for 48 hours. They were joined by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from the BJP recently. Rajya Sabha member and senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said that if the matter has not been resolved by Sunday, they will march to the Prime Minister's Office. AAP claims it has the support of other opposition parties in their protest.
  • More Rain Forecast In Mumbai As Monsoon Wades Into Maharashtra: 10 Points
    More rain has been forecast in Mumbai and south Maharashtra today, a day after southwest monsoon hit the state. Squally wind gusting to 60 kilometres per hour is very likely along the coasts of Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka, the weather department said in a warning. Two persons were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Thane district. While a fisherman was struck by lightning, a woman riding pillion died after a two-wheeler hit a truck during the downpour, reported news agency PTI.
  • Monsoon Hits Mumbai, Heavy Rain Disrupts Flights, Trains: 10 Updates
    Mumbai was hit by heavy rain this morning as monsoon arrived, inundating low lying areas and disrupting local trains and flights. At least 20 domestic flights have been delayed and one cancelled; 12 international flights are also late, while two stand cancelled. Local trains are running 15-20 minutes late, officials said. "Parts of a wall fell on the tracks this morning. It was removed immediately and for some time, trains on the down slow line were diverted to the fast line," Central Railways spokesperson Sunil Udasi said. Heavy rain has been forecast in Mumbai till tomorrow.
  • PM Modi Visits China For Second Time In 6 Weeks, Meets Xi Jinping Today: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday after he reached Qingdao in China to attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit. It will be the first SCO summit since its expansion, when India and Pakistan were included as full members at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan last year. India is likely to pitch for concerted regional and global action against terror networks and favour effective connectivity links to boost trade. During his visit to Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province. PM Modi will meet Mr Xi multiple times on the sidelines of the summit.
  • PM Modi Assassination Plot Revealed In Maoist Letter, Say Cops: 10 Facts
    A plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" during one of his roadshows has been revealed in a letter seized from a suspected Maoist, the Pune police told a court on Thursday. Soon after, it was reported that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also received letters, alleged from Maoist outfits, threatening him and his family. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: "We are always concerned about our PM's security. Maoists are just fighting a losing battle".
  • Not Monsoon Yet But Mumbai Roads Flooded, Rail, Air Traffic Hit: 10 Facts
    Monsoons played truant in Mumbai today, but the build-up continued. Heavy rains since morning flooded roads, delayed trains and diverted at least one flight. Navy personnel will be posted from tonight in parts of the city to help with the operations. The met department has said these are pre-monsoon showers and the monsoon will hit sometime over the week-end. Disaster management authorities have warned about very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours.
  • <i>"Kaala"</i> Releases Amid Fan Frenzy, No Show In Karnataka: 10 Facts
    Frenzied fans flocked to theatres as early as 4 am to catch the first show of superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala", which was released across the country today. In Karnataka -- where theatres did not screen the movie in view of the opposition from pro-Kannada activists -- fans were disappointed. Many said they would travel to Tamil Nadu to watch the movie. Pro-Kannada groups have been upset with Rajinikanth's remarks on the Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation".
  • In Rajinikanth's <i>"Kaala"</i> Release, HD Kumaraswamy's First Test: 10 Facts
    Superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala" will hit theatres across the country today, a day after the Supreme Court refused to stop its screening. Pro-Kannada groups had appealed against the film's release, upset with Rajinikanth over his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. "Kaala's" release in Karnataka comes as the first big test for the new chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who had said the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation".
  • Rajinikanth's "<i>Kaala</i>" Plea As HD Kumaraswamy Talks Like Fringe: 10 Points
    A day before superstar-politician Rajinikanth's film "Kaala" hits theatres across the country, the Supreme Court refused to stop its screening but Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has said that the film should not be released in his state "in the present situation". Mr Kumaraswamy, who took charge two weeks ago, has been accused by many of bowing to groups who are upset with Rajinikanth over his comments on the Cauvery river dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Rejecting a petition to block it, the Supreme Court said: "Everybody is waiting for the film to be released."
  • Army, Central Forces Called In After More Clashes In Shillong: 10 Facts
    The Army has been called into Shillong after fresh violence broke out in the Meghalaya capital this evening. Cellphone internet and text messages have been switched off in the entire Khasi hills region. Sources said if that is not enough, the authorities will pull the plug on private broadband. The home ministry has sent in 11 companies of para-military forces to help police maintain law and order in the city, which has been witnessing violence for the last four days. The unrest, which started last week as two groups clashed, has snowballed into a full-blown conflict between tribals and residents of a migrant Punjabi settlement.
  • Water Crisis Spreads. After Shimla, Parts of Rajasthan, UP Dry: 10 Facts
    Water crisis is spreading across north India as the temperature continues its upward march. While Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla has barely enough to drink, parts of Rajasthan's Ajmer is locking up its water drums to prevent theft. In villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh, women are walking miles to fill their pitchers. The water crisis is Shimla has been on for the last 10 days and there is no immediate solution in sight, the authorities indicate. They hope the pre-monsoon showers by the third week of June should improve the situation.
  • Storm Warning For Uttar Pradesh, Heavy Rain Likely In Northeast: 10 Facts
    Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied by gusty winds are very likely at isolated places in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh over the next two days, the weather department has warned. The districts that could be hit by thunderstorm or dust storm include Banda, Chitrakoot, Fatehpur, Hardoi, Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad, Meerut, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Rain has also been forecast in parts of Uttar Pradesh, reported news agency PTI.
  • Fresh Nipah Outbreak Scare, Schools, Colleges To Stay Shut In Kozhikode Till June 12: 10 Points
    With the brain-damaging Nipah virus claiming 16 lives in Kerala's Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, the southern state's health minister has issued a warning that there could be a possible second outbreak, adding to the woes of people across the state. The government today also announced that schools, colleges and other educational institutions will remain shut till June 12. They were supposed to re-open on June 5. "Though the first phase is under control, we are expecting a second wave in accordance to the global pattern. We have done everything to prepare for it. A second phase could mean more cases," state Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
  • Farmers Begin 10-Day Protest; Milk, Vegetable Supply To Be Affected: 10 Points
    Fresh produce from farms and thousands of litres of milk have ended up on streets on the first day of the 10-day protest by farmers in seven states, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The much-hyped demonstration, "Gaon Bandh", is being held to demand a complete loan waiver, minimum support price for their yield and an assurance of permanent minimum income from the government. The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM), a federation of 130 farmer organisations, which is spearheading the protests, made it clear that farmers will not supply any vegetables and dairy produce to the cities for the next 10 days. The federation has assured that farmers won't block any roads, but they will sit on dharna along 30 major highways in the country.

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