Cheat Sheet

  • "Flogging Dead Horse," Centre Says On Explosive Rafale Report: 10 Points
    A news report on an internal note of the defence ministry - which recorded its objections to "parallel negotiations" by the Prime Minister's Office into the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale fighter jets -- triggered a huge political row today. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the report by The Hindu established that the PMO was directly involved in the deal and had withheld information from the Supreme Court. In Parliament, as his party demanded that the deal be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congress was "flogging a dead horse".
  • Congress <i>Mukt Bharat</i> Was Mahatma Gandhi's Idea, Says PM: Top Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the motion of thanks in the Lok Sabha to the President's address today. The discussion started yesterday and the motion is likely to be adopted by the House, where the ruling NDA has a big majority, tomorrow, following the prime minister's reply. In his speech, PM Modi launched a scathing attack at the Opposition.
  • Robert Vadra Picked By Wife Priyanka After 9-Hour Questioning: 10 Points
    Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was questioned for about nine hours on Thursday in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. Yesterday, the probe agency quizzed Mr Vadra on allegations that he illegally owns nine properties, cumulatively worth 12 million pounds (Rs 110 crore), in London. On Thursday, the agency focussed on his links with the main players in the case - controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, his nephew, and two others, sources said. Mr Vadra has denied the allegations, calling it a political witch-hunt. Coming months ahead of the national elections, his questioning has become another flashpoint between the government and the opposition. Mr Vadra, who left the agency this evening with wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has been asked to appear before the Enforcement Directorate again on Saturday.
  • "Will Respect Sabarimala Verdict": Temple Board's U-Turn In Supreme Court
    In a U-turn, the board controlling Kerala's Sabarimala temple told the Supreme Court today that it supports the entry of women of all ages at the famous hill shrine. The board is controlled by the state's Left-led government, which has opposed any review of the top court's September order that opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50 and set off a huge backlash. Five judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, today heard more than 60 petitions, a majority of which urge a rethink of the verdict. The judges have reserved verdict on whether they would review the matter.
  • "Sabarimala Order Shouldn't Be Reviewed": Kerala Government To Top Court
    Amid a huge backlash to the entry of young women into Kerala's Sabarimala temple, five judges of the Supreme Court are hearing more than 60 petitions that urge a rethink of the verdict that made it possible. In September, the court had opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50, ending the traditional ban. But only two women have managed to enter the temple since. The rest had been forced to turn back by the huge protests by right-wing groups that often involved the use of force, threats and intimidation.
  • Mamata Banerjee Ends 3-Day <i>Dharna</i>, Says Taking Fight To Delhi: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called off her sit-in protest, which turned Kolkata into the country's political capital for three days. "We are not stopping the fight, we are taking it to Delhi," announced the Bengal chief minister, standing beside her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu at Kolkata's Esplanade, where she has been camping out. Mr Naidu, another interlocutor of the opposition, called for an end to the protest after consulting other parties. The move followed this morning's hearing at the Supreme Court, where the CBI and the Kolkata Police were asked to discuss their differences at a neutral venue. Ms Banerjee, as well as the BJP, claimed it was a moral victory.
  • "Moral Victory," Claim Both Centre, Mamata Banerjee In Order On Top Cop
    Mamata Banerjee today declared a "moral victory" as the Supreme Court said Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, who is at the heart of her indefinite protest sit-in against the central government, would not be arrested. But in what the central government described as a "moral victory for the CBI", the court has ordered Mr Kumar to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong in Meghalaya, submit all evidence and cooperate with the probe into chit fund scams in Bengal. The confrontation between Mamata Banerjee and the ruling BJP at the centre began on Sunday evening after a CBI team that tried to question Rajeev Kumar was detained by the Kolkata Police for a few hours.
  • Day 3 Of Mamata Banerjee's Sit-In, Action Shifts To Top Court: 10 Points
    The full-blown political stand-off between Mamata Banerjee and the central government continued through Monday, with the chief minister refusing to budge from her sit-in protest in the heart of Kolkata. The issue pitched Ms Banerjee to the forefront of a united opposition, whose leaders tore into the central government and took on the government on the floor of parliament and outside. The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose move to barge into the house of the Kolkata police chief and question him triggered the mega row, went to the Supreme Court, which will hear the evidence against Rajeev Kumar today.
  • All You Need To Know About The Saradha, Rose Valley Scams: 10 Points
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been a dharna in the heart of Kolkata since Sunday evening protesting against the CBI questioning of the city police chief in the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. The CBI team had come to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar after he allegedly ignored summons from the agency on the two Ponzi schemes. The Saradha and Rose Valley scams rocked Bengal and many others adjoining states in east India in 2013.
  • Mamata Banerjee On "<i>Satyagraha</i>" After Mega Clash With Centre: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee, sitting on an indefinite protest in Kolkata over a CBI investigation into Ponzi scams allegedly involving several members of her party, was accused by the central government of blocking a Supreme Court-ordered inquiry because she was "trying to hide something". CBI officers were detained last evening as they went to Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar's house to question him about evidence allegedly missing. Soon after, Mamata Banerjee, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP of political vendetta, launched what she calls a "satyagraha to save the constitution". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament today that the detention of CBI officers was "unprecedented" and indicated a constitutional breakdown in the state. Months before the national election, this has become another flashpoint in the BJP versus opposition bust-up with several leaders, from Rahul Gandhi to Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal and Tejashwi Yadav, pledging their support to Mamata Banerjee.
  • Mamata Banerjee's All-Nighter "<i>Satyagraha</i>" As Cops, CBI Clash: 10 Points
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee found herself on a collision course with the centre after a huge showdown on Sunday evening between the state police and officials of the CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI officials, who had come to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar on two Ponzi schemes, were temporarily detained by the police. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of political vendetta, a furious Ms Banerjee started an overnight dharna to "save the constitution". While various BJP leaders have called for President's Rule in Bengal, opposition leaders have rallied around Ms Banerjee, making for a huge flashpoint with the centre.
  • All You Need To Know About New CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla: 5 Points
    Indian Police Service officer Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new CBI director, a government notification said today. The officer was chosen from a list of over 30 contenders for the top post compiled by a committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
  • Report Saying "Unemployment At 45-Year High" Not Verified: NITI Aayog
    A yet-to-be-released report that says the country's unemployment rate rose to a 45-year-high in 2017-18 is "not verified" and the "veracity of the data is not known", NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Thursday. The clarification came as the government faced opposition attacks over the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)'s periodic labour force survey (PLFS), withheld by the government but accessed by the Business Standard newspaper. The damning report, revealed a day before the government's interim Budget, sets up a huge controversy just ahead of the national election, due by May.
  • Unemployment Rate Highest In 45 Years, Reveals Stalled Report: 10 Points
    The country's unemployment rate was at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, according to the National Sample Survey Office's (NSSO's) periodic labour force survey (PLFS), which has been accessed by the Business Standard newspaper. The report was not released despite being vetted by the National Statistical Commission in December, allege two non-independent members who quit the data collating body on Tuesday. The government said today: "We have explained to the members that decision to release the report will be ours. We will decide when this should happen." The report, revealed just a day before the government's interim Budget, sets up a huge controversy just before the national election, due by May, with the opposition targeting the government on jobs data.
  • Congress@100 In Rajasthan After Win, BJP Wins In Haryana Seat: 10 Points
    The ruling BJP and the Congress scored a victory each today in the last polls before the national election, due by May. The BJP won by-polls in Haryana's Jind, where the counting of votes was briefly stalled over protests and allegations of EVM or vote machine tampering. The Congress won the Ramgarh election in Rajasthan, adding one more seat to its tally to touch the half-way mark of 100 in the 200-seat assembly. Congress candidate Saafiya Zubair, won by a huge margin in Ramgarh. The BJP's Krishan Middha won in Jind by over 50,000 votes.

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