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  • World AIDS Day 2018: 5 Things You Should Know
    World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. The day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which is spread by infection from a virus called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The day is marked by the World Health Organisation as a global public health campaign. One can be at a greater risk of HIV if one has unprotected anal or vaginal sex, sharing contaminated needles, syringes and other injecting equipment, receive unsafe injections, blood transfusions, tissue transplantation, medical procedures that involve unsterile cutting or piercing; and experience accidental needle stick injuries including among health workers.
  • Rahul Gandhi Leads Opposition Charge At Mega Farmers' Rally: 10 Points
    Thousands of farmers, some barechested in the November cold and others carrying skulls of loved ones who committed suicide, gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi today to demand loan waivers and better prices for their produce. The protest paved the way for two political leaders -- Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal -- to come together on the same stage for the first time, along with representatives of like-minded parties. Mr Gandhi, in his address, said India currently faces two challenges: the bleak future of its farmers and unemployment of its youth. "The farmers seek what they are owed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but all they get are empty speeches," he added. Mr Kejriwal, for his part, termed the centre's flagship insurance scheme for farmers as just another ploy to fleece them. The rally ended by evening, with the government offering no response or assurance.
  • Mega Farmers' March To Parliament In Traffic-Stopping Protest: 10 Points
    With hopes of being heard in the country's capital and to send a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government just months before it seeks re-election, nearly 8,000 farmers from across India have begun their march to parliament. The farmers began a two-day protest in Delhi on Thursday with demands including loan waivers and better prices for their produce. Backed by the Left and a number of farmer groups, they marched on Delhi's roads for more than 25 kilometres from five different locations towards Ramlila Maidan. The police have made special arrangements for the protest with 3,500 personnel called in.
  • 10 Point Guide On The GDP Data Fight Between Government And Congress
    The government's revised GDP data, which downgrades figures of growth during the previous Congress-led UPA's rule, has provoked a new political bust-up ahead of the 2019 national election. As the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of "malicious and fraudulent jugglery to mask the true state of economy", Mr Jaitley called the new data credible, comprehensive and a better reflection of the economy.
  • "Kashmir Only Issue Between Us," Imran Khan Says At Kartarpur: 10 Points
    The groundbreaking ceremony for the corridor to Kartarpur Sahib, one of the holiest shrines of Sikhs, was held in Pakistan today amid discord over the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said his whole country is "on the same page" about a "civilized relationship with India... the only issue between us is Kashmir". Earlier today, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said India won't participate in SAARC meet and Islamabad has to do more for dialogues to begin. "The dialogue is not connected with only the Kartarpur corridor... The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, the dialogue can start," she said.
  • Madhya Pradesh Voting Heavier Than 2013, Mizoram Sees A Dip: 10 Points
    The heartland state of Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress is hoping to unseat the three-time winner BJP, saw a spike in turnout in today's assembly elections. Mizoram, which the BJP is trying to wrest from the Congress, saw a considerable dip. From 72.7 per cent in 2013, the provisional figure for Madhya Pradesh was 74.6 per cent. The corresponding drop in Mizoram was higher -- 77 per cent, down from last election's 83.4 per cent, the Election Commission said.
  • "Does Imran Khan Run Pak Army?" 5 Big Quotes Of Amarinder Singh To NDTV
    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today came down heavily on Pakistan and said terrorists from across the border were targeting civilians and security personnel in his state. Mr Singh, in an exclusive interview to NDTV on the Kartapur corridor, justified why he turned down the invite by Pakistan for the stone-laying ceremony, and said he "cannot shift his vision completely while terrorists come here and kill our people." The chief minister also said trusting the Pakistan government would be impossible until its army is reigned in. "But does Imran Khan run the army, or does the army run Imran Khan?" he asked.
  • Kartarpur Corridor, All You Need To Know: Top 10 Facts
    The launch of the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan was packed with controversy on Monday as a credit war erupted between the Akali Dal, an ally of the ruling BJP at the centre, and Punjab's ruling Congress. The proposed corridor has also seeded a new point of conflict between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and one of his ministers, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been effusively pushing the project since his visit to Pakistan in September for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's swearing in as the country's prime minister.
  • 50 Lakh Jobs In 5 Years, BJP Promises Ahead Of Rajasthan Polls: 10 Points
    The BJP-led government in Rajasthan has fulfilled 95 per cent of the promises made in 2013, the party claimed while releasing its manifesto ahead of the assembly elections in the state on December 7. Vasundhara Raje, who is eyeing a second term as the chief minister, said her government prioritised development work and welfare schemes in the last five years and promised the same for the next five. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, who unveiled the manifesto along with the chief minister and senior BJP leaders, said the party's model for the state and centre are interlinked and have a common vision.
  • At Ayodhya Rally, Calls For Ordinance To Fast-Track Ram Temple: 10 Points
    Ayodhya turned into a fortress as right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad held a massive gathering to mobilise support for the building of a Ram temple. The meet demanded that the government pass an ordinance or executive order to bypass the legal process. The Ayodhya title suit is pending in the Supreme Court, which will take a call on a date of hearing in January. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has been in Ayodhya since yesterday and held a rally, warned that unless the temple is built, the BJP would find itself out of power.
  • Announce Date For Ram Temple, Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray To Centre In Ayodhya: 10 Points
    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who landed in Ayodhya today, wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a date when the construction of the Ram temple will begin. "First say when will you construct the temple, the rest we will talk later," he said in what sounded like a dare to the BJP ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections. Mr Thackeray along with his wife Rashmi and son Aditya participated in aarti along the banks of the Sarayu river. Thousands of Shiv Sena arrived in Ayodhya today for Ram Lalla's darshan. Another big event is lined up for Sunday by right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Security has been tightened in Ayodhya with thousands of police and paramilitary personnel keeping a strict watch to keep the situation under control.
  • Maharashtra Farmers End Protest After Chief Minister's Written Assurance: 10 Points
    Thousands of farmers from Maharashtra ended their agitation on Thursday evening, after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave a written assurance that most of their demands would be met within three months. The agitators -- comprising farmers as well as members of the tribal community -- had reached Mumbai's Azad Maidan that afternoon, two days after launching their protest march from Thane. They were seeking loan waivers, drought-related assistance and an enhanced minimum support price for crops, among other measures. This mass protest, held under the Lok Sangharsh Morcha (LSM) banner and supported by political parties such as the Janata Dal (Secular), Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiv Sena, was the third to be taken out in Maharashtra this year.
  • J&K Set For Polls As Governor Stops "Horrible" Claims To Power: 10 Points
    Jammu and Kashmir is headed to elections two years before term with Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolving the assembly on Wednesday evening, a controversial decision that critics say is open to legal challenge. The Governor acted swiftly after two alliances - one supported by the BJP - staked claim to power within minutes of each other. "There was no imminent reason to dissolve it before as "no one had come with a horrible proposition to form government," the Governor told NDTV this morning. Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had teamed up with her long-time political rival Omar Abdullah and the Congress for a shot at forming government, alleged that the Governor acted on the centre's orders to block her as the BJP tried to prop up People's Conference leader Sajad Lone and engineer defections.
  • J&K Governor Dissolves Assembly Amid Race To Form Government: 10 Points
    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the state assembly on Wednesday evening after rival claims to form government from former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and People's Conference leader Sajad Lone, who is backed by the BJP. Ms Mufti said her Peoples' Democratic Party has the support of arch-rival Omar Abdullah's National Conference and the Congress. The state has been under Governor's Rule since June, when the BJP ended its ruling alliance with Ms Mufti. In a statement, the governor justified dissolving the assembly citing reports of extensive horse trading.
  • What We Know About Sentinelese, Hostile Tribe That Killed An American
    The Sentinelese, an aboriginal tribe of hunter-gatherers who have lived isolated from the outside world for almost 60,000 years, killed an American man who landed on one of the islands in India's remote cluster of Andaman and Nicobar. The North Sentinel Island -- home to the Sentinelese tribe -- is out of bounds for visitors. They used arrows to kill the man identified as John Allen Chau after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, the police said. Very little is known about the tribe, one of the most protected ones in India. Scientific observation over the last three decades has gathered only elementary knowledge about them and their lifestyle.

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