Cheat Sheet

  • "Stooping Low For Political Gain": 5 Quotes From Manohar Parrikar Letter To Rahul Gandhi
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is suffering from a pancreatic ailment, today wrote a terse letter to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of using a courtesy visit for "petty political gains". Mr Parrikar said Mr Gandhi "stooped so low" and made a false statement on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Rahul Gandhi had visited Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday at his office in Panaji on a "personal visit" to enquire about the Goa chief minister's health. Later, in Kerala's Kochi, Mr Gandhi had claimed that Mr Parrikar had clearly denied any involvement in the Rafale fighter jet deal, allegedly "orchestrated" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "benefit" Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani.
  • Stung By Exits, Statistics Ministry Clarifies On Jobs Report: 10 Points
    The only two non-government members of the National Statistical Commission, including its acting chief, have quit over "disagreements" with the government on the release of a jobs survey and concerns about it being buried in election season. Acting chairman PC Mohanan and member JV Meenakshi quit with a year left in their term, over the delay in the release of a survey report vetted by the commission. The government has reached out to them and called them for a meeting. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, which oversees the statistics commission, has also put out a clarification.
  • In Ayodhya Request, A BJP Move "Without Touching Dispute Site": 10 Points
    The government today asked for the Supreme Court's permission to hand over land in Ayodhya near the disputed temple-mosque site to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas or the trust overseeing the Ram temple plan, in a move that is big on optics ahead of the national election due by May. The ruling BJP said the idea was to return the land to its original owners, who want to build a Ram temple. "We want to give the land back to the Janmabhoomi Nyas, they want to build a temple there; that land has to be given back to them," said union minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • 10 Reasons Why George Fernandes Was The 'Rebel' Politician
    George Fernandes, a former Defence Minister of India, has died at 88. He had been unwell and bedridden over the past few years. He was India's defence minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee when India fought the Kargil war in 1999. He was of the most prominent leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, George Fernandes was a senior Janata Dal leader before he founded the Samata Party. He was jailed during the 1975 Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government for what was dubbed the "Baroda Dynamite Conspiracy" to blow up government establishments and railway tracks.
  • Centre Asks Top Court For Excess Ayodhya Land Ahead Of Polls: 10 Points
    The government today asked the Supreme Court for permission to hand over a part of the land near the disputed temple-mosque site in Ayodhya to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas or the trust overseeing the Ram temple plan, in a move that is big on optics ahead of the national election due by May. The petition filed yesterday mostly showcases the BJP-led government's commitment to the Ayodhya cause as rightwing groups amp up the campaign for a temple at what they believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
  • Rahul Gandhi's Minimum Income Guarantee Plan: A 10-Point Explainer
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that his party will launch a scheme that will provide guaranteed income to the poor people of the country if it is voted to power in the upcoming general elections. He said that the scheme would rid India of poverty and hunger. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP, however, dismissed the plan as a gimmick. Anger over joblessness and economic hardship, especially in agricultural areas, has turned the election due by May into a tight race. Observers say Mr Gandhi's promise underscored the increasing "competitive populism" among politicians ahead of the polls, raising concerns that whoever wins, India may breach goals to rein in its fiscal deficit.
  • Rahul Gandhi Promises Universal Basic Income For Poor: 10 Points
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that his party - if voted to power in the Lok Sabha election - will ensure a minimum income to the poor people of the country. Mr Gandhi made the announcement at the ''Kisaan Abhaar Sammelan'' in Chhattisgarh's Raipur. He said with the minimum income guarantee, there will be no hungry, poor people in the country.
  • "Ready To Quit," Says HD Kumaraswamy, Betraying Coalition Chaos: 10 Facts
    Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today threatened to quit as he reacted furiously to questions on lawmakers of alliance partner Congress lawmakers criticising him and saying they considered former chief minister Siddaramaiah as their chief minister. The Congress must control its lawmakers as they are "crossing the alliance line", Mr Kumaraswamy fumed. "If they want to continue with the same thing, I am ready to step down. They are crossing the line," Mr Kumaraswamy told reporters, not hiding his exasperation.
  • India's Military Might On Display At Grand Republic Day Parade: 10 Points
    A spectacular display of India's military might, complete with a grand parade of the armed forces and a majestic flypast by fighter jets of the Air Force, marked the 70th Republic Day celebrations at Delhi's Rajpath today. More than 20 tableaux of the states and central government and colourful cultural performances by children represented the country's soft power. Among the various VIPs and foreign dignitaries who attended the event was chief guest Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa. The city has been under a security blanket since the arrest of two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists on Thursday - 25,000 policemen have been deployed.
  • World's Lightest Satellite Made By Indian Students, Fits In Palm: 5 Facts

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully placed in orbit the world's lightest satellite, which was made by a group of students. The satellite, called Kalamsat V2, was launched from the Sriharikota space centre in Andhra Pradesh, drawing praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Heartiest congratulations to our space scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). This launch has put in orbit Kalamsat, built by India's talented students," PM Modi tweeted.

  • 10 Things To Know About Bhupen Hazarika, Bharat Ratna Awardee
    Music maestro from Assam, Bhupen Hazarika, has been posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, along with former President Pranab Mukherjee and social activist Nanaji Deshmukh. Bhupen Hazarika was a singer, balladeer, poet, lyricist and film maker who was widely admired not only in native Assam but across the country.
  • 10 Things To Know About Pranab Mukherjee, Bharat Ratna Awardee
    Former president Pranab Mukherjee has been awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, by President Ram Nath Kovind. Along with him, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and music maestro Bhupen Hazarika have also received the Bharat Ratna posthumously. Calling Mr Mukherjee "an outstanding statesman" PM Modi congratulated him on Twitter. Pranab Mukherjee, who was a Congress man for nearly five decades, is often known as the prime minister India never had. He held charge of top ministries including finance, external affairs and defence.
  • All You Need To Know About Nanaji Deshmukh: 10 Facts
    President Ram Nath Kovind today announced the country's highest civilian award-- the Bharat Ratna-- to be given to former president Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously) and musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously). Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued congratulatory notes for the three personalities.
  • New Ayodhya Bench Formed By Chief Justice, Hearing On Tuesday: 10 Facts
    Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi today reconstituted the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court that will hear the politically sensitive Ayodhya case next Tuesday by adding two new judges to it. The bench led by the Chief Justice will decide on a schedule and the frequency of hearings in the case. In the last hearing on January 11, Justice UU Lalit had recused himself from the bench saying he had been a lawyer in a related case.
  • All You Need To Know About Case Against Chanda Kochhar: 10 Points
    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against the former chief of ICICI bank Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, Videocon head Venugopal Dhoot and others over alleged irregularities in loan granted in 2012, when Chanda Kochhar was the chief of the bank. The investigating agency searched the Videocon headquarters in Mumbai and Aurangabad in Maharashtra on Thursday in relation to the case.

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