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  • On Chandigarh Stalking, Police Say CCTV Footage Retrieved: 10 Points
    Two days after a woman was chased on the streets of Chandigarh, tailgated and almost kidnapped allegedly by the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala's son, the party has dismissed calls for the veteran's sacking. 23-year-old Vikas Barala and his friend are accused by Varnika Kundu, the daughter of a Haryana bureaucrat, of stalking and terrorizing her in a harrowing account posted on Facebook. The two were out on bail within hours of their arrest because the charges against them were bailable. Chandigarh police say they have retrieved footage from five CCTV cameras that captured the chase, rebutting Congress claims that five of the seven cameras on the route were missing.
  • After Stalked Woman's Viral Post, Rahul Gandhi's Jab at BJP: 10 Points
    A day after a young woman accused the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala of stalking and attempting to abduct her, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar spoke up, saying the issue had nothing to do with the leader. It is an individual issue and law will take its own course," he said. Vikas Barala, 23, and his friend had allegedly chased the 29-year-old woman through the streets of Chandigarh on Friday night. The two were arrested and then released on bail.
  • Venkaiah Naidu: 10 Facts About India's 13th Vice President
    M Venkaiah Naidu, 68, was elected today as India's Vice President. Like the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance or NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Mr Naidu comes from a humble background. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building (sic)." But while Governor Kovind was almost a political unknown, Mr Naidu - a two-time Union minister and four-time Rajya Sabha member - enjoyed cordial relations with colleagues across party lines. He is known to be jovial, has a talent for acronyms and is a good orator.
  • M Venkaiah Naidu Is India's Next Vice President: 10 Points
    M Venkaiah Naidu, the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate, will be India's 13th Vice President. He received 516 votes defeating the opposition candidate former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi who got 244 votes. For someone who came from a family of an ordinary farmer, 68-year-old former minister said his election "speaks for the beauty and strength of our democracy". Mr Naidu also promised "to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors".
  • Vice President Election 2017: How India's Next Veep Will Be Elected Tomorrow: 10 Points
    As the term of present Vice President Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, comes to an end on August 10, voting for his successor will take place tomorrow at the Parliament House. The battle will be fought between NDA's pick, former union minister M Venkiah Naidu, and the Opposition's nominee, former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The result will be announced the same day by 7pm.
  • 10 Signs That The Nitish Kumar-Sharad Yadav Feud Was Building Up
    A patch-up between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his senior colleague Sharad Yadav is seen as a remote possibility now by many in the Janata Dal United, the party they have run together for years. Sharad Yadav is said to be contemplating launching a new party, accusing Nitish Kumar of betraying the mandate of voters by deciding to swap allies and run the Bihar government with the BJP, which he fought bitterly in assembly elections two years ago. He has announced he will meet opposition leaders two days before a crucial JDU meet this month. The separation has been a long time coming, with regular signs of a rift.
  • By 2100, North India Could Face Deadly Heatwaves, Warns Study
    India, along with Pakistan and Bangladesh, could face unsurvivable temperatures and deadly heatwaves within the next eight decades, warns a study by the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The areas likely to be hardest hit by the year 2100 are north India, Bangladesh and southern Pakistan, home to nearly 1.5 billion people. In the last four years, over 4,246 people in India have died due to severe weather conditions. To deal with the rising temperatures, the Indian government is trying to expand access to electric power, in part to cope with rising heat, and aims to connect all homes by 2019.
  • Raided Karnataka Minister Among India's Richest Politicians: 10 Points
    DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka minister raided on Wednesday by taxmen, had been under observation for three months, top government sources have said. Around Rs 10 crore in cash was found after raids at 60 places linked to the minister in Karnataka and Delhi; searches were carried out again at his residence in Bengaluru and at other locations this morning. Mr Shivakumar, say Income Tax sources, is being investigated for tax evasion and channeling large amounts into real estate and jewellery after demonetisation. He was allegedly caught ripping up documents when the raid team arrived at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru looking for him.
  • Raided Karnataka Minister Was 'Tearing Papers', Says Arun Jaitley: 10 Facts
    An angry Congress shouted slogans in parliament on Wednesday as its senior leaders accused the BJP-led central government of "abuse of power," questioning the timing of raids on a Karnataka minister, DK Shivakumar, that saw Income Tax officials visit a luxury resort in Bengaluru, where the Congress has kept 43 legislators from Gujarat to prevent defections before a crucial Rajya Sabha election. Union minister Arun Jaitley rejected the allegation stating that the raids were "on the minister and not the MLAs" and had nothing to do with the Gujarat election. The Election Commission has sought a report from the centre after the Congress complained to it.
  • RBI Could Make Loans Cheaper Today: 10 Things To Know
    The Monetary Policy Committee, headed by Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, is expected to announce a rate cut today. A sharp moderation in retail inflation over the past few months has brightened hopes for further monetary policy easing from the central bank, which changed its stance to neutral from accommodative at the start of the year. Forty of 56 economists polled by Reuters predicted the RBI cutting its repo rate by a quarter percentage point to 6 per cent on Wednesday. Two respondents said the central bank would cut the rate by 50 basis points. The RBI is expected to announce its decision at 2:30 pm today.
  • Abu Dujana, Ruthless Terrorist With A Weakness For Women: 10 Points
    Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abu Dujana, one of India's most wanted, was killed by security forces in a pre-dawn operation in Kashmir's Pulwama on Tuesday. The Pakistan-born Lashkar commander was in charge of terror operations in the Kashmir Valley until recently and is the biggest terrorist to be killed since Burhan Wani. The man believed to be behind the recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Abu Ismael, replaced him three months ago. "Good riddance to nuisance," said Kashmir police chief Munir Khan on Dujana's killing.
  • Pinarayi Vijayan Calls All-Party 'Peace Meet' After RSS Worker Is Killed: 10 Updates
    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called an all-party meet next week after a brutal attack on an RSS worker, whose arm was chopped off. He met leaders of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) this morning. Rajesh Edavakode, 34, died in hospital on Saturday. The BJP has alleged that the attackers were linked to the ruling CPM. "Such attacks should not be happening. Strict action will be taken." Chief Minister Vijayan said, condemning the incident.
  • 'GST Has Transformed Economy, Can Be A Case Study,' PM Narendra Modi On Mann Ki Baat: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the 34th edition of his Mann Ki Baat address by expressing his concern over the floods that severely affected states like Assam, Gujarat and Rajasthan among others and promised best possible relief efforts. He also highlighted the success of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and said "it has transformed the economy".
  • Congress Express Delivers 40 Gujarat Lawmakers To Bengaluru Resort: 10 Points
    The Congress has sequestered 40 of its legislators from Gujarat in faraway Bengaluru as it tries to prevent more defections ahead of crucial elections in which Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is seeking to return to the Rajya Sabha. Six Congress legislators, all loyal to veteran politician Shankersinh Vaghela, have resigned since Thursday, with three joining the BJP. The rebellion is seen as Mr Vaghela's revenge after his exit last week from the Congress, which refused to project him as its presumptive chief minister in assembly elections later this year.
  • 10-Point Guide To How Nitish Kumar Won Trust Vote (Easily)
    A day after he took oath as Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar sailed through a trust vote today, with 131 legislators supporting him in the 243-member Bihar Assembly. 108 voted against him. The vote and a discussion before it were held amid protests and slogan shouting by Lalu Yadav's RJD, now the chief opposition party. In a short speech, Nitish Kumar rejected the opposition's allegation that his new alliance with the BJP has been built on political opportunism.

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