Cheat Sheet

  • 43 Lakh Affected, 95% Of Kaziranga Park Flooded In Assam: 10 Points
    The Assam government on Monday issued a red alert as the flood situation turned extremely critical, displacing tens of thousands and cutting off entire portions of the state. As many as 4,157 villages across 30 districts of the northeastern state, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar, were submerged as the rain continued unabated. The number of dead also increased to 15, with four people losing their lives on Monday.
  • Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission Launch Aborted After Technical Snag: 10 Points
    The launch of moon rocket Chandrayaan 2, India's most ambitious space mission yet, was called off less than an hour before blast-off early this morning by the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO. The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months' time. However, after first being put on hold 56 minutes before blast-off, the Chandrayaan launch was scrapped because of a "technical snag", ISRO said. The launch is unlikely even on July 16, when ISRO had lift-off window of 10 minutes, sources say. President Ram Nath Kovind was present at the space port for the launch.
  • Chandrayaan 2 Launch "On Hold" But Not Ruled Out: 10 Points
    With less than an hour to go for lift-off of Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, scientists placed a "technical hold" on the GSLV Mark III rocket's launch. The 20-hour countdown to the moon mission began on Sunday morning. President Ram Nath Kovind arrived at the site to watch the launch of the Chandrayaan 2, which stands testament to the country's ability to build high-tech space equipment at a relatively low budget. "We aim to improve our understanding of the moon, which could lead to discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole," a statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) read.
  • 20-Hour Countdown To Moon Mission Ticking, Chandrayaan-2 Set For Lift-Off
    The twenty-hour countdown for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission, India's most ambitious space mission yet which aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, began this morning at 6.51 am. The moon mission will be launched on Monday at 2:51 am from India's only space port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ISRO will use its most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, to carry the 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2 into orbit. The entire mission has a life of one year.
  • 15 Lakh Affected By Assam Floods, At Least 7 Dead: 10 Points
    The monsoon floods in Assam claimed another life on Saturday, taking the number of deaths in the rain-ravaged state to seven. Official sources said that over 15 lakh people have been affected in 25 of Assam's 33 districts so far, and the situation will only get worse amid predictions of more rainfall in the hours to come. The rescue efforts are being led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which is actively evacuating people residing in low-lying areas to relief camps across the state. The centre has assured the state government of all possible help in tackling the floods.
  • Chandrayaan-2 Makes India A Space Pioneer: 10 Facts On Monday Mission
    India will step up the international space race on Monday when it launches a low-cost mission to become only the fourth country to land a probe on the moon. Just five days before the 50th anniversary of man's first lunar landing, Chandrayaan-2 - or Moon Chariot 2 - will blast off from an island off Andhra Pradesh after a decade-long build-up. The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced since Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission. India has spent about Rs 960 crore to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400 kilometres (around 240,000 miles) trip from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the scheduled landing on the lunar South Pole on September 6.
  • Resignations "Not In Order", Says Karnataka Speaker. Coalition Exhales
    Karnataka's Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government, on the verge of losing its majority after 14 exits, won a breather on Tuesday as Speaker Ramesh Kumar decided that the resignations were not in order. None of the lawmakers had met him, Mr Kumar told the Governor in a letter. While this buys the ruling coalition a little more time, more exits may be inevitable. A dozen Congress lawmakers skipped a meeting today despite compulsory attendance. Three of them called in sick.
  • Karnataka Coalition Fights To Survive, Rebels Move From Mumbai To Goa
    Karnataka's year-old Congress-Janata Dal coalition government is on life support after yet another Independent lawmaker quit and pledged support to the BJP, taking the total number of resignations since last week to 15. Thirteen of them belong to the ruling Congress and the Janata Dal Secular. Earlier on Monday, another Independent, made minister a month ago, resigned and came out in support of the BJP, giving it a narrow edge in the assembly. Congress's Roshan Baig, who was suspended last month for "anti-party activities" too says he will quit the Congress and join the BJP. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who cut short a private visit to the US and returned to handle the crisis, said all Congress and JDS minsters have resigned and a cabinet reshuffle will happen soon. The idea is to make room for rebels who might be persuaded to return. The BJP has denied any role in the crisis but sources say it is getting ready to strike.
  • HD Kumaraswamy Back, Deve Gowda Heads Karnataka Crisis Meeting: 10 Points
    Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, back in India after a private visit to the US but yet to reach Bengaluru, has already started damage control measures. Sources close to him said at least some of the 13 rebel lawmakers of the ruling coalition, who resigned over the last week, bringing the government to the verge of collapse, may return to the fold. The Chief Minister is expected to reach Bengaluru this evening. Through the day, his father HD Deve Gowda held a string of meetings with leaders of his party as well as the Congress. If the resignation of all 13 lawmakers is accepted, the government of the Congress and Mr Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular, which has a wafer-thin majority, will collapse.
  • 11 Karnataka Coalition Lawmakers Quit, Ferried To Mumbai Hotel: 10 Points
    The Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition government in Karnataka appears to be teetering on the edge with 11 lawmakers resigning, while Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is still in the US on a private trip. Eight Congress and three Janata Dal Secular legislators submitted their resignations to the speaker on Saturday afternoon, while he was not in office. The legislators then also met the governor at the Raj Bhavan before being flown out to a five-star hotel in Mumbai on a private jet. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition will be close to collapse.
  • "Opportunities In Challenges": Top Quotes Of PM Modi's Varanasi Address
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the "professional pessimists" for their criticism of the government's vision to make India a $5 trillion economy, saying that people should stay away from such people as they "always feel nothing is achievable and everything is a waste of time". "You can say some people who are asking why we are doing this (5 trillion dollar economy goal) are professional pessimists... The country needs to be aware of such people," said PM Modi, while inaugurating a membership drive for the BJP in his constituency Varanasi. This is his second visit to the temple town in Uttar Pradesh after his party clinched a spectacular win in the national election held in April and May.
  • Budget 2019: 10 Lesser-Known Facts About India's Budget
    The Union Budget is being presented in the parliament today by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is the first budget of the re-elected NDA government, which got a landslide victory in the 2019 General Elections under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership. The Union Budget 2019 is likely to cut taxes on business and raise spending in a bid to boost consumption. Ahead of the Union Budget presentation, the Economic Survey was released by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian yesterday. It has predicted a 7 per cent Gross Domestic Product or GDP growth.
  • 10 Key Takeaways From Nirmala Sitharaman's First Modi 2.0 Budget
    Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman on Friday unveiled a budget aimed at boosting infrastructure and foreign investment, the first since the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned for a second term in power. While there were no additional breaks announced in income taxes for the middle class, the government announced a slew of incentives for those looking to buy affordable homes and electric vehicles. Ms Sitharaman also announced new levies of Rs 2 per litre on petrol and diesel - a move that instantly drew opposition criticism. The country's first full-time Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman delivered one of longest budget speeches at 2 hours 17 minutes and ditched the British-era custom of bringing it to parliament in a briefcase, choosing instead a red bag, reminiscent of the traditional "bahi-khata".
  • Top 10 Takeaways From The Economic Survey 2019
    Amid a slowdown of economy, the government on Thursday said it is expecting a 7 per cent growth in the current financial year - up from the 6.8 per cent recorded in the last financial year. The Economic Survey 2019, prepared by Chief Economic Advisor K Subramanian and tabled in parliament by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman - presented a blueprint to reach Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of a 5-trillion dollar economy. After the presentation, PM Modi tweeted, "The #EconomicSurvey2019 outlines a vision to achieve a $5 Trillion economy. It also depicts the gains from advancement in the social sector, adoption of technology and energy security."
  • Mumbai, Stay Indoors, Says Chief Minister Amid Rain Red Alert: 10 Points
    Mumbai was brought to a virtual standstill after heavy rain pounded the city on Monday night, killing more than 20 people in the city and neighbouring Thane. The local trains, a lifeline for Mumbai's 20 million residents, were affected badly with many suburban as well as long-distance trains cancelled. Many flights were diverted and cancelled as well after a Spicejet aircraft skidded during landing on Monday night, leading to the closure of the main runway. After the Maharashtra government declared a public holiday in Mumbai and its suburbs, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised residents to stay indoors as the weather office sounded a red alert in Mumbai, warning of heavy rain. Mumbai's streets regularly flood during the monsoon, which runs from June until September or October, and which provides India with most of its annual rainfall. Mumbai has received 375 millimetres of rain since Monday - the highest over a 24-hour period in a decade.

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