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  • Rajya Sabha Battle Ends With Cliffhangers In UP, Jharkhand: 10 Points
    In a nail-biting finish last evening, the BJP managed to outwit Mayawati by ensuring her Bahujan Samaj Party's sole candidate was denied a Rajya Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Just after that, a row broke out in Jharkhand as election officials held back the result for the state's second seat. The ruling BJP had won one seat and the second, was expected to go to the Congress. That announcement eventually came past midnight and the Congress' Dheeraj Sahu was declared elected. Just minutes earlier, the Congress had added to the drama around the elections, putting out a video that seems to show a state BJP leader getting the election official to speak with someone. The Congress claimed the video footage was evidence that the ruling BJP government was piling pressure on the election official to disqualify a vote that went to the Congress.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy, Former France President, Faces Formal Investigation In Muammar Gaddafi Cash Case: 10 Facts
    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being investigated over corruption allegations that he received campaign funding in 2007 from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. He was released on Wednesday following two days of questioning. Mr Sarkozy, 63, has denied wrongdoing. Mr Sarkozy will have six months to appeal the decision, which he is likely to do, and the judges will have to make a further decision about whether they have sufficient proof to take the case to trial. Mr Sarkozy was president from 2007-2012.
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad Says, "Leave Summoning Mark Zuckerberg Over Data Breach To Us": 10 Points
    "Mr Mark Zuckerberg, we have powers and shall use it, including summoning you in India" - a day after putting out this warning to the Facebook founder over a data breach scandal, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad confronted a barrage of questions. Asked about the possibility that the government would summon Mark Zuckerberg, Mr Prasad told NDTV: "Leave it to us. We will examine it." Zuckerberg has apologised for what he described as a "major breach of trust" after it emerged that data of thousands of Facebook users was accessed by disgraced data research firm Cambridge Analytica and used to help elect US President Donald Trump in 2016.
  • Ceiling On Tax-Free Gratuity Doubled To Rs 20 Lakh: 10 Points
    Employees can draw gratuity of up to Rs 20 lakh tax-free, the government said today after a proposed law empowering it to fix the amount was passed in parliament with cross-party support. The move, which doubles the tax-free cap from the existing Rs 10 lakh, will benefit millions of employees in the public and private sector companies. The Payment of Gratuity Act will allow the government to raise the limit and also fix the period of maternity leave.
  • Here Are 10 Things You Need To Know About BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile
    BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, was successfully flight tested from Rajasthan's Pokhran test range this morning. In a major milestone, the air-launched variant of the BrahMos was successfully test fired from Sukhoi-30 jet in November last year. The cruise missile is supersonic, which implies a speed greater than that of sound. Work is underway to integrate the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft which is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Hardik Pandya - Trending On Social Media After Controversy
    Cricketer Hardik Pandya is trending on social media today over a tweet on BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, which apparently was never posted from his official verified Twitter account. A court in Rajasthan's Jodhpur has directed the police to file a case against the cricketer. While Hardik Pandya's Twitter handle is @hardikpandya7, the court order is based on a complaint that refers to the handle @sirHardik3777.
  • Who Was Katsuko Saruhashi? 10 Things To Know About The Feminist Geochemist
    Born in Tokyo in 1920, Japanese scientist Katsuko Saruhashi is remembered as one of the pioneers in her field. Among her many achievements include the test she did to show that nuclear test in the ocean should be limited. That was her contribution to the environment as a scientist. As a woman scientist, she wanted men and women scientists to be on an equal footing. She also instituted a special recognition for the women scientists and inspired several women to join the field. Nearly a decade after her death, women scientists are still struggling to make a mark in the field of science.
  • Mark Zuckerberg's Plans After Facebook Data Leak: All You Need To Know
    In the latest update, Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, shared what he proposes to do after the massive data breach that could involve 50 million users. Mr Zuckerberg on his page said, "he started Facebook"..."he's responsible" and will "fix it". In an interview to CNN, Mr Zuckerburg said, he is even ready to appear before a Congressional panel. The world's largest social media network is facing growing scrutiny in Europe and the United States about allegations that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica illegally accessed what users shared, to build profiles on American voters, which were later used to help elect President Donald Trump in 2016.
  • Kangana Ranaut, Ayesha Shroff Drawn Into Call Data (CDR) Scam: 10 Facts
    Ayesha Shroff, the wife of actor Jackie Shroff, has been summoned by the police in Maharashtra's Thane in connection with a call data record (CDR) scam. Her name, along with that of actor Kangana Ranaut, has come up during the questioning of a lawyer, Rizwan Siddiqui, who was arrested last week. The scandal involves the extraction of call details from private detectives and surfaced in January when four detectives were arrested on a tip-off. Earlier this month, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui emphatically denied being a part of the racket and paying to spy on his wife. Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court slammed the Thane police for not following procedure before arresting Rizwan Siddiqui following which he was released this evening.
  • 39 Indians, Kidnapped 4 Years Ago By ISIS In Iraq, Killed: A 10-Point Timeline
    Thirty nine Indians who were kidnapped in Iraq by terror group ISIS nearly four years ago are dead, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament today. "With full proof I can say these 39 are dead. We wanted to give the families closure only after concrete proof," Ms Swaraj said. While the families feared the worst, their hopes were kept up with repeated assurances from the Indian government that the workers are alive and that efforts are on to rescue them. Ms Swaraj had held several rounds of meeting with the worried families in the past. Today, Sushma Swaraj said the bodies of the workers were found in a mass grave in Badush, 31 km from Iraq's second largest city of Mosul. The bodies have been sent to a local organisation for DNA testing. Most of the construction workers were from Punjab.
  • Mumbai <i>Rail Roko</i>: Why Students Sat On Train Tracks Today- 10 Points
    Hundreds of students blocked railway lines in Mumbai this morning, forcing authorities to stop the suburban and express lines that serve as Mumbai's lifeline. A 'rail roko' was carried out by students who cleared the railway apprentice exams and are seeking jobs in various departments of the railways.The agitation was called off around 11 am after Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said discussions will be held with the students. The 'rail roko' protest had a cascading effect on the Western Railway route that was functional, with all trains running packed to capacity.
  • Jio Offers 70% Buyback On Samsung Galaxy S9+. 10 Points
    Reliance Jio is offering a 70 per cent buyback offer on the latest smartphone from Samsung - the Galaxy S9+. The phone is available on Reliance Digital, Jio Store, and jio.com. Reliance Digital is currently also offering up to Rs 6000/- cashback at its stores. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ have revolutionary cameras that adapt like the human eye. The cameras, which come with dual aperture, also have an array of features like super slow-mo, AR emoji, real-time translation, etc, said Jio.
  • Indefinite Strike By Ola, Uber Drivers Sting Mumbai, Delhi: 10 Points
    A countrywide indefinite strike by drivers of app-based cab aggregators Uber and Ola hit Mumbai and Delhi hard today. The drivers are facing a drop in their profits following cutbacks in incentive payments and a surge in the number of cabs registered with the two companies. They demand that the two firms make good on their promise of getting them business worth Rs 1.25 lakh a month. The strike is led by the transport union of Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
  • Sensex Ends Below 33,000 For First Time In 14 Weeks: 10 Points
    The BSE Sensex shed 252 points to close at 32,923 on Monday dragged down by banking, metal, energy and IT shares. With that, the 30-scrip BSE benchmark index marked a closing below the 33,000 mark for the first time in over 14 weeks. The National Stock Exchange benchmark index Nifty settled at 10,094. 39 stocks on the 50-scrip Nifty ended the day in the negative zone. HCL Tech, Tata Steel, BPCL, IOCL and Tech Mahindra - finishing between 3.7 per cent and 4.7 per cent lower - were among the top losers on the Nifty 50.
  • Sensex Falls Over 100 Points, Nifty Near 10,150: 10 Points
    The BSE Sensex fell as much as 110 points to hit the day's low of 33,065, dragged down by metal and energy stocks amid weakness in other Asian markets. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark index Nifty declined 49 points to touch an intraday low of 10,145 in morning deals. State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum - down between 3.3 per cent and 3.8 per cent in late morning trade - were the top losers on the Nifty 50.

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