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  • 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.
  • 20,000 Farmers March From Thane To Mumbai Demanding Drought Compensation
    Over 20,000 farmers have started a two-day march from Thane to Mumbai's iconic Azad Maidan, eight months after a similar protest saw a sea of red - formed by farmers in red caps - on a long march through Maharashtra. The farmers are demanding compensation for drought, an unconditional farm loan waiver and the transfer of forest rights to tribals. In the run-up to the 2019 national election, states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have been facing massive farmer protests. On November 18, over 70 trains were disrupted in Punjab near Dasua, where farmers sat on rail tracks protesting non-payment of sugarcane dues by the state government.
  • "None Of You Deserve Hearing": Top Court Fumes Over Leak In CBI Case
    Enraged over leaks to the media in the highly-sensitive case centred on corruption charges swapped by two bosses of the country's top investigating agency, the CBI, Supreme Court judges today said: "None of you deserve a hearing." CBI director Alok Verma's petition will be heard on November 29, the top court said, and repeated itself later. Alok Verma has petitioned the top court against the government's decision to strip him of his powers and send him on compulsory leave. Last week, the Central Vigilance Commission submitted its report on corruption allegations against him. The report, along with the CBI chief's response to it -- both submitted in a sealed cover -- are to be taken up but the court questioned how the contents were leaked and published by a news website.
  • Nearly 72 Per Cent Voting In Second Phase Of Chhattisgarh Polls: 10 Facts
    Nearly 72 per cent voting was recorded as polling came to a close in the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, the Election Commission announced this evening, taking the overall turnout in the two phases to 74.17 per cent so far. However, the number is likely to go up as the second phase figures are provisional. The 2013 elections saw a 77.8 per cent turnout. More than one lakh personnel, helicopters and drones kept a vigil to ensure smooth polling. After a promising 76.28 per cent turnout in the 18-seat first phase in Maoist-affected areas, the second phase saw voting for 72 seats spread across 19 districts. More than 1.5 crore people were eligible to vote in over 19,000 polling booths, deciding the fates of many high-profile leaders.
  • PM Opens Expressway; "Incomplete, Dangerous," Alleges Congress: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Gurgaon on Monday. Inaugurating the expressway, PM Modi said, "It is a significant day for Haryana...it will bring about a transport revolution in the state." Hitting out at the earlier UPA government, PM Modi said that the expressway should have been ready a decade ago, during the Commonwealth Games, but due to corruption, it was delayed. Ahead of the inauguration, Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala questioned will the Prime Minister or the Haryana Chief Minister take responsibility of "endangering people's lives by inaugurating an "incomplete highway."
  • Will RBI-Centre Conflict End? Key Board Meeting Begins: 10 Points
    A crucial board meeting of the Reserve Bank of India has begun amid reports that the government has proposed a change in rules that will enable tighter supervision of the country's central bank. The move will give supervisory role to the board, which, critics say, is already filled with the government's men. While the move is seen as heightening tensions between the centre and the bank, sources said there are efforts to find middle ground and it is unlikely that the bank chief Urjit Patel would resign.
  • Shutdown Call After Right-Wing Leader's Arrest Near Sabarimala: 10 Points
    Amid tight security and a shutdown call by a right-wing group following the arrest of its Kerala chief, thousands of devotees trekked to Sabarimala and offered prayers to Lord Ayyappa. The hill-top shrine opened for the third time on Friday since the Supreme Court order for 62-day-long Mandala Pooja-Magaravilaku annual pilgrimage. Lakhs of devotees are expected to throng the shrine during this period. Over 500 women between the ages of 10 and 50 years have already registered, but no woman of menstrual age attempted the trek today. KP Sasikala, the state president of Hindu Aikya Vedi, was arrested past midnight for trying to create law and order problems, police said. "You break law, you will be booked," tweeted Kerala minister Thomas Isaac.
  • Activist Trupti Desai Drops Sabarimala Visit Plan Amid Protests: 10 Facts
    Activist Trupti Desai has called off her plan to visit the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala over concerns of law and order, and is returning to Pune. Although the seven-member group led by the Pune-based activist arrived at the Kochi airport this morning, she was unable to leave the building or even hail a taxi because of the protesters outside. Ms Trupti initially insisted on going ahead with their plan, but relented after police advised them against doing so. "We have not come here to disrupt law and order," she had told NDTV over the phone earlier. "Police have asked us to return, but promised to help the next time we decide to come." The hilltop shrine opened at 5 pm today for a two-month-long puja, in which lakhs of devotees and tourists are expected to participate.
  • "Mixed Report" On Exiled CBI Boss Alok Verma, Says Top Court: 10 Points
    Exiled CBI director Alok Verma has not been given a clean chit for now in a vigilance report on corruption allegations against him, the Supreme Court said today. The report is "complimentary on some charges, not-so-complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges," the court told the CBI chief, asking him to respond to the report in a sealed cover by Monday. The case will be heard next on Tuesday.
  • 13 Dead, Over 81,000 Evacuated As Cyclone Gaja Hits Tamil Nadu: 10 Points
    Thirteen people were killed as cyclone Gaja made landfall in Tamil Nadu this morning, with winds gusting up to 120 kmph, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said. Over 81,000 people have been evacuated across coastal Tamil Nadu. The cyclonic storm crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from state capital Chennai, and Vedaranniyam. People were evacuated from low-lying areas and sheltered at over 300 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur, reported news agency PTI. No major damage to electricity infrastructure was reported in Cuddalore.
  • No Proof CBI Boss Alok Verma Took Bribe, Say Sources On Probe: 10 Points
    The Central Vigilance Commission has found no evidence of corruption by exiled CBI director Alok Verma, as alleged by his deputy Rakesh Asthana, sources have told NDTV a day before the Supreme Court takes up the vigilance inquiry report. Sources say the top vigilance body has found no evidence of any money transaction, which means Alok Verma may have been cleared of the main allegation of bribe-taking. The vigilance body has, however, found proof of "administrative lapses" on his part, say sources.
  • Cyclone Gaja To Hit Coastal Tamil Nadu Tonight: Top 10 Updates
    Gaja Cyclone Chennai: Cyclone Gaja is expected to hit the coast near Nagapattinam in southern Tamil Nadu tonight. Schools and colleges in five districts in the state and Puducherry are closed today. As it approaches the coast, "Gaja", which means elephant in Sanskrit, is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The Navy has been put on high alert to be ready for any assistance. Fishermen in the region have been asked to not venture out to the sea.
  • Shri Ramayana Express Flagged Off From Delhi: 5 Points
    The Shri Ramayana Express, a special tourist train to run on the Ramayana circuit to cover major spots related to the Hindu epic was flagged off on Wednesday from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi. The train will complete its journey till Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, in 16 days covering all important destinations associated with the life of Lord Ram. On day one, the Shri Ramayana Express departed with 800 passengers.
  • "For Experts To Review Rafale Deal, Not Court," Says Centre: 10 Points
    The government has opposed the prospect of the Supreme Court reviewing the Rs 59,000-crore deal under which French firm Dassault for 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying only experts can undertake such an exercise. "Is the court competent to judicially review this?" the government's top law officer asked at the four-hour hearing today. As the French deal turned into a huge political controversy, with allegations of corruption and crony capitalism, a number of petitions sought a court-monitored probe. The judges said the pricing of the jets -- which the Congress demands be made public -- will not be debated till the court is convinced that it should be in public domain. The court has reserved its order.

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