Cheat Sheet

  • Know About Maldives' New President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
    With flags raised high and dancing on the streets, Maldives cheers for its new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who defeated Abdulla Yameen in the 2018 presidential election to claim the title. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the elections with 134,616 votes. He registered the victory with the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Abdulla Yameen. His party struggled for visibility with the electorate and the media, but the outcome turned out to be favourable. Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in Maldives. The Indian External Affairs Ministry called for deepening country's partnership and ties with Maldives with a change in the leadership. "This election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law," the statement said.
  • Hyderabad Metro Services Begins On Ameerpet-LB Nagar Route: 5 Facts
    Hyderabad Metro Rail began its services on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar today. With this, the entire 29 km of Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar has become operational. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan flagged off the Hyderabad metro train at Ameerpet station at 12 noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km Miyapur-Nagole stretch out of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project in November last year. It is recording footfall of around 85,000 passengers per day. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership, Hyderabad metro is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.
  • With India At UN General Assembly, 10 Big Developments To Watch Out For
    The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest stage for backdoor diplomacy, has begun. Not all of it takes place within the hallowed walls of the UN Headquarters in New York. 95 heads of state, 4 vice presidents, 42 heads of governments, 3 deputy prime ministers and 48 ministers will be present. India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has already landed in New York, has a packed schedule ahead. Ms Swaraj has already held preparatory meetings ahead of what is seen as the 'World Cup of diplomacy'.
  • PM Modi Launches Mega Health Scheme Aimed At 50 Crore Indians: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched what is billed as the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme - the Ayushman Bharat, which would benefit 50 crore Indians. Launching the scheme, dubbed "Modicare", from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, he called it "a big step towards providing good quality and accessible healthcare to the poor of India. Under the flagship programme, nearly 10 crore economically backward families will be entitles to Rs 5 lakh each. Nearly 31 states and Union Territories will implement the programme after Sunday's launch. PM Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day speech.
  • Francois Hollande Stands By Statement On Rafale, His Office Tells NDTV: 10 Updates
    Francois Hollande, the former French president who dropped a bombshell yesterday by telling a French journal that the Indian government proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner for the 36 Rafale jet deal, has said he stands by his statement, his office told NDTV today. His reiterated his stand even as the French government and Dassault Aviation, the maker of the Rafale jet, last night contradicted his claim to the French journal, Mediapart. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all allegations in the Rafale deal are baseless.
  • Not Involved In Picking Indian Partner: France On Hollande's Rafale Claim
    After former French president Francois Hollande's bombshell that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale jet deal and not given them a choice, the French government on Friday night clarified that they were not involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners. The French government said their role was just to ensure the delivery and quality of the aircraft. "The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies," a statement by the French government said.
  • After Hollande's Rafale Stunner, A Clarification From France: 10 Points
    After former French president Francois Hollande's bombshell that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as the India partner in the multi-million dollar Rafale jet deal and not given them a choice, the French government on Friday night clarified that they were not involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners. The French government said their role was just to ensure the delivery and quality of the aircraft. "The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies," a statement by the French government said.
  • India Government Chose Anil Ambani For Rafale, Says Francois Hollande: 10 Facts
    In the middle of a raging political row over the Rafale deal, former French president Francois Hollande has been quoted as telling a website that the Indian government had proposed Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as India partner in the 36-fighter jet deal and that France had not been given a choice. Denying the charge, a defence ministry spokesperson tweeted that the report "is being verified" and that "neither GoI (government of India) nor the French Government had any say in the commercial decision." Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who has been attacking the PM over the Rafale deal, tweeted to say "the PM has betrayed India".
  • Triple <i>Talaq</i> To Be An Offence, President Clears Ordinance: 10 Facts
    Triple talaq or instant divorce is just short of becoming a punishable offence after the government cleared an ordinance or executive order on Wednesday to enforce a proposed law that could not be passed in parliament in August. President Ram Nath Kovind signed the ordinance on Wednesday night, a top law ministry functionary said. The goverment's decision, ahead of a series of elections, follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day declaration that he would "leave no stone unturned to ensure that Muslim women do not suffer due to triple talaq."
  • As Allies Junk Goa Plan, BJP Scouts For New Formula: 10 Points
    BJP president Amit Shah has stepped in to handle a potential crisis for the party's government in Goa, where the Congress has staked claim to power at a time Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is in hospital. Amit Shah dialed ally Goa Forward's Vijay Sardesai, a minister in the BJP-led government, after allies rejected a plan to have minister Sudhin Dhavalikar take charge as deputy Chief Minister in the absence of Mr Parrikar, who was admitted to the AIIMS hospital in Delhi on Saturday.
  • Supreme Court Allows Sale Of Saridon, 2 Other Drugs For Now: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court has allowed the sale of Saridon and two other drugs for now after the government had banned 328 combination drugs last week. The top court's order comes on a petition filed by the drug makers. While lifting the stay, the court sought the centre's reply on petitions against the order to ban fixed-dose combination or FDCs manufactured before 1988. Painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm were among 328 FDC drugs banned by the government to stop their "irrational use". Major pharma companies while challenging the centre's decision claimed that the only reason given in the government's notification was that the combination had "no therapeutic value".
  • "Will Intervene If Needed," Says Top Court On Activists' Arrest: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court has extended the house arrest for five rights activists, accused of Maoist links, till September 19 when it will hear a petition seeking their release. During the hearing on Monday, the government opposed what it called the Supreme Court's interference in the case. "We must look into the material. We will see the record, what are the allegations and see if there is something real. We will quash if it is a cooked up or clumsy story... If it calls for our intervention, we will look into it," the top court bench said. The petition by historian Romila Thapar and four others has challenged last month's arrest of the five activists that sparked a chorus of outraged protests from human rights defenders.
  • Hurricane Florence Likely To Make Landfall Today: 5 Facts
    Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas in United States early on Friday with howling winds, life-threatening storm surges and torrential rains. Hurricane Florence is weakened and slower moving than in recent days and is prepared to make a landfall at some point today. The National Hurricane Center, in its latest advisory, said that Hurricane Florence was about to make landfall in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 55 kilometers east of Wilmington, North Carolina and moving northwest at 10 kilometers per hour. It is being called "once in a lifetime" event.
  • Saridon Among Over 300 Combination Drugs Banned By Government: 10 Points
    Painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm are among 328 fixed-dose combination or FDC drugs banned by the government to stop their "irrational use". The health ministry says the ingredients in these medicines do not markedly add to the benefits that people can get from taking them. The order immediately bans the manufacture, marketing and sale of several common cough syrups, painkillers, and cold and flu drugs. The country's drug advisory body, the Drug Technical Advisory Board or DTAB, has said there is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients in these drugs and they must be banned in public interest.
  • Kerala Police Summons Bishop Accused In Nun's Rape Case: 10 Points
    Under pressure from activists, women's groups and civil society, the Kerala police decided to summon a Bishop accused of raping a nun for questioning, reported news agency Press Trust of India. The decision was taken after a marathon six-hour meeting. Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal will be questioned on September 19. There have been calls from all quarters for the Bishop's arrest. But the police have been stalling, even after informing the High Court last month that the bishop had repeatedly raped the nun for almost two years. The nun alleged that she was sexually abused 13 times between 2014 and 2016.

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