Cheat Sheet

  • Cyclone Mekunu And Its Impact On India: 10 Facts
    After Cyclone Sagar died down, another cyclonic storm 'Mekunu' has built in southwest Arabian sea. Mekunu is a Maldivian name since it is located to the west Lakshadweep Islands and northwest of Maldives. Landfall of Cyclone Mekunu is expected somewhere between Salalah and the border of Oman and Yemen between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. No adverse weather changes expected in India, says MeT department.
  • United Colours Of Opposition As Kumaraswamy Takes Charge: 10 Points
    HD Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister and his deputy G Parameshwara took oath today evening at a mega-gathering that served as a giant display of opposition unity ahead of 2019 general elections.The 58-year-old Janata Dal Secular leader shifted the venue of the swearing-in ceremony from a stadium to the steps of the Karnataka's iconic Vidhan Souda complex for the event that JDS leaders suggest, could become a platform for various opposition parties to unite. At least four chief ministers and many regional satraps will be there but two notable absentees, Telangana's K Chandrasekhar Rao and Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, does point to the challenges that remain for any united front.
  • Police Firing In Sterlite Protests Kills 11, Rahul Gandhi Says "Murder": 10 Points
    At least 11 people died in police firing in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday after thousands of people, demanding permanent closure of a copper smelting plant in the port city of Tuticorin, went on a rampage. People have been protesting against the Sterlite plant for more than three months, blaming it for polluting groundwater. The protests intensified after reports that the group was seeking licence for expansion as the initial 25-year licence comes to an end. Pummeled by the opposition for the deaths, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami later ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence and police firing. He also appealed for calm and promised to take necessary action in line with the wishes of the people.
  • No Cancellation Charge, Refund On Delay: Centre Plans New Flight Rules
    Passengers will not be charged for cancelling their air tickets within 24 hours of booking them, the government has decided in new draft rules to improve the flying experience in India. A draft charter put out by the civil aviation ministry also proposes compensation to passengers denied boarding due to over-booking or flights delays attributed due to an airline. Junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha said the passenger charter of rights defines and augment entitlement and compensation of air passengers.
  • 10 Nipah Deaths In Kerala, Family Is Epicentre Of Outbreak: 10 Points
    Ten deaths have been confirmed in Kerala from the Nipah virus and two persons are critical, the state government said on Tuesday. The infection is believed to have started with a family in Kozhikode, in which two brothers and another woman have died. Officials say around 94 people have been quarantined inside their homes. Some nine people are under surveillance in hospitals. No new case has been reported in the last 24 hours, said Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja. Of 18 samples tested for the virus, 12 were found positive.
  • 9 Hikes In 9 Days, Minister To Meet Oil Companies, Say Sources: 10 Facts
    The government is likely to intervene to bring down the rising prices of petrol and diesel, sources said. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will meet representatives of the oil companies this evening after which prices may be reduced, sources said. Petrol prices rose again this morning, marking the ninth straight day of oil price hike and bringing the government under sharp opposition attack. Petrol is now Rs 76.87 a litre in Delhi. In Mumbai, it is Rs 84.70 - a record high. The opposition has accused the government of failing to provide relief to the common man by cutting excise duty.
  • Nipah Virus Spread by Fruit Bats: 5 Points On Infection In Kerala
    The deadly Nipah virus has killed ten people in northern Kerala and has caused a public health scare. The entire state has been put on alert and the centre is closely monitoring the situation. While little is known about the Nipah virus in India, the disease was first reported in the country in 2001 and again six years later, with the two episodes claiming 50 lives. Both times, the disease was reported in West Bengal. Nipah virus or NiV was first identified in Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia in 1998. In 2004, many were infected in Bangladesh after consuming date palm sap contaminated by infected fruit bats. With every new case, doctors and the medical fraternity are leaning new aspects of the Nipah virus and how it affects humans and animals.
  • Gandhis Talk Of Wider Plan At Meeting With Kumaraswamy: 10 Points
    After a meeting between HD Kumaraswamy and the Gandhis, the Congress on Monday hinted at the possibility of a broader alliance with the JD(S) ahead of next year's General Elections. The chief of Janata Dal Secular met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi last evening amid a growing disagreement between the two parties. Just after getting a shot at forming a government together, the Congress and the JDS appear to be at odds over the post of deputy chief minister - the Congress wants two but Mr Kumaraswamy's party won't have more than one, sources said. The oath ceremony on Wednesday is set to become a show of opposition unity and strength, with Mr Kumaraswamy inviting several chief ministers and other leaders.
  • 3 Dead From Mysterious Nipah Virus In Kerala, Centre Sends Team: 10 Facts
    After three confirmed deaths from the mysterious new "Nipah virus" in Kerala's Kozhikode, the centre has sent a team to the southern state. More deaths with similar symptoms have been reported but officials said medical tests were needed to confirm the cause. Union Health Minister JP Nadda tweeted on Sunday that he had asked the chief of the central disease control body to visit the affected district and take steps. The Director of National Centre for Disease Control is expected to lead the team and work with the state government to try and contain the infection. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office tweeted that a statewide alert has been issued and that the government has opened a 24-hour control room to monitor the situation.
  • Nipah Virus: Top 5 Facts You Need To Know
    A central team will visit Kerala to take stock of the situation after three people died of Nipah virus. Union Minister J P Nadda directed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) chief to visit Kozhikode, to assist the state government after the deaths were reported. "I have told the Director of NCDC to visit the district and initiate required steps as warranted by the protocol for the disease in consultation with state government," Mr Nadda said in a tweet. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nipah virus often shows no marked symptoms but affects the respiratory system at a later stage. The state government has opened a control room to report fever at the district medical office.
  • PM Modi Is In Sochi, Talks With President Putin On: 10 Points
    Days after Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan for an informal summit, he reached Russia today for a similar "no-agenda" meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Amid increasing global challenges and the Trump administration's unsettling rules of governance, discussions around foreign policies and enhanced coordination among nations are gaining prominence. The one-day summit, being held in Sochi, is at the invitation of President Putin. Before boarding the flight, PM Modi expressed hope that his talks with Mr Putin will strengthen the "special and privileged" strategic partnership between the two nations.
  • "I'm A Fighter": What BS Yeddyurappa Said In His Resignation Speech
    A 20-minute emotional speech by BJP's BS Yeddyurappa at the Karnataka assembly ended with him quitting as the chief minister, just two days after he was sworn in. The BJP, which won 104 of the 222 seats for which polling was held, were eight seats short of majority. The Congress and JDS combine claimed the support of 117 lawmakers. The Supreme Court had ordered BS Yeddyurappa to take a strength test today, overruling the governor's generous 15-day period. Minutes before the vote, Mr Yeddyurappa delivered a speech, calling himself a fighter and that his fight will continue.
  • BS Yeddyurappa Quits As Karnataka Chief Minister Before Floor Test: 10 Facts
    The BJP's BS Yeddyurappa today quit as Chief Minister just before a trust vote that, many said, he had a good chance of losing. Till an hour before the Supreme Court-ordered floor test, there was commotion over two Congress lawmakers who were missing from the assembly in the morning. The Congress alleged that they had been "held captive" by a BJP desperate for numbers, and also released a series of audio tapes that it claimed proved that attempts were being made to bribe lawmakers. In an emotional speech before his resignation, Mr Yeddyurappa said it was his dream to be Chief Minister at a time PM Narendra Modi is leading the nation. Sources told NDTV that the decision had been taken by the BJP leadership that did not want any taint of horse-trading on the party in an election year.
  • BS Yeddyurappa Resigns Before Trust Vote, Says Would Have Made Karnataka "Paradise"
    Two days after he took oath as the chief minister of Karnataka, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned today, just minutes before his minority government was to take a trust vote on the floor of the assembly. In an emotional speech, the BJP's tallest leader in Karnataka, said, "If only people would have given us 113 seats instead of 104, we would have made this state a paradise." The BJP is short of a majority and has been accused by the opposition Congress and Janata Dal Secular of trying to bribe and threaten their lawmakers.
  • 116 Congress, JDS Lawmakers Shipped Out Before Karnataka Test: 10 Points
    More than a hundred newly-elected Karnataka legislators from the Congress and the JDS reached Hyderabad this morning just as the Supreme Court ordered a floor test for the BS Yeddyurappa-led BJP government tomorrow at 4 pm. The BJP has 104 lawmakers and the support of one independent MLA - seven short of the majority mark of 112. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's invitation this week to Mr Yeddyurappa to become chief minister sparked a huge row and allegations that the BJP will use money and clout to provoke defections. The move was challenged by the Congress in the Supreme Court.

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