Cheat Sheet

  • Night Without Food, Shelter For Protesting Maharashtra Farmers: 10 Points
    For the second time in a year, thousands of farmers are marching for their rights after talks with the Maharashtra government remained inconclusive last night. After spending the night without food and shelter over their heads at Nashik maidan, farmers this morning started their march. They will walk 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai on foot, protesting what they call "betrayal" by the BJP governments at the state and Centre. The 'Kisan Long March', organised by Left party CPI(M)-backed All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) is expected to take over nine days to complete. Farmers are demanding loan waiver, minimum support price for crops, irrigation facilities and pension for agriculturists.
  • Top Court Asks Anil Ambani To Pay Or Face Jail In Ericsson Case: 10 Facts
    Industrialist Anil Ambani was held guilty of contempt today by the Supreme Court, which said he will go to jail for three months if he doesn't pay Rs 453 crore to Ericsson India within four weeks. The court tore into the Reliance Communications chairman for what it called a "cavalier attitude" and fined him and two of his directors Rs 1 crore each. "Anil Ambani and others breached their undertaking," the court said, calling it "willful disobedience" of its order that they should repay Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. In a statement, a Reliance Communication Limited spokesperson said: "We respect the Supreme Court judgement. The RCOM Group shall comply with the same."
  • PM Modi, Saudi Prince Condemn Pulwama Attack In Joint Statement: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a joint statement on Wednesday, condemned "in the strongest terms" the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Both sides agree on the need to create "conditions necessary for resumption of dialogue" between India and Pakistan, the statement said. "All countries" must renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, said the carefully worded statement, which did not refer to the role of either Pakistan or Jaish in the Pulwama attack last week.
  • Saudi Crown Prince Arrives In India, Received By PM At Airport: 10 Points
    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi for a day's visit on Tuesday evening. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport with a warm hug. The visit will be closely watched for talks between the two leaders on terrorism and trade. Amid India's efforts to diplomatically isolate Pakistan as punishment for the Pulwama terror attack, the Crown Prince had praised Islamabad's "efforts for regional peace and security" and announced investments worth 20 billion dollars at the end of his visit to the country on Monday.
  • PM Modi Flags Off Vande Bharat Express, India's Fastest Train: 10 Points
    Vande Bharat Express, India's first semi-high speed train, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday from the New Delhi railway station amid sombre mood in the backdrop of the terror attack in Pulwama. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and members of the Railway Board were also on board the train on its inaugural journey. "I am grateful to designers and engineers behind Vande Bharat Express which will take its first trip from Delhi to Varanasi today. With our sincerity and hardwork in the last 4.5 years we have tried to improve railways," the Prime Minister said. The bookings for the train are open. A senior railway official said that tickets of the first commercial run of Vande Bharat Express on February 17 have been completely sold out.
  • Centre Says Will Ensure Pak Isolation, Ends 'Most Favoured Nation' Status
    A day after over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the deadliest terror attack on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top ministers held a security review meeting. PM Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a "very heavy price" and had made a "huge mistake". Union Minister Arun Jaitley said the government has decided to take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure "complete isolation" of Pakistan and has withdrawn 'Most Favoured Nation' status to the country. Yesterday, New Delhi had urged the international community to back the naming of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as a "UN designated terrorist"; the Pakistan-based terror outfit has claimed the attack. The US has also asked Pakistan to "immediately end support and safe haven to all terrorist groups".
  • Scorpio SUV With 350 Kg Explosives Rammed CRPF Bus: 10 Points
    Nearly 40 personnel of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) were killed and 40 injured as a Scorpio car with 350 kg of explosives rammed a bus in a large security convoy at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst in decades. Calling the attack "despicable and dastardly", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain." The government strongly condemning the attack, demanded that Pakistan stopped supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory.
  • In Delhi Tug-Of-War, Blow For AAP, Top Court Split On Officers: 10 Points
    The centre, not the Delhi government, has the power to order investigations against corrupt officers in the capital, the Supreme Court said today, in a huge blow to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. The top court also left the decision on who controls Delhi officers to a higher bench following a split verdict between two judges. So while the Lieutenant Governor, who represents the centre in Delhi, scored a win, it was a bad day in court for AAP. Addressing both, the court said "mutual cooperation is essential" to serve people. "The Supreme Court order goes against democracy," Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. He said his government will seek legal remedies.
  • 4 Ways In Which Karol Bagh Hotel Fire Was A Disaster Waiting To Happen 
    Early this morning, before dawn, a fire spread through the two top floors of a budget six-storey hotel in a congested central Delhi area, killing 17 occupants, including a child. As thick smoke and flames rose from the top floor of Arpit Palace Hotel in Karol Bagh, two died when they jumped off the building in a desperate attempt to save themselves. Officials said nearly all rooms of the 65-room hotel were occupied when the fire began at 4 am. The cause of the fire that started on the second floor is not known yet, though it is suspected to have originated from a short circuit.
  • "Flogging Dead Horse," Centre Says On Explosive Rafale Report: 10 Points
    A news report on an internal note of the defence ministry - which recorded its objections to "parallel negotiations" by the Prime Minister's Office into the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale fighter jets -- triggered a huge political row today. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said the report by The Hindu established that the PMO was directly involved in the deal and had withheld information from the Supreme Court. In Parliament, as his party demanded that the deal be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Congress was "flogging a dead horse".
  • Congress <i>Mukt Bharat</i> Was Mahatma Gandhi's Idea, Says PM: Top Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the motion of thanks in the Lok Sabha to the President's address today. The discussion started yesterday and the motion is likely to be adopted by the House, where the ruling NDA has a big majority, tomorrow, following the prime minister's reply. In his speech, PM Modi launched a scathing attack at the Opposition.
  • Robert Vadra Picked By Wife Priyanka After 9-Hour Questioning: 10 Points
    Businessman Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, was questioned for about nine hours on Thursday in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. Yesterday, the probe agency quizzed Mr Vadra on allegations that he illegally owns nine properties, cumulatively worth 12 million pounds (Rs 110 crore), in London. On Thursday, the agency focussed on his links with the main players in the case - controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, his nephew, and two others, sources said. Mr Vadra has denied the allegations, calling it a political witch-hunt. Coming months ahead of the national elections, his questioning has become another flashpoint between the government and the opposition. Mr Vadra, who left the agency this evening with wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has been asked to appear before the Enforcement Directorate again on Saturday.
  • "Will Respect Sabarimala Verdict": Temple Board's U-Turn In Supreme Court
    In a U-turn, the board controlling Kerala's Sabarimala temple told the Supreme Court today that it supports the entry of women of all ages at the famous hill shrine. The board is controlled by the state's Left-led government, which has opposed any review of the top court's September order that opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50 and set off a huge backlash. Five judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, today heard more than 60 petitions, a majority of which urge a rethink of the verdict. The judges have reserved verdict on whether they would review the matter.
  • "Sabarimala Order Shouldn't Be Reviewed": Kerala Government To Top Court
    Amid a huge backlash to the entry of young women into Kerala's Sabarimala temple, five judges of the Supreme Court are hearing more than 60 petitions that urge a rethink of the verdict that made it possible. In September, the court had opened the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50, ending the traditional ban. But only two women have managed to enter the temple since. The rest had been forced to turn back by the huge protests by right-wing groups that often involved the use of force, threats and intimidation.
  • Mamata Banerjee Ends 3-Day <i>Dharna</i>, Says Taking Fight To Delhi: 10 Points
    Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called off her sit-in protest, which turned Kolkata into the country's political capital for three days. "We are not stopping the fight, we are taking it to Delhi," announced the Bengal chief minister, standing beside her Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu at Kolkata's Esplanade, where she has been camping out. Mr Naidu, another interlocutor of the opposition, called for an end to the protest after consulting other parties. The move followed this morning's hearing at the Supreme Court, where the CBI and the Kolkata Police were asked to discuss their differences at a neutral venue. Ms Banerjee, as well as the BJP, claimed it was a moral victory.

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