Cheat Sheet

  • MJ Akbar To Record Statement In Defamation Case On October 31: 10 Points
    Former Union minister MJ Akbar has been asked to come and record his statement on October 31 by a Delhi court which today agreed to hear his defamation case against one of the multiple women who accused him of sexual harassment. Mr Akbar has trashed the allegations. His lawyers today said he had to quit his job as the junior foreign minister because of the allegations. Journalist Priya Ramani's defamatory tweets, they said, "were picked up by the foreign media". Ms Ramani, who was the first woman to call out Mr Akbar under the growing #MeToo movement in India, has said the truth is her "only defence".
  • Sabarimala Temple Opens After Day Of Protests, Women Stopped: 10 Points
    Kerala's Sabarimala temple opened its doors to women of all ages on Wednesday evening after much protest, violence and the final imposition of prohibitory orders that bans large gatherings. Through the day, protesters had been trying to enforce the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of reproductive age in the temple, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month. They combed buses, stopped women from going near the temple, attacked journalists, vandalised media vehicles and threw stones at the police. Kerala's CPM-led government has blamed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP's ideological mentor, for the violence.
  • Kerala Tense As Women Head To Sabarimala Amid Protests, Heavy Security
    Protests intensified around Kerala's famous Sabarimala temple as the shrine to Lord Ayappa got ready to open its doors to women of reproductive age following a Supreme Court order overturning the centuries-old ban. Crew from four media companies was attacked and two women, who had started the 7-km trek towards the hilltop shrine, had to turn back. Despite the heavy police presence along the route, devotees backing the ban screened buses and women were pushed, manhandled and violently turned away from the base camp at Nilakkal, around 20 km from the shrine.
  • Delhi's Biggest Thermal Plant Shuts As Pollution Plan Kicks In: 10 Points
    Delhi's biggest coal power plant has been ordered to be permanently closed from today and the roads will be swept with special machines as part of a set of emergency measures that have been put in place by the government to combat air pollution, authorities said. With the temperatures slowing dipping, Delhi air pollution levels have gone up with today's air quality tagged as "poor". The Central Pollution Control Board rolled out emergency action plan which will be implemented from today.
  • Delhi To Enforce Emergency Plan" As Pollution Returns: 10 Points
    Pollution levels in Delhi have started their annual journey up as the national capital braces for winter. At 16 degrees Celsius, night temperature has barely acquired a nip, day temperature is at a level 30 degrees. But the overall Air Quality Index or AQI, has already moved to the "poor" category. On Sunday, the AQI recorded at 10 am was 201. The Central Pollution Control Board said it is ready with an emergency action plan, which will be implemented from today.
  • MJ Akbar Says #MeToo Charges "Viral Fever"; Will Sue, Not Quit: 10 Points
    Union Minister MJ Akbar on Sunday said he was exploring legal action against "wild and baseless allegations", amid calls for his resignation over a dozen women accusing him of sexual harassment in a wave of #MeToo stories on social media. "Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections," said Mr Akbar, 67, hours after he arrived from a tour of Nigeria. There would be a statement later, was all the former editor said, asked by the media whether he would resign over the allegations. But his decision was clear as sources told NDTV that the government has "nothing to do with the accusations" against him and his stepping down may "set a bad precedent".
  • Cyclone Titli Leaves 8 Dead In Andhra, 3 Lakh Moved To Safety In Odisha
    Cyclone Titli that hit the coast in southern Odisha early this morning uprooted trees and electric poles. Eight people have died in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. 'Titli' which intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" over the Bay of Bengal also brought with heavy rain and strong winds. Over three lakh people in Odisha's five coastal districts were moved to safety as a precautionary measure. The disaster management authority has asked people to stay away from low-lying beaches and other locations which may be swept by high tides or storm waves.
  • Report Claims Proof Of Reliance As A Must For Rafale, Dassault Denies
    Rafale maker Dassault Aviation selecting Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence as offset partner was a "trade-off" that was "mandatory" to win the 59,000-crore deal with India for 36 fighter jets, according to "internal documents" cited in a report by French investigative journal Mediapart. The report says that a top Dassault official, Loik Segalen, had explained to his staff at a presentation on May 11, 2017, that the joint venture was "imperative and obligatory for Dassault Aviation, to accept this condition, in order to obtain the export contract for Rafale from India".
  • Cyclone Titli To Hit Odisha Today; Schools Shut: 10 Points
    People in coastal areas of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh are preparing to face the full onslaught of Cyclone Titli that will hit the coastlines in a few hours. 'Titli', which means butterfly in Hindi, has been categorised as a "very severe cyclonic storm" and will likely hit the Odisha coast within a few hours, the weather office has said. People in five coastal districts in Odisha are being moved to safety after the storm intensified. The storm is inching closer to the coast in southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh. All schools, colleges and anganwadi centres in four districts of Odisha are closed today.
  • Need Details Of How Rafale Decision Made, Supreme Court Asks Government
    In the middle of a huge political row over the Rafale fighter jet deal, the government was asked by the Supreme Court today to furnish details of its decision-making process in a sealed cover by October 29. The court clarified it would not get into "pricing or suitability" of the jets. "We are not issuing notice to the government," said a three-judge bench headed by new Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Government sources said the Defence Ministry is working to hand over all documents to the court and "would have been happy to hand over price details".
  • 10 Facts You Need To Know About Zika Virus In India
    The first two Zika virus outbreaks were reported in India in early 2017. Both these outbreaks were successfully contained through intensive surveillance and vector management. After a year, Zika virus has again hit the country, this time in Jaipur. At least 22 people have tested positive for Zika virus in the 'Pink City'. Zika virus infection is a mosquito-borne illness like dengue and chikungunya viruses. Its symptoms include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. Zika virus disease has so far been reported from 86 countries across the world.
  • 29 Test Positive For Zika Virus In Jaipur, Bihar On Alert: 10 Points
    Twenty nine people have tested positive for Zika virus in Rajasthan's Jaipur where a central team is monitoring the situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Office has sought a detailed report from the union health ministry. There is no need to panic and everything is under control, the ministry said. Bihar has also issued advisories to all its 38 districts as one of those affected in Jaipur, a student, visited his home in Bihar's Siwan in August. The student visited Bihar between August 28 and September 12 for an exam. His family members have been put under surveillance.
  • Low Voting In Kashmir As 2 Key Parties Boycott Civic Polls: 10 Points
    As Jammu and Kashmir is voting in the first of the four-phased municipal elections after a hiatus of 13 years, voters in Jammu are queuing up at polling stations, but staying away in Kashmir. Brisk voting was observed in almost all the wards in Jammu region with Rajouri registering the highest votes, but only seven per cent voters turned up in Kashmir till 2 pm. Amid shutdown called by separatists in the Valley, streets were deserted and voting remained abysmal in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla and other areas. Two key parties in the state -- the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party (PDP) -- have abstained from the elections over the centre's stand on Article 35-A, making it a contest between the BJP and the Congress. Terrorists had killed two National Conference workers on Friday and threatened against participating in the polls. The situation has remained peaceful so far, police said.
  • Won't Hurt Allies, Says US After India-Russia Sign Missile Deal: 10 Facts
    India will finally acquire the S-400 Triumf, arguably the world's most lethal surface-to-air missile system, from Russia, brushing off a threat of sanctions from the US. The $5-billion pact was signed between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday afternoon along with a raft of other agreements ranging from nuclear power to space exploration. In its first reaction to the deal, US said it did not want to hurt military capabilities of its "allies or partners". In a joint address after the bilateral meeting with Mr Putin, PM Modi said, "Russia has stood by India through time and has played a crucial role In India's growth story."
  • World Teachers' Day 2018: 10 Inspiring Quotes To Celebrate Your Educators
    World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers' Day, is observed on October 5 every year. World Teachers' Day focuses on "appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world" and to provide an opportunity to address issues related to teachers and teaching. Every year, a theme is chosen by the UNESCO to mark the day. This year's World Teachers' Day theme is : "The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.

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