Cheat Sheet

  • No Karnataka Trust Vote Till Monday, Speaker Adjourns Assembly: 10 Points
    Karnataka's Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition won a two-day breather as the assembly was adjourned despite Governor Vajubhai Vala asking for a trust vote on Friday, hours after the government ignored his previous deadline of 1:30 pm. "Kindly prove your majority by the end of today (Friday)," Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote in his second letter since Thursday to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The chief minister said: "The second love letter has hurt me." But Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar called it a day after marathon speeches by coalition leaders and despite the BJP's BS Yeddyurappa saying his lawmakers would wait for a vote even if speeches went on till midnight.
  • "Lost Majority": Governor's Deadline To Karnataka Coalition For Trust Vote
    The ruling coalition in Karnataka, in danger of collapsing after multiple resignations, has been asked to prove majority on the floor of the house by 1:30 pm today, the Governor has written to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. "Prima facie you have lost majority", Governor Vajubhai Vala's letter reads. The governor, on a request from a BJP delegation, had urged the Speaker to consider a trust vote by the end of the day but the Speaker adjourned the assembly till today despite the BJP insisting on a vote yesterday evening. In protest, the BJP has decided that its lawmakers will spend the night in the assembly.
  • Consider Trust Vote This Evening, Karnataka Governor Tells Speaker: 10 Updates
    The Karnataka Governor has asked the Speaker to consider holding a trust vote of chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's government by the end of the day, after a delegation of BJP lawmakers met him this evening, alleging the ruling Congress-JDS coalition was delaying the vote of confidence. The chief minister, moving a motion for a trust vote today, had said his government had faced many hurdles but he was confident of winning the test of strength. The coalition government is on the verge of collapse after the resignation of 16 legislators and two independents pulling their support earlier this month. A prominent Congress rebel, Ramalinga Reddy, was present in the house, indicating that he was back in the fold, but it doesn't make any difference to the coalition's precarious position.
  • Pak Must Review Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death Sentence, Says World Court ICJ: 10 Points
    Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday in a big win for India. Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence "should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence," said the UN court, agreeing with India's stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a "farcical" closed trial. "Truth and justice have prevailed. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav: 5 Facts On The Indian On Death Row In Pakistan
    Pakistan must review the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday in a big win for India. Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence "should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence," said the UN court, agreeing with India's stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna convention by denying consular access to Jadhav after his conviction in a "farcical" closed trial. "Truth and justice have prevailed. I am sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
  • Timeline Of Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: World Court (ICJ) Verdict Today
    India's appeal against the death sentence handed to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan will be decided at 6.30 pm IST by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands. Mr Jadhav, 49, had been arrested on charges of espionage and terrorism. The sentence was delivered after what India labelled a "farcical trial". India has claimed his confession was extracted under duress and has asked the court to order Pakistan to annul the sentence and allow consular access.
  • World Court Decision Soon On Kulbhushan Jadhav, On Death Row In Pakistan: 10 Points
    Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: India's appeal against former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence in Pakistan on charges of "espionage and terrorism" will be decided by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) shortly. India has challenged the "farcical trial" that Kulbhushan Jadhav was put through on the basis of what it claims was an extracted confession, and has asked the world court to order Pakistan to annul the sentence and allow India consular access. The verdict will be read out at a public sitting of the United Nations court at 6:30 pm IST in The Hague.
  • 43 Lakh Affected, 95% Of Kaziranga Park Flooded In Assam: 10 Points
    The Assam government on Monday issued a red alert as the flood situation turned extremely critical, displacing tens of thousands and cutting off entire portions of the state. As many as 4,157 villages across 30 districts of the northeastern state, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar, were submerged as the rain continued unabated. The number of dead also increased to 15, with four people losing their lives on Monday.
  • Chandrayaan 2 Moon Mission Launch Aborted After Technical Snag: 10 Points
    The launch of moon rocket Chandrayaan 2, India's most ambitious space mission yet, was called off less than an hour before blast-off early this morning by the Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO. The powerful GSLV Mark III rocket was set to go up from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 2:51 am with a rover that would land on the moon in about two months' time. However, after first being put on hold 56 minutes before blast-off, the Chandrayaan launch was scrapped because of a "technical snag", ISRO said. The launch is unlikely even on July 16, when ISRO had lift-off window of 10 minutes, sources say. President Ram Nath Kovind was present at the space port for the launch.
  • Chandrayaan 2 Launch "On Hold" But Not Ruled Out: 10 Points
    With less than an hour to go for lift-off of Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, scientists placed a "technical hold" on the GSLV Mark III rocket's launch. The 20-hour countdown to the moon mission began on Sunday morning. President Ram Nath Kovind arrived at the site to watch the launch of the Chandrayaan 2, which stands testament to the country's ability to build high-tech space equipment at a relatively low budget. "We aim to improve our understanding of the moon, which could lead to discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole," a statement issued by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) read.
  • 20-Hour Countdown To Moon Mission Ticking, Chandrayaan-2 Set For Lift-Off
    The twenty-hour countdown for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission, India's most ambitious space mission yet which aims to place a robotic rover on the moon, began this morning at 6.51 am. The moon mission will be launched on Monday at 2:51 am from India's only space port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. ISRO will use its most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, to carry the 3.8 tonne Chandrayaan-2 into orbit. The entire mission has a life of one year.
  • 15 Lakh Affected By Assam Floods, At Least 7 Dead: 10 Points
    The monsoon floods in Assam claimed another life on Saturday, taking the number of deaths in the rain-ravaged state to seven. Official sources said that over 15 lakh people have been affected in 25 of Assam's 33 districts so far, and the situation will only get worse amid predictions of more rainfall in the hours to come. The rescue efforts are being led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which is actively evacuating people residing in low-lying areas to relief camps across the state. The centre has assured the state government of all possible help in tackling the floods.
  • Chandrayaan-2 Makes India A Space Pioneer: 10 Facts On Monday Mission
    India will step up the international space race on Monday when it launches a low-cost mission to become only the fourth country to land a probe on the moon. Just five days before the 50th anniversary of man's first lunar landing, Chandrayaan-2 - or Moon Chariot 2 - will blast off from an island off Andhra Pradesh after a decade-long build-up. The mission will also highlight how far space travel has advanced since Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind during the Apollo 11 mission. India has spent about Rs 960 crore to get Chandrayaan-2 ready for the 384,400 kilometres (around 240,000 miles) trip from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the scheduled landing on the lunar South Pole on September 6.
  • Resignations "Not In Order", Says Karnataka Speaker. Coalition Exhales
    Karnataka's Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government, on the verge of losing its majority after 14 exits, won a breather on Tuesday as Speaker Ramesh Kumar decided that the resignations were not in order. None of the lawmakers had met him, Mr Kumar told the Governor in a letter. While this buys the ruling coalition a little more time, more exits may be inevitable. A dozen Congress lawmakers skipped a meeting today despite compulsory attendance. Three of them called in sick.
  • Karnataka Coalition Fights To Survive, Rebels Move From Mumbai To Goa
    Karnataka's year-old Congress-Janata Dal coalition government is on life support after yet another Independent lawmaker quit and pledged support to the BJP, taking the total number of resignations since last week to 15. Thirteen of them belong to the ruling Congress and the Janata Dal Secular. Earlier on Monday, another Independent, made minister a month ago, resigned and came out in support of the BJP, giving it a narrow edge in the assembly. Congress's Roshan Baig, who was suspended last month for "anti-party activities" too says he will quit the Congress and join the BJP. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who cut short a private visit to the US and returned to handle the crisis, said all Congress and JDS minsters have resigned and a cabinet reshuffle will happen soon. The idea is to make room for rebels who might be persuaded to return. The BJP has denied any role in the crisis but sources say it is getting ready to strike.

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