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  • Chief Justice Dipak Misra Faces Impeachment Motion, 71 Have Signed: 10 Facts
    After months of will-they, won't-they, seven opposition parties including the Congress today took the unprecedented first step towards Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's impeachment, submitting a petition with 71 signatures to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, who is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha in parliament. "We wish this day had never come," the opposition said in a statement explaining the move and listing five allegations of misbehaviour against the Chief Justice. No Chief Justice has ever been impeached in the country. Sources say the Vice President will seek legal advice on the motion.
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About The Upcoming Karnataka Assembly Election
    The Karnataka Assembly election 2018 is just three weeks away and both BJP and Congress have been campaigning aggressively across the state. The Congress is being led by chief minister Siddaramaiah, while the BJP is being led by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in the state. Their campaigns are being spearheaded by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah, who have been campaigning in the state in multiple phases over the last month. While the incumbent Congress government is looking to win a second term, the BJP, which was in power till May 2013, is looking to make a comeback.
  • No Probe Into Judge Loya Death, Supreme Court Says Petitions "Scandalous"
    The death of judge BH Loya in 2014 while deciding on murder charges against BJP president Amit Shah will not be investigated, the Supreme Court said today, calling petitions for an independent probe "scandalous" and a "frontal attack on the judiciary". A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said the petitions were in criminal contempt, based on the statement of four Mumbai judges who were with Judge Loya at the time and had asserted that he died of natural causes. 48-year-old Judge Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which Amit Shah was an accused, when he died of a heart attack in Maharashtra's Nagpur, where he was attending a wedding. The judge who replaced him ruled there was not enough evidence against Amit Shah to merit a trial and discharged the BJP chief. The top court, without naming anyone, said it "takes strong exception to Insinuation that one individual controls judiciary".
  • "I Want This Government To Be Criticised": PM To UK Indians - Top 10 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora at an event titled 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath'.The mega Q&A session lasted for a little over two hours. The event was broadcast live from the iconic Central Hall Westminster in London. The diaspora event, billed as the centrepiece of the 'Living Bridge' theme of the India-UK bilateral visit, involved Prime Minister Modi addressing questions which have already been received via social media.
  • Independent Probe Into Judge Loya's Death? Supreme Court To Decide Today
    A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is expected to decide today whether an independent investigation should be held into the death of judge BH Loya. The 48-year-old judge was handling a murder case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was among the accused, when he died of a heart attack in 2014. The judge who replaced him ruled there was not enough evidence against Mr Shah to merit a trial. Five petitions calling for an inquiry were filed after questions were raised about the death. The court said it would order an investigation if there was ground for suspicion.
  • As Empty ATMs Reported, RBI Says Shortage Due To Logistical Reasons: 10 Points
    In response to reports that ATMs in several states are running dry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today conceded a "temporary shortage in some areas" and said it was being "tackled quickly". The Reserve Bank of India said the shortage may be felt in some pockets due to logistical issues and clarified that there is sufficient cash in RBI vaults. Complaints about cash crunch came from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. The opposition has targetted the government, citing the long queues outside ATMs after demonetiaation in November 2016. There have been suggestions that the shortfall could be linked to hoarding, high cash usage for weddings or crop procurement. The finance ministry has roped in the income tax department to pinpoint the reason.
  • Packed Tuesday In Sweden Before PM Modi Flies To Britain: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be travelling to three nations as part of his Europe tour, began his five-day journey with Sweden on Monday evening. He was welcomed by his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven, who, too, broke protocol to receive PM Modi at the airport. This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years. In 1988, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had visited Sweden with his wife Sonia and children Rahul and Priyanka. PM Modi has met King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf in the morning. He will have a bilateral with PM Lofven next. A number of agreements are expected to be signed after that. Later in the night, PM Modi will leave for Britain for bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and his "Bharat Ki Baat" event London tomorrow.
  • All Accused Including Swami Aseemanand Acquitted In Mecca Masjid Blast: 10 Points
    Swami Aseemanand, a saffron-robed monk who has been linked to three terror attacks, was among five men acquitted today in the 2007 blast in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid. Nine people were killed and over 50 injured when the blast ripped through the historic mosque during Friday prayers on May 18 that year. It took a few minutes for the 11-year-old case to come crashing down as a court said the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), had failed to prove anyone's guilt. The NIA officer in charge of the case, Pratibha Ambedkar, was abruptly removed two weeks ago. Today, the judge who delivered the verdict resigned.
  • Countrywide Protests Over Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases: 10 Points
    Demonstrations were held in several cities across India, including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Goa and Bhopal on Sunday as public outrage over a spate of rape and murder of children spiral. Over the last two weeks, two cases have shaken the nation. Last Sunday, a 16-year-old, who was allegedly raped by a BJP lawmaker in Unnao, tried to commit suicide outside UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's house. The tipping point was the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua, where the chargesheet spoke of unspeakable brutality. A third -- the death of a 9-year-old girl in Surat, whose body was covered in over 80 wounds -- emerged on Sunday morning.
  • Kathua Child's Family To Move Supreme Court For Trial Outside Jammu and Kashmir: 10 Points
    The family of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua has decided to request the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state. The murder of the child, who belonged to a nomadic Muslim community, outraged the country after details were exposed in a police chargesheet last week. It became heavily politicised and two BJP ministers from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet, who defended the accused, had to be shunted out. Citing that the local lawyers stopped the Crime Branch from filing the chargesheet at the Kathua district court, the family lawyers said they would ask for a transfer.
  • After Outrage, PM Modi Speaks Up On Rape Protests, Vows Justice: 10 Facts
    In a move to cap the spiralling public anger over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said such incidents could not be part of any civilised society and promised to make sure that the culprits do not get away. "As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it (rapes)," PM Modi said of the crimes that have jolted the country and brought the BJP's alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's PDP close to breaking point. Ms Mufti has been angry with BJP leaders for defending the men arrested for the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua. Minutes after PM Modi's statement, two ministers, seen as the face of the effort to communalise the arrests, were forced to quit from the Mehbooba Mufti cabinet.
  • Karnataka Assembly Election Next Month, A Lookback At 2013 Election
    Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 in all 224 constituencies. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janta Dal (S) - JD (S), along with their allies, will take on the incumbent Indian National Congress. Aam Aadmi Party will also make its debut in the state. 56,696 polling stations will be set-up for Karnataka assembly elections 2018 and the results will be announced on May 15.
  • Ambedkar Jayanti 2018: 10 Lesser-Known Facts About The Dalit Icon
    Celebrated on April 14, Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar or BR Ambedkar - a social reformer, economist and jurist - who gave India its Constitution. Fondly called Baba Saheb, Ambedkar campaigned against social discrimination against untouchables and also supported the rights of women and labourers. He was the force behind the Dalit Buddhist Movement in India. For this reason, he is revered as a Dalit icon. "I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved," Dr Ambedkar had said, as quoted in The Ultimate Book of Quotations. In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.
  • Rahul Gandhi Leads Midnight March Against 8-Year-Old's Rape: 10 Points
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi was at the heart of the national capital at midnight to demand justice for the young girl gang-raped and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and the alleged rape of a teenager in Unnao. Sonia Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra Gandhi joined the protests that are seen to be an effort to put the ruling BJP at the centre and the two states in a spot. The protest brought back memories of the spontaneous waves of protests that slammed India Gate after the Nirbhaya gang-rape five years ago and forced parliament to enact tougher rape laws.
  • ISRO's PSLV Successfully Launches IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite From Sriharikota Days After Big Jolt: 10 Points
    While most of India slept, ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV blasted off into space from Sriharikota off the coast of Andhra Pradesh at 4:04 am today, carrying IRNSS-1I, the eighth satellite for India's homegrown global positioning system. The successful launch came just 14 days after the much larger Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle or GSLV rocket launch on March 29 spelled a setback for the space agency as the Rs 270 crore GSAT 6A that it was carrying was lost to a systems failure. Thursday's launch created history for ISRO, becoming the fastest back-to-back launch in the agency's history.

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