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25-Year-Rule of the Left Has Ended In Tripura

 

 

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What is it? The number of months since journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was murdered outside her home in Bengaluru.

Why is it important? A Special Investigation Team probing her death has made its first arrest in the case: KT Naveen Kumar, for illegal possession of bullets. Kumar, who is said to be a member of a right-wing group called Hindu Yuva Sena, was arrested on February 18. However, he is reportedly among the weakest links in the case and it remains to be seen if his arrest can lead to the main plotter of Lankesh’s murder.

Tell me more: Investigations into the killings of other rationalists such as Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, who were vocal critics of the Hindutva agenda, has made little or slow progress.

 

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What is it? The aggregate number of seats BJP has won in three north-eastern states—Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya—out of 59 seats each.

Why is it important? It is set to be part of the government in all three states with the help of allies, consolidating its position in the north-eastern region, which may have a bearing on the 2019 General Elections. The 25-year-rule of the Left has ended in Tripura, reducing its presence to just one state, Kerala. The BJP is already a part of the governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tell me more: The BJP won a clear majority in Tripura (35 of 59 seats) but will form the government with ally IPFT. In Nagaland, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party along with BJP and other allies will form the government, while a five-party alliance (including BJP) led by the National People’s Party is set to come to power in Meghalaya.

 

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What is it? The number of entities, including key accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, in the Rs 12,700-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case that the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has barred from selling their assets.

Why is it important? This is in addition to the reported probe carried out by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office involving 110 companies, including listed ones, and around 10 limited liability partnership firms linked to Modi and Choksi. The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested 14 people so far in this case. On Saturday, the agency for the first time said Modi had bribed at least one PNB official.

Tell me more: Non-bailable warrants were issued against both the accused by a special court on Saturday.

 

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What is it? The latest world ranking of Shubhankar Sharma, the 21-year-old Indian golfer.

Why is it important? This is Sharma’s highest-ever world ranking and he’s also currently the highest-ranked Indian golfer. He has gained nine spots in a week in which he led for three rounds of the $10 million WGC-Mexico Championship, before crumbling in the fourth round. Still, Sharma finished the tournament with a score of 10 under par (the winner, Phil Mickelson, was at 16 under) and pocketed $270,000.

Tell me more: Sharma, who turned professional at the age of 16 years, finished 2017 with a ranking of 202. This season, he’s the only two-time winner on the European tour, and his latest showing in a star-studded field at the WGC has catapulted him into the spotlight.

 

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What is it? German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured her fourth term in power after Germany’s Social Democratic party (SPD) voted on Sunday to form another “grand coalition” government with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Why is it important? For Germany, this brings to an end nearly six months of political uncertainty and wrangling, the longest the country has been without a government post-war. For Europe, Merkel’s return means Germany will continue to play a major role in how things evolve in the continent, and that vision will be shaped by a strong element of continuity championed by Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron.

Tell me more: In the German elections held in September 2017, though CDU and SPD emerged as the two largest parties, they both lost ground. The big gainer was the right-wing Alternative for Germany.

 

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