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    The Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) will celebrate the World Toilet Day tomorrow with mass  awareness and mobilization activities across States and districts.  The focus is on usage  of toilets, which is closely linked to the Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat by October 2019.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu stressed on the need to re-imagine and reconstruct the higher education system in tune with the requirements 21st century. While launching Krea University, here today, he underscored those institutes of eminence must aim to ensure all round development of an individual apart from imparting quality education.

  • The two-day Conference on ‘Modernization of Police Communication and Challenges thereof’ will begin here tomorrow. The Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Communication, Shri Manoj Sinha will inaugurate the conference.

  • With a view to foster and reinforce the spirit of Communal Harmony, National Integration and pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood, the “Qaumi Ekta Week” (National Integration Week) will be observed all over the country, from tomorrow to 25th November, 2018.

  • The 8th National Conference of Women in Police (NCWP) will begin in Ranchi, Jharkhand tomorrow. The two-day conference which is being  organized by Bureau of Police Research &Development in collaboration with Jharkhand Police, is the only national level platform to address the issues of Women in uniform and create an enabling atmosphere for them to maximize and optimize their professional potential.

  • Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharati  today held the fourth Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan within the last two weeks to strengthen Sanitation based all round development in the villages on the bank of Ganga.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that world nations, led by the UN, should arrive at a consensus in refusing shelter to economic fugitives and create a framework for Extradition Treaties and exchange of information on black money.

  • His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Republic of Maldives, welcomed and thanked His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for visiting the Maldives to participate in the presidential inauguration ceremony.

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    Consultative Committee Meeting of Ministry of Defence on Indian Coast Guard chaired by Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman  reviewed the operational preparedness, Infrastructure development and coastal security mechanism of the Coast Guard.

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     A wreath laying ceremony was organised today at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officers’ Association, to honour the sacrifices, valour, and splendid contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I.  The Indian Cavalry has a long and awe-inspiring history of valour and sacrifice.

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    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to cyclone in Tamil Nadu. 

    The Prime Minister said, “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to cyclonic conditions in parts of Tamil Nadu.

  • Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharati  has said that people on the bank of Ganga ned to take proactive charge of maintaining and raising sanitation standards so that the cleaniness of the river can be ensured.

  • Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs inaugurated the “Aadi Mahotsav” a National Tribal Festival to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine and commerce at Delhi Haat, INA today.

  • In a section of media, there have been some reports about Maternity Leave Incentive Scheme. In this regard, the Ministry of Labour & Employment has clarified the following -

     

    Background- (i) The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 applies to establishments employing 10 or more than 10 persons in Factories, Mines, Plantation, Shops & Establishments and other entities.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is witnessing an urban renaissance and has been set in motion. He was interacting with the Mayor of Houston, USA, Mr. Sylvester Turner, who called on the Vice President along with a high level trade and investment delegation including counselors, city planners, urban development officers and members of the Indo-American Business Chamber, in Mumbai today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘8.24 per cent Government Stock, 2027’ for a notified amount of  Rs. 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘7.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $105 million loan to continue financing the transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh for increased supply of hydropower to the state and the national grid.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here todayin national capital a $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL).

  • Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu and Mr. KosmosbekCholponbaev, Minister of Health, Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Exchanging protocol on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation

     

    The 9th Session of the India-Kyrgyz Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation (IK-IGC) was held on 15-16 November, 2018 in New Delhi and concluded today with signing of Protocol.

  • The 26th edition of Central and State Statistical Organizations(COCSSO) Conference was organized by theMinistry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in collaboration with Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Himachal Pradeshat Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on 15th and 16th November, 2018.

  • While launching Krea University in New Delhi, the Vice President underscored those institutes of eminence must aim to ensure all round development of an individual apart from imparting quality education.

    The Vice President said that institutions like the Krea University with sights set firmly on the achievement of brilliance and distinction at the global platform must serve us in good stead in our quest for fast track progress and all round development.

    He called for an impactful coordination of Public-Private Sector in providing such education system. Government should play the role of a strong facilitator and others supplement government’s efforts, he added.

    Naidu said that not having enough high quality researchers, and the declining number of students doing PhDs and entering research posts was a concern.

    A country as populous as India and facing innumerable challenges from poverty to environmental degradation simply cannot do without innovation, he said.

    Saying that universities should become hubs for innovation, the Vice President said that they must not become breeding grounds for resentment, frustration or discrimination. A university should be a place of enlightenment, a sanctuary of positive thoughts and safe haven of wisdom and knowledge, he added.

  • Earlier the party had released its fourth list of candidates on Saturday. Seven names were released by the BJP on Saturday. With the announcement of the fifth list, the party has, so far, announced the names of 112 candidates out of 119 seats in poll-bound Telangana.

    Meanwhile, the Congress party on Sunday released its third list of 18 candidates for the 7th December Rajasthan Assembly elections.

    Out of these 18 seats, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will contest on two seats each, while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will contest on one seat.

    On Saturday, the Congress party had released its second list of 32 candidates.

     

  • According to security officials, the counter militant operation was launched on the basis of specific input about presence of terrorists in the Rebben area of Shopian district. 

    Two local terrorists were killed in the fierce encounter. 

    Arms and ammunition was also recovered from the gunfight site.

  • The injured have been admitted to the civil hospital for treatment.

    Meanwhile, four persons are reported to be in critical condition. Security has been tighten on the stations and bus stands across the state.

    The incident happened just eight kilometres from the Amritsar airport. Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, a senior officer, said the 10 injured have been taken to the hospital and the bodies of the victims sent for post-mortem.

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has announced Rs. 5 lakh for the victims and free treatment for the injured.

  • Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady arrived at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on Sunday. The President will be in Vietnam from November 18 to November 21.

    They were received by Truong Quang Nghia, Party Secretary of Da Nang, Huynh C Tho, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Da Nang city and Dao Viet Trung, Chairman of the President’s Office.

    Da Nang has a rich historical and civilisational connection with India. The place is famous for its world heritage site of My Son, and has remnants of Buddhist connections and the Hindu Cham civilization in the form of ancient temples.

    On November 19, President Kovind will pay a visit to the Museum of Cham Sculpture. During the visit, he will participate in a group photo session with the museum staff. The President and First Lady will also participate in a photo-op with provincial leaders.

    On the second leg of his tour, he will visit Australia.

    This is the first ever visit Australia of any Indian President. During the week-long visit of both the nations, a high level delegation will be accompanying him. 

  • 72 constituencies of the state will go to polls in this phase on November 20. Various political parties are making all efforts to woo the voters in poll bound states.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally at Mahasamund in Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister Modi said that Congress believed in 'phone-banking' which destroyed the banks. He said a phone call from them would get loans for the cronies cleared and the nation had to suffer. Prime Minister Modi accused Congress of making false promises of farm loan waiver during public rallies.

    Prime Minister Narendar Modi also accused Congress of running malicious campaign and spreading rumors and lies in Madhya Pradesh for their narrow gains. Addressing an election rally at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh,  Prime Minister Modi reffered to a video, which recently surfaced on internet, in which a senior Congress leader was caught saying that for winning these polls, they are ready to take support from goons. PM Modi said that such things are unacceptable. 

    Meanwhile, campaigning has also picked up in Rajasthan. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has filed her nomination from Jhalarapatan assembly constituency for the upcoming state assembly election at Jhalawar secretariat.

    Meanwhile, BJP released the third list of 8 candidates for upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections.

    Congress party has meanwhile. released the second list of 32 candidates for Rajasthan Assembly elections. Manvendra Singh has been pitched against Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan.

    The election commission has expressed satisfaction over the preparedness for Rajasthan assembly polls. On the second day of its visit to the state on Saturday, the Commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner O.P.Rawat held meeting with senior officials including Chief electoral officer, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police in Jaipur to review the poll preparations. Interacting with media persons in Jaipur, The Chief Election Commissioner Rawat said, all the required preparations have been completed to ensure free and fair poll in the state. 

    He said, special arrangements have been made for the especially able voters. The state will go to polls on the December 7.

  • In his first address after being sworn in as seventh President of the country, Solih said Maldives has a rare second chance for democracy pledging to restore constitutional rule and govern without discrimination.

    His comments came as his predecessor Abdulla Yameen was accused of violating democratic principles and human rights apart from indulging in corruption during his tenure.

    The new President said state’s finances are in a precarious state due to many projects carried out at a loss only for political purposes and  the theft of billions from state coffers. He said the new administration will aim to provide services without disruption expressing hope for assistance from foreign partners.

    Prime minister Narendra Modi in a high level meeting with Solih discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the people of the Maldives. Prime Minister Modi assured President Solih of India’s firm commitment in assisting the Maldives to achieve sustainable social and economic development.

    Both leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being mindful of each other’s concerns and aspirations for the stability of the region.

    A 19 member cabinet of ministers was also sworn in to the new government where former speaker Abdulla Shahid is the new foreign minister. 

  • Mobile medical teams have also been mobilised. The Indian Navy has offered its support to the state authorities for relief works. Two ships - INS Chetlat and INS Cheriam - have been diverted to Karaikal near Puducherry to render assistance. Three ships Darshak, Carnicobar and Coradivh are kept on standby in Chennai. Two other vessels Ranvir and Khanjar are anchored at Vishakhapatnam to join in the relief efforts at short notice.

  • Nepal's Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated Shree Saraswati Tika Higher Secondary School, Lekhnath in Pokhra on Saturday morning.

    The School has been providing quality education to around 1100 students. Later, Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy, Dr. Ajay Kumar inaugurated Shree Laxmi Adarsha Multiple Campus, Lekhnath and Shree Gupteshwor Mahadev Multiple Campus, Pokhara.

    Shree Laxmi Adarsha Multiple Campus is affiliated to Tribhuvan University (TU). It offers four years' full-time undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) programmeand plus two (10+2) courses in Management, Education & Humanities.

    The Campus has over 450 students and around 85% of them are girls. The Gupteshwar Mahadev Multiple Campus is a non-profit academic institution and affiliated with Tribhuvan University.

    The campus has more than 400 students of which 80% are girls. It offering B.Ed, BBS and MBS programmes. The newly built infrastructure (Conference Hall, Computer Lab and Library etc.) will not only boost leaning environment but also enhance access to education to needy, poor and marginalized students of Kaski, Syangia, Parbat, Myagdi and Tanahun districts of Nepal.  Education creates building blocks for the process of nation-building and is the first step towards the development of any country.

    As part of Development Partnership Programme, the Government of India is providing assistance to institutions of all levels, starting from primary schools to universities in Nepal.

  • The full Election Commission is on two-day visit to Rajasthan to review the preparations for the assembly elections going to be held on 7th December.

    The Election Commission team reviewed the preparations of each districts of the state. Election Commission team also hold a meeting of nodal officers of departments associated with the Election process and reviewed all the arrangements related to election. It also interacted with the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police.

     

  • During his active years in ad industry, he remained the brain behind several iconic and memorable Indian ad campaigns. Padamsee was also best known for his role as Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1982 historcial drama "Gandhi".

    For his contributions to the creative field, he was honored with Padma Shri in 2000 and was named Advertising Man of the Century by The Advertising Club in Mumbai.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed deep condolences over the demise of Alyque Padamsee. In a tweet message, the President expressed his condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

    In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed condolences over the demise of Alyque Padamsee. He described Padamsee as a wonderful communicator and said that his extensive work in world of advertising will always be remembered. The Prime Minister added that his contribution to theatre was also noteworthy.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Arun Jaitley said that Madhya Pradesh is one of the states whose growth rate is higher than the national growth rate and has shed its bimaru tag in the last 15 years.
     
    The party said that the vision document is a roadmap of developed Madhya Pradesh in the next five years. The vision document promises 10 lakh jobs per year for the youth of the state and start-up opportunities to young entrepreneurs.

  • BJP has dropped six sitting MLAs this time. The party has so far declared 170 out of total 200 candidates for the December 7 election.

    Amid reports of infighting over ticket distribution, the Congress party also released its second list of 32 candidates for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly election.

  • The member states agreed to focus on health of migrant workersimplementation of migration-related elements of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promotion of equality for women migrant workers and consular support for migrant workers. The theme of consultation, which was concluded in Kathmandu last evening, was "Safe, Regular and Managed Migration: A Win-Win for All". 

    The representatives from all 12 member states-Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam attended the consultation. The Colombo Process is a regionalconsultative process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia. It was established in 2003

    Thebasic objective of Colombo Process is to provide a forum for Asian labour-sending countries to share experiences, consult on issues faced by overseas workers, optimize development benefits from organized overseas employment and enhance dialogue with countries of destination.

  • The iconic character started life as the star of 'Steamboat Willie', a short cartoon released in 1928.

    Conceived by illustrator and entrepreneur Walt Disney, Mickey is the enduring symbol of the multi billion dollar brand.

    Over the last 90 years, numerous Disney theme parks have popped up world wide and the mouse is a world famous character, appearing on clothing, homewares and even food.

    Mickey Mouse has starred or had cameos in hundreds of movies, video games and television shows, most notably 'Fantasia' and 'Get a Horse'.

    'Mickey's 90th Spectacular' celebrated his birthday in a two-hour television event this month. He was joined by stars including Kristen Bell and John Stamos, who were there to commemorate the life and times of the world's most famous mouse.

  • Polling for the first phase of Panchayat elections was held in 47 Panchayat blocks across the state. These include 21 Blocks of Jammu region, 16 Blocks of Kashmir and 10 blocks of Ladakh region. Adequate security arrangements in villages and poll bound areas were put in place to ensure smooth and peaceful polling.  Polling concluded at 2 pm. Kathua recorded 80.02%, Doda 80.83%, Udhumpur-83.62 %, Ramban-75.31% while Rajouri registered 78.33%. 

  • Poll heat in the battle for five states rose several notches on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing 3 rallies on the same day..one in Chhattisgarh and two in Madhya Pradesh.

    The day's first rally was Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur..The PM went on a full throttle assault against the Congress saying the party should account for ruling the country for 4 generations. He also challenged the grand old party to elect a non-Gandhi family party President for at least 5 years.

    The PM reached out to voters set to go to polling booths on Tuesday next week saying people have rejected the notion that only one family has the right to address the nation from the ramparts of the red fort. Hailing the high turnout in the naxal affected zone of the state during the first phase of polling. The PM praised Bastar voters for giving a resounding reply to bullets with ballot.
     

    Next in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol. The PM attacked the previous Congress govts in the state here as well. He said the developmental work that the Congress couldn't do during 54 years of its rule in MP was done by the BJP govt in the last 15 years. He also said there needs to be accounting for the Congress's rule for 4 generations and a tea sellers rule for since 2014.

    The PM also praised the Shivraj Chauhan govt's work saying the Central govt has promised to provide a home to each family by 2022 but 12 lakh homes have already handed over in Madhya Pradesh. He also lauded the MP govt's success in taking rapists to the gallows in the shortest time.

    PM's last outreach to voters for the day was in Gwalior where he recalled late leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Kushabhau Thakre & Vijayaraje Scindia. He recounted the Centre's successes and efforts & appealed to voters to return the Shivraj govt to power in Bhopal.

    PM's rallies clearly indicate that the battle for 5 states is now headed into its final round. The second phase of polling in chhattisgarh is to be held next week on Tuesday. All 230 seats in MP go to polls on the 28th of this month.

  • IFFI 2018 will also feature Retrospective of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birth anniversary. IFFI 2018 will showcase 7 of best films of his career. 

    Israel is the focus country at this year's movie extravaganza.10 Israeli films that will be screened at the festival as part of the country focus package. 

    Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on the 24th of this month as part of the festival. 

    The Indian Panorama section at IFFI will comprise 26 feature and 21 non-feature Indian films. The Feature film Jury selected the film 'OLU', directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018.  

    Indian sports biopics, such as "Mary Kom", "1983" and "MSD: The Untold Story", will have open air screenings. This year IFFI will showcase some of the best films of Vinod Khanna, who received the Dada Saheb Phalke award posthumously.

    This year homage will be paid to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M. Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi. A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired.

  • The no-confidence motions were taken up in the wake of Rajapaksa's controversial appointment as Prime Minister, replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe who was abruptly sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena three weeks ago.

    Former strongman Rajapaksa has however refused to accept the outcome of the first two motions on his appointment and his address to Parliament after failing to prove a majority in the House. 

    President Sirisena, who has now realigned with Rajapksa, did not endorse the earlier votes, but had promised to accept Friday's vote. He is yet to acknowledge it or state his decision on future course, in the absence of a PM or cabinet.

    Sri Lanka has been facing political crisis since President Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe last month.

    He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. However, the Supreme Court stayed the dissolution making way for Parliament to be convened.

  • He conferred the National awards for excellence in journalism for 2018 including the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy award to eminent journalist N Ram and journalist Rubi Sarkar. 

    While addressing, the Minister said that there are challanges in Media industry. He stressed on the need of retaining credibility in the media sector. 

    The minister added that the the media is free to express its views to the viewers.
     

  • Section 144 has been in place from Nov 15 midnight for 7 days in Sanni-dhanam Pampa and Ilavunkal Nilackal. 

  • Prime Minister is the highest ranking leader who attended the ceremony accompanied by a high level delegation including National security adviser and Foreign secretary. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a high level meeting with the new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamad Solih in Male. 

    During their meeting, both leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being mindful of each other’s concerns and aspirations for the stability of the region. The two leaders expressed their unwavering commitment and support for increased cooperation in combating terrorism both within the region and elsewhere.

    President Solih, who took over as seventh President of Maldives on Saturday, briefed Prime Minister Modi on the dire economic situation facing the country as he takes office.

    The two leaders also discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the people of the Maldives. In particular, President Solih highlighted the pressing need for increased housing and infrastructure development as well as for establishing water and sewerage systems in the outlying islands.

    Prime Minister Modi assured President Solih of India’s firm commitment in assisting Maldives to achieve sustainable social and economic development.

    He also conveyed India’s readiness to extend help in every possible way and suggested that both sides should meet at the earliest to work out details as per requirements of the Maldives.

    Prime Minister Modi also welcomed the expanding opportunities for Indian companies to invest in the Maldives in different sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries.

    Recognizing that nationals of both countries travel extensively between the two countries, the leaders also agreed on the need for facilitating easier visa procedures.

    Solih welcomed and thanked PM Modi for visiting the Maldives to participate in the presidential inauguration ceremony. Prime Minister thanked President Solih for the special gesture of inviting him to the Inauguration Ceremony.

    He also conveyed greetings and compliments from the people of India to the people of the Republic of Maldives on consolidation of democracy, which is essential for peace, prosperity and stability.

    The two leaders, while noting the resilience of the relations between India and the Maldives, expressed confidence in the renewal of the close bonds of cooperation and friendship with the election of Solih as the President of the Maldives.

    Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to President Solih to make a state visit to India at his earliest convenience. President Solih accepted the invitation with pleasure. 

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives will make an official visit to India on the 26th of November to hold further discussions and to prepare for the forthcoming state visit of President Solih to India.

    President Solih expressed the hope that Prime Minister Modi will make an official visit to the Maldives in the near future. Prime Minister Modi gratefully accepted the invitation.

    On the sidelines of swearing in ceremony, PM Modi also interacted with former Maldivian Presidents Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed. PM Modi also greeted former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other leaders who had gathered on the occasion. 

  • Chasing a modest 146-run target, Ireland, who lost wickets at regular intervals, could all manage 93/8 in the stipulated 20 overs as Deepti Sharma got 2 fo 15 in 3 overs. Radha Yadav picked 3/25 in 4 overs.

    Earlier, batting first, India scored 145 for six with Mithali Raj scoring 51 off 56 balls and Smriti Mandhana supporting with 33 off 29 balls.

  • Overall imports in April-October 2018-19* are estimated to be USD 374.88 Billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 18.88 per cent over the same period last year.

    Exports in merchandise trade in October 2018 were US $ 26.98 Billion, as compared to US $ 22.89 Billion in October 2017, exhibiting a positive growth of 17.86 per cent.

    Exports in Trade in services for September 2018 were US $ 16.38 Billion registering a negative growth of 0.88%.

  • Earlier the opposition parties had demanded putting off the implementation of the apex court order till January 22, when review petitions against the verdict are slated to come up for hearing.

    Rejecting that demand, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan pointed out that since the court had not stayed its September 28 verdict, there was no other option but to allow women in the age group of 10-50 years to enter during the upcoming pilgrim season.

    No consensus emerged at the nearly three-hour long meeting. Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP staged a walkout at the fag end of the crucial parleys, convened two days ahead of the temple's opening on November 17 for the two-month long pilgrim season.

    Frenzied protests by devotees and various outfit activists had prevented women in the 10-50 age group from entering the temple, when it had opened twice since last month after the apex court order.
     

  • The meeting took place at the Presidential Secretariat late in the evening on Thursday. United National Party (UNP) Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that an agreement was reached to resolve the crisis by holding vote of confidence on Friday. 

    The President reportedly assured at the meeting that he will address the issue in Parliament and resolve it over the next few days.

    Earlier, Parliament was disrupted today due to clashes between two sides led by new Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and ousted PM Ranil Wickremsinghe. 

  • With campaigning in full swing in the five poll bound states, leaders across party lines are addressing rallies across the length and breadth of the political battleground. Campaigning for the second phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh is reaching a crescendo. On Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed rallies for BJP candidates in Chhattisgarh.

    In Madhya Pradesh senior leaders of both the BJP and the Congress have been addressing rallies across the state, urging the voters to support them.

    In Madhya Pradesh 536 candidates have withdrawn from the race leaving a total of 2,932 candidates in the fray for the 230 assembly seats.

    In Rajasthan, Parties are still finalising candidates names before the deadline of November 19. BJP released the second list of 31 candidates on Wednesday, following the 131 names released in the first list, making a total of 162 candidates so far. But the Congress has been slow off the blocks, having not released a list of any candidate so far. The party says the list will be released soon.

    Elections to the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan will be hld on December 7. In Mizoram, Election Commission has appointed IAS Officer Ashish Kundra as the Chief Electoral Officer of the state in place of SB Shashank. Kundra has been appointed with immediate effect on the advice of Mizoram Government.

    Filing of nominations also continues in full swing for the Telangana polls which will take place on December 7 along with Rajasthan. PM Modi will also join the campaign on the electoral battlefield, by addressing rallies in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Friday.

  • Addressing the 25th World Congress of Savings and Retail Banks in New Delhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated that financial inclusion remians at the very core of NDA government policies since 2014.

    He stressed that an aspirational society cannot wait indefinitely for the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life of the poor and added that a high rate of growth is necessary to alleviate poverty and ensure that benefits of development reach the poor.

    He admitted that the penetration effect of growth will certainly take place but it will be a slow process. He said the ultimate objective was to bank the unbanked, secure the unsecured, fund the unfunded and service the unserviced areas

    Finance Minister Jailtey said that centre started a massive drive and opened 33 crore accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in a few months. Centre opened zero balance accounts. To further incentivise operational accounts an overdraft facility was also provided. Further the government offered insurance at very affordable premium as part of the social security.

    A total of 14.1 crore people are enrolled under accident insurance while 5.5 crore have availed life insurance under the scheme. For funding the unfunded, the government introduced the Mudra scheme where women account for 54 per cent of the beneficiaries.

    The Finance Minister said a new taxation regime is in place for the informal sector to ensure a better life for the marginalised sections of society. He said that to formalise the economy, the government demonetised high value currency.

    He also talked about the tax reforms adding that the tax system became completely online and brought many activities into the formal system. He said the goal of financial inclusion of every Indian citizen will be achieved by this year-end. 
     

  • The cyclone is expected to continue moving westwards and weaken further into depression near Kerala and Tamil Nadu coast. 

    Thus, rains are expected to continue over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and South Interior Karnataka.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterating India's vision of a peaceful, open and inclusive Indo Pacific region at the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore. Prime Minister called for strengthening of maritime cooperation and a commitment to a balanced RCEP.

    East Asia Summit has been formed to further the objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity. India, Russia, USA, Japan, Australia, China and Republic of Korea are among the 18 members. As a result, the forum plays an important role in the regional architecture.

    The 13th summit had a special focus on cooperation in Cyber security and smart cities.

    The Leaders pledged to Promote an open, secure, stable, accessible, and peaceful ICT environment while upholding States' sovereignty and protecting human rights.
     
    East Asia Member countries agreed to promote sustainable economic growth and prosperity and address the digital divide and development gap, by supporting digital economy initiatives

    Addressing the Singapore Fintech Festival on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken of the challenges in the field that could be overcome only by concerted co-operation.

    “The emerging world of finance will succeed in our inter-connected world when our data and systems are trusted and secure.  Finally, we must invest in creating skills for the future. And, be prepared to back ideas and invest for the long term,” Prime Minister said.

    This thought found a relection in the outcome of the East Asia Summit.

    The Leaders statement laid emphasis on investment and innovation, entrepreneurship, assisting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to utilise ICTs and participate in the digital economy and building synergies to complement the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Initiative

    The last day of Prime Minister Modi's visit began with an informal India- ASEAN breakfast meeting. Prime Minister Modi said that it is necessary that India and ASEAN move forward to cement old bonds and move towards a glorious future. Prime Minister reiterated that ties of India with ASEAN countries are growing strong and are contributing to a peaceful and prosperous planet.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met & felicitated the winning teams of India Singapore Hackathon and NCC cadets in Singapore. The Hackathon was agreed to during in June when PM Modi visited Singapore. NTU in Singapore & AICTE in India conducted the hackathon that included solving 8 problem statements
     

  • On the occasion, Indian Ambassador Puri said handicrafts binds India and Nepal and their societies together. He also said handicraft is developing in Nepal not only by keeping traditional ethos and values but also going to new areas.  

    The five-day fair is organised by the Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) and Government of Nepal. 

    Various handicraft products, arts & crafts, gift and decorative articles and potteries have been showcased on more than 200 stalls. 

    The main objective of the fair is to promote handicrafts and provide a common platform to local exporters and producers and foreign buyers and sellers of handicrafts. 

  • Issues like cooperation in financial technology, enhanced connectivity and regional economic integration, came up for discussion during the meeting. Both leaders discussed the recent review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore.

    The Prime Minister also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen ties in trade & investment, defence & security and other areas of bilateral cooperation.

    Furthering India's Act East policy, Prime Minister Modi also held deliberations with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.
     

  • He said that Market Access Negotiations on goods are on track but same negotiations need to be done on services as well.

    Prime Minister Modi pitched for Early Conclusion by fast tracking the meetings. He added that RCEP should be modern, comprehensive, mutually beneficial and balanced.

    Earlier, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong in his opening remark in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit reaffirmed the commitment of ASEAN leaders in creating a multilateral trading system.

    Prime Minster of Singapore said that substanial progress in negotiations have been made this year and the conclusion of RCEP will send a clear signal of commitment to multilateral trade.

  • It will run till the 27th of November. The main theme is - Rural Enterprises in India.

    Eight hundred domestic and foreign companies are participating in the trade fair which will showcase their products.

    Entrepreneurs from South Africa, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Iran, and Myanmar are participating in the fair. Afghanistan is the partner country, while Nepal is the focus country.

    The fair was inaugurated by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

    Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, CR Chaudhary, was present on the occasion.

     

  • The 3423 kg satellite carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders, which will provide communication services to remote places in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Congratulating ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...

    'My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro'

    ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan said that the successful launch would further strengthen the Digital India initiative.

    The launch vehicle GSLV Mark III D2 placed the satellite  in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, a little over 16 minutes after the lift off  at 1708 hrs on Wednesday.

    The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion system within the next few days after separation from launcher to reach
    the orbital slot.

    The satellite is equipped with a high resolution camera and optical communication payloads.

    The launch marked the second successful developmental flight for GSLV Mark III, designed to carry 4 ton class satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.

    The first developmental flight of the launch vehicle was on 5th June last year, when it successfully placed GSAT 19 in orbit.

    The success will enable the launch vehicle to be deployed for Chandrayan 2 and India's first manned mission to space.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended convening of the Winter Session from December 11 to January 8 and would have 20 working days.

    The centre has sought support and cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament during the session.

    Triple Talaq bill among other legislations to be on government's agenda in the session.

     

  • He said EPG has prepared report according to needs of the two countries and to redesign and redefine bilateral relations.

    Talking to media persons in Kathmandu Wednesday evening, Gyawali said it is a personal initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli.

    He said, EPG report is not made public due to busy schedule of both the prime ministers. EPG was a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from India and Nepal.

    It was set up in February 2016 to make suggestions for updating all existing bilateral treaties and agreements between both the countries. The group completed its two year term in July this year.

  • President Maithripala Sirsena met MPs and group supporting Rajapaksa in the evening and will meet minority parties to discuss the situation. 

    Speaker earlier sent a copy of the no-confidence motion and its decision along with signatures of 122 MPs to President requesting him to take appropriate action.

    The motion declared that the appointment of the new Prime Minister and cabinet by the President was against the constitution. 

    Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe addressing a press conference called upon government servants and police not to carry out illegal government not recognized by Parliament.

    His party has called for a mass protest in capital Colombo tomorrow saying it will send a message to President to stop his arbitrary and unconstitutional act.  

    However, the MPs belonging to new government termed the vote as illegal claiming that speaker is biased and demanded for President's intervention.

    A spokesman for Rajapaksa government admitted they lacked a majority in parliament but claimed their opponents also did not have the numbers.

    He asserted that the government will continue. Sri Lanka has been facing political crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe last month.

    He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. However, Supreme Court stayed the dissolution making way for parliament to be convened. 

  • In his address, high commissioner noted that Intex South Asia has become an annual event in Sri Lanka in the calendar of textile industry and can go a long way in promoting the existing synergy between India and Sri Lanka.

    High Commissioner added that there exists significant complementarity wherein Sri Lanka can source textile material from India and transform it into apparel and garments for rest of the world. 

    He encouraged Sri Lankan companies to be part of the supply and value chains of large Indian companies.

    Sandhu praised the contribution of Sri Lankan companies, who have made substantial investments in India in textile sector.

    He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for textile “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign.” 

    The event has been organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc.

    It has participation of over 200 suppliers from around 15 countries showcasing a wide variety of innovative textiles products such as yarns, apparels, denim clothing, accessories etc.

  • Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children's Day.

    He remained in office until his death in 1964.

    "Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary," read a post on the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind. PM Modi recalled Nehru's contribution in India's freedom struggle and during his tenure as prime minister. "Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister," he tweeted.

    Tricolour balloons were released amid playing of bands and singing of patriotic songs by school children at Nehru's memorial Shantivan.

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying tributes to the first prime minister at the Central Hall of Parliament. Besides Mahajan, senior leaders L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Union minister Vijay Goel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others paid homage to Nehru. 

  • The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls.

    He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told a newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing."

    The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitch.

    "I'm training now. Lifting weights or boxing it doesn't happen. It's really only the pressure of the actual landing of bowling," he said. "There was just a lot of grey area surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field.

    "They just really couldn't say yes or no. And I wasn't happy with that." Hastings, who played one Test, nine T20s and 29 one-day internationals, had been keen to continue his career and cash in on the lucrative T20 circuit.

    "I would have loved a Big Bash title. That would have been unbelievable because I think it's an amazing competition," he said, adding that he would now pursue a media career and open a cafe in Melbourne. 

  • Authorities said rains in some parts of the national capital has made the air heavier and increased pollution.

    The EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11PM to 6 AM.

    Meanwhile, a new study by the ASAR Social Impact Advisors, which works on social and environmental issues, said about 89 per cent people in Delhi feel discomfort due to bad air quality and most of them believe motor vehicles and felling of trees are major reasons behind pollution.

    The study, for which around 5,000 people in 17 cities were interviewed, found that the top four reasons behind bad air quality were pollution caused by motor vehicles (74 per cent), industrial units (58 per cent), tree cutting (56.9 per cent) and construction (48.2 per cent).

    As the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 411, which falls in the "severe" category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11 pm and 6 am.

    According to official data, 21 areas in Delhi recorded 'severe' air quality and it was 'very poor' in 12 areas.

    An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Light rains in some parts of the national capital led to a decline in temperatures in the city. The maximum temperature was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 14.2 degrees Celsius, also a notch above the season's average, a meteorological department official said.

    The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said in a report that stubble burning incidents have reduced significantly and now the winds are not blowing from these areas so its impact on Delhi's air quality would be marginal. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the restriction imposed by it on heavy vehicles had been lifted.

     

  • On fourth and final day of the festival, devotees across India offered 'arhgya' to the rising Sun marking the end of the festival.

    On Tuesday evening, standing in knee-deep water at various ghats of rivers, ponds and water reservoirs, devotees paid oblations to the setting sun.

    The Chhath festival also celebrated in Nepal. 

    Thousands of devotees gathered at the banks of various rivers, ponds and water reservoirs to celebrate the festival of Sun God. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in the festival and offered prayer to Sun God in Kathmandu. 

  • The MPs supporting government of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will decide to attend the session this morning even as some opposed the convening of session.

    Speaker called for the session followed by meeting of party leaders where the business of house will be discussed including the proposed vote to decide majority.

    However, government ministers maintained that the Supreme Court’s order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. 

    This is the first time Parliament is scheduled to meet since the political crisis began last month with the ouster of Ranil Wickremsinghe as Prime minister. Wickremsinghe has asserted that he will show his majority when parliament convenes Wednesday.

    The latest development came after the three- judge bench headed by chief justice put injunction on President’s gazette till  7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5 December. The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5. 

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup. Wickremsinghe said in a message the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution. President Sirisena held a meeting of security council last night and ordered security forces to maintain security throughout the country.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

     

  • The first head of government to address the world's largest FINTECH Festival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared lessons India has learnt during the financial inclusion journey launched in 2014.

    Singapore and India have been partners in the boosting Fintech.

    In another step towards enhancing global financial inclusion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched APIX or Application Programming Interface Exchange, a global fintech platform along with Deputy PM of Singapore T. Shanmugaratnam.

    This comes after the global launch of the RuPay card in Singapore in June, earlier this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that digital transactions contribute to nation building.

    Every digital payment saves time. It adds to a huge national saving. It is increasing productivity of individuals and our economy. It also helps improve tax collection and inject fairness in the economy. Even more, digital payments are a gateway to a world of possibilities.

    Prime Minister hailed inspiring stories of extraordinary innovations that are transforming lives across the world. He also spelt out challenges that remain.

    Prime Minister Modi called for the inclusion of the unbanked 1.7 billion people in the world into the formal financial market.

    He called for the extension of social security to more than a billion workers in the informal sectors worldwide.

    Banks and financial institutions must be made more resilient in managing risks, fighting frauds and dealing with disruption of traditional models.

    Prime Minister called for the use of technology to improve compliance, regulation and supervision, so that innovation flourishes and risks are contained.

    He also stressed on the use of Fintech tools to combat money laundering and other financial crimes including cyber threats.

    We can use Fintech to ensure that no dream remains unfulfilled, and no enterprise remains still born, because of lack of access to finance. PATCH Fintech will need to be not merely a mechanism but a movement.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the India Pavilion at the Singapore Fintech Festival. With 18 participants, India Pavilion has the highest number of companies among the 16 country pavilions in the Exhibition.
     

  • Thousands of devotees paid oblation to Sun God at the banks of Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers and other water reservoirs in Kathmandu valley.

    Amid devotional songs people worshiped Sun God and Goddess Chhathi Maiya and offered prasad. President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in Chhath festival in Kathmandu and offered prayer to Sun God. 

    Chhath Parv is also being celebrated with with great zeal and rigour in Tarai Madhes region including Janakpur, Birgunj and Biratnagar. 

    River banks, ponds and water reservoirs have been beautifully decorated with colorful lights. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli have greeted the people of Nepal on the occasion of Chhath festival. 

    Chhath Parv is dedicated to Sun God. Sun is necessary for life on the earth and this festival is a way to pay tribute to it. 

    The festival is observed to seek blessings from Lord Surya for a long, healthy and prosperous life.

     

  • The three- judge bench headed by chief justice gave its ruling this evening on petitions against the President’s gazette to dissolve parliament.

    The court has put injunction on gazette till 7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5th December. 

    The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5th

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup.

    Wickremesinghe said in a message that the people have won their first victory. He said the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution.

    Wickremsinghe said Parliament will reconvene tomorrow and he will show his majority in the house.  Parliament was to convene tomorrow before it was dissolved by President last Friday.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

  • Kohli remained in pole position with 899 poins while limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained second in the list. Rohit's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list at eighth position improving from his ninth place in the previous list.

    Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the latest. Similarly in the bowlers' list, there are three Indians with Bumrah on top with 841 points while Kuldeep Yadav maintained his third place in the list. Kuldeep's wrist spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal leaped three places to be fifth on the list. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan with 353 points is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder in world cricket currently.

    In the overall team rankings, India with 121 points, remained second behind England (126 points). 

  • Official data released on Monday showed that the inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.7 per cent in September 2018 and 3.58 per cent in October 2017. The retail inflation number is the lowest since September 2017 when it touched 3.28 per cent. According to the Central Statistics Office data, the rate of price rise in the food basket contracted by 0.86 per cent in October compared to 0.51 per cent rise in September.

    Vegetable prices declined by 8.06 per cent in October against a 4.15 per cent contraction in September. Inflation also slowed to 0.35 per cent in the fruit basket as against 1.12 per cent recorded a month ago.

    The retail inflation also cooled in protein-rich items like cereals, eggs, milk and related products. However, inflation quickened to 8.55 per cent for the 'fuel and light' category against 8.47 per cent in the previous month