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  • The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the following:-

    (i)          Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, in addition to his existing portfolio, and; 

    (ii)        Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, in addition to his existing portfolios.

  • The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) commencedwith release ofthe ‘Special Cover’ by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba,PVSM, AVSM, ADC on 13 Nov 18 at Lulu International Convention Centre, Kochi in the presence of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industries Minister of Kerala, Smt Mercy KuttyAmma, the Post Master General (PMG), Northern Region, ShriJithendra Gupta and the Commander of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Navy Rear Admiral HosseinKhanzadi.

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation will attend a Road Show on the second bundle of Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) in Mumbai on the 15th of this month.

  • Embassy of India in Chinain partnership with Startup India Association (SIA) and Venture Gurukool organized 2nd Startup India Investment Seminar on 12 November 2018 in Beijing for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship among Indian youth.

  • Following is the text of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to his visit to Singapore.

    “I will be visiting Singapore on 14-15 November, to participate in the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits.

  • ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ was observed by Indian Army from 29th October to 3rd November 2018 regarding maintaining core values of honesty and integrity in the organization. As part of the initiative, a number of events such as workshops, seminars, lectures, competitions and pledge of Integrity towards organization are being organized across the country to spread awareness about the cause amongst all ranks in Army.

  • The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, led the Indian delegation to the 7th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on 12-13 November, 2018. The Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore Mr. Chan Chun Sing was the Chair of the meeting as Singapore is currently the Chair of ASEAN this year.

  •             Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development, launched two new initiatives; Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) and Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) today at New Delhi.

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    DG, WIPO addressing Press Conference in New Delhi

     The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is hosting a conference on Global Digital Content Market (GDCM)2018, on14th- 15thNovember 2018, in New Delhi.

  • The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Westcentral and adjoining Eastcentral & South Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 13th November, 2018 over West central and adjoining East central & South Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.5°N and longitude 86.6°E, about 690 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 790 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu).

  • The Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ over Westcentral and adjoining Eastcentral & South Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 13th November, 2018 over West central and adjoining East central & South Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.5°N and longitude 86.6°E, about 690 km east-northeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 790 km east-northeast of Nagappattinam (Tamil Nadu).

  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, in consultation with National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai, has prepared a draft of new Scheme called Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS) incorporating various guidelinesTurbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS).

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met and interacted with the members of his Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). This Council renders advice on all matters related to Science, Technology and Innovation and monitors the implementation of the Prime Minister’s vision on these issues.

  • The joint military exercise between Indian and Russia EXERCISE INDRA 2018 on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station from 18 November 2018.

  • Morroco & India yesterday signed an agreement to further mutual legal assistance in Civil & Commercial Courts. Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & IT, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad and his Moroccan Counterpart Mr Mohammed Auajjar, Minister of Justice were present on the occasion.

  • Ambassadors/High Commissioners of Vietnam, Latvia, Jordan and Sri Lanka presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 13, 2018).

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will inaugurate the “Hunar Haat” on 15th November, 2018 at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The IITF will be organized from 14th to 27th November, 2018.

  • National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), a Navratna PSU under Ministry of Mines has once again repeated its strong performance by posting a turnover of Rs 5,952 crore in the first half of FY 2018-19, i.e. 42% growth over H1 of FY 2017-18.

  • The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has invited the private investors to participate and make the most of the India growth story.

  • The Union Cabinet expressed profound sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Ananthkumar, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs who passed away at 0150 Hrs. on 12.11.2018 in Bengaluru.

  • In addition, Prime Minister will also participate in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Leaders' Meeting.

    In his departure statement, Prime MInister said that 'My participation in these meetings symbolizes our continued commitment to strengthening our engagement with ASEAN Member States and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.'

    Prime Minister will participate in the India-ASEAN Summit that will be held on the 14th of November. He will also hold bilateral talks with Singapore and Thailand.

    Establishing peace and stability as well encouraging mutual and inclusive growth in the Indo-Pacific region is high on PM Modi's agenda. He will also participate in the East Asia Summit on the 14th of November. The issues which are on the table include 

    Russia, America and Japan are also participating in this Summit.  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold bilateral as well as pull aside meetings with President Putin, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well a other world leaders. He will also be attending the second RCEP Summit Meeting.

    Prime Minister Modi will deliver the keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Festival which has an Indian Pavilion.  This festival is one of the largest events on financial technology. 

    He would also be meeting the participants of India Singapore Hackathon. This hackathon was agreed to in June this year during Prime Minister's Singapore visit.

  • 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 7th of 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.

     Namal Rajapaksa, MP and son of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa in his reaction said the court’s decision is only an interim order and not final decision while another minister said the case is still on and they are confident that dissolution will be upheld. 

    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

  • As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of \Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.

    Lee's daughter J.C. Lee confirmed the death to Reuters.

    Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival.

    Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity.

    He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them.

    His creations included web-slinging teenager Spider-Man, the muscle-bound Hulk, mutant outsiders The X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man.

    Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20 billion at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts.

    Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the New York skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.

  • The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 while she was still under house arrest. "Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Suu Kyi released by the group.

    "Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you." The group said it informed Suu Kyi of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory ending decades of military rule in the southeast Asian country of around 50 million.

    But her tenure has been marred by a failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims who were driven out of the country by the army in what the United Nations has called an ethnic cleansing campaign. The 73-year-old was stripped of her honourary Canadian citizenship over her failure to speak up for the Rohingyas last month. She has also lost numerous smaller awards from individual universities and local and regional governments.

    More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the Buddhist majority's western Rakhine state in a military crackdown from August last year. Many are believed to have been either murdered or tortured and raped. Suu Kyi was globally hailed as a freedom fighter who stood up to her country's feared military dictatorship while spending 15 years under house arrest. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

  • Bowing his head in salutation to Ma Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scripted a landmark moment in the history of connectivity in India......History in the making...Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the country's first container consignment to be sent on an inland waterways vessel. It is perhaps for the first time that a Prime Minister operated a cargo crane...  This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October.
     
    Development of inland waterways superbly complements the Modi government's historic Sagarmala project. The prime objective of the project is to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

    Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. It connects India to Bangladesh via the inland waterway route. Later National waterway 2 will extend connectivity to the North East.

    The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga. It has been developed at a cost of Rs 5369 Cr. Apart from this 2 intermodal terminals and 5 RO RO terminals are also being planned.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a walk around the Jetty. Currently, India has about 14,500 km of navigable waterways which comprise of rivers, canals, backwaters, and creeks. The country first river communication system will ensure safe navigation on this route. Not only this, a cruise model is also being developed for the Kumbh Mela next year for the benefit of devotees.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting Varanasi with infrastructure projects worth over Rs 2,412 crores as part of his all pervaisive Vikas Mantra.

    He dedicated to the nation, two important national highways in Varanasi. With a total length of 34 kilometres they have been constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore.

    The Varanasi Ring Road, with two Rail Over Bridges and a flyover provides a bypass for traffic on 3 National Highways, thereby reducing traffic congestion in the city. This will also reduce travel time, fuel usage and pollution in the area and will provide easier access to Sarnath on the Buddhist circuit.

    The Babatpur Airport highway links Varanasi to the airport and goes on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. The road will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport. This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city.

    Projects worth Rs 23,000 crore have already been sanctioned under the Namami Gange Mission. Prime Minister reiterated government's committment to this project. He laid the foundation stone for two STP plants in Varanasi.

    An additional 40 MLD capacity has been added to the 140 MLD capacity of the Sewage treatment plant in Dinapur. This will serve Varanasi till 2035. An effort is also being made to cap sewage contamination at Ramnagar. An STP plant of 10 MLD capacity is in the pipeline.

    Prime Minister also appreciated the Integrated Power Development Scheme, that transforms Varanasi and illuminates the lives of people. An enthusiastic public got carried away with their emotions at several points of time during the Prime Minister's address. Accepting their adulation with humility, Prime Minister asked them to conserve their energies for 2019.

    Clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to Transforming Varanasi. Over the last four years he has left no stone unturned in this direction.

    Prime Minister Modi's latest development gifts to the city will provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.
     

  • The Minister underlined India’s concerns on the volatility of the crude price to his Saudi counterpart.

    The Saudis appreciated India’s concern for responsible pricing and assured India of all assistance in times of need.

    The Saudi Minister in turn assured reliability in supplies and to take care of any short fall.

    The mega refinery in Maharashtra which is being made with the investment of UAE and Saudi Arabia was also discussed by the two sides.

    The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Navdeep Suri, Sanjiv Singh , Chairman IOCL , MK Surana, CMD HPCL , BS Pradhan , PS to Minister and Prafulla Chandra Sharma DS (IC).

  • The court was adjourned on Monday after Attorney General, appearing for the government, sought more time for his submissions.

    Several political parties in opposition and civil society organizations filed petitions today against the dissolution terming it as unconstitutional.

    The petitioners said the President has no power to dissolve the parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the apex court to issue an order to suspend the upcoming general election until the verdict on the hearing is passed.

    Interestingly, one of the three election commissioners was also among the petitioners.

    His lawyer argued that right to franchise is not only about holding elections but also respecting the choices of people made in previous elections.

    Another lawyer said an article of the constitution cannot be read in isolation adding that if that was possible, President can dissolve the parliament the day after it is elected.

    Meanwhile, new government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued with its outreach activity to justify the developments taking place.

    Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo and clarified the chain of events that compelled President to dissolve Parliament.

    He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka.

    Dr. Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes.

  •  Addressing a poll rally here ahead of the second phase polling in the state on November 20, PM Modi also made a strong pitch for development, saying the pace of development under the Congress regime in the state was "far slow" than the one under the BJP-led government.

    Prime Minister Modi asserted the BJP was for development and that it was due to this commitment that the opposition was unable to understand how to compete with ruling party in elections. 

  • Stressing on the need for gathering genomic data for patients of diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, Varmus said at present there is enough data for Caucasian white patients but data from other regions like India, Africa is critically required without delay. The medical scientist made the observations while delivering a lecture on 'The transformation of cancer research' at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics here on Sunday.

    Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes. There is a need for a deep rational understanding of how cancer arises and genomics provides a deeper understanding of cancer, he said. He gave some examples of how genomic insights have provided more precise treatment of various types of cancers, such as leukaemia and lung cancer. Prof Varmus has been engaged in cancer research for about 50 years.

    Varmus and J Michael Bishop were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for the discovery of 'the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes'. The Nobel laureate expressed his happiness that India, through the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics(NIBMG), was participating in the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and has already generated the landscape of genomic alterations that drives oral cancer. "Cancer is a highly heterogeneous disease and treatment needs to be more precise," he added. He asked the NIBMG to play a leadership role and requested the government to provide sustained funding for cancer genomic research.

  • The "Camp Fire" in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map. "Today, an additional six human remains were recovered, which brings our current total to 29," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference at the end of the fourth day in the struggle to contain the blaze, adding that all were found in Paradise.

    In fire zones in north and south California -- where a total of at least 31 people have died acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the flames were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames. A news agency journalist saw recovery team workers discover, bag and drive away two bodies in the Paradise area on Sunday, and the death toll looked set to rise further with scores more people still unaccounted for.

    The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.

    Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters "who've done all they could do save tens of thousands of people's lives and thousands of people's homes." Rescuers also spent hours on Saturday collecting bodies around Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags. At the Holly Hills Mobile Estate the mobile homes had been reduced to smoldering piles of debris. Yellow police tape delineated spots that were tagged "Doe C" and "Doe D," a grim marker of the bodies that had recently been removed.

    Locals fled the danger, but police told said some farmers returned to check on their cattle. Fanned by strong winds, the "Camp Fire" has scorched 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is 25 percent contained, Cal Fire said. So far, three of the more than 4,000 firefighters deployed have been injured. They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze. Evacuation orders have been issued to more than a quarter of a million people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee. "This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years," California Governor Jerry Brown told a news conference on Sunday.

    "Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify," he said. Almost 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted, threatening to withdraw federal support. Brian Rice, the head of the California Professional Firefighters, slammed the tweet as "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines."

    He said the president's claim that forest policies were mismanaged "is dangerously wrong." In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday. It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 10 per cent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday. The blaze reached the Paramount Ranch, destroying sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO'S sci-fi western "Westworld," network officials said. Keegan Gibbs, 33, was crushed to find his childhood Malibu home had been consumed by flames. "Malibu is a really small community and gets a bad rap for being this kind of elitist, snobby place, and it's exactly the opposite," Gibbs told The Los Angeles Times. 

  • Located at Hatisil in South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq feet, the apparel factory was originally set up at a cost of Rs. 14.26 crore by the Union Ministry of Textiles. But it remained idle for nearly two years as the agencies that the unit was allocated to failed to meet their commitment to start production, the official said. The centre was made operational after the School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) took over the centre in September this year.

    The SLRD is a development agency with operations across four regions of the country and has expertise in skill development, market integration and rural development. Production work has finally begun and will be ramped up in stages to meet the market demand in India and Bangladesh, the official said. "The centre has the required infrastructure to initiate manufacturing activities for apparel and accessories which will link with our other interventions in weaving and embroidery. The entire activity was initiated to ensure sustained livelihoods on an industrial scale," SLRD mission director Abhijit Sharma said.

    The apparel manufacturing unit is expected to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 1,500 people of the region, the official said. Often, skill development initiatives do not result in sustained livelihoods due to absence of a market-linked approach, monotonous products and uncompetitive pricing, Sharma said.

    The centre was inaugurated last year by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani in the presence of former chief minister Mukul Sangma besides Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The unit was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles such as silk, handloom, handicrafts, apparels and garments. The sprawling centre has three units, two of them housing 105 sewing machines each, and the third one having 70 machines. Not only skilled individuals would be required to operate the machinery but also people for various aspects of production, packaging, and market linked activities, he said.

  • In an address last night, Sirisena noted that in the highest institute that represents people's sovereignty, the individual worth of MPs was estimated in millions of rupees. Terming the behavior of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya  as most shocking, the President said his attempt not to recognize the appointment of a Prime Minister by the President was the second reason for dissolving the Parliament.

    President also said that he dissolved the parliament to prevent a physical fight when the parliament reconvened on the 14th November. President’s decision to dissolve parliament and call for elections on January 5th has been criticized by opposition and independent groups will challenge the decision in Supreme Court today. Meanwhile, new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the election will go ahead adding he was confident of sweeping the election. He said the international community must realise that this is democracy and understand that they are seeking a mandate from the people.

    Earlier, speaker had come out openly against President saying the executive branch led by President has seized the rights and powers of MPs who were elected to represent the people. He said the wilful disregard demonstrated by the executive towards Parliament has left the rights and privileges of ordinary citizens at grave risk. The speaker called upon public servants to remember their obligations for country and not to execute any illegal orders they may receive. 

  • The last date for filing of nominations is 19th of this month in both the states. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on the 20th, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is 22nd of this month. Both the states will go to polls on the 7th of next month to elect of new Assemblies.

    The counting of votes will be taken up on December 11 in Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. 

    For 200-member Rajasthan Assembly elections, the BJP has released its first list of 131 candidates. The names of these candidates were finalised at the party Central Election Committee meeting held in New Delhi yesterday evening. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders.

    The list includes 85 sitting MLAs, while 25 new faces have been given ticket. The list also include 12 women candidates. While 17 candidates belong to SC community, 19 tickets have been given to ST community. Addressing a press conference, Union health minister and senior BJP leader JP Nadda said that efforts have been made to represent all sections of society.

    In Telangana, the 119-member assembly was dissolved on September 6 on the recommendation of the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government, more than eight months ahead of the expiry of its term, paving the way for early elections.

    The TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) has already announced its candidates for 107 seats, including 105 at one go within minutes of the assembly dissolution, giving itself a jump-start to the campaign and stunning the opposition. TRS is going it alone in the poll, as also the BJP.

    The main opposition Congress forged an electoral pact with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samiti and the Communist Party of India.

    Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Dr Rajat Kumar expressed complete satisfaction over the arrangements that are being made for the elections. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, the CEO said the elections in Telangana are going to be historic and significant this time as the ECI is introducing several innovations to increase transparency election process and empower electors.

    He said Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be fully used for the first time in Telangana. ERONet for transparent elector rolls and C-Vigil app for keeping a vigil on code-violations are being used for the first time on full scale. He also said the compulsory publication of criminal record by the candidates and parties is major step towards  helping electors to make an informed decision in choosing their representatives.

    The CEO said every step is being taken to prevent all types of disturbances and ensure free and fair poll in the state. He said over 76 crore unaccounted cash and 5.5 crore worth liquor have been seized so far in the state ever since the election schedule was announced.

    The CEO also said over 2.73 crore electors have enrolled in the state while over 32 thousand 5 hundred polling stations are being set up. Over 2.5 lakh polling staff and police personnel will be deployed to ensure smooth conduct of polls in Telangana.

  • The total length of the two highways is 34 kilometers and have been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 1572 crore. An official release said, the 16.55 kilometer Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I has been completed at a cost of over Rs. 759 crore, while  17.25 kilometer  Babatpur-Varanasi road was constructed at a cost of over Rs. 812 crore.

    The Babatpur Airport highway will link Varanasi to the airport and go on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. With a flyover at Harhua and an road over bridge at Tarna, it will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport.

    This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city. These projects will also provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.

    Earlier in the day, Prime Minister dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on NW-I (River Ganga) as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

    The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga.
     

    Prime Minister also received the country's first container consignment (post independence) to be sent on an inland waterways vessel. This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October.

  • "During (Israeli military) operational activity in the Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire evolved. More details to follow," an Israeli army statement said. Palestinian security sources said the clash occurred east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said six Palestinians were killed. One of the dead was a local commander for Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a local hospital reported. After the clash erupted, sirens were reported in southern Israel, indicating possible rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said all Israeli soldiers involved had returned to Israel.

    "IDF operated in the Gaza Strip, exchange of gunfire ensued," he wrote on Twitter, referring to the Israel Defence Forces. "All IDF soldiers back in Israel. Several alarms have sounded in southern Israel." Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, denounced a "cowardly Israeli attack." Hamas's armed wing alleged in a statement that an Israeli special forces team infiltrated near Khan Yunis in a civilian car. Israel's military had not confirmed those details. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman held security consultations at military headquarters, his office said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Paris for World War I commemorations.

    The clash comes after months of deadly unrest along the Gaza-Israel border had appeared to be calming. Recent weeks have seen Israeli decisions to allow Qatar to provide the Gaza Strip with millions of dollars in aid for salaries as well as fuel to help ease an electricity crisis. Netanyahu had earlier defended his decision to allow Qatar to transfer the cash to Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move, saying he wanted to avoid a war if it wasn't necessary.

    Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008, and recent months of unrest have raised fears of a fourth. Deadly clashes have accompanied major protests along the Gaza-Israel border that began on March 30. At least 227 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, the majority shot during protests and clashes, since the demonstrations began, while others died in tank fire or air strikes. One Israeli soldier has been killed along the Gaza border in that time.

  • His younger brother Nanda Kumar performed the last rites according to Smartha Brahmin traditions, the priests chanted Vedic hymns.

    BJP chief Amit Shah Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Mahesh Sharma, Vijay Goel and Sadananda Gowda, BJP leader L K Advani and state party chief B S Yeddyurappa were present during the last rites.

    A stream of leaders led by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu  paid their last respects to Ananth Kumar even the Union Cabinet expressed profound sorrow at the sad demise of Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs.

    His body was taken to  party state headquarters 'Jagannath Bhavan' and the National College ground in his Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency on Tuesday morning from his residence ... the mortal remains were carried in a decorated military vehicle with personnel of the three services- the Army, Navy and Air Force- accompanying it, amid slogans of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Ananth Kumar Amar Rahe"by his supporters.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Bengaluru from Varanasi on Monday night and paid homage to Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister  Ananth Kumar.

    The 59-year old Bangalore South MP, breathed his last during the early hours on Monday in Bengaluru ... he was battling lung cancer for several months & was under care in a hospital after returning home in October following treatment in the US and Britain
     

  • Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) scored superb half-centuries to guide the team home in the last ball of the thrilling match.

    Dhawan hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 62-ball innings and forged a scintillating 130-run partnership with Rishab Pant (58) for the third wicket to take India home in the last ball of the innings.

    There was some drama towards the end as India lost the wickets of Pant and Dhawan leaving the host to score one run off the last delivery bowled by Fabian Allen to secure the victory.

    Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik ran the single after Allen misfielded the former's shot to pick up the winning run.

    Earlier, left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran's quick-fire half-century powered West Indies to a competitive 181 for 3.

    Brief Score: West Indies: 181-3 in 20 overs (Nicholas Pooran 53; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28). India: 182-4 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92, Rishabh Pant 58; Keemo Paul 2/32). 

  • The names of candidates were declared after BJP Central Election Committee meeting held in New Delhi. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah and other senior leaders of Party attended the meet.

     

    Among the list of candidates, 85 sitting MLAs have been given ticket, while 25 new faces too have been included in the list. 

    12 women candidates have been given ticket. 17 candidates belong to SC community while, 19 candidates belong to ST community. 

    Addressing a press conference, Union health minister and senior BJP leader JP Nadda said that efforts have been made to represent all section of society. 

    The election process for filling the 200 seats in the House in Rajasthan will begin on Monday with issuance of the notification and start of filing the nominations. 

  • The Election Commission said the number is likely to go up as final figures were still coming in from certain constituencies. 

    Even in areas such as Bhejji , Gachanpalli, and Kolaiguda where voting in previous years had been dismal the voterturnout was considerable.

    In Palem Adgu in Sukma, voting was held for the first time in 15 years.

    Former Naxal couple Meynuram and Rajbatti who surrendered 4 years ago also cast their votes on Monday.

    Elderly women above 100, Divyangjan and in fact people from all walks of life came forward to exercise their franchise in a befitting reply to the Maoists.

  • Inspector General of Police (Raipur range) Dipanshu Kabra has said that a team of the Border Security Force (BSF) was out on an area domination operation in view of the polls on Monday when Naxals blew up the improvised explosive device (IED) in a forest in Kanker district, around 200 km from the state capital Raipur. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot.

    A search operation was still underway in the region. This is the fourth IED blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 days.

     

  • The 34 kilometres long highways to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore. 

    16.55 km Varanasi Ring Road Phase-I completed at a cost of Rs 759.36 crore. Work of four-laning & construction of 17.25 km Babatput-Varanasi road on NH-56 has cost Rs 812.59 crore. 

    Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation, inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi.

    The first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on NW-I ( River Ganga) as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project.

  • Armistice Day marks the 100 years since the end of World War One on 11 November 1918. 

    Around 70 leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany's Chancer angela Merkel are present to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital.

    Chiefs of international bodies, including United Nations and International Monetary Fund are also attending the ceremony in Paris to commemorate the Armistice of First World War.

    To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, we reiterate our commitment towards world peace and pledge to work to further an atmosphere of harmony and brotherhood so that the trail of death and destruction caused by wars does not occur.

    Let's listen into what Prime Minister said in the last Mann Ki Baat, recalling the role played by Indian troops fighting in World War 1 on behalf of colonial Britain.

  • A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocked parts of Mizoram on last night. The quake occurred at 10.45 pm at a depth of 24 km and the epicentre was Champhai district in India-Myanmar border region. The tremors were also felt in state capital Aizawl, where people rushed out of their houses. No loss of lives or property has been reported due to the earthquake so far.

  • On a high after a resounding 34-run win in their first outing against New Zealand in the ICC Women`s World T20, Indian eves would aim at continuing their domination over arch-rivals Pakistan when they face off at the Providence Stadium, Guyana in West Indies.
        India and Pakistan women have played each other 10 times with India winning eight times and Pakistan the other two. India also hold the upper hand in World T20 events, winning three of the five encounters so far. India will be hoping for a repeat of their show in the opener against New Zealand. India had defeated New Zealand by 34 runs.

  • India will be aiming to complete a clean sweep when they take on a battered West Indies in the third and final T20 in Chennai today. Having sealed the series with a comprehensive win in the second T20 at Lucknow, India would now look to give their bench strength an opportunity before the tough tour of Australia. Men in Blue are enjoying an unassailable 2-0 lead in 3-match T20 series. Ahead of the third T20, the selectors decided to give rest to pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav Pacer Siddarth Kaul has been added to the squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed will be leading the Indian pace attack in today's match.

  • In United States, at least 11 people have died in the most destructive wildfires ripping through north and south California. More than 2.5 lakh people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state. Firefighters were powerless in stopping a wildfire destroying the northern town of Paradise, where nine people died and 35 are missing. Another fire swept into the affluent southern beach resort of Malibu on Friday and that has now doubled in size. Two more people were reported to have died in that fire, known as the Woolsey, which now covers an area of 70,000 acres. The US President Donald Trump has issued an emergency declaration providing federal funding to help firefighters battling the fires. He also blamed the mis-management of forest department for the two unchecked wildfires.

  • The Election Commission has decided to call for a panel of names for the post of Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer from the State Chief Secretary. This comes in the wake of controversy over current CEO S B Shashank. The Commission held a meeting in New Delhi yesterday over the issue. The NGO Coordination Committee of Mizoram is questioning the removal of the state's principal secretary (Home) by S B Shashank. They are also demanding his removal. A Commission spokesperson said that the poll panel has "decided to call for a panel of names for the post of State CEO from chief secretary of Mizoram." However, the spokesperson said the "next steps" will "only be taken after receiving the report of the team led by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain".

  • Rescue teams and helicopters are searching for five people whose car was swept away in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman.

    Downpours also triggered a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba. It comes two weeks after 21 people, mostly children, drowned in a flash flood in the Dead Sea area.