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12 November 2018

US publisher Meredith Corporation has agreed to sell Fortune magazine and its related businesses to Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon (an owner of the Charoen Pokphand Group conglomerate) for $150 million (₹1,090 crore). In September, Meredith sold Time magazine to billionaire Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, for $190 million.

12 November 2018

 It was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Gupta would replace acting chairperson Sudhir Mital. Gupta, a former IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, would receive a consolidated salary of Rs 4,50,000 per month, without house and car, as per the communication. The appointment would be till October 25, 2022 -- the date when he attains the age of 65 years -- or until further orders, whichever is the earliest.

12 November 2018

The Union Cabinet gave its approval for leasing out six airports namely Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Trivandrum, and Guwahati - for operating, managing and developing under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. This comes 12 years after Delhi and Mumbai airports were privatised in 2006. The private player will hold at least 75 per cent stake.

category: Indian Affairs

12 November 2018

Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first ever Indian woman to smash a hundred in T20I cricket, achieving the feat against New Zealand in the Women's World T20 2018. The 29-year-old scored 103 runs off 51 balls, which included eight sixes and seven fours. Further, Harmanpreet is only the third cricketer to smash a century in Women's World T20.

category: Sports

12 November 2018

Jilling Estate of Nainital district in Uttarakhand has come under the scanner of the Supreme Court for ecological damage. Jilling estate is a home to the threatened species of leopards. It had recently shaken under the heavy thuds of an earth mover. Birendra Singh, a resident, filed an appeal in the apex court saying the earth mover was laying the ground for the construction of at least 44 massive villas and other huge structures, including a helipad, resort cottages and hospitality... Read More


12 November 2018

The 33rd edition of the ASEAN Summit begun in Singapore. Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong is the Chairman of the Summit, which will continue till 15th November along with other related summits like East Asia Summit (EAS), Regional Comprehensive Economic Summit, (RCEP) and ASEAN plus summits. Fintech Conference which is a part of Fintech festival will also take place alongside.

category: International

12 November 2018

World leaders gathered to lead global commemorations marking 100 years since the end of First World War in Paris. Around 70 leaders, including U.S. and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, marked the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital at 11 a.m. local time (10:00 GMT).  The leaders paid homage to the fallen soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. The memorial ceremony included classical music and the reading aloud of letters by... Read More

category: Environment

12 November 2018

K.T.Adeeb, a relative of Kerala’s Minister for Minority Welfare K.T.Jaleel, has resigned from the post of General Manager, Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation (KSMDFC). This is after the Muslim Youth League (MYL) accused the Minister of nepotism in Mr. Adeeb’s appointment. The opposition alleged that Adeeb was posted without giving any advertisement and qualifications diluted to favour him. Mr. Adeeb, a senior manager with South Indian Bank, has expressed his... Read More

category: Environment

12 November 2018

India Meteorological Department (IMD), Under the Ministry of Earth Sciences Government of India, officials said that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into Cyclone. It has been named ‘Gaja’ by Sri Lanka. The cyclone lay 840 km east of Chennai and 880 km east of Nagapattinam. North Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are likely to get good rain on November 14 and 15.

category: Environment

12 November 2018

Swati Chaturvedi has won the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage. She is a freelance journalist who has been the target of online trolling and harassment for her investigative reports. Ms.Chaturvedi won the award for her work in exposing the “IT cell” within the Bharatiya Janata Party for keeping an army of angry trolls.  The award ceremony displayed the importance of press freedom and safety of journalists, especially in the wake of the killing of Saudi Arabian... Read More

12 November 2018

November 7 is observed as National Cancer Awareness Day in India each year. The day is marked out to teach people to combat the Cancer. Dr Murali Mohan Chuntharu, a Dental Surgeon and also DK Home Guard Commandant written a book named “Arivu”, which explains about Mouth Cancer and prevention of the disease.

category: Books & Authors

12 November 2018

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen stopped the refuelling arrangement with the U.S. as Riyadh-backed troops took the main hospital in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, Yemen. This move of halting the United States' assistance in refuelling the coalition aircraft is after Washington’s backing of the war effort faces increased scrutiny following international outrage over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Saudi Arabia had decided to request an end to US aerial... Read More

category: International

12 November 2018

Palatana gas thermal power project is a 726.6 MW gas-based power project.  It is run by ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC).  Tripura owns 0.5 % share in the project. IL&FS will be selling its entire 26 % in the Palatana thermal project. Tripura is in the process of opening a dialogue with IL&FS to buy the 26 % shares.  IL&FS purchased 26 % equity shares at Rs 2.91 billion. Now, the equity shares are estimated at Rs 3 billion. Ministry of power allocated over 58 %... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

12 November 2018

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, on a three-day visit to Paris, represented India at the Armistice of World War I centenary commemoration. He inaugurated the Indian Armed Forces Memorial at Villers Guislain in France, the first India-built war memorial in the country, as a tribute to Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Nearly 1.3 million Indian soldiers fought during World War I, out of which 1,40,000 Indian soldiers took part in World War I in France and... Read More

category: International

12 November 2018

The Taliban met with members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council in the conference organised by the Russian government in Moscow. This conference is a bid to push peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. This is second such meeting held this year. Earlier this year, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban to start negotiations on the terms of a peace deal.  India was also invited to the conference. It sent Amar Sinha, a former Indian Ambassador to... Read More

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category: Sports

12 November 2018

The 24-year-old, who won silver in World Championships recently, is on top of the United World Wrestling rankings with 96 points, 30 points ahead of the second-placed wrestler. He's the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 in any category. Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia's Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place.

category: Sports

12 November 2018

He held two portfolios in the NDA Government; of Parliamentary affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers. Kumar had represented the Bengaluru south parliamentary constituency six times since 1996. In 1998, he was inducted into the Union cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the minister for civil aviation and was instrumental in the signing of the MoU for the Bengaluru international airport. Kumar was the youngest minister in the Vajpayee cabinet.

category: Obituary

12 November 2018

SIMBEX, the 25th edition of the India-Singapore bilateral naval exercise has begun at the tri-services command on November 10, 2018. The exercise is being held in Port Blair, Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It will conclude on November 21.  India and Singapore have vastly expanded their military cooperation in recent years under India’s Act East policy. In 2017, the two countries signed a naval agreement which has a provision for mutual logistical support and gives India access... Read More

category: Defence

12 November 2018

Food and Agro Buyer-Seller Meet (BSM) was held in Jeddah. It was inaugurated by Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh, Consul General of India in Jeddah and Hassan Ibrahim Dahlan, Secretary General of Jeddah Chamber. It was organized by Consulate General of India in Jeddah in association with Jeddah Chamber and Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI). 25 Indian companies from food and agricultural products sector met the Saudi importers at the BSM.

category: Indian Affairs

12 November 2018

Goa has banned importing/bringing fish from outside. The announcement was made on November 10. The ban included import from Karnataka. The announcement has kicked off a controversy with fishermen from the State questioning the rationale behind the decision.  The ban has come for a second time this year, the first being in August for 15 days. Later, the government set up border check-posts to inspect whether the marine products complied with FDA regulations. The stringent measures have... Read More

category: Indian Affairs

12 November 2018

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) gave nod to Tamil Nadu for launching its State Shelter Fund for attracting investments in the affordable housing segment. The fund’s name is Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Fund.  This was announced at an event called ‘Innovative and Alternative Finance for Business and Infrastructure Development in India. It was organized by the United Economic Forum (UEF) Chamber of Commerce and the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF).

category: Business & Economy

12 November 2018

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved 100% strategic disinvestment of the government’s equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd.  Presently, the government of India holds 73.44% shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited. Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval to Amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 for setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.

category: Indian Affairs

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