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  • #1. Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal resigns on 'misconduct allegation'
  • 9 hours ago
    His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct. Kalyan Krishnamurthy will continue as the CEO of Flipkart, which will now include Myntra and Jabong. Ananth Narayanan will continue as the CEO of Myntra and Jabong and will report to Krishnamurthy.

  • #2. Amnesty International withdraws Human Rights Award from Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi
  • 12 hours ago
    Amnesty International had withdrawn its highest human rights honor from Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, citing her defense of the military’s deadly crackdown against Rohingya Muslims and growing restrictions on free speech. The international human rights group 'Amnesty International' named Ms Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar's oppressive military junta.

  • #3. BJP govt approved renaming of 25 places in past 1 year
  • 14 hours ago
    The proposals to change the names of Allahabad to Prayagraj and Faizabad to Ayodhya are yet to be received by the ministry from the Uttar Pradesh government. Several proposals, including the renaming of West Bengal as 'Bangla', are pending with the central government. Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the state government was considering renaming Ahmedabad as Karnavati and the name change could be effected before next year's Lok Sabha elections. The name of a state was changed the last time in 2011, when Orissa became Odisha. Bombay was changed to Mumbai in 1995, Madras to Chennai in 1996 and Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001. The central government had approved the renaming of 11 cities of Karnataka, which included renaming Bangalore as Bengaluru, in 2014.  

  • #4. Third 'Quadrilateral' meeting to be held in Singapore on November 14th
  • 14 hours ago
    Officials from 4 countries (Quad) - Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th. The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend this meeting, and is expected to focus on infrastructure projects, maritime security cooperation and discuss regional challenges including development.

  • #5. UIDAI said biometrics cannot identify bodies
  • 14 hours ago
    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said to the Delhi High Court that identifying the unidentified body with the biometrics is technically not possible. The UIDAI submitted that matching of biometrics, including fingerprints and iris, is done on an 1:1 basis and Aadhaar number is required for it. This is after a petition filed by social activist Amit Sahni who sought direction to the Centre and the UIDAI to utilise Aadhaar biometrics to identify unidentified bodies.

  • #6. Nepal nominated Nilambar Acharya as ambassador to India
  • 15 hours ago
    The Nepal government nominated Nilambar Acharya, the former Law Minister and senior politician, as Ambassador to India. If elected, he will replace Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned resigned October last year.  Mr.Achayra, a former envoy to Sri Lanka, currently coordinates the Nepal side of the Eminent Persons Group on Nepal-India relations. He is a member of Nepali Congress party. Acharya's name is to be sent to a parliamentary committee for approval, which then will forward it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

  • #7. Govt submitted price details of Rafale jets in sealed cover to Supreme Court
  • 15 hours ago
    The government on November 12 submitted the details regarding the pricing and negotiations of the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France's Dassault for ₹59,000 crore in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court. Dassault has not yet formally conveyed to Centre the role of Reliance Defence as its Indian offset partner. Centre said that till Oct 2019 no offset partner can get any money under agreement from India.

  • #8. Tripura CM dropped May day from the list of holidays in the State
  • 15 hours ago
    Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has dropped the May Day from the list of holidays in the State. He said that the government employees do not need a holiday on International Labour Rights Day. He also claimed that his government has done justice by granting holiday on May 1 only to workers in industrial sector as the day is meant for workers and labourers and no one else.  Earlier the list of restricted holidays included 12 festivals and occasions in it, the New Year’s Day, Pous Parban (Bengali harvest festival), Basanti Puja, Mahavir Jayanti, May Day, Rath Yatra, Jhulanjatra Samapan, Biswakarma Puja, Akheri-Chahar-Sumba, Bhratridwitiya, Guru Nanak’s birthday and the World Disabled Day.

  • #9. RBI not to favor NBFCs in liquidity issue
  • 16 hours ago
    Despite the growing demand for liquidity support for Non-banking Finance Companies (NBFC), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) does not favour to provide any special support to the sector. But it will continue to provide funds to the banking system as liquidity deficit in the system is a concern.  The RBI says that bigger NBFCs are not facing any liquidity issues. The middle and smaller NBFCs, mostly housing finance firms, are the ones who face some issues.  The liquidity issue for NBFCs has been a bone of contention between the central bank and the Finance Ministry. The Centre has cited the never-used provision under section 7 of the RBI Act to initiate consultations with RBI. Under this section, the government can issue directions to RBI. All eyes are now on the RBI’s board meeting scheduled for November 19.

  • #10. PM Modi inaugurated India's 1st Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga
  • 16 hours ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country's first Multi-Modal Terminal on Ganga River in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. It was the first of the four multi-modal terminals being constructed on the National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) as part of the World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 5,369.18 crore, which will be equally shared between the Government of India and the World Bank. The Jal Marg Vikas project involves construction of three multi-modal terminals - at Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia, two inter-modal terminals and five roll-on-roll-off or Ro-Ro terminal pairs. The IWAI vessel, MV Rabindranath Tagore that PM Modi received in Varanasi was the first container movement on an inland waterway in India since Independence.  The vessel transported 16 containers equivalent to 16 truckloads of food and snacks from Kolkata to Varanasi.

  • #11. BKT plans to set up a USD 100 million plant in US
  • 16 hours ago
    Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), a leading off-highway tire manufacturers, is planning to invest $100 million to set up its new production unit in the United States. This unit will be its first manufacturing site outside of India. The yearly production from the tire manufacturing plant is expected to produce around 20,000 MT in the entire Off Highway tire segment. Currently, Europe is BKT’s largest sales market accounting for more than half of its overall turnover.

  • #12. ISRO to launch modern communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard rocket GSLV-Mark-Three
  • 16 hours ago
    The flight would take place from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota at five in the evening tomorrow. This would be the second development flight of the heavier launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III.  It has the capacity to lift satellites of about four-tons into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • #13. Bangladesh ODI captain Mortaza to contest in general elections
  • 16 hours ago
    Bangladesh's ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza will contest in the upcoming elections on a ticket from the ruling party, Awami League, as confirmed by PM Sheikh Hasina. He could reportedly contest from his hometown district of Narail in south-western Bangladesh. Mashrafe is widely expected to retire after the World Cup in 2019. He has already retired from Twenty20 international cricket and has not played a Test match since 2009.

  • #14. Rise in Indian AC units increases risks in Climate change
  • 16 hours ago
    A report says, by 2022, India is expected to have a fourth of the world’s air conditioning units. This could immensely affect the climate change and increase the risk rate. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) are a family of gases that are largely used in refrigerants at home and in car air-conditioners. This greenhouse gas substantially worsen global warming. India, China, the United States and Europe have committed themselves to reducing the use of HFC by 85% by 2045. An estimation says, that about 4.5 billion room air-conditioners are to be installed by 2050, under a business growth trajectory.

  • #15. NBCC Inks Pact With Health Ministry To Buy Out HSCC
  • 16 hours ago
    NBCC (India) Limited (formerly National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited) signed an agreement with the Health Ministry to acquire Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation (HSCC). Earlier NBCC stated that it will buy out the government’s stake in consultancy firm HSCC for Rs 285 crore.

  • #16. Hyundai to invest Rs.7,000 crore in Tamil Nadu
  • 16 hours ago
    Hyundai, the South Korean automotive manufacturer, is to invest Rs.7,000 crore to expand its facility at Sriperumbudur, Chennai. Hyundai Motor India Limited CEO and MD Y.K. Koo said that the investment will also go towards the manufacture of new models and electric vehicles. Hyundai is to sign an MoU with the Global Investors Meet and it has been scheduled for January. A delegation, led by Mr. Koo, called on Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat over increase in production to another 1,00,000 units and requested the government to provide incentives.

  • #17. Bangalore Ranked Indias Most Congested City: NBER
  • 16 hours ago
    Bangalore tops the index for the most congested city, and Mumbai in the second position, while Pune follows in the seventh place, according to a recent research published under the US-based organization, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). A team of researchers conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley and three other U.S. universities, the research studies the current status of mobility in urban India, using Google maps. In another index of traffic speed, Kolkata has been found to be the slowest city.

  • #18. Palau becomes first Country In World To Ban Reef-Killing Sunscreen
  • 17 hours ago
    It is the first country to ban reef toxic sunscreen by 2020 in an attempt to protect its coral reefs after the president of the country signed a bill into law.

  • #19. Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta became first Indian to scale Mt Giluwe in Papua New Guinea
  • 17 hours ago
    He summited an elevation of 4,367 metres which will be followed by Mt Wilhelm – the highest mountain of Papua New Guinea. Satya scaled 5 of the 7 volcanic summits. He aimed to complete his 6th Volcano in Mexico Mt Pico de Orizaba and then to Antarctica to climb Mt Sidley in December 2018.

  • #20. India and Morocco signed Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
  • 17 hours ago
    The main aim of the MOU is to strengthen bilateral cooperation, provide a broad legal framework for prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes. It will also help in tracing, restraint and confiscation of funds meant to finance terrorist acts.  

  • #21. S. S. Deswal appointed as DG of ITBP
  • 17 hours ago
    The ACC approved the appointment of S. S. Deswal, IPS as Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).  He took charge from R K Pachnanda, the outgoing DG of ITBP, who superannuated recently.

  • #1. Fortune magazine sold to Thai businessman for 1,090 crore
  • 1 day ago
    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.

  • #2. Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as the chairman of Competition Commission of India
  • 1 day ago
     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.

  • #3. Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian women to hit century in T20I cricket
  • 1 day ago
    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.

  • #4. SC scans the ecological damage caused in Nainital
  • 1 day ago
    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 zone.  On October 1, a bench of Justices Rohinton F. Nariman and Indu Malhotra acknowledged the seriousness of the issue. The Bench issued a notice to the respondents, including the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It ordered status quo. The case is now due to come on November 16 for hearing.

  • #5. World leaders marked the centenary of the Great War Armistice
  • 2 days ago
    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 the First World War soldiers.

  • #6. IMD alerted Tamil Nadu that the Cyclone Gaja will bring rain for 2 days
  • 2 days ago
    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.

  • #7. Swati Chaturvedi won the 2018 London Press Freedom award
  • 2 days ago
    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 journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last month.

  • #8. Book On Mouth Cancer Arivu Released
  • 2 days ago
    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.

  • #9. US likely to stop refueling of Saudi led coalition aircraft in Yemen war
  • 2 days ago
    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 refuelling for its operations in Yemen because it could now handle it by itself.  Apart from refuelling, the US provides limited intelligence support to the Saudi-led coalition and sells it weaponry used in Yemen’s war.  US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the United States would play a continuing role to help the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni forces minimise civilian casualties and expand humanitarian efforts. He also suggested plans to build up Yemeni troops.

  • #10. Tripura government to acquire 26% shares of Palatana thermal project from IL and FS
  • 2 days ago
    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 % energy from the Palatana project to north-eastern states.

  • #11. Russia stepped into Afghan peace efforts
  • 2 days ago
    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 Afghanistan, and T.C.A. Raghavan, head of the Indian Council for World Affairs as non-official representative.

  • #13. Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes World No.1 in 65kg category
  • 2 days ago
    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.

  • #14. Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away at 59 in Bengaluru
  • 2 days ago
    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.

  • #15. SIMBEX begins the drills
  • 2 days ago
    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 to the Changi naval base. The trilateral exercise between the countries is with an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) country, likely Thailand, and eventually, plan to scale it up to a multilateral format.

  • #16. Indian Food and Agro Buyer Seller Meet was held in Jeddah
  • 2 days ago
    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.

  • #17. Goa bans importing of fish officially for 6 months
  • 2 days ago
    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 affected Karnataka fishermen and traders are facing a difficult situation. Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that unless and until the consignment has FDA certification,  fish cannot be brought/imported into Goa. Also, the government is to set up quality control laboratories in the State to test marine products within 6 months. The ban will be lifted only after the setting up of laboratories. 

  • #18. Tamil Nadu got SEBI approval to launch State Shelter Fund to fund affordable housing
  • 2 days ago
    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).

  • #19. CCEA approves disinvestment of 100% Govt stake in Dredging Corporation of India
  • 2 days ago
    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.

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