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PM Modi addressed Nation Today through 14th Edition of "Mann ki Baat"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation through his 14th edition of “Mann ki Baat” on All India Radio. Highlighting the unprecedented water-logging in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, PM Modi underscored the importance of remaining prepared for all kinds of disaster. He stressed upon the need of disaster management and preparedness by all SAARC countries and the increasing need of working together. PM Modi emphasized on the fact that it is everybody’s business in saving environment and opined that the recent floods were the outcome of climate change. While stressing upon the courage of disabled persons, he announced that India will celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on December 3. Modi also talked about the importance of organ donation, solar energy, energy conservation, MUDRA Yojana, small entrepreneurs in the economy, and remaining fit.

Pak PM says ready talking to India without Preconditions

Reports say that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that it is ready for all kinds of dialogues with India without any kind of precondition. It is learnt that Pakistan PM made this statement while meeting British PM David Cameron at the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). As more and more documents show Pakistan’s involvement in supporting or training militants in PoK and sheltering terrorists in Pakistan, it is important to note that Pak PM said during the meeting with Cameron that his country condemns all kinds of terrorism. British PM reportedly appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate extremism as well as militancy.

India leads the Climate Change Concerns of Developing Nations at CHOGM

In the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), India took lead in putting forward the concerns of the developing countries regarding the climate change issues, before the COP 21 in Paris. Sources said that the Indian officials attending the meeting said that pre-judgement of the negotiations should not be done. They also reportedly said that rich nations’ commitment to poor countries as well as small island nations must rise above the prevailing level. The Indian officials stressed upon the need of developed countries transfer finance as well as technology to the developing countries to help the latter meet their carbon emission targets.

Minister Goyal says Govt Planning to Create $1 Billion Private Equity Fund for Renewable Energy

With UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) to start from tomorrow (November 30 to December 11), Union Minister of Power and Coal Piyush Goyal has said that Indian government is planning to create a private equity fund of US$ 1 billion for renewable energy sector, which will be seeded in the initial phase by the government companies. He made the announcement during “Talkathon” event on Paris conference. He also said that his government is in the process of creating a clean energy fund in the coming 3 to 4 years by collecting US$ 4 billion per year.

GST Bill likely to be passed this Winter Season, Market Reacts Positively

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, while meeting press outside PM Modi’s official residence at 7, Race Course Road, that meeting between the Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday evening was optimistic and hopes that the well-awaited Goods and Services Tax bill is likely to be passed during this Winter Session. Reports say that both sides reached consensus on two crucial points and only a few issues are needed to be smoothed out. JDU Chief Sharad Yadav has said that they hope both Congress and BJP come on the same page for passing the GST Bill. It is learnt that more discussions are likely between government and opposition parties on the issue. With positive cues on GST coming from sources, the market ended the lull and bounced back by 170 points and BSE closed at an over three weeks high of 26,128.20.     

Indian equities open higher on Friday's morning trade

A benchmark index for Indian equities, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), on Friday opened higher and was trading at 25,967.70 points some 19 minutes after the opening bell. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading higher at 7,891.40 points, with a gain of 7.60 points or 0.10 percent. The 30-share Sensex opened at 25,997.38 points, against the previous day’s close at 25,958.63 points. At 9.34 a.m., it was ruling at 25,967.70 points, with a gain of 9.07 points or 0.03 percent. Source: IANS

India announces $2.5 million aid for 31 Small States in Commonwealth to Combat Climate Change

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup has said that for helping 31 small states in the Commonwealth in combating climate change, India has announced aid of US$ 2.5 million. Swarup also said that India has played its role in the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), especially regarding pledge of financial assistance to the group’s island nations. 53 nation Commonwealth has committed itself to work towards a "legally-binding" as well as "ambitious" climate deal and vouched for the need of assistance by the developed countries to vulnerable ones for combating climate change issues.

CSE vouches for Global Initiative for Farmers' Safety due to Extreme Weather Conditions

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) vouched for the need of global action for safeguarding interests of farmers from the extreme weather events’ consequences. This decision was adopted at National Consultation on Crop Loss Estimation, Relief and Compensation’s final day of discussion. CSE believes that the climate talks of Paris should not only focus on the damages as well as losses taking place due to climate change but also on the woes of the farmers. During the event, eminent agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan released the “Lived Anomaly” – the CSE report. CSE has warned that depopulation of rural India may take place due to agricultural unviability, caused by climate change.

GAIL, ISRO join hands to monitor pipeline through special portal

Enhancing its pipeline security through an eye in the space, GAIL (India) Ltd said that it has joined hands with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), an arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), for the purpose. In a statement, GAIL (India) said along with NRSC it has launched an innovative surveillance geo-portal called “Bhugan-GAIL portal”. GAIL (India) has over 13,000 km of pipeline network and space technology can be used for monitoring the pipeline Right of Use (RoU). It is currently monitoring the pipeline RoU through helicopter sorties. Source: IANS

PM Modi to take Final Call on Indo-Pak Series

Reports say that BCCI may not get clearance of India-Pakistan match anytime soon. BCCI officials have reportedly said that the Union Government is yet to say anything on the matter and they are speculating unlikelihood of the Indo-Pak series. Some reports have claimed that restoration of cricketing ties is not possible yet because the atmosphere is not conducive towards the same. It is learnt that PCB has received clearance from its government of playing with India in 3 ODIs and 2 T-20 matches from December 15. BCCI’s letter asking for central government’s consent is currently with Prime Minister’s office.

PV Sindhu in the Final of Macau Open Badminton Tournament

The lone Indian badminton player in Macau Open, PV Sindhu, is going great guns as she reached the finals of the tournament. Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semi final match today in a three set battle 21-8,15-21, 21-16. Though Sindhu snatched the first game in just 14 minutes, Yamaguchi bounced back quickly to wrest the next set from the Indian shuttler 21-15. However, Sindhu held her nerve and won the third set 21-16. Meanwhile, world number 2 Saina Nehwal and world No.8 Kidambi Srikanth have qualified for prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals, to be played from December 9 in Dubai.

Ashwin best spinner in world cricket currently: Kohli

Elated with the series-win over South Africa, India skipper Virat Kohli lauded his team, especially off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who clinched a match-winning 12 wickets in the third Test which ended in a 124-run victory for the home side on Friday. Kohli referred to Ashwin as a world-class spinner, adding that he maybe the best in the world at the moment. Man of the match Ashwin, currently, is the highest wicket-taker of Test cricket in 2015 with 55 scalps, four ahead of English pacer Stuart Broad. With the win here, India have now taken a winning lead of 2-0 in the four-match series ahead of New Delhi Test that will be played from December 3 to 7 at the Ferozeshah Kotla. India won in Mohali but the Bengaluru match was washed out due to rain. Source: IANS

Shekhar Kapur making short film on Buddha's enlightenment

Shekhar Kapur has embarked on a quest to sneak into Lord Buddha's mind when he attained enlightenment, with his camera. The filmmaker says he is making a short film on what went in the mind of Buddha at the time of awakening in a more virtual and immersive space. "I want to make a film on what actually happened to Buddha at the time of enlightenment. So, I'm trying to make a 13-14 minute film on it. I'm trying to give the audience a feeling of what could have happened in his mind, how he saw the world, how the world changed when he was going through enlightenment," Kapur said on the sidelines of Film Bazaar. Source: IANS

NFDC to become single-window clearance point for film shoots

A single window clearance system in India is a dream that will become a reality for filmmakers across the world. A Film Facilitation Office will be operated by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), eliminating all channels of bureaucracy and multiple stops for getting clearance for a film's shoot. The move of making NFDC a ‘single-window clearance’ system will be formally announced at the forthcoming Film Bazaar. The annual film market, which is organised alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), is held from November 20-24. Source: IANS

Rahman song chosen for Bacardi NH7 Weekender's fest video

To celebrate the line-up of this year's NH7 Weekender, the organisers have released a new music video based on Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman's song "Dhakka laga bukka" from the Mani Ratnam film "Yuva". Originally composed and sung by Rahman, who is also the headliner of the festival this year, the new rendition of the track features the music virtuoso himself and Karthik on vocals along with Vishal Dadlani, Papon, Samara Chopra (The Ska Vengers), Smiti Malik (Chayan & Smiti), Abhishekh Nailwal and Alisha Pais, read a statement. Source: IANS

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha calls for Mature Statesmanship from Indo-China Leadership

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, while talking to media in Hashimara of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, said that both India and China have common interests and the former should not look at its neighbour as adversary anymore.  While calling for mature statesmanship from both the countries, Air Chief Marshall said that for developing the region both the countries should coordinate and cooperate. He empahsised on the fact that friendly stance between the two economic and military powerhouse in the same region may not be adversarial in nature and can actually coexist. He also acknowledged that increasing military relationship of China with Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is China’s strategic move for containing India. Raha also admitted lapses in security measures in the bordering areas of north east India.

Minister says "Lone Wolf" attack by ISIS likely in India

After acknowledging the looming threat of ISIS attack in India, Union Minister of State for home Kiren Rijiju has said that ISIS may carry out “lone wolf” attack in India, which involves single person to carry out terrorist attack mayhem.  While accepting ISIS as a threat in India, Rijiju has said that challenges are there in tackling the erupting problem but certain steps have already being undertaken. The minister made the comments while replying to a query on 2008 Mumbai terror attack’s 7th anniversary. In an interview, MoS (Home Affairs) has said that youths from 5 southern states - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala – are getting more attracted to ISIS.

Nadda inaugurates national organ donation registry

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday inaugurated a national organ donation registry that will track, facilitate and promote organ donations across the country and announced opening of transplant facilities at all major government hospitals. Headquartered atSafdarjungHospitalinDelhi, the registry called National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) will also lay down policy guidelines and protocols for organ donation and network with similar state-level organizations. The government would train para medics and health workers in organ donation and transplant and in tackling traditional beliefs that discouraged people from donating their organs, the health minister said, adding that the government hospitals would especially benefit from the training. Source: IANS