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Naidu bats for women's quota bill, uniform civil code

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women’s reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the alleged remarks of its leaders. Participating in a debate on ‘Commitment to Constitution’ in the Lok Sabha, Naidu also pitched for a common civil code and inter-linking of rivers. He said there was a need to focus on the women’s reservation bill that provides for 33 percent seats in parliament and state assemblies for women. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but is yet to be passed by the Lok Sabha. Source: IANS

Kharge cautions government against any move to alter constitution

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Thursday cautioned the Narendra Modi government against any attempt to alter the constitution, asserting his party will never let it happen. Taking part in the debate on commitment toIndia’s constitution, Kharge said Prime Minister Modi should effectively intervene to stop his ministers from making controversial remarks. Bharatiya Janata Party members protested against Kharge’s use of expression to warn the government and said the opposition member should not make any threatening remarks. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she would expunge the expression. Earlier in the day, Kharge’s remarks on Aryans drew protests from BJP members. The chair said that it will look into the issue. Source: IANS

Modi inaugurates exhibition on making of constitution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an exhibition "Making of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly" to coincide with Constitution Day, commemorating the acceptance of the draft statute on this day in 1949. The exhibition organised in the Parliament Library building focuses on the process of drafting of the constitution by the Constituent Assembly with text and visual exhibits reflecting the theme. Source: IANS

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

E-commerce import to grow 78 percent: Study

With the Indian e-commerce space experiencing "exciting times", the import from other countries is estimated to grow at 78.5 percent during 2015-16, a study said. According to the report on consumer research by PayPal and Ipsos, desktops account for the highest proportion of purchases at 53 percent. However, it said the future belongs to mobile as 41 percent of these purchases in the last one year were made using a smartphone or tablet. Source: IANS

Future of GST Bill still dangles in Uncertainty

After Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reached out to Congress on GST issue, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has today said that his party strongly believes in tax reform and GST but asked the government to reach out to the opposition parties for an amicable solution. He also urged the government to contemplate on the issue of rate cap. Biju Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) are also vouching for capping GST rate in addition to doing away with the 1 per cent inter-state CST tax. However, Arun Jaitley has called the Congress’s suggestion of including GST tariff in the constitution as “extremely unfair” and “preposterous”.

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

Tanla's A2P messaging hub processes over 5 bn messages

Tanla Solutions has announced that its A2P (application to person) messaging hub, Fastrack, processed over 5 billion messages in the month of October. It also set a record of processing more than 200 million messages in a single day, making it the largest A2P messaging platform in the world by volume of messages processed. "We have achieved this through our constant endeavour to improve Quality of Service and set new benchmarks in the industry for platform reliability and delivery speed," said Uday Reddy, CEO Tanla Solutions. Source: IANS

Prithvi-II missile successfully test fired

India successfully test fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur in Balasore district on the Odisha coast. Having a strike range of 350 km, the test was part of a user trial by the army. The missile, capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads, was inducted in the Indian Army in 2003. Source: IANS

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

India's Campaign at Macau Open begins with Hits and Misses

Indian shuttlers had a great day today at USD 120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold as both H S Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the 3rd round. While Prannoy defeated Lin Chia Hsuan of Chinese Taipei in straight sets (21-19 21-15), Praneeth humiliated Artyom Savatyugin of Uzbekistan 21-11 21-8. In the women’s single section, 5th seeded PV Sindhu defeated Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in straight sets (21-13 22-20). While women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa lost to Japanese duo Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota in straight sets (16-21, 15-21), Jayaram lost to China’s Lin Guipu 11-21, 17-21.

Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Snooker Championship 2015 Title

30-year old Pankaj Advani has won his 15th world title in Egypt’s Hurghada (Sunrise Crystal Bay resort) by defeating 18-year old Zhua Xintong of China in the IBSF World Snooker Championship. In the best-of-15 final match, the Indian defeated the teenage Chinese sensation by scoring 8-6. Though Bengaluru’s “Golden Boy” was looking unstoppable in the first session with a lead of 5-2, his talented Chinese opponent came back strongly after the break and went on to narrow down the lead to 7-6. However, more experience of the Indian helped him finish the score at 8-6.

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

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

Hyderabad Metro Rail showcases sample station retail stores

Each typical metro station of Hyderabad Metro Rail will have retail space ranging from 2,500 square feet to 9,000 square feet while interchange and special stations will have more space, said project developer L&T announced. Two stores of 180 and 200 sft have been created at Nagole station to showcase to retailers and others to give them a firsthand experience of the proposed space. Source: IANS

Chemists to go on indefinite strike from mid-December

Members of the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) will go on an indefinite strike from mid-December as the government has failed to stop the online sale of drugs through various e-pharmacies, an AIOCD official said. The decision came after the association had given one month's time to the government to ban the online sale of drugs, which according to the association, is completely illegal and a violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. "This is enough and our strike is going to be indefinite this time, as the government has not paid heed to our one month time to ban the sale of medicine online," AIOCD's general secretary Suresh Gupta said. Source: IANS