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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.

PM Modi reaches out to the Opposition, likely to end Parliamentary Stalemate on Key Issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to the opposition parties yesterday evening by inviting Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh to his 7, RCR residence for discussion. Analysts believe that PM Modi’s outreach will help break the impasse Parliament has been witnessing on many sessions now in the last one and half year of Modi government. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, after the meeting that the meeting on GST Bill was a “good beginning”. While stressing on the importance of GST Bill, the minister said that the Congress party wants “a few changes” and expressed his optimism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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