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Union Government calls All-Party meeting today before Winter Session Starts Tomorrow

As India prepares to brace another stormy winter session of the parliament from tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, during an all party meeting, urged opposition parties to let the parliament function in a constructive manner so that his government is able to fulfill expectations of general populace. M Venkaiah Naidu (Parliamentary Affairs Minister) told media that PM Modi vouched for passing GST legislation and called it beneficial for the nation. CPIM GS Sitaram Yechury has urged the house to pass a resolution condemning rising intolerance in India. Naidu has said that his government is ready to discuss about the intolerance issue during winter session. IT and Communication minister Ravishankar Prasad hoped that the opposition parties will let the house function smoothly. Another all party meeting, called by lower house’s speaker Sumitra Mahajan, will also take place in the evening today.

PM Modi pitches for Big Investment in Singapore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi yesterday night after a 4-day tour of Malaysia and Singapore. During his last leg of the tour PM Modi not only signed strategic partnership agreement with Singapore but also interacted with the CEOs and addressed India-Singapore Economic Convention (ISEC). While addressing Indian diaspora as well as ISEC, PM Modi said that to him FDI means First Develop India. While stressing upon his government’s successes, Prime Minister said that FDI in India has gone up by 40 per cent since he assumed office. He also vouched for the reform measures undertaken by his government including 100 per cent opening up of FDI in Railways and 40 per cent in Defence Sector. PM Modi also said that his government is pushing for Rupee Bond (launched in London Stock Exchange) for integrating Indian economy with the world market.

Government Acknowledges ISIS Recruitment Push in India

While interacting with the media, MoS of Home Ministry Kiren Rijiju acknowledged that ISIS is on a recruitment overdrive in India. However, the minister declined to acknowledge ISIS as a threat as large as in Europe. Rijiju also said that all kinds of steps are being undertaken for stopping any attempt of radicalizing the youth, especially from the disgruntled and marginalized minority Muslims. He also lauded the efforts of security forces in containing the threat of ISIS from spreading throughout India. Reports say that till now 23 Indians have joined ISIS, out of which 6 are reportedly dead. The minister said that 150 youths, hailing mainly from South India, inclined towards ISIS are currently under surveillance. Response of the MoS Home came just days after controversial Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar insisted upon getting to the root cause of the problem of increasing tendency of minority youths to get radicalized.

Optiemus, Wistron to invest $200 mn in telecom unit in India

India's Optiemus Infracom is partnering with Taiwan's original design manufacturer Wistron Corporation in investing $200 million in setting up facilities for manufacturing telecom products in India. "Over the next five years, the partners will strategically invest approximately $200 million in best in class infrastructure, technologies and processes, to cater to growing Indian and global demands of telecom products like, smart phones, tablets and smart devices," a joint statement by the two companies said. The joint-venture targets to create over 15,000 employment opportunities in India, over the next five years, it added. Source: IANS

Bupa to invest Rs.191 crore in Max Bupa to increase stake

Health insurance firm Max Bupa said that its stakeholders have agreed to increase the foreign participation limit from 26 percent to 49 percent in the venture. As per the company, Bupa, which is the foreign promoter in the joint venture (JV), will pay around Rs.191 crore to its Indian partner Max India to increase its stake from the current 26 percent to 49 percent. Source: IANS

NumberMall acquires BankSmarts Solutions

NumberMall Private Limited, a payment gateway services platform, announced acquisition of Delhi-based BankSmarts Solutions for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will extend Hyderabad-based NumberMall's analytics capability, customer reach and merchant offers. The development is expected to enable new classes of products and services that meet customer needs in assisted ecommerce, the company said in a statement. Source: IANS

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery. Called 'M-Health Service', the service requires the would-be mothers to register via a cellphone. Periodic text messages will convey to them necessary treatment details to take care of issues that crop up during pregnancy. Arati Basu Sengupta, veteran gynaecologist and former president of the Bengal Obstetric and Gynaecological Society, said: With the help of this mobile health service provider pregnant women can stay in touch with the experts. They will get updates regarding the guidance and schedule of vaccine." Source: IANS

Smartphone with Dual Front Cameras to be launched in India Tomorrow

After launching the smartphone having dual front cameras (called Lenovo Vibe S1) in Berlin’s IFA 2015 trade show, Lenovo is all set to launch the well-awaited handset in India tomorrow in New Delhi. While the primary front camera has 8MP sensor, the secondary front camera has 2MP sensor. 13MP primary camera at the rear of Lenovo Vibe S1 is also present. New Lenovo smartphone will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and will showcase a 5-inch full HD display whose resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. Other important features are 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 4G LTE connectivity, etc.

Indian Academia including IISc, IIT-B, and AIIMS gets Rs. 56 Crore Grants from Infosys

Infosys Foundation has committed granting Rs. 56 crore to eight academic institutes of India. These institutes are Indian Institute of Science (IISc), IIT (Bengaluru), AIIMS, IIM (Ahmedabad), Presidency University, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). Statement of Infosys Foundation said that the fund is granted for research and development in the fields of cancer treatment, rural development, biology, technology, mathematics, economics, agriculture, and obstetrics and gynecology. The 11 Infosys Chairs in these eight institutes will promote R&D, support student as well as faculty exchange programmes, and provide advanced training.

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.

India finishes 3rd in Track Asia Cup cycling Championship with 11 Medals in the Kitty

At the end of Track Asia Cup cycling championship, which took place in New Delhi’s IG Sports Complex, India finished at the third spot by winning 11 medals. India won 3 gold, 3 silvers, and 5 bronze medals in the event. India made a great come back on the final day of the event as it won 2 gold and 3 bronze medals. In the medal tally, South Korea finished at the top followed by Uzbekistan and India. While South Korea won 6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals, Uzbekistan won 3 gold and 4 silver medals.

India claims five medals in Track Asia Cup cycling meet

India's men and women cyclists brought cheers to the hosts' camp by winning five medals (one gold, three silver and one bronze) on the opening day of the Track Asia Cup at the IG Stadium Complex Velodrome. Indian Anu Chutia ((40.093 seconds) came second to SAI National Cycling Academy's (SAINCA) Amritha Reghunathan (39.927 seconds) in the 500 metres Race Distance event in the junior women category. India has fielded two additional teams of SAINCA and Western Indian Team (WIT). Later, Anu combined with Rajesh Nayana to bag the gold medal in the junior Team Sprint event with a timing of 39.702 seconds. Uzbekistan won the silver of this event with a timing of 41.852 seconds. 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

Six injured in helicopter crash in Nagaland

Six occupants of a Pawan Hans helicopter were injured when it crash-landed at Meluri helipad in Nagaland's Phek district on Tuesday, a police official said. Those injured included officials of the state government and that of the National Disaster Management Authority, Director-General of Police L.L. Doungel. The ill-fated helicopter was on a routine flight from Dimapur airport to Meluri. Source: IANS

Tamil Nadu seeks Rs.8,481 crore flood relief

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Tamil Nadu will need Rs.8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate release of Rs.2,000 crore. According to her, 169 people were killed in the torrential rains and floods that hit Tamil Nadu. In a letter to Modi, Jayalaltihaa said: "Many parts of the state have been severely affected due to flooding. (A total of) 169 lives were lost during this northeast monsoon since October 1, and there was widespread damage to property including dwelling units and crops. Source: IANS

Centre announces Rs.3,250 crore for development of Delhi

In a financial assistance package to the Arvind Kejriwal government, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced Rs.3,250 crore for decongestion and development of the national capital. In addition, the union minister also announced another Rs.96 crore to Delhi, which is intended to be spent on the cleanliness in the city. Source: IANS