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Odisha assembly started on a stormy note

The winter session of the Odisha assembly began on a stormy note as the opposition parties created a ruckus while they were discussing about farmer suicides. The house was adjourned by the Speaker Niranjan Pujari till 3 p.m. The Speaker did not agree for a discussion over farmers’ suicide after the beginning of the Question Hour, which resulted in even more ruckus in the assembly.

Mayawati wants quotas in promotions

BSP chief Mayawati is demanding reservations for the Dalits and the tribes, for promotions in both government and private sector. While speaking in the Rajya Sabha, she also sought quotas for economically backward upper caste. While taking a dig at PM Modi she said he speaks about greatness of Buddhism but his own team and he are against the preaching of Buddha.

Jan Lokpal Bill tabled in Delhi assembly

The Jan Lokpal Bill has been tabled by the Delhi government in the assembly. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while tabling the bill said that it was a “historic” bill and no such bill has been effective this. The members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) present in the assembly supported the bill.

Global leaders praise Modi's solar alliance move

The stakeholders have praised the solar alliance announced jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande. However, they felt that the issue of funding needs to be addressed too, so as to make this green initiative a success. The energy experts are of the view that the solar alliance has the potential to form business innovations in climate change.

Central bank keeps interest rates unchanged

The Central Bank of India has kept the short-term lending and borrowing rates unchanged. There were many expectations that the RBI will make some changes in the rates for balancing the policy action to improve the economic growth to 7.4%. The reverse report rate has been made unchanged at 5.57%.

Airtel to invest Rs. 60,000 crores to modernise networks

Bharti Airtel Ltd. has announced that it will invest Rs. 60,000 crores over next three years in order to upgrade its network so as to improve data and voice services in India. Bharti Airtel MD and CEO, Gopal Vittal said that the programme known as ProjectLeap will transform the network. The planned investment will have the capital expenditure target of $2.2 billion for the current fiscal year to March 2016.

Motorola launches New-Age Moto 360 smart watch in India

Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility has launched Moto 360 2nd gen smart watch in India at a price of Rs. 19,999. The device will be available exclusively on online retail websites like Flipkart and Myntra. The new Moto 360 comes in two different sizes 42 mm and 46mm and support 20mm and 22mm watch bands.  

OnePlus launches exchange and buyback offer for OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has launched a buyback and exchange offer for those who wish to upgrade to the One Plus 2 and OnePlus X smartphones. The company has tied up with ReGlobe, an expertise in the end-of-life product management, in this programme.

Microsoft Lumia 950 Dual SIM and Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM launched

Microsoft has launched its Windows 10 mobile handsets. The Lumia 950 Dual SIM and Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM will be available from 11 December 2015 at a price of Rs. 43,699 and Rs. 49,399 respectively. The handsets could be bought from both online and physical modes.

BAI to give cash awards of Rs. 10 lakh to Sindhu

Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh to PV Sindhu for her victory and incredible performance at the Macau Open. Sindhu, who is ranked 12th in the world defeated World Number 6 Minatsu Mitani from Japan and retained her title.

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.

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

Five Dead during gram pradhan polling in UP

At least five people have been killed during the second phase of polling for gram pradhan in Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, more than a dozen cases of violence disrupted the polling.  In Gonda, an elderly man and a woman were killed. Incidents of violence took place in other parts of the state such as such as Meerut, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Pilibhit, Aligarh, Shahjanpur etc.

Thunderstorm hits UP, four dead

At least four people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh after a thunderstorm hit most parts of the state. Due to rains and gusty winds, the storm brought down the hoardings and banners. Trees were uprooted, communication network affected and power lines were disrupted due to the storm. Four people died as they got struck by lightning. Two farmers were killed in Bulandshahr and Mainpuri and two women died in Auraiyya.

1,300 CCTV cameras placed to cover south Mumbai

Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief Minister has launched a project to bring south Mumbai under the surveillance of over 1,300 CCTV cameras so as to prevent crimes and increase policing. The installation of these cameras was a part of the project to install 6,000 CCTV cameras in the whole city before the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks in 2016.