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Major News and Events of 03 November 2015

What Happened on 03 November 2015


SC seeks suggestions to make judges' selection, appointment transparent

The Supreme Court invited suggestions for making the working of the collegium for appointment of judges to higher judiciary more transparent and criteria based, but noted the suggested changes could not travel beyond the parameters already spelt out in its 1998 judgment.A While seeking suggestions, a constitution bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked senior counsel Arvind Dattar and Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand to collate the suggestions including those on which there is commonality of views. Source: IANS

BCCI accepts IPL COO Sundar Raman's resignation

The BCCI accepted the resignation of Indian Premier League (IPL) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sundar Raman, under investigation for alleged wrongdoing in the 2013 match fixing and betting scandal. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday accepted Mr. Sundar Raman's resignation from the post of Chief Operating Officer of the Indian Premier League (IPL)," a BCCI statement said. Raman was one of those named in the Lodha Committee report on the IPL scam, which questioned his role in the scandal. He was at the helm of IPL affairs when the scandal broke. He took his position in the league's inaugural season in 2008. Source: IANS

Congress leaders march to Rashtrapati Bhavan over intolerance

Congress leaders assembled near Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the parliament house complex and marched to Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against rising intolerance under the BJP-led government. The Congress leaders carried placards that said the party will fight communalism and no attempt should be made to disrupt the unity of the country. Congress leader Anand Sharma said there is an atmosphere of intolerance and fear in the country. Source: IANS

IFFI 2015 promises global cinematic gems, with Spain in focus

The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins in Goa later this month, will have Spain as its focus country. The event's opening ceremony will have popular Bollywood actor-producer Anil Kapoor who has made inroads into Hollywood, as the chief guest. The 10-day IFFI begins on November 20. “The Kingdom of Spain is the focus country of IFFI 2015. This will provide an opportunity to screen Spanish films. The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival. The section will also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut ‘Requirements to Be a Normal Person'," Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said during the curtain raiser press conference. Source: IANS

CBI moves court against bail to Saradha accused

The CBI moved the Calcutta High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to Saradha accused West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra. Mitra, indicted by the agency of cheating, conspiracy and criminal breach of trust in the multi-crore-rupee scam, was granted bail by a lower court on Saturday nearly 11 months after his arrest. A division bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Ishan Chandra Das granted leave to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to move the petition in the court and serve a copy of it to Mitra's counsel. Source:IANS

Why public mood changed in a year: Shiv Sena asks BJP

The Shiv Sena urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to ponder why the public mood changed in one year since the assembly polls as is evident in the results of Sunday's elections to around 60 big and small civic bodies across Maharashtra. "In many parts of the state, the Congress-NCP performed quite well in the civic elections. Why has the public 'mood' changed so much in just one year? The CM must give a thought to this," the Sena urged in an edit in the party mouthpiece Saamana. Source: IANS

Meghalaya HC directs Centre to enforce AFSPA in Garo Hills

The Meghalaya High Court has directed the central government to enforce the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, (AFSPA) 1958 in the insurgency-ravaged districts of Garo Hills to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The high court also directed the union home secretary and defence secretary to ensure compliance by placing this order before the central government to consider the use of AFSPA and deployment of armed and para-military forces in the Garo Hills. It further directed the principal secretary in the PMO to place the order before Prime Minister Narendra Modi for perusal and consideration. Source:IANS

Value buying buoys equity markets; Sensex up 106 points

Value buying coupled with positive Asian indices buoyed the Indian equity markets and led the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to gain 106 points or 0.40 percent during the early morning trade session. Both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened in the positive territory in sync with their Asian peers, which made gains on the back of buoyant US and European markets. SourcE: IANS

Congress to stage march against `intolerance', BJP hits back

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will lead her party's protest march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan against "rising intolerance" under the BJP-led regime but the government dismissed the talk of intolerance as a "perception being manufactured by certain sections" against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress leaders said the march on Tuesday would include party vice president Rahul Gandhi, members of the Congress Working committee, party office-bearers and party MPs. The party also slammed Modi for his barbs at the Congress over the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. Source: IANS

Three NSCN-K militants killed in Nagaland

Three militants of the NSCN-Khaplang faction, including its self-styled finance secretary, were killed in a gunfight with troopers of the Assam Rifles in Nagaland's Zunheboto district, officials said. Two 'overground' workers of the outfit were also arrested from two locations, an Assam Rifles official said. Acting on a tip about the presence of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang militants in Hoshepu village, the troopers conducted a patrol in the area to prevent the outfit from carrying out attacks on security forces. Source: IANS

Arianespace to soon decide on launching Indian GSAT-15

European space agency Arianespace will have its Launch Readiness Review (LRR) this Friday for the November 10 flight of Ariane 5 rocket with Indian communication satellite GSAT-15, the agency said. In a statement Arianespace said: "The Launch Readiness Review (LRR) will take place on November 6, 2015 in Kourou, to authorize the start of operations for the final countdown." As of now the Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to lift off on November 10 from the space port at Kourou in French Guiana between 6.34 p.m. and 7.17 pm or 3.04 a.m and 3.47 a.m. on November 11. Source: IANS