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Major News and Events of 11 November 2012

What Happened on 11 November 2012


Akali Dal warns Congress not to meddle in Sikh affairs

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab issued a warning to the Congress against interfering in the religious affairs of Sikhs.Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,the patron of the Akali Dal,stated that the amendment of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act by the Congress government in New Delhi reflected the fact that the Congress's interference was there in the religious affairs of the Sikhs.He also specified this was not first such instance where Congress has hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikhs.

Pass Lokpal Bill or face protest: Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of betrayal on the Jan Lokpal Bill and stated that another protest would be launched if it was not passed before the 2014 general election. He said the PM did not fulfill his pledge to pass the Anti-Corruption Bill in parliament. He said it was time to spread the message of anti-corruption among people and also the fact that the country lacked leadership.

India beat Australia 2-0 in Johar Cup

India recorded their first win against Australia 2-0 in the opening match of the U-21 second Sultan of Johar Cup hockey tournament at Johar Baru, in Malaysia on Sunday. After a goalless first-half India in the second half scored their first goal with the penalty corner converted by Sukhmanjit Singh in the 49th minute.Australia tried to equal the scores but Indian goalkeeper Sushant Tirkey restricted the opponents. Tirkey was the Man of the Match.Indian forward Amon Mirash Tirkey took the score to 2-0 with well taken penalty corner a minute from time.India will face Germany on Monday.

Economic growth will be less than 6 percent: Experts

The chief financial officers of many firms have stated that India's economic growth will be less than six percent while inflation will be in the range of six to eight percent next year.The Eurozone crisis, slowdown in the US and increasing oil prices will have the biggest impact on the Indian economy as per the survey conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and McKinsey & Co among other CFOs (chief financial officers) of Indian firms.67 percent of CFOs feel that India's GDP growth will be less than six percent.India's economic growth dipped to 5.3 percent that was lowest in nine years in the January-March 2012 quarter. There was marginal improvement to 5.5 percent in the quarter ended June, but it stayed much below the average annual growth of 8.2 percent which was in the past eight years.The government's projection of economic growth for the current fiscal is 7.6 percent, the analysts as well as policy-makers have doubts over the achievement of this growth rate.

'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' beyond numbers: Shah Rukh Khan

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan said that the movie "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", Yash Chopra's last directorial venture, is more about emotions than box office calculations. He said that he cannot relate the movie to numbers. Shah Rukh Khan also said that Yash Chopra used to say this would be his last movie and he thought he would be able to convince him to make another one but when he died this was kind of a shock to everyone, so the movie has a different meaning altogether."Jab Tak Hai Jaan" will release on Nov 12.

Capacity in research institutes required to be built: Antony

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has said that India needs to build capacity in research institutions which are focusing in key areas like defense as strategic planning was critical for the future. The research institutes also provide a platform to discuss the emerging trends and share ideas on the current policy.Antony also stated that the world wants to know India's views on emerging challenges and for this it is important to develop and maintain key institutes like IDSA.