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Major News and Events of 18 November 2015

What Happened on 18 November 2015


IPL spot-fixing: HC sends notice to Sreesanth, 35 others

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to suspended cricketer S. Sreesanth and 35 others on a police plea challenging the trial court order to drop charges against them in the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing case. The trial court on July 25 discharged cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, and 33 others. Justice Siddharth Mridul sought their response on the plea of police by December 16. Source: IANS

Patanjali says its noodles followed food safety norms

Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali said it has followed all the guidelines and regulations of the Food Safety and Regulatory Authority of India (FSSAI) in the launch of its "atta" instant noodles and other products. "We have followed all rules and guidelines by the FSSAI. We have not disobeyed any of them," said S.K. Tijarawala, spokesperson for Patanjali. "The FSSAI has given us the licence of re-labelling under pasta category and on basis of which we have given contract to various companies to make noodles (for us)," he said in the statement. Source: IANS

Cabinet okays Rs.2,000 crore for Kashmiri migrants

Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet cleared a proposal worth Rs.2,000 crore for rehabilitating Kashmiri migrants. It also approved a proposal to provide relief to the migrants of the hilly areas of Jammu division at par with the relief being provided to the Kashmiri migrants -- worth Rs.13.45 crore -- annually. "Terrorist violence, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in its early phases, had led to largescale forced migration of members of the Kashmiri Pandit community along with some Sikh and Muslim families from the Kashmir Valley," an official statement said. Source: IANS

Four-day Chhath festival ends in Bihar

The four-day Chhath festival ended on Wednesday morning in Bihar with millions of people taking a dip in rivers and other water bodies to offer prayers to the rising sun. Much to the relief of the state administration, which had made elaborate security arrangements for the festival, Chhath ended peacefully barring a few minor incidents. Women devotees, known as 'varti', ended their 36-hour fast by offering prayers and floating lighted earthen lamps in rivers and other water bodies. They also distributed offerings among family members, relatives and neighbours. Source: IANS

Steps taken to check corruption: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government has taken "significant steps to check corruption and the menace of black money". "The government has taken significant steps to check corruption and the menace of black money in a short span of time," Modi said at the inauguration of sixth Global Focal Point Conference (GFPC) on Asset Recovery, and the 21st Annual Conference of CBI and State Anti-Corruption Bureaus here at Vigyan Bhavan. "Our government is committed to making bureaucracy more efficient, performance oriented and accountable," Modi said. Source: IANS

Experts to create assistive devices for persons with disabilities

Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day programme organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the programme called the "Enable Makeathon" in which participants will design and create, over 60 days from November 2015 to January 2016, new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world. Source: IANS

Google targets start-ups with new cloud, apps for work

Internet giant Google launched two new initiatives to target enterprises and start-ups with its new improved cloud and apps for work platforms. Under the two initiatives, Google will offer 1,000 start-ups with up to $20,000 each in India. The other initiative, under which the search giant is offering to waive off all fees for Google Apps for current enterprise customers till time of contract expiry, claims to help legacy enterprises to adapt easily to the new cloud and apps for work platforms. Source: IANS

Ola raises $500 million to fund expansion

Leading mobile application-based cab service provider Ola has announced raising $500 million (Rs.3,306 crore) to fund its expansion plans in India, including capacity building. "The fresh investment will be used to fuel supply initiatives, capacity building and newer use cases," the company said in a statement. The sixth (series F) round of funding was led by venture firm Baillie Gifford and other venture firms Falcon Edge, Tiger Global, SoftBank group and DST Global participated. Source: IANS

Railways hike fare for non-suburban services

The government said the railway ministry has decided to raise minimum chargeable fare from Rs.5 to Rs.10 for non-suburban services to make it at par with the platform ticket charges effective from Friday."The move aims at meeting the objective of controlling the rush on platforms for the convenience of the passengers," a government statement said. Source: IANS

Gogoi slams Centre over Swachh Bharat cess

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the Centre's decision to levy Swachh Bharat cess on taxable services was a severe blow to the common man. He said the central government has been adopting anti-people policies in the name of economic reforms. "Instead of imposing taxes on the common man to mobilise funds for Swachh Bharat, it would have been wiser to involve the people actively through other ways to make the campaign a success," he said. Source: IANS

Heavy rains lash Andhra, six killed

Heavy rains continued to batter three districts of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least six people, damaging crops in over thousands of acres and paralysing vehicular transport, officials said. Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts bordering Tamil Nadu received heavy rains for the second day, inundating dozens of villages and disrupting road and rail transport. The rains, under the impact of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, resulted in large-scale damage to crops, besides wreaking havoc in Tamil Nadu. Source: IANS

Delhi government announces slew of measures in education sector

Online draw of lots for students from weaker sections, pay parity among teachers across the board, audit of school accounts were among the slew of measures announced by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.He said there would be criminal action against those schools found diverting the money earmarked for other purpose.Stating that some schools have been observed to be misusing the fees they are charging, Kejriwal said: "They forge bills and siphon off the money. They divert the money." Source: IANS