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Major News and Events of 19 November 2015

What Happened on 19 November 2015


Rahul dares government to jail him

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi dared the government to jail him if he had done any wrong, saying the RSS and BJP had been throwing muck at his family for years. Addressing a convention of the Indian Youth Congress here to mark the 98th birth anniversary of slain former prime minister Indira Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi said the RSS and the BJP had been targeting his family including his slain grandmother and father. Rahul Gandhi said different allegations had been levelled at him but there was no truth in them. Source: IANS

India has most people waiting for sanitation: WaterAid

WaterAid India is calling on central and state governments to commit to delivering universal access to sanitation after a report said India has most people lacking sanitation. WaterAid’s report reveals the hardest places in the world to find a toilet, where one can find the most people waiting, and which developed nations are facing their own challenges on sanitation. The world’s youngest country, South Sudan, has the worst household access to sanitation in the world, followed closely by Niger, Togo and Madagascar the report reveals. Source: IANS

Godrej may export Goldilock safes next fiscal

Godrej Security Solutions (GSS) -- part of the $4.1 billion Godrej Group -- said it may start exporting its range of unique, technology driven safes in the next fiscal year to Bhutan, the Gulf countries and Africa. "This fiscal year, our focus in on the domestic market where we expect to sell one lakh units of the newly introduced personal safe - Goldilock. Next fiscal year onwards, we may start exporting these," GSS's associate vice president and head of marketing Mehernosh Pithawalla told media persons. He said the company has already received inquiries from Bhutan while African and Gulf countries are in the radar for exports. 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

Kejriwal second-most followed Indian politician on Twitter

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has become the second most-followed Indian politician on microblogging site Twitter with over six million followers. He crossed the six-million mark."And ... @ArvindKejriwal crossed the 6 million mark on @twitter," AAP's social media chief Ankit Lal tweeted. The Aam Aadmi Party chief trails Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has over 16 million followers on Twitter. Source: IANS

Government to start portal for innovators

Innovators seeking government help to transform their ideas into reality can now turn to a dedicated web portal to be set up for them, a minister said. "I have decided that there will be a separate, dedicated portal of my ministry dedicated to the innovators of India," IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Intel DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge event. Source: IANS

Rajnath promises all help to flood-hit Tamil Nadu

Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised "all possible help" to Tamil Nadu where floods have left scores dead and caused widespread destruction. The minister gave the assurance to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa when she informed him over the telephone about the flood situation in the state. Rajnath Singh tweeted that the central government was assisting the state agencies of Tamil Nadu in rescue and relief operations. Source: IANS

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

Centre funds Rs.3,231 crore to build 2.28 lakh houses for urban poor

The central government will provide Rs.3,231 crore to five states -- Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthana - for constructing 2,28,204 houses for urban poor. The project was approved by the Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry. Of the houses approved, 2,17,748 were for economically weaker sections (EWS), whereas the rest are for low income groups, an official statement said. Under the two components, the central assistance at the rate of Rs.1.50 lakh per house will be provided. Source: IANS

Delhi government clears Jan Lokpal bill

Under attack for delaying the tabling of the Jan Lokpal bill in the Delhi legislative assembly, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party cleared the anti-graft legislation -- an issue on which the party was formed three years ago. "There was a big movement in the country to bring a strict Lokpal. There was a need for a strict Lokpal which would be more than a slogan and a mere formality," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. "The bill which Anna (Hazare)-ji had talked about has been cleared by the Delhi cabinet as the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill 2015. There is no change to the bill which Anna-ji had proposed," he told reporters after the cabinet meeting. Source: IANS

Shots fired near PM's residence

Several rounds of gunfire were heard near the residence of Prime Minister, 7 Race Course Road. According to Delhi Police, the shots were fired accidentally from a service weapon of police personnel. As per a police source, the rounds were fired when the change of staff took place around 8:30 p.m. Reportedly, the change in weapon also take place along with staff; this is when the incident took place.