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Major News and Events of 23 November 2015

What Happened on 23 November 2015


AAP not eyeing 2019 polls, will win Punjab: Kejriwal

The AAP has not set its eyes on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but is confident of taking power in Punjab in 2017, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriewal said. Addressing the AAP National Council meeting here, Kejriwal also made it clear that he remained opposed to RJD leader Lalu Prasad's corrupt past and dynasty politics despite hugging him in Patna. Nine months after he led the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to a sweeping victory in Delhi, Kejriwal said the growth of the country's youngest political party was "a miracle in itself". Source: IANS

Gujarat CM rules out quotas for Patels

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel declared there will be no reservations for the Patels in jobs and educational institutions. She made the announcement a day after polling in the first of the two tiered-local self government elections concluded on Sunday to pick six new municipal corporations. Patel was speaking at an election rally in Saurashtra's Amreli district, which was among the key centres of the four-month-old agitation by young Patel community leaders seeking quota benefits. Source: IANS

Bupa to invest Rs.191 crore in Max Bupa to increase stake

Health insurance firm Max Bupa said that its stakeholders have agreed to increase the foreign participation limit from 26 percent to 49 percent in the venture. As per the company, Bupa, which is the foreign promoter in the joint venture (JV), will pay around Rs.191 crore to its Indian partner Max India to increase its stake from the current 26 percent to 49 percent. Source: IANS

Modi inaugurates Torana gate, highlights India-Malaysia cultural ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on , the third day of his visit to Malaysia, highlighted the cultural ties of India with this southeast nation as he inaugurated a Torana gate, a traditional gateway to Hindu and Buddhist temples. “This Torana is not merely a piece of art on stone. This is connecting the two nations and illustrates the two great cultures,” he said while jointly inaugurating the Torana gate with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak at Brickfields, popularly known as Little India. Source: IANS

Tamil Nadu seeks Rs.8,481 crore flood relief

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Tamil Nadu will need Rs.8,481 crore towards flood relief and an immediate release of Rs.2,000 crore. According to her, 169 people were killed in the torrential rains and floods that hit Tamil Nadu. In a letter to Modi, Jayalaltihaa said: "Many parts of the state have been severely affected due to flooding. (A total of) 169 lives were lost during this northeast monsoon since October 1, and there was widespread damage to property including dwelling units and crops. Source: IANS

NumberMall acquires BankSmarts Solutions

NumberMall Private Limited, a payment gateway services platform, announced acquisition of Delhi-based BankSmarts Solutions for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will extend Hyderabad-based NumberMall's analytics capability, customer reach and merchant offers. The development is expected to enable new classes of products and services that meet customer needs in assisted ecommerce, the company said in a statement. Source: IANS

Centre announces Rs.3,250 crore for development of Delhi

In a financial assistance package to the Arvind Kejriwal government, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced Rs.3,250 crore for decongestion and development of the national capital. In addition, the union minister also announced another Rs.96 crore to Delhi, which is intended to be spent on the cleanliness in the city. Source: IANS

Panjab University appoints Gulzar to Tagore chair

Noted filmmaker-lyricist Gulzar has been appointed as 'Tagore Professor of Indian Literature' at Panjab University. The appointment was approved by the PU syndicate, the institution's decision-making body, on Sunday. "Panjab University Syndicate today (Sunday) decided to appoint noted film personality, litterateur and Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee Gulzar, as the 'Tagore Professor of Indian Literature' at the university," a PU spokesman said. Source: IANS

FTII alumnus, students seek government intervention to solve IFFI row

Amid the ongoing clamour surrounding the protest by FTII students at the IFFI here, former students of the institute have appealed to the government to intervene to solve the issue and ensure students' safety and security during the 46th edition of the prestigious festival. A statement by ex-students of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and FTII Students' Association on Sunday emphasises that the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was an important "academic activity" for students, and they should not be deprived of it. Source: IANS