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Major News and Events of 04 November 2015

What Happened on 04 November 2015


Twitter launches Make in India emoji

The Indian government on Wednesday became the first non-US based brand to have a Twitter emoji -- #MakeInIndia -- which aims to promote the country as a global manufacturing hub. "As a key highlight of this government campaign, an emoji of a black lion on an orange background, a version of the national programme's official logo, will now appear next to the #MakeInIndia hashtag in any Tweet worldwide," Twitter said in a release following Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to its headquarters in San Francisco. Source: IANS

Chinese vice president visits Ajanta caves in Aurangabad

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao visited the Ajanta Caves here in Maharashtra, at the start of his five-day visit to India, officials said. Aurangabad mayor T.G. Tupe along with municipal commissioner Prakash Mahajan and other civic officials made a courtesy call on the visiting dignitary in the afternoon at the hotel he is staying. Aurangabad is exploring means to strengthen bilateral ties with the Chinese city of Duo-Hong in Gansu province from where a five-member delegations had visited this Maharashtra city in March. Source: IANS

Private players join hands to fight maternal mortality

In an initiative to reduce infant, neonatal and maternal mortality in India, private and development sector partners have collaborated to launch project Asman. The project, launched late Tuesday, is an alliance between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD India, Reliance Foundation, Tata Trusts and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Speaking on the occasion, union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said efforts like 'Asman' will go a long way to tackle Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and malnutrition in the country. Source: IANS

HC dismisses plea against stopping of national anthem

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court (HC) disposed off a writ petition alleging that Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik had stopped the national anthem mid-way. At the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at the Raj Bhawan last week, Naik stopped the national anthem and went ahead with administering the 'oath of unity' taken on the birth anniversary of India's first deputy prime minister Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. While the Raj Bhawan soon after issued a clarification that the governor did not know that the anthem had begun, a lawyer Vinod Kumar had brought the matter before the HC. Source: IANS

H&M to open bigger store in India on Nov 7

Swedish fashion retail giant H&M will on Saturday open its second store in India which will be bigger than the first. The first H&M store in the country was launched at the Select Citywalk mall at Saket, in south Delhi, while the second will open at The Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, in south-west Delhi. This will be the brand's biggest Indian store so far with a total area of 28,000 sq ft on three floors. Source: IANS

Nestle says Maggi will be back this month, all tests cleared

Nestle India said the "masala" version of Maggi noodles will hit the retail shelves as early as this month, having cleared all the tests ordered by the Bombay High Court at three accredited laboratories. "We have received the results from all the three NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing Calibration Laboratories) mandated by the Bombay High Court to test newly-manufactured Maggi noodles samples," the company said in a regulatory filing with stock exchanges. Source: IANS

Kerala's final round of civic polls on Thursday

Over 14 million electorate are eligible to vote in the second and final phase of Kerala's civic polls which is witnessing a keen contest between the UDF and the LDF. The voting will be spread across seven of the 14 districts and decide the political fate of more than 40,000 candidates vying for 12,651 seats. The seven districts are Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram. The first phase of the voting on November 2 saw more than 8.4 million of the 10.1 million registered voters exercising their franchise. Counting of votes will take place on Saturday. Source: IANS

TMC disowns Moon Moon Sen's pro-Modi comments

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) distanced itself from the pro-Prime Minister Narendra Modi comments made by party MP Moon Moon Sen, saying they did not "reflect Trinamool's views". "The statement made by my colleague Moon Moon Sen is certainly not the view of the party," senior party leader Derek O'Brien tweeted. Amid a tide of protests against the Modi-led central government over intolerance, Sen on Tuesday added a different tenor to the controversy by extending support to the prime minister. Source: IANS

Watch Indian Mars mission saga on National Geo

A documentary on the saga of Indian Mars mission will premiere on Thursday on the National Geographic channel, the American digital cable and satellite television network said. "Millions of Indians can watch 'live' the Mars Oribter Mission, the country's first inter-planetary mission that was launched on November 5, 2013 and entered the red planet's orbit on September 14, 2014 in a maiden attempt," the channel said in a statement. The hour-long programme to be telecast at 9 p.m. in English and Hindi with regional languages option will be repeated over the next 24 hours for maximum viewership, as it contains live action visuals, graphic representations and expert interviews. Source: IANS

SC faced with fully opposite views on improving collegium's working

The Supreme Court was flooded with diverse suggestions, some diametrically opposite, to improve the working of the collegium system for the appointment of judges to higher judiciary and making its transparent. As one senior counsel after an other got up to make suggestions, the constitution bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel put the onus on senior counsel Arvind Dattar and senior government law officer Pinki Anand to try to reconcile all the diverse and divergent views and put them on a chart to be considered on November 5. Source: IANS

Important that BJP loses in Bihar: Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was important that the BJP loses the assembly elections in Bihar so that it realises that "hate politics" will not work in the country. "It is important that BJP lose Bihar so that they know that hate politics will not work in this country," he said. In another tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal urged the people of Bihar to vote for state's Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United's Nitish Kumar. "People want love and peace, not hate," he said. Source: IANS




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