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Major News and Events of 05 November 2015

What Happened on 05 November 2015

India, Russia to conduct joint military exercise in Rajasthan

Indian and Russian armies would be conducting a two-week 'INDRA-2015 joint military exercise in Rajasthan's Bikaner district, over 350 km from here, from November 7 with a focus on "counter terrorism operations in the backdrop of desert terrain under a United Nations Mandate. "A 250 member strong Russian army contingent would arrive in Bikaner for the joint exercise to be held from November 7 to November 20", a defence ministry press release issued said. Source: IANS

SC extends time till November 13 for collegium suggestions

The Supreme Court extended till November 13 the time for inviting suggestions to make the functioning of collegium system transparent and eligibility criteria based for the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. An apex court constitution bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar said that all the suggestions should reach the ministry of law and justice till 5 p.m. on November 13, which in turn will forward them to senior counsel Arvind Dattar and Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand to collate them. The court, however, permitted the Bar Council of India to submit their suggestion to Dattar and Anand till November 14. Source: IANS

Microsoft announces new partnerships, cloud start-up initiative

US-based technology major Microsoft announced a string of partnerships, programmes and products claimed to help Indian organisations and governments to explore unchartered business areas and enrich customer and citizen experiences. The newly launched local Microsoft Cloud and new devices will also catalyse digital transformation, the company said. The tech giant, based in Redmond, California, announced partnerships with three e-commerce players - Justdial, Paytm and Snapdeal - and launched a special cloud initiative for start-ups aligned to smart cities at its first of its kind technology conference. Source: IANS

Human capital biggest strength of 'Make in India': Modi

The biggest strength of the 'Make in India' initiative is "human capital", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during the launch of 'IMPRINT India'. "The biggest strength of 'Make in India' is human capital. Skill development is very essential for the success of 'Make in India' initiative," said Modi. Modi also laid stress on the importance of innovation and technology for the progress and development of the nation. "Institutions of higher education should give primacy to innovation in learning," he said. Source: IANS

Golfer Chikka trails by a shot at Panasonic Open India

India's S. Chikka scored three-under 69 to lie one stroke behind co-leaders Thai Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Sri Lankan N. Thangaraja midway through the first round of the $400,000 Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Club. Chikka, who last week won the India Masters on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), got four birdies on the first, 11th, 12th and 16th holes against a bogey on the par-four sixth for an opening 69 that gave him a share of third place alongside Sri Lankan Anura Ruhana and Niall Turner of Ireland. Source: IANS

Modi launches 'Made in India' gold coins, two other schemes

In a bid to put some 20,000 tonnes of idle gold to productive use and cut imports worth $35-$45 billion annually, India launched three schemes related to the metal, including domestically minted coins with the images of Ashok Chakra and Mahatma Gandhi. The schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also included one to convert jewellery and other similar yellow metal assets with the people into interest-bearing deposits, as also sovereign bonds with an eight-year tenure but with an exit option after five years. Source: IANS

Voting begins for second phase of Kerala civic polls

Voting began in seven districts in the second and the final phase of Kerala's civic polls.Voting began at 7.00 a.m., and will end at 5.00 p.m. According to the State Election Commission, five percent of the electorate had already cast their ballots at the end of the first hour. Over 14 million voters will be eligible to decide the political fate of more than 40,000 candidates vying for 12651 seats in the seven districts -- Pathanamthitta ,Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram. Source:IANS

Fortis Healthcare posts Rs.26.03 crore loss in Q2

Super specialty hospital chain Fortis Healthcare said it posted a standalone net loss of Rs.26.03 crore for the second quarter of 2015-16 against a net loss of Rs.5.09 crore in the same period last year. Net loss increased by 411.3 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis. According to the statement of unaudited results posted on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company's total income from operations fell to Rs.152.85 crore from Rs.157.52 crore while total expenditure also declined to Rs.183.10 crore from Rs.191.37 crore. Source: IANS

Linkedin Placements launched to help students

The world's largest professional network, Linkedin, launched Linkedin Placements, aimed at making graduating students across India easily find their first job. "Our conversations with students, placement officers and recruiters involved in campus recruitment point to an unmet need for efficiency and effectiveness," said Ganesan Venakatasubramanian, head, engineering, Linkedin India in a statement on launching the solution. Developed locally by more than 40 Linkedin employees, Linkedin Placements enables students to apply for jobs from anywhere and anytime and stay informed. Source: IANS

Micromax launches Canvas 5 smartphone

Domestic handset-manufacturer Micromax launched a new smartphone - Canvas 5, priced at Rs.11,999. "Micromax has always been a front-runner when it comes to breaking barriers with our innovative product offerings, and the success of our Canvas series is a testimony to this," Vineet Taneja, chief executive, Micromax Informatics, said. "With the launch of Canvas 5 around Diwali, we are introducing our newest Canvas flagship that will be game changer in the smartphone space targeting those who don't want to compromise and are keen to experience the new levels of multi-tasking and superb performance," he added. Source: IANS

Pavan Hans chopper with two pilots crashes off Mumbai coast

Two pilots are feared killed as a Pavan Hans helicopter crashed around 80 nautical miles off south Mumbai on Wednesday evening, officials said. The Indian Navy launched search and rescue operations with two Immediate Support Vessels T48 and T50 being rushed to the crash site. The crash took place around 7.30 p.m. Destroyer INS Mumbai has been despatched to look for survivors. As per information available with the navy, the chopper was carrying out night landing practice with only two pilots aboard when it crashed and sank. Source: IANS

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