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Major News and Events of 09 November 2015

What Happened on 09 November 2015

India successfully launches Agni-IV missile

India successfully test fired its nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV, capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 km. The army's strategic forces command fired the missile as part of a user trial from the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam island off the Odisha coast, defence ministry sources said. "The test was a success," a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) source said. Source: IANS

'Congress workers want Rahul to become party president'

After the decisive victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar, there is a general feeling among Congress workers that Rahul Gandhi should immediately take over as the party president, Congress spokesperson C.P. Joshi said. Joshi also indicated that the Congress would be part of the government formation in Bihar. "We are committed to the seven-point programme of the Grand Alliance and we will make every effort to implement it. We owe to the people of Bihar," he said. Source: IANS

Parties speaking more, working less get routed: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a jibe at the BJP, saying parties which speak more and work less will meet electoral defeats. "Our ministers talk less and work more. Some parties speak more and work less. They get the Bihar-like mandate," the AAP leader said. Kejriwal's comments came a day after Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance suffered a shock defeat in the Bihar assembly polls. Source: IANS

Parliament's winter session to begin November 26

The winter session of parliament will begin on November 26 and last till December 23, the government said. "The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) which suggested the dates for it," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu told reporters. The session is expected to be stormy in the light of the Bharatiya Janata Party's defeat in Bihar assembly polls and the opposition parties having various issues, including cases of rising intolerance and return of awards by intellectuals and a section of the film fraternity to attack the government. Source: IANS

Indian documentary on 2012 gangrape to be screened in New York

Vibha Bakshi's National Award winning documentary "Daughters of Mother India", which brought the aftermath of the December 2012 gangrape on camera, will be screened in New York to raise awareness about issues of women’s security and empowerment. The Asia Society, an educational organisation dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the US in a global context, will host the screening in New York at the Asia Society and Museum. The screening is also supported by Goldman Sachs' initiave 10,000 Women, read a statement. Source: IANS

Nestle announces Maggi's re-launch, pact with Snapdeal

Nestle India said it has begun the roll-out of Maggi noodles in 100 cities, terming the five-month ban as "one of the biggest crises" it has faced in the 32-year history of the brand in the country. It also announced a pact with Snapdeal for online sales. "The return of Maggi Noodles on the auspicious eve of Deepawali and on the day of Dhanteras is a moment of celebration for all of us," Nestle India chairman and managing director Suresh Nayaranan said, announcing the re-launch, after it was taken off the shelves on June 5. Source: IANS

Karnataka, Gujarat get central aid for natural disasters

The centre approved assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to Karnataka and Gujarat to deal with the losses caused by drought and flood in the two states. Karnataka, which declared its 136 taluks across 27 of its 30 districts as drought-hit in August, was given Rs. 1,540 crore and Gujarat, which was hit by a massive flood in the same month, got an amount of Rs. 562 crore from the NDRF. A high level meeting for Central assistance to states affected by natural disasters allocated the funds to the affected states. Source: IANS

'Masaan' ends Dharamshala International Film Festival

The fourth edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) came to an end on Sunday with the screening of Neeraj Ghaywan's "Masaan", starring Richa Chadha, Vicky Kaushal, Sanjay Mishra and Shweta Tripathi in lead roles. Released across 300 screens in India on July 24, "Masaan" came into the limelight after it won the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and a 'Promising Future' Award at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year. Set against the backdrop of Banaras, the film follows two seemingly separate story arcs that eventually converge. Source: IANS

Kanpur Metro report submitted to Uttar Pradesh government

The Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Kanpur Metro Rail Project was presented to Uttar Pradesh government, an official said. The report of the Kanpur metro project, work on which started in March 2015, has been prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), the official said. The DPR has envisaged two corridors for the project. The first corridor begins from IIT Kanpur spanning up to Naubasta Chauraha and covers 23.785 kms with an elevated stretch of 15.164 km and an underground stretch of 8.621 km. Source: IANS

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