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Major News and Events of 14 November 2012

What Happened on 14 November 2012

India should play larger role in Asia: Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appreciated the fact that India is an important player in the Indo-Pacific region and also requested New Delhi to play a bigger role in the region's affairs.Clinton stated in her speech at Perth's University of Western Australia,"We've made it a strategic priority to support India's Look East policy and to encourage Delhi to play a larger role in Asian institutions and affairs. It's exciting to see the developments as the world's largest democracy and a dynamic emerging economy begins to contribute more broadly to the region."Hilary Clinton also welcomed the positive development in Australia's bilateral ties with the "world's largest democracy" India. She encouraged Australia to strengthen military ties with India.Her speech is being analyzed by the political pundits as another initiative towards forming of a tripartite alliance between her country, India and Australia.

Suu Kyi hopes India will support Myanmar in democracy struggle

In a diplomatic act Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi stated that while India had once distanced itself from the struggle for democracy in her country, she hoped that it will now support her in the "the last difficult phase" ahead. Suu Kyi is on a six-day visit to India and this is her first visit to the country in a quarter century. She met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and talked about the process of national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar.India welcomed Myanmar's pro-democracy icon - as a part of diplomatic outreach to build connections with the energy-rich Southeast Asian country. These are those countries who have accepted democratic reforms.

Revision of income criteria for housing scheme beneficiaries

The government on Wednesday revised its level of income criteria for defining beneficiaries under its housing scheme. The "economically weaker" are those who earn up to Rs.1 lakh a year and lower income group are those who earn between Rs.1 lakh to Rs.2 lakh. Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ajay Maken made this announcement after inaugurating the HUDCO Pavilion at IITF-2012.The earlier income criteria for the beneficiaries in 2010 was at Rs.60,000 a year for EWS, and Rs.60,000-Rs.1,20,000 a year for LIG. Income criteria has been revised and approved taking into account factors like income, expenditure and cost of housing criteria.The housing shortfall was at an estimated 18.78 million units at the beginning of the 12th Five Year Plan."Affordable Housing for All" is a crucial policy agenda of the government.

India International Trade Fair opens, likely to attract 1.5 million visitors

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 32nd edition of the India International Trade Fair (IITF), where 1.5 million visitors are expected over the next two weeks.More than 6,000 domestic and foreign exhibitors will showcase their products and services at the annual event held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Mukherjee while addressing the inaugural function stated that IITF was proving to be a good platform for the economy and social development over the last three decades, and was getting popular. In reference to the recent measures taken by the government, Mukherjee said that would strengthen growth and control fiscal deficit.

Grand opening for JTHJ, SOS; poised to join Rs.100 crore club

"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (JTHJ) and "Son Of Sardar" (SOS) Rs 100 crore club that is the prediction of trade pundits. Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer JTHJ released on 2,500 screens and has a collection of Rs.15.23 crore all over India. The Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt starrer SOS had Rs.10.72 crore collection from 2,000 screens in the country.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh described this as the "best Diwali for Bollywood". He tweeted that in mass circuits SOS was the winner but in multiplexes JTHJ was the leader.

India prepares to settle scores with England

A tough battle is all set to ensue between England batsmen and Indian spinners when the four-match Test series begins at Motera stadium on Thursday.India will be looking atsettlingscores after their 0-4 whitewash in England last year. The plus point is they have not lost a series since the 2004 loss of 1-2 to Australia at home.England will be looking forward to better their record in the sub-continent where they are yet to win a series in 28 years.India's strategy for the Englishmen is transparent. They did not utilize their top tweakers in the three warm-up matches, including the one involving India A.This may put pressure on Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, who may be in the playing eleven ahead of recalled Harbhajan Singh. Dhoni has said he will not play three-spinners in the opener.

Neural connection associated with Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes which is a lifelong chronic disease, has a neural connection within the body, this was the analysis as per the study carried on by genomic scientist and clinical partners. The Indian Diabetes Consortium which is an endeavor of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Science, in its study analyzed a candidate gene called TMEM163, implicated in this disease. The study stated, "The gene is a vesicular transporter in nerve terminals." This breakthrough is seen as a victory of Indian Functional Genomics Capacity, which started almost 15 years ago under the aegis of CSIR with a vision to enhance understanding towards complex diseases prevalent among people in India.

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