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Major News and Events of 16 November 2013

What Happened on 16 November 2013


Arvind Kejriwal may file his nomination papers today – Delhi Elections

 

It is expected that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will file his nomination papers from New Delhi constituency today. The nomination papers from New Delhi Assembly constituency had been earlier filed by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (from Congress) on Thursday. Harsh Vardhan Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate had filed his nomination papers from Krishna Nagar constituency on the same day. Though the Aam Aadmi Party is just 11 months old but it is competing with well known parties in Delhi. Earlier fight used to be between two parties - Congress and BJP but now it is among three, including AAP. Credit to make Aam Aadmi Party popular goes to its leader Arvind Kejriwal. He is a mechanical engineer from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and was working as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax department. Then he became an activist and finally formed a political party viz Aam Aadmi Party for changing the overall system. Broom is the symbol of AAP that means sweeping the system to clean it. In less than a year’s period AAP has 12,000 registered supporters, 4000 out of these are students and 400 IIT students. AAP has 1,50,000 "prabharis” to oversee 20 neighborhood families.

Last orbit raising task of Mars Orbiter completed successfully

 

In the early hours of the day, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has carried out the orbit-raising task on its Mars Orbiter. It was the last of five orbit raising tasks in which the apogee (the farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft has been raised to over 1.92 lakh km. The task has been successfully completed at 01:27am (IST). The apogee has now been changed from 1,18,642 km to 1,92,874 km. On December 1 at 12.42 am the Mars Orbiter Mission is expected to take on the "crucial event" of the trans-Mars injection. The Orbiter will complete the journey to Mars in 10 months and it will reach the orbit of the red planet by September 24, 2014. The launch of Mangalyaan took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on November 5.

Master Blaster received an emotional farewell

 

After successfully completed 24 years of his career, Sachin Tendulkar received an emotional farewell today. In this Test series India defeated West Indies by an innings and 126 runs. In his concluding speech at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai Sachin thanked everyone for contributing in his career and said that it is hard to believe that his life on cricket field is coming to an end. Sachin’s throat was choking while delivering the speech. He said that he was given freedom to chase his dreams at a very tender age by his father and every time he lifted the bat after making runs was the way to thank his father. He thanked his mother for taking care of him as he was a very naughty child. He thanked his wife Anjali for sacrificing her career for his dreams, taking care of their family and for being the best life partner. Sachin said that turning point in his career came when his brother took him to cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar. Tendulkar also said that his sir took him to all over Mumbai on his scooter to ensure that he got enough match practice. Tendulkar added that his teammates are just like family away from home. He also thanked the Mumbai Cricket Association and the BCCI for supporting him through thick and thin. At the completion of the match Sachin took a stump as a memento and wiped tears from his eyes. Sachin’s son Arjun was doing the duty of a ball-boy. Sachin really conquered the Cricket scene and will be missed.

India is at second position in Test rankings

 

On the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table India is at second place. The second rank is a result of India’s win in the two-Test series against the West Indies 2-0 in Mumbai. With this series, Sachin Tendulkar’s long career of 24 years has come to an end. India will play two-Test series the next month in Johannesburg and Durban against South Africa that is ranked at number one position. India’s 126 run victory in the second and final test has really helped the country to gain three points and now stands at 119 rating points. India is now three points ahead of England. West Indies managed to retain its sixth position in the ranking with 95 points. Australia is at fifth rank whereas Pakistan is at fourth rank according to the ratings. World Test Championship that is going to happen in 2017 will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board. For this the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings will be checked and top four teams will be selected for inaugural matches. The qualifying period is from 1st May 2013 to 31st December 2016.

Controlling inflation was the main focus of RBI – Raghuram Rajan

 

Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Raghuram Rajan said that main focus of the RBI is to control the inflation. He said this while addressing the Bancon 2013 conference hosted by the Indian Banks’ Association in Mumbai. With inflation every segment of the society gets affected mainly poor. Inflation was leading to a separation between the investors, manufacturers, producers both with consumers and savers. Because of inflation, interest rate was too low and that is why more saving was towards gold. He also said that complaints from producers were coming against high interest rates. The Consumer Price Index as well as the Wholesale Price Index crossed 10% and 7% mark, respectively. It is higher than the market expectations. But the next step of the central bank cannot be determined on the basis of a single data point or number. He also said that data regarding weak state of the economy and good kharif and rabi harvest is still awaited that will affect everything. Also the efforts of the central bank would become clearer over a medium term in coming 6-12 months. Restructuring and ever-greening must be distinguished. He said that problem should be recognized rather than postponing it.

The Lunchbox to be released in Zurich

 

The Lunchbox is one of the most amazing and acclaimed films that is going to be released in Zurich and this is really a wonderful event for a Hindi film. Lead actress Nimrat Kaur said from Zurich that temperature at Zurich is freezing but yet they are promoting the film for its weekend release. After the release of the movie in Zurich the team will head towards Berlin for the promotion. They will be in Germany for a week and then visit France for the film. Both the Swiss media and movie lovers are excited to watch the unconventional love story between the two people living in Mumbai who have never met each other. Director Ritesh Batra said that response is awesome and beyond his expectations. Apart from the success of film outside the country, its success in India means a lot. For the wide release in Europe, the Lunchbox was made with French and German collaboration. Film made 50% of the money from India and the rest has to be produced outside India. As per the rule, the money raised in Germany and France has to be utilized in those countries only. Irrfan Khan played the lead role whereas Nawazuddin Siddiqui played a supporting role in The Lunchbox.




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