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Major News and Events of 16 November 2015

What Happened on 16 November 2015

Pakistan not to participate in 2015 Track Asia Cup

Pakistan will not participate in the three-day 2015 Track Asia Cup cycling championships to be held here from Wednesday, officials confirmed. The second edition of the tournament, organised by the Cycling Federation of India (CFI), will be held at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex's indoor cycling velodrome. A list of 13 teams from 10 countries including hosts India will participate in the event, which will see around 150 athletes contesting in several categories. Only five countries took part in the inaugural edition of the event last year. Source: IANS

ixigo introduces meta-search on its platform

Travel search marketplace ixigo launched a meta-search across curated budget hotels on its website. A meta-search engine (or aggregator) is a search tool that uses another search engine's data to produce results from the internet. "We are making the lives of travellers simpler by narrowing down to the best budget hotels in India from among the 12,000 in our database. We've filtered them by amenities, location and by sifting through thousands of reviews and photos on the web," Aloke Bajpai, co-founder and chief executive, ixigo said. Source: IANS

Sundar Raman named sports chief of Reliance Industries

Veteran sports marketing and management professional Sundar Raman is joining Reliance Industries as its chief executive to consolidate and drive the group's initiative in this area. In addition to the existing sports properties of the group and its non-profit foundation, Sundar Raman will be driving newer avenues of growth in this area, as also the integration with the digital services of Jio, a company statement said. "Sundar brings with him a rich and unique experience of over two decades in understanding consumer insights and as a pioneer in the growth of sporting properties in India," the statement added. Source: IANS

China January-October outbound direct investment surges

China made around 589.2 billion yuan (about $95.21 billion) in non-financial investment in overseas markets in the first ten months of 2015, up 16.3 percent year on year, the latest data showed. Outbound direct investment (ODI) in the period covered 5,553 overseas-based companies in 152 countries and regions, Xinhua quoted the ministry of commerce as saying. The country became a net capital exporter for the first time last year, when ODI surpassed foreign direct investment (FDI). ODI grew 14.1 percent in 2014, eclipsing the 1.7-percent growth recorded for FDI. Source: IANS

Public holiday on Chhath Puja in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government announced a public holiday on account of Chhath festival. A government spokesman said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has declared a holiday on Chhath Puja. A proposal to this effect was prepared by the general administration department last week and had been sent for approval to the chief minister. Yadav cleared the proposal. Source: IANS

GDP growth likely to exceed 7.3 percent in 2015-16: Jaitley

India's economic growth is expected to exceed 7.3 percent in the 2015-16 fiscal and go higher during the next year, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. "The Indian economy is expected to grow better than 7.3 percent level achieved last fiscal, and at an even higher level next year," Jaitley said at investors forum. In this regard, India's finance minister noted that rural demand in the country had been impacted by deficient monsoon rains in last two years. Source: IANS

Veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey dead

Veteran Indian-born British actor Saeed Jaffrey died on Sunday, a close relative said. He was 86, according to his niece Shaheen Aggarwal, who shared the news on her Facebook page. "Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away. Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoining in the lap of his Heavenly Father, enternally," Aggarwal's post said. Saeed is renowned for his roles in movies like "Gandhi" (1982), "Shatranj Ke Khilari" (1977), "Henna" (1991), "Masoom" (1983) and "Ram Teri Ganga Maili" (1985). Source: IANS

Modi holds bilateral meet with Spanish prime minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on the sidelines of the second and final day of the G20 Summit in this Mediterranean resort city. “Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain @narendramodi hold talks on the sidelines of @G20Tuekey2015,” PMO India tweeted. “More Mediterranean engagements with PM @narendramodi meeting @marianorajoy of Spain.” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, tweeted. Source: IANS

India should be able to end coal imports by 2017: Goyal

India should be able to end coal import by 2017, thereby saving precious foreign exchange, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said. "By 2017, India need not import coal, except for a few power plants on the coast where it is difficult to transport fuel," Goyal said at an energy conference organised by international accounting firm KPMG. Source: IANS

Pharmacy selling cancer drugs at heavy discount opened

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda inaugurated India's first retail facility at AIIMS to provide drugs for cancer and cardiovascular diseases at highly discounted rates. The pharmacy named AMRIT -- Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment -- will have 202 drugs of cancer and cardiovascular diseases where the price is going to be reduced on an average by 60 to 90 percent. Source: IANS

Rain washes out third day's play in Bengaluru Test

Rain washed out the morning session of the third day's play of the India-South Africa second Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. No action will be possible till lunch, it was decided. The third day's play was scheduled to begin 15 minutes earlier at 9.15 a.m (local time) after the second day's play was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain. Source: IANS

Himachal Pradesh government trains over 5,000 women

Over 5,000 poor women were trained by Himachal Pradesh government under management of funds, as the National Rural Livelihood Mission is the main objective this fiscal, an official said. The major focus under the livelihood mission during 2015-16 would be on social mobilisation, institution building and communisation and to create human resource, a government spokesperson said. Source: IANS

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