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What Happened on 17 November 2015


Himachal vendors protest ban on sale of single cigarettes

Cigarette vendors across Himachal Pradesh staged a protest in the state capital, seeking revocation of the ban on sale of single cigarettes and withdrawal of the proposed legislation to introduce license for selling them. "The ban on single cigarettes has threatened our livelihood. Most people buy a single cigarette that gives us more profit than the sale of packets," seller Ramesh Chand told reporters. Around 200 vendors, who sell cigarettes along with confectionary items, backed by regional cigarette distributors under the banner of Bidi Cigarette Vikreta Sangh, staged the protest. Source: IANS

Rahman song chosen for Bacardi NH7 Weekender's fest video

To celebrate the line-up of this year's NH7 Weekender, the organisers have released a new music video based on Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman's song "Dhakka laga bukka" from the Mani Ratnam film "Yuva". Originally composed and sung by Rahman, who is also the headliner of the festival this year, the new rendition of the track features the music virtuoso himself and Karthik on vocals along with Vishal Dadlani, Papon, Samara Chopra (The Ska Vengers), Smiti Malik (Chayan & Smiti), Abhishekh Nailwal and Alisha Pais, read a statement. Source: IANS

Sreejesh receives Kerala sports award

Indian hockey team vice-captain and goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh was given the Lt. Col. G.V. Raja Award for 2014-2015 by the Kerala Sports Council along with a cash reward of Rs.3 lakh. It is the highest honour for any athlete in Kerala. The award was given in a public meeting presided over by state sports minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. It was handed over by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Sreejesh will be participating in a three-match Test series against Australia in Chhattisgarh followed by the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Raipur. Source: IANS

Solar dome to come up in Kolkata: Minister

To push its solar programme forward, the West Bengal government will install a 110-foot-high solar dome here for catching maximum daylight, a minister said. "It will be 110-120 foot high and we have developed the design and have dealt with associated technological challenges to install the solar dome," said Minister for Power Manish Gupta. He said the solar dome will be different from geodesic greenhouses. "There is no such solar dome anywhere in India and nowhere in the world," Gupta claimed. Source: IANS

Tea output falls by 5.42 percent in September; West Bengal hardest hit

Production of tea across India during September fell by 5.42 percent while a fall of 1.29 percent in production was recorded during April-September. Total tea production was pegged at 148.81 million kg (mkg) during September as against 157.33 mkg in the same month in 2014. According to the data from Tea Board of India, West Bengal was the hardest hit, where tea production declined by 13.49 percent at 39.24 mkg. Source: IANS

'Social Media Week' brings top thinkers together in Mumbai

In a bid to discuss and exchange ideas on how social media has revolutionised the way we live, work and communicate, a unique five-day “Social Media Week” started off in Mumbai on November 16 with over 1,500 thinkers and innovators joining several brainstorming sessions. Mumbai is one of the three cities along with Chicago in the US and Santiago in Chile to host the last leg of “Social Media Week” for this year which has made its presence felt in more than 25 cities across the globe. Source: IANS

Chandy may now attend Nitish's swearing-in

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is most likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, an aide said. A close aide of Chandy told IANS that Nitish Kumar first faxed an invite to Chandy. "Then he personally rang up Chandy and requested for his presence at the swearing-in. Then came numerous calls and requests from various quarters and by now he has more or less decided to be present at the swearing-in," said the aide who did now wish to be identified. Source: IANS

Donison to represent India at world karting finals

Racing driver Ricky Donison will represent India at the Rotax World Grand Finals to be held in Portugal later this month, where he will face top champions from more than 70 countries. He become eligible to join the race after winning the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship in the senior max category last month. Donison has been racing for just three years and in that short space of time he has established himself quickly. In 2013, he was awarded the best newcomer of the year in junior max of the National Championship. He continued his pursuit and won the 2014 National Championship in the same category. Source: IANS

Congress expels nine Assam legislators for joining BJP

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Monday expelled nine party legislators after they recently joined the BJP. A statement issued by the APCC on Monday said the nine legislators were expelled with immediate effect for six years for violating party discipline. "The nine legislators were expelled from the primary membership of the party on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Action Committee of the Congress," the statement said. Source: IANS

Rahul Gandhi is British citizen: Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday alleged that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had declared himself as a British national in the annual return of a company in Britain. The Congress termed his allegation "petty and mindless mud-slinging". In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bhartiya Janata Party leader alleged that Gandhi was director of a company - Backops Limited - which was incorporated in 2003 in Britain and was later dissolved in 2009. Swamy demanded steps to strip Gandhi of his Indian citizenship. Source: IANS

India making policy for a pie of global IoT business

India is drafting a policy to have five-six percent of the $300-billion global Internet of Things (IoT) business by 2020, a top official said. "A policy framework is in consultation stage for getting a five-six percent share of the global IoT industry, which is estimated to be $300 billion by 2020," department of electronics and IT secretary J.S. Deepak said at a summit. The policy will also enable the sun rise electronics industry to generate $15 billion domestic market over the next five years. Source: IANS




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