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Major News and Events of 20 November 2015

What Happened on 20 November 2015

Sheena murder: CBI gets Peter Mukerjea's custody till Monday

Former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea, who was arrested late Thursday in connection with the 2012 murder of his step-daughter Sheena Bora, was on Friday sent to CBI custody till Monday. He is the fourth accused nabbed in the case after his wife Indrani Mukerjea, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamwar Rai, who all were arrested earlier. Source: IANS

SC suspends order for permanent commission to women in navy

The Supreme Court suspended the operation of the Delhi High Court order which directed the navy to give permanent commission to all women officers serving the marine force as short service commission officers. An apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda said that officers on whose plea the high court issued the order and who were in service in September 2008 when the navy extended the permanent commission to its short service commission women officers will continue to serve with the same terms and conditions. Source: IANS

Markets give away intra-day gains; Sensex closes flat

A late-hour sell-off eroded major portions of the intra-day gains at the Indian equity markets, as a barometer index provisionally closed flat on Friday. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) gained as much as 217 points during the intra-day trade, ended flat with a mere 27 points up. Similarly, the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) gave away its intra-day gains and provisionally closed flat. It ended higher by 8.45 points or 0.11 percent at 7,851.20 points. Source: IANS

Fall in public, private investment major concern: Rajan

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said he was concerned that the fall in public and private investment in India would affect the country's economic growth. "On the growth front, the central concern is with investments. Private investment has fallen back a bit and so has public investment," Rajan said at an event in Hong Kong. Source: IANS

Nitish is Bihar CM again, 28 ministers take oath

Cheered by over one lakh supporters, JD-U leader Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to victory in assembly elections, on Friday took oath as the chief minister of Bihar at the head of a 28-member ministry of his party, RJD and Congress legislators. Overseen by Governor Ram Nath Kovind, Nitish Kumar - dressed in his usual white kurta pyjama - took oath of office and secrecy in the name of God in Hindi at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan. It was the fifth time Nitish Kumar was becoming the chief minister. It is also the first time Bihar will be having a coalition government of the JD-U, RJD and Congress. Source: IANS

HomeLane hires Google geek

Home furnishings e-tailer hired Google's geek Jayanth Mysore as its chief product officer, the online firm said. "Jayanth who played a key role in developing Google Maps, Google Analytics and Google Checkout during his tenure with the global search engine firm, will be chief product officer for enhancing our consumer experience," the company said in a statement. Source: IANS

Ministry launches toll-free number for cable TV digitisation

The ministry of information and broadcasting has set up a toll-free number to answer queries of stakeholders, including consumers, for seamless transition to digitisation of the cable television in the country. The toll-free number 1-800-180-4343 would help secure answers to queries in eight languages -- Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Source: IANS

48 percent Indians online were cyber crime victims last year: Norton

An estimated 113 million Indians, or 48 percent of Indians online, fell victim to cyber crime last year, a report by American software security firm Norton said. Indian victims lost about Rs.16,558 on an average, as compared to the global average loss figure of Rs.23,878 ($358), according to the survey by Norton by Symantec that "explores the emotional side of cyber crime", Norton officials said. Source: IANS

Nine killed in road accidents in Andhra, Telangana

Nine people were killed in four different road accidents in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, police said. Five people lost their lives in a collision between a bus and a car in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh early in the morning. The accident occurred near Mettakuravapalli when the car in which the five were travelling was hit by a bus belonging to the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp (APSRTC). The dead include three women and a four-year-old girl. The car was crushed in the collision. Source: IANS

7th Pay Commission recommends OROP for civilians, armed forces

In what may result in 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) for all, the 7th Pay Commission on Thursday recommended a revised pension formulation for employees of civil government, Central Armed Police Forces, as well as defence personnel to bring "parity between past pensioners and current retirees with same length of service", retiring before January 1 next year. It, however, refrained from using the term OROP for it. Source: IANS

East Asia Summit to discuss terror: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday "looming threat of terror" and pressing security issues will be discussed at the 10th East Asia Summit to be held in Malaysia. Modi, who will take part in the summit, said it was being held at a critical juncture. In a series of Facebook posts over his visits to Malaysia and Singapore from November 21-24, Modi said these were aimed strengthening India's economic and security cooperation with them. Source: IANS

FAQs and Answers on Indian History and Geography
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Which Indian state is the largest producer of silk?Karnataka is the largest producer of silk in India. The state produces an average of around 8,200 metric tonnes of silk every year, which is about one-third of the total silk production in India. Up to November 2017, Karnataka has produced 5,962 metric tonnes of… Read More...
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