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Major News and Events of 24 November 2015

What Happened on 24 November 2015


BJP opens account in Manipur assembly, wins two seats in by-polls

The BJP opened its account in the Manipur assembly by winning by-elections in two assembly constituencies, polling for which were held on November 21. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates Thongam Biswajit Singh and Khumukcham Joykishan won the Thongju and Thangmeiband seats respectively, defeating candidates of the ruling Congress, an election official said. The by-elections were necessitated after Assembly Speaker Th. Lokeshwar Singh disqualified All India Trinamool Congress legislators - Thongam Biswajit Singh, Khumukcham Joykishan and Lukhoi Singh - under the anti-defection law on May 28. Source: IANS

Optiemus, Wistron to invest $200 mn in telecom unit in India

India's Optiemus Infracom is partnering with Taiwan's original design manufacturer Wistron Corporation in investing $200 million in setting up facilities for manufacturing telecom products in India. "Over the next five years, the partners will strategically invest approximately $200 million in best in class infrastructure, technologies and processes, to cater to growing Indian and global demands of telecom products like, smart phones, tablets and smart devices," a joint statement by the two companies said. The joint-venture targets to create over 15,000 employment opportunities in India, over the next five years, it added. Source: IANS

Six injured in helicopter crash in Nagaland

Six occupants of a Pawan Hans helicopter were injured when it crash-landed at Meluri helipad in Nagaland's Phek district on Tuesday, a police official said. Those injured included officials of the state government and that of the National Disaster Management Authority, Director-General of Police L.L. Doungel. The ill-fated helicopter was on a routine flight from Dimapur airport to Meluri. Source: IANS

Rahul Gandhi backs Aamir Khan over his remarks on intolerance

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi backed actor Aamir Khan after his remarks over a rise in intolerance in the country sparked controversy. Gandhi suggested the Modi government should reach out to the people to know about the reason they felt disturbed. Supporting Aamir Khan, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Instead of branding all those who question the Government & Modiji - as unpatriotic, anti-national or 'motivated' the Govt would do better to reach out to people to understand what's disturbing them." Source: IANS

HSPDP defeats Congress in Meghalaya by-poll

The opposition HSPDP's Diosstarness Jyndiang won the by-elections in Meghalaya's Nongstoin assembly constituency by defeating his nearest rival Gabriel Wahlang of the ruling Congress by 2,764 votes, an election official said. The by-election was necessitated following the death of Hill State People's Democratic Party's (HSPDP) Hoping Stone Lyngdoh in September. Lyngdoh had helmed the party with the "lion" symbol for several years. Jyndiang, a former aide of Lyngdoh and the youngest candidate amongst the four contenders, secured 1,1189 votes while Wahlang, a former deputy chairman of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, garnered 8,425 votes. Source: IANS

TRS all set to retain Warangal Lok Sabha seat

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is all set to retain Warangal Lok Sabha seat as its candidate has taken an unassailable lead. Pasunuri Dayakar of the TRS was ahead by a majority of over 2.70 lakh votes at the end of 11 rounds of counting. The candidates of two other major contenders, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were trailing far behind at the second and third place, respectively. Dayakar took a lead from the first round, consolidating it over the next two rounds in all seven assembly segments. The counting of votes began at 8 a.m. and the final result is expected by 2 p.m. Source: IANS

Shekhar Kapur making short film on Buddha's enlightenment

Shekhar Kapur has embarked on a quest to sneak into Lord Buddha's mind when he attained enlightenment, with his camera. The filmmaker says he is making a short film on what went in the mind of Buddha at the time of awakening in a more virtual and immersive space. "I want to make a film on what actually happened to Buddha at the time of enlightenment. So, I'm trying to make a 13-14 minute film on it. I'm trying to give the audience a feeling of what could have happened in his mind, how he saw the world, how the world changed when he was going through enlightenment," Kapur said on the sidelines of Film Bazaar. Source: IANS

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery. Called 'M-Health Service', the service requires the would-be mothers to register via a cellphone. Periodic text messages will convey to them necessary treatment details to take care of issues that crop up during pregnancy. Arati Basu Sengupta, veteran gynaecologist and former president of the Bengal Obstetric and Gynaecological Society, said: With the help of this mobile health service provider pregnant women can stay in touch with the experts. They will get updates regarding the guidance and schedule of vaccine." Source: IANS

Social media being used to sully state's image: Goa CM

Civil society activists who launched a movement demanding an impartial probe into the death of an activist Catholic priest are using social media to defame Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said. Parsekar also said that events like the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and the Indian Super League (ISL) matches were being used to slander the image of Goa by those seeking justice for Fr. Bismarque Dias. Fr. Bismarque's body was found drowned in the Mandovi river in mysterious circumstances on November 7. Source: IANS

Modi holds bilateral talks with Singapore PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong during which crucial decisions are expected to be taken on trade and investment between Indian and the southeast Asian city state. "Learning from the 'Singapore Story'. PM @narendramodi and PM @leehsienloong hold official talks," Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, tweeted. After his arrival here from Malaysia on Monday, Modi was hosted for a dinner by Prime Minister Lee in an Indian restaurant at the Little India locality in Singapore. Source: IANS




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