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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Brazil to attend 11th BRICS Summit.

  • Supreme Court upholds disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs of Karnataka but allows them to contest December 5th by-polls.

  • In Maharashtra, NCP forms a committee to decide the common minimum programme with Congress.

  • Filing of nominations for the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections ends this evening.

  • World Champion P V Sindhu advances to the second round of Hong Kong Open Badminton. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Brasilia in a shortwhile from now on a 2 day visit to attend the 11th BRICS Summit. The summit will take place tomorrow while BRICS Business Council meeting and BRICS Business Forum will take place today. Huge business delegations from all the BRICS countries are participating in the Business forum.

During the summit, the leaders will discuss intra group cooperation for the economic development of BRICS societies.

Economic growth and innovative future for BRICS economies is the theme for this year's Summit. For more details, we have with us our correspondent Anshuman Mishra from Brasilia:

Q-1. What is the latest you have for us?

Today Prime Minister's first engagement will be his bilateral discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin followed by talks with Brazilian President and Chinese President. After this he will attend the closing ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum. Later, he will attend a Welcome Ceremony and Welcome Dinner hosted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Q-2. Economic and financial cooperation has been the most important bases for BRICS. What does India expect from this summit?

"Talking of India, we have trade deficit with almost all the BRICS countries which Prime Minister is expected to raise during his bilaterals and his interaction with BRICS Business Council. New Development Bank is running seven projects in India in government sector. It is expected that India's private sector will also be able to fetch some benefits from the NDB. This platform also gives India an opportunity to remain at the core of any reforms in the institutions of global governance."


The Supreme Court today upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka but allowed them to contest the December 5th by-polls. The court struck down the portion of the Speaker's order by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the 15th Karnataka Assembly. The apex court's verdict paved the way for the disqualified MLAs to contest the December 5th by-polls in Karnataka.

A three-judge bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari said if elected in the by-polls, these disqualified MLAs can become Ministers or hold public office.

The bench deprecated the manner in which the disqualified MLAs directly approached it without first moving the High Court. The court said its verdict is based on facts and circumstances of the case and does not interfere in the Speaker's power to disqualify members. The top court passed the verdict on petitions filed by these disqualified MLAs.


Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has welcomed the Supreme Court decision, which allows the disqualified MLAs to contest the December 5 by-election in the State. He said, his party Core Committee will meet this evening and finalize the candidates list for the by-election.

"I welcome this decision and from tomorrow onwards we are going to go all out to all the assembly constituencies 101 percent. We are going to will all the 17 seats."

Hailing the top court order, BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel said that the election date has already been announced and the party would convene a meeting to discuss the future course of action.

Former Karnataka Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar expressed a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court upheld his decision to disqualify 17 Congress-JD (S) MLAs. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru today, he said that he has gone by the tenth schedule, keeping in mind political and constitutional morality.

The Congress party has said the Supreme Court decision on the rebel Karnataka MLAs has exposed the BJP. Party Spokesman Randeep  Surjewala said it is now clear that Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) Government was forcibly brought down. He alleged that Yediyurappa Government is an illegitimate government in terms of law and constitution and it should be dismissed immediately. Mr Surjewala also demanded probe in the matter.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, the Yediyurappa Government has no moral right to continue in office any more. Speaking to reporters, Mr Singhvi said, there is clearly an attempt by the BJP to destroy democratic values through shameless display of money power.

"Legally it has vindicated the entire stand of the earlier speaker. It has upheld the disqualification order passed by him against various MLAs. It has held that resignation can not be used as a device to avoid disqualifications."

In July this year, 17 MLAs were disqualified by Speaker Ramesh Kumar based on the complaint of Congress and J D (S) after their absence and resignation from the Assembly during the trust vote leading to the collapse of then Kumaraswamy-led Government.


In another decision, the Apex Court today agreed to hear a plea filed by former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda challenging his disqualification by the Election Commission in 2017 for not submitting poll expenses.

A bench headed by CJI designate Justice S A Bobde took note of the submission that Koda's petition needed an urgent hearing. The last date for filing nomination for the upcoming Assembly polls is on the 18th of November. The bench ordered to list Koda's petition for hearing before an appropriate bench on Friday.


In Maharashtra, political activities and consultations have gained momentum with a view to form a coalition government following imposition of President's Rule. The  Nationalist Congress Party started working on activities of a new coalition government including Congress and Shivsena. In a meeting held in Mumbai this morning a five-member committee of the NCP leaders has been formed to decide the Common Minimum Programme with the Congress. More from our correspondent:

"Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party which emerged as the third largest party in the 24th October assembly polls, started working on activities of new coalition government including Congress and Shivsena. In a meeting held in Mumbai this morning a five member committee of the NCP leaders has been formed to decide the common minimum program with the Congress. The members include Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde and Nawab Malik. A discussion in this regard was also held between Shivsena President Udhdhav Thackeray and Congress leader Ahmed Patel yesterday night before Patel head to Delhi. Thackeray is also going to meet Maharashtra Congress leders this afternoon. with Nivedita Bhorkar, Arti Rana, Air News"

Earlier, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday recommended President's rule in the state. Following the report, the Union Cabinet  recommended President's Rule in the state and President Ram Nath Kovind signed a proclamation imposing President's Rule in Maharashtra under Article 356 (1).


Today is the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly Elections in Jharkhand. Scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is Saturday.

The 81-member Jharkhand Assembly will go to polls in five phases between the 30th of November and the 20th of December and counting of votes will be taken up on the 23rd of December.


The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to explore the feasibility of a hydrogen-based Japanese technology as a permanent solution to the air pollution in the NCR region and other parts of north India. The court directed the Centre to expedite the deliberations on the issue and come before the court with its findings on 3rd of next month.

Meanwhile, The air quality in the National Capital Region continues to be in the severe category. According to Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index, AQI was recorded 453 this  afternoon. It falls under severe category. The Air Quality Index of the NCR has  also shown a deteriorating air quality as most of them fall under severe category.  

With the onset of winter, a dip in the minimum temperature is making the air cold and heavy leading to accumulation of pollutants close to the ground. The Odd-Even rule has been enforced in Delhi to combat air pollution.


In the wake of  rising air pollution, over 2,000 students took the pledge to make environment greener and pollution free at Good Air Summit in New Delhi today. Former Chairperson of National Green Tribunal Justice Swatanter Kumar administered the Good Air Pledge. Nearly, 800 delegates, 50 experts from all walks of life are participating in the Summit to share ideas and long-term solution needed to tackle the  air pollution.


In Sri Lanka, campaigning for Presidential elections will come to an end tonight. Polling is scheduled for this Saturday and election results are expected by Sunday. Election Commission has urged the presidential candidates not to carry out any promotional activities via social media platforms after midnight today. Minister Sajith Premadasa and former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa are front runners for the post. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and  former Army Commander General  Mahesh Senanayake are  other prominent candidates. There are total of 35 candidates  in fray.

Election campaign has remained largely peaceful so far. Commonwealth and European Union have deployed observers across the county to monitor election process. Around 1.6 crore voters are eligible to vote at 12,845 polling booths countrywide.


In Afghanistan, at least seven people were killed and as many wounded in a car bomb explosion in Kabul today. An Interior Ministry Spokesman said, the blast occurred this morning in the Qasaba area of Kabul city.

The Spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said, the bomb had gone off in a neighbourhood which is near the Interior Ministry and north of Kabul airport. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.


Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das has said that connectivity between India and Bangladesh is a game changer. It is leading to a win-win situation for both the countries. She was Speaking on the second day of  the Global Dhaka Dialogue event. Ms Das said that 80 per cent of the 8 billion dollar Line of Credit given by India to Bangladesh is earmarked for connectivity linked projects.


In Hong Kong Open Badminton, World Champion P V Sindhu started her campaign in style by progressing to the second round. Sixth seed Sindhu took 36 minutes to see off world no 19 Kim Ga Eun of Korea. She will face Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan next.

However, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted in their respective opening rounds.


In Boxing, two Indian boxers Ankit Narwal and Aman advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Youth Championships at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Aman defeated Uzbekistan's Makhmudov Mimukhsin 5-0 in the 60 kg category. Ankit prevailed 3-2 over Mongolia's Tulga Oyunbaatarin in the 91 kg category.


Domestic Stocks today witnessed marginal losses in afternoon trade. Equity benchmarks lost around 0.2 per cent amid negative global cues.

A short while ago, Sensex at Bombay stock exchange was down 67 points to trade at 40,278. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also slipped 27 points to 11,887.

The rupee at forex market also weakened 24 paise to 71 rupees and 71 paise against the US dollars in afternoon deals. 


Moving on to the world of cinema. The Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India, IFFI starts on 20th November in Goa.

The international jury at IFFI comprises legendary filmmakers coming together to select the best of world and Indian cinema. Noted director-screenwriter Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was the Indian jury member last year at Iffi. He spoke exclusively to AIR :

"Absolutely privileged, hundred and especially its a very special year for me because part of the international jury competition and got to see so many films."



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