- Prime Minister congratulates Justice
Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election to the International Court of Justice; says
it is a proud moment for the country; Mr Modi credits the efforts of External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the re-election.
- Today is the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of
Gujarat Assembly Elections.
- In Jammu and Kashmir, three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists killed in an
encounter in Handwara in Kupwara district.
- Assam government suspends 10 officers for their alleged involvement in
cash for job scam under Assam Public Service Commission.
- In IFFI, the Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress
- In AIBA Women Boxing Championship in Guwahati, five Indian pugilists to
open their campaign today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election to the International
Court of Justice, saying it is a proud moment for the country. Mr Modi credited
the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA officials for
the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari. He also expressed gratitude to members of
the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for their support and trust
Dalveer Bhandari, India's nominee to the
International Court of Justice was re-elected to the the world court this
morning after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. He received 183
out of 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the
Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN
headquarters in New York. The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a
dramatic turn of events, withdrew from the race for the Hague-based ICJ. It
paved the way for seventy-year old Bhandari's re- election to the prestigious
Justice Bhandari and Britain's
Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election for
the nine-year term.
Today is the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of
polling for Gujarat Assembly Elections. The scrutiny will be held tomorrow. A
total of 377 candidates filed their nominations yesterday. Polling for this
phase will take place on December 9 in 89 constituencies.
The Congress released the second list of 13 candidates yesterday
replacing candidates in four seats from the previous one. Our correspondent
tells more on nominations being filed today.
"Today, BJP state president Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination for
Bhavnagar West constituency in the presence of BJP National president Amit
Shah. Before filing nomination, he addressed a huge public meeting at Gulistan
maidan in Bhavnagar. On this occasion talking to media, BJP president Amit Shah
said that the congress is doing casteism politics. He also said that Rahul
Gandhi should tell that during the ten years of UPA regime what they have done
for Gujarat. On the other side, talking to media at Ahmedabad at Congress
office, State President Bharat Sinh Solanki said that BJP has given false
promises to the people of Gujarat and people are getting affected from
Demonetisation and GST. Nishith Joshi, AIR News, Ahmedabad."
In Uttar Pradesh, voting for first phase of three phased Urban Local
Bodies election will be held tomorrow. A total of 26 thousand 356 candidates
including 10317 women are in the fray. Our correspondent reports that 230 local
bodies including municipal corporations of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and
Gorakhpur, 71 Nagar Palika Parishad and 154 Nagar Panchayats spread over in 24
districts will go for polls under this phase. A report:
"A total of 230 local bodies including municipal corporations
of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and Gorakhpur , 71 Nagar Palika Parishad and
154 Nagar Panchayats spread over in 24
districts will go for polls under this phase. All major political
parties of the state including ruling BJP, main opposition Samajwadi Party, BSP
and Congress have fielded their nominees for the polls and their leaders have
also conducted intensive campaigning. Election Commissioner SK Agrawal has
reviewed the poll preparedness. Elaborate security arrangements are in place.
In addition to state police 35 companies of central Para Military forces and 70
companies of PAC are deployed to insure free and fair voting. Sunil Shukla AIR
In Jammu and Kashmir, three non-local Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists were
killed in a brief encounter in Magam area of Handwara in Kupwara district this
morning. A senior police official told AIR that the anti militancy operation is
in progress. Details are awaited.
The Assam government has suspended 10 officers for their alleged
involvement in cash for job scam under Assam Public Service Commission. All of
them belong to Assam Civil Service and are in police custody now. A report:
"Police have arrested 23 officers who have qualified under Assam
Public Service Commission following their alleged involvement in the scam.
During the course of investigation, it was found that answer sheets of 25 candidates
were fake or did not match with their handwritings. Police are still trying to
arrest remaining 2 officers. Police already arrested the Chairman of the
Commission Rakesh Paul along with several others for their alleged involvement
in cash for job scam. WITH MANAS PRATIM SHARMA FROM GUWAHATI, ANUJA KUMAR, AIR
A remotely piloted aircraft of the
Indian Navy on a routine surveillance mission crashed while taking off North of
Naval airfield at Wellington Island near Kochi this morning. No damage to life
or property is reported. Defence spokesperson informed that a Board of Inquiry
is being constituted to investigate the cause of accident.
In Punjab, death toll in the fire in a
plastic factory in Ludhiana has risen to 10. Two persons were rescued from the
debris and rescue operations continued today. An official associated with
rescue operations said, few more persons are feared still trapped under the
debris. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimble said, six bodies
pulled out of debris have been identified. Several teams of NDRF, SDRF, the
Army and Punjab Police are involved in the rescue operations.
In International Film Festival of India, IFFI the most sought after
Indian Panorama, was inaugurated today at Panaji in Goa by noted actress
Sridevi. Declaring the Indian Panorama open, she said, IFFI is one of the most
exciting festivals of the world. 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films
selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian
Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie
in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the
non-feature film category:
"India's official entry to the Oscars, 'Newton', and the highest
grosser till date in the country, 'Baahubali 2:The Conclusion' are among the
movies to be screened in the feature film section of the Indian Panorama.
Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Jolly LLB 2', Amshan Kumar directed 'Manusangada', and
Nila Madhab Panda's 'Kadvi Hawa' are among other movies included in the
section. Marathi film 'Kaasav', which won the National award for Best Feature
Film, has been given direct entry into the list. In the non-feature film
category, 'Fireflies in the Abyss', which won the Best Non-Feature Film Award
this year, will also be screened at the festival. At the inaugural function,
jury members of both - Feature film and Non-Feature film sections were
felicitated by Sridevi. With Vasundhra, Ashok Shukla, AIR News, Goa."
Bollywood actor Salman
Khan will bring down the curtains on IFFI on November 28. He will be accompanied by
his "Tiger Zinda Hai" co-star Katrina Kaif and
child artiste Matin Rey Tangu.
President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur
Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the
Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet
colleagues. The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra
Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal.
Galaxy of foreign dignitaries including ambassadors of South-East Asian
countries and some western countries and senior officials of different union
Ministries has arrived at Imphal to attend the Festival.
Defence Ministry has decided to remove the condition of remarriage with
the late husband’s brother for continuation of monetary allowance of the
widow’s of Gallantry Awards recipients. The Ministry said in a statement today,
the allowance will be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death
to his widow lawfully married. The widow will continue to receive the allowance
until her death. The Ministry took this decision after receiving
representations from various quarters.
The Madras High Court has asked the Election Commission of India to hold
by-election for the RK Nagar Assembly Constituency in Chennai before the end of
next month. Hearing a petition filed by the Opposition DMK seeking removal of
45000 bogus voters in the Constituency, the first bench led by Chief Justice
Indira Bannerjee directed the EC to notify the by-election by the first week of
December and complete the election process by the month end.
Government is observing Vasectomy
Fortnight from today to raise awareness about male sterilisation and to promote
the participation of men in family planning. All states and Union territories
will observe the Fortnight till 4th of next month where quality male
sterilisation services will be provided at public health facilities. During the
event, various myths about use of contraceptives by men will be dispelled.
India has improved its global ranking by
three notches to 51 in terms of ability to attract, develop and retain talent
in the list compiled by leading global business school IMD. Switzerland is the
top ranker in the list. Globally, Europe continues to dominate the rankings,
with Switzerland, Denmark, and Belgium being the most competitive countries.
Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg made
up the top 10.
The annual IMD World Talent Ranking
covered 63 countries and assessed the methods the countries adopted to attract
and retain talent. The rankings are based on a country's performance in three
main categories - investment and development, appeal, and readiness - and India
was ranked 62nd, 43rd and 29th on these terms.
From the BRICS bloc, China stayed in the
lead with a ranking of 40, followed by Russia at 43 and South Africa at 48.
Brazil was ranked just after India at the 52nd slot.
In Zimbabwe, the ruling party ZANU-PF, is to launch impeachment
proceedings against President Robert Mugabe today. In a statement, the party
said it has instructed the chief whip to proceed with impeachment processes. It
said a motion to strip Mugabe of the Presidency would be presented to
Parliament today, and the process could take just two days. The motion accuses
the 93-year-old of charges including allowing his wife to usurp constitutional
power. Votes are expected to be cast in both the National Assembly and the
Senate the two parliamentary houses on whether to begin impeachment
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa whose
sacking led to last week's army takeover, today urged President Robert Mugabe to respect public
opinion and step down immediately.
South Korea and Japan today welcomed US President Donald Trump's
decision putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
South Korea'a foreign ministry said in a message that it expected the listing
to contribute to the peaceful de-nuclearisation of the North, and bring it to
the negotiating table. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, he welcomes and
supports the designation, as it raises the pressure on North Korea. Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was in line with international
efforts to bring the rogue state to its senses.
The designation, announced yesterday, allows the United States to impose
more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile
programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.
The US military has begun air strikes on
opium factories in Afghanistan in an attempt to cut off narcotics funding of
Taliban. US Army General John Nicholson told media yesterday that the air raids
are part of a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump. The raids
carried out in association with the government forces targeted more than 10
opium factories in the southern province of Helmand, which is under the
influence of the Taliban.
Five Indian boxers will fight in AIBA youth women boxing championship in
Guwahati today. Local girl Ankushita Boro will open her campaign against
Turkey's Cagla Aluc. Sashi Chopra will play for quarter final berth against Lin
Li Wei Yi of Taipei while hot favourite Sakshi will bout against Russian
opponent. She is being seen as one of the medal prospects for the host country.
Jyoti takes on Ukraine's Lisinska Anastasiia and Nitu will play against a
Last night Astha Pahwa entered into Quarter final. Our Correspondent
reports, India will at least get two bronze medals in 80 and 81 plus
At the stock markets, after a firm opening, the Sensex at the Bombay
Stock Exchange gained further ground, and had risen 190 points to 33,550, a
short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had climbed 48
points, to 10,347.
At the forex market, the rupee had appreciated 9 paise, to 65.02,
against the dollar.