Delhi High Court issues notice to centre on same-sex marriage
- Delhi High Court bench has sought a response from the centre on a plea seeking registration of same-sex marriage under the Hindu marriage Act.
- justice Rajiv Sahai and Endlaw and Asha Memon of the centre to submit its response within four weeks.
I &B ministry says “UPSC jihad” show was ‘offensive alows airing with modifications”
- The ministry of I&B has informed the supreme court that it has issued an order of caution against sudharshan TV for its UPSC jihad show as it portrayed one community and UPSC in poor light.
- The case was supposed to come up before the Supreme Court bench of justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee. The matter has been postponed by 2 weeks.
Court denies bail to lawyer accused of forging signatures of Union home minister, UP CM
- Court denied bail to advocate, who had allegedly forged signatures of home Minister Amit shah and UP CM on a recommendation letter for the purpose of appointment as special public prosecutor.
- The judge said the accused Rakesh Kumar Awasthi deserve no leniency on the ground that grave allegations were levied against him.
Madras High court orders to crack down on objectionable post on social media
- Madras High Court directed the home secretary and director General of Police to ensure Google, Facebook and YouTube block access to around 12 videos in which its former judge C.S Karnan could be seen abusing some supreme court as well as High Court Judges.
- Justice M.Satyanarayana and R. Hemalatha pass the interim order on a writ petition filed by Bar council of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry seeking in action of criminal as well as other legal action against the former judge on the basis of several complaints lodge with police.
Lion Air crash: Decision to let Boeing 737 MAX fly again slammed by families of victims
- U.S. Aviation authority’s decision to allow Boeing 737 Max fly again was slammed by families of Lion Air crash victims. They said the move came too soon.
- A flight ban on Boeing’s 737 MAX was imposed after two fatal crashes which killed 346 people within 5 months. The ban was lifted on by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration this Wednesday.
- FAA’s decision has left the Ethiopian crash victims in sheer disappointment and renewed grief.
- Families of the victims claim that the clearance has been granted faster than the compensation.
Promise among elderly in trails shown by AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot candidate
- The mid-stage trails revealed that a strong immune response has been produced by a potential Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and Oxford University.
- The strong immune response gives hope that it may protect some of the most vulnerable to the disease.
- Two doses of the vaccine are given to the volunteers and no serios side effects related to AZD1222 vaccine were reported.
- As AstraZeneca gets closer to reporting its Phase III or Late-stage trials, it has signed several supply and manufacturing deals with companies and governments around the world.
39 Afghans unlawfully killed by Elite Australian troops
- Evidence relating to unlawfully killing 39 Afghans by Elite Australian troops is found by an Australian military report.
- Those who got killed included farmers, prisoners and civilians.
- The illegal killings began in 2009 and ‘a self-centred, warrior culture’ was encouraged by some members of the elite Special Air Services.
- The report revealed that none of the 39 killings was committed during the heat of the battle.
Biggest military investment announced by UK since Cold War
- In the next four years, the defence budget of Britain is set to increase by 16.5 billion pounds. This is done in order to deal with perilous international situation and to bolster Britain’s global influence.
- The threat from country’s adversaries has been evolving since Cold war.
- UK Prime Minister’s Office said that the increase in the budget is over and above the manifesto commitment.
Twitter refuse to remove Kunal Kamra’s post without order
- Twitter refuse to remove Kunal Kamra’s offensive tweets targeting the Supreme Court.
- BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi & Congress MP Vivek Tankha interrogated twitter’s policy head.
- A petition filed before Supreme Court seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceeding against Kamra.
- However, Kamra refused to retract his tweets & apologize.
Pravin Darekar : Shivsena, NCP making an attempt to destroy Congress at Maharashtra
- BJPs Darekar accused Shivsena, NCP of trying to destroy Congress by ignoring it’s demands.
- Previously, Nitin Raut hinted relaxation in the inflated electricity bills that consumer received, saying that a Diwali gift is the offing.
- However, he recently announced that government will be able to provide any relaxation.
Soldier cremated with full Military Tribute in J&K
- Soldier Nikhil Sharma cremated on the banks of Devika River in Udhampur.
- He died when his post was hit by an avalanche in karnah sector along the LoC in frontier district of Kupwara.
- Rifleman Nikhil Sharma tributes with the 7 Rashtriya Rifles.
- Two other Soldiers were also injured.
HTLS 2020 : A new era of leadership has begun
- The theme of the HTLS 2020 is ‘Defining a new era’.
- The speakers for the day is Dr. Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS & Dr. Ashish K Jha, Dean of Brown university’s school of public health.
- The second session to be held on Friday will featured by Kapil Dev & Delhi CM.
- The other sessions to be held will followed by political leaders, business executive, Sports icons, Bollywood star and singers will be among the speakers.
Meghalaya : Strife over ILP is fuming again
- Agitation programs starting from Nov 27 with a black flag protest announced by several groups.
- The group demanding immediate implementation of the contentious ILP from central government.
- Chairman of the confederation Robertjune Kharjahrin said, “we demand the centre immediately implement the ILP in the whole of Meghalaya and for the state government to re-introduced the Meghalaya residents, safety and security bill 2020, which was recently returned by the government.
People not wearing mask in Delhi would be fined with Rs 2,000
- On Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with a view to prevent the spread of COVID-19 announced that that people who are not wearing mask in public would be fined from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.
- He also requested the citizens to celebrate the Chhath Pooja at home instead of celebrating in public to protect themselves and others from the Coronavirus. He has also declared the measures to manage the peak of cases by reserving 80% of ICU beds of private hospitals for COVID affected people and 60% non-ICU beds.
Four terrorists killed in gunfight while policeman injured in Nagrota
- On Thursday, four terrorists from Jaish-e-Mohammad have been killed in a gun battle by security force which was started at 4:30 am in Ban area of Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir.
- According to the statement made by spokesperson, the gun battle was similar to the encounter that took place in January where terrorists had started firing at a joint party of CRPF and police near toll plaza. Kuldeep Raj, Officer of the Special Operations Group was injured during the exchange and has been taken to hospital in Jammu.
India positioned to leap in forward direction in information era, says PM Modi
- While addressing the Bengaluru Tech Summit on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India is exceptionally positioned to leap ahead in information era by best minds.
- He further said that the government’s policies and decisions are mainly aimed in increasing the benefits of technology and made reference to the Digital India Mission launched 5 years ago by the government.
India’s UNSC permanent membership obstructed by China
- Prime Minister Modi in support of reformation of UN Security Council expressed that China has been time and again stalling the permanent membership reforms.
- He said that terrorism is the biggest threat and had indirectly referred to China which has been shielding Pakistan and Pakistan based terrorists.
- UN General Assembly President has also spoken in support of reformation and against the structure that exists.
- India has been backed by the first four member for its permanent membership however China has been delaying it by making impossible conditions.
L&T Shares Rise As Construction Arm Wins ‘Mega’ Order
- Shares of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. snapped a three-day gaining streak, even as the nation’s largest construction and engineering company secured another “mega order” for the bullet train project.
- The transportation infrastructure business of L&T Construction has secured another mega contract from the National High-Speed Rail Corp.
- The scope of this ‘C6 package’ includes construction of viaducts, one station, major river bridges, maintenance depots and other auxiliary works. The order represents 17.2% of the total length, the company said.
- Shares of L&T ended 1.2% lower at Rs 1,134.25, as investors booked profits at higher levels, in-line with the sell-off in the benchmark indices.
Titan’s jewellery business reports 15% growth on festival-linked demand
- Titan said its watches and wearables business also did good business during the festive season with recovery close to last year levels.
- Titan had reported a 37.81 per cent decline in standalone net profit at Rs 199 crore, while its total income stood at Rs 4,389 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
- Tata group firm Titan Company Ltd on Thursday said the company saw good traction across all its businesses in the festive season and its jewellery business witnessed a “mid-teens” growth from Dussehra till Diwali.
The Way For DBS Bank’s India Ambitions, Lakshmi Vilas Bank Paves
- The Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd.’s merger with the Indian subsidiary of Singapore’s DBS Bank Ltd. has opened up new possibilities for foreign lenders operating in the country.
- While the announcement was part of the Reserve Bank of India’s draft amalgamation scheme, it will need the government’s nod to be completed within 30 days.
- The lending businesses for both banks are complementary. DBS Bank India, similar to Lakshmi Vilas Bank, has a prominent presence in small and medium enterprises lending.
- The merged entity is expected to have capital adequacy ratio of 12.51% and common equity tier-1 capital of 9.61%, the RBI said in a statement.
Mahindra Group To List 10 Units, Sell Loss-Making Arms, CEO-Designate Anish Shah Tells Mint
- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. plans to list the group’s most promising units over the next five to seven years to unlock value and sell loss-making businesses including SsangYong Motor Co., according to a report by Mint.
- The cars-to-real estate conglomerate has identified 10 companies across sectors such as clean mobility, clean energy, rural, financial services, infrastructure and technology, the report quoted Anish Shah, group chief financial officer, as saying in an interview.
- M&M’s shares rose as much as 3.2% in early trades before paring bulk of the gains and was trading 0.7% higher than opening price at noon on Thursday. It rallied 10.75% on Wednesday.
Vodafone Idea in talks with Oaktree Capital to raise up to $2.5 billion investment
- Vodafone Idea said in September it plans to raise as much as 250 billion rupees ($3.4 billion) selling shares and debt to shore up its finances as competition heats up in the Indian wireless industry.
- A consortium backed by Oaktree Capital has offered to provide at least $2 billion of funding to Vodafone Group Plc’s listed Indian arm, people with knowledge of the matter said.
- The investor group made a proposal to provide around $2 billion to $2.5 billion of capital to Vodafone Idea, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.
Indian super league India’s first major tournament since Covid-19 all set for kickoff
- ISL 7 is all set to kick off on friday behind the closed door.
- The safety measures of all the players, Club management and the managers is been taken care of.
- The first match is going to be between ATK Mohun Bagan and Kerala blasters which is expected to be a blockbuster clash.
- All the clubs have signed many different players from all around the world.
- Mohun Bagan merged themselves with the last season’s winner Atletico de Kolkata.
Three South African cricketers in isolation as one test positive for covid-19
- One South African cricketer has tested positive for covid-19 and has been placed in isolation.
- Along with him two other cricketers who came in close contact with him are in isolation.
- South Africa is going to play England in a limited over series starting from 27th November.
- CSA confirmed that approximately 50 covid-19 PCR test were performed on players and supporting staff.
- The players who have been put under isolation would not be replaced for the series against England said CSA.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICINE AND DEFENCE
Google Tree Canopy Lab Tool Launches to Help Cities Plant More Trees
- Tree Canopy Lab will use aerial imagery and AI to map out where more trees are needed.
- Google’s Tree Canopy Lab will indicate areas vulnerable to high temperature.
- The new free tool from Google will be piloted in Los Angeles.
- It will use aerial images and AI to estimate tree cover.
123456’, ‘password’, ‘iloveyou’ Are the Usual Suspects, NordPass Report Reveals Worst Passwords of 2020
- ‘123456’ has been breached more than 23 million times and takes a second to crack, as per the report by NordPass.
- ‘123456’ was the most commonly used password this year, report shows
- NordPass says the password has been breached more than 23 million times
- ‘picture1’ was a new entrant in the NordPass list this year
Police : Four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists killed in encounter, had come to execute big plan
- Four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
- The slain terrorists were carrying a huge cache of arms, ammunition and had come to execute a big plan: IGP, Jammu, Mukesh Singh said.
- The encounter started after a vehicle, in which the terrorists were travelling, was intercepted by security forces personnel near the Ban toll plaza of Nagrota on the highway.
China sustains border disputes to win concessions from neighbours: Strategic expert Bertil Lintner
- BEIJING: China has long stoked and sustained borderland disputes as a tactic to win concessions on wider issues with its neighbours, according to strategic expert Bertil Lintner.
- “whether China is really looking for a solution to that long-standing and often bitter border dispute, or if maintaining fuzzy borders is a deliberate tool in Beijing’s foreign policy to negotiate better terms on trade, security and other issues with its neighbours.”
- The analyst says that with Beijing’s recent rise from a developing world backwater to a superpower competing for global influence with the United States, China’s borders have appeared to become more tumultuous, adding that those issues are now arguably most acute with India.