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  • Issues like cooperation in financial technology, enhanced connectivity and regional economic integration, came up for discussion during the meeting. Both leaders discussed the recent review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore. The Prime Minister also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen ties in trade & investment, defence & security and other areas of bilateral cooperation. Furthering India's Act East policy, Prime Minister Modi also held deliberations with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.  

  • He said that Market Access Negotiations on goods are on track but same negotiations need to be done on services as well. Prime Minister Modi pitched for Early Conclusion by fast tracking the meetings. He added that RCEP should be modern, comprehensive, mutually beneficial and balanced. Earlier, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong in his opening remark in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit reaffirmed the commitment of ASEAN leaders in creating a multilateral trading system. Prime Minster of Singapore said that substanial progress in negotiations have been made this year and the conclusion of RCEP will send a clear signal of commitment to multilateral trade.

  • It will run till the 27th of November. The main theme is - Rural Enterprises in India. Eight hundred domestic and foreign companies are participating in the trade fair which will showcase their products. Entrepreneurs from South Africa, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Iran, and Myanmar are participating in the fair. Afghanistan is the partner country, while Nepal is the focus country. The fair was inaugurated by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, CR Chaudhary, was present on the occasion.  

  • The 3423 kg satellite carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders, which will provide communication services to remote places in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir. Congratulating ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted... 'My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro' ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan said that the successful launch would further strengthen the Digital India initiative. The launch vehicle GSLV Mark III D2 placed the satellite  in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, a little over 16 minutes after the lift off  at 1708 hrs on Wednesday. The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion system within the next few days after separation from launcher to reach the orbital slot. The satellite is equipped with a high resolution camera and optical communication payloads. The launch marked the second successful developmental flight for GSLV Mark III, designed to carry 4 ton class satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. The first developmental flight of the launch vehicle was on 5th June last year, when it successfully placed GSAT 19 in orbit. The success will enable the launch vehicle to be deployed for Chandrayan 2 and India's first manned mission to space.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended convening of the Winter Session from December 11 to January 8 and would have 20 working days. The centre has sought support and cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament during the session. Triple Talaq bill among other legislations to be on government's agenda in the session.  

  • He said EPG has prepared report according to needs of the two countries and to redesign and redefine bilateral relations. Talking to media persons in Kathmandu Wednesday evening, Gyawali said it is a personal initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli. He said, EPG report is not made public due to busy schedule of both the prime ministers. EPG was a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from India and Nepal. It was set up in February 2016 to make suggestions for updating all existing bilateral treaties and agreements between both the countries. The group completed its two year term in July this year.

  • President Maithripala Sirsena met MPs and group supporting Rajapaksa in the evening and will meet minority parties to discuss the situation.  Speaker earlier sent a copy of the no-confidence motion and its decision along with signatures of 122 MPs to President requesting him to take appropriate action. The motion declared that the appointment of the new Prime Minister and cabinet by the President was against the constitution.  Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe addressing a press conference called upon government servants and police not to carry out illegal government not recognized by Parliament. His party has called for a mass protest in capital Colombo tomorrow saying it will send a message to President to stop his arbitrary and unconstitutional act.   However, the MPs belonging to new government termed the vote as illegal claiming that speaker is biased and demanded for President's intervention. A spokesman for Rajapaksa government admitted they lacked a majority in parliament but claimed their opponents also did not have the numbers. He asserted that the government will continue. Sri Lanka has been facing political crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe last month. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. However, Supreme Court stayed the dissolution making way for parliament to be convened. 

  • In his address, high commissioner noted that Intex South Asia has become an annual event in Sri Lanka in the calendar of textile industry and can go a long way in promoting the existing synergy between India and Sri Lanka. High Commissioner added that there exists significant complementarity wherein Sri Lanka can source textile material from India and transform it into apparel and garments for rest of the world.  He encouraged Sri Lankan companies to be part of the supply and value chains of large Indian companies. Sandhu praised the contribution of Sri Lankan companies, who have made substantial investments in India in textile sector. He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for textile “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign.”  The event has been organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc. It has participation of over 200 suppliers from around 15 countries showcasing a wide variety of innovative textiles products such as yarns, apparels, denim clothing, accessories etc.

  • Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children's Day. He remained in office until his death in 1964. "Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary," read a post on the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind. PM Modi recalled Nehru's contribution in India's freedom struggle and during his tenure as prime minister. "Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister," he tweeted. Tricolour balloons were released amid playing of bands and singing of patriotic songs by school children at Nehru's memorial Shantivan. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying tributes to the first prime minister at the Central Hall of Parliament. Besides Mahajan, senior leaders L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Union minister Vijay Goel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others paid homage to Nehru. 

  • The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls. He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told a newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing." The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitch. "I'm training now. Lifting weights or boxing it doesn't happen. It's really only the pressure of the actual landing of bowling," he said. "There was just a lot of grey area surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field. "They just really couldn't say yes or no. And I wasn't happy with that." Hastings, who played one Test, nine T20s and 29 one-day internationals, had been keen to continue his career and cash in on the lucrative T20 circuit. "I would have loved a Big Bash title. That would have been unbelievable because I think it's an amazing competition," he said, adding that he would now pursue a media career and open a cafe in Melbourne. 

  • Authorities said rains in some parts of the national capital has made the air heavier and increased pollution. The EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11PM to 6 AM. Meanwhile, a new study by the ASAR Social Impact Advisors, which works on social and environmental issues, said about 89 per cent people in Delhi feel discomfort due to bad air quality and most of them believe motor vehicles and felling of trees are major reasons behind pollution. The study, for which around 5,000 people in 17 cities were interviewed, found that the top four reasons behind bad air quality were pollution caused by motor vehicles (74 per cent), industrial units (58 per cent), tree cutting (56.9 per cent) and construction (48.2 per cent). As the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 411, which falls in the "severe" category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11 pm and 6 am. According to official data, 21 areas in Delhi recorded 'severe' air quality and it was 'very poor' in 12 areas. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Light rains in some parts of the national capital led to a decline in temperatures in the city. The maximum temperature was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 14.2 degrees Celsius, also a notch above the season's average, a meteorological department official said. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said in a report that stubble burning incidents have reduced significantly and now the winds are not blowing from these areas so its impact on Delhi's air quality would be marginal. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the restriction imposed by it on heavy vehicles had been lifted.  

  • Standing in knee-deep water at various ghats of rivers, ponds and water reservoirs, devotees paid oblations to the setting sun on Tuesday evening. The Chhath festival is also being celebrated in Nepal.  Thousands of devotees gathered at the banks of various rivers, ponds and water reservoirs to celebrate the festival of Sun God.  President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in the festival and offered prayer to Sun God in Kathmandu. 

  • The MPs supporting government of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will decide to attend the session this morning even as some opposed the convening of session. Speaker called for the session followed by meeting of party leaders where the business of house will be discussed including the proposed vote to decide majority. However, government ministers maintained that the Supreme Court’s order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case.  This is the first time Parliament is scheduled to meet since the political crisis began last month with the ouster of Ranil Wickremsinghe as Prime minister. Wickremsinghe has asserted that he will show his majority when parliament convenes Wednesday. The latest development came after the three- judge bench headed by chief justice put injunction on President’s gazette till  7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5 December. The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5.  United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup. Wickremsinghe said in a message the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution. President Sirisena held a meeting of security council last night and ordered security forces to maintain security throughout the country. The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution.   

  • In addition, Prime Minister will also participate in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Leaders' Meeting. In his departure statement, Prime MInister said that 'My participation in these meetings symbolizes our continued commitment to strengthening our engagement with ASEAN Member States and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.' Prime Minister will participate in the India-ASEAN Summit that will be held on the 14th of November. He will also hold bilateral talks with Singapore and Thailand. Establishing peace and stability as well encouraging mutual and inclusive growth in the Indo-Pacific region is high on PM Modi's agenda. He will also participate in the East Asia Summit on the 14th of November. The issues which are on the table include  Russia, America and Japan are also participating in this Summit.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold bilateral as well as pull aside meetings with President Putin, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well a other world leaders. He will also be attending the second RCEP Summit Meeting. Prime Minister Modi will deliver the keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Festival which has an Indian Pavilion.  This festival is one of the largest events on financial technology.  He would also be meeting the participants of India Singapore Hackathon. This hackathon was agreed to in June this year during Prime Minister's Singapore visit.

  • Thousands of devotees paid oblation to Sun God at the banks of Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers and other water reservoirs in Kathmandu valley. Amid devotional songs people worshiped Sun God and Goddess Chhathi Maiya and offered prasad. President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in Chhath festival in Kathmandu and offered prayer to Sun God.  Chhath Parv is also being celebrated with with great zeal and rigour in Tarai Madhes region including Janakpur, Birgunj and Biratnagar.  River banks, ponds and water reservoirs have been beautifully decorated with colorful lights.  President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli have greeted the people of Nepal on the occasion of Chhath festival.  Chhath Parv is dedicated to Sun God. Sun is necessary for life on the earth and this festival is a way to pay tribute to it.  The festival is observed to seek blessings from Lord Surya for a long, healthy and prosperous life.  

  • The three- judge bench headed by chief justice gave its ruling this evening on petitions against the President’s gazette to dissolve parliament. The court has put injunction on gazette till 7th of December and will hold  further hearings from 5th December.  The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5th.  United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup. Wickremesinghe said in a message that the people have won their first victory. He said the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution. Wickremsinghe said Parliament will reconvene tomorrow and he will show his majority in the house.  Parliament was to convene tomorrow before it was dissolved by President last Friday.  Namal Rajapaksa, MP and son of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa in his reaction said the court’s decision is only an interim order and not final decision while another minister said the case is still on and they are confident that dissolution will be upheld.  The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

  • Kohli remained in pole position with 899 poins while limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained second in the list. Rohit's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list at eighth position improving from his ninth place in the previous list. Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the latest. Similarly in the bowlers' list, there are three Indians with Bumrah on top with 841 points while Kuldeep Yadav maintained his third place in the list. Kuldeep's wrist spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal leaped three places to be fifth on the list. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan with 353 points is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder in world cricket currently. In the overall team rankings, India with 121 points, remained second behind England (126 points). 

  • Official data released on Monday showed that the inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.7 per cent in September 2018 and 3.58 per cent in October 2017. The retail inflation number is the lowest since September 2017 when it touched 3.28 per cent. According to the Central Statistics Office data, the rate of price rise in the food basket contracted by 0.86 per cent in October compared to 0.51 per cent rise in September. Vegetable prices declined by 8.06 per cent in October against a 4.15 per cent contraction in September. Inflation also slowed to 0.35 per cent in the fruit basket as against 1.12 per cent recorded a month ago. The retail inflation also cooled in protein-rich items like cereals, eggs, milk and related products. However, inflation quickened to 8.55 per cent for the 'fuel and light' category against 8.47 per cent in the previous month

  • As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of \Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers. Lee's daughter J.C. Lee confirmed the death to Reuters. Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival. Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity. He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them. His creations included web-slinging teenager Spider-Man, the muscle-bound Hulk, mutant outsiders The X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man. Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20 billion at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts. Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the New York skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.

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