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  • Deepavali Bonus For Congress-HD Kumaraswamy, 4:1 Win In Karnataka
    The ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) alliance in Karnataka has won two assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats in bypolls that are expected to have an impact on opposition moves to forge a grand coalition to take on the BJP in next year's national election. The BJP has won only one parliamentary seat, Shivamogga, vacated by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. The Congress has surged ahead in Ballari, a BJP stronghold since 2004. The ruling alliance has won the Mandya Lok Sabha seat and the assembly constituencies of Jamkhandi and Ramanagara. An upper hand in these by-elections will be seen as validation for the Congress-JD(S) coalition amid digs about its longevity from the BJP, which is still smarting at its failure to form a government despite winning the most number of seats in the May state elections.
  • INS Arihant Completes India's Nuclear Triad: 10 Things To Know
    INS Arihant, India's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, has completed its first deterrence patrol today. This means the submarine is fully operational and, when deployed, for extended patrols, can target regional adversaries such as China with nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
  • Hundreds Of Cops, Mobile Jammers As Sabarimala Temple Opens: 10 Points
    The row over protests at Sabarimala peaked today as a video surfaced that shows Kerala BJP chief Sreedharan Pillai allegedly taking credit for the way the protests unfolded. As local television channels aired the video, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that it proves the BJP "connived to create trouble in Sabarimala". Around 2,300 security personnel -- including a 20-member commando team and 15 policewomen above the age of 50 - have been posted to keep the peace as the temple opened its doors for two days of worship this month. Last month, despite the Supreme Court order, the protesters had enforced the traditional ban on women of reproductive age at the hill shrine.
  • Delhi's Signature Bridge Has Selfie Spots, Glass Viewing Deck
    It took 14 years to build it, but the iconic Signature Bridge is finally ready for Delhi. The much-awaited bridge was inaugurated by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 4, and thrown open to public on November 5. The grand launch will be followed by a laser show. The Signature Bridge will be the first asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge in India and will offer panoramic view of the city. Built over river Yamuna, Signature Bridge will reduce the travel time between north and northeast Delhi. It will also share the traffic burden of the Wazirabad bridge.
  • 10 Things To Know About RBI Governor Urjit Patel Who Took On Government
    Two years ago, when Urjit Patel replaced the flamboyant Raghuram Rajan as the 24th governor of the Reserve Bank of India, he had a quiet first day at work away from media glare. He had already served as the deputy governor at the RBI for three years before that. He was expected to maintain a low profile unlike his predecessor who had reportedly upset some segments of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government by speaking out in areas outside the direct purview of the central bank. And now sources in the Prime Minister's office were quoted as saying that the government was upset with the RBI for going public with its criticism. Officials were worried that such a rift could tarnish the country's image among investors, the sources added. Urjit Patel may consider resigning given a breakdown in relations with the government, sources said on Wednesday.
  • "Consultations With RBI In Public Interest": Government Amid Autonomy Row
    The government today said "extensive consultations" with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were in "public interest", after reports said it has started discussions on Section 7 of the RBI Act, a never-before-used rule that allows the centre to give instructions to the central bank's chief. In a statement, the finance ministry said such consultations with the RBI took place from time to time as both sides "have to be guided by public interest and the requirements of the Indian economy."
  • Sardar Patel Birth Anniversary: Powerful Quotes From India's 'Iron Man'
    Vallabhbhai Patel, India's 'Iron Man', was born on October 31, 1875. Renowned as the architect of independent India, Sardar Patel united 562 princely states to build the Republic of India. On 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of him, called the 'Statue of Unity', in Gujarat. It is the tallest statue in the world with a height of 182 metres. The statue depicts Sardar Patel, the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, in a dhoti and a shawl, towering over river Narmada.
  • "Is It A Crime To Remember Heroes," Asks PM On Statue Of Unity: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the Statue of Unity, which at 182 metres is the tallest in the world, as a tribute to freedom icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary. Air jets flow over the statue, helicopters showered flowers on it with fireworks in the green, orange and white colours as PM Modi dedicated it to the nation. The Sardar Patel statue, twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, has been built at a cost of Rs. 2,989 crore and is located in Gujarat, 3.2 km downstream of the Narmada dam."Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India," said PM Modi, paying glowing tribute to Sardar Patel. He said the Statue of Unity is "a symbol of our engineering and technical prowess." Anticipating protests by locals who demand compensation for the land used for the enormous figure, thousands of police personnel were deployed ahead of the inauguration.
  • Statue Of Unity Twice As Tall As Statue of Liberty In New York: Top Facts

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 'Statue of Unity' at Kevadiya in Gujarat today. The 182-metre statue of Vallabhbhai Patel is "dedicated to the nation" on his birth anniversary in Narmada district of Gujarat. At the launch ceremony, the prime minister will pour soil and water from the river Narmada into an urn, a release from his office said.

  • Arun Jaitley, RBI Chief Face-To-Face As Rift Is Out In Open: 10 Points
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and RBI governor Urjit Patel came face-to-face at a meeting of a financial stability body today amid tension after Mr Patel's deputy made a strong call for autonomy for the central bank in a speech on Friday. The government asked RBI or the Reserve Bank of India for an assurance that any liquidity crisis faced by non-bank lenders should not have a spillover effect or escalate. The bank reportedly assured that it was keeping a close watch on the financial sector.
  • As RBI Employees Back Boss, Centre Upset That Rift Made Public: 10 Points
    The ongoing friction between the Reserve Bank of India and the government has boiled over, with the association of the bank's employees siding with its Deputy Governor on Monday. Last week, Viral Acharya had made a strong case for the need of autonomy at the country's central bank -- his speech had been widely shared on social media. Quoting sources, news agency Reuters reported that the government officials are very upset with the RBI for making the rift public. They fear it could tarnish the country's image among investors, Reuters reported.
  • India's First Engineless Train To Make Debut On Tracks Today: 10 Points
    India's first engineless, self-propelled train, the Train-18 trainset, makes its debut on the tracks today. Engineless trains till now ran in big cities as part of the Metro network, but Train-18 will be the first semi-high speed train to offer a comfortable inter-city ride. The swanky 16-coach prototype will travel at 160 kmph and is expected to cut travel time by 15 per cent compared to the Shatabdi Express trains, which it will eventually replace. The "Make in India" train has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai at the cost of Rs 100 crore.
  • On PM's Day 1 In Japan, Robot Factory Visit And Dinner With Abe: 10 Facts
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe took an express train to Tokyo on Sunday evening after spending nearly eight hours at the scenic Yamanashi. Mr Abe hosted PM Modi at his own holiday home, and the two leaders held informal talks over lunch and a private dinner. They also visited Japan's largest facility for building industrial robots. The 13th India-Japan annual summit, for which PM Modi reached Tokyo on Saturday evening, begins on Monday. The two nations are expected to deepen their strategic ties and build synergy across various fields - from technology to security and health.
  • Probe Against CBI Chief Now On The Clock, Retired Judge To Monitor
    Taking up Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma's case against the government for divesting him of his powers and sending him on forced leave, the Supreme Court today said a vigilance inquiry against him would be time-bound and monitored by an ex-judge. The supervision is a "one-time exception felt necessary in the peculiar facts of the case and should not be understood to be casting any reflection on any authority of the government," the court said. M Nageswar Rao, who was asked to stand in as interim CBI chief, cannot take any policy decision, said the judges. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi did not give any ruling on Mr Verma's deputy Rakesh Asthana, who has also challenged his forced leave.
  • Exiled CBI Chief vs Government, Supreme Court Hearing Begins: 10 Points
    Exiled CBI chief Alok Verma's case against the government for stripping him of his powers and sending him on forced leave is being heard in the Supreme Court. Mr Verma took the government to court after he was replaced by an interim chief in a dramatic post-midnight order on Tuesday. Mr Verma has said in his petition that the autonomy of the country's premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is being compromised as certain investigations against high functionaries "do not take the direction desirable to the government". Three judges led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also heard a separate request for a special investigation into corruption charges against officials, including the CBI number two officer Rakesh Asthana, who was also sent on leave. He too has challenged the centre's decision in the top court.

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