National Political News
1. Engineer Rashid an Independent MLA of J&K legislative assembly had hosted a beef party in Srinagar as a protest against the October 9 lynching of atruck driver in Jammu suspected for alleged cow killing, has had to face the anger of political activists who blackened his face in the Delhi press club. It was a retaliatory measure against his holding of beef party.
J&K continues to boil with militant activities as 2 Hizbul militants shot dead by the security forces in Shopian. Shopian is the apple belt of Kashmir and is notoriously terrorist infected.
2. Punjab continues to be in the throes of a crisis created by the ‘Bir’ (Religious Book) burning incidents. The Temporal head of Sikhs – Akal TakhtJathedar has suspended the five Priests of the Golden Temple for siding with the radical Sikh community on the issue. Five Takht heads – Akal Takht, Kesgarh Sahib, Damdama Sahib, Hazoor Sahib and Patna SahibJathedars(Religious heads of these Sikh shrines) had previously condemned the blasphemous act in their opinion of Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh (MSG) who had adorned an attire in the year 2007, similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh the 10th Guru of Sikhs.
3. The Bihar Elections continue to dominate the Indian Political scene. The battle lines are drawn between the Mahagathbandan of Bihari’s vs the NDA’s Bahari’s(outsiders) primarily focusing on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NDA is retaliating on the issues of ‘Ghotala’s(Scam) starting with the infamous fodder scam during the regime of Lalu Prasad the deemed supreme leader of the Bihari Mahagathbandan.
4. Indian Air Force (IAF) is offering combat rolls to women pilots. Fighter aircraft henceforth may also be flown by them.
5. The exodus of Goans for greener pastures in Europe through Portugal has more than doubled as compared to previous year. These people have swapped their Indian passports with Portuguese passports which is permissible under special enactment for the Indian citizens of Goa.
International Political News
1. Migration of Africans and Asians from countries bordering the Mediterranean sea continues into Europe through Turkey and Greece. A huge backlog of migrants is waiting in the rain and cold in Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary for crossing on to Germany, France, Belgium and England.
2. Typhoon Koppu trikes Philippines (Disaster plagued South East Asian archipelago) near its city Santa Rosa killing 16 people.
3. Heavy flash floods hit the American city of Houston as hurricane Patricia pounds South East Texas province. Houston hosts the American space organization NASA.
4. Justin Trudeau is elected Canada’s new Prime Minister. He heads the Liberal Party which has toppled the conservative party Government of Stephen Harper. Justin Trudeau is the son of Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and has previously worked as a snowboard instructor, night club bouncer and high school teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia province of Canada.
17 Punjabi origin MPs have also been elected to the Canadian Parliament on Liberal Party tickets. Punjabi’s have won all the 5 seats in the city of Brampton.
5. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in Moscow, Russia to thank the Russian Government headed by Vladimir Putin for the air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria.
6. China’s President Xi JinPing clinches a nuclear deal with Britain on his well-receivedvisit there. China shall befinancing multibillion dollar nuclear power plants in Britain.
7. Maldives arrest’s its Vice President Ahmed Adeebfor plotting to kill President Abdulla Yameen. The President’s boat was hit by a bomb blast severely injuring his wife. Maldives, a peaceful holiday destination near the South West of the coast of Kerala, is currently being rocked by Islamic fundamentalism and the political power struggle.
1. RBI rejects pleas for 100% FDI in Banks pitched for by Private Sector Banks and FII’s.
2. Germany may suffer a $3.4 billion tax shortfall on the back of V.W. emission scandal. V.W’s commercial and corporate tax payments will be lower because of drop in production and sales. Producers of Metals such as Steel, Copper, Aluminum as well as engineering Plastics have been hit. V.W. employees 60,000 people in one of its manufacturing facility at Wolfsberg in Germany.
3. On the back of better rural demand for credit, NBFC’s (Non-Banking Finance Company) like Bajaj Finance, SKS Microfinance and DHFL have posted robust growth and profit in second quarter of this financial year.
4. IMF report pictures a fiscal problem galore for the oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, etc. if oil continues with its down ward spiral in the next five year time. Sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman were top seller in the July – September period in the Indian stock market – Equity as well as Debt. They sold Rs. 7,000 crores as global prices of oil crashed below $50 a barrel.
5. The Government of India and the states have distributed 2 crore energy efficient LED bulbs to save Rs. 1000 crore a year by way of lower power consumption. It is said that a 5–7 watt LED is a good replacement for a 16 watt CFL oran old 40 wattincandescent lamp/bulb.
Science and Technology
1. A herbal drug BGR-34 scientifically tested by CSIR Lucknow has been launched in the country for treatment of diabetes type II. It is priced at Rs.5 and has reportedly no side effects. It boosts the immune system and checks the free radicals as per the research team etc.
1. Indian beat South Africa by 35 runs in fourth ODI at Chennai. ViratKohli scored 140 ball 138 runs in India’s total of 299. South Africa could manage 264 runs only in 50 overs for 9 wickets with their batsman AB De Villiers scoring 112 runs.
2. Indian lose their last Cricket ODI against South Africa in Mumbai by 214 runs and the series 2–3. South Africa score 438 for 4 wickets in 50 overs, their highest total against India. It is the third highest score in ODI cricket.
The highest score is 443 runs for 9 wickets followed by 439 runs for 2 wickets.
3. Ace Indian Batsman Virender Sehwag announces retirement from test cricket. He receives accolades from his co-players. He is the only Indian batsman to score a Triple ton and that too twice. First against Pakistan- 309 runs and also against South Africa- 319 runs. He scored 8586 runs in 104 tests at an average of 49.07 and 8273 runs in 251 ODI’s at a strike rate of 104.3. Various Edifices have been built by him in his cricketing career. He could destroy any bowling attack in the world on his day and had a swashbuckling style which instilled fear in the bowlers.