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Sunday, 22 November 2015

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INDIA
– Nitish-Kumar led new Bihar govt sworn in; Lalu Prasad’s son Tejaswi Yadav appointed Deputy CM; 28 ministers take oath
Foreign Affairs Minister of France Laurent Fabius calls on PM Modi in New Delhi
– 26/11 attacks: David Headley to testify before TADA court through video conferencing
– Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets Premier Li Keqiang and other top Chinese leaders in Beijing; both nations to form ministerial mechanism to boost security cooperation
– PM leaves on 4-day visit to Malaysia and Singapore; to attend ASEAN- India and East Asia Summits in Kuala Lumpur
– ED conducts searches in 3 states in connection with money laundering probe against Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh
– International Film Festival of India begins in Goa; music composer Illyaraja felicitated with Centenary Award
– Jaitley releases book ‘Legends of Indian Silver Screen’ brought out by the Publications Division of Information and Broadcasting Ministry
– President Mukherjee to inaugurate first ever World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 21
– SC suspends the operation of Delhi HC order directing the navy to grant permanent commission to women officers
– Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces new National Institute of Design (NID) campus in Rajasthan
– November 20 observed as International Children Rights day
– 19th International Children’s Film Festival of India concludes in Hyderabad; Korean film “How to Steal a Dog” is the Best Film in Asian Panorama section
– USIBC confers lifetime achievement award upon Justice Fathima Beevi, the first woman judge in SC
– NRDC and DIPP launch Intellectual Property Rights Awareness Programmes in 25 universities and institutes across 21 states
– UK selects Pune and Amravati in Maharashtra and Indore in MP for developing them as ‘Smart City
– ADB pledges $120 million loan to finance India, Bangladesh electricity link
WORLD
– Gunmen hold over 150 hostage in a hotel in Mali; 3 hostages killed, 30 freed; All 20 Indians in the hotel evacuated safely
– World’s 2nd biggest diamond (1111 carat) after Cullinan diamond (3106 carat, SA, 1905) found in a mine in Botswana
Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard released after 30 years of imprisonment in the US
– Over 100,000 Bhutan refugees from Nepal resettled in the West: UN
– Aung San Suu Kyi seeks external monitoring of power transition in Myanmar
– 2-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting concludes in Manila on November 19
– World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims observed on November 15
– UN General Assembly elected Filippo Grandi as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees on November 18
– World Philosophy Day observed on third Thursday of November (November 19)
– Indian-origin Swati Dandekar nominated ADB’s Executive Director by Obama
SPORTS
– India finish with 11 medals in Track Asia Cup cycling in New Delhi.

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