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  • The Delhi High Court today directed the Centre and the West Bengal government to file in a sealed cover their responses on a plea by BJP leader Mukul Roy alleging that his phones were being tapped by the state police. Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Centre, state government and Roy's telecom service providers - MTNL and Vodafone to file their affidavits stating whether Roy is being monitored or his calls are intercepted by any of the agencies.



  • The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began today with a gala opening ceremony in Goa. The opening ceremony, which was organised at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim this evening, began with a spectacular performance by the Drums of India.



  • The Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the collection and non-utilisation of juvenile justice fund by various states and Union Territories. A bench of the apex court said, it appeared that children of this country were not relevant.



  • The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from Bollywood movie Padmavati, calling it premature. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet given certificate to the movie and the apex court cannot injunct a statutory body from doing its duty.




  • The Supreme Court has directed all state governments to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said today that school-going children should be made aware of the beauty of life and the dangers posed by such games.



  • The Supreme Court has directed all state governments to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said today that school-going children should be made aware of the beauty of life and the dangers posed by such games.




  • The Supreme Court today allowed Congress leader P Chidambaram's son, Karti Chidambaram to visit the United Kingdom from 1st to 10th of December for his daughter's admission to the Cambridge University. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked Karti Chidambaram to file an undertaking before the court within three days.



  • Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has released the draft syllabus to be followed in the state board schools. In the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, NEET conducted for medical admissions, that was made mandatory last year, the number of state board students who qualified were said to be very few in terms of their proportion, as compared to the other board students.



  • Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO A S Kiran Kumar has said that the key to success in space endeavours is bringing down the cost of space technology which can benefit common citizens. Inaugurating an international seminar on Indian Space Programme in New Delhi today, Mr Kumar said the Indian Space Programme is helping in governance and ISRO is extremely capable of supporting space infrastructure.



  • Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today appeared and testified before Presidential Commission of inquiry investigating alleged irregularities in the Central Bank Bond issue.During an hour-long testimony by Attorney General, the Prime Minister was asked about the appointment of central bank governor Arjun Mahendran and his relation with Arjun Aloysius, main accused in the case.



  • In Pakistan 20 people were killed and seven others injured when a coal laden truck fell over a passenger van in Sindh province.The incident took place near Theri bypass in Khairpur area of Sindh province.




  • In Punjab, Government agencies and private millers have procured total 172 lakh 65 thousand 684 tonnes of Paddy till yesterday evening.Disclosing this at Chandigarh today, an official Spokesman of the state government said that out of total procurement of 172,65,684 tonnes of paddy, the Government agencies have procured 170 lakh 7 thousand 377 tonnes of paddy whereas 258307 tonnes of paddy has been procured by millers.



  • In Chile, Conservative, Sebastián Pinera has won yesterday's first round of presidential poll, but failed to avoid a run-off.Electoral official said Pinera got 37 percent vote while Socialist contender Alejandro Guillier bagged 23 percent vote after the counting of 90 percent votes.



  • The US military has banned all troops stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol, following a deadly crash on Okinawa island linked to drunk driving.In a statement, the US military announced that soldiers on Okinawa are banned from leaving their base and their residences.




  • The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began today with a gala opening ceremony in Goa. The opening ceremony, which was organised at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim this evening, began with a spectacular performance by the Drums of India.




  • Veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who had been in coma since 2008 passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi today.He was 72.



  • Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the first edition of Smart Mobility Conference in New Delhi.Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said, rising congestion on roads and highways is a very serious problem in the country which is leading to severe pollution problem and roads accidents.




  • The Supreme Court today stayed the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order directing opening of a new path to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu for pedestrians and battery-operated cars from November 24. A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta passed the order after the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board told the apex court that it was not possible to open the new path from November 24.




  • In Arunachal Pradesh, a team of environmentalists including entomologists and wildlife experts have recorded 130 butterfly species during the second edition of Butterfly & Biodiversity Meet at Pasighat in East Siang District.The team had conducted survey on butterfly species in the natural vegetation in the foothill areas near Pasighat town.



  • Iran, Russia and Turkey have discussed the ways to find a political solution to end the Syrian civil war.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran yesterday in Antalya, Turkey ahead of a summit in the Russian city of Sochi scheduled on Wednesday.


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