✔ BJP releases first list of candidates for Gujarat polls
The BJP on Friday declared its first list of candidates for the coming GujaratAssembly elections, to be held in two phases on December 7 and 14. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will fight the polls from the Rajkot (West), while his deputy, Nitin Patel , will contest from Mehsana.
✔ Mugabe makes first public appearance since Army takeover
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony on November 17, making his first public appearance since military generals took control of the country earlier this week. In a defiant display of his refusal to resign, Mr. Mugabe arrived at the ceremony in the capital Harare dressed in a blue academic gown and hat.
✔ Moody’s upgrade a recognition of reform process: Jaitley
Ratings agency Moody’s action to upgrade India’s rating is a belated recognition of the positive steps taken by the government over the past few years, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Moody’s on November 17 upgraded the Indian government’s rating as a local and foreign currency issuer from Baa3 with a positive outlook to Baa2 with a stable outlook.
✔ Nitish Kumar-led group recognised as real JD(U)
In a setback to Sharad Yadav, the Election Commission on November 17 ruled that the group led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the real Janata Dal (United) and is entitled to use the ‘Arrow’ poll symbol of the party. The JD(U) is a recognised State party in Bihar.
✔ Sasikala’s husband Natarajan’s jail sentence upheld in luxury car case
The Madras High Court on November 17 confirmed the two-year jail term awarded to M. Natarajan, husband of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, for evasion of customs duty on the import of a luxury car.
✔ India, France to enhance counter-terror ties
Gravely concerned over growing terrorism, India and France on Friday decided to enhance counter- terror cooperation, and asked the international community to oppose those financing, sheltering and providing safe havens to terrorists.
✔ Lashkar-e-Taiba’s fresh recruit Majid Khan surrenders in Kashmir
Lashkar-e-Taiba’s recent-recruit Majid Khan (22), who was fast turning into a poster boy of the outfit online, surrendered before the Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles and the police on Thursday evening. A police source said he surrendered with a rifle in south Kashmir’s Anantnag.
✔ ‘Padmavati’ row: protesters block tourist entry to Chhittorgarh Fort
Protesters on Friday blocked the entry to the Chhittorgarh Fort, which houses Padmini’s Palace, amid protests against Hindi film Padmavati across Rajasthan and various parts of the country.
✔ Govt. defends Rafale deal; says UPA didn’t decide for a decade
In the face continued allegations in the conclusion of the Rafale fighter deal, the Government on Friday mounted a major defence of its decision. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the decision for emergency purchase was taken in view of the urgent requirement of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
✔ Modi-Moody jodi has failed to gauge nation’s mood: Congress
After Moody’s upgraded India’s sovereign rating and a survey claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still a “popular leader”, the Congress on November 15 said both Mr. Modi and Moody’s have “failed to gauge the mood of the nation”.