National News- Daily Digest: 15 Key updates

1. CM Arvind Kejriwal has ordered closure of all schools in Delhi, shutdown of the Badarpur power plant for 10 days and a halt on all construction and demolition works for 5 days. Officials have been asked to consider the return of the odd-even traffic plan and explore the possibility of cloud seeding for artificial rain. These measures have been taken in the wake of alarming pollution levels in the Capital and a thick smog cover.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to be the mascot of ‘Incredible India’ campaign with the Tourism Ministry finally deciding to do away with plans to rope in any Bollywood stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, for the role which was lying vacant after ouster of Aamir Khan earlier this year.

3. Railways has undertaken a mammoth exercise to reduce the journey time between Delhi and Howrah and Mumbai by increasing the maximum speed of trains to 160 kmph. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 10,000 crore.

4. The Army is providing free coaching to students in parts of Jammu & Kashmir under a new operation named ‘School Chalo’. Educational institutions in the Valley have been closed for about five months now and over 30 schools burnt down.

5. The first-ever colour photo biography on Mahatma Gandhi, chronicling his life and times and containing rare photos, published by GandhiServe India, is now on sale.

6. An ancient river called Chandrabhaga is believed to have existed at a distance of about 2 km from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Odisha. Although there is no trace of any water body visible in the proximity of the temple, the mythical river figures prominently in ancient literature. The scientists have reported in the journal Current Science.

7. One of Karnataka’s oldest public libraries, the Hassan City Central Library is all set to celebrate its centenary. The Department of Public Libraries will hold a week-long celebration during January and February of 2017. This is the third centenary library in the State after the central public libraries in Mysuru and Bengaluru.

8. After asking NDTV India to go off-air for a day, the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry has imposed similar penalties on two other channels News Time Assam and Care World TV. While the Assam-based news channel has been asked to go off air for a day on November 9 for allegedly violating programming guidelines, Care World TV has been ordered to go off air for a week for allegedly showing obscene content.

9. The World Economic Forum has invited Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to participate in its 47th meeting to be held during January 17-20, 2017, in Davos Klosters, Switzerland. This is the third consecutive time Naidu is receiving an invitation after he took charge as the Chief Minister of the bifurcated Andhra Pradesh.

10. The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 on 5 November 2016 came to an end with the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration and the Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework.

11. The Janwaar Skating Park, India’s first rural skate park, is a not-for-profit project that teaches village children skateboarding for free. It exists in Janwaar village in Bundelkhand and has been built by German community activist Ulrike Reinhard.

12. Assam’s Chief Minister Sonowal & Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju inked a MoU with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation & Airport Authority of India under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

13. The 128th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Bharat Ratna Sir CV Raman was observed on November 7, 2016.

14. The Indo-Sri Lankan military exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016’ culminated on 06 November 2016 after fourteen days of intense military training. The exercise concluded with an impressive closing ceremony held at Sinha Regimental Centre, Ambepussa.

15. The Sixth edition of India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise “SAMPRITI-2016” will commence at Bangabandhu Senanibas, Tangail from November 7.

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