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  • Union Cabinet approves creation of Anti-profiteering Authority to ensure GST benefits are passed on to consumers.
  • Supreme Court says freedom of expression is sacrosanct and should not be ordinarily interfered with.
  • NTPC to buy farm stubble at 5,500 rupees per tonne for use at  power plants to encourage farmers not to burn it.
  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says there was no over pricing in Rafale purchase;Government negotiated a very good deal for the fighter aircraft.  
  • Zimbabwe reels under political uncertainty as President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign after reported coup.
  • And in Sports; PV Sindhu enters quarter-final of China Open Super Series Badminton.


Union Cabinet has approved creation of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST, to ensure benefits of reduction in indirect tax rates are passed on to consumers. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the decision reflects governments full commitment to take all possible step to ensure benefits of implementation of GST to the common man. He said, the authority will comprise a standing committee, screening committee in every state and Director General of safeguards in the central board of Excise and customs. Mr Prasad said, the constitution of NAA will bolster the confidence of consumer as they reap the benefits of recent reduction in GST rates. He said, NAA enables consumers to apply for relief if they feel reduction in prices is not passed on to them and for this an institutional framework has been provided to take appropriate remedial action.


The Supreme Court has said that freedom of speech and expression is sacrosanct and it should not be ordinarily interfered with. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that any film, theater, drama or novel is a creation of art and courts should not crucify rights of an expressive mind. The court was hearing a plea seeking to stay the release of film An Insignificant Man. While dismissing the plea,  the court said prohibiting exhibition of a documentary or a film is very serious and courts should be very slow in interfering with it. It said, courts should allow the respect that a creative man enjoys in writing a drama, play, book on philosophy or any kind of thought that is expressed on the celluloid or theatre.


Power Minister R K Singh has said that state-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited will float a tender to buy farm stubble at 5,500 rupees per tonne to use as fuel at its power plants. Briefing reporters in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Singh said, through this the farmers can earn around 11 thousand rupees per acre from the sale of stubble or straw pellets. He said, the move will encourage farmers not to burn stubble, which is one of the main reasons of air pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas. A large number of farmers particularly in Punjab and Haryana reportedly burn farm stubble.


Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel has said the date for the Winter Session of Parliament will be decided this week. He told media persons in New Delhi that the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will meet to take a decision in this regard. Opposition parties including Congress had targeted the  government over delay in convening the Parliament session.


In Gujarat, 16 candidates filed their nominations yesterday for the first phase of the Assembly elections, out of which 13 are independents. Two major political parties - BJP and Congress are yet to announce their list of candidates. BJP is likely to announce its candidates today, while Congress will do so in a couple of days.Our correspondent reports that 89 constituencies spread over 19 districts of Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat will go to polls in the first phase on the 9th of next month. 

"Yesterday in the night, BJP held a meeting in BJP Media centre in Ahmedabad in which BJP National President Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy chief Minister Nitin Patel, BJP State President Jitu Vaghani and Bhikhu Dalsaniya were present. Sources from BJP said that detailed discussion on the name of candidates and the strategy for Election were discussed. Today BJP is likely to announce their candidate's list. While Congress Spokesperson Dr. Manish Doshi told AIR that the list of the candidates will be declared in a day or two.  He said that the candidates will be decided on the basis of various measures. The last date for filing nominations is 21st November. NIshith Joshi, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


The Indian Air Force has said that there is no overpricing in the Rafale purchase as the government has negotiated a very good deal for the French fighter aircraft. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said, the government has negotiated for 36 French fighter aircraft Rafale at a price lower than that in the contract. Stressing that it was a government-to-government contract, he told the media at the Adampur Air Force station near Jalandhar yesterday that the IAF is getting 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft at a greatly negotiated price. Mr Dhanoa said two aircraft have been purchased in a fly-away condition as an emergency measure.


Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said, airlines cannot charge any additional amount for correction in the name of the same person, when the person brings this to the notice of the airline after booking the ticket. In a tweet yesterday, Mr Raju said, this is applicable for any error in the name of a passenger, while booking a ticket. He said, the correction has to be made without any additional charge.


Maharashtra government has decided to ban the use of plastic water bottles in its offices including the state secretariat. Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam also instructed his officials to ban plastic water bottles from every government office in a time-bound manner. We have a report:

"The Environment ministry had taken a decision to ban plastic carry bags from Gudhi Padva this year. The minister further said instead of plastic, the government will promote paper and cloth bags and women self help groups will be empowered to ensure they can meet the needs of the state. Kadam asked officials to supervise hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other establishments, where plastic carry bags are being used. The local body authority will be authorised to take action against those who will be using plastic carry bags, he added. Chetan Risbud, AIR News, Mumbai."


The depression over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off south Odisha Coast moved northeastwards and lay centred about 210 km south-southwest of Paradip and 125 km southeast of Gopalpur. In view of rains forecast for next two days by the Met Department, the state government has cancelled the holidays of field staff of its Agriculture and Revenue departments in 15 affected districts. Here is a report:

"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while asking Collectors to remain alert and monitor the situation constantly, directed to review the situation arising out of unseasonal rains and its effect on crops in these districts. The district collectors were also asked to send detailed information regarding payment of input subsidy to the affected farmers affected in drought and pest affected areas so that they can undertake cultivation of Rabi crops early. The twin calamity has struck farmers in Odisha in recent weeks. An attack by brown planthoppers - insects that feed on rice plants - has destroyed paddy fields on 1.7 lakh hectares in 8,211 villages across nine districts in the State. with SN Pattnaik's report this is Saira Mujtaba."


 In International News;

Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him. There has been no official word on the outcome of talks he had with regional envoys and the army chief earlier. But sources say he has so far refused to agree to move aside.


Russia last night cast its veto at the UN Security Council to block the extension of a UN-led investigation to determine who was behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It was the 10th time that Russia has used its veto power to stop council action that targeted its ally Syria.


The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will begin on Monday at Panaji in Goa, will have Bioscope Village this year. It is being set up as part of the IFFI Next Gen side bar program aimed at involving greater participation from the local Goan audience. Entertainment Society of Goa Vice Chairman Rajendra Talak said, the Bioscope village will be inaugurated by actress Shraddha Kapoor on the 21st of November. Our correspondent has the details:

"The Next Gen-Bioscope Village is open to all with a entry fee of 50 rupees from 21st to 27th of November. The Village is a concept based on the theme New Age Cinema for allowing non-delegates to watch films at the IFFI. The Bioscope Village will screen new and classic films including Children movies. In addition, ‘Katta’ talk session will also be held with some noted celebrities like Nana Patekar, Sachin Khedekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Dilip Prabhavalkar and Sushant Singh Rajput. The village will also host a skill studio aimed at honing cinematic skills through special sessions on a diverse range of topics. It will also host a short film competition for all delegates who are participating in the Festival. The theme for the short film festival is ‘IFFI as never seen before’. The winners will be announced on 27th of November. With Ashok Shukla, Vasundhra, AIR News."


Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will clash with Chinese Gao Fangjie for a place in the semifinals of China Open Super Series Badminton in Fuzhou today. Second-ranked Sindhu entered the quarter-finals yesterday beating Yue Han of China. Sindhu is the lone Indian player in the fray as Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out in the second round of their singles event.


India will resume their first innings at 17 for 3 on the second day of first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today. India faced tough conditions as pacer Suranga Lakmal knocked off opener KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli without any score and Shikhar Dhawan for 8 in a superb opening spell as the hosts were left reeling at 17 for 3 after 11.5 overs when bad light stopped play twice.


In football, revamped Indian Super League's fourth season will kick off in Kochi today. ISL is considered as the country's top-tier league.



  • Cabinet nod for National Anti - profiteering Authority, and PM Modi and Supreme Court coming out in support of freedom of expression on National Press Day, receive prominence in papers today. 
  • "Authority to curb GST profiteering" is the lead in the Hindustan Times. The Pioneer writes "Anti-profiteering body to ensure GST benefits reach consumers". The Indian Express reports, registration can be cancelled if benefit of lower tax not passed to consumers.
  • On the other hand, The Times of India observes "Restaurants hike prices after GST cut, but govt says it can do little", with many restaurants raising menu prices citing the government's decision to withdraw credit for taxes paid on raw material and rent.
  • 'Govt. will uphold freedom of press in all forms' The Hindu quotes the Prime Minister while greeting the press on National Press Day.
  • "Supreme Court clears decks for film based on Kejriwal", is the lead in the Statesman. "Artistic freedom is sacrosanct" DNA cites the Supreme Court, as it refused a plea seeking a stay on the film 'An Insignificant Man', in the backdrop of the controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmavati".
  • "Delhi government to bring 40 services to your door" including marriage registration, water connections, driving licenses and pension schemes, informs The Times of India.
  • "Green Court Gasps for its Survival", notes Mail Today of the NGT working with just one-fourth of its strength, as judges retire and posts remain vacant.
  • "Gulf dust storm had bigger role than stubble burning", writes the Indian Express of a 'multi-day dust storm', in Iraq and Kuwait.
  • And finally, the Hindustan Times notes "Mangalore faces high risk of sinking if sea levels rise, says Nasa study".



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