‘Two Leaves’ symbol goes to unified AIADMK

1. Putting an end to almost an year-long dispute between warring factions, the Commission said it was of the view that “the petitioners group led by E. Madhusudhanan, O. Panneerselvam and S. Semmalai, and also supported presently by the impleading applicant E. K. Palaniswami, the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, enjoys support of majority members in the legislative and organisational wings.

2. The decision came after the ECI heard the O. Panneerselvam and V. K. Sasikala factions, which staked their claim to the party symbol.

3. The Election Commission on Thursday alloted the AIADMK’s “two leaves” symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine, holding that it enjoyed majority in the party’s legislative and organisational wings.

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IS propaganda media goes offline for a day

1. The Islamic State’s online propaganda channels went mysteriously quiet for more than a full day between Wednesday and Thursday, in what analysts said was an “unprecedented” silence.

2. IS could be physically relocating relevant offices or members, added Mr. Winter, but it may also be laying out a new media strategy to match its own shift from a territorially based organisation to a covert insurgency.

3. IS’s Telegram channels usually post more than a dozen messages each day, ranging from multilingual radio broadcasts on battlefield achievements to pictures of civilian life in the group’s self-styled “caliphate.

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Mega mock tsunami exercise along eastern coast tomorrow

1. New Delhi, Nov 23 () A mega mock tsunami exercise with international participants will be carried out in 31 coastal districts in four states and a union territory tomorrow, the Home Ministry said today.

2. The disaster scenario will simulate tsunami waves originating due to a high-intensity earthquake near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which will lead to a massive tsunami along the east coast, a home ministry statement said.

3. The home ministry through the National Disaster Management Authority and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services will conduct the mega mock exercise on tsunami preparedness.

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Coriander, jeera rise on fall in supply

1. Ajwain (per kg) 110-160, black pepper (per kg) 440-620, betel-nut (kg) 260-300, cardamom brown-Jhundiwali (kg) 530-540 and cardamom brown-Kanchicut (kg) 590-910, cardamom small (kg)- chitridar 975-1,075, cardamom (colour robin) 880-900, cardamom bold 900-920, cardamom extra (bold) 990-1,050, cloves 550-640, chirounji (kg) Rs 650-770, cinnamon (kg) Rs 150-160, coriander (qntl) Rs 6,000-12,600, dry mango (qntl) Rs 6,500-23,000, dry ginger (qntl) Rs 12,500-17,000, kalaunji (qntl) Rs 8,200-8,400, mace-Red (kg) Rs 700-930, mace-Yellow (kg) Rs 850-900, methi (qntl) Rs 7,000-18,500, makhana (kg) Rs 450-580, nutmeg (kg) Rs 400-410, poppy seed (China) Rs 480-500 kg, poppy seed (U. P) Rs 470-490 kg, poppy seed (MP-RAJ) Rs 510-520 kg, red chillies (qntl) Rs 6,000-12,500, saffron Irani Rs 110-120 (per gram), saffron Kashmiri Rs 130-140 (per gram), saunf (qntl) Rs 7,000-13,000, turmeric (qntl) Rs 8,500-11,600, tamarind (qntl) Rs 6,000-7,500, tamarind without seed (qntl) Rs 9,000-9,500, tea (kg) Rs 90-280, watermelon kernel (kg) Rs 150-155, jeera common (qntl) Rs 19,500-19,700 and jeera best (qntl) Rs 21,800-22,100.

2. New Delhi, Nov 23 () Coriander and jeera prices were trading up by Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale kirana market in the national capital today on increased buying by retailers and stockists amid low stocks.

3. Jeera common and jeera best quality also increased by Rs 100 each to Rs 19,500-19,700 and Rs 21,800-22,100 per quintal, respectively.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma apologises for cancer remark, says he was quoted out of context

1. And everyone in Assam and outside know my passion to work on containing cancer through best possible cancer treatment facilities including free chemotherapy, financial scheme to help up to 2 Re lacs to cancer patient, one state-of-art cancer hospital in Guwahati with PET CT, banning chewing tobacco and now starting a grid of hospital in across Assam are some of my humble contribution as health minister of Assam,” he was quoted as saying in a press release.

2. A day after his remarks on people suffering from cancer sparked a political slugfest, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Thursday claimed he was quoted out of context in a bid to sensationalise his speech at an event in Guwahati, and offered an “unconditional apology” for any pain caused.

3. (File photo) Assam minister’s cancer remark: Himanta Biswa Sarma also lashed out at those trying to gain “political mileage and cheap publicity”, and tendered his “unconditional apology” for the pain caused.

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Guarantee Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother will not be harassed or questioned: India to Pakistan

1. Responding to Pakistan’s offer of arranging a meeting between Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife, India has told that Jadhav’s wife and mother would like to meet him, along with an Indian envoy.

2. “The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement, adding the meeting will take place on Pakistani soil.

3. “Such a meeting offer does not absolve Pakistan of the violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and Human Rights and not following the due process in treating Jadhav who remains incarcerated in Pakistan and faces death sentence through a farcical process and on concocted charges,” Kumar said during a media briefing.

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Interconnections within the brain defines your smartness: Study

1. The researchers studied the MRI brain scans of over 300 persons and found that in more intelligent persons certain brain regions are more strongly involved in the exchange of information between different sub-networks of the brain, in order to communicate the important information quickly and efficiently.

2. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, noted that in some people, the prefrontal cortex region – located in the front part of the brain and responsible for cognitive qualities like thinking skills, analytical processing and decision making – is more evolved and works more efficiently than the rest of the brain.

3. (Source: File Photo) Is it possible that due to their biological predispositions, some individuals develop brain networks that favour intelligent behaviours?

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Supreme Court asks medical college to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students for illegal admissions

1. NEW DELHI: In the wake of an ongoing investigation into a judicial nexus in illegal medical college admissions, the Supreme Court directed a Lucknow-based college on Thursday to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as compensation and sternly admonished a bench of the Allahabad high court for permitting the admissions.

2. It also barred the college from admitting students for the next academic year of 2018-19.

3. Not mincing words while pulling up the division bench of the Allahabad HC for allowing the institute to admit students in violation of its order, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was a case of “judicial indiscipline and impropriety”.

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Cops rescue minor girl being ‘sold’ for Rs 3.5 lakh

1. The dealers landed in the police net when they called up the SHO of Kamla Market in central Delhi, mistaking him for another dealer, and said they wanted to sell a “beautiful minor girl”.

2. NEW DELHI: Posing as interested “buyers”, police have rescued a 15-year-old girl from Bihar who was being “sold” in the capital by two dealers for Rs 3.

3. A police team then posed as brothel owners and met the accused several times before arresting them from New Delhi railway station.

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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: Train mishap kills 3 in Chitrakoot; Railways Minister announces compensation

1. PTI Photo Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment live: Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

2. Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment live: Derailed coaches of Vasco Da Gama-Patna express train near Manikpur railway station in Manikpur Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

3. 15 am: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to kin of dead in Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailment, Rs 1 lakh for those with grevious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

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