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Noodles launched by Ramdev do not have approval from food safety regulator

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Baba Ramdev's recently launched Atta noodles finds itself in a soup days after its much publicised launch. The Food Safety and Regulatory Authority of India has said that the Ramdev's Pattanjali Atta Noodles doesn't have a product approval from them despite the fact that the Yoga guru had displayed an FSSAI licence numbered 10014012000266. While licenses for manufacturing a product is given by the State government, FSSAI approval is mandatory for non standarised product. Noodle is a non-standarised product, which makes the FSSAI licence mandatory.

Source: The Indian Express

Anther mayhem: Blast in northeastern Nigeria's Yola claims 32 lives, Boko Haram suspected to be behind attack

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A blast struck a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday evening, killing 32 people and wounding 80 others, confirmed the the Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The explosion occurred at a fruit and vegetable market beside a main road in the Jimeta area of Adamawa's state capital around 8 pm (1900 GMT). No organisation has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks. But media reports suggest that the style of the attack was very similar to that of militant Islamist group Boko Haram that has been behind thousands of killings in a bid to enforce Sharia laws in the country.

Source: Reuters

Islamic State threat looms large on India, Paris like attack possible, says Home Ministry

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In the backdrop of the terror attacks in Paris, the Union Home Ministry has issued an advisory to states and Union Territories stating that there is a possibility of ISIS sponsored terror action striking India. The Home Ministry says that the success of IS radicalising some youth and attracting certain sections of the local population or Indian diaspora to physically participate in its activities is one major cause of concern. Also, the government doesn't rule out the possibility of the IS joining hands with terror groups operating in India.

Source: The Indian Express

4 children killed in Andhra after wall collapses due to heavy rain

With heavy rains lashing Andhra Pradesh for the past few days, four children were killed in a tragic incident as a wall collapsed in Rothu Kunta village, in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. The deceased children were identified as Shivakumar (12), Vasu (10), Ganesh (8) and Ganesh (6). The children were playing in the abandoned house when the wall collapsed, killing them. The mishap has taken the death toll of rain-related incidents to eight, according to the police.

Source: ANI

Headley asked to appear before Mumbai Court

Mumbai attack convict David Coleman Headley may appear before a special court in Mumbai via video conferencing. The special court today allowed the Mumbai Police to make Headley an accused in the 26/11 terror attack case. He has already been convicted in the US for his role in the 2008 terror attack that shook the financial capital of India and killed 166.

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#ParisAttacks: Woman suicide bomber blows herself up as police raid mastermind's den


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Two people were killed, including a woman who blew her self up, and five arrested when special forces raided an apartment in northern Paris suburb Saint Denis on 18 November. Police hoped to nab the Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, according to news reports.

According to Guardian newspaper report, Abaaoud and fellow suspect Salah Abdeslam were hiding in the apartment with few other heavily armed members. The Herald Sun reports that five suspects have been arrested; three militants were arrested inside the apartment and one male and one female suspect were arrested nearby.

Justice TS Thakur to be the next CJI, to be sworn in on 2 December

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday appointed Justice TS Thakur as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI).

CJI HL Dattu, who will retire on 2 December, had recommended the name of Justice Thakur, the senior most judge, as his successor.

Justice Thakur will have a tenure of one year and one month as the Chief Justice of India and will retire on 3 January, 2017.

Delhi Cabinet passes Jan Lokpal

The Delhi Cabinet passed the Jan Lokpal Bill on Wednesday, bringing respite to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party which has been facing considerable flak over its failure to push the Bill since it swept the Delhi Assembly elections in February this year. While the Bill is set to be tabled in the Assembly next week.

Islamic State posts audio message in Bengali

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An audio message uploaded by the Islamic State in Bengali has sent Intelligence agencies into a tizzy. The message titled "Caliphate is Back" calls upon young men to join Jihad and attain martyrdom. It is believed that the video is targeted at Bangaldesh. But since a sizable population of Benglis live in India, the Intelligence agencies are not taking the message lightly.

Source: The Hindu

Overweight men face job discrimination, says a new study

A new study has revealed that overweight men are just as likely as overweight women to experience interpersonal discrimination when applying for a job. In the study, non-overweight men went out into the field and applied for jobs at retail stores in the southern U.S. Then researchers had the same men apply for jobs at different stores wearing overweight prosthetics. Researchers found that when the men applied for jobs or were shopping as customers in their overweight prosthetics, they experienced more types of subtle discrimination, or what the researchers call 'interpersonal discrimination'. But they did not experience 'formal' discrimination.

Source: ANI

Pollution of Pampa river due to Sabarimala continues despite Kerala High Court's order

The Pollution of the Pampa river owing to abandoning of clothes in the river by pilgrims returning from Sabrimala continues unabated, although the Kerala High Court has asked the authorities to treat it as a criminal offense. The riverbed is full of clothes left by pilgrims on the very first day of the pilgrimage. The two-month-long annual pilgrimage to the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala began on the first day of the Malayalam month of Vrischikom on Tuesday. The tradition of throwing clothes in the river by the pilgrims has existed for 15 years. This has polluted the water forcing the court to intervene. But the Department of Police and Water Resources, that is expected to implement the court order has failed to comply with it.

Source: The Hindu