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Mumbai dance-bar case: Supreme Court to resume hearing today

On 24 November, the Supreme Court is scheduled to resume its hearing of the Mumbai dance bar case wherein, on the one hand bar owners have challenged the stringent norms regulating bars, while the Maharashtra government is justifying the need for these restrictions to ensure the safety and dignity of women working in these establishments.

The apex court had earlier on September 21 ruled that three dance bars in Maharashtra with proper CCTVs can continue operating.

A division bench of the top court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan passed this order.

On August 30, the apex court had issued a notice to the Maharashtra Government over a new law for dance bar licenses and asked it to reply within six months.

Gujarat: 1 dead, 7 injured as fire breaks out in Jamnagar Reliance Refinery

One person was killed and seven others injured in a fire that broke out in Jamnagar Reliance Refinery in Gujarat on 24 November.

The cause of the fire in not known yet.

More details awaited.

Atleast 40 killed as tower collapses at power plant in China

At least 40 people were killed in eastern China's Jiangxi province on 24 November after an under-construction platform at a power plant's cooling tower collapsed.

The accident occurred at about 7 am (2300GMT), China's state news agency Xinhua reported.

According to a BBC report, Jiangxi province's fire services said 32 fire trucks and 212 soldiers have been deployed. A total of 68 people were at the construction site when the accident occurred.

Mayawati to Modi: Positive demonetisation survey fake, conduct elections for honest opinion

Terming the survey that shows favourable support for demonetisation as "bogus" and "sponsored", Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has dared Prime Minster Narendra Modi to dissolve Parliament and conduct an election to get the "real" pulse of people.

"This survey is bogus and a sponsored one which has no truth. The survey may have mentioned that 90% people, especially from rural areas supported this issue, but the rural areas have no access to banks, ATMs and internet. How did they support the cause," Mayawati said.

"I want to tell the people that they should be absolutely careful. I would like to tell the Prime Minister that if you want an honest survey and if you have guts then dissolve the Lok Sabha right away and conduct elections. It will be clear who supports the initiative and who doesn't," she added.

Beware of Donald Trump: JeM issues warning to Muslims across the world

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has been hailed as a man of questionable character, and a threat to Muslims across the world by militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

In a message to its followers in Pakistan and elsewhere, the JeM said it has issued a warning to Muslims worldwide to beware of Donald Trump.

Writing in the Pak-based Al Qalam Weekly (Nov. 18-24, 2016) the JeM ideologues Maulana Mansoor Ahmad and Talhe As-Saif have stated that while the international media has used Trump's victory to create fear among Muslims, this victory was actually depressing for the United States itself, rather than for the rest of the world.

They said that the same is evident from the protests being held in many states in the United States against Trump's election as the next president.

Donald Trump picks Indian-origin Nikki Haley as US ambassador to UN

US President-elect Donald Trump has picked Indian-origin South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations in the upcoming administration.

Trump has also nominated billionaire fund-raiser Betsy DeVos as education secretary. 44-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley is first woman tapped by Trump for a top-level administration post during his transition to the White House.

Nikki Haley's elevation as top US diplomat at the UN shows her steep political rise that began six years ago when the daughter of Indian immigrants was elected as South Carolina's first woman and minority governor.

She would also be the first ever Indian-American Cabinet rank official in any administration. The Cabinet position would require confirmation by the Senate.

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Apple is the smartphone king as Samsung plummets

According to research by the firm Strategic Analytics, Apple controlled a record 91% of the smartphone industry's total profit for the quarter that ended in September. The industry's total operating profits were estimated to be in the $9.4 billion range.

While Apple's dominance can be connected to their ability to maximise price and minimise production cost, as well as their latest successful iPhone launch, it cannot be seen in isolation. Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle has certainly played a big part in Apple's success story.

The former industry leader has now been surpassed by Huawei, Vivo and OPPO. Notably, Huawei, who captured 2% of industry profit was, for the first time ever, the leading Android vendor.

Ancient Egyptian city unearthed

A previously undiscovered city has been discovered close to the banks of the Nile, near the ancient city of Abydos, famously home to the temple of Seti I.

The newly discovered contains 15 tombs, leading archaeologists to speculate that they belonged to people of high standing in society.

As well as the tombs, researchers also discovered houses and pottery. All findings so far indicate the city was from early-era ancient Egypt and dates back over 7,000 years. The findings will hopefully serve as a shot in the arm for Egyptian tourism which has lagged since the Arab Spring uprisings.

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Nigerian king takes Shell to court

Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world's most lucrative oil companies, has run into trouble with yet another African nation. This time, the country in question is Nigeria.

Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, the tribal king of Nigeria's Ogale community, has flown to London to take Shell to court. He is carrying with him bottles of contaminated water from his village, proof, he says, of Shell's activities contaminating the local drinking water.

Okpabi is only one of over 40,000 Nigerian's demanding that the Dutch oil giant cleans up the oil spills they allege Shell is responsible for.

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"There are strange diseases in my community-skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count," he told AFP. "I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-polluted-nigerian-king-shell-court.html#jCp"There are strange diseases in my community-skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count," he told AFP. "I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-polluted-nigerian-king-shell-court.html#jCp"There are strange diseases in my community-skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count," he told AFP. "I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-polluted-nigerian-king-shell-court.ht"There are strange diseases in my community-skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count," he told AFP. "I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-polluted-nigerian-king-shell-court.html#jCp"There are strange diseases in my community-skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count," he told AFP. "I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-polluted-nigerian-king-shell-court.html#j

Railway earnings down 3,208.51 cores

Even as PM Narendra Modi moots the idea of bullet trains, the latest earnings of the Indian Railways paints the picture of an entity that is going nowhere fast.

The overall earnings of the Railways was down 3,208.51 crore at the end of September as compared to the previous year. This constitutes a dip of over 4%.

While passenger earnings did increase by 3.85%, a steep drop in freight earnings put to bed any hopes of year-on-year growth. In total, the drop in freight earnings was over 9%, a decline of almost 4,800 crore.

 
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