News in brief: National & International Updates on Nov 23

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Bengaluru, Nov 23: Here are the news in brief from India and across the world for Saturday, November 23:

West Bengal Chief MInister Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally in the state over a host of issues including Burdwan blasts, Saradha scam and others.


5:55 pm: All party meeting ahead of Winter Session of Parliament underway in Delhi.

5:25 pm: Shows how BJP doesnt have any respect for women: Sudhindra Bhadoria (BSP) on Shaina NC's comment on Mayawati.

5:03 pm: West Bengal breathe air of patriotism for centuries: Derek O'Brien on Arun Jaitley's comment on Mamata Banerjee.

4:14 pm: If nation knows how much black money is spent by BJP, they will become a blacklisted party: Derek O'Brien.

3.30 pm: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav says, "Netaji is SP President, he can give directions & govt will work on it, what is so wrong in that?"

3.00 pm: Protest staged against Karti Chidambaram in Chennai.

2.35 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lashes out West Bengal Chief MInister Mamata Banerjee, says, "Was deeply disappointed with Mamata Didi's reaction to interrogation and arrest of some of TMC leaders in Sharada Chit Fund Scam."

2.30 pm: Security forces recover arms from Hajibal forest area of Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.

2.15 pm: Shiv Sena demands Deputy Chief Minister position from BJP governmnet in Maharashtra.

2.00 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses second rally in Gumla district in poll-bound Jharkhand. She says, "You should not be fooled by false promises made by BJP."

1.00 pm: While taking a dig at his son and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav says, "Policies are good, lot of work has been done,but at very slow pace."

12.45 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley envisages GDP growth to cross 6 per cent in 2015-16, also says, "Reduction in scope of subsidies on anvil".

12.35 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi says BJP encourages communal elements and develops hatred within people. "You must be wary of such people (BJP) and think before casting your vote", she said.

12.30 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses a rally at Daltonganj in poll-bound Jharkhand.

12.00 pm: BJP leader Nalin Kohli says Burdwan incident is linked to terrorism and it should not be linked with politics.

11.45 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar speaks at the Inauguration of Central Hub of National Command Control Communications & Intelligence Network (NCCCIN).

Parrikar says, "We must have zero tolerance towards error."

11.30 am: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav attends Lucknow-Agra Expressway Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in Lucknow.

11.00 am: TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien says, "We are not going to attend both meetings at 4&5 PM today, It's not about working on Sunday but bad planning."

10.45 am: BJP Leader Siddharth Nath Singh says, "It's unfortunate WB CM is stooping to such levels making this into secular Vs communal fight."

10.30 am: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee takes direct aim at the PM Narendra Modi while addressing a rally, says Burdwan blast accused settled during Modi regime.

10.00 am: As part of austerity measure, Delhi govt imposes a ban on purchase of new vehicles for all officials, including civic bodies in city.

9.45 am: "It's ironical those who looted people of West Bengal are trying to stand taller than law" BJP leader Sambit Patra on Saradha Scam says.

9.35 am: Over 55,000 affected by 6.3-magnitude earthquake in China's Sichuan Province even as the death toll rises to 2.

9.30 am: MEA statement says, "PM Narendra Modi had expressed a desire to visit Janakpur, Lumbini & Muktinath in Nepal during his last visit to Kathmandu. There has been widespread interest in PM's schedule in the upcoming visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit."

9.15 am: Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Vivek Oberoi attend peace prayers for 26/11 Mumbai attacks victims by All India Anti-Terrorist Front in Mumbai.

9.00 am: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi participates in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Kolkata.

8.30 am: Stampede breaks out during blanket distribution event in Badaun, as part of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's birthday celebratons. One woman killed. [Read more]


8.15 am: At least 39 people were injured after a 6.7-magnitude quake on the Richter scale hit Japan.

8.00 am: Tunisians vote on Sunday, Nov 23 in their first presidential election since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring, a ballot set to round off an often fraught transition to democracy.

7.40 am: Somalia's al-Shabab kills 28 non-Muslims in Kenya.

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