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14 Nov 2016

What made news last week?

What made news last week?

The government's sudden demonetization move left cities in chaos; several people have criticized the move while others support it as a logical means to tackle a bigger problem.

In another news, after Trump became the President of US, protests broke out in several cities and multiple incidents of racism were reported.

Meanwhile it seems Rahul Gandhi is getting ready to take-over as Congress chief.

In context

What made news last week?
Chaos in India over sudden demonetization

Demonetization

Chaos in India over sudden demonetization

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a strong move against black money, announced that old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denomination notes would be invalid from 12:00 am, 9 Nov.

Citizens were asked to exchange their old notes from banks and ATMs saw huge queues in major cities; many citizens complained of the inconvenience of the issue.

The government called the move necessary to counter black-money.

Politics

CWC preparing for Rahul Gandhi's elevation

Amid Sonia Gandhi's ailing health, the Congress Working Committee is paving the way to elevate Rahul Gandhi to the party's top position.

At the CWC meeting, AK Antony, backed by Manmohan Singh, Ambika Soni, C P Joshi and Karan Singh demanded that uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi's leadership be addressed immediately.

Sources said Rahul Gandhi agreed that he should assume leadership.

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Kannada movie crew booked for stuntmen's death

Entertainment

Kannada movie crew booked for stuntmen's death

The producer, director and stunt-director of Kannada movie 'Maasti Gudi' were charged for culpable homicide.

This follows the death of Anil and Uday, two stunt crew members who died while filming for the movie.

Officials from the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board alleged that while jumping from a helicopter for a scene from 'Maasti Gudi', no proper safety measures were in place.

US President

Meet President Trump

The Republican Party rejoiced as their candidate Donald Trump won the elections to become the President-elect.

Several cities in the US bore witness to protests against Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections; an online petition seeking the ouster of Trump as the President-elect gathered 3.2 million signatures.

Indian-American Republicans have expressed hope that Trump's victory would bode well for their community.

Weather

NGT issues preventative measures for Delhi's smog

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed New Delhi and its 4 neighbouring states to undertake emergency measures once pollution reaches severe levels.

These include sprinkling water from choppers, halting construction activities and shutting down power plants.

The NGT also mandated setting up 1 central and 5 state-level monitoring committees to supervise the implementation of its orders and to check pollution from time-to-time.

World

Alibaba's Singles' Day clocks over $5 billion in one hour

Alibaba Group's 'Singles' Day', a 24-hour shopping event held annually, garnered the online retail giant over $5 billion during the first hour of the shopping spree.

The gala event, with celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, is tipped to see more sales than the popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined.

This year, analysts estimate gains nearing $20 billion.

Facebook apologizes for bug which "killed" users

Technology

Facebook apologizes for bug which "killed" users

An unusual bug on Facebook caused the site to show the memorial banner on pages of users who were still alive.

A large number of users were affected, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Users put up statuses and photos to reassure their loved ones that they were still alive despite Facebook's message.

Facebook apologized for what it called a "terrible error".

Cricket

India struggle to draw Rajkot test

The Indian team managed a hard-fought draw as the English bowling attacks spelled disaster for India's batting line-up; India ended at 172/6.

Adil Rashid's devastating spell in the fourth innings threatened to bowl out India; however Kohli's 49 ensured India were not bowled out.

The teams will now travel to Visakhapatnam for the second Test that begins on 17 November.

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