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  • Oxford Dictionaries will have a Hindi word of the year for 2017.
  • The Hindi word of the year will be a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest this year. The chosen word should reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the year. It is not necessarily a new word, but should be one that is strongly linked somehow to 2017.
  • This word of the year will be announced in January 2018.Oxford Dictionaries has called on Hindi speakers across the country to help choose the word. Submissions need to be made before November 29.
  • Following the public suggestions, the word will be chosen by the Hindi Dictionaries team at Oxford University Press (OUP) along with an advisory panel of language experts who each bring a unique perspective.
  • The panel includes writer-publisher Namita Gokhle, Indian language expert Kritika Agrawal, journalist Saurabh Dwivedi, senior editorial manager at OUP India Malika Ghosh, and Ranchi University associate professor Poonam Nigam Sahay.
  • Kritika Agrawal, language champion for Oxford's Hindi Living Dictionary, says that the Hindi word of the year is a big leap forward for the Hindi language as it aims to highlight the social and cultural relevance of Hindi in the current context.

  • His Highness King Suyash the First, a 24-year-old Indore boy, has given birth to the idea of the first 'virtual governance of a kingdom' named 'Kingdom of Dixit', which will be ruled online from India. A software engineer from the city decided this after he declared himself the king of an unclaimed strip of 800 square miles of land between Egypt and Sudan.
  • In an exclusive interview with the Times of India, Suyash said that he did not necessarily want his kingdom to be a place where people came to live, but instead wanted to run a country on a community basis.
  • "To make money, I might also offer people to be the President of the country for a month and charge a huge amount for it," the king said, declaring his plan to form a community based kingdom where everyone will be connected to each other online.
  • An avid internet surfer, Dixit had read online about this only patch on Earth which was habitable but not a part of any country several years ago. 20 days ago when his trip to Egypt was finalized, he sought the blessings of the former claimant of the land, a US resident Jeremiah Heaton and made plans to become the king.
  • Suyash, who is also the CEO of a IT company, has till now received over 800 applications from people across the globe to be his kingdom's citizens and has received over thousand friend requests on his social media website.

  • India is a natural ally of the US due to their shared commitment to democracy and counter-terrorism, according to a senior White House official who said the bilateral relationship is going to get stronger and better under the Trump administration.
  • White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah's remarks came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held a meeting in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.
  • The two countries are going to have a "strong relationship and it's going to get stronger" under this president, Shah, the highest-ranking Indian-American ever in the White House press wing, told a group of Indian reporters on 13 Nov.
  • "India is a natural ally of the United States, because of the shared commitment to democracy and to counterterrorism, and because the region is so vital to the US security," he said.
  • Shah said that the US-India relationship should stand on its own leg and "not be contingent" on any other relationship.

  • West Bengal today won its two-year-long 'rossogolla war' against Odisha.
  • Both states claimed to have invented the dessert, but it was West Bengal that obtained the 'Geographical Indications of Goods Registration' (GI) tag for it. That officially makes the rossogollaa Bengali invention.
  • The GI tag ensures that only registered and authorised users make use of a product name.
  • The 'rossogolla war' began in September 2015, after the Odisha government began celebrating 'Rossogolla Diwas'', or 'Rossogolla Day', on the day that a festival called 'Ulto Ratha' falls
  • Odisha said that according to legend, the goddess Lakshmi is annoyed when her husband Jagannatha leaves her alone at home during the 'ratha yatra'. She then refuses to allow him in. To appease her, he presents her a bowl of rossogollas. This is the origin of the dessert, said Odisha.
  • Not possible, said West Bengal. It claimed that rossogolla is made of curdled milk which has always been considered 'impure' and was never an offering to the gods. So, there's no way it was offered by Jagannatha to Lakshmi.

  • The second phase of BharatNet project with an outlay of Rs 31,000 crore and a mandate to provide high-speed broadband to all panchayats by March 2019 got off the block on 13 Nov.
  • Additionally, the Department of Telecom requested all states to provide a list of unconnected villages so that all of them can be connected with telecom services by 2020.
  • Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, along with Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present at the launch of the second phase of the project.
  • "Under the project, we will provide 1 gbps (gigabuit per second) bandwidth capacity at panchayat level. The Cabinet in July 2017 approved a modified implementation strategy for BharatNet which include..project completion for all 2.5 lakh panchayats by March 2019," Sinha said at the launch.
  • The telecom ministry expects to complete the first phase of the project covering over 1 lakh panchayats by the end of December. As per official data, broadband services have already been started in more than 48,000 panchayats and over 75,000 panchayats are ready for the services.
  • "The progress of service readiness has picked up to such an extent that in October 2017 around 25,000 gram panchayats have already been made service ready. All 1 lakh panchayats under first phase will be ready for broadband by the end of December," Sinha said.

  • Clinical research conducted in India is not in consonance with the country's disease burden and healthcare needs, an audit of Clinical Trials Registry has revealed.
  • Disease burden is the impact of a health problem as measured by its financial cost, mortality or morbidity.
  • It is often quantified in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), which quantify the number of years lost due to a disease.
  • The largest number of clinical trials (16.4%) conducted in India were in cancer, an ailment which ranked way down on the disease burden list.
  • While infectious diseases which topped the country's disease burden, accounted for only 5% of the total trials and ranked 7th on the list, an analysis published in scientific journal, Perspectives in Clinical Research says.
  • A large number of trials on non-communicable diseases leads to a conclusion that though India is possibly contributing to global research, it may not be relevant for its population. The disparity between trials and disease burden, may impact pharmaceutical research and development of essential drugs.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 13 Nov made a strong pitch for greater cooperation between India and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations), which would power both regions to mutual economic growth and overall development.
  • "In the near future, south Asia and southeast Asia will be the development engine of the world," PM Modi said at the ASEAN business and investment summit in Manila, Philippines.
  • "Government of India's 'Act East policy' puts this (ASEAN) region at the centre of our engagement," he added.PM Modi went on to say that the task of transforming the country is proceeding at an "unprecedented scale" and invited the 10-member bloc to participate in India's growth story.
  • The prime minister said the focus of his government has been to make India a global manufacturing hub and initiatives like Start Up India and Stand Up India ensure to make youngsters job creators, and not merely job seekers.
  • Speaking about the reforms that are changing the economic landscape of India, PM Modi said demonetisation has transformed India into a less-cash economy while the unified tax regime of GST has given a huge boost to the ease of doing business in the country.

  • At least 100 bank accounts of shell companies allegedly managed by Jaya TV MD Vivek Jayaraman, a nephew of convicted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, have been frozen, said I-T sources on11 Nov.
  • The action comes three days after I-T searches commenced at 188 properties owned by Sasikala, her extended family members and associates in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
  • The searches, till Friday, had yielded Rs 6 crore in cash, 8.5 kg gold and documents relating to investments worth Rs 1,200 crore of unaccounted money. Many valuables were recovered from unused hostel rooms of a women's college owned by Sasikala's brother V Dhivaharan at Mannargudi, said sources.
  • "We froze 100 bank accounts after we found that they belong to 20-odd shell companies. Crores of rupees were deposited in them soon after demonetisation was announced last year. The accounts were being operated by Vivek Jayaraman," a senior I-T official told TOI.
  • "We recovered many documents relating to these shell companies from Vivek's house. Some documents were seized from the houses of his sister Krishna Priya and an auditor. We are also examining documents of some properties held by benamis," said the official.
  • A senior I-T official said, "Vivek and his associates used the money from these bank accounts to buy movable and immovable properties worth several crores."Searches were still continuing in some places, including Kodanad estate owned by Sasikala, because some lockers there were yet to be opened, the source said. "Our officials are questioning some people to ferret out more details about the seized documents," said the official.

  • At a time when the government is pushing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the fire at Delhi's largest landfill site only highlights the magnitude of India's garbage problem.
  • Bhalswa the landfill that caught fire had crossed the permissible height by at least 30 meters as per the norms laid by environment ministry.
  • In the last two decades, Indian cities have seen a rising tide of waste that's disposed of in open dumps. Such landfills, often on fire, are only aggravating the pollution problem, contaminating both air and groundwater.
  • For example, Bengaluru produced 200 tonnes of garbage a day in 2000, and fifteen years later, the quantity rose to 3,700 tonnes, which is a 1,750 per cent increase.
  • Delhi has also witnessed an unprecedented growth in garbage produced daily, going from 400 tonnes a day in 2000 to 8,700 tonnes a day in 2015 -- a rise of 2,075 per cent.

  • Vijay Upadhayaya, the first Indian to compose classical western music on Chinese cultural themes, will be presenting his 60-member orchestra at a Beijing auditorium on 14 november. The composition, which Upadhayaya will present, was commissioned by the government backed China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
  • "on 13 Nov, we will present symphonic music for large orchestra that reflect Chinese philosophy and use some of the Chinese musical instruments," Upadhyaya told "We will also use the traditional way of Chinese singing where music follows the tones of the language."
  • Lucknow-born Upadhyaya will conduct it with 90 musicians in the orchestra and 70 singers in the chorus. Almost all of them are Chinese barring 11 Europeans, who joined him from Vienna. Upadhyaya will present a 75-minute symphony, Chang'an Men, which traces Chinese musical traditions in different states of history and an opera.
  • "We will present an opera which goes back to Chinese vocal traditions, which has been neglected for decades until recent years," the composer said.
  • Chang'an Men incorporates compilations by Confucius, 6th century poems from The Book of Songs called Shi Jing, a traditional Nanyin song, and text written by Chinese sage Lao Tse.

  • Vijay Upadhayaya, the first Indian to compose classical western music on Chinese cultural themes, will be presenting his 60-member orchestra at a Beijing auditorium on 14 november. The composition, which Upadhayaya will present, was commissioned by the government backed China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
  • "on 13 Nov, we will present symphonic music for large orchestra that reflect Chinese philosophy and use some of the Chinese musical instruments," Upadhyaya told "We will also use the traditional way of Chinese singing where music follows the tones of the language."
  • Lucknow-born Upadhyaya will conduct it with 90 musicians in the orchestra and 70 singers in the chorus. Almost all of them are Chinese barring 11 Europeans, who joined him from Vienna. Upadhyaya will present a 75-minute symphony, Chang'an Men, which traces Chinese musical traditions in different states of history and an opera.
  • "We will present an opera which goes back to Chinese vocal traditions, which has been neglected for decades until recent years," the composer said.
  • Chang'an Men incorporates compilations by Confucius, 6th century poems from The Book of Songs called Shi Jing, a traditional Nanyin song, and text written by Chinese sage Lao Tse.

  • More women exercised their franchise than men in Himachal Pradesh which recorded its highest turnout in Assembly polls at 74.61 per cent, according to official figure.
  • As many as 19,10,582 female voters exercised their franchise against 18,11,061 male voters in the hill state, where the BJP seeks to dislodge the ruling Congress on the issue of corruption while deflecting attacks on demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • The number of male voters in the electoral roll was about 74,200 more than female voters.
  • In 48 out of 68 Assembly constituencies, the polling percentage of women was higher than men, whereas in only 15 seats the number of female voters was more than men.
  • In the biggest Kangra district, 4,61,278 women cast votes against 3,96,208 men, outnumbering them in all 15 Assembly seats. Similarly, in Mandi district, the number of votes polled by women was 2,96,898 against 2,71,725 by men.
  • Women voters outnumbered men in all the 14 constituencies in Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur districts, polling 4,22,503 votes against 3,64,285 by men.

  • The efforts of the Election Commission have borne fruit with 100 per cent polling being recorded in apparently the remotest village of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 7,700ft in Pir Panjal ranges of the Dhauladhar mountains, Bara Bhangal in Kangra district has 70 voters.
  • The village got a polling booth of its own in 2007, and to reach there polling parties have to be lifted via helicopter or are forced to trek for three days and two nights.
  • As the helicopter which was to ferry the polling team of seven could not take off due to bad weather, the team members had to trek around 28km carrying EVMs and VVPATs to reach the polling booth.
  • All 45 men and 25 women of voted. Sub-divisional magistrate Murarilal said a helicopter will take flight from Pathankot on 10Nov.morning to bring back the polling party. "A middle school of the area was turned into the polling booth," Murarilal said.

  • For the first time, Apple Inc has decided to come to an Indian engineering college with job offers. And after learning about the tech giant's presence at this year's campus recruitments, students at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-H) here have found a good reason to be elated with optimism.
  • "We are elated that Apple has decided to come for our campus placements this year. We are not sure of the kind of profiles that the company will be offering. However, it will provide an opportunity to the graduating students to showcase their skills before representatives of the firm," said T V Devi Prasad, head of placements at IIITH, adding that the placements for Apple are likely to be for its Hyderabad or Bengaluru facilities.
  • Apart from Apple, the other big companies that have registered with IIITH are Microsoft, Google, and Philips to name a few.
  • Close to 350 BTech, BE, MTech and MSc (research) students from the institute have so far registered for the placement drive that is set to begin in December.
  • Officials said they observed a rise in the number of companies hiring for artificial intelligence (AI), data science, automation and deep learning this placement season.
  • "The companies will be holding technical interviews in which students who are well acquainted with Python (a computing language) will be preferred. Majority of them are offering jobs for product development and research and development profiles," said Prasad.

  • Only one in every four car occupants use seatbelts and those living in the south of the country are the most reluctant to use this life-saving technology, a survey conducted by an automobile major has found.
  • The survey also reveals the share of women drivers skipping this mandatory rule while driving is higher at 81% in comparison to their male counterparts at 68%.
  • The "Seatbelt Use in India" survey conducted by Maruti Suzuki India across 17 cities in all regions covering over 2,500 drivers and passengers indicates that only strict enforcement can make more people wear their seatbelts with 80% respondents saying it was the fear of police action and fines which motivated them to wear seatbelts.
  • Contrary to perceptions that more people in Delhi-NCR are strapping themselves to their seats because of stringent enforcement, the survey has found that the share of drivers using this safety feature is lower than even neighbouring Meerut.
  • The survey results are significant considering at least 15 people died (5,638 in 2016) in road accidents because of not wearing seatbelts.
  • According to global studies, wearing of seatbelts reduces risk of death by 45% and cut risks of serious injury by 50%. Moreover, people not wearing seatbelts are 30 times more likely to be thrown out of a vehicle in a crash.
  • In a heartening trend, 90% of drivers in Nagpur and over 80% in Jaipur and Chandigarh use seatbelts according to the survey. On the other hand, not one person surveyed in Coimbatore, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, said they used seatbelts. Shockingly, Indore in MP and Bengaluru in Karnataka also had very poor levels of compliance.

  • The humble khichdi, a traditional rice and lentil dish, made it to the Guinness book on 4 Nov.A team of 30 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor cooked 918kg khichdi, and thereby entered the Guinness World Records for the largest serving of a beans and rice dish in the world.
  • It was prepared overnight in a mammoth kadhai or wok at World Food India festival at India Gate lawns. Hundreds of kilograms of rice, dal, vegetables and spices were mixed to make the dish.
  • "I'm satisfied with our efforts and this dish represents the entire country," Kapoor said, adding that it was made with a lot of love and was a gift of India to the world. He also said that he was proud of all humble things and believed in simplicity, and khichdi, an easy to digest dish, was representative of that.
  • Kapoor said that grains and ingredients from across the country were used in making the dish. "It is a new recipe but we haven't named it yet. I believe food should be used to unite people," he said.
  • The giant wok in which the khichdi was steam cooked was placed on a tall pedestal, and a crane had to be used to lower the vessel so that it could be weighed by the records officials.As the khichdi cooked inside the wok, huge spatulas, almost the size of oars, were used to stir the dish.
  • Present at the event were Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who added finishing touches and tadka to the dish.

  • India offers "golden opportunities" for global investors in sectors such as infrastructure, transport, agriculture and food processing, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on 4 Nov.
  • Not only the country is going to offer a world class infrastructure in highways in two years, waterways and agriculture are also undergoing massive reforms that include 325 irrigation projects and massive river-interlinking programme, the Road, Transport, Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation minister said.
  • Addressing the World Food India 2017 conference on the 'Opportunities in Infrastructure Technology & Equipment', Gadkari said, "There are golden opportunities for investors in food processing, agriculture, water transport, highways, shipping and other sectors."
  • "We are bound to create a world-class infrastructure in coming two years. Of the 32 logistic parks, 24 have already been identified on National Corridors to be built at a cost of Rs 2 lakh crore. These parks will cater to key production and consumption centres accounting for 45 per cent of India's road freight," the minister said.
  • He said the work has already been started at Chennai, Bangalore, Vijaywada, Hyderabad, Surat and Guwahati for logistic parks that are designed to house cold storages and warehouses

  • For the first time, India, Nepal and Bangladesh will be conducting the 2018 tiger census in close coordination in their respective territories at the same time. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is responsible for conducting the exercise in India, has proposed major changes including uniformity in counting of big cats in all tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country at the same time.
  • This will also be the first time when field directors, divisional forest officers and range officers from UP, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh will be given expert training for the census in all six forest zones of the country in the second week of November. The census will be held under the supervision of NTCA and the Wildlife Institute of India.
  • Talking to TOI, NTCA additional inspector general Vaibhav Mathur said, "Both Nepal and Bangladesh have shown interest in holding tiger census in sync with us. That's because some of their forest regions adjoin Indian territories.
  • This is a welcome development as it will strengthen ties between the neighbouring countries and will also help in conserving tiger population.
  • When asked about the special training programme, Mathur said, "Earlier, the training was planned from November 8, but it is now expected to start from November 15. It will be a three-day exercise that will be organized in all six forest zones of India."

  • When Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, told him in the 1930s that she wanted to marry a young man named Neville Wadia from a prominent Parsi family of Bombay that had built the famous Cusrow Baug in Colaba and Jer Baug and Rustom Baug in Byculla, he was furious.
  • "There are millions of Muslim boys in India," he told her, and she could marry anyone she chose. Dina promptly replied, "Father, there were millions of Muslim girls in India. Why did you not marry one of them?"
  • The young Jinnah had married a Parsi girl, Rattanbai "Ruttie" Petit (she died in 1929). Dina Wadia, their only child and mother of Bombay Dyeing chairman Nusli Wadia, who stood up to her father by marrying Neville Wadia at a time when Jinnah was consolidating his position as the pre-eminent leader of India's Muslims and who later staked claim to Jinnah House at Malabar Hill as the Pakistan founder's "sole heir," passed away at her New York residence on 2 nov. She was 98 and had been ailing for some time.
  • The London-born Dina spent a major part of her life in Mumbai but had been living in the US for the past few decades.
  • Her industrialist son Nusli, who shared a close bond with her, had been shuttling between Mumbai and New York, spending a lot of time with her.
  • Nusli had told TOI in 2008 that "I speak to my mother once a day every day no matter where I am... I don't think there is any mother-son relationship in the world as close as ours." Besides Nusli, Dina is survived by her daughter Diana, grandsons Ness and Jeh, and great-grandchildren Jah and Ella. Her funeral will be held in New York.

  • Citing an order passed by the Supreme Court, the Centre told the apex court on 2 Nov.that all subscribers had to link their mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar by February 6 under E-KYC verification and production of Aadhaar proof was mandatory for opening new bank accounts.
  • The Centre's new affidavit, running into 113 pages and filed through advocate Zoheb Hossain, said it was the SC which had approved the norm for mandatory Aadhaar-mobile phone linkage in the Lokniti Foundation case on February 6 with a window of one year.
  • The government also asserted that no starvation death had taken place anywhere because of anyone not having Aadhaar.
  • The deadline for linkage of Aadhaar with mobile phone number cannot be modified by the government unilaterally (as it is fixed by the SC)," the Centre said, adding that it has decided to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with existing bank accounts till March 31.
  • The assertion acquires significance considering that while hearing a separate petition on 30 oct challenging the mandatory linking of mobile phones with Aadhaar, a two-judge bench of the SC had sought the government's response in next four weeks.

  • About 60 companies from Japan and 12 CEOs of major firms of that country will take part in the three-day World Food India event that kicks off on 4 Nov., its envoy Kenji Hiramatsu said on Nov 3 .
  • Addressing a gathering at a reception held at the Japanese Embassy for representatives of 11 of those firms, the envoy urged both the sides to work towards "establishing a network" which can be "mutually beneficial".
  • "Japan is a partner country in the mega event that will take place in Delhi for the next three days. About 60 Japanese firms will participate in it. Our Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will be arriving on 4 Nov. to attend the event," Hiramatsu said.
  • The Ambassador said the world food event would help bring Japanese investment in India."The Indo-Japan relationship is expanding and deepening dramatically. And, the special bond between Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe is already seen in economic, politics and security fields," he said.
  • He emphasised to the investors from both the sides that there were "amazing possibilities" in the country.
  • The Embassy has put up a spread of its ethnic cuisine and Hiramatsu invited the guests to sample the Japanese delicacies from the buffet.

  • In a major feat, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed the world's highest motorable road in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, passing through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.
  • The feat was achieved under 'Project Himank' of the organisation.Being close to Hanle, the 86km long strategic road connects Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 km from Leh. These villages are stone's throw away from the India-China border in eastern sector, a spokesman of BRO said.
  • Felicitating the BRO personnel for completing the herculean task, chief engineer, Project Himank, Brigadier DM Purvimath, said constructing the road at the altitude of over 19,300 feet was filled with life-threatening challenges. He said the climate at the location is always adverse for construction activities.
  • "During peak summers, temperature hovers around minus 10-20 degrees Celsius, and in winters, it dips to minus 40 degrees. Oxygen level at the altitude is 50 per cent less than at normal places," Purvimath said.
  • "Efficiency of machines and manpower declines by 50 per cent due to harsh climate and less oxygen level. Also, machine operators have to come down every 10 minutes for oxygen," he said.
  • The brigadier said logistics was another major challenge at such an altitude."Taking equipment at such a height, repairing and maintaining it is a major task since equipment face a lot of breakdowns," he said.
  • Purvimath said because of this gradation, the personnel faced serious health problems like loss of memory, eyesight and high blood pressure.

  • After years of requests by archaeologists and local historians, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has finally approved the excavation of what locals believe is the site of the 'Lakshagriha', the house of lac which features in an important incident in the Mahabharata.
  • The site is located in Barnawa area of Baghpat district.Retired ASI superintending archaeologist, (excavation) KK Sharma said, "Lakshagriha plays a significant part in the Mahabharata. The Kauravas had built the palace out of lac and planned to burn the Pandavas alive, but the brothers escaped through a tunnel.
  • The structure was located in what is now Baghpat, at the site called Barnawa. In fact, Barnawa is the twisted name of Varnavrat, one of the five villages that the Pandavas had demanded from the Kauravas to settle in after their exile."
  • Speaking to TOI, director (excavation) of ASI Jitender Nath said, "After a thorough study of the proposal we have given licence to two ASI authorities, Institute of Archaeology in Red Fort, Delhi, and our excavation branch, to jointly conduct the excavation."
  • According to ASI officials, the excavation will begin in the first week of December and will continue for three months. Students of the Institute of Archaeology will also participate in it.

  • Khichdi, an amalgamation of rice, lentils and apices, is on its way to become the country's national food. The humble khichdi will be unveiled as an Indian super food at the country's biggest-ever global food show, the World Food India in the national capital on November 4.
  • The highlight of the event will be some of the country's top chefs coming together to cook a pot of khichdi weighing 800 kg. The organisers plan to make the Guinness World Records for the largest khichdi ever to be cooked.
  • Citing sources, Navbharat Times reported that the Ministry of Food Processing had put forth khichdi as representative of Indian cuisine, which was approved by the Centre.
  • The ministry, which is led by Harsmirat Kaur Badal, gave the rationale that the dish is enjoyed by everyone, be they rich or poor and can be considered the "queen of all foods".
  • It is healthy, delicious and economical to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients to make.

  • The government is working with the World Bank to recognise over 200 reforms that will help propel India into the top-50 bracket in ease of doing business, according to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Ramesh Abhishek.
  • "We have already implemented 122 reforms this year, and are working with World Bank to recognise these. We will further initiate 90 more ease of doing business reforms this year," Abhishek told reporters on the sidelines of the CII Invest North conclave.
  • Indiaon 31 oct jumped 30 places to rank 100th in the World Bank's 'ease of doing business' ranking, helped by a slew of reforms in taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.
  • "A jump of 30 positions in the World Bank rankings is extremely commendable. Now the aim is to move into the top-50 countries bracket," he added.
  • Abhishek said his department has already started meeting stakeholders and taking feedback from them on the reform measures taken by the government to improve business climate.
  • "This exercise has helped us a lot. This time we focused mainly on taking feedback from stakeholders. All nodal ministries were taking feedback," he said.
  • The Secretary also said the World Bank report has acknowledged that GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a substantial reform and "hopefully it will have a positive impact on the country's ranking next year".

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