News for the day – in a single page – 21 November 2019



  • It is not known on what basis Rajinikanth says that a miracle will take place in 2021: TN CM EPS

  • The CM is speaking of practices being changed in the past, did the Chief Minister change his own decision of 2018 in 2019 due to fear of electoral defeat? He is expecting someone to go to court and stop the Local Body elections!: MK Stalin on the new ordinance paving way for indirect elections for electing Mayors

  • A record Rs 2.53 lakh crore of loans disbursed in a single month by Public Sector Banks

  • President Kovind to preside over two-day Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lanka’s new PM

  • The launch of PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 scheduled on Nov 25, 2019 at 0928 hrs is rescheduled to launch on Nov27, 2019 at 09:28 hrs from Second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota : ISRO

  • Two Golds for India – Manubhaker wins India’s first gold medal in 10m Air Pistol event at 2019 ISSF World Cup with a score of 244.7, while Tamil Nadu’s Elavenil Valarivan wins second gold with a score of 250.8

Tamil Nadu

‘It is not known on what basis Rajinikanth says that a miracle will take place in 2021’

TN CM EPS intercated with the media today. Excerpts

  • It is not known on what basis Rajinikanth says that a miracle will take place in 2021.
  • The miracle referred to by Rajinikanth could be about the AIADMK coming back to power in 2021.
  • The CM candidate for the 2021 polls will be from the AIADMK
  • Its only after Rajinikanth starts a party I will comment about him and his opinion in detail

‘Complete Thoppur AIIMS before 2021 Assembly elections’

Manickam Tagore B , @manickamtagore – Virudhunagar MP :
  • An announcement was made before the 2016 assembly elections that an AIIMS hospital will be set up in Thoppur.
  • The foundation stone was laid before the 2019 Parliament elections.
  • Currently there is no construction activity, request that the project should be completed before 2021 elections

Highlighting the need for a Multi-speciality Hospital in Sholinganallur

Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian, @ThamizhachiTh – South Chennai MP :

Highlighted to the Central and State Govts the need for a Multi-speciality Hospital in Sholinganallur area in ECR citing the series of road accidents there





Take steps to set up a port at Cuddalore to facilitate export/import and to create employment opportunities:TRV.S.Ramesh – Cuddalore MP

DMK President MK Stalin called on party General Secretary K Anbazhagan and enquired about his health. He was accompanied by party General Secretary Durai Murugan: @arivalayam


Pic Credit: @arivalayam

Smt Kokilavane High Court Advocate grand-daughter of Freedom Fighter, Former Madras Mayor Ayya Chengalvarayan joined BJP today at Chennai BJP HQ Kamalalayam: Pon Radhakrishnan, @PonnaarrBJP

Pic Credit: @PonnaarrBJP

Had the privilege of meeting and interacting with Mr. Sharad Pawar, NCP President, and Senior Parliamentarian: Dr.Thamizhachi Thangapandian – South Chennai MP


Pic Credit: @ThamizhachiTh

MNM President Kamal Haasan to take a break for a few weeks…

MNM President Kamal Haasan to take a break for a few weeks to recoup from the removal of an implant, placed during an surgery earlier.



‘Kalash’ containing holy soil of Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

@PIB_India :

  • On the occasion of 100th year of Jallianwalla Bagh incident, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel handed over the ‘kalash’ containing holy soil of Jalianwalla Bagh in Amritsar to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
  • The holy soil was brought by the Culture Minister on 5th of November when he visited the historical Jalianwalla Bagh National Memorial. 
  • The ‘kalash’ will be placed in the National Museum, New Delhi


Pic Credit: @PIB_india

A record Rs 2.53 lakh crore of loans disbursed in a single month by Public Sector Banks


As per the Union Finance Minister’s directive to Public Sector Banks in September, 2019, Customer Outreach Programmes were conducted by PSBs in participation with other banks and NBFCs in 226 districts (from 01.10.2019 to 09.10.2019) in Phase – I and 148 districts (from 21.10.2019 to 25.10.2019) in Phase – II.

PSBs actively reached out to their customers in these camps and made concerted efforts towards activities such as sanctioning of loans as per prudential normsopening of accounts along with Aadhar and mobile seeding of accounts, and popularizing BHIM app.

The drive also simultaneously galvanised similar outreach efforts in individual branches of PSBs i.e. outside the camps.

Highlights of the achievements during the initiative are as under:

  • Total Disbursements during the month of October 2019 was Rs. 2,52,589 crore including camps and all branches.
  • An amount of Rs. 1,05,599 crore was disbursed towards New Term Loan.
  • An amount of Rs. 46,800 crore was disbursed towards New Working Capital loans.
  • Total New Term Loan + New Working Capital (Rs 1,05,599 crore + Rs 46,800 crore) was 60% of total disbursement.
  • Credit to NBFCs during the month of October 2019 was Rs. 19,627.26 crore.

President Kovind to preside over two-day Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors

  • President Ram Nath Kovind, will preside over a two-day Conference of Governors and Lt. Governors on November 23 and 24, 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • This will be the 50th such Conference to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the third Conference to be presided over by President Kovind.
  • The two-day Conference will discuss important thematic issues in various sessions.
  • It includes tribal issues, reforms in agriculture, Jal Jeevan Mission, new education policy for higher education and governance for ease of living.
  • Governors and Lt. Governors of all States and Union Territories will attend the Conference.
  • The Vice President; Prime Minister; Union Ministers of Home Affairs; Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare; Law and Justice; Human Resource Development; Tribal Affairs; and Jal Shakti; the Vice Chairman and the CEO of NITI Aayog and other senior officials from various Ministries will also participate.
  • A special session on Union Territories will be held on November 22, 2019 to discuss various schemes and achievements of UTs.
  • Apart from Lt. Governors/Administrators of Union Territories, it will be attended by the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials.

PM Narendra Modi unveils the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the CAG office premises

Pic Credit: @PIB_India

Cheer to water starved people as dam starts filling up in Telangana

  • A sight to the sore eyes of the farmers from parched Rajanna Sircilla district.
  • Mid Manair Dam is filling up thanks to Kaleshwaram Project
  • Water has almost touched Sircilla town much to the delight of people

Agatha Sangma daughter of eminent leader PA Sangma weds Patrick

Conrad Sangma, @SangmaConrad – Chief Minister of Meghalaya :
  • Congratulations to the newlyweds!
  • May God bless their union as they begin their journey together.
  • Such a proud and happy moment for our family.
Pic Credit: @SangmaConrad

Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lanka’s new PM

Mahinda Rajapaksa, @PresRajapaksa :
  • I’m honoured to have taken oaths as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister.
  • I look forward to serving all Sri Lankans as we take our country forward with a new vision to further develop and protect it for future generations.


Pic Credit: @PresRajapaksa


Did you know?

The viaduct over Kathipara junction was constructed without providing any temporary supports from underneath.

@cmrlofficial – Chennai Metro Rail :

  • Balanced Cantilever Span – The construction of the Balanced Cantilever over Kathipara flyover is an addition to the Infrastructural Heritage of Chennai.
  • The Balanced Cantilever was constructed to avoid any interruption of traffic at the busy junction, is 177.352 m long with the central span being the longest with 72.068m (constant width 8.8m).
  • The structure is at an average of 20m from ground level (with a clearance of 13m from the existing Kathipara Flyover)
  • The two piers supporting the mid span (75.068m) are constructed over six pile group foundations with a unique, aesthetic double pier system to carry the heavy loads.
  • The anchoring pier has an open foundation and the other anchoring pier is a double level portal pier.
  • The double level is for Corridor 1 in the first level and for anchoring the balanced Cantilever on the second level (Corridor 2).
  • The whole structure was constructed without providing any temporary supports from underneath.


A glorious retirement ceremony!

@supriyasahuias – Supriya Sahu :
  • Salute to the unsung canine K9 Heroes of the @CISFHQrswho were given an emotional farewell on their retirement after serving with the force for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for many years.
  • First time CISF organised a glorious retirement ceremony. Absolutely heartwarming.




Inspiring initiative by children in Ukraine

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Quotes of Sri Sri Ravishankar

Repose in that peaceful, cool, calm, serene depth of your Being. You know, this is something immensely valuable and precious :


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