1. CAT 2014 students to get 30 minutes more to attempt questions: Candidates appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) for entrance to IIMs and other prestigious business schools on November 16 and 22 will get 30 minutes more as number of questions will be more this time. "Earlier, candidates appearing for CAT were getting 140 minutes to solve the paper, but now time has been increased to 170 minutes," a spokesperson of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, which is conducting the online CAT 2014, told PTI on Tuesday. Read More
2. Vehement opposition from Sangh outfits on GM crop trials puts government under pressure: Two RSS linked outfits on sought a ban on field trials of genetically-modified crops, cleared by biotech regulator GEAC, even as the government said that no decision will be taken in haste. Representatives of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Bhartiya Kissan Sangh met the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on the issue of field trials of GM crops of certain varieties of rice, brinjal and cotton among others. They apprised him about their concerns while claiming that the Minister has assured them that the decision about field trials of GM crops has been "put on hold". Read More
3. Latest on Israel-Hamas conflict: Bloodiest Eid in Gaza as Israel intensifies attacks; 100 killed: Following the worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012, the Israeli military has stepped up its offensive against Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. The ever present Israel-Gaza conflict escalated last month after Israel's arrest of hundreds of Hamas activists in the occupied West Bank, where three Israeli youths went missing on June 12. Read More
4. Himachal Pradesh bus accident: 20 dead, 15 injured as bus travelling from Shimla falls into gorge: A state roadways bus fell into a 400 m deep gorge in Kadhar Ghat in Basantpur area killing 20 people. 15 people got injured in the accident. The injured have been taken to Indira Gandhi College and Hospital in Shimla, say reports.