One killed as French drivers protest fuel tax, Pranab addresses IIM-A, and other news in pictures

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, block a road in Donges, France on November 17, 2018.

Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, block a road in Donges, France on November 17, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

5 pm

 

Fuel tax protest in France

French officials say a woman was killed on November 17 when a driver accelerated as demonstrators blocked roads during fuel tax protest.

Drivers in France are blocked roads across the country to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron.

Protesters pledged to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the bypass that rings Paris on Saturday. The government is preparing to send police to remove protesters and threatening fines.

The taxes are part of Mr. Macron’s strategy of weaning France off fossil fuels. Many drivers see them as emblematic of a presidency seen as disconnected from day-to-day economic difficulties.

The protesters have dubbed themselves the “yellow jackets” because they wear fluorescent vests that all French drivers must keep in their vehicles in case of car troubles.

Separately, ambulances briefly blocked Paris’ Champs-Elysees on November 16 to protest new rules on ambulance financing and put pressure on Macron’s government.

4 pm

 

Missing Argentina submarine crew members’ kin protest

The Argentine Navy said on November 17 a private company hired by the government has located the submarine ARA San Juan some 800 m below the ocean's surface a year after it went missing with 44 crew members aboard.

A relative of one of the 44 crew members of the missing ARA San Juan submarine reacts as she talks to journalists in Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 17, 2018 outside the Argentine Naval Base where the submarine sailed from.

A relative of one of the 44 crew members of the missing ARA San Juan submarine reacts as she talks to journalists in Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 17, 2018 outside the Argentine Naval Base where the submarine sailed from.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

The San Juan had a seven-day supply of air when it last reported its position on November 15, 2017. The crew had been ordered to return to a naval base at Mar del Plata on the country's east coast, after reporting water had entered the vessel through its snorkel.

Ocean Infinity, a maritime company that can search and map the seabed, was hired by Argentina following the failure of a massive international operation to find the vessel after it went missing in the South Atlantic.

The disaster spurred soul-searching over the state of the military in Argentina, which - after a series of financial crises - has one of Latin America's smallest defense budgets relative to the size of its economy.

 

3 pm

 

Pranab Mukherjee at IIM(A)

Former President Pranab Mukherjee at the Indian Institute of Manangement, (IIM) Ahmedabad.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee at the Indian Institute of Manangement, (IIM) Ahmedabad.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji

 

Former President Pranab Mukherjee  addressed a public lecture on "Articulating Policy and Industrial Agenda for Future Transformation of India" at Indian Institute of Manangement, (IIM) Ahmedabad on Saturday. 

 

2 pm

Cyclone damage in Karaikal assessed

Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy convened an emergency meeting of the Cabinet to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Gaja. Revenue officials were present at the meeting.

Puducherry Chief Minister, V. Narayanasami chairing a Cabinet meeting to discuss the damage caused due to cyclone Gaja, in Puducherry on Saturday.

Puducherry Chief Minister, V. Narayanasami chairing a Cabinet meeting to discuss the damage caused due to cyclone Gaja, in Puducherry on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: T. Singaravelou

 

Cyclone Gaja, which made a landfall near Vedaranyam on early Friday, caused heavy damage to property in Karaikal region. It damaged many electricity poles, flattened trees and destroyed houses in Karaikal. Power supply had been completely disrupted in the region.

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1.15 pm

New Patna High Court CJ sworn in

Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi being administered oath of office by Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon as Chief Justice of Patna High Court at Rajbhawan in Patna on Saturday November 17, 2018.

Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi being administered oath of office by Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon as Chief Justice of Patna High Court at Rajbhawan in Patna on Saturday November 17, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar

 

Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Patna High Court by Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon at a ceremony in the Raj Bhavan in Patna on Saturday. The Governor also administered the oath of office to the new Chief Justice.

Last month, the Supreme Court Collegium recommended Patna High Court Chief Justice Mukeshkumar Rasikbhai Shah for elevation as a judge to the apex court. Folllowing this, the Collegium recommended Justice Sahi as the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.

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12.15 pm

Migrants won’t see armed US soldiers on border

U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of the military pass concertina wire during a tour of the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego.

U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of the military pass concertina wire during a tour of the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won’t find are armed American soldiers standing guard.

Instead they will see cranes installing towering panels of metal bars and troops wrapping concertina wire around barriers while military helicopters fly overhead, carrying border patrol agents to and from locations along the US-Mexico border.

The US military has deployed 5,800 active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border.

So far, more are not expected, despite President Donald Trump’s initial assessment that 10,000 to 15,000 were needed to secure the border against what he has called an “invasion” of migrants. Most in the caravan of several thousand are families, including hundreds of children.

10.30 am

England set Sri Lanka 301 to win Pallekele test

England's James Anderson is bowled out by Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella watches during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

England's James Anderson is bowled out by Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera as wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella watches during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

England were all out for 346 in their second innings in the first session on the fourth day, setting Sri Lanka 301 for victory in the second test on Saturday.

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes followed up his debut century during the win in Galle with an unbeaten 65 to boost the touring side's lead. Captain Joe Root hit 124 while opener Rory Burns made 59 on Friday.

Akila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling action after the Galle test but is free to play, notched up career-best figures of 6-115 for the hosts, who trail 1-0 in the three-test series. Dilruwan Perera picked up 3-96

9.30 am

Annual Sabarimala pilgrimage begins

Devotees at the 'sannidhanam' of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The 62-day annual pilgrimage to the hill shrine began amid unprecedented security today.

Devotees at the 'sannidhanam' of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The 62-day annual pilgrimage to the hill shrine began amid unprecedented security today.   | Photo Credit: H. Vibhu

 

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made at the Lord Ayyappa's shrine in Sabarimala, which opened for the two-month-long pilgrimage season commencing Saturday after the Supreme Court allowed women of menstrual age to offer prayers.

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8.30 am

APEC CEO Summit

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States will not end its trade action against China until it amends its trade polices.

Speaking at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence said the United States would not remove trade tariffs with China until it changes its policies.

 

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