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Shiv Sena attacks Kasuri book launch-organiser, to continue protests

Hours before the launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book, main organiser and former journalist Sudheendra Kulkarni was attacked and his face blackened by Shiv Sena activists here on Monday. The incident was widely condemned but the party said it would continue its protests against the visiting Pakistani leader. The incident happened when Kulkarni was leaving his home in Sion in south-central Mumbai, when a group of around a dozen Sena activists accosted him. Source: IANS

Dadri-like incidents will damage BJP, NDA: Parrikar

Incidents like the lynching in Dadri, near the national capital last month, will actually damage the BJP and the NDA, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, even as he gave a clean chit to the RSS vis-a-vis rising incidents of communal violence. Parrikar who was speaking during a public interaction event also said that some of the incidents were being "blown out of proportion" by vested political interests. "I think these incidents would actually damage the BJP or the NDA. It also damages the cause or the vision that the prime minister has and therefore they cannot be in the interest of the BJP or the NDA or the country," Parrikar said in response to a question about the Dadri episode at the event. Source: IANS

Modi must speak on lynching, says AAP

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak up on the lynching of a man following rumours that he ate beef. "When the prime minister can speak on any incident abroad, why is he mum on (Mohammad) Akhlaq's killing?" Kumar Vishwas asked at a media interaction. The Aam Aadmi Party leader's reference was to the September 28 killing of Akhlaq by a mob at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. Source: IANS

Surface transport ministry certified ISO 9001 : 2008

The union surface transport and highways ministry was on Monday conferred with ISO 9001 : 2008 certification for monitoring, planning, development and maintenance of highway infrastructure and road transport in India, an official statement said. "Administrative efficiency is the most vital ingredient for the successful working of an organization," said Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari while receiving the certification from Indian Register Quality Systems (IRQS) CMD Arun Sharma, the statement said. Source: IANS

Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal quits

Infosys chief financial officer (CFO) Rajiv Bansal has resigned, the global software major said. "Bansal has informed the company of his intention to resign. He will be replaced by M.D. Ranganath at the close of business," the IT firm said in a statement after announcing financial results for the July-September second quarter of fiscal 2015-16. Bansal, who has also been the executive vice-president, however, will continue as an advisor to the company's chief executive Vishal Sikka and the board of directors till December 31 for a smooth transition. Source: IANS

Vodafone India to launch 4G services in Mumbai

Vodafone India announced it will launch its 4G services in Mumbai by December. "We are the leading service provider in Mumba,i and our customers have a lot to look forward to. We are excited to launch our new 4G services in the superior 1800 MHz band in Mumbai," Ishmeet Singh, business head-Mumbai, Vodafone India, said in a statement. "Having launched 4G services in several countries, Vodafone has the requisite expertise and experience to ensure that its 4G service in Mumbai will be best in class," he added. The company said it has already rolled out over 1,000 sites in the past six months and invested over Rs.500 crore in Mumbai. Source: IANS

Google dedicates doodle to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Internet search giant Google paid tributes to Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his birth anniversary. The doodle showed the musician singing, his left hand raised to make the letter "l" in the word Google. Born on October 13, 1948, Khan was primarily a singer of qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. The singer died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 49 on August 16, 1997. Source: IANS

Kotak Mahindra Bank studying integrating ING Vysya's technology

Private sector Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd is in the process of studying integrating the technology platforms of ING Vysya Bank and the study is expected to be over in couple of quarters, said a senior official. Recently ING Vysya Bank got merged with Kotak Mahindra Bank thereby making the latter the fourth largest private bank in the country with over 1,200 branches and over 1,900 automatic teller machines (ATM). Source: IANS

Science and Technology Minister inaugurates Medical Biotechnology Complex

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union minister for Science and Technology, inaugurated Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology’s (CCMB) Medical Biotechnology Complex. While delivering speech after the inauguration, the minister said that scientists must concentrate on researches that try to find solutions for masses and that’s why must get research ideas from the perspective of general mass and not from laboratories. The minister also asked the scientific community to “introspect the work done” and then plan the future research for making breakthrough in field of medicine. Bandaru Dattatreya, Union minister for Labour and Employment, stressed on manufacturing medicines at affordable cost for making medicine available to the unpriveliedged.

Messi the best in last 10 years, no intention to head FIFA: Pele

Football king Pele has rated Argentina’s talismanic forward Lionel Messi as the best footballer of the last ten years and declared he has no intention of heading FIFA. However, the Brazilian legend refused to compare Messi with the former greats saying it was difficult to draw comparison between "past players and those playing at the moment". "But, of course, in the last ten years, Messi was the best player," Pele said at a media conference. Source: IANS

Sania-Hingis lifts 8th Trophy this Season by Winning WTA China Open

The celebrated Indo-Swiss pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, popularly known as SanTina, has won their 8th trophy of the season by winning the WTA China Open. The top seeded pair defeated the 6th seeded Chinese Taipei duo Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan in a three set encounter (6-7, 6-1, 10-8) that went on for 1 hour and 40 minutes. This was SanTina’s fourth consecutive win. The first set was won by the Taipei girls but the top seed Indo-Swiss pair bounced back quickly to win the second set 6-1. Sania-Hingis duo won the final set 10-8.

Sania-Hingis duo reach Final of China Open

Indo-Swiss pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis is continuing dream run as they easily defeated Chinese duo in the women’s doubles segment of China Open in the semi final match played at Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center. Top seeded Sania-Hingis duo took 1 hour and 6 minutes to beat the wild card entrants Chen Liang and Yafan Wang in the semis in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the China Open tournament, whose prize money is $4.7 million. In the final, scheduled today at 7pm, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis will play against the 6th seed H. Chan-Y Chan pair.

A.R. Rahman creates signature tune for 17th Mumbai film fest

Oscar-winning composer and music maestro A.R. Rahman has lent his support for the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival by composing a bespoke signature tune for the festival.This is the first time that the film festival has a signature tune. “The 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is about creating, celebrating and nurturing cinema. I am very pleased to support the festival. I hope the people of Mumbai and India come and partake in this incredible movie feast,” Rahman said in a statement. Source: IANS

PM releases digital audio CDs of Ramcharitmanas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a digital version of epic Ramcharitmanas, a set of digital audio compact discs produced by All India Radio. "The strength of Akashvani is immense and I fully understand it. I remember learning about the Pokhran (nuclear) tests of 1998 through a tea seller in Himachal Pradesh, who heard it on the radio. He told me very happily that Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji has tested the bomb," Modi said. Source: IANS

India to host 2018 Theatre Olympics

India will host the 2018 edition of the Theatre Olympics, an official announced on 24 August 2015. "India has been given the right to host the 2018 edition," said National School of Drama (NSD) director Waman Kendre during the inauguration of a five-day festival of northeastern plays, "Poorvotta Rashtriya Rang Manch". NSD chairman Ratan Thiyam returned to India on Sunday after attending a meeting in the Netherlands where the decision was taken. Source: IANS

83 Indians stranded in Pakistan helped to reach Attari

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has provided assistance to 83 Indians stranded in Pakistan to cross over to the Attari land border with the help of the Pakistan government. External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "@IndiainPakistan assists 83 Indians stranded in Pakistan cross over to Attari with help of Government of Pakistan. MEA is working with Pakistan High Commission to similarly help Pakistanis stranded in India to return," he posted.Many Pakistani passengers have been stranded in India following cancellation of the Samjhauta Express. Source: IANS

Blast in Kashmir's Shopian town

An IED explosion occurred on a road in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian town, but it failed to cause any damage to any property or life, a police officer said. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was scheduled to inaugurate a mini-administrative complex in Shopian on Monday. But it was cancelled due to a separatist shutdown in the Kashmir Valley against the Udhampur truck attack in which two residents of Anantnag district were injured. Source: IANS

CBI raids Residence and Offices of Vijay Mallya in alleged Rs. 900 Crore Loan Default Case

CBI has conducted massive raids in the residence of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and several offices of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, located in Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai, and other places. Extensive search was conducted in connection to the alleged loan default case to the tune of Rs. 900 crore from IDBI Bank. Reports say that the action was initiated on the basis of the FIR filed against unknown officials of IDBI, CFO of Kingfisher Airlines A Raghunathan, and director of the airliner Vijay Mallya.  CBI is inspecting the criminal aspects of the loans that have been declared NPAs by multiple public sector banks.