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Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed interim Bengal poll panel chief

West Bengal transport secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been named interim state election commissioner after S R Upadhyay put in his papers allegedly succumbing under pressure from political parties following allegations of rampant violence and irregularities in the local body polls. Bandyopadhyay, a senior Indian Administrative Service officer, is slated to take over on 7 October 2015, according to sources.Bandyopadhyay was accompanying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her four-day trip to Bhutan when he asked to take over as SEC. Source: IANS

BJP ally RLSP differs on cow slaughter ban in Bihar

The RLSP differed with its ally BJP over the ban on cow slaughter in Bihar if the NDA wins the assembly polls and forms the next government. "It is not proper to say such things without discussing with all allies," Rashtriya Lok Samta Party state president Arun Kumar told the media. The NDA's agenda was development, not ban on beef or cow slaughter, he said. Source: IANS

Show guts, attack Pakistan: Shiv Sena tells centre

The Shiv Sena has demanded the centre "show guts and attack Pakistan" in retaliation for the spate of terror attacks carried out from across the border in the recent times which killed many Indians. In a sharp edit in the party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena - an important constituent of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre - said that recently, four Indian soldiers were martyred for killing one terrorist in Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir. Source: IANS

Telenor India launches free insurance for subscribers

Telenor India announced free life insurance cover for its existing 47.55 million as well as potential new customers across its six operating circles. By spending on regular recharges with a small incremental value, Telenor consumers will get the benefit of a life insurance cover, which will be a hundred times of the monthly recharge value and up to a maximum of Rs.50,000, the company said in a statement. Source: IANS

Tata hands over first air-to-air refuelling structure

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday handed over first air-to-air refuelling pod structure to Cobham Mission Systems (CMS) for use on Airbus A400M. The product has been developed at TASL facility here under a relationship between the two companies. CMS had selected TASL in May last year as a strategic partner for the manufacture and assembly of Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) pod and centreline structures. Source: IANS

E-commerce driving India's SME growth: Study

The surge of e-commerce in India is driving the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which in turn is contributing to new job opportunities and GDP contribution, a recent study shows. The study, jointly conducted by domestic e-commerce player Snapdeal and market research firm KPMG, which also claimed that e-commerce sector in India is projected to cross $80 billion by 2020, examined the macro-impact of the sector on the growth of SMEs and identified remaining gaps in the ecosystem that needed to be plugged. Source: IANS

Mobile app on Badrinath Yatra launched

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has launched a mobile application for the annual Badrinath pilgrimage. Known as 'Shubh Badrinath Yatra', the application made by the district administration of Chamoli, provides information of the pilgrimage between Joshimath and Badrinath. Officials said when users are online, the application would automatically detect their location and give them information from that point of journey. Source: IANS

Delhi Secretariat to run on solar energy

The Delhi Secretariat will be the first in the country to run completely on renewable and solar energy, the Delhi government announced. "The Delhi government in association with ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) will set up a three MW solar power plant at the Indraprastha Power Station," an official statement said. "The plant will directly supply power to Delhi Secretariat for the next 25 years, making Delhi the first state secretariat running completely on renewable and green energy," the statement said. Source: IANS

eBay India to expand refurbished products portfolio

E-commerce company eBay will expand its refurbished devices portfolio to electrical goods this month and increase sales in the category, the company said. "We are scaling up the refurbished products category to include white goods. We have seen a 100 percent rise in demand for such goods since we introduced it in August," head of retail exports and lifestyle category at eBay India, Navin Mistry, said. There were 6,000 refurbished product listings in August which has grown to 20,000 product listings, he said. Source: IANS

Cabinet okays MoU on sports with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan

The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and agreement with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan for cooperation in the field of sports. The MoU was signed in July, 2015.India's bilateral exchange programmes in sports with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will help in expanding knowledge in sports science, sports medicine and coaching techniques, the government said in a statement. Source: IANS

Delhi to get Athletics High Performance Academy

The Sports Authority of India (SAI), Athletic Federation of India (AFI) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish an IAAF High Performance Academy in athletics at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. An Expression of Intent (EOI) for this purpose was signed in the chamber of secretary, sports at Shastri Bhavan among SAI director general Injeti Srinivas, AFI president Adille J. Sumariwalle and IAAF president Sebastian Coe, it was announced at a press conference. Source: IANS

Beighton Cup: Central Railway hammer 10 goals past Canara Bank

Central Railway hammered 10 goals past Canara Bank enroute to a 10-2 victory in a Beighton Cup hockey encounter. Yuvraj Valmiki scored four times for the Railway team along with Affan Yosuf and Narad Bahadur who scored a brace each. Anup Valmiki and Nizam Mohd scored the other two. Rahil and Appanan got into the scoresheet for the losers. Source: IANS

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

Jaganmohan Reddy begins indefinite fast for special status to Andhra

YSRC president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy began his indefinite fast at Guntur near here, demanding separate category status to Andhra Pradesh.The leader of opposition along with his supporters launched the "deeksha" in the afternoon after paying tributes to those who committed suicide over the delay in the state getting the special status. Speaking on the occasion, he lashed out at both the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government at the Centre and the Telugu Desam Party-led state government for going back on their promise. Source: IANS

10 killed in bus-truck collision in Telangana

At least 10 people were killed and 10 others were injured when a bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Telangana's Nalgonda district, official said. The incident occurred near Indirapalanagar in Ramannapet mandal of Nalgonda district, about 100 km from here, officials said. The bus belonging to state-owned Telangana Road Transport Corporation was on its way from Bhongir to Nalgonda when it overturned after head-on collision with the speeding truck coming from opposite direction. Source: IANS

Three AIIMS for Maharashtra, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh approved

The union cabinet has approved the setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in as many states. The new AIIMS would be set up at Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which involves financial implications of Rs.4,949 crore. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Source: IANS