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Criminals remain preferred Choice of all Parties during Bihar Election

A report published by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) pointed out that 30 per cent (174 candidates) of the total number of 583 candidates, who will test their lucks on October 12 during first phase of Bihar Assembly election from 49 assembly seats have criminal records against them.  In fact, 130 candidates have serious criminal cases against them including murder, kidnapping, rape, creating communal disharmony, and many more. 14 out of 27 BJP candidates, 8 out of 13 LJP candidates, 11 out of 24 JDU candidates, 8 out of 17 RJD candidates, and 6 out of 8 Congress candidates have criminal cases against them.

BJP Leader's son Detained for Inciting Mob leading to Dadri Killing

Two main accused of Dadri killing (of a 52 year old person named Mohammad Akhlaque Saifi) by an agitated mob, on the rumor of beef eating, have been arrested by UP Police today from a bus stop. Both the persons detained are Vishal and Shivam. Vishal has been identified as son of Sanjay Rana, a local BJP leader. Though BJP’s State unit distanced themselves from the detained local BJP leader and his son, BJP MLA Sangeet Som accused the ruling Samajwadi Party of appeasing the minority by framing ‘innocent’ people. Report says the victim’s family told police about the possible role of Vishal and Shivam in inciting mob.

PM Modi takes dig at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Calls him "Arrogant"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started campaigning yesterday in favour of BJP candidates in the upcoming Bihar Assembly election, slated to start on October 12. During his speech in Bihar’s Banka district, PM Modi attacked his bête noire Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by calling him “too arrogant” for proper governance. He also questioned the doubts raised by the Grand Alliance (JDU-RJD-Congress) on the Rs. 1.65 lakh crore Bihar package announced by the Modi government recently. He also doubted whether the announced central funds will at all reach the people of Bihar. Narendra Modi said that Nitish Kumar can’t be trusted especially after what he did to his the then confidante Jitan Ram Manjhi. While stressing upon the need for Bihar’s development, PM Modi asked his audience to vote for “vikasvaad” (development).

India-Israel to Sign MoUs on Energy, Water, and Education during President Pranab Mukherjee's Visit

President of India Pranab Mukherjee is all set to visit Israel later this month and reports say he is going to ink 3 MoUs on Energy, Water, and Education. The visit will be “landmark” as neither any President nor Prime Minister of India has ever visited the Jewish nation before. Though India recognized Israel back in 1950, the full diplomatic relations were established only in 1992. This will be the first time ever the two countries will sign 3 significant MoUs during Indian President’s state visit as all other business deals including buying of Israeli weaponry, unmanned aerial vehicles, missiles, and agriculture took place behind the curtains.

Finance Minister talks tough on High Profile Tax Evaders

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley upped his ante against the willful high profile tax defaulters, who failed to declare their unaccounted wealth, stashed abroad. Jaitley said that the defaulters, who failed to come clean even after the central government offered a special black money compliance scheme for asset declaration (which ended on September 30), would face action. However, he also assured that the 638 high net individuals or companies that disclosed black money, to the tune of Rs. 3,770 crore in aggregate, need not worry. Finance Minister went on to say that the persons/companies that didn’t disclose unaccounted money stashed abroad wrongly underestimated information exchange power and “will regret”.               

Advance Corporate Tax Payment record suggests Robust Economy

Available data shows that advance tax collection for September 2015 in relation to September 2014 increased by 7 per cent, from Rs. 1.32 lakh crore to Rs. 1.41 lakh crore. Advance tax collection has been better in September quarter when compared with that of June quarter (Rs. 43,400 crore). Advance tax collection gives a pretty good picture on corporate performance as it is believed that 45 per cent of payment is done by September and 75 per cent by December. Experts believe that government expenditure is likely to go up with increased advance tax collection, thereby signaling robust economic growth.

DRDO inaugurated Research Centre at 17,600 Feet Height

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has inaugurated its Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Jammu and Kashmir’s Changla, which is located 17,600 feet above sea level. With this inauguration, the concerned centre has become the highest terrestrial Research and Development centre of the world. Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) established this centre. S Christopher, Chief of DRDO, while inaugurating the center, said that it will be mainly used for R&D for bio-medical sciences, agriculture, food, plant genetic resource conservation for long period of time, and many more so that they can help Indian soldiers working in high-altitude cold deserts.

Report warns India that it is becoming Strategic Target of Cyber Criminals

A report having the title “1H 2015 Regional Advanced Threat” for Asia Pacific (published by security solutions firm FireEye) suggests that India is fast becoming prime strategic targets of the cyber criminals. Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer of FireEye, said that cyber attackers are exploiting loopholes in critical networks for compromising the same at a time when India is embracing ambitious technology projects – Digital India. He also pointed out the risk of falling prey to cyber attackers is manifold high in case of India than global average. During Jan-June’15 period 38 per cent of the Indian companies faced advanced persistent attacks.

Facebook's Indian partner for Internet.Org RCom said they provided Internet Access to 1 Million People

Reliance Communications (RCom), Indian partner of Facebook for programme, defended the ambitious project by saying that the same helped around 1 million people to access internet. Gurdeep Singh, consumer business CEO of RCOM, said that to help people avail internet they have worked hard for the last 6 months across 7 circles to achieve this initial success. RCOM partnered with Facebook’s celebrated, which has been rechristened as Free Basics, back in February 2015. Analysts believe Reliance Communications had to bat for the programme because of the accusations that violates the spirit of net neutrality.

Shashank Manohar today formally sworn in as BCCI President

Mr. Clean Shashank Manohar has been formally sworn in as the new BCCI President after sudden death of Jagmohan Dalmiya last month. The 58-year-old lawyer from Nagpur said, just after his appointment as BCCI chief, his first priority will be to clean board 's image for restoring faith of the cricket lovers. Manohar also assured to do everything possible to address all the pertaining issues. These issues include prevention of on-field corruption, get accounts of member associations in order, put financial records of Indian Cricket Board in public domain, develop women's cricket, conduct World T20 2016 in best possible manner, and many more.

Sania-Hingis duo wins Wuhan Open Doubles Title

Ace Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis is continuing their dream run as they won the Wuhan Open women's doubles title against Monica Niculescu- Irina-Camelia Begu duo (unseeded) today in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). This is their 7th title win for the Indo-Swiss pair this year after winning Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open, Guangzhou Open titles. In the semi-final match, Sania-Hingis duo crashed their Chinese Taipei opponent Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in just 53 minutes. Most importantly, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo has not lost the last 13 matches.

Dhoni's Team India loses 1st T20 Match against SA in Gandhi-Mandela Series

Team India started the celebrated Mahatma Gandhi–Nelson Mandela series with a loss to the South African cricket team. In the first T20 match of the series, played yesterday, India batted first and scored 199 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma scored 106 runs in 66 balls, followed by Virat Kohli’s 43 runs knock in 27 balls. Proteas scored 200 runs in 19.4 overs at the loss of just 3 wickets. JP Duminy was the highest scorer with 68 runs (in 34 balls), followed by AB de Villiers’s 51 runs and Hashim Amla’s 36 runs.

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

CPIM GS Condemns attack on 20 Journalists during WB Civic Polls, Asks for Fresh Polls

Sitaram Yechury, the General Secretary of CPIM, called yesterday’s violence ridden municipal elections (especially in Bidhannagar and Asansol) in West Bengal "cold blooded murder of democracy" and asked for repoll of the civic poll, monitored by central forces, for restoring rule of law as well as democracy in West Bengal. Per last reports, 20 reporters/camerapersons from different news agencies and channels were beaten up and pushed out of election booths (which were allegedly captured by ruling TMC’s goons). S R Upadhaya, State Election Commissioner, said that his department has received many complaints of malpractices, rigging, and violence from both Bidhanngar and Asansol.

Delhi Jal Board to set up 280 additional Water ATMs in Unauthorized Colonies

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has decided to set up 280 additional water ATMs for easing water supply in different unauthorized colonies. Reports say that for providing water to these water ATMs, decision of building 29 decentralized reverse osmosis plants have been taken. For setting these plants up, the model of design, build, finance, operate and transfer will be followed. A senior official of DJB said that till now only one company has placed its bid, has met the set criteria, and has agreed to provide water at 20 paise per litre.

Union Government working on Airport Revival Plan

Aviation Ministry is mulling the idea of capping air fares at Rs. 2,500 so that more and more middle class populace can avail air flight. To make it competitive, the ministry is trying to match air fare with that of railways. Junior minister of aviation, Mahesh Sharma, has said that they are targeting “300-million-strong middle class population”, living in small cities. He also said that these facilities will be provided for 31 selected airports, which were either abandoned or from where flights never took off. The project is likely to be implemented from April 2016, if the proposal is approved.