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Opposition jealous of development in Bengal: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday flayed the opposition for spreading slander about her government despite the state's economic progress, saying they were jealous of her development initiatives. Launching the Parama Island Flyover, the state's longest, her first official function after her Bhutan tour, the Trinamool Congress chief also initiated projects for the New Town, on the north eastern fringes of Kolkata. "Despite all the development, the opposition is indulging in politics of slander and spreading negativity.... They are jealous of the progress we have ushered in. I tell them to stay quiet," she said. (Source: IANS)

If I am devil, Modi is super demon: Lalu Prasad

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called RJD chief Lalu Prasad a 'shaitan' (devil), the former Bihar chief minister hit back on Friday saying Modi was a 'super demon'. "If I am a 'shaitan' because I am raising the voice against the RSS-BJP conspiracy to end reservations for Dalits and OBCs, Modi is a real 'Brahm Pishach' (super demon)," Lalu Prasad told the media here. He said Modi abused him because he belonged to the Yaduvanshi community and was from the backward caste. "Modi has insulted all Yaduvanshis by abusing me. "Lalu Prasad also attacked Modi by saying that he was not fit to be the prime minister. (Source: IANS)

Beef party: Kashmir MLA who was thrashed stages protest

Legislator Engineer Rashid, who was thrashed on Thursday by two BJP MLAs for hosting a beef party, staged a protest here on Friday and along with his supporters tried to block the entry of other lawmakers into the Jammu and Kashmir legislature complex. Dozens of supporters of the independent lawmaker from north Kashmir's Langate constituency appeared at the gate of the state legislature complex on Friday morning and tried to block the entry of legislators into the complex. They shouted slogans "Yahaan Kya Chelay Ga -- Nizam-e-Mustafa" (Only the Sharia code will be allowed in Kashmir). The protestors were removed from the gates by police in order to make way for the legislators into the complex. (Source: IANS)

Coolpad to invest Rs.300 million for phone manufacturing

Chinese handset-maker Coolpad will invest over Rs.300 million in the country in manufacturing, research and development (R&D) and design as it launched a new smartphone -- Coolpad Note 3 -- priced at Rs.8,999 on Friday. The company also said it will partner with Videocon to manufacture smartphones in the country and will roll out nearly half a million devices from its facility in Maharashtra. "The first Made-in-India Coolpad phone will be available in the first quarter of 2016," Coolpad vice president Johnson Luo said. Coolpad, which produces nearly 34 million smartphones every year and has $three billion revenue, had earlier launched in India with the Dazen brand name which was a partnership between Coolpad and Chinese search engine Qihoo 360. (Source: IANS)

CBI files charge sheet in Syndicate Bank bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet in the 2014 bribery case naming Syndicate Bank chairman-cum-managing director S.K. Jain and Bhushan Steel Ltd. vice-chairman Neeraj Singhal as accused in the case, sources said. The charge sheet was filed before Special Judge Gurdeep Singh, who posted the matter for October 12 after CBI sought more time for filing some other documents in the case as as they are voluminous. Source: IANS

ICICI Bank introduces electronic cardless transaction on Visa

The ICICI Bank has launched a service enabling customers to make electronic payments from their smartphones at physical stores, e-commerce portals, radio taxis and utility billers, among others, without swiping a debit card. The service is based on 'mVisa', a new mobile payment solution from Visa. ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank, is the first bank globally to launch a mobile app based on 'mVisa' solution for consumers and merchants. The service is applicable only for Visa cards. Source: IANS

UC Browser captures 50 percent market share

Alibaba-backed mobile browser, UC Browser, has said it has now captured over 50 percent market share in the country as of September 2015, according to data compiled by web traffic analysis tool Statcounter. "UC Browser has seen staggering success in the Indian market with market share rising 15 percent in the last 12 months helping the company gain over 50 percent market here," Kenny Ye, director of international business development division, UCWeB, said on Thursday. "As of today, one out of two mobile page views come from UC which is driven by UC's cloud-based browsing technology, power of data and cost saving and providing local content," Ye added. (Source: IANS)

Motorola launches new Moto X Style

Lenovo-owned American handset-maker Motorola has launched the Moto X style priced at Rs.22,999. The new device will come with a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.7-inch quad-HD display which supports 520 pixel density. It will be powered by a Qualcomm 808 1.8Ghz hexacore processor and a 3GB RAM unit. In terms of storage, the phone will come in two variants of 16GB and 32GB internal memory, both expandable to 128GB. The 32GB edition will be priced at Rs.31,999. Source: IANS

hike messenger adds feature to operate without internet

Instant messaging platform hike messenger has launched a new feature named hike Direct which will allow the app to function without an Internet connection and also said that it has reached a user base of over 70 million. "At a point of time in the country where several people are yet to come online, hike Direct will connect users in a never before seen revolutionary way. The feature can work without Wi-Fi or mobile data and allow users to send photos, stickers, files and messages to anyone who is also on the hike network," said Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive of hike messenger. Source: IANS

'Michael Phelps Swimming' launched in Goa

A non-competitive, global swimming programme, 'Michael Phelps Swimming', promoted by the Olympic gold medal champion, was launched in India, with the aim to promote the sport. Speaking to reporters at the launch of the programme, the US Olympic champions' sister, Hilary Phelps, said that the swimming programme was designed on techniques practiced by Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps has won 22 medals, including 18 golds. "'Michael Phelps Swimming' is aimed at promoting safe swimming by using the same techniques and philosophy that made Michael the world's top swimmer," Phelps said at the launch of the programme in association with the Goa-based Terrapin Swimming Academy. (Source: IANS)

Sania-Martina reach China Open semis

The Indo-Swiss tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis were tested but eventually made their way through to enter the women's doubles semifinals of the $5.7 million China Open. The top seeds took an hour and 20 minutes to beat the German-Czech pairing of Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova 7-6(5), 6-4 at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center, which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games. The first set was an extremely close contest as both pairs earned five breakpoint chances and converted twice. This led to the tie-breaker where Sania and Martina proved a tad better to clinch it 7-5. 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

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

Police record statement in case against Kejriwal

A Delhi Police constable on Friday recorded his statement in a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal before a court here for using a derogatory term against the men in khaki. Metropolitan magistrate Anu Aggarwal recorded the statement of the complainant, Harvinder, a constable posted at Govindpuri police station in south Delhi. The court was hearing a complaint filed by Harvinder, who alleged that Kejriwal's usage of word 'thulla' had harmed his reputation in the eyes of the general public, including his family, relatives and friends. The complaint, filed by advocate L.N. Rao, claimed: "The 'thulla' remark made by a person of the stature of chief minister demoralised Delhi Police and it was intended to provoking breach of peace." (Source: IANS)

Repolling underway in 11 booths in Bengal civic polls

Repolling was underway on Friday in 11 booths -- nine in Bidhannagar and two in the Asansol civic bodies -- in West Bengal amid heavy police presence. Repolling was on in nine booths, spread across four wards of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, and two booths of the Asansol Municipal Corporation. Till 11 a.m., the percentage of polling was 17 percent in Bidhannagar and 22 percent in Asansol, the state election commission said. The results for both the municipal corporations would be announced on October 10. (Source: IANS)

SC for environment cess on commercial vehicles entering Delhi

The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it will impose an environment compensatory charge (ECC) ranging from Rs.700 to Rs.1,300 on commercial vehicles entering Delhi as a transit route for their onward journey. The apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, while giving this indication, reserved order to be pronounced on October 12. However, if was clarified that commercial vehicles carrying essential commodities, food stuff and passengers and emergency vehicles, including ambulances, would be exempted from the environment cess. The imposition of ECC would be for four months on an experimental basis and the money collected would go to the Delhi government. (Source: IANS)