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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

Congress accuses BJP, SP of causing polarisation in UP

Accusing the BJP and Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party of seeking to cause polarisation in the state on communal lines, the Congress on Monday said it party will observe fast for harmony on October 10 following the incident in Dadri in which a man was lynched following rumours that he ate beef. "This BJP,SP polarisation of UP must end! All of us Congress workers will observe a Sadbhavna fast for harmony on the 10th of October," Congress spokesperson R.P. N Singh said in a tweet. 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

BSE to introduce smart beta indices by 2015-end

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in collaboration with S&P Dow Jones Indices will introduce three smart beta (factor-based) and a 1-2 thematic indices by 2015-end, an official said. "Work is under progress to introduce one-two thematic indices and at least three smart beta (factor-based) indices by December-end this year," Koel Ghosh, head of business development at Asia Index, told media persons here in an interactive session. Asia Index is a 50:50 joint venture between Asia's oldest bourse - the BSE - and S&P Dow Jones Indices. Source: IANS

Bombardier, Tech Mahindra sign deal for aircraft ground system

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Tech Mahindra on Monday announced that they have signed an agreement under which the latter will develop the Aircraft Ground Support System (AGSS) for Bombardier's Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) for the C Series family of aircraft. The AGSS will facilitate real-time and post-flight recorded data management, fault notification and diagnostic reporting. 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

Thought I would never play for South Africa again: Albie Morkel

All-rounder Albie Morkel, who was awarded man-of-the-match for his excellent bowling figures which helped South Africa beat India by six wickets, said that a few months back he thought he would never get the opportunity to play for his country again. South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead by winning the second Twenty20 International of the three-match series at the Barabati Stadium, the last of which will be played at the Eden Gardens on October 8. Chasing India's total of 92, South Africa crossed the line with six wickets in hand. Source: IANS

Sachin Tendulkar expected to pep up Kerala Blasters

For Kochi Blasters, the campaign in the second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) starts on Tuesday when they take on North East United FC (NEFC), with the presence of cricket icon and co-owner Sachin Tendulkar in the stands expected to give the players and home fans some much needed adrenalin. The weather has played truant in recent days with rains at regular intervals, and with thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday a free flowing match is most unlikely. Source: IANS

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.

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

Schools, colleges to remain closed after Varanasi violence

Schools, colleges and other institutions will remain closed in Varanasi on Tuesday following Monday's violence that erupted when saints and Hindu religious groups were protesting against a lathi charge and ban on immersion of idols in Ganga. The orders were issued by the district magistrate Rajmani Yadav after Monday's situation in the temple town, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which witnessed violence during a 'Pratikar Yatra'. Source: IANS

Financial crunch hits Metro project in Ghaziabad

The extension of Delhi Metro to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad town is facing a financial crunch, a top government official said. Principal Secretary (Housing) Sadakant told the media that the crisis was forcing the government to review the project.Delhi Metro had planned to extend its network from Delhi's Dilshad Garden area to New Bus stand. Sadakant said the municipal corporation, the housing board and the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corp Ltd were not financially sound to contribute their share in the Rs.1,480 crore project. Source: IANS

Indian GDP predicted at 7.5 percent in 2015-16: World Bank

Improved investor sentiment and resilience to external shocks are expected to increase India's GDP growth rate to 7.5 percent during 2015-16 and further to 7.8 percent in the next fiscal year, predicts the World Bank. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, as per the bank, is lifted by cheap oil prices and the country's limited exposure to the global financial turmoil."However, delays in the adoption and implementation of key reforms could affect investor sentiment. A weak trade performance and financial sector vulnerabilities could also hold back GDP growth," said the World Bank in a statement. Source: IANS