Current Events

BJP Accuses WB Government for Being Lethargic on Taking Action Against Anti-National Elements

State unit of BJP has requested Election Commission to declare Trinamool Congress a ‘terrorist party’ due to its alleged links with many terrorist organizations especially Bangladesh’s Jamat-ul-Mujahideen. Rahul Sinha, West Bengal’s BJP President, has also accused the ruling party of carrying out assault against opposition. He pointed out unprecedented rise in rape cases in WB, especially after Mamata Banerjee government assumed state power. Muktar Abbas Naqvi, Vice President of BJP, has accused current WB government for making WB a safe haven for anti-national elements.

Shiv Sena Praises New Indian PM - Maharashtra CM Combine of BJP

SS has praised Narendra Modi and Devendra Fadnavis duo and went on to say that the BJP’s PM-CM combine will bring good days for the state. However, Shiv Sena has not shied away from cautioning BJP in considering support from Nationalist Congress Party. SS reminded BJP that people had overwhelmingly voted in their favour because BJP convinced voters of getting rid of the corrupted INC-NCP combine.

Administration Relaxes Prohibitory Orders in Trilokpuri

Administration relaxed prohibitory orders in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri for helping devotees to offer their prayers during Chhath puja. Police had done special arrangements for the devotees. Adequate women police were deployed. Per available information, similar steps will be undertaken by the administration during Muharram procession.

ICICI Posts Healthy 3rd Quarter Results

ICICI Bank reported a year on year increase of net profit by 15 per cent in the third quarter of 2014. Significant expansion in net interest margins in retail advances and increase in non-interest income has helped in boosting the profit. While there was a 14 per cent growth in overall credit, net interest income swelled by 15 per cent.

Austerity Measures to meet Fiscal Deficit Target

NDA government seems to be serious about trimming fiscal deficit and meet the target of containing FD to 4.1 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014-15. Some of the austerity measures announced by Arun Jaitley include halt on fresh appointments, stress on video conferencing for communicating abroad, stop holding meetings in lavish hotels by bureaucrats, etc.

Indian Behemoths Offloading Assets Abroad

Behemoths of Indian Industries seem to be offloading assets in overseas destinations for cutting debt. This phenomenon has been witnessed in all major Indian MNCs such as Reliance Industries, Birlas, and Tatas. Analysts say that besides debt servicing, the other motive of India Inc. is to exit from unprofitable ventures. The new billion group inductee, Adani Group has also sold its billion dollar Australian port project.

E-Cigarettes may get Banned in India

During 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Spain’s Barcelona Union Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan said that e-cigarettes are equally harmful as normal tobacco cigarettes and the former also make children fall for it and thereby get addicted to nicotine at an early age. Health ministry is on its way to ban e-cigarettes in India. It is a bad news for ITC’s Eon brand, which was launched in August.

Oppo Unveils R5 and N3; India Launch in December

Oppo has unveiled two happening smartphones – R5 and N3 – on Wednesday. It will launch both the products in India by December end. While Oppo R5 is a mid-range device, N3 is a premium smartphone. Oppo N3 is equipped with 206 degree swiveling camera (16MP sensor) and will be available in India at Rs. 40,000. Oppo R5 will be available in India at Rs. 31,000. It will be have a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 CPU, 13MP camera, and extremely slim body.

IAF Clears Air on Xiaomi Smartphones

Indian Air Force was forced to issue statement after the smartphone customers in India got scared due to certain reports claiming that IAF had asked its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi devices because of data security issues. AI said that the concerned alert was issued long before the Chinese smartphone company started selling their smartphones in India.

Clash of Tennis Titans in New Delhi

Micromax Indian Aces, franchise of International Premier Tennis League, has said that Indian tennis lovers will get the opportunity to see the behemoths of tennis (Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, etc.) play before their eyes at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from December 6 to December 8, 2014. Online sales of 6000 tickets will start from October 31 at 9am IST.

Sports Ministry Takes a Strong Stand Against Players not Interested to Play for Country in International Games

During Asian Games in South Korea’s Incheon ace Tennis players such as Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes, and Somdev Dev Barman gave more importance to their ATP events than representing India in the international event. Therefore, India had to send second set of Tennis players to the tournament. This made Sports ministry to notify all concerned that government grants can’t be availed by the players who don’t positively respond to Sports Ministry’s needs.

Issue of Sarita Devi Suspension to be taken up by Boxing India on Insistence of Sports Ministry

The options of revoking provisional suspension on woman ace boxer Sarita Devi will be explored by Boxing India, after specific instructions from Sports Ministry. The concerned ministry has also asked BI to help the boxer and three coaches in replying to AIBA. Inspite of all the effort made, Sarita Devi will not be able to participate in World Championships, which is going to start on November 19.

EC issues notice to Saif Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore for violating model code of conduct

Notices to yesteryear Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, her son and actor Saif Ali Khan and many others have been issued by the Election Commission (EC) for organizing a marriage party in Gurgaon without taking prior permission for the same. They organized a marriage anniversary party of Saif Ali Khan with Kareena Kapoor at their palace in Pataudi. As per media report they violated model code of conduct. The loudspeakers were used without approval at the time of celebration that occurred on the night of Oct 15-16 and continued on night of Oct 16-17 as well. Accused have to reply by Oct 21 till 3 p.m.

Kamal Haasan thanked PM for making him a part of 'Clean India Campaign'

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan is one of the nine celebrities chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'Clean India Campaign'. The actor has accepted the invitation and thanked PM Modi for recognizing his efforts. The actor picked his Facebook account to express solidarity. Apart from Kamal Haasan, PM Modi has also invited Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the entire cast of TV show ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma’, Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba, Anil Ambani, Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha and Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to be a part of the campaign.

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor discharged from hospital

Veteran Actor of yesteryear Shashi Kapoor has been discharged from the hospital. Kapoor was hospitalized on Sep 21 at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute for chest infection. As per media report 76-year-old actor is fine and happy to be back home. Shashi Kapoor has worked in many Hindi films and some of his renowned work is “Deewar”, “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” and “Kabhie Kabhie”.

Black Money Probe and Estimated Benefit

After Union Government submitted the Black Money list before apex court of India, Attorney General Mukul Rohatagi said that the names will be handed over to SIT for investigation. Analysts have estimated that India’s successful completion of bringing back the black money from abroad will increase the Foreign Exchange reserve by $30 to $35 billion, which will give India the ability to import for 4 months.

Saradha Scam: SEBI Officials to be Chargesheeted by CBI

Multi-crore Saradha scam is becoming murkier as Central Bureau of Investigation is preparing to chargesheet 4 officials of Securities and Exchange Board of India who were allegedly involved in the Rs 10,000-crore chit fund scam. Apex Court of India had earlier criticised the approach followed by different regulating agencies, including SEBI, in handling the scam.

Global Consumer Confidence – India Tops the Chart in Q3

Nielsen, one of the leading market research companies, found out that in the 3rd quarter of 2014, India is at the top of the global consumer confidence list. During July-September, India accumulated 126 points, pushing behind Indonesia and Philippines to 2nd and 3rd positions, who accumulated 125 and 115 points respectively.

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