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Kerala mulls setting up private universities

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government will discuss whether it should set up private universities in Kerala. "Kerala is the only state in the country that does not have a private university. In West Bengal, there are six and in Tripura there are two," he said, referring to the other two states where Communists are strong. "We will discuss this issue with all concerned at several levels before a decision is arrived at," Chandy said. Source: IANS

Andhra assembly to pass resolution on special status

The Andhra Pradesh assembly will pass a resolution urging the central government to accord special status to the state and to implement all provisions contained in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The resolution moved by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the assembly on Tuesday also appealed to the central government to take steps to fulfill the assurances given by then prime minister in parliament. Source: IANS

Halt your rhetoric, Nitish tells Modi

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "stop the rhetoric (and) chest thumping", and deliver the promises he made ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "Show moral courage. Accept insufficiencies in delivering on old promises," the Janata Dal-United leader said in a series of tweets, ahead of Modi's election rally in Bhagalpur. "Respect the sentiments of the people of Bihar who have been troubled by your unkept promises and unsavoury comments," he said. Source: IANS

Sensex trades 28 points up in afternoon session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Wednesday was trading 28.07 points or 0.11 percent up during the afternoon session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 7.75 points or 0.10 percent up at 7,793.60 points. Source: IANS

Sun Pharma starts integrating opiates business in Australia

India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has said it has started the process of integrating its opiates business in Australia. The company had completed the acquisition of the opiates business from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Sun Pharma announced the acquisition in March 2015. Source: IANS

Sensex tanks 346 points in afternoon session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), tanked further by 346.09 points or 1.32 percent during the afternoon session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 112.50 points or 1.41 percent down at 7,858.80 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,127.04 points, was trading at 25,937 points (at 01.09 p.m.) in the afternoon session, down 346.09 points or 1.32 percent from the previous day's close at 26,283.09 points. Source: IANS

Tata Sky launches new set-top box with Wi-Fi

Direct broadcast satellite television provider Tata Sky on Wednesday launched a new set-top box (STB) which will have recording ability and will come with a Wi-Fi dongle to enable consumers to enjoy recorded content on smartphones and tablets without consuming internet data.The announcement assumes significance as this is a first of its kind technology in India. "The new product (storage capacity of 500 GB) which comes at a price of Rs.9,300 along with the Wi-Fi dongle is aimed at consumers in the metro and Tier-I cities. We expect to see a fair share of growth as we have seen with our other products," Pallavi Puri, chief commercial officer at Tata Sky, said. Source: IANS

IIT-Kgp software to convert Indian languages into Braille

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have developed a unique technology via a software that enables conversion of Indian languages into Braille for the visually challenged. The institute is also planning to go for large-scale deployment in West Bengal and other states.The Sparsha Transliteration System developed by IIT-Kgp's Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can accept Indian language texts (such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada) as input and convert it into Braille. Source: IANS

Sun Pharma Founder vouches for the need of Strengthening R&D in Indian Pharma Industry

While addressing an audience in Dr Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences organised DRILS Synergy 2015, Dilip Shanghvi (MD and Founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited) stressed upon the need of Indian pharmaceutical industries to improve their research and development capabilities along with strengthen clinical development. He also exuded confidence in Indian Pharma companies on the existing potential of discovering couple of new drugs in the coming 10 years. However, Shanghvi also complained about the lack of required expertise in India, especially in the fields of biology and clinical development, that made Sun Pharma set up laboratories in foreign countries.

India beat Sri Lanka, clinch Test series 2-1

India clinched the third Test match by 117 runs and with it the series, bowling out Sri Lanka for 268 on the fifth and final day of the match at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground here. It was India's first away Test series win against Sri Lanka in 22 years.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews top scored with 110 while Indian pacer Ishant Sharma returned figures of 3-32. India, thus clinched the series 2-1. Source: IANS

Saina on collision course against Sindhu in Japan

India's top two badminton stars -- Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu -- are on a collision course at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium from September 8 to 13. The two are likely to meet in the second round of women's singles in the Japanese capital if they beat their opening round opponents. Source: IANS

Jaisha Orchatteri breaks Indian National Record at 2015 World Athletics Championships

Indian woman marathoner Jaisha Orchatteri today broke Indian national record in this year’s World Athletics Championships, held at Beijing National Stadium, by finishing the marathon in 2:34:43 time. While Jaisha finished 18th, Sudha Singh finished at 19th spot by clocking 2:35:35 (better than earlier national record of 2:37:29, set by Jaisha during Mumbai marathon earlier this year). Both Jaisha Orchatteri and Sudha Singh secured their respective berths in 2016 Rio Olympics after these commendable performances. In this women's marathon competition, the first three positions are secured by Ethiopa’s Mare Dibaba (2:27:35),Kenya's Helah Kiprop (2:27:36), and Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa (2:27:39).

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

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan is dead

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan, who acted in nearly 300 regional films, died on 18 August 2015 at his home near here in Kerala, family sources said. He was 86 and was ailing for a while. Although he began his career in the late 1940s in drama, he first appeared in films in 1951 and till 2009 was an integral part of the film industry. He had been suffering from age-related ailments since 2009. Source: IANS

India key strategic partner: Australian minister

India is a strategic partner and Australia is keen on taking forward military ties with it, Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said. At a conference at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, he said he does not see any direct threat from China's activities in the South China Sea but wants China to make its "strategic interests clear". "India is a key strategic partner... Australia recognises that India had a central role in providing stability to the Indian ocean region," he said. Source: IANS

Strike cripples life in Kerala

The strike called by various trade unions hit Kerala hard as public buses went off roads and shops and banks remained shut."I arrived after completing a training programme in Hyderabad and now I have to sit here at the station till evening. When will I be able to drive home?" said a middle-aged private company official in Kozhikode. All the operations at the Cochin Port were also hit.Source: IANS

Banking operations hit across the country: Union leader

The nationwide strike in the banking and insurance sector has begun on a very encouraging note signifying total success, a top leader of the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIEBA) said. "The strike has started on an encouraging note across the country as per initial information we got. Employees of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), nationalised banks, old private sector banks, cooperative banks, regional rural banks are participating in the strike," AIEBA general secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said. Source: IANS