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Climate change a major concern: Modi

Terming climate change as the "pressing global challenge", Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said nature, forests, trees and the well being of all beings play a great role in the teachings of Lord Buddha. Speaking at 'Samvad, the global Hindu-Buddhist initiative on conflict avoidance and environment consciousness' here, the prime minister said the poor people were most affected by climate change. "The most adversely affected by climate change are the poor and the downtrodden," he said, adding that all problems could be solved through dialogue. Source: IANS

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

Twitter launches self-service ad platform in India

Micro-blogging site Twitter has launched a self-service advertising platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in India, the social networking service announced. Twitter has expanded the platform reach of Twitter ads globally from 33 countries to over 200 countries and territories. "Now, SMBs from India to Iceland can more effectively reach their target audiences on Twitter in 15 languages. In addition, Twitter also announced the total active advertisers, including SMBs to be approximately 100,000," the company said in a statement. 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

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, UAE to set up joint business council

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE last month, India's historic ties with the Gulf nation are poised to go to a new level with the setting up of a joint business council (JBC) later. The announcement was made by secretary in the external affairs ministry Anil Wadhwa at the India-UAE business meet jointly organised by the ministry and the Confederation of Indian Industry that is currently underway. "India and the UAE will sign an agreement later in the day for setting up a joint business council for stronger economic ties and growth of bilateral business," Wadhwa said. Source: IANS

Deadline for filing tax returns extended till September 7

The Finance Ministry has said the last date for filing income tax returns has been extended till September 7, thus extending the earlier deadline of August 31. "Due date for filing Income Tax return extended till September 7, 2015," the finance ministry tweeted. The last date for filing had already been extended earlier to August 31 from the usual deadline of July 31 . Source: IANS

Violence escalates in Manipur as mob set ablaze education office

Violence escalated in Manipur's riot-hit Churachandpur district as an unruly mob set ablaze the zonal education office, an official said. There was no immediate report of any casualty. The protest against the Congress-led government in Manipur also spilled over in New Delhi, with students under the banner of Manipur Tribal Students in Delhi demanded the imposition of President's Rule in the state. Source: IANS