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BJP MLAs thrash independent MLA in J&K assembly

Two ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs thrashed independent MLA Engineer Rashid in the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a beef party the previous day. Even before the speaker, Kavinder Gupta, could take his seat, BJP MLAs Gagan Bhagat and Rajeev Sharma pounced on Engineer Rashid and started thrashing him. Opposition MLAs from the National Conference (NC) had to intervene to save Engineer Rashid. Source: IANS

SC to hear poll affidavit complaint against Modi

The Supreme Court has been moved by an Ahmedabad resident alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not disclose his marital status in the affidavit filed with his nomination papers in the 2012 Gujarat assembly elections.The petitioner, Nishant Deshdipak Varma, has contended that the non-disclosure of his matrimonial status during 2012 elections when he contested from Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad is an offence under the Representation of People Act and Rules. Source: IANS

Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed interim Bengal poll panel chief

West Bengal transport secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been named interim state election commissioner after S R Upadhyay put in his papers allegedly succumbing under pressure from political parties following allegations of rampant violence and irregularities in the local body polls. Bandyopadhyay, a senior Indian Administrative Service officer, is slated to take over on 7 October 2015, according to sources.Bandyopadhyay was accompanying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her four-day trip to Bhutan when he asked to take over as SEC. 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

Telenor India launches free insurance for subscribers

Telenor India announced free life insurance cover for its existing 47.55 million as well as potential new customers across its six operating circles. By spending on regular recharges with a small incremental value, Telenor consumers will get the benefit of a life insurance cover, which will be a hundred times of the monthly recharge value and up to a maximum of Rs.50,000, the company said in a statement. 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

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

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

Delhi to get Athletics High Performance Academy

The Sports Authority of India (SAI), Athletic Federation of India (AFI) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish an IAAF High Performance Academy in athletics at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. An Expression of Intent (EOI) for this purpose was signed in the chamber of secretary, sports at Shastri Bhavan among SAI director general Injeti Srinivas, AFI president Adille J. Sumariwalle and IAAF president Sebastian Coe, it was announced at a press conference. 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

Resurgence of violence a concern for India: IAF chief

The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, has said that resurgence of violence in the Asia-Pacific region was a matter of concern for India. "The global security environment has witnessed a paradigm shift and the strategic centre of gravity now rests in the Asia-Pacific region. There has been a resurgence of violence in the region, which is of concern to India," Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said while addressing the 83rd Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near Delhi. Source: IANS

SC urged to hear plea allowing extended use of Aadhaar

The Centre has urged the Supreme Court to constitute a constitution bench to hear its plea to allow the use of Aadhaar card for the disbursal of benefits under various social welfare schemes and also in banking and financial transactions. As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi asked the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu to constitute a larger bench to hear their plea for "clarification/ modification" of the August 11 order, the court said it was "very difficult" to constitute a larger bench for an early hearing. Source: IANS

Earthquake hits Himachal

Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district was rocked by a low-intensity earthquake on morning of 8 October 2015, an official said. However, there was no loss of life. Tremors of the magnitude 3.8 earthquake were felt for some seconds in several parts of Mandi and nearby districts at 6.34 a.m., Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh said. The epicentre of the quake was in the Sundernagar area. Source: IANS