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Major News and Events of 09 September 2015

What Happened on 09 September 2015


Main target is to defeat BJP in Bihar polls: Lalu

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the main target of the grand alliance of RJD, JD-U and the Congress was to defeat the BJP-led NDA in the Bihar assembly polls. "Our main target is to defeat the BJP-led NDA in polls in Bihar because this is not a Bihar's election but of India's as all eyes are on it," Lalu told at a press conference here after the Election Commission announced the dates of the five-phase poll. Lalu said the coming polls will be an acid test for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their defeat was certain. (Source: IANS)

Golfer Sharmila grabs pole on Day 1

Bengaluru's Sharmila Nicollet played a level-par round to grab the early lead in the Rs.6 lakh 16th leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) here on Wednesday. In second place, adrift by one stroke, was veteran Smriti Mehra at 1 over 73. Sharmila started cautiously, carding two birdies on the eighth and ninth holes while dropping a shot on the fourth. She dropped three more shots on the 11th, 16th and 18th in her back nine but an eagle on the 14th was enough for her to secure a one stroke advantage over Smriti. This was Sharmila's first eagle of the season. (Source: IANS)

Three Kashmiri separatist leaders join Geelani's Hurriyat

Three senior separatist leaders here on Wednesday joined the Hurriyat group led by hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. Chairman of separatist Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Shah, National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan and prominent Shia cleric Aga Syed Hassan -- who is also president of Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian -- announced that they have joined the Geelani-led Hurriyat group. The decision was announced at Geelani's uptown Hyderpora residence in Srinagar city at a press conference. (Source: IANS)

Pakistani delegation arrives in India for border talks

Amid the growing war of words between both countries in recent days, a high-level delegation from Pakistan crossed over into India on Wednesday at the Attari-Wagah joint check post for director-level talks between border forces of both countries. Led by Pakistan Rangers' Director General, Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki, the 16-member delegation was welcomed by senior Border Security Force (BSF) officers here on Wednesday. The delegation later left on a special aircraft for New Delhi where the talks will take place. (Source: IANS)

Bihar polls from October 12, counting on November 8

The Bihar assembly polls will be held in five phases between October 12 and November 5, the Election Commission announced here on Wednesday. The counting of votes will take place on November 8. "The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect," said Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. The term of the 243-member Bihar assembly will come to an end on November 29. (Source: IANS)

India approves spectrum trading norms for telecom firms

India on Wednesday approved the much-awaited spectrum trading norms for telecom companies, so that this scarce resource can be put to optimal use, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “We have approved the spectrum trading norms today. Now the telecom companies can trade spectrum among themselves. For this they need not take any government permission”, he said in a briefing after the Cabinet gave a nod to the proposal. “The telecom companies only need to inform the government 45 days in advance before trading and they have to give an undertaking,” the minister added. Prasad said trading will also resolve the problem of fragmented spectrum holding in India. (Source: IANS)

India's cabinet approves new gold bond scheme with interest

India on Wednesday approved a new sovereign gold bond scheme, as also a monetisation scheme to incentivise people to park their gold assets in a paper format and earn interest, while seeking to productively use vast amounts of this idle metal in the economy. Under the gold bond scheme, approved by a meeting of the cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up to 500 grams worth of bonds per annum can be bought by an individual with lock-in of five-seven years and appropriate interest so that they are protected from volatility. (Source: IANS)

Six percent DA for central government employees

The union cabinet on Wednesday approved an additional dearness allowance (DA) of six percent for central government employees from July 1. "Cabinet today (Wednesday) approved six percent DA to central government employees," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after a cabinet meeting here. It will benefit 48 lakh government employees and 55 lakh pensioners. (Source: IANS)

Parliament to be prorogued, GST delayed because of Congress: Jaitley

The parliament will be prorogued, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday. Jaitley said that it has been decided by the parliamentary committee to recommend to the president to prorogue the monsoon session. He said that the monsoon session had been stormy due to the Congress since they had retained the right to "veto through disturbance. Jaitley said the GST bill had been delayed because of these tactics by the Congress. (Source: IANS)