Major News and Events of 15 October 2014
What Happened on 15 October 2014
Haryana Assembly polls begin
Loss because of Cyclone Hudhud may go up to Rs 70,000 crore – CM Naidu
Hudhud induced heavy rains in UP, kills 18 people
Xiaomi hires ex-Google executive Jai Mani to manage products in India
Gold import increases by five-fold in September
Voting on 228 Assembly seats for the 13th Assembly elections began in Maharashtra at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm. Total of 8.35 crore voters will use their right to vote. As per poll officials, counting of votes will take place on October 19. Prominent names that are contesting elections are former deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Devendra Fadnavis, Pankaja Munde of BJP, Chhagan Bhujbal of NCP, Suresh Jain and Deepak Kesarkar of Shiv Sena, Bala Nandgaonkar of MNS and Rajendra Darda Congress.
Voting on all the 90 assembly seats of Haryana began today at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm. Total 1351 candidates are contesting elections. As per poll officials, votes will be counted on October 19. More than 1.63 crore voters will cast votes in 16,357 polling booths. Fight is mainly among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The BJP for the first time is fighting elections on its own.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that though the financial loss because of Cyclone Hudhud hasn't been officially calculated but based on initial estimates the figures may go up to Rs 70,000 crore. As per media reports, exact picture of the financial loss will be clear in a day or so. North coastal districts of the state are still in bad situation but efforts are being made through relief and rescue operation to bring back the normalcy. Work is in progress to restore the power supply.
Cyclonic storm Hudhud induced heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh and left 18 dead, as per media reports. The storm destroyed many standing crops and houses especially in the eastern parts of the state. Met department said that the heavy rains have broken all the previous records. The state had never seen such heavy rains in the month of October. Water-logging took place in many low-lying regions like Thakurganj, Indiranagar, Gomtinagar, Chowk and areas alongwith the Charbagh railway station.
Science and Technology
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed ex-Google executive Jai Mani as lead product manager to manage its products in India. The company has made its position in the India smartphone market with two low budget smartphones MI3 and RedMi 1s. Xiaomi's global vice president, Hugo Barra who is also an ex-executive of Google announced the appointment. Xiaomi is now planning to grow in Asia and this is just the initiation of company's research and development center in India.
Festive season has resulted an increase in the gold import in India by five-fold i.e. to $3.75 billion in September. In the same month last year the gold import was $682.5 million. This in turn pushed up the trade deficit of India, as per media reports. Most of the gold imported in the country is utilised to fulfill the demand for diamond and gold jewellery. The custom duty on gold has also been increased to 10 percent by the Government. It has also banned the import of medallions and gold coins.