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What Happened on 20 September 2015


Government may increase FDI Limit in DTH to 100 Per Cent

Union government is seriously considering the proposal of raising limit of foreign direct investment in broadcasting carriage and content services (that includes cable networks, DTH, Headend-in-the Sky Broadcasting Service, Mobile TV, and Teleports) from 74 per cent currently to 100 per cent. Reports say that the government wants to raise FDI limit in this sector for improving infrastructure as well as attracting foreign investment. Sources reveal inter-ministerial committee is considering this recommendation, mooted by TRAI in 2013, for improving digitization pace in India. Analysts believe that the current government is likely to open up this sector, just like it did in case of railways, construction, and defence.

ISRO Chairman says his Organisation focusing on Low Cost Space Access

A S Kiran Kumar (Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation - ISRO), while addressing 6th convocation ceremony at Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, said that the Indian space organization is concentrating on low cost space access and is in the process of developing reusable launch vehicles, heavy lift launchers, and cryogenic engines. Kumar went on to say that development of predictive models for controlling deadly diseases like dengue and malaria have become easy due to the advancements achieved in the fields of GIS, global navigation satellite systems, and satellite remote sensing. He also urged society to concentrate on using technology in a more environment friendly manner.

Ajay Jayaram reaches Final but settles for Silver at USD 600,000 Super Series Korea Open

Ajay Jayaram had a dream run as he defeated world number 7 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in straight sets 21-19 21-15 yesterday to enter the finals of USD 600,000 Super Series Korea Open. However, in the final the unseeded Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaraman’s dream of winning the BWF Korea Open championship was shattered by top seeded Chen Long of China in straight sets (14-21, 12-21). Jayaram gave a good fight but Chen Long’s brilliant form made the former settle for silver in the championship. The World number 32 Jayaram started his campaign at this tournament by beating World No. 6 Viktor Axelsen.

PMO asks Bose Family to prepare Agendas to discuss with PM Modi on October 14

Reports say that Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has contacted Bose family 7 times in 8 days period, asking them to share details of the issues they have planned discussing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on their scheduled meeting at PM’s residence on October 14. Grandnephew of Netaji Subhas, Chandra Bose, said that he received a call yesterday from PMO, seeking list of Netaji’s family members who will pay PM Modi a visit. Chandra Bose went on to say that Prime Minister seemed serious about Netaji’s pending issues and may also call upon NSA Ajit Doval and union home secretary during October 10’s scheduled visit.

Home Minister to visit Forward areas along Pak-China Border Tomorrow

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is all set to start his 3-day visit to the forward areas along the China and Pakistan borders tomorrow. During this visit, he is scheduled to pay visit to Chumar region of Ladakh tomorrow. It was in Chumar region where a 15-days long stand-off took place one year back between Indian and Chinese armies. Reports say that a new officers' mess is going to be inaugurated by the Home Minister in Samba’s (located in the forward areas of J&K) Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp. Rajnath Singh is also expected to visit ITBP posts in Thakung and Chushul and will pay homage at Hot Spring’s police memorial. The minister will interact with ITBP troop and also review the situation along Sino-Indian border.

PM Modi addresses nation through 12th Edition of "Mann Ki Baat"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation through 12th edition of “Mann Ki Baat”, his monthly AIR programme. During his radio address, PM Modi said that a delegate of over 50 members from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s extended family, living in various parts of the world, will pay visit to his official residence next month. He also lauded the effort of election commission in increasing awareness among electorates regarding their rights. Modi also urged more and more young voters to exercise their franchise. PM Modi also promoted use of khadi, stressed upon the importance of Swacch Bharat campaign, and urged people to give up LPG subsidy. JDU-RJD-Congress combine in Bihar earlier asked EC to stop airing the programme until the Bihar election is over. Though EC gave permission, it added the condition that the programme doesn’t violate model code of conduct.