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Major News and Events of 25 August 2014

What Happened on 25 August 2014


Adani plans to invest $2 billion in power plant in Odisha

Adani Group is expected to sign a pact with the Odisha government to set up 2,500 megawatt power plant. As per reports, the company will invest $2 billion or Rs 12,000 crore in this plant. It is also expected to have identified several sites in different districts of Odisha. As per reports, the power plant is likely to be built in phases and the raw material will be sourced from Chendipada and Machakata coal blocks. 

BCCI annoyed with Dhoni over referring Fletcher as 'Boss'

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is annoyed after India skipper MS Dhoni gave a statement that ‘Fletcher is still the boss’ and will also lead the team during the next World Cup to be held next year. As per a press statement by a BCCI official, only BCCI can decide about the coach and not Dhoni. He also added that the committee of BCCI will decide about the captain and the coach for the Indian cricket team for the World Cup.

Intex to launch its first Firefox smartphone today

Intex will lift the veil of its first Firefox smartphone in India today. As per reports, this will be India’s cheapest smartphone and will be priced below Rs 2,000. The phone is expected to have a 3.5-inch display, 1 GHZ processor and 2 megapixel camera. To compete with Intex, Spice will also launch Firefox’s phone on  August 29. Mozilla, developer of Firefox, had tied up with Spice and Intex earlier this year to launch smartphones at lower prices inIndia.

SpiceJet's festive fares starting at Rs 1,888

During the festive season, SpiceJet is offering tickets at Rs 1,888 including taxes. It will be a limited period offer and will be available on bookings till 27 August, 2014. The tickets will be available at this price for traveling between 25 September and 15 January 2015 (including both the days). These offers will only be available for domestic travellers. Since January, Spice has launched over a dozen discount schemes.

Nifty touches new heights

Sensex has touched a new peak by hitting a record high of 26,561.65 points in early trade. Nifty also touched new peak of 7945.90. As per reports, all the sectors were trading in green and good buying was noticed in healthcare, banking and auto sectors. The S&P BSE gained 116.42 points, auto by 63.08 points and healthcare index by 103.15 points.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav unwell; admitted to hospital

Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after he was taken ill. He has been admitted to the Asian Heart Hospital in Mumbai under the observation of Ramakanta Panda, a renowned cardiac surgeon. Lalu is likely to undergo a heart surgery as two of his valves require replacement.

Amit Shah meets villagers from near Pakistan border

BJP President Amit Shah met villagers from near Pakistani border. He visited a higher secondary school in RS Pura where villagers from across the borders are residing because of firing from Pakistan. As per reports Shah told these people that the Indian army is strong enough to give a befitting reply to the troops of Pakistan. He also visited a Bishnah town in Jammu which is a safe accommodation for such villagers.

SC: Coal Block Allocations since 1993 are 'illegal'

The Supreme Court of India has said that the allocation of the coal blocks since 1993 lacks transparency. As per the reports, the judges have also said that more hearings will be required to decide whether the mining rights of the concerned companies should be cancelled or not. The court answered to a bunch of petitions which have asked for the cancellation of coal block allocations. CBI also alleged that mining licenses were given to private companies in the absence of a transparent bidding process.

Sheila Dikshit meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Kerala Governor Sheila Dikhshit met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, amidst media speculation about her continuation in the Raj Bhavan of Thiruvananthapuram. When asked by the reporters whether she will resign from her current post, Sheila replied that these are only rumours. As per reports, she was allegedly nudged by the NDA government to quit from her post. It is also reported that she might be transferred to a northeast state.

10 die in stampede in Madhya Pradesh

As per reports, 10 people were killed and more than 60 people are believed to be injured during a stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in Satna district  in Madhya Pradesh. Devotees in large number had gathered at the religious place on the eve of ‘Amavasya’ and the incident took place near the temple. According to Collector M L Meena, the presence of a huge crowd resulted in a stampede which took life of 10 people. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has declared an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the family of those who were killed in the stampede and Rs 50,000 and Rs 10,000 to those who were seriously injured and those who received minor injuries, respectively.