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Major News and Events of 02 September 2015

What Happened on 02 September 2015


India key strategic partner: Australian minister

India is a strategic partner and Australia is keen on taking forward military ties with it, Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said. At a conference at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, he said he does not see any direct threat from China's activities in the South China Sea but wants China to make its "strategic interests clear". "India is a key strategic partner... Australia recognises that India had a central role in providing stability to the Indian ocean region," he said. Source: IANS

Sensex trades 28 points up in afternoon session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Wednesday was trading 28.07 points or 0.11 percent up during the afternoon session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 7.75 points or 0.10 percent up at 7,793.60 points. Source: IANS

Tata Sky launches new set-top box with Wi-Fi

Direct broadcast satellite television provider Tata Sky on Wednesday launched a new set-top box (STB) which will have recording ability and will come with a Wi-Fi dongle to enable consumers to enjoy recorded content on smartphones and tablets without consuming internet data.The announcement assumes significance as this is a first of its kind technology in India. "The new product (storage capacity of 500 GB) which comes at a price of Rs.9,300 along with the Wi-Fi dongle is aimed at consumers in the metro and Tier-I cities. We expect to see a fair share of growth as we have seen with our other products," Pallavi Puri, chief commercial officer at Tata Sky, said. Source: IANS

IIT-Kgp software to convert Indian languages into Braille

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have developed a unique technology via a software that enables conversion of Indian languages into Braille for the visually challenged. The institute is also planning to go for large-scale deployment in West Bengal and other states.The Sparsha Transliteration System developed by IIT-Kgp's Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can accept Indian language texts (such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada) as input and convert it into Braille. Source: IANS

Kerala mulls setting up private universities

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government will discuss whether it should set up private universities in Kerala. "Kerala is the only state in the country that does not have a private university. In West Bengal, there are six and in Tripura there are two," he said, referring to the other two states where Communists are strong. "We will discuss this issue with all concerned at several levels before a decision is arrived at," Chandy said. Source: IANS

Strike cripples life in Kerala

The strike called by various trade unions hit Kerala hard as public buses went off roads and shops and banks remained shut."I arrived after completing a training programme in Hyderabad and now I have to sit here at the station till evening. When will I be able to drive home?" said a middle-aged private company official in Kozhikode. All the operations at the Cochin Port were also hit.Source: IANS

Banking operations hit across the country: Union leader

The nationwide strike in the banking and insurance sector has begun on a very encouraging note signifying total success, a top leader of the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIEBA) said. "The strike has started on an encouraging note across the country as per initial information we got. Employees of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), nationalised banks, old private sector banks, cooperative banks, regional rural banks are participating in the strike," AIEBA general secretary C.H. Venkatachalam said. Source: IANS




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