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Major News and Events of 07 September 2015

What Happened on 07 September 2015

Court allows NIA to conduct Showkat Bhat's polygraph test

A Delhi court on Monday allowed the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) plea to conduct lie detector test on Showkat Ahmed Bhat, an accused in the Udhampur blast case. During in-camera proceedings, District Judge Amar Nath allowed the NIA's plea seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on Bhat. Bhat's polygraph test will be conducted at 11 a.m. on September 8 at Central Forensic Laboratory CGO complex in Lodhi Road here. (Source: IANS)

Pele to come to India after 38 years for Subroto Cup final

Brazilian legend and football's elder statesman Pele will come to India after a gap of 38 years after accepting an invitation to attend the final of the 56th edition of the Subroto Cup as its chief guest, the tournament organisers said. Pele, widely regarded as the finest exponent of the game, will be in the Capital as the chief guest at the tournament's final to be held on October 16. He will reach the city on October 15, Indian Air Force, the organisers, said in a press conference adding that the financial aspect of bringing global football's ambassador to the city has been taken care of. (Source: IANS)

BSNL upgrades landline broadband speed to 2 Mbps

State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Monday said it has decided to upgrade landline broadband speed to minimum 2 Mbps at no additional cost for all the broadband customers on pan-India basis from October 1. The company is also offering 1 GB free e-mail box to their customers from 50 MB mail box. The speed upgradation will benefit all the existing and new broadband customers of BSNL. Under this scheme, BSNL is upgrading the speed of existing Broadband plans of 512 Kbps and 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps speed, a BSNL statement said. (Source: IANS)

National Payment Corporation to launch two new cards

The National Payment Corporation of India plans to come out with new cards - a credit card and a payment card co-branded with Mudra Bank, said a top company official. The company is also in discussions with China UnionPay and Japanese JCB Company enabling RuPay card holders to use the card in other parts of the world. Speaking to reporters here, its chairman M.Balachandran said the company would launch a new card for entrepreneurs partnering with Mudra Bank and a credit card next year. (Source: IANS)

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 5 phablet

Samsung on Monday launched its next phablet - the Galaxy Note 5 - starting at Rs. 53,900 and extending the flagship Note series of smartphones. The phone, which will come in three colours, will have a 64 GB variant priced at Rs. 59,900. The India launch comes close at heels after the global launch a month back. Indian consumers will only get the single SIM variant which will support 4G LTE. The new device comes in with a slew of incremental upgrades, Live Broadcast feature from the S6 Edge Plus, fast wireless charging and smart synchronisation for PC and smart TVs. (Source: IANS)

Official touches Mulayam's feet, sparks row

Opposition parties lashed out at the ruling Samajwadi Party after photographic evidence that state-owned UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam's managing director R.K. Goel publicly touched the feet of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at a rally in Mainpuri on Sunday. Accusing the SP of "politicising state bureaucracy and forcing government officials and employees into submission", BJP state unit spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the public display of "personal loyalty" setting aside official decorum, by a high-ranking official of the state government proved that "the bureaucracy has been hounded or allured into submission". Leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also slammed the incident. (Source: IANS)

Court martial sentence in Machil fake encounter confirmed

The army's northern command GOC on Monday confirmed the life sentence awarded to six army personnel, including a colonel-rank officer, by a general court martial in the 2012 Machil fake encounter case, an army official said.

"General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C), Northern Command, Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda has confirmed the sentence of a Summary General Court Martial in the Machil encounter case," Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of the army's Udhampur-based Northern Command, said.

"Colonel Dinesh Pathania, Captain Upendra, Havildar Devendra Kumar, Lance Naik Lakhmi, Lance Naik Arun Kumar and Rifleman Abbas Hussain have been awarded life imprisonment," he said.

In April 2012, the army had claimed killing three guerrillas in Machil sector on the Line of Control in Kupwara district during an infiltration bid. (Source: IANS)

Spices Board India to go global through retail outlets

The Spices Board India has decided to go global by opening premium retail outlets abroad to sell around 30 of the choicest spices and value added products under the "Spices India" and "Flavourit" brand names. Spices Board chairman A. Jayathilak said signature stalls would be set up in overseas market in partnership with private investors. "The stalls will help us to gain access to more international markets and further promote the popularity of Indian spices abroad," he said. (Source: IANS)

RSS remote-controlling Modi government: Mayawati

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) was remote-controlling the Narendra Modi government, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has said.

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to an RSS meeting and attended its deliberations did not augur well for Indian democracy, she said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

"These developments prove that our apprehensions about the control of RSS headquarters at Nagpur over the union government were true," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

She also took on the RSS for patting the Modi government and asked if the Sangh did not see any failures of the central government on issues like price rise, poverty and unemployment. (Source: IANS)

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