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Major News and Events of 08 September 2015

What Happened on 08 September 2015

Tripura to attain 100 percent literacy soon

Tripura's literacy rate will soon increase from the existing 96.82 percent to 100 percent and the neo-literate would become economically self-reliant in a phased manner, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said. "After three phases of literacy campaign since 2011, the literacy rate now stands at 96.82 percent and it would touch 100 percent soon," Sarkar said while addressing an International Literacy Day function here. "After people become literate, they want to be economically self-reliant. We launched a self-employment scheme - Swabhalamban - for this purpose. During the three to four years, 15,000 families have not only become self-dependent but also offered scope of jobs to 35,000 to 50,000 people in their farms and trading hubs," the chief minister said. (Source: IANS)

Mytrah Energy to sponsor shot-putter Inderjeet

Renewable energy producer Mytrah Energy (India) Ltd. on Tuesday announced that it will sponsor shot-putter Inderjeet Singh for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Inderjeet is the first track and field Indian athlete to qualify for the Rio Olympics. In 2015, he finished first at three major events -- Asian Championships in Wuhan, Asian Grand Prix in Bangkok and Universiade in Gwangju.

President to present 2014 Gandhi Peace Prize to ISRO

President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014 to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. The annual Gandhi Peace Prize -- instituted by the government of India in 1995 on the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi -- is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.

Sheena murder: Khanna sent to judicial custody

Sanjeev Khanna, one of the three accused in the Sheena Bora murder case and ex-husband of prime accused Indrani Mukherjea, was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody till September 21 by a magistrate. Khanna was brought to Mumbai from Kolkata on Tuesday morning and produced before the Bandra magistrate court in the afternoon. On Monday, Indrani and her former driver Shyamvar Rai were also sent to judicial custody till September 21 after their police custody ended. (Source: IANS)

International bikers all set to tackle Himachal's off-road tracks

Top-ranking foreign and domestic mountain bikers will test their endurance and skill in one of the world's toughest terrains when the MTB Himalaya gets rolling from here on the off-road tracks of Himachal Pradesh on September 27. This year's edition - the 11th - will see the highest number of foreign participants so far. The highest number of riders are from Portugal, Spain and Germany, apart from India. The event will conclude at the starting point on October 4 after traversing 550 km. (Source: IANS)

Konkan Railway to launch three holiday specials

The Konkan Railway, which connects Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, will launch three special trains to cater to the holiday rush during Ganesh Chaturthi next week, officials said. In a statement issued here, the Konkan Railway said that the three trains are 00118/00117 Ratnagiri - Vasai Road - Ratnagiri Special Train (Reserved Express), 00112 /00111 Madgaon - Vasai Road - Madgaon Special Train (Reserved Express) and 00115/00116 Vasai Road - Mangalore - Vasai Road Special Train (Reserved Express). "All the trains have 18 coaches and will be operational during the period of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival," the statement said. (Source: IANS)

Ram Vilas Paswan not leader of Dalits: Manjhi

Fissures among the BJP's dalit allies in Bihar came out in the open on Tuesday, as former Bihar chief minister Jitin Ram Manjhi said union minister Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP was neither a leader of Dailits nor had he done anything for them. Targetting the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief, Manjhi, a Dailit leader who was recently expelled from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), sought to question Paswan's credentials to project himself as a Dalit leader, saying: "Ram Vilas Paswan is not the leader of Dalits in Bihar." "He (Paswan) has not done anything for Dalits and poorest of the poor," added Manjhi, the president of the Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM), a part of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance, at a press conference here. (Source: IANS)

Belarus hopes to expand trade with India

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus is interested in developing all-round cooperation with India. Lukashenko made the remarks while meeting with Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in Minsk, the national capital of Belarus. Both sides also exchanged ideas over promoting cooperation in sectors such as manufacturing, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutics, potash mining, IT and education. (Source: IANS)

Ex-minister granted bail in coal allocation case

A special court on Tuesday granted bail to former minister of state for coal Santosh Bagrodia, an accused in a coal block allocation case. Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge Bharat Parashar also asked Bagrodia to furnish a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh and a surety of like amount. The court was hearing a case pertaining to allocation of Maharashtra's Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Private Ltd. The court last month granted bail to former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and the coal ministry's then section officer L.S. Janoti in a coal block allocation case. (Source: IANS)

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