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Major News and Events of 10 August 2015

What Happened on 10 August 2015

Indian solar company to help create jobs in Australia

India's Global Wind Power Limited has teamed up with Australia-based Heliostat to create hundreds of new jobs in South Australia, a media report said. A new entity, Heliostat South Australia, has been created to develop solar products, ABC News reported, adding that a memorandum of understanding has been signed to this effect. Source: IANS

Passenger car sales zoom by over 17 percent in July: SIAM

The sales of domestic passenger cars grew by 17.47 percent during the last month to 1,62,022 units from the corresponding month of last year, industry data showed on Monday. According to the data furnished by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the auto industry's July, 2014 sales stood at 137,922 units. There was a marginal up-tick of 1.53 percent in June, 2015 off-take. Source: IANS

India exports coconut products worth Rs.376 crore in Q1

Export of coconut products during the first quarter of the current fiscal touched Rs.376 crore, said the export division of the Kochi-headquartered Coconut Development Board (CDB). Significant increase was recorded in the export of virgin coconut oil, activated carbon, dry coconut and coconut oil, said a report prepared by CDB's K.S. Sebastian. Source: IANS

New Himachal governor to be sworn-in August 12

Himachal Pradesh Governor-designate Acharya Devvrat will be sworn-in on 12 August an official said. Devvrat, who succeeds Urmila Singh whose term ended January 26, will reach the state capital on Tuesday, governor's principal secretary Sanjay Gupta said in a statement. Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh was given the additional charge of the hill state, following her retirement January 26. Source: IANS

Flipkart sells 150 mn products online till August

Leading e-retail major Flipkart has said it has sold 150 million products till date this calendar year, registering a whopping 150 percent growth over last year. "We have witnessed a 150 percent growth in the number of products (units) sold as compared to 2014," the city-based company said in a statement. Source: IANS

Nitish Kumar to launch signature drive over PM's DNA remark

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to comply with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's request to take back his "DNA" remark, the Janata Dal-United leader has announced he would launch a 'Shabdwapsi' drive to protest the remark. The drive, meant to protest the prime minister's July 25 remark about Nitish Kumar's DNA, is scheduled to commence on Tuesday (August 11) with sit-ins across Bihar. It will collect signatures of 50 lakh people and send their blood samples to Modi for a DNA test. Source: IANS

Want to ban child pornography: Government to SC

The government has told the Supreme Court that it wanted to ban child pornography websites, but expressed its inability to go beyond that and don the role of moral police. Addressing the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that the state cannot be present in every household to check what people were watching in private and interfere with their entertainment. Source: IANS

India clinches 15 medals in Asian Youth Chess meet

India once again proved to be a juggernaut in the Asian Youth Chess Championships that ended in Suwon, South Korea. The Indians pocketed five gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals, while second placed Iran bagged six medals. In the segment of Girls Under-16 category, Aakanksha Hagawane claimed the prized yellow metal while Chandreyee Hazra had to settle for the silver. Harshita Guddanti won a bronze medal. Source: IANS

IIT Kharagpur to roll out Digital Earth programme

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is planning to roll out a 'Digital Earth' programme - a bridge between various disciplines studying the earth - its director P.P. Chakrabarti said. The programme would bring together disciplines like mining engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, geology and geophysics and involve study of various earth sciences related problems and develop solutions. Source: IANS

Two guerrillas, gunned down in Kashmir

Two guerrillas were killed late on Sunday near the line of control (LoC) in Kupwara district of North Kashmir where a soldier had also been killed on Saturday. Gunfights started in Tangdhar and Keran sectors of the LoC in Kupwara district during infiltration attempts by guerrillas on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Source: IANS

11 killed in Jharkhand stampede

At least 11 people were killed and 50 injured in a stampede in Jharkhand's Deoghar town early on Monday. According to police, more than 1,00,000 people were in a queue, many waiting since Sunday night to get into the famous Baidyanath Temple, when the stampede occurred.All the injured have been admitted to Sadar hospital in Deoghar for treatment, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar said, adding the stempede was a result of "large crowd gathering". Source: IANS

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