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What Happened on 12 September 2015


Paes-Hingis duo does it again as they Win US Open Mixed Doubles Title

Leander Paes-Martina Hingis duo won US Open Mixed Doubles title, becoming the first ever team since 1969 to win third Grand Slam mixed doubles titles (after bagging the mixed doubles title in Australian Open and Wimbledon this season) in a season. The feat of winning three majors in a single season was last achieved by Marty Riessen and Margaret Court 46 years back in 1969. The Indo-Swiss pair defeated Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of US by 6-4, 3-6, 10-7. With this win, 42 year old Leander Paes won 17 grand slam titles in his career. This is Leander’s 9th mixed doubles win.

Teesta and her Husband get Anticipatory Bail extension from SC up to October 15

Renowned social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand received yet another breather as a Supreme Court bench (including Justice A R Dave and Adarsh Kumar Goel) extended their anticipatory bail by 4 weeks to October 15. The earlier anticipatory bail to the social activists was due to lapse on September 15. Gujarat Police’s crime branch is looking for arresting the activist duo for their alleged role in breach of trust and cheating under IT Act, while constructing "Museum of Resistance" in Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society. Teesta called it a “political vendetta” by BJP-led Gujarat government for the activists’ role in revealing involvement of government functionaries and ministers in Gujarat riot.

Industrial Production of July jumps to 4.2 Per cent Y-o-Y, Beats Estimates but Lower than June IIP

Official Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data shows that for the month of July’15 it has beaten IIP forecast and reached 4.2 per cent on a year on year basis. However, the increase slightly falls short from June’s revised IIP of 4.4 per cent. Finance Ministry said that manufacturing sector is slowly coming up as a leader in the industrial growth as it is increasing at a rate of 4.7 per cent. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said in a tweet that the revealed IIP data is in sync with the improving GDP scenario. Use-wise, capital goods increased by 10.6 per cent and basic goods increased by 5.2 per cent.

Power and Renewable Energy Minister vouches for National Lab Policy for Renewable Energy Projects

Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Pitush Goyal said while speaking at the national workshop on lab infrastructure for testing, standardization, certification and inspection for the Renewable Energy Deployment Programmme that a policy document on National Lab Policy is required for facilitating certification, standardization, and testing of renewable energy projects. He also stressed upon the need of paying more attention on quality as well as reliability of renewable energy systems to effectively promote renewable energies in India. Goyal went on to stress upon the need of promoting improved biomass cooking stoves to save fuel and lessen health hazards, taking place from other means of cooking.

Ex-servicemen hold "Sainik Ekta" Rally at Jantar Mantar

Hundreds of ex-servicemen, under the United Front of Ex-Servicemen Movement (UFESM) banner, today held “Sainik Ekta” rally for pressing the Union Government on "honest and truthful justice" for their One Rank One Pension scheme. They rejected government’s OROP scheme, announced few days back by the central government. The rally, which started in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar at 10 in the morning, was attended by war veterans, residing in different parts of India. The protest movement of the war veterans took a new turn as they decided to start their relay hunger strike yet again until their just demands are met. Major General (retd) Satbir Singh has put forward a 7-point dissent and went on to say that there is no concept of VRS in defence forces and the government announced OROP has mentioned it, creating confusion. He demanded inclusion of even the premature retirees under OROP scheme.   

West Bengal Government decides to release Secret Files on Netaji Subhash

West Bengal government has decided to declassify 64 files that can help unveil the mystery surrounding freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s disappearance. Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee announced during a press meet that all the available files with West Bengal government will be put in public domain on September 18. Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu welcomed Mamata government’s decision on declassification of the secretive files and hoped that the “mystery of disappearance of Netaji” comes out in the open. Political analysts believe that West Bengal CM’s move on the issue will put pressure on the central government in the latter’s dilly-dally approach regarding declassification of all files pertaining to the life of Netaji Subhash.    




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