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Major News and Events of 13 October 2015

What Happened on 13 October 2015

Results of civil services prelims declared

The results of the civil services (preliminary) examination 2015 held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on August 23 have been declared. The successful candidates will have to apply online in a detailed application form for the civil services (main) exam to be held on December 18. The application form will be available on UPSC website ( from October 29 till November 13, the UPSC said in a statement. Source: IANS

It's authors' wish to return Sahitya Akademi awards: Minister

With eminent authors returning Sahitya Akademi awards to protest rising intolerance, union minister Bandaru Dattatreya said it was their individual right and intellectuals were free to act as per their wish in a democracy. "It is their individual wish and India is a democratic country," the minister of state for labour told media persons here on Tuesday while attending an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Source: IANS

Jayakumar takes over as Bank of Baroda CEO

P.S. Jayakumar took charge as managing director and chief executive officer of the state-run Bank of Baroda (BoB) following a weekend of raids on its Delhi branch by the CBI over a forex fraud case. The chief executive's post at BoB had been vacant for the last 14 months. Jayakumar was named to it by the government on August 14. Jayakumar, who was earlier with Citibank, is the second private sector executive to head a state-run bank following Rakesh Sharma, who joined Canara Bank in September. Source: IANS

Reliance Communications takes customer care to Twitter

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications has launched 'Smartcare on Twitter' to provide various user account management services to its wireless subscribers through the micro-blogging site's live, public platform, a company statement said. The new customer service initiative platform will let users explore a range of account information and services without having to reach out to traditional customer service representatives, it added. Source: IANS

After attack, Sena calls Kulkarni 'Pakistani agent'

A day after blackening the face of veteran journalist and BJP leader Sudheendra Kulkarni, the Shiv Sena has called him a "Pakistani agent". Such "elements" may be handful in number but they wield a lot of influence and sabotage the country, the party said in an editorial in its mouthpiece "Saamana". Source: IANS

Lahiri geared up to defend Venetican Macao Open golf title

Indian star golfer Anirban Lahiri is aiming to successfully defend his title at the $1 million Venetian Macao Open saying he has overcome his Presidents Cup heartbreak. Lahiri, the current Asian Tour leader, was involved in three ties and lost all of them as his side -- the International Team -- was pipped by the United States by a point to retain the Cup. “It was a disappointing result but it was certainly not a disappointment,” Lahiri, who missed a three-foot birdie putt for a half point that could have altered the end result of the Presidents Cup, reflected in an Asian Tour. Source: IANS

Government needs to boost medical tourism: FICCI

Leading business chamber FICCI has urged the Centre to take new initiatives to boost medical tourism in India including multiple-entry medical visa to enable easy followup treatment for foreigners. India needs to have a comprehensive, uniform and simplified check list for foreign medical travellers along with all relevant information for medical visas which should be displayed at the Indian embassy website across the globe, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said in a statement. Source: IANS

Airtel to offer Rs.15,000 freebies with iPhones

Bharti Airtel will offer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Friday through 235 of its retail stores across the country, a company statement said. "Bharti Airtel is pleased to offer the only 4G network in India, and its customers can take advantage of its incredible network with the new 'iPhone Infinity' plans, which include 60GB of free 4G data over 12 months, saving customers Rs.15,000 on their monthly bill," the statement said. Source: IANS

Sensex down 144 points, IT stocks plunge

Caution over the ongoing results season and weak global cues coupled with reduced chances of a lending rate cut depressed investors leading to a barometer index of the Indian equity markets plunging by 144 points or 0.54 percent during post-noon trade. Both the Indian bellwether indices opened lower due to negative import-export data coming out of China. Even the healthy domestic macro data points released a day earlier were not able to arrest the slide. Source: IANS

VHP seeks anti-conversion law in Jharkhand

After a large number of tribals reportedly converted to Christianity in Jharkhand's Gumla district, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has sought an anti-conversion law in the state. "Anti conversion law should be formulated in Jharkhand. Christian missionaries are silently working on their agenda, converting tribals," VHP leader Pramod Mishra."In the last 15 days, over 300 people belonging to Asur, one of the nine primitive tribes, have been converted to Christianity," he added. Source: IANS

83 Indians stranded in Pakistan helped to reach Attari

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has provided assistance to 83 Indians stranded in Pakistan to cross over to the Attari land border with the help of the Pakistan government. External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "@IndiainPakistan assists 83 Indians stranded in Pakistan cross over to Attari with help of Government of Pakistan. MEA is working with Pakistan High Commission to similarly help Pakistanis stranded in India to return," he posted.Many Pakistani passengers have been stranded in India following cancellation of the Samjhauta Express. Source: IANS

Surface transport ministry certified ISO 9001 : 2008

The union surface transport and highways ministry was on Monday conferred with ISO 9001 : 2008 certification for monitoring, planning, development and maintenance of highway infrastructure and road transport in India, an official statement said. "Administrative efficiency is the most vital ingredient for the successful working of an organization," said Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari while receiving the certification from Indian Register Quality Systems (IRQS) CMD Arun Sharma, the statement said. Source: IANS

Google dedicates doodle to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Internet search giant Google paid tributes to Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his birth anniversary. The doodle showed the musician singing, his left hand raised to make the letter "l" in the word Google. Born on October 13, 1948, Khan was primarily a singer of qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. The singer died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 49 on August 16, 1997. Source: IANS

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