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Major News and Events of 14 October 2015

What Happened on 14 October 2015

CBI to question two in forex transfer case

Two people arrested in connection with an ongoing probe into an illegal forex transfer of Rs.6,172 crore by Bank of Baroda were sent to two days CBI custody. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday had arrested Bank of Baroda's Ashok Vihar branch head and assistant general manager Suresh Kumar Garg and foreign exchange unit head Jainis Dubey. Special Judge P.K. Jain remanded them to CBI custody till October 16. Source: IANS

Dhoni's unbeaten 92 takes India to 247/9

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's defiant 92 not out took India to 247/9 in 50 overs against South Africa during their second One-Day International (ODI) at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Dhoni's 60th ODI fifty and Ajinkya Rahane's 52 -- his eighth half-century -- helped India put up a fighting total even though others failed against the disciplined South African bowlers. Pacer Dale Steyn picked up 3-49, while fellow pacer Morne Morkel and leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up two wickets each. Source: IANS

Will maintain investment level in India: Vodafone

Vodafone will maintain its investment level in India and has described telecom service providers as the 'digital planners' for Digital India programme, the company's CEO Vittorio Colao said. "There are lot of things happening in the telecom world. The new generation is glued to data. We are the digital planners. We will enable entrepreneurs to fulfill their dreams," Colao said in a meeting. "We have partnered with the government to enable its Digital India and Financial Inclusion programmes," Sunil Sood, managing director and CEO, Vodafone India said. Source: IANS

Over 6,800 chemist shops shut in Delhi

Over 6,800 chemist shops across Delhi and its adjoining areas were shut on Wednesday following the nationwide strike by the All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) to protest against the online sale of drugs."Our strike has been successful. Over 90 percent of the chemist shops across the country are shut today and the only reason we allowed 10 percent of them to remain open was to avoid any difficulty to the patients. In Delhi too, over 6,800 chemist shops remained shut," J.S. Sinde, president, AIOCD said. According to the association, Delhi has around 7,000 chemist shops. Source: IANS

Sushil Modi declines to wear Muslim cap

Bihar's former deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi on Wednesday declined to wear a Muslim skull cap offered by a member of the party's ally HAM in the upcoming state polls citing the humid climate. At an election meeting in Tekari assembly constituency in Gaya district, Shakila Bano, a woman leader of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awami Morcha (HAM), offered a skull cap to Modi. "I offered Modi a skull cap but he politely refused to wear citing humid climate," a party worker close to Bano quoted her as saying. Source: IANS

Online medicine sale: Himachal joins nation-wide strike

More than 5,000 chemists across Himachal Pradesh has joined the nation-wide strike to demand action by the centre against the online sale of medicine. There was a complete shutdown by the retail and wholesale chemists across the state, Himachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association president Sanjeev Pandit. He said the shutdown was also observed by the private chemists operating stores in state-run hospitals and dispensaries. Source: IANS

Doing Pele film a big honour: A.R. Rahman

Music superstar A.R. Rahman, who is composing the music for Pele biopic, says the opportunity is a big honour and meeting Brazilian football legend was a "dream come true". "Pele is a big legend in sports and doing his movie is such a big honour," Rahman told media persons at a interaction for "Jai Ho", a documentary on his life to be telecast on Discovery channel. He also said that when he had read the film's script, he loved the whole idea of it. In a recent interview, Rahman had said that he was a "zero in sports" and "he composed music for Pele without knowing him". Source: IANS

Indian start-ups attract $5 bn funding: Report

Indian start-ups are on fire, as they are on target to get a whopping $5 billion (Rs.32,558 crore) funding by this year-end, IT industry representative body Nasscom said in a report. Total funding in the India-based start-ups is estimated to be around $5 billion by 2015, which is a massive 125 percent growth from $2.2 billion in 2014," National Association of Software and Services Companies said in a report. Overtaking Israel, India has emerged as the third biggest start-up market worldwide after the US and Britain, with 4,200 start-ups, growing 40 percent over 2014. Source: IANS

Mysuru Maharaja ascends golden throne for Dasara

Wodiyar dynasty's new head and Mysuru's titular Maharaja Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja on Tuesday ascended the golden throne in the Amba Vilas Palace here, marking the first day of the 10-day Dasara festival. Dressed in traditional robes, with the royal headgear his ancestors sported once, the 23-year-old performed various rituals before climbing the throne around noon, considered auspicious, in the private portion of the royal palace in the city, about 150km from Bengaluru. Source: IANS

Iran releases 9 Indian sailors from jail

India thanked Iran for releasing nine Indian sailors who had been languishing in a Tehran jail for two years. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted her thanks: "Iran has released nine Indian sailors - Thank you Iran. Thank you HE @JZarif for a prompt action on our request." "We have secured the release of Sushil Kapoor and 8 Indians from jail in Iran. They will reach Delhi tomorrow (on Wednesday)," she posted. Source: IANS

Haryana defends eligibility criteria for panchayat polls contestants

Haryana defended changes in the state panchayati raj law introducing educational qualification and other eligibility criteria for those aspiring to the contest panchayat elections saying that it could not leave the reins of rural local bodies in the hands of illiterate people. "Everybody wants to contest some or the other elections but people don't want to be educated. Why you will go to school if you know that without education, you can become sarpanch," Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, told a bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. Source: IANS

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