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Major News and Events of 14 September 2015

What Happened on 14 September 2015

Shiv Nadar, Sanjay Kalra to invest $500 mn fund in US

HCL founder Shiv Nadar has partnered with Tech Mahindra ex-chief executive officer Sanjay Kalra to invest up to $500 million to buy-out IT product and platform companies across providers, payers, pharma & life sciences in the US, a company statement said. The name of the new investment firm is Shiv Nadar & Sanjay Kalra Associates (SNSK). The firm will also invest in select early stage US and Indian companies, where product, platform or talent will accelerate portfolio objectives, the statement said. Source: IANS

Indian scientists decode Tulsi plant genome

Indian scientists have deciphered the entire genetic make-up of Tulsi, a herb widely used for therapeutic purposes. The genome map will help in making new medicines using the plant. A multi-institutional team led by Sowdhamini Ramanathan from the National Centre of Biological Science, Bengaluru revisited the age-old knowledge of the plant and its medicinal effects in their laboratories. The plant synthesises a wide range of bioactive compounds, known for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-pyretic and anti-cancer properties. Source: IANS

BJP finalises seat sharing for Bihar polls

The BJP has finalised seat sharing for the Bihar assembly elections.BJP chief Amit Shah said that BJP will contest 160 of the 243 assembly seats, leaving 83 seats for its three allies -- LJP, HAM and RLSP.A maximum of 40 seats were given to Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), followed by 23 seats to Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), and 20 seats to former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha, he said. Source: IANS

Sania-Martina wins US Open women's doubles title

Women's doubles top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis defeated fourth seeded Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 to claim the US Open title. The Indo-Swiss pair took only 69 minutes to conquer the Australian-Kazakh pair at the Arthur Ashe stadium. Sania's partnership with Martina has helped her become the first Indian women's player to be ranked World No. 1 in the doubles rankings. Source: IANS

BSF officer killed in Pakistani firing

A BSF officer was killed in firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district officials said. Pakistani troops fired two mortar rounds around 6.30 p.m., in which Sub-Inspector Chuni Lal of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed, officials said. Meanwhile, in another incident in Sabjiya sector of Poonch district, two civilians were injured when they stepped on some explosive material which blew up. The condition of one of them is said to be critical. Source: IANS

Nine more Indians dead in Makkah mosque accident, toll 11

Nine more Indian Haj pilgrims have died in the crane crash accident at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in Saudi Arabia, taking the toll to 11 so far, the external affairs ministry said.Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in tweets that "after opening of mortuary on Sunday evening, officials working with relatives have confirmed that nine more Indians have unfortunately died" in the accident. Source: IANS

18 labourers killed as truck overturns in Andhra

At least 18 labourers were killed and 17 others injured when a truck overturned in Andhra Pradesh in the early hours on 14 September 2015 police said. The accident took place near Gundepalli in West Godavari district, around 400 km from Hyderabad. The labourers who had boarded the truck, which was on its way from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam with fly ash, were buried under the material. Police and locals rescued 16 people and shifted them to Rajahmundry hospital. Eight of them are stated to be in critical condition. Source: IANS

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