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Major News and Events of 15 January 2016

What Happened on 15 January 2016

Reliance Jio's first 4G smartphone to arrive soon

Named as Lyf Earth 1, Reliance Jio’s first 4G smartphone is expected to be launched commercially in late March or April 2016. Reliance Jio is currently available for 1 lakh Reliance employees across India and over the next few months would be put through beta testing for checking the effectiveness of its coverage. Lyf Earth would run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and support dual-SIM feature along with a 5.5-inch Amoled display with a full HD resolution.

Snapdeal declares its Real Estate Shopping Festival as 'Open'

Snapdeal has launched its week-long real estate shopping festival which has on-board properties within the price range of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 5 crore. Named as “Freedom from Rent”, this shopping carnival is scheduled to take place from January 14 to January 20. The Real Estate festival would feature project launches and exclusive offers from reputed builders like Runwal Group, Lavasa, Mahagun India, Provident Housing, TVS Emerald and many more.   

7 years jail, Rs 1L fine for selling cigarettes to minors

As an attempt to shield minors from the harmful effects of smoking, a new provision of seven years jail sentence and Rs 1 lakh fine for anyone who sells cigarettes or chewable tobacco products to minors, has been added to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 passed in the parliament last month. Effective from today, this law would also set a punishment of 7 years imprisonment for all underage offenders between 16 and 18 years of age accused of atrocious crimes as adults.


People's Party of Punjab (PPP) merges with INC

Manpreet Singh Badal, the head of People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) today merged his party with the Indian National Congress. Former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal along with an estranged nephew of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced the formation of a new party called PPP in 2011. In-line with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) intended to shun VIP culture in the state of Punjab.

Sunanda Pushkar's death unnatural, confirms Delhi Police Chief

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has cleared the air over Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death by stating that the current observation from the final viscera report of Sunanda gives a clear impression that she died an unnatural death which was not led by radioactive poisoning. Wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel in January 2014.

Australia beats India in 2nd ODI in Brisbane

Today, Australia defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI held in Brisbane. Even the giant score of 308 runs didn’t help India win the match. The century scored by Rohit Sharma was comfortably over-shadowed by fifties from Aussies’ Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch and George Bailey. Just like the first ODI in Perth, the second ODI saw Bailey stealing the match from India.

Sensex & Nifty likely to open higher

As indicated by the Nifty futures traded on the Singapore Stocks Exchange, both Sensex and Nifty are likely to open higher in trades today. Yesterday, while the foreign institutional investors sold shares worth Rs. 1,221.97 crore, the domestic investors purchased shares worth Rs. 1,526 crore. Two of the stocks which would be in focus today include Zee Entertainment and Hindustan Unilever (HUL).

JeM chief taken into protective custody, confirms Pak minister

A minister from Pakistan has confirmed the news of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group, being taken into “protective custody” along with his associates. The minister also pointed out the probability of arresting the JeM chief in case he is found guilty in the January 2 attack at the Pathankot Air base. In addition to Azhar, his brother Rauf and five others have also been involved in the attack.

Rajesh Vivek of Lagaan-fame dies at 66

Bollywood actor Rajesh Vivek, known for his roles in blockbuster movies like Lagaan and Swades, died due to a heart attack in Hyderabad today. He was 66 years old and was shooting for a South Indian film in Hyderabad. Rajesh Vivek made his debut in Bollywood with Shyam Benegal’s film Junoon that was released in 1978.

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