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Major News and Events of 15 September 2015

What Happened on 15 September 2015

Zippr announces technology partnership with CommonFloor

Smart address creating company Zippr has said it was tying up with online real estate player CommonFloor to aid quick and seamless listing of properties on CommonFloor's website. "With this partnership, a user having Zippr code can list a property on CommonFloor via the Zippr app in less than a minute. All that the user has to do is select the Zippr code and provide basic information of the property he/she would like to list," the company said. Source: IANS

Snapdeal's FreeCharge launches digital wallet

Utility payments platform FreeCharge has launched a digital wallet in partnership with Mumbai-based private lender Yes Bank.Online e-commerce player Snapdeal had acquired FreeCharge in a deal believed to be worth around Rs.2,800 crore earlier this year and the launch of the new wallet could be seen as a challenge to digital payments player Paytm.Source: IANS

Delhi government asks students to cover up to avoid dengue

To protect children from dengue, the Delhi government on Tuesday issued directions to schools across the city to ensure that for next one month the students attend schools wearing clothes which fully cover them. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a directive asked city schools to ensure children are dressed in full-sleeve shirts, full pants and salwar kameez for the next one month to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Source: IANS

Indian American teen entrepreneur to get White House award

Swetha Prabhakaran, an Indian American teen entrepreneur and founder CEO of Everybody Code Now!, will receive the prestigious 'Champions of Change' award at the White House. Prabhakaran, 15, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Virginia, founded non profit Everybody Code Now! to empower the next generation of youth to become engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Source: IANS

Sony aims 20 percent growth during festive season in India

With most of its major product launches scheduled for this year completed, consumer electronics company Sony India on Monday said it is looking ahead to a growth of 20 percent across its product-range during the festive season (August-November). "During the festive season, we are targeting a growth of 20 percent nationally while in the Bravia (television range) segment, we hope to achieve a growth of 25 percent," Satish Padmanabhan, the company's head of sales, told media persons. Source: IANS

Tamil Nadu to implement Bharat Net at Rs.3,000 crore outlay

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa has said the government will connect all the village panchayats through optical fibre at an outlay of Rs.3,000 crore with central government's assistance. Announcing this in the assembly, Jayalalithaa said the central government has agreed to her proposal to operate the Bharat Net service by the state government, and as a result, the state will connect all the 12,524 village panchayats through optical fibre and offer government services through portals. Source: IANS

Hope for progress in ties with Sri Lanka: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoped for progress on key bilateral initiatives with Sri Lanka and said after talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe that "projects will gather speed now".Modi said that peace and stability in the region is "key to our success. When there is stability we prosper". "We had a long discussion on different areas concerning our two countries," the prime minister said in a media statement after the talks. Source: IANS

Drought situation looms large in Odisha's nine districts

A drought situation was looming large in nine districts of Odisha, which is likely to affect farmers, state Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy said. Stating that farmers may be affected in 104 blocks of the state, he said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the agriculture department to submit a report on the situation within seven days. Based on the report, drought assistance would be provided to the farmers, he said. Since Odisha received inadequate rainfall in the current monsoon season, Patnaik on Monday held a review meeting over the impeding drought situation. Source: IANS

India hosts LMDC meeting on climate change

India hosted a meeting of Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) on climate change to prepare strategies for negotiation for the Paris conference slated to be held later this year."The objective of this meeting is for negotiators from LMDCs to exchange, coordinate and harmonize views on the (ADP) negotiating text under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations and to prepare strategies and way forward for the negotiations in the run-up to Paris," an official statement said. Source: IANS

Additional days of work, diesel subsidy for drought-hit areas

A slew of measures including allocation of additional days of work under the rural job guarantee scheme, diesel subsidies and enhanced ceiling on seed subsidy have been taken by the government to provide relief to farmers in the wake of the rain deficit, an official statement said. "To provide immediate relief to farmers, in view of the deficit monsoon during Kharif 2015, the government of India has taken a number of decisions. Orders on these measures have been issued to all state governments, which would implement them on the basis of assessed need," the agriculture ministry said in a statement. Source: IANS

India's August consumer price inflation eases

India's consumer price inflation for August eased slightly to 3.66 percent from 3.69 percent in July and a staggering 7.03 percent during the like month of last year, official data showed.However, the consumer food price index (CFPI) inched-up by 2.20 percent from 2.15 percent rise in July. Notwithstanding the month-on-month (MoM) rise, the CFPI was far lower than the growth of 8.70 percent in August 2014. Source: IANS

FAQs and Answers on Indian History and Geography
Which Indian state is the largest producer of bauxite?The state of Odisha is the largest producer of bauxite in India. India has abundant resources of bauxite and serves as a raw material in the production of aluminium. As per the report of the Ministry of Mines, India stood at the 7th position in… Read More...
Which Indian city is famously known as the "Manchester City of India"?The city of Ahmedabad in the Gujarat state is famously known as the "Manchester City of India". This name was given to this city by a popular textile center in the Manchester of Great Britain, adhering to the striking similarities of Ahmedabad's prospering cotton textile… Read More...
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