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Major News and Events of 17 August 2015

What Happened on 17 August 2015

Khattar urges Indian Americans to invest in Haryana

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged the Indian-American business community to invest in his state in sectors like food processing, pharmaceuticals, information technology, automobile and defence production. Khattar, who is leading a 19-member delegation of officials and businessmen on a 10-day trip to the US and Canada, made the appeal for investment while participating in the India Independence Day Parade in New York. Source: IANS

Indians win World of Dance trophy in US

Desihoppers, an Indian dance troupe, emerged victorious at the World of Dance competition in Los Angeles beating 34 competitors from 14 countries. Indian classical dance moves on fast-paced western music became a hit here when the Desihoppers group of dancers from different parts of India took to the stage. Cries of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Ganpati Bappa Morya" rent the air and the Indian tricolour was waved at the venue, the Los Angeles Convention Center, as the group was announced the winners on Sunday evening. They received a trophy along with a cheque of $5,000. Source: IANS

Consumer court allows Nestle to go for fresh Maggi tests

The apex consumer court has sought Nestle India's response on the government's Rs.640-crore unfair trade practice class action suit related to Maggi noodles, allowed fresh tests in approved labs and fixed Sep 30 as the next date of hearing. A bench of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, comprising Justice V.K. Jain and Justice B.C. Gupta, directed Nestle to respond to the notice by Sep 30 and allowed the government to send samples of Maggi noodles to an accredited laboratory for tests on lead content and MSG. Source: IANS

Modi woos UAE, says India has $1 trillion investment potential

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed top UAE business honchos, saying India has the potential of $1 trillion investments and also promised to address the concerns of business persons. Addressing an investors roundtable in Masdar City, a zero carbon city, Modi also promised to erase the deficit of prime ministerial interactions of the past 34 years. Former prime minister Indira Gandhi was the last Indian prime minister to visit in 1981. Source: IANS

Goldman Sachs to invest Rs.900 crore in Piramal Realty

Mumbai-based Piramal Realty has said investment bank Goldman Sachs will invest Rs.900 crore in the company for an undisclosed minority stake and take a board seat. This is the second major investment that Piramal Realty has secured within a month. In July, the company got an investment of Rs.1,800 crore from Warburg Pincus. Source: IANS

CBSE declares AIPMT results

The results of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT), the gateway exam for to top-notch state-run medical colleges, were declared on 17 August 2015 by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The re-test was on July 25. The results are now available on the board's official website - The examination is used to fill up over 3,800 coveted medical seats - around 15 percent of the total. Source: IANS

22-member India U-19 football squad for SAFF Championship chosen

A 22-member India Under-19 squad was selected for the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-19 Championship 2015 which will commence in Kathmandu from August 20. India was pitted against Maldives and Afghanistan in Group B of the Championship.Two teams from the group will progress into the latter stages of the Championship.Indian colts will play their first match on August 23 against Afghanistan and against Maldives on August 25. Source: IANS

Ajit Seth appointed PSEB chairman

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the name of former cabinet secretary Ajit Kumar Seth as the chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board (PSEB), an official release said. The ACC also approved appointment of Gauri Kumar and Anshuman Das as PSEB members. Seth and the three PSEB members will serve for three years or till attaining the age of 65, whichever is earlier. Source: IANS

OROP: Two army veterans on fast-unto-death

Disappointed over the government not announcing implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, two ex-servicemen who have been part of a two-month-long protest against the delay began a fast-unto-death.Col. Pushpender Singh (retd) and Major Singh, a retired havildar, began the hunger strike after Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not announce a firm date for launching the scheme in his Independence Day speech. Source: IANS

Maggi hearing at apex consumer court on Monday

The apex consumer disputes forum will hear on Monday the Rs.640-crore class action suit filed by the central government against Nestle India, alleging unfair trade practices with regard to Maggi noodles. The Department of Consumer Affairs has filed the class action suit on August 11 in the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. Source: IANS

All-rounder Binny to join Indian team before second Test

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced that Karnataka all-rounder Stuart Binny will join the Test team before the second match of the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka."All-rounder Stuart Binny will join the Indian team before the second match of the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka," BCCI said in a statement.Source: IANS

Over 45 pilgrims rescued after bus falls in Punjab canal

Over 45 pilgrims returning from the Hindu shrine of Vaishno Devi were rescued after the bus they were travelling in fell into an irrigation canal near Punjab's Madhopur town, police said.The injured passengers, including the bus driver, were rushed to a civil hospital in Pathankot town, 250 km from Chandigarh.None of the passengers, mostly from Delhi and Haryana's Gurgaon, sustained serious injuries. The passengers were returning from the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in the neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir state after pilgrimage.Source: IANS

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu again

The Pakistan Army on Monday violated the ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu, an army official said. "The Pakistan Army used 120 mm and 82 mm mortar and heavy machine gun to violate the ceasefire on LoC in Saujiyan and Mandi sectors in Poonch district," defence spokesperson Col Manish Mehta said. Source: IANS

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