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Major News and Events of 17 September 2015

What Happened on 17 September 2015

Employment schemes for Kashmiri youth should continue: Azad

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the Centre should continue the job schemes that the erstwhile UPA government had initiated in Jammu and Kashmir. His remarks came as he expressed solidarity with National Youth Corps (NYC) candidates who are on hunger strike for the past 17 days demanding joining orders and regularisation. Source: IANS

Kerala to promote rural IT parks

The Kerala Information Technology department has decided to promote the rural IT parks, that are at present hugely underutilised, at very attractive rates, said a minister. Speaking to reporters here, IT and Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty said the concept of rural IT parks conceived by the previous Left government need not be seen in poor light. "The concept of rural IT parks was meant to spread the IT proliferation to other parts of the state and is definitely good. But for some reason it was only Technopark (in Thiruvananthapuram) and Infopark (in Kochi) that got promoted. Also don't forget when Technopark was first floated, it did not sell quickly, it was only after a while that it started to sell," said the minister. Source: IANS

Meat ban: SC declines to interfere with HC order

The Supreme Court has declined to interfere with the Bombay High Court which had stayed the order of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai prohibiting the sale of meat during the Jain festival of Paryurshan. An apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Kurian Joseph, while refusing to entertain the plea by a trust, said that there should be a spirit of "tolerance and accommodation". Source: IANS

Tax row resolution soon, focus on reforms: Jaitley

Given the worries plaguing the global economy, India will ensure that fundamentals at its own end remain strong to attract capital with resolution soon on all tax disputes, and framing of a new bankruptcy code and an updated procurement law, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. "In such a situation where there is turmoil almost by the day in global markets, we are trying to make the fundamentals of our own economy strong, and our ability to resist these changes can substantially improve," Jaitley said, ahead of the monetary policy update in the US. Source: IANS

Bhambri to start India's Davis Cup campaign

India's top singles player Yuki Bhambri will start the proceedings in the Davis Cup World Group Play-off against the Czech Republic at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex. India's highest-ranked player at No.125, Bhambri was drawn against Lukas Rosol in the first singles with Somdev Devvarman locking horns against Jiri Veseley in the second singles. Indian aces Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes will go up against Adam Pavlasek and the experienced Radek Stepanek in the lone doubles rubber. Source: IANS

Jaitley launches digital platform initiative

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley launched the Headend In The Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand name NXT DIGITAL promoted by Hinduja Group. An official release said the launch will provide consumers with wider choice in view of the multiple carriage technologies.Jaitley launched the platform by pressing a button which would provide viewers access to over 500 television channels of their choice - international, national, regional and local besides a host of other services like "e-applications and TV everywhere". Source: IANS

RLSP raises concerns after BJP releases first list

Even as the BJP has thrashed out a seat-sharing agreement with its allies for the Bihar assembly polls, seat-selection continues to be a thorny issue with Rashtriya Lok Samata Party expressing reservations over the party "unilaterally" going ahead with declaration of its first list of candidates. After RLSP leaders raised their concerns, the BJP leaders held a series of meetings to sort out the issue. Source: IANS

Five arrested, IAS officer held for corruption in Rajasthan

Rajasthan's Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested five people and detained an IAS officer of principal secretary rank in a corruption case, an official said. "We have so far arrested five people in a corruption case related to mines. Ashok Singhvi, Rajasthan's principal secretary for mines and petroleum, has been detained. A search is going on in his premises and eventually he is also likely to be arrested," ACB Inspector General Dinesh M.N. said. Source: IANS

Google's doodle for artist Husain on birth centenary

Google celebrated the birth centenary of renowned Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain who died in London on June 9, 2011 where he would spend his summers after a self-imposed exile since 2006 due to death threats back home and scores of lawsuits. Using some of the painter's favourite colours, notably pastels in blue, red, yellow ochre and mud brown, Goodle doodle was an abstract geometrical illustration with circles and Husain's painted portrait holding a brush at the centre. The search engine called him Picasso of India. Source: IANS

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