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Major News and Events of 20 October 2015

What Happened on 20 October 2015

Sehwag to retire from international cricket

One of India's greatest opening batsmen Virender Sehwag has clearly indicated that he will "soon" be retiring from international cricket. Sehwag, who turned 37, is going to feature in the 2016 Masters Champions League (MCL), whose rules clearly state that only retired players can participate. At the MCL launch function, Sehwag stressed that if he is not going to feature in India's international scene, he will retire soon. Source: IANS

Modi has failed in his obligations: Congress

The Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed in his "constitutional and moral obligations" by not against those spreading hatred. “The prime minister has fallen well-short of what his constitutional and moral obligations are," Congress leader Anand Sharma told the media.  Referring to the September 28 lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh following rumours that he ate beef, Sharma said Modi broke his silence only after President Pranab Mukherjee did. Source: IANS

Alcatel launches smartphone at Rs.9,299

Handset-maker Alcatel on Tuesday launched a new smartphone -- Flash 2 -- priced at Rs.9,299 in exclusive partnership with domestic e-commerce player Flipkart. "Today (Tuesday) we are launching the Flash 2. The product will be available on India's largest online platform, Flipkart, after a week," said Praveen Valecha, regional director, Alcatel Asia Pacific region. The phone comes with a 64-bit octa-core 1.3Ghz MediaTek processor along with the 2GB LPDDR3 RAM. Source: IANS

AAP leaders meet Rajnath to discuss transfer of officials

Aam Aadmi Party leaders met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the transfer of Delhi government officials by his ministry without consulting state officials. "We had come here for a serious matter which is the transfer of an honest officer who busted a havala racket. Within a week, the official was transferred without our consultation," senior party leader Ashutosh told mediapersons. Source: IANS

NorthEast United FC replace Garcia with Bikey

Indian Super League (ISL) club NorthEast United FC confirmed that they have signed Cameroon defender Andre Bikey as a replacement for the injured Miguel Garcia. "Miguel Garcia had suffered an Achilles tendon rupture earlier this season, requiring a recovery time of 10 to 12 weeks," NorthEast United said in a release. The 30-year-old Bikey was a free agent having last played for England Championship side Charlton Athletic. Source: IANS

Moody's expects RIL refinery margins to improve further

The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries' (RIL) refinery margins will continue to improve as it completes margin-enhancing petroleum coke gasification and refinery off gas cracker projects, Moody's Investors Service said. "We expect RIL's margins will improve by at least $2 per barrel on completion of these projects," Moody's said in a note. Source: IANS

Will drop case against ink attackers: Engineer Rashid

Engineer Rashid, an Independent legislator from Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday said that he will withdraw all the cases against those who threw ink at him. "I am withdrawing the cases against the two of them as I believe that they are misguided by some fringe elements," Rashid said. Two people were arrested and taken to the Parliament Street police station and investigations are on," a police official said. Source:IANS

US rights of 'Kabali' acquired by CineGalaxy

The Tamil and Telugu distribution rights of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Kabali", a directorial of Pa Ranjith, in the US have been bagged by CineGalaxy Inc - one of the prime distributors of Indian films overseas. "We are proud to be associated with this project. After distributing successful films such as ‘Manam’, ‘Power’ and ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’, we are really looking forward to release ‘Kabali’ in USA," read an official statement."Kabali", which will see Rajinikanth play an ageing don, co-stars Radhika Apte, Dhanshikaa, Dinesh, Kalaiarasan and Ritwika amongst several others. Source: IANS

Fund donation to AIIMS made tax free

The finance ministry has declared fund donation to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as tax-free to encourage more donors in the country for the apex health institution, a statement said. Accordingly to the ministry of finance, those who donate fund to AIIMS will now get 100 percent income tax deduction of donated amount from their taxable income. The decision was taken after AIIMS was notified as the institute of national eminence by income tax authority, under Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance. Source: IANS

Mobile phones linked to literacy, prosperity: TISS report

Households owning mobile phones enjoy a higher level of economic prosperity and literacy compared to those which do not, claims a new report released. The 'Mobile Multiplier Study' conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Tata Docomo revealed that while 98 percent of postgraduate households in Maharashtra owned a mobile, the figure dropped steeply to 39.1 percent in homes of non-literates. Source: IANS

Handover Delhi Police, ACB to us: Kejriwal tells Modi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to handover Delhi Police and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the AAP government, citing a survey which termed the city police "most corrupt". The chief minister said his government would "set things right in one year". "Modi Ji, do not be stubborn, work with us and handover ACB and Delhi Police to us. We will set things right in one year," the Aam Aadmi Party convener tweeted. Source: IANS

ITBP to join Clean Ganga campaign

Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) personnel will join the drive to clean up river Ganga in Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh Friday onwards, an official said. Deputy Inspector General Naveen Arora said that till November 3 around 80 personnel of the force will clean up the river and the banks of plastic and other garbage. He added that the men will work in Kanpur on Friday, in Allahabad on October 30 and in Varanasi on November 3. Source: IANS

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