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Major News and Events of 21 October 2015

What Happened on 21 October 2015

Gogoi slams Centre for skyrocketing prices of pulses

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi held the central government solely responsible for the skyrocketing prices of pulses because of its failure to import the essential commodities in time. "The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is solely responsible for the spiralling rise in the prices of pulses, as it failed to import the essential commodity at appropriate time," he said.  "Today, the hoarders and blackmarketers are having a field day and the common man has been hit hard as pulses constitute their staple meal." Source: IANS

Kerala's Thekkady wins emerging tourism destination award

A popular tourist destination in Kerala, Thekkady has been named the "world's top emerging destination" in the inaugural Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Challenge 2015. Thekkady, located in Idukki district and about 250 km from the state capital, shared the award with Albay province of the Philippines.The award was announced in Bangkok on Wednesday, a Kerala Tourism press release said. Source: IANS

American crime series 'Bonnie & Clyde' comes to India

After having a successful run in the US, Britain, Germany and Finland, popular American crime mini-series "Bonnie & Clyde" is all set to entertain Indian viewers. Based on the real life story of outlaws and robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the mini-series will recount the fascinating tale of the couple whose crime spree enraptured the American public. It will be aired on HISTORY TV18 starting Thursday, read a statement. Source: IANS

Lenovo launches two new smartphones

Chinese handset-maker Lenovo has launched two new smartphones - Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m - priced at Rs.15,999 and Rs.7,999 respectively. Both the devices will be sold online in an exclusive partnership with domestic e-commerce player Flipkart. While the budget Vibe P1m will be sold through flash sales, the Vibe P1 will be available normally starting next week. Source: IANS

General Motors launches SUV Trailblazer

Automobile manufacturer General Motors India on Wednesday launched sports utility vehicle (SUV) Chevrolet Trailblazer priced at Rs.26.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). "The Trailblazer is Chevrolet’s toughest yet most refined SUV, offering premium ride and handling dynamics,” said Arvind Saxena, president and managing director of General Motors India. “It has a commanding road presence and a host of first-in-class features along with the latest technology and design,” Saxena was quoted as saying in a statement. Source: IANS

Police remove Shiv Sena hoardings that taunt Modi

Police removed large hoardings of the Shiv Sena which taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi while glorifying its founder leader Bal Thackeray. Mumbai Police brought down the hoardings in a bid to prevent clashes between the Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which are in a coalition government in Maharashtra but whose ties have worsened in recent times. The hoardings came up on the eve of the Sena's annual Dussehra rally, and ahead of the first anniversary of the coalition government. Source: IANS

Indian equities trade higher after previous profit-booking

Key Indian stock market indices opened on a positive note on Wednesday, ahead of the trading holiday the day after, as investors looked for fresh positions after a bout of profit-taking the day before. Against the previous close at 27,306.83 points, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange opened slightly higher at 27,312.35 points. Soon after it started rising steadily and was ruling at 27,390.13 points before noon, with a gain of 83.30 points, ot 0.31 percent. At the National Stock Exchange, Nifty was ruling at 8,280.25, up 18.60 points or 0.23 percent. Source: IANS

All set for new Andhra capital Amaravati's ground breaking

The stage is set for the for the foundation stone laying ceremony of new Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone at at Uddandarayunipalem village in Guntur district on the occasion of Dussehra. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the gala event, which will be attended by ministers from Singapore and Japan, ambassadors from various countries, several central ministers, chief ministers and governors of various states, top politicians and business leaders. Source: IANS

UPA's corruption giving bad name to country: BJP

Attacking tthe Congress over a US media report about payment of bribes to local officials in India by retail giant Walmart, the BJP said on Tuesday that the corruption of UPA is giving a bad name to the country. "The revelation is damaging the image of brand India created by the NDA government. The corruption of previous regime is surfacing regularly giving a bad name to the country," BJP spokesperson G. V. L. Narsimha Rao said at a press conference. He also alleged that Congress is synonymous with corruption. Source: IANS

Sania Mirza agrees to guide UP's tennis talent

Ace tennis player Sania Mirza has agreed to extend guidance and coaching for young tennis players in Uttar Pradesh soon. In a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, she agreed to his request to extend her expertise in harnessing sporting talent in the state. The two also discussed the possibilities of setting up of a tennis academy in either Noida or Lucknow. Source: IANS

184 municipal commissioners get notice over sewage management

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued statutory notices to municipal commissioners of 184 towns to ensure proper management of domestic sewage and solid waste, an official said. "The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued statutory notices to 184 towns to comply with water pollution control act and rules relating to municipal solid waste management," the environment ministry said in a statement. The sewage is disposed off into rivers, lakes or allowed to seep into the ground polluting the groundwater, it said, adding that this has resulted in worsening of groundwater quality and caused many water-borne diseases. Source: IANS

Soldier shoots four relatives in Punjab, shot dead by police

A soldier shot dead four of his relatives, including a minor, in a village in Punjab's Sangrur district before police surrounded him and shot him dead after he refused to surrender, police said. Jagdeep Singh used a 12-bore double-barrel gun to kill two of his aunts, Labh Kaur and Karnail Kaur, his sister-in-law Gurpreet Kaur and minor Harmandeep Singh. The killings, police said, were linked to a dispute within the family over property. Police sources said that the soldier could be drunk when he carried out the killings. Source: IANS

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