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Major News and Events of 22 September 2015

What Happened on 22 September 2015


BLU launches its first smartphones in India

Miami-headquartered affordable handset-maker BLU (Bold Like Us) has entered the India market with the launch of two Windows-based smartphones - BLU Win HD LTE and BLU Win JR LTE - priced at Rs.7,999 and Rs.5,999 respectively. The BLU Win HD LTE will come with a 5-inch HD display and a eight-megapixel rear camera. It will be powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and have dual-SIM facility. Source: IANS

Four-laning of Cuttack-Angul highway stretch approved

The central government has approved the four-laning of the Cuttack-Angul section of National Highway-42 in Odisha, at a total cost of Rs.1,575.38 crore. The decision to develop the 112-km stretch of NH-42 was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The approval was given under the National Highways Development Project's (NHDP) Phase-III on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis in BOT (build, operate and transfer) -toll mode, said a CCEA statement. Source: IANS

Reliance Games to form key joint venture to enter China

Reliance Entertainment, promoted by industrialist Anil Ambani, has said Lead Eastern of China will pick a 10-percent stake in its subsidiary, Zapak Mobile Games, pegging its valuation at $150 million. Reliance Games, Lead Eastern Investment and Creative Cultural are also forming an exclusive joint venture in China to create, operate and market mobile games based on intellectual properties that have been owned and acquired by Zapak, a joint statement by the three groups said. Source: IANS

Yasin Malik detained in Srinagar

JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained before he began a day's hunger strike to protest against the recent "mysterious killings" in the Kashmir Valley.As soon as JKLF activists led by Malik began a march towards city centre Lal Chowk, where he was to stage the hunger strike, a large posse of police stopped them. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader was detained with nearly two dozen activists and lodged at the Kothi Bagh police station. Source: IANS

President felicitates 1965 war veterans

President Pranab Mukherjee felicitated veterans of Indian armed forces as part of the on-going commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war. In an impressive but brief function here at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president felicitated Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, who was chief of the Indian Air Force at that time, along with three others. Sources: IANS

India seeded No.1 in Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania

India have been seeded No.1 in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania zone despite their tennis team losing their World Group Playoff against the Czech Republic here last weekend. Uzbekistan have been seeded second in the zone and the two countries will get first round byes, to be held in March, in the 2016 season. The draws for next year will be announced on Wednesday in Santiago on the conclusion of the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Annual General Meeting (AGM). Source: IANS

Haryana panchayat polls put on hold

The ongoing Panchayat elections in Haryana were put on hold as the state government asked the Supreme Court to decide whether there could be an educational qualification as an eligibility criteria for the candidates aspiring to contest the elections. The apex court bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was told by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that Haryana government would prefer the issue to be decided by the court, saying "We don't want half-way house." Source: IANS

Congress seek CBI probe into Maoist attack on Chhattisgarh leaders

A Congress delegation met President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday and demanded a CBI probe into the possibility of political conspiracy in the 2013 attack in which some top party leaders in Chhattisgarh were killed by Maoists. A delegation including party treasurer Motilal Vora, former union minister Mohsina Kidwai, Chhattisgarh party chief Bhupesh Baghel, party's leader in the state assembly T.S. Singhdeo along with legislators submitted a memorandum to the president in which they said that the threat perception to the party's Parivartan Yatra in 2013 was not assessed properly. Source: IANS

Congress targets Modi over Bhagwat's remarks on quota

The Congress has slammed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remark on quotas and also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, alleging that as chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had pursued "anti-Dalit" policies. In a statement, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat sought a "review of reservation for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes". Source: IANS




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