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Major News and Events of 23 September 2015

What Happened on 23 September 2015


Paswan asks BIS to upgrade labs on priority basis

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday asked the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to upgrade its laboratories across the country on priority basis. The minister, presiding over a meeting of the governing body of BIS here, also directed the organisation to arrange facilities for testing more products. In addition, the minister ordered the BIS to develop or revise standards regarding street food and products used in daily life. ( Source: IANS)

Coal India to adopt multi-pronged strategy to raise output

The state-owned Coal India Limited on Wednesday said it is pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to meet the coal output target of one billion tonnes by 2020. "Coal India is faced with challenging targets in the ensuing years. The company needs to step into double digit growth from that of around seven percent achieved during 2014-15. To sustain the growth momentum... the company has formulated a multi-pronged strategy," said Sutirtha Bhattacharya, the company's chairman, during its annual general meeting here. He said the company was collaborating with states and the railway department to develop critical railway links for evacuation of coal. (Source: IANS)

BJP, JD-U workers protest over ticket denial

Hundreds of angry BJP and JD-U workers protested at their party offices here on Wednesday after their leaders were denied ticket to contest the Bihar assembly elections. A group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members turned violent and broke the main gate of the party office and tried to ransack a room, police said. Another set of BJP activists from Karakat constituency staged a protest at the same venue to express their displeasure over the denial of ticket to their leader. Dozens of party workers from Bhagalpur, Ashthawan, Kuchaikot and Behrampur seats also shouted slogans against the BJP leadership. The BJP has so far declared candidates in 153 of the 160 assembly seats it will contest in the state. (Source: IANS)

Himachal to host India's maiden paragliding world cup

Himachal Pradesh's Bir-Billing in the picturesque Kangra Valley - voted the second best flying site in the world after Lake Como in Italy - is all set to hold India's first AAI Paragliding World Cup 2015 in October. A total of 102 paragliders from 49 countries, including six of the top 10 international ranking pilots, have confirmed their participation and the numbers could go up to 130, Sudhir Sharma, president of Billing Paragliding Association, said. While the state government and the association would jointly organise the event from October 23 to 31, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) would be the title sponsors. (Source: IANS)

ISRO, airports authority to hold satellite navigation meet

With India entering the satellite-based navigation with its two projects GAGAN and IRNSS, the Indian space agency and airports authority are jointly organising a user meet for these services, the space agency said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it agency along with Airports Authority of India (AAI) would be hosting a Global Navigation Satellite System - User Meet 2015 on October 8 at the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru. The theme of the meet is `Towards Self Reliance in Satellite Navigation'.  (Source: IANS)

Meghalaya government opposes, resolution on Article 371 withdrawn

A resolution moved in the Meghalaya assembly to seek extension of Article 371 of the Constitution in the state was withdrawn after the state government opposed and said it had already taken up with the Centre to invoke para 12A (b) of Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit moved the private member’s resolution on Tuesday, which was later withdrawn after Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s reply. Moving the resolution, Basaiawmoit said his intention was to remove the constant fear in the minds of indigenous people over the existence of multiple institutions and laws related to their special rights. (Source: IANS)

US, India launch 'ease of doing business' group

As India and the US work to increase their bilateral trade five fold to $500 million, they have launched a joint work stream on the Ease of Doing Business while continuing discussions on a bilateral investment treaty (BIT).

The launch of the work stream was announced on the conclusion of the first US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman co-chaired the dialogue with their US counterparts Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. (Source: IANS)

26 UP districts face fear of drought

With a poor monsoon season, as many as 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh face a fear of drought, officials said on Wednesday.

According to the state government, only 12 districts in the state have received normal rainfall this season, while 24 districts have received 60-80 percent rain. As many as 27 districts have received less rainfall, averaging between 40-60 percent. Of the 75 districts in the state, 12 districts have been hit severely by the scanty rains and have only received less than 40 percent rainfall this monsoon season.

The poor rains come as a double whammy for the state's farmers who faced large-scale destruction of crops due to unseasonal rains in February and April this year. (Source: IANS)

Ban Sanatan Sanstha, demands Goa BJP legislator

A Goa legislator on Tuesday called for a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, a state-based Hindu right-wing organisation whose members are being accused by police in Maharashtra and Karnataka of killing Leftist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in February this year.

Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from St. Andre Vishnu Wagh said that while Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, who he claimed was charged with lesser offences, could be banned from entering Goa, the Sanstha which has its headquarters in Ramnathi village, 35 km from Panaji, must also be banned.

Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi was shot dead by unidentified men on August 30. (Source: IANS)




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