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Major News and Events of 24 September 2015

What Happened on 24 September 2015

Kerala to ink MoU on tourism with Russia

The tourism departments of Kerala and the Russian city of St. Petersburg will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting tourism in the south Indian state, a statement said. This was finalised after a meeting attended by Kerala tourism secretary G. Kamala Vardhana Rao, Consulate General of India in St Petersburg Arun Kumar Sharma and Rimma Sachinova, deputy chairman of St Petersburg tourism. Source: IANS

Makkah stampede: Indian mission in Jeddah monitoring situation

India has said that it had no confirmed casualties of its citizens so far, as 310 people were killed in a stampede during the Haj pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. One Indian pilgrim was injured in the stampede. External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted: "Our Mission in Jeddah continuously monitoring situation in Makkah following tragic stampede. No confirmed casualties at this point of time." Source: IANS

India set to cross half century mark in launching foreign satellites

In an indication of its prowess in launching satellites for a fee, India will in all likelihood cross the half century milestone next week as six foreign satellites are scheduled for launch on September 28 at one go, the Indian space agency said.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the rocket polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) will launch the country's own ASTROSAT weighing 1,513 kg at 10 a.m. on Monday, apart from four from the US and one each from Indonesia and Canada. Source: IANS

Electoral roll revision in Tripura refugee camps sparks protests

The Election Commission's (EC) belated decision to conduct special summary revision of electoral lists in the seven refugee camps in northern Tripura triggered protests from youth organisations in Mizoram.The Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the Mizo Students Federation (MSF), the two most powerful youth bodies in Mizoram, on Thursday announced they will oppose the EC's move. Source: IANS

Kerala Muslims celebrate Eid with fervour

Muslims in Kerala flocked to the specially erected Eidgahs across the state and celebrated Eid. Superstar Mammootty was at Eidgah in Kochi, where he resides. Many Eidgahs in the state had special enclosures for women. Kerala has a population of around 3.34 crore, of which over 88 lakh are Muslim. Source: IANS

Modi to meet Obama, G4 leaders in US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama on September 28 in New York, besides holding several bilaterals with world leaders, and also meet the top CEOs of US Fortune 500 companies during his five day stay in the US. Modi begins the day with a roundtable on the financial sector, in view of a lot of foreign institutional investors being keen to invest in India, said Vikas Swarup, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson briefing the media on the prime minister's schedule in the US. Source: IANS

Indian-origin scientist spots new cancer gene mutations

In a discovery that could lead to more targeted and effective treatments for certain lung and prostate cancers, a team of researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has identified two new cancer-causing gene mutations. The researchers believe that cancers with the newly discovered mutations in the MCM8 and MCM9 genes will respond to certain drugs already approved by US Food and Drug Administration to treat breast cancers with the well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Source: IANS

Modi receives rousing welcome in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received a rousing welcome by the members of the Indian community here. He is in the US to participate in the United Nations summit on development and give a boost to his 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' programmes. Arriving at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he stepped out of his vehicle and greeted at least 500 people, waiting for him with drummers and dancers, and waved to them. Secret Service agents ran around him, trying to set up a cordon as the crowds surged and Modi tried to get closer to it. Source: IANS

Chessboard game on to succeed Dalmiya as interim BCCI chief

Sharp and smart chessboard moves have started in the BCCI to fill the slot left vacant by the death of board president Jagmohan Dalmiya, with the names of Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla and Amitabh Choudhary doing the rounds as possible claimants. As per the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution, the interim president has to be chosen though a special general meeting (SGM) in case of death of the incumbent. Source: IANS

Markets open on a lower note

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Thursday opened on a lower note during the morning trading session. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), after opening at 25,798,05 points, touched a high of 25,811.85 and a low of 25,722.01 points in the morning. The Sensex was trading at 25,731.99 points, down 91 points or 0.35 percent. Similarly the broader 50-scrip Nifty at National Stock Exchange (NSE) lost 20.40 points or 0.26 percent during trading. Source: IANS

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