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Major News and Events of 25 September 2015

What Happened on 25 September 2015


Meghalaya seeks exemption from central mining laws

The Meghalaya assembly has passed a resolution urging the central government to issue a presidential notification, repealing central laws related to mining in the state. The move on Thursday comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned rat-hole coal mining in the state. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who moved the resolution on the last day of the autumn session, said his government had submitted a proposal to the central government to accordingly issue a presidential notification. (Source: IANS)

AAP takes credit for static Delhi power tariff

Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday claimed credit after the power regulator announced that electricity tariff for domestic consumers in the capital won't be raised. "AAP has shown yet again that honest intent combined with corruption-free governance can deliver cheapest services," party leader Dilip Pandey told the media here. "AAP's initiative at stopping the tariff hike will result in Delhiites saving a lot of money from being looted by discoms," he added. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced on Thursday that the tariff for domestic consumers would remain at the present levels, saying its own assessment shows surplus revenue for discoms. The Delhi government "strongly represented the people of Delhi before DERC resulting in no tariff hike for power in 2015", Pandey said. (Source: IANS)

Minor crude blast in factory in Kolkata, three dead

One person was killed when a crude bomb went off in a factory godown in Kolkata. According to media reports, three people were injured in the bomb blast that occurred in the abandoned factory in Cossipore. The explosion took place when the people were trying to clear out some trees that were growing in the factory. The injured have been admitted to the RG Kar Hospital.

Indore to host World Junior Circuit Finals TT

India will host the World Junior Circuit Finals at Indore between January 22 and 25, 2016, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) confirmed. Incidentally, this will be the fifth international event that India will host this season as the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has already completed hosting the Asian Cup at Jaipur (March), SAF Championships in New Delhi (May) and Indian Open at Indore (September). The Commonwealth Championships will be held at Surat in December followed by the World Junior Circuit Finals at Indore. India had hosted the World Junior Finals in 2011 at Hyderabad, but then it was a combined event for the Cadet as well as Junior Boys and Girls. Ever since, the ITTF has separated the two events and conduct them on alternate years like they do in the World Championships -- team and individual events. (Source: IANS)

Food Security Act launched in Jharkhand

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday launched the Food Security Act, which aims to provide subsidised food grains to around 80 percent of the state's population. The act, which was in limbo since 2013, will ensure around 51 lakh families get food grains at Re 1 per kg. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sarya Rai said: "Earlier 35 lakh families were covered under Public Distribution System (PDS), but with this, 51 lakh families will benefit." "The act will be fully implemented in next two months in the state," he added. He said a process to end duplicity in ration cards was underway. (Source: IANS)

India, Pakistan border guards exchange sweets at border

After the tension between the two sides in the past one year, border security guards of India and Pakistan exchanged sweets at the international border gates here on Friday to celebrate the Eid. The Pakistan Rangers offered sweets to their Indian counterparts, the Border Security Force (BSF). The sweets were offered by Wing Commander Bilal of Pakistan Rangers. BSF Deputy Inspector General M.F. Farooqui received the sweets. The exchange of sweets follows the recent meeting of the director generals of border guards of both countries in New Delhi. (Source: IANS)

Assam launches mobile app to help disaster victims

The Assam government on Thursday launched a mobile application that will disseminate information about disaster management to the people in need. The application - Disaster Ready Assam - was inaugurated by Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia here. "The application could be useful to smartphone users in the state as a fast communication tool to tackle disaster situation - be it flood, landslide, fire or earthquake," said an official with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). (Source: IANS)

Clashes in Kashmir; internet blackout across state

Clashes took place between stone pelting mobs and security forces on Friday as authorities enforced an internet blackout across Jammu and Kashmir. The clashes broke out immediately after the Eid prayers at Eidgah area here. The clashes were also reported from Kashmir's Anantnag, Baramula, Kupwara and Sopore towns. Police used batons and tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. Fearing posting of objectionable pictures and comments on the social media following beef ban order, the authorities have suspended internet services on cell phones across the state. Broadband services also remained suspended across the state since Friday morning. Top intelligence sources said that the ban will remain in force for two days to prevent anti-social elements from stoking communal tension in the state. (Source: IANS)

14 Indians killed in Haj stampede: Sushma Swaraj

At least 14 Indians were killed in the stampede that took place in Saudi Arabia's Mina city on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday. "Our Consul General Jeddah reports loss of 14 Indian lives in stampede. We have 13 injured in hospital," tweeted Sushma Swaraj who is currently in the US. Her another tweet said: "The exact number will be known after confirmation by Saudi authorities." At least 717 people have been confirmed dead as of now in the Thursday's stampede, the worst tragedy to hit the world's holiest Muslim pilgrimage in 25 years. (Source: IANS)




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