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Major News and Events of 26 October 2015

What Happened on 26 October 2015

Quake causes massive damage to property in Kashmir

The massive earthquake, epicentred in Afghanistan, that rocked Jammu and Kashmir has caused huge damage to property across the Valley while there were no reports of casualties so far. Cracks appeared in most multi-storeyed public and private buildings and a flyover here, while there were reports of major damage to dozens of government and private buildings in Badgam, Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. Source: IANS

Indian team finishes ninth at Nomura Cup golf

India finished ninth on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Team Championship, Nomura Cup at the Yas Links Golf Club. Patna's Aman Raj’s four-day total of 10-under 278 played a big role in India collecting the team total of one-under 863 (218-219-210-216) while his teammates Samarth Dwivedi, Rahul Ravi and Harimohan Singh struggled to put up a low score throughout the week. The lowest three scores of the four count towards the team total in each round. Source: IANS

Chhota Rajan arrested in Bali: CBI director

Mumbai underworld don Chhota Rajan, a former key aide of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, has been arrested in the Indonesian province of Bali, CBI director Ranjit Sinha confirmed. Rajndera Sadashiv Nikalje alias 'Chhota Rajan', 55, the boss of a major crime syndicate based in India, was arrested on Sunday with the help of Interpol. He was on the run for two decades. The Interpol flagged him as a wanted man back in 1995. Source: IANS

Maruti Suzuki to export new Baleno to Japan

In a first-ever move, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) will start exporting its newly-launched premium hatchback Baleno to Japan next year onwards, the company said. "The car (to be exported to Japan) will have the same features as the one rolled out in India. This is our first ever export to Japan", the company's chief general manger of marketing Sanjeev Handa told media persons here on the sidelines of the car's launch. Japan-based Suzuki Motor Corporation owns 56.21 percent stake in the company. Source: IANS

Cost is in favour of exchange traded funds: SEBI

One of the positive points in favour of exchange traded funds (ETF) is their low cost of trading and time has come when along with Employee Provident Funds, other funds can look at ETFs, SEBI chairman U.K. Sinha said. "An ETF is almost like a mutual fund with a secondary market. The markets have grown 12 times in last 12 years in India. A stage has come when along with Employee Provident Funds other funds can look at ETF too. The big plus for ETF is the cost of trading," the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) chairman said. Source: IANS

S Africa trounce India by 214 runs to win ODI series

South Africa defeated India by 214 runs in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) match at the Wankhede Stadium to clinch the series 3-2. Faf du Plessis (133 retired hurt), AB de Villiers (119) and Quinton de Kock (109) lofted the visitors to a massive score of 438/4 in 50 overs. Source: IANS

Modi offers help to Afghanistan, Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India was ready to provide assistance to Kabul and Islamabad following a powerful earthquake with epicentre in Afghanistan. "Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone's safety," the prime minister tweeted. "I have asked for an urgent assessment, and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said. Source: IANS

Major quake jolts India, South Asia

A major earthquake measuring at least 7.5 on the Richter scale jolted large parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, causing widespread panic, officials said. The India Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake lay in the Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. The tremors jolted the whole of northern India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Source: IANS

Renault-Nissan electric cars to ferry climate conference delegates

Delegates at the ensuing United Nation's COP21 climate conference at Paris will be transported in 200 electric cars provided by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said the Franco-Japanese venture. In a statement Renault-Nissan Alliance said it will provide the world's largest electric-vehicles fleet to an international conference. "As the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation's COP21 climate conference in Paris, the Alliance will provide 200 pure electric vehicles to the annual summit which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11," the statement said. Source: IANS

Six injured in Pakistan shelling in Jammu: Police

Six civilians were injured on Monday due to indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu region, police said. "Pakistan Rangers used 81 mm and 82 mm mortars to target over two dozen villages and nearly 30 border outposts of the BSF (Border Security Force) during the night," a senior police officer said in Jammu. "The shelling and firing continued well past midnight. Six villagers belonging to four families were injured due to Pakistan shelling in Bobiya village of Kathua district. They were immediately shifted to hospital by police in bullet proof vehicles," the officer said. Source: IANS

Education, health costs rose more than retail inflation: Assocham

Costs of education and health services have risen much higher than the retail, or consumer price indexed (CPI) inflation for September, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said. "With severe shortages of education and health facilities in the public sector, the middle class has to depend on private sector schools, colleges and hospitals and their costs have become quite high," the industry chamber said in a statement. "While the annual increase in prices of these services may not show huge rise, the base price of such facilities is so high that it is becoming increasingly difficult for a large number of people in cities and small towns to afford them," said Assocham secretary general D.S.Rawat. Source: IANS

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