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Major News and Events of 28 September 2015

What Happened on 28 September 2015


hike launches Hindi news feed

Bharti and SoftBank joint venture hike messenger, an instant messaging platform, launched a Hindi news feed in its app after seeing a hit rate of 100 million English news stories per week. The new feed will allow users to access nuggets of news reports across sports, entertainment, politics, technology and other categories. "We have carefully studied content consumption patterns of our user base and hike being an Indian app, we are happy that now our users can read news in Hindi. Source: IANS

 

Odisha to see political slugfest on Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti On October 2 is all set to witness a political contest amidst parties here, with the ruling BJD and its bete noire the Congress and the BJP preparing to hold simultaneous rallies across the state. While the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Congress have decided to launch "padyatras", or walkathons from October 2, the state unit of the BJP on Monday announced it will hold 'satyagrahs' (non-violent protest) in all 147 constituencies across Odisha to highlight the failures of the BJD-led Odisha government in contrast to the welfare measures undertaken by the Narendra Modi-led central government. Source: IANS

SEBI attaches Saradha's property to recover over Rs.774.3 crore

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has attached 134 properties of Kolkata-based Saradha Realty India Ltd. and its managing director Sudipta Sen to recover Rs.774.3 crore along with returns due to investors. The market regulator, on its website, said notice to recover the amount was sent to the company and Sen but it went unanswered and the dues were not paid. Source: IANS

Performance of 16,962 cell towers improved: Government

Aiming to address the issue of call drops, the government has conducted a special audit of cell towers and said that of 34,600 cell towers operating poorly, about 16,962 have improved their performance and the rest are in progress. Saying that the telecom department is monitoring the telecom service quality on a weekly to 10-day basis with all operators, an official statement from the Department of Telecom said: "In the entire country, a special audit was done to adjudge their performance." Source: IANS

Taxpayers warned against fake order extending deadline

Clarifying that there was no extension in Wednesday's deadline for filing of returns and audit reports by entities, the union finance ministry on Monday warned against a "fraudulent" order in circulation saying the last date has been extended beyond the deadline of September 30. "It has been brought to the notice of the government that a fake order dated September 26 supposedly under section 119 of the Income-Tax Act 1961 under the signature of one Upmanyu Reddy, under secretary to the government of India, is in circulation. Source: IANS

New app makes spa, salon visits convenient

A new consumer app called TAKE5 has been launched to provide an effortless experience for salon and spa goers to find, book and pay for appointments. Zenoti, a provider of software solutions to the spa, salon and medi-spa industry, has introduced TAKE5. The app leverages a tight integration with the Zenoti platform, which is used by several luxury salons, premium salons and spas across India. The integration enables TAKE5 to provide real-time information on appointment availability at any salon or spa and accepts immediate online bookings. Real-time bookings mean that the user gets an immediate confirmation and the customer's visit is automatically logged into the business' appointment book. (Source: IANS)

Makkah stampede: 10 more Indians die, toll 45

The toll of Indian Haj pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia has risen to 45, with 10 more injured dying, the government announced on Monday. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "The death toll of Indians killed in Haj stampede is now 45. We have 50 Indian pilgrims in various hospitals in Saudi Arabia." Among the 10 who have died now, three are from West Bengal, two each from Kerala and Jharkhand, one each from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and an Indian who is a local resident. Over 1,000 people were killed on Thursday in a stampede near Makkah during the Haj. (Source: IANS)

Modi misleading India with wrong facts, figures: Congress

The Congress on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "misleading the country by placing wrong facts and figures before it", and said he was in the habit of projecting whatever the country had achieved till now as due to his own efforts. The prime minister must check his facts and figures before speaking as most of the times he made false claims, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said at a press conference here. "We would like to tell him that India was not born when he took over as the prime minister in May 2014," Sharma said, adding that there had been many leaders and people who actually took the country to its present heights. He said a lot had been done on modernisation of the country before the BJP formed the government at the Centre. "Digitalisation is good, but is it his vision," Sharma asked. (Source: IANS)

Sensex trades flat in early session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Monday was trading flat at 14.81 points or 0.06 up percent during the morning session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading flat at 2.55 points or 0.03 percent up at 7,871.05 points. Source: IANS

Modi announces New Delhi-San Francisco direct flights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced direct flights between New Delhi and San Francisco thrice a week from December 2 this year. He made the announcement at the SAP Centre. Modi said from December 2, Air India will run direct flights thrice a week from Delhi to San Francisco. In fact, Modi returned to the stage to make the announcement after he had ended his one hour long speech. Source: IANS

Muraleedharan wins rider's title in Suzuki Gixxer Cup

Vishwadev Muraleedharan, a 23-year-old MBA graduate from Coimbatore, completed a fine double to clinch the rider's title in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) category of the Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC) One-Make Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. Also clinching the championship in their respective categories were: Ananth Raj (Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open), Kannan S (TVS Apache RTR 180, Open), Akhanda Pratap Singh (TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice) and Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing (Honda CBR 250). Source: IANS

Manipur governor Syed Ahmed dies in Mumbai

Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed passed away following a brief illness, a family member said. He was 70. Syed Ahmed is survived by his wife Syed Hasan Tara, two daughters and a son. He passed away at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, where he was admitted for treatment of cancer last week, said his son Syed Zeeshan Ahmed. Source: IANS




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