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Major News and Events of 29 October 2015

What Happened on 29 October 2015

Activist Bindeshwar Pathak to get top US humanitarian award

Social activist and founder of 'Sulabh International' Bindeshwar Pathak was on Thursday selected for a top US humanitarian award for his contribution to sanitation and enhancing the quality of life for millions of manual scavengers. The New York Global Leaders Dialogue Humanitarian Award will be presented to Pathak on April 12, 2016 in New York. "Pathak is a great humanitarian, who for decades, has enhanced the quality of life for millions of fellow human beings. He embodies our philosophy of leadership, namely, that leadership is focused on creating collaborative new space in the service of others," New York Global Leaders Dialogue said in a statement. Source: IANS

Mamata slams Centre for financial non-cooperation

Accusing the previous Left Front government of putting the state in a "debt trap", West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday hit out at the Narendra Modi government for "financial non-cooperation". The BJP-led union government was not providing funds to the state for various central schemes, she said in her address at an event at Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore district. Source: IANS

OnePlus launches new, affordable smartphone 'X'

Chinese handset-maker OnePlus on Thursday launched a new affordable smartphone - OnePlus X - at a price of Rs.16,999 in partnership with e-commerce player "Today's smartphone user strives to find the perfect balance of style and performance. The OnePlus X is a design-centric device - chic and powerful enough to fit any lifestyle," said OnePlus chief executive Pete Lau. The new phone will come with a compact 5-inch display, a 13-megapixel rear camera combined with f/2.2 aperture and 0.2-second autofocus with phase detection autofocus (PDAF). Source: IANS

Facebook may soon allow blocking game invites

Fed up of the annoying Candy Crush saga requests? Good news for you, as Facebook may soon let users block those unwanted game requests. At a Townhall-style question-and-answer session at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company could soon find a way out of those irritating game invites. "I sent a message to the person who runs the team in charge of our developer platform, and I said that by the time I do this Townhall Q&A, it would be good if we had a solution to this problem," Zuckerberg told the gathering. Source: IANS

Railways rolls out station-based e-catering in 45 major stations

The Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Thursday said it has launched "Food on Track", a station-based e-catering facility in 45 stations across the country under which passengers can order food of their choice from leading private caterers. To be rolled out in a phased manner, major junctions and stations like New Delhi, Howrah, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Lucknow, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad and several others are covered under phase one of the present scheme. Source: IANS

India always for and with Africa: Sushma Swaraj

India has always stood "for and with Africa", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday in her opening address at the Third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS). "Ours is a relationship forged in the crucible of the shared struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid. That era is now behind us, but the solidarity engendered by that shared struggle continues," she said. The minister also described the summit meeting between India and the 54 countries of Africa as a "family reunion". Source: IANS

Seven killed in Odhisha road accident

At least seven people, including a woman, were killed and five others seriously injured in a collision between two trucks in Odisha's Ganjam district. The accident occurred when the driver of a speeding truck lost control and hit a mini-truck from which vegetables were being unloaded by labourers. It also hit a bus standing near the mini-truck, police said. Superintendent of Police (Berhampur) Sarthak Sarangi said that while six persons died on the spot, another succumbed to injuries in hospital. Source: IANS

World's first Windows 10-powered TV launched

Domestic electronics company Videocon in collaboration with technology giant Microsoft launched the world's first Windows 10-powered TV at a price of Rs.39,990. "In these changing times, we realised the needs of our consumers of having easy access to technology at their convenience and therefore we designed world's first hybrid TV cum PC," Akshay Dhoot, head of technology and innovation, Videocon, said. Source: IANS

Dabur India posts 18.7 percent increase in net profit in Q2

Dabur India announced 18.7 percent increase in its net consolidated profit at Rs.341.1 crore for the quarter ended September 30 as against Rs.287.5 crore in the year-ago period. The company's consolidated net sales for the second quarter of the current fiscal year marked an 8.7 percent growth at Rs.2,092.1 crore - up from Rs.1,924.1 crore in the same quarter a year earlier. The Board of Directors of Dabur India has declared an interim dividend of 125 percent, aggregating to a total payout of Rs.264.65 crore for 2015-16. Source: IANS

ISL: Chhetri's hat-trick helps Mumbai crush NorthEast 5-1

Star striker Sunil Chhetri scored a hat-trick as hosts Mumbai City FC demolished visitors NorthEast United FC 5-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Wednesday, jumping to second spot in the standings. India national team skipper Chhetri scored in 25th, 40th, 48th minute to lead the way, while teammates Sony Norde and Franz Bertin netted in the 51st and 86 respectively. Boithang Haokip scored the only goal for NorthEast in the 29th minute. Source: IANS

Sushma Swaraj discusses UNSC reforms, terror with African leaders

The UNSC reforms, terrorism and capacity building across various sectors were among the issues that figured in 12 bilateral meets that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had during the India-Africa Forum Summit. On the third day (Wednesday), of the ongoing 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) Sushma Swaraj met her counterpart Samura M.W. Kamura of Sierra Leone, Jean Claude Gkosso of Congo, Kane Achalou Boulama of Niger, Mouasa Bedializoun Nebie of Burkina Faso, Natumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah of Namibia, Robert Dussey of Togo, Manuel Dos Ramos of Sao Tome and Principe, Sylvester Grigsby of Liberia, Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal, Lounceny Fall of Guinea and Ibrahim Ahmed Abdelaziz Ghandour of Sudan, and African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Source: IANS

Udhampur attack mastermind killed in Kashmir

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Qasim, the mastermind of the Udhampur attack on a BSF bus on August 5, has been killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. "Abu Qasim, the operational commander of the LeT, was killed during the night in an ambush by the security forces in Khandaypora village of Kulgam district," a police officer said. Security forces laid an ambush in the area following specific information about the movements of the LeT commander. Source: IANS

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