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Major News and Events of 30 September 2015

What Happened on 30 September 2015

Global reports reflect India's success in opening sectors: Official

Commenting on two global reports on the rise in foreign direct investment (FDI) in India and improvement in its global competitiveness index, a senior official said it reflected the success of opening of Indian sectors to foreign capital. "This success has been achieved at a time when FDI globally has fallen by about 16 percent. India has seen a huge surge in FDI inflows and this is largely because this government has opened up vast sectors," department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant said. Source: IANS

Beighton Cup to be held from October 1

The 120th edition of one of the world's oldest hockey tournament -- the Beighton Cup -- is scheduled to be played at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ground. A total of 24 teams are taking part in the event which will give away Rs. 2 lakhs to the champions and Rs 1 lakh to the runners-up. The best player of the tournament -- which concludes on October 11 -- will pocket a purse of Rs.10,000. The qualifying round has already started. Source: IANS

Seven Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Navy has assisted its Coast Guard to arrest seven Indian fishermen in the seas of Baththalangunduwa in Kalpitiya. Over 500 kg fish catch and three GPS instruments were seized form the arrested fishermen, the Colombo Page reported. The detained fishermen will be handed over to the department of fisheries and aquatic resources for further investigations, the navy said. Source: IANS

Internet and Mobile Association launches Mobile10X

Aiming to bring in capability and quality among the country's app developers, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Wednesday launched Mobile10X -- a forum to nurture and grow the apps ecosystem in India by bringing together various stakeholders. The forum has five pillars. They are mobile startup hubs (where app testing can be done), training 500,000 app developers and create five apps incubation centres across the country in the next five years and online mentoring of app developers. Source: IANS

Apex consumer court hearing on fresh Maggi tests next week

The apex consumer court has said it will hear Nestle's arguments on fresh tests conducted on its popular Maggi noodles on October 8, and take up the larger class action suit filed against the Swiss giant by the end of next month. The decision was taken after after an initial hearing of arguments regarding the class action suit filed by the central government against Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices. Source: IANS

Mumbai trains blasts: Five awarded death, seven life in jail

A Mumbai special court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to five and life sentence to seven others, all convicted in the 7/11 serial blasts in Mumbai suburban trains which killed 189 people.On September 11, Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Judge Y.D. Shinde found all the 12 prosecuted men guilty of their role in the July 11, 2006, serial blasts in the suburban trains - Mumbai's lifeline - which also left injured 817 peak-hour commuters rushing home that rainy evening. Source: IANS

Motorsport: TEN Sports to telecast India leg of Asia Cup

TEN Sports Network will telecast the final round of the Asia Cup Rally which is part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship series to be held in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka, on December 11-13. According to a press release from Brian Young, director, APRC Television and Media, TEN Sports Network will have exclusive rights in India, to broadcast the APRC's official television series that stars India's most successful international rally driver Gaurav Gill. Source: IANS

IT raids at actors Vijay, Samantha, Nayantara's houses

Income tax officials raided houses of leading southern actors Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nayantara. According to sources, a total of 32 places were raided in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Hyderabad. Houses, offices and other properties of actors Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nayantara were raided simultaneously. The IT sleuths also raided the houses of the producers of Vijay's forthcoming Tamil film "Puli", which releases in cinemas. Source: IANS

Bengal submits application for rosogolla GI tag

West Bengal has submitted the application for a (Geographical Indication) GI tag for the rosogolla to stake claim on the sugary delicacy and beat Odisha, a minister said. "We have filed an application for GI on September 18 with full support from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee," Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, science and technology minister said. The syrupy, soft spongy balls of Indian cottage cheese, the rosogollas, have virtually unleashed a war between two Indian states. Source: IANS

TDP announces central committee, Naidu's son is general secretary

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president N. Chandrababu Naidu announced a central committee and two state committees for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Naidu has promoted his son N. Lokesh, making him ex-officio member of the politburo and the general secretary of the central committee. Lokesh has so far been holding the post of coordinator, cadre welfare fund. Source: IANS

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