Evening digest: Modi expresses regret over Chandigarh shutdown

GN Bureau | September 11, 2015



Prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to people as his four-hour visit to Chandigarh. The main cremation ground in sector 25, located next to the ground where Modi addressed an official rally on Friday afternoon, too was out of bounds for people. Those who had to cremate their loved ones were forced to do so at cremation grounds in nearby Mohali and Mani Majra.

"An inquiry will be held and responsibility fixed for the inconvenience caused to the people of Chandigarh," Modi tweeted."The inconvenience caused to the citizens of Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools, due to my visit is regretted. It was totally avoidable," Modi added.

Foreign Investment Promotion Board clears 14 FDI proposals
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Market ends flat; Sensex down 12 points, Nifty below 7,800
The domestic stock market showed strength early into the session on Friday in line with gains in the US market in overnight trade and mixed signals from its Asian peers, but gave up most of the gains to close flat for the day. BSE benchmark S&P Sensex ended the day 11.96 points down at 25,610.21 while the broader 50-share barometer Nifty closed 1.20 points up at 7,789.3. European markets traded in the negative territory. The German DAX was trading 1 per cent down, while the benchmark European stock index Euro Stoxx edged lower by about a per cent at the time of writing of this report. The FTSE100 index was also trading with losses.

West Bengal to declassify Netaji files on September 18
With growing demands for the release of all secret files related to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mamata Banerjee government on Friday said that 64 files on Bose will be made public on Sepetmber 18 in Kolkata museum. She has also said that the government will undertake the process of digitization of all files from 1937 to 1947. Last month the Prime Minister's Office had told the Central Information Commission that it cannot declassify files related to Bose as it will adversely affect relations with foreign countries.

Six Indians killed in Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen
Six Indians have been killed after their boat came under Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen, External Affairs Ministry said on Friday. The six were among seven nationals who were initially reported missing when two boats, 'Mustafa' and 'Asmar', carrying a total of 21 Indian nationals, came under aerial attack on September 8. "It is now regrettably informed that late at night on 10 September, the bodies of six of the missing persons present on the two boats were recovered and were brought to the Military Hospital.

Woman detained in Hyderabad on suspicion of links with Islamic State
A woman was on Friday detained in Hyderabad on suspicion of having links with terrorist group Islamic State. She was detained by the Cyberabad police at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and taken for questioning. This comes less than 10 days after two men hailing from Kerala were deported from UAE for alleged links with the terrorist group. The two men were interrogated by Kerala police post their arrival.

Mata Amritanandamayi donates Rs 100 crore for 'Namami Gange' project
In a big boost to Prime Minister's Narendra Modi's work towards restoring the pristine glory of Mother Ganges, the Mata Amritanandanmayi Math, founded by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, donated a whopping Rs 100 crore towards the 'Namami Gange' Project. Mata Amritanandamayi, fondly referred to as Amma, handed over a draft of Rs 100 crore to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The money is to be utilised for the express purpose of building toilets in the poor villages surrounding the Ganges.

Google rolls out Android Pay to challenge Apple
Google Inc. is starting to roll out Android Pay this week, seeking to catch up with Apple Pay and grab a chunk of the growing market for mobile payments.The Web company, which announced plans for the service in May, has signed up partners including Macy’s Inc., Staples Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc., Pali Bhat, Google’s director of product management for the new feature, said in a blog post on Thursday. Android Pay turns smartphones into digital wallets that store credit and debit cards, which can then be used in physical and virtual stores.

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