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Indo-Swiss duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached final of Wuhan Open Tennis

 Tournament Indo-Swiss duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the final of Wuhan Open Tennis Tournament. In the Semi-Finals, top seeds brushed aside 4th seeded Chinese Taipei pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan 6-2, 6-1 Friday. The Indo-Swiss pair is eyeing their seventh title together.They had earlier defeated fifth seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-2 in the last eight stage.

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PM inaugurate MUDRA Yojana, free LPG connections in Jharkhand

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated distribution of loans under MUDRA Yojana and free LPG connections to families that are below poverty line in Jharkhand beginning with Dumka. "MUDRA Yojana will lift the standard of life of the people after several years of negligence and exploitation by usurers," Modi said after the inauguration of the twin benefits. Under the programme loans of Rs 26,000 crore would be distributed among 42 lakh people, including 20 lakh women across the country. Handing over the first instalment of Rs 10,000 to five men and women, he said it was a loan and not a grant. The loan would have to be repaid with nominal interest,he said and advised beneficiaries to take them in instalments to minimise interest. MUDRA Yojana (Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency) would benefit over one lakh people in Jharkhand where Rs 212 crore would be distributed. Inaugurating the distribution of free LPG connections to BPL families in the state, the Prime Minister said 31 lakh people across the country had given up LPG subsidy which had enabled 18 lakh BPL families get free LPG connections.  "This (free LPG connections) will not only help the women but also will help protect the environment," he said. One lakh BPL families in Jharkhand would also get free LPG connection.

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Uday Shankar is u2018Best CEO u2013 MNCu2019 for 2015 at Forbes India Leadership Awards

Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India was adjudged Best CEO of a Multi National Company for 2015 at the Forbes India Leadership Awards presented in Mumbai on Wednesday. Other prominent winners were Adi Godrej, Chairman of the Godrej Group and R S Sodhi, MD of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul) who received the ‘Conscious Capitalist Company for the Year Award’ shared this year by Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and GCMMF; while R C Bhargava of Maruti-Suzuki received a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The jury for the awards was headed by Harsh Mariwala, chairman of Marico Ltd, and included Naina Lal Kidwai, chairman, HSBC India and director, HSBC Asia Pacific; Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and chairman of TeamLease Services; Noshir Kaka, managing director of McKinsey India; Sanjay Nayar, CEO of KKR India; and Akhil Gupta, former senior managing director and chairman of Blackstone India.Entrepreneurial capitalism and the insight that entrepreneurs need to follow the rules while creating value for all stakeholders were behind the choice of outstanding leaders for the Forbes India Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognise transformational leadership across the entrepreneurial firmament, from start-ups and mid-sized firms to the more mature organisations of global scale.

Here is the complete list of winners of the Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015:

1.     Outstanding Start-up for the Year: Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati of Ola

2.     Nextgen Entrepreneur for the Year: Siddhartha Lal of Eicher Motors Ltd

3.     Entrepreneur with Social Impact: Samit Ghosh, Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd

4.     Conscious Capitalist Company for the year: Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and Gujarat  Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)

5.     Best CEO – Multinational Company: Uday Shankar, Star India Pvt. Ltd

6.     Best CEO - Public Sector: Arundhati Bhattacharya, State Bank of India

7.     Best CEO - Private Sector: CP Gurnani, Tech Mahindra Ltd

8.     Lifetime Achievement Award for the Year: RC Bhargava of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

9.     Entrepreneur for the Year: Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd

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Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava gets Forbes lifetime achievement award

Maruti Suzuki Chairman R.C. Bhargava has been honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA), 2015.The award recognises his invaluable contribution to the Indian business community and exemplary leadership demonstrated over the years, Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement An IAS topper of 1956 batch, Bhargava was one of the founding members of Maruti in 1982. He led the company as Managing Director from 1990 to 1997.Bhargava, who has been chairman of the country's largest car maker since 2007, also serves on the board of several leading corporates.
 

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8th Asian Air Gun Championship: Heena Sidhu shoots gold, India cap off on a high

Former world number one Heena Sidhu lived upto the billing as she clinched the gold medal in women's 10m air pistol to cap off India's campaign at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship on a winning note.India also had the silver medal in the kitty as Shweta Singh stood second on the podium in the day's marquee event, ahead of bronze medallist Seon A Kim of Korea.In her first international final, 

India, thus, won an impressive haul of 17 medals, including six gold (two in individual senior), to finish as toppers in the continental event, which lost some sheen after the pull-out of powerhouse China and Korea's decision to not send numero uno pistol shooter Jin Jong-oh.India bagged five silver and six bronze.

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Infosys China CEO Becomes 1st Indian to Get Top Shanghai award

Rangarajan Vellamore, CEO Infosys China, has become the first Indian to receive the Magnolia Gold award in recognition of his contributions to the development of IT industry in Shanghai, China's financial hub. Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong presented the awards at a special function to Rangarajan along with foreign professionals from countries like US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Rangarajan, 48, who has been residing in east China's Shanghai metropolis for over eight years was earlier awarded Magnolia Silver award in 2011. He hails from Chennai.

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UK city of Coventry honours Ratan Tata

Leading Indian industrialist Ratan Tata has been felicitated by the city of Coventry with its highest award in recognition of his contributions to the West Midlands region of central England. The Tata Group Chairman Emeritus took oath as an Honorary Freeman of the City of Coventry, an award only 13 people have been conferred with since 1914. Tata, 77, was honoured alongside Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, founder of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick in Coventry, at a special ceremony at Coventry Cathedral last week. Councillor Michael Hammon. Earlier this year, Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) had reaffirmed its long term commitment to Coventry and the West Midlands with a confirmation of a further 600-million-pound investment to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The group is also among key contributors to a new 150-million-pound National Automotive Innovation Centre under construction on the University of Warwick campus. Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said, "Coventry and much of the rest of our region has gained greatly through the vision of these two men. Mr Ratan Tata has transformed the fortunes of Jaguar Land Rover and part of that transformation has seen new jobs created for our city and region and strong new research partnerships pioneered with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya that are creating world leading engineering technologies"

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Made in India biggest warship 'INS Kochi' commissioned

India's biggest indigenously built warship, INS Kochi, was commissioned to the Indian Navy here on Wednesday by Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar.Parikkar described the 7,500 tonnes vessel, capable of speeds of 30 knots, to be "as good as any foreign ship".INS Kochi has been built as the second in the series of the three Kolkata-Class (Project 15A) Guided Missile Destroyers at the Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai at a cost of Rs.4,000 crore, and joins the Indian Navy fleet as its 10th destroyer.The first of the Kolkata-Class destroyers, INS Kolkata was commissioned in August 2014, while the third and final INS Chennai is due for induction by end-2016.These will be followed by a mega-project of nearly Rs.30,000 crore to construct four more stealth destroyers at the MDL.INS Kochi, designed by the Indian Navy's Directorate of Naval Design, incorporates major advancements in weapons, sensors and manoeuvring capabilities compared to its forerunner, the Delhi Class.Spanning 164 metres and 17 metres at the beam, it is powered by four gas turbines which can achieve at least 30 knots speed.The warship comes armed with a wide range of state-of-the-art weapons like a vertical launch missile system for long distance engagement of shore and sea-based targets.It is only the second Indian Naval warship to have a Multi-Function Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF-STAR) which provide target data to Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile systems (LR-SAM).The MF-STAR and LR-SAM have been jointly developed by DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.To protect itself from incoming air-borne or surface attacks at medium and close range, the ship has been fitted with 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount, AK630 Close In Weapon System, BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles, indigenous rocket launchers (IRL), indigenous twin-tube torpedo launchers and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.It can also operate two Sea King or Chetak helicopters on board and accommodate 40 officers and 350 sailors.

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K.N. Tripathi sworn in Tripura governor

Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta administered the oath of office to Tripathi, 80, at the Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan . Acting Chief Minister Aghore Debbarma, his cabinet colleagues, legislators and leaders of various political parties and top security and civil officials were present at the brief swearing-in ceremony.Tripura Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh conducted the programme.Earlier in the day, on his arrival from Kolkata, Tripathi was received at the airport by the chief secretary, Director General of Police K. Nagaraj and top officials.Tripathi took the additional charge of Tripura's gubernatorial post as the state's incumbent governor Tathagata Roy has gone to meet his daughter in the US.President Pranab Mukherjee on September 24 approved Roy's one month leave and asked Tripathi to discharge additional duties.Tripathi practised as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court from 1956 till 2014 except for the three times when he was speaker of the Uttar Pradesh assembly -- in 1991, 1997 and 2002.

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launches railway knowledge portal

In line with the 'Digital India', a knowledge portal for dissemination of detailed information on Indian Railways was launched  by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Indian Railway Knowledge Portal which is accessible at(www.kportal.indianrailways.gov.in), is an initiative of the National Academy of Indian Railways and has aggregated most of the available knowledge about Indian Railways at one location by linking websites, documents for dissemination of knowledge on the public transporter."Globally it is accepted that we live in a knowledge economy which is driven by knowledge. No sector today can be away from the knowledge resources," Prabhu said.

He also pointed out that it is desirable that the knowledge about Railway systems does not remain confined to a few select, but all the enthusiasts, researchers, academicians.He further said that we need to share best practises and innovations. This portal will be a comprehensive holistic platform as a 'one stop arrangement' for everyone interested in Indian Railways in particular and Railways in general.It has e-access to existing libraries of Railways, and all the libraries are being clustered to have a single interface through e-Granthalaya by NIC.The Knowledge Portal Home Page also gives a brief of all the social media activities of the Indian Railway sites.Besides the portal has web pages on fan clubs, heritage, and rail museums across the world.

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