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Sidhu Hasn't Decided About Joining Any Political Party, Says Wife

After resigning from BJP's Rajya Sabha, Navjot Singh Sidhu has not joined any political party yet. Clearing the facts, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu said that her husband is in the US for a motivational lecture with a corporate firm, which is his primary job. He and the family is still not sure about being associated with any political party.

Rajnath Singh-Mehbooba Mufti Discuss State's Security Situation

Home minister Rajnath Singh met Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met on Thursday to have a discussion on the security situation in the state. A joint press conference was held by them in Srinagar, where Mufti mentioned that 95 percent of the Kashmiris want to settle down the situation with dialogues, whereas five percent of them are trying to derail the process.

Government approves more Facilities for Minority Refugees from Neighbouring Countries

Union Government has approved multiple facilities for refugees, who have been living in India on long-term visa, from neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Home Ministry in a statement said that the facilities the minority refugees (belonging to Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh communities) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan include purchasing properties, opening bank accounts, and many more. The Long Term Visas (LTV) will now be applicable for 5 years instead of 2 years and the refugees can get education and employment facilities.

Government chooses Inflation Hawk Urjit Patel as RBI Governor to Continue Rajan's Legacy

RBI's incumbent Deputy Governor, 52 year old Urjit Patel, has been chosen by Modi government as the new RBI governor. Patel will assume office on September 4, after the incumbent RBI governor Raghuram Rajan steps down. Urjit Patel, who is known as the “inflation warrior” of Rajan, has promised to give his best shot “to live up to the expectation of people”. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley congratulated Patel and wished him success. Reports say, it was under Patel-led committee’s recommendation that the inflation target range for India has been set between 2 to 6 per cent.

SEBI Chairman admits complex Challenges in Commodity market regulation

UK Sinha, Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), in the “chairman’s statement” of 2015-16’s annual report of SEBI said that the security watchdog confronts “many complex challenges” in commodity market regulation. SEBI is currently trying to bring the derivatives market of the commodities at par in all respects with that of the securities market. Sinha said in the statement that the organisation is “endeavouring towards reshaping and refining” market regulations of commodities derivatives to strengthen the risk management framework and boost exchanges’ surveillance mechanisms.

FM Jaitley calls for Municipal Level Reforms for Ease of Doing Business

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while addressing an audience at a seminar (on the topic “State economic reforms: The way ahead”) in Bhilai said that all round effort on part of the central and state government has started to ease doing business in India. However, he stressed upon the need of percolating down the efforts to civil bodies (municipal and panchayat levels). Jaitley said that passage of GST bill in the parliament is a major step towards taxation reforms, which will help Indian economy to become more competitive in the global market.

PM Modi asks Road Transport ministry to explore Transit Elevated Bus

With China making the first successful trial run of world’s first Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) or "straddling bus" on August 3 in north China’s Qinhuangdao, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked road transport ministry to get maximum details on the project and explore possibilities to implement the same  on highly congested Indian roads. The electricity driven TEB is environment friendly and can carry 300 to 1200 passengers. 22-metre-long TEBs are similar to light-rail train running over two lanes and cars could move beneath them.

Nasscom vouches for Full Flexibility for Apps and Websites on Giving Free Data to Customers

In response to TRAI’s consultation paper, Nasscom has opined that the telecom operators shouldn’t have any control (neither direct nor indirect) on the content that the customers view online. The IT body said that they are not in favour of any kind of discrimination between websites and apps that may arise from any kind of conditions attached to rewards by the platform. Nasscom has not only invoked net neutrality issue but also pressed for giving complete flexibility to websites and apps for rewarding free data.

Sportsperson writes Suicide Note addressing PM Modi highlighting inability to bear Expenses

20-year-old Pooja, a national-level handball player, allegedly committed suicide yesterday after the second year student was denied free hostel facility by Khalsa College in Patiala. She left a suicide note, where she addressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to ensure that every underprivileged girl should get free educational facility. Khalsa College management said that Pooja was denied free hostel facility (but was given free admission) because of her poor performance. In the 4-page suicide note, she said that her father, a vegetable vendor, can’t afford her daily commutation cost of Rs. 120 everyday, amounting to Rs. 3,720 per month.

PV Sindhu helps India bag First Ever Women's Olympic Silver

21 year old Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won a billion Indian hearts even as she settled for silver in the women’s singles badminton final in the Rio Olympic 2016. She went down to World No. 1 Carolina Marin (from Spain) 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 even after winning the first set. PV Sindhu became the first woman silver medallist from India to win silver at a quadrennial event. It is the second medal for India after 23 year old Sakshi Malik won bronze medal in the women's 58-kg wrestling category. Meanwhile, PV Sindhu’s mentor Pullela Gopichand said that her success is a proud moment for him.

Indian "Produnova" Dipa Karmakar misses Olympic Bronze by a Whisker

23 year old Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian gymnast to reach the finals in Olympics, missed the bronze medal by a whisker as her average score (15.066) fell 0.15 points short of Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.216), the bronze medal winner in the event. Gold and silver medals were won by USA’s Simone Biles (15.966) and Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) respectively. India’s “Produnova” girl was sporting enough despite the loss and vouched for focusing on “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. She wished India on 70th Independence day and thanked everyone who supported her.

Twitter Boycotts Myntra, Trending BoycottMyntra

Twitter's BoycottMyntra is trending in the social media after the Flipkart-owned-e-commerce company ended up hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus. An advertisement showing Draupadi disrobed in Kaurava's court came up with Myntra's logo in it. After a user asked Myntra for an explanation, it went viral. Later it was found that a content-creating website, ScrollDroll was behind the entire story.

Firms Banned by IIT Placement

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) placement has banned 31 firms as the firms were delaying dates of joining of the candidates. Some of the blacklisted firms are Portea Medical and Grofers. IIT had banned Zomato last year, which is going to continue this year as well. While doing so, one company was found which did not even have an address. Till date IIT has blacklisted many companies.

Bombay HC Lifts Ban of Women Inside the Haji Ali Dargah

Lifting the restriction on women inside the Haji Ali Dargah on Friday, Bombay High Court has made it legal for women to visit and get inside the dargah. Defending the restriction, the trust said that women entering inside the dargah and being in close proximity to the tomb of the male saint is a sin in Islam. The ban was imposed in 2012 March or June.