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Union Government Discards Land Ordinance Route, Includes 13 Central Acts for Benefiting Farmers under 2013 Act

Sensing the general mood against increasing wrath against the Land Ordinance route, Union Government has decided to avoid issuing Land Ordinance (3rd ordinance lapsing on August 31) for the record 4th time. Instead government has issued statutory order including 13 central acts (Railways Act, National Highway Act, etc.) for extending benefits to the farmers, whose lands were acquired under the existing Land Acquisition Act, 2013. With the issuance of this order, government has removed difficulties clause such as 2013 Act’s Section 113. Now, the government will be able to extend provisions related to determination of resettlement, rehabilitation, and compensation to all the land acquisition cases, done through the 2013 Act, by utilizing 13 central acts.

Home Minister meets PM Modi and apprises him about Ex-Servicemen's OROP related Grievances

Home Minister Rajnath Singh met PM Modi yesterday night and has apprised the Prime Minister about the concerns of ex-servicemen regarding One Rank One Pension (OROP). Sources say that the meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister took place after a delegation of ex-servicemen met the later and urged him to impress upon the union government in implementing OROP. On-going tussle between ex-servicemen and the government widened with the former boycotting golden jubilee celebrations of 1965 war, after they found the latest government offer insufficient and rejected the same. Ex-servicemen today sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention to resolve the impasse over OROP by writing a formal letter.

CPI-M won't come to power even in 3016: Mamata

Slamming the Left Front over its "violent" peasants rally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Marxists won't come to power in the state for 1,000 years. A day after the Left rally turned violent, leaving many people including policeman injured, Banerjee accused the Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) of political bankruptcy. "Those who have been rejected by people, those who follow archaic politics are trying to create tension... Is this what comrades call politics?" she told a gathering on the foundation day of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad - her party's student wing. Source: IANS

India's Forex Reserve Swells by $920.6 Million

On account of higher foreign currency assets, foreign exchange reserves of India increased to US$355.353 billion, swelling by US$920.6 million, in the week to August 21. This figure is important as it neared $355.46 billion, the all time high achieved in the week to June 19. In the previous week too, India witnessed a healthy increase of its foreign exchange reserve (by US$1.086 billion) to a whooping US$354.433 billion. Latest RBI data show that Foreign Currency Assets also witnessed a healthy increase. RBI has said that special drawing rights of India with IMF have increased by $19.9 million in the week under review to $4.075 billion.

Global cues buoys markets, Sensex provisionally up

Healthy growth in Chinese exchanges and US economy, coupled with attractive valuations, buoyed investor sentiment in Indian equity markets propelling a barometer index to gain 139 points.The positive sentiments propelled the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to gain the 139 points or 0.53 percent. Source: IANS

Reliance Comm partners Jasper to deliver Internet of Things across India

Reliance Communications (RCom), part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has partnered with global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetise next-generation IoT businesses, the company said in a filing in the Bombay Stock Exchange. RCom is Jasper's sole telecom partner in India. Source: IANS

ISRO-NASA working closely to Launch US NISAR Satellite by using GSLV-Mk II Rocket in 2021

A.S.Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has said that ISRO will launch a US NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite in the year 2021 by using GSLV-Mk II rocket, as part of the on-going cooperation between NASA and ISRO. He went on to say that ISRO is in the process of targeting launch of 2 tonne satellites as there is a good international market for it. The announcement comes after the Indian space agency launched its communication satellite GSAT-6 successfully by using GSLV Mk II rocket. Reports say that ISRO will launch 4 nano-satellites from US next month using PSLV.

73 'green' supercomputers coming soon to India

India plans to install 73 'green supercomputers' in the next three years to enable high-performance computing with reduced power consumption, a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) said."Around five to 10 supercomputers will be installed this year and the rest in the next three years in phases. Through optimization, power consumption of the machines will be reduced as less as possible," Sanjay Wandhekar, associate director and head, High Performance Computing, C-DAC, Pune. Source: IANS

Indian rocket lifts off with communication satellite

An Indian rocket with over two tonne communication satellite GSAT-6, which has several strategic applications, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport. Precisely at 4.52 p.m., the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D6) rose from the second launch pad here at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The 49.1 metre tall rocket weighing 416 tonnes would sling the 2,117 kg GSAT-6 communication satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) around 17 minutes into the flight. Source: IANS

Indian Women's Hockey Team secures Olympics berth for the 2nd Time since Independence

Women hockey team of India sealed their berth for 2016 Rio Olympics on National Sports Day, which is also the birthday of Major Dhyan Chand. It is a historic achievement for the team because since independence it is only the second instance that they have qualified for the Olympics, first time being during 1980 Olympic Games. India’s women hockey team achieved the feat this time after Spain lost to England EuroHockey Championships’ semi-final. The other teams who have qualified for Rio Olympics are USA, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, China, Great Britain, Argentina, and South Korea.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute on 110th birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday.

Rain mars first day's play in third India-Sri Lanka Test

Rain forced an early end of the first day's play of the third cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Friday, with just about one hour's play possible. India were 50/2 against Sri Lanka when rain interrupted play before lunch. Opening batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (19 not out) and captain Virat Kohli (14 not out) were at the crease after 15 overs of play. The game didn't resume after that. Earlier, India lost opener Lokesh Rahul (2) and Ajinkya Rahane (8). Source: IANS

Sindhu hopes to improve ranking with Super Series

India's badminton ace P.V. Sindhu has said she aims to improve her ranking by doing well in the Super Series in Korea and Japan next month. "For me, winning a medal at the Rio Olympics is the ultimate target. But before that I want to improve my ranking by doing well in the back-to-back Super Series in Korea and Japan in September," Sindhu said after receiving the AJN Award for outstanding performance in the field of sports. Source: IANS

India to host 2018 Theatre Olympics

India will host the 2018 edition of the Theatre Olympics, an official announced on 24 August 2015. "India has been given the right to host the 2018 edition," said National School of Drama (NSD) director Waman Kendre during the inauguration of a five-day festival of northeastern plays, "Poorvotta Rashtriya Rang Manch". NSD chairman Ratan Thiyam returned to India on Sunday after attending a meeting in the Netherlands where the decision was taken. Source: IANS

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan is dead

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan, who acted in nearly 300 regional films, died on 18 August 2015 at his home near here in Kerala, family sources said. He was 86 and was ailing for a while. Although he began his career in the late 1940s in drama, he first appeared in films in 1951 and till 2009 was an integral part of the film industry. He had been suffering from age-related ailments since 2009. Source: IANS

Indians win World of Dance trophy in US

Desihoppers, an Indian dance troupe, emerged victorious at the World of Dance competition in Los Angeles beating 34 competitors from 14 countries. Indian classical dance moves on fast-paced western music became a hit here when the Desihoppers group of dancers from different parts of India took to the stage. Cries of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Ganpati Bappa Morya" rent the air and the Indian tricolour was waved at the venue, the Los Angeles Convention Center, as the group was announced the winners on Sunday evening. They received a trophy along with a cheque of $5,000. Source: IANS

Central Bureaucracy witnesses Major Reshuffle as 16 Top Officials Shifted

A major bureaucratic reshuffle was carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the reshuffle, new secretaries have been appointed for 16 ministries and departments. One of the most glaring inclusions is that of Hasmukh Adhia (a Gujarat cadre officer), who has been brought to Revenue secretary's office from the post of banking secretary (under Finance Ministry). Sources say Adhia came to PM Modi’s good books after he successfully spearheaded the implementation of Jan Dhan Yojana plan (a grand financial inclusion plan for poor), a pet project of Modi. Another noteworthy reshuffle is that of Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das, who is now being appointed as the Economic Affairs secretary.

Haryana gets 21 all-women police stations

Promising a better policing environment to make women feel secure in approaching police, the Haryana government has launched all-women police stations in all 21 districts of the state. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the first all-women police station at Mansa Devi complex in Haryana's Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh. "The all women police stations are a gift for women of Haryana on the eve of the festival of Raksha Bandhan," Khattar said. Source: IANS

Children under six should have right to creche, says law panel

The Law Commission has suggested that every child under six should have an unconditional right to creche and day care provided and regulated by the state. In its report "Early Childhood Development and Legal Entitlements" submitted to Law Minister D.V. Sadanada Gowda, the commission said the constitutional framework of fundamental rights and directive principles should reflect the special status and needs of children under six years of age. Source: IANS