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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.

India achieves New height with ISRO's 20 Satellite Launch in 26 Minutes

ISRO achieved new heights of success by launching 20 satellites into orbit in one go on June 22. This not only made India better its previous best of launching 10 satellites in one go but also close its gap with Russia’s 33 satellite (2014) and NASA’s 29 satellite (2013) launches in one go. Out of the 20 satellites launched, 13 were from companies and organisations belonging to the USA. While one satellite (Cartosat-2 for earth observation) was from India, other 6 satellites were from Indonesia, Canada, and Germany.

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.

Censor Board Clears 'Udta Punjab' After 13 Cuts Under 'A' Category

CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani said that the Censor board has cleared the much talked about Bollywood film 'Udta Punjab' with 13 cuts under the 'A' category. Nihalani had been attacked by the Bollywood film industry for suggesting a large number of cuts in the movie which is themed on the drug problem of Punjab. The nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification cleared the film "unanimously" after the proposed 13 cuts.

Dec 16 Delhi Gangrape Convict Attempts Suicide in Jail

A convict in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case, Vinay Sharma tried committing suicide inside the Tihar jail on Wednesday. He has been hospitalized and is under medical observation. According to reports, the convict tried hanging himself from an iron grill in his cell and was stopped by a Tamil Nadu special police personnel after being spotted. As per reports, Sharma was on medication as he was suffering from depression.

Sushma Swaraj Condemns Celebrity Surrogacy

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has slammed many celebrities for encouraging the practice of surrogacy as a status symbol. She said that Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill was approved for the needy infertile couples, but celebrities are using it to upgrade their status. She also mentioned that the Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy as well as single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples.

Funerals Being Stopped in Varanasi for Floods

A halt to funerals have been forced in the holy city of Varanasi for the floods. According to reports from officials, many people have carried our cremations on the terrace of their houses. Apart from cremations, many other operations are being handicapped because of the floods in the city. A long time resident of the city mentioned it the worst flood since 1978.