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Andhra assembly to pass resolution on special status

The Andhra Pradesh assembly will pass a resolution urging the central government to accord special status to the state and to implement all provisions contained in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. The resolution moved by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the assembly on Tuesday also appealed to the central government to take steps to fulfill the assurances given by then prime minister in parliament. Source: IANS

Halt your rhetoric, Nitish tells Modi

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "stop the rhetoric (and) chest thumping", and deliver the promises he made ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "Show moral courage. Accept insufficiencies in delivering on old promises," the Janata Dal-United leader said in a series of tweets, ahead of Modi's election rally in Bhagalpur. "Respect the sentiments of the people of Bihar who have been troubled by your unkept promises and unsavoury comments," he said. Source: IANS

'No change of guard in offing in Jammu and Kashmir'

There will be no change of guard in the Jammu and Kashmir government and Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is not contemplating to hand over the baton to his daughter Mehbooba Mufti because of health reasons, sources said."Not true at all. Mufti sahib was in Mysore to attend a function. He is returning on 1 September 2015 and there is no truth in the rumours that there is a change of guard on the cards in the state," sources close to the chief minister said while categorically denying rumours and speculation about the matter. Source: IANS

Sensex tanks 346 points in afternoon session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), tanked further by 346.09 points or 1.32 percent during the afternoon session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 112.50 points or 1.41 percent down at 7,858.80 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,127.04 points, was trading at 25,937 points (at 01.09 p.m.) in the afternoon session, down 346.09 points or 1.32 percent from the previous day's close at 26,283.09 points. Source: IANS

Petrol cut by Rs.2 a litre, diesel by 50 paise

With global crude oil in free fall, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has cut the prices of petrol by Rs.2 a litre and of diesel by 50 paise, both prices inclusive of levies in Delhi, with corresponding decrease in other states, effective from midnight. Petrol and diesel, prices of which were last reduced on August 15, will from 1 September 2015 cost Rs.61.20 a litre and Rs.44.45 respectively, in Delhi, IOC said.  Source: IANS

Web-based system launched for DBT projects

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has launched a web-enabled information management system for the department of biotechnology (DBT) projects. It is expected to avoid delay in processing project proposals and allow access to information for applicants on their proposals from anywhere, an official release said. Inaugurating the DBT Strategy Meet at the NCR Biotech Science Cluster in Faridabad, the minister also unveiled a mobile app for the purpose. It will be available at dbtepromis.nic.in. Source: IANS

Sun Pharma Founder vouches for the need of Strengthening R&D in Indian Pharma Industry

While addressing an audience in Dr Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences organised DRILS Synergy 2015, Dilip Shanghvi (MD and Founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited) stressed upon the need of Indian pharmaceutical industries to improve their research and development capabilities along with strengthen clinical development. He also exuded confidence in Indian Pharma companies on the existing potential of discovering couple of new drugs in the coming 10 years. However, Shanghvi also complained about the lack of required expertise in India, especially in the fields of biology and clinical development, that made Sun Pharma set up laboratories in foreign countries.

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

India beat Sri Lanka, clinch Test series 2-1

India clinched the third Test match by 117 runs and with it the series, bowling out Sri Lanka for 268 on the fifth and final day of the match at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground here. It was India's first away Test series win against Sri Lanka in 22 years.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews top scored with 110 while Indian pacer Ishant Sharma returned figures of 3-32. India, thus clinched the series 2-1. Source: IANS

Saina on collision course against Sindhu in Japan

India's top two badminton stars -- Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu -- are on a collision course at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium from September 8 to 13. The two are likely to meet in the second round of women's singles in the Japanese capital if they beat their opening round opponents. Source: IANS

Jaisha Orchatteri breaks Indian National Record at 2015 World Athletics Championships

Indian woman marathoner Jaisha Orchatteri today broke Indian national record in this year’s World Athletics Championships, held at Beijing National Stadium, by finishing the marathon in 2:34:43 time. While Jaisha finished 18th, Sudha Singh finished at 19th spot by clocking 2:35:35 (better than earlier national record of 2:37:29, set by Jaisha during Mumbai marathon earlier this year). Both Jaisha Orchatteri and Sudha Singh secured their respective berths in 2016 Rio Olympics after these commendable performances. In this women's marathon competition, the first three positions are secured by Ethiopa’s Mare Dibaba (2:27:35),Kenya's Helah Kiprop (2:27:36), and Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa (2:27:39).

PM releases digital audio CDs of Ramcharitmanas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a digital version of epic Ramcharitmanas, a set of digital audio compact discs produced by All India Radio. "The strength of Akashvani is immense and I fully understand it. I remember learning about the Pokhran (nuclear) tests of 1998 through a tea seller in Himachal Pradesh, who heard it on the radio. He told me very happily that Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji has tested the bomb," Modi said. 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

Manipur Riots: Indefinite Curfew Imposed

Houses of state Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing and five lawmakers were set on fire during the protests in the Manipur state. The violence that erupted in Churachandpur town in Manipur over the passing of three bills in the assembly led to the death of three people. As a result of the arson, the administration has imposed indefinite curfew in the town.

Assam flood situation worsens, four lakh hit

The flood situation in Assam has deteriorated again, affecting 4.64 lakh people in some major towns and more than 1,000 villages and causing widespread destruction, officials said. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the situation was serious in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in eastern Assam, where more than 700 villages remained submerged for the last two days. Most areas in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh towns also remained submerged due to flash floods since Sunday, officials said. Source: IANS

SC declines plea seeking Salman Khan's bail cancellation

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of bail of film star Salman Khan who was convicted and sentenced in a hit and run case. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu declined the plea by one of the alleged victims associated with the case and belonging to Mumbai Police. The petitioner had challenged the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Salman. (Source: IANS)