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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.

Najma Heptulla becomes Governor of Manipur

Ex Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Najma Heptulla has been sworn in as the eighteenth governor of Manipur today at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal. The oath of office and secrecy to Najma Heptulla was administered by acting Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur Rakesh Ranjan Prasad. Heptulla resigned from the post of Minority Affairs Minister on July 12 as she crossed 75 years of age, a tacit rule of retirement in BJP for ministerial positions. Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh along with other ministers and MLAs were present during the oath taking ceremony.

5 Members of Mumbai-based Businessman's Family joins ISIS

Five family members of a Mumbai-based businessman Abdul Majeed, including his son Ashfaque Ahmed, have reportedly move to west Asia and joined dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS). The 26 year old son of the businessman along with his wife, infant child and two of his cousins (22 year old Mohammed Siraj and 30 year old Ejaz Rehman) left India in June 2016 to join ISIS. The matter came to light when Ashfaque sent a mobile message to his youngest brother saying they have moved toIS territory and don’t want to come back to India.

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.

Earthquake Hits India-Myanmar Border Region

After Delhi and Nagaland, India-Myanmar border region was hit by earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale at 7:11 am on Tuesday. According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), tremors of the quake were felt in Assam. There are no reports of damage and injuries in the local areas.

Centre Assures Help to Flood-Hit Areas

Four of the five flood-hit areas in the northern India have been assured of help by the centre. On Monday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the chief ministers of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar about the flood situations and made it sure that the states will get all necessary help. The relief operations are underway.

 

Curfew Lifted from a Few Areas in Srinagar

In view of the improving situation, curfew from many areas in Srinagar has been lifted. However, in five police stations in the downtown city and Batamaloo, and in the uptown cities of Kralkhud and Maisuma, the curfew will remain in force. In some of the police stations, the curfew has been lifted for a certain period. According to sources, the situation is under control in some areas.