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Major News and Events of 06 August 2015

What Happened on 06 August 2015


President to visit Odisha on August 7-8

President Pranab Mukherjee will be visiting Odisha on August 7 and 8, Rashtrapati Bhavan said.On 7 August, the president will inaugurate the golden jubilee celebrations of Rameswar High School in Rameswar village of Khurda district. The next day, he will attend the convocation of the National Law University in Cuttack. Source: IANS

Modi cannot brazen it out on Lalit Modi issue: Congress

The Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot "brazen" it out on the controversy over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reportedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi. "The prime minister cannot brazen it out. There cannot be a different rule book for the Modi government and others. Accountability cannot have different yardsticks," Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma told the media. Source: IANS

Swimmers Sejwal, Shivani fail to qualify at Worlds

Indian swimmers Sandeep Sejwal and Shivani failed to qualify for the semi-finals in their respective categories at the World Championships. In the heats, Sejwal finished 44th out of 52 participants in the men's 200 metres breaststroke event, almost 10 seconds behind top qualifier Marco Koch of Germany at the Kazan Arena. Source: IANS

No intelligence inputs of J&K attack: BSF

The Border Security Force (BSF) said that there had been no intelligence inputs of any terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district and it was considered a relatively safe region. "Two of our men got martyred, 14 got injured out of which one is still critical," BSF Director General D.K. Pathak told media. Pathak said that there had been no intelligence inputs on the attack. Source:IANS

Did not help Lalit Modi, says Sushma

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Lok Sabha that she did not recommend to the British government to give travel documents to former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The minister, however, verbally conveyed to the British government that if "it chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi it will not spoil bilateral relationships between the two countries". Source: IANS

Voice of opposition being suppressed: Rahul Gandhi

The voice of the opposition is "being suppressed in parliament", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as the party continued its protest for the third day over the suspension of 25 of its MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Senior leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the parliament complex. Source: IANS

India defers FTA talks with EU

India has announced putting off negotiations with the European Union on the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) that was scheduled to take place this month, on grounds of the ban imposed by the EU on importing 700 drugs from Hyderabad-based GVK Biosciences. "Government defers the proposed talks between the chief negotiators on India-EU Broadbased Investment and Trade Agreement (EU-BTIA)," the commerce ministry said in a release. Source: IANS

Hockey: India clinch second successive win against France

After clinching the opener 2-0, India men's hockey team outclassed France 4-1 in the second match of the Europe Tour at the Wattignies Sports Centre. Gurjinder Singh scored twice, Amir and Rupinder Pal Singh found the target once each for India, while Baumgarten pulled one back for the hosts. After winning the series 2-0, India will now travel to Spain and play their next match on 10 August at Sant Cugat del Valles. Source: IANS

Former Goa PWD minister arrested in Louis Berger bribery case

Former Public Works Department (PWD) minister Churchill Alemao was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Goa Police late in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, in which Goa's former chief minister Digambar Kamat is also linked. Alemao, who police claim is one of the recipients of the $976,630 bribe paid by Louis Berger officials in 2010, in order to secure implementation rights for a Rs.1,031 crore worth water and sewage management project funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). Source: IANS