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Major News and Events of 07 August 2015

What Happened on 07 August 2015


SJVNL drops plans for disputed Sutlej tunnel

Facing local protests on environmental issues and the World Bank's refusal to provide $650 million, hydropower major Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) has dropped plans for a disputed 38-km-long tunnel for its 610 MW project on the Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh, an official said. The public sector company has now decided on a reservoir-based project that is expected to cost $1,150 million. Source: IANS

CEC Nasim Zaidi in Bihar to review preparations

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, along with his team, arrived in Bihar capital Patna on Friday on a two-day visit to review preparations for the upcoming assembly polls, an official said. After reviewing the preparations, the Election commission is likely to finalise the date for the Bihar assembly polls and may announce it next week, the official said. Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi, one of the members of the election commission team, said the team would meet representatives of various political parties on Friday evening. Source: IANS

WFI announces eight-member women's team for Junior World Championships

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday announced an eight-member women's team for the Junior World Championships to be held in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, from August 10 to 15. The team was selected on the basis of their performance in the trials conducted at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in Lucknow. Source: IANS

Opposition members give privilege notice against Sadhvi Prachi

A privilege notice was given to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Friday by 20 opposition members against VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi who is alleged to have said that "there are 1-2 terrorists in parliament". The controversial remark was made on Thursday, Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi said. Tyagi is one of the 20 members who gave the notice. Source: IANS

Sushma Swaraj an expert in "theatrics", says Sonia Gandhi

The Congress came down heavily on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday, with party president Sonia Gandhi calling her an expert in "theatrics" and vice president Rahul Gandhi demanding to know how much money she got to help Lalit Modi. Sonia Gandhi was reacting to Sushma Swaraj's Thursday comment that she gave no help to the former IPL chief but to his ailing wife. Sushma Swaraj asked: "What would have Sonia Gandhi done had she been in my place?" Source: IANS

Jayalalithaa urges Modi to retrieve Katchatheevu islet

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the fishing rights of Indian fishermen and to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka. Jayalalithaa presented a memorandum with various demands to Modi, who went to her residence after launching the National Handloom Day and India Handloom brand here. The meeting between Modi and Jayalalithaa lasted around 50 minutes. The chief minister also hosted lunch for Modi.  Source: IANS

Global satellite to be named in honour of Abdul Kalam

A global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction -- GlobalSat for DRR -- proposed under the UN framework is to be dedicated to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist and former Indian president who died 27 July. This has been stated by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-EUrope-US-ASia) Organization on Space Technologies for Societal Applications headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Source: IANS

Uniphore Software Services introduces new version of 'auMina 2.0'

Chennai-based speech recognition software solutions company Uniphore Software Services introduced a new version of its speech analytics software 'auMina 2.0'. According to the company, the speech analytics software will allow contact centres to drive critical business goals by analysing existing speech data to identify trends, predict possible outcomes and suggest improvements in business models. The new version of the software is aimed at the robust and vast number of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India who can improve efficiency in their businesses at a low cost, it added. Source: IANS

ED keen on probing money laundering angle in Louis Berger bribery case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Goa is keen on probing the money laundering angle in the Louis Berger bribery case, in which a former PWD minister has been already been arrested.

An ED official on condition of anonymity said the central government agency had sought a copy of the First Information Report filed by the Crime Branch, in connection with the $976,630 bribe paid by Louis Berger officials in 2010 to Goan politicians and bureaucrats.

The bribe was paid 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

India, Pakistan exchange fire on LOC

Heavy exchange of fire took place between India and Pakistan on Friday on the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. "Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on the LoC in Sauji yan area of Poonch district at 3.30 a.m. today (Friday)," defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said. "Our troops are effectively responding with same calibre weapons. Firing exchanges are still on in the area," the defence official said. Source: IANS