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Major News and Events of 19 August 2014

What Happened on 19 August 2014


Pak violates ceasefire again

The Pakistani troops have breached ceasefire yet again. As Pakistani rangers initiated mortar shelling and heavy firing at 20 Border Out Posts (BOPs) as well as in the civilian areas located along the International Border in Arnia and RS Pura in Jammu, the BSF troops fired back in respopnse. During the exchange of fire, an elderly villager named Attar Singh of Treva village was critically wounded, as per media reports. 

This  marks the 11th ceasefire violation by Pakistan during the past 10 days. 

US regrets the cancellation of Indo-Pak talks

Expressing regret over India’s calling off the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, the United States said that it is unfortunate that the planned talks between India and Pakistan have been cancelled. The US state department has said that it is important that both the nations should take measures to mend their bilateral relations. The separatist leaders have also criticised Modi government’s decision and have said that talks are the only way to improve relations with Pakistan.

Separatist Leader: Kashmir is not an internal issue

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that Kashmir is not India's internal issue but an international one. Geelani, who was in Delhi to meet the High Commissioner of Pakistan, said it is unfortunate that the Indian government has cancelled the foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan. He also added that the issue will not be solved until the promises made to Kashmiris are fulfilled.

AIFF looking for coach for India Under-17

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is looking for a foreign coach for the Under-17 team. India will be hosting the next Under-17 World Cup and AIFF wants to ensure that the team representing the country should be competitive enough to bring cheers for India. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said that they are seeking advice from FIFA for choosing the right coach for the team.

BJP-HJC likely to get separated after Modi's visit to Kaithal

According to reports, the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), headed vy Kuldeep Bishnoi, is likely to come to an end in the forthcoming assembly polls in Haryana. It is reported that the BJP is planning to contest the elections on its own and is gearing up for the poll campaigns. Although Modi is unlikely to declare the split in the alliance, it is expected that the final call will be made by the HJC. For now, the HJC chief has not received an invitation for the PM’s rally in Kaithal.

Asaram case: SC orders to set up medical board to examine Bapu

While hearing his bail plea in relation to the rape case filed against him, the Supreme Court has ordered that a medical examination of godman Asaram Bapu should be conducted. Asaram was seeking a bail on grounds of ill-health, but the apex court has directed the government of Rajasthan to set up a medical board which will examine Asaram Bapu. It also asked the government to submit a health report latest by September 23 which is also the last date of hearing in this case.

IDC: Samsung continues to rue Indian market, but Micromax is growing at a fast pace

According to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), issued for the Indian mobile market in Q2, Samsung is still leading the mobile market. Earlier, a similar report by Counterpoint Research has said that it was Micromax which is ruling the mobile market and Samsung is at number two position. As per IDC’s report, Samsung has a 17 per cent share in the mobile market while Micromax has only 14 per cent share.

CBI receives DNA report in Badaun gangrape case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has received the report for the DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics in the twin case of rape and murder in Badaun. According to the sources from the CBI, the report has crucial evidence which will be helpful for the agency in solving the case. As per reports, CBI has not yet received the report from the three-member committee headed by the forensic experts of AIIMS. The autopsy was not conducted for the teenage victims as the Ganga water had inundated their graves.

JSW Steel to buy Welspun Maxsteel in a Rs 1,000 crore deal

India’s third largest steel maker, JSW Steel Ltd will buy Welspun Maxsteel Ltd (WMSL) for Rs 1,000 crore. Welspun Enterprises has declared in a BSE filing that WMSL has long-term debt of Rs 1,087 crore. JSW has made a goal to improve the steel production of WMSL to 40 million tonnes per annum in the next ten years. In a statement released by JSW, it wishes to take over the overall equity shares of WMSL. As per reports, WMSL has approximately 480 acres of land which can be used for future expansions.

Indian taxi companies take on Uber; to start their own payment processes

The Indian taxi firms have complained to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the payment processes of Uber, a US-based cab-hailing app. These operators have complained to RBI that the payment process uses a two-stage authentication making it possible for them to save the information about the credit cards of the clients. According to reports, India’s Association of Radio Taxis including Mega Cabs, Meru Cabs and Easy Cabs are planning to set up collection offices overseas so as to avail single-level authentication.

'Mary Kom' struggles for release in Manipur

The biopic on boxer Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra as the main lead, ‘Mary Kom’ is set for release on September 5. The film is facing obstacles for release in the home state of the five-time women’s boxing champion as Hindi movies are banned there for release by the separatist organisations that believe that these films undermine the culture of Manipur. As per reports, there is also resentment that no local actress is playing the role of Mary Kom. Mary Kom and her husband are upset that the biopic will not reach the theaters in their home state. The concerned authorities are mum over their concern.

KBC 8 starts with a grand premiere

 

Kaun Banega Crorepati, the show that has won appreciation worldwide for its unique format, is all set to target larger audience in its eighth season, KBC 8. The grand premiere of the show on  August 17, 2014 at the Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre featuring its host, the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and the comedy king Kapil Sharma lived up to  the hype. Also, singer Neeti Mohan, actor Meiyang Chang, CID serial’s senior inspectors Abhijeet and Daya were present to entertain the viewers.

In the eighth season, contestants participating in the show have a chance to win the top prize of Rs 7 crore. Also, a new lifeline named 'code red' has been introduced.