Major News and Events of 20 August 2016
What Happened on 20 August 2016
Karzai supports PM Modi on Balochistan, asks Kashmiris not to allow other Countries Interfere
NIA launches Probe to see Links of J&K Fund Flow to Kashmir Unrest
SEBI Chairman admits complex Challenges in Commodity market regulation
PV Sindhu helps India bag First Ever Women's Olympic Silver
Haryana Govt admits Molestation of Women during Jat Demonstration, Refutes Rape Claims
After reports poured in about the killing of a 32 year old Kashmiri teacher, named Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, during a overnight raid in a village located 40 kms away from Srinagar, Army called the act “absolutely unjustified and unacceptable”. Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General DS Hooda said that these raids were “not sanctioned at any level”. He also ordered a probe and appealed for calm in the valley. Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with a delegate from Kashmir met President Pranab Mukherjee today and briefed him about tensed situation in the valley. He also supported the Northern Army Commander’s call for initiating dialogue among all stakeholders to de-escalate the situation in Kashmir.
Former President of Afghanistan today praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on making bold comments on increasing human rights violation issues in Balochistan during his Independence Day speech few days back from Red Fort. He went on to support PM Modi by saying that India has every right to respond to the provocations of Pakistan. Karzai said that Pakistan has no moral right to say anything on India’s right of speaking on Balochistan as the former itself foments trouble on neighbours' soil. The ex-Afghan President gave brotherly advice to Kashmiris by urging them not to let other countries interfere in their internal matters. Karzai went a step ahead to say that Pakistani institutions, especially Pakistan Army, uses support to extremism “as an instrument of state policy”.
A senior officer of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told media that they have initiated a preliminary inquiry to see whether the sudden surge in fund inflow to several bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir in the last few months has anything to do with the ongoing violence in the beleaguered state. With death toll crossing the 67 mark in the last 40 days and 2000 people left seriously injured, NIA is all set to submit its preliminary findings to the “Ministry of Home Affairs in due course”.
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.
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.
Khattar government today admitted before Punjab and Haryana high court that SIT probe reports indicate molestation incidents in Sonepat district’s Murthal on February 20 night during Jat agitation. However, the SIT report didn’t find a single eyewitness out of the total 162 (131 men and 31 women eyewitnesses examined) reported rape case incident on the fateful night. Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta told HC that further forensic examination would be done on the clothes, found near Murthal, on which human semen were found.